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Candy was a sworn brother of the Black Company, and for many years, its most senior sergeant. During the band's time in Aloe (Port of Shadows), Croaker noted that Candy was "the number three man" of the entire Company, ranking him just below the Lieutenant. After the Battle of Juniper, he was elected to the rank of Lieutenant... but due to the tragic circumstances, the title itself is never applied to him verbally. Croaker – the close friend of another senior sergeant, Elmo – described Candy as a "low-key guy" with social skills better than most of the other men. But, Croaker did not admire his appearance, writing that Candy "had fallen out of a tall ugly tree and had hit every branch on the way down".

Before The Black Company[]

Like every sworn brother at the start of The Black Company, it is known that Candy was born in the southern continent. Few other firm details are supplied about his past by Croaker the Annalist. However, the historian does mention in "Cranky Bitch" that Candy is:

...a low-key guy who gets stuff done without much showoff. As is usual with us, his background is mysterious, but his shadowed wellspring had gifted him with social skills superior to those of his compatriots. In most cases, he can solve a problem without applying hammer strokes to an obdurate skull.

The Black Company[]

During the last days of the Black Company's service to the Syndic of Beryl, Candy ferried one of the correspondences of the Captain to Soulcatcher at the city's harbor. He then accompanied the rest of the men aboard Soulcatcher's massive galley, The Dark Wings, for the journey across the Sea of Torments to Opal, their first stop in the northern continent.

When the Company was stationed at the fortress in Deal, Candy led one of the last weekly "turnip patrols" to the city of Oar to purchase supplies. He was accompanied by Raven, Doughbelly, Jolly, and some others, including the civilian Flick. They all boarded in a stable owned by an old local named Cornie, who sold them out to the Imperial Colonel Zouad. Candy and the other Company brothers fled the stable after a dozen local thugs hired by Zouad and his captain, Lane, set fire to the structure. Once outside, the attackers made it clear they only wanted Raven. When Flick threw himself in front of Raven to protect him, he was cut down and a melee ensued. Raven was severely wounded with almost thirty cuts, but the Company soldiers killed all the local thugs. Doughbelly and Jolly recognized Lane, and Candy observed Lane's superior (Zouad) hiding in the shadows during the fight. Candy and Doughbelly reported all this to Croaker and Elmo (another sergeant), which precipitated the Company's revenge against Zouad and his commander: the Limper.

Candy participated with the main body of the Company in their serendipitous capture of Whisper's poorly-defended base camp in the Forest of Cloud. The Captain ordered Candy and Carp, another sergeant, to ready the men to retreat with their priceless trove of Whisper's war documents and ancient research.

The sergeant was also present during the climactic Battle of Charm.

Port of Shadows[]

"Tides Elba"[]

Main article: Tides Elba: A Tale of the Black Company

During the Company's garrison time in the city of Aloe, Candy was one of the senior leaders who refused to sanction the abduction of their target, Tides Elba, without the presence of a wizard. Elmo and the Lieutenant likewise refused. Later, when Goblin and Silent become available, the operation proceeds successfully.

"Smelling Danger"[]

Main article: Smelling Danger

Still garrisoned in Aloe, Candy retrieved Croaker from the Dark Horse tavern for a private meeting with the Captain. Later, Candy and some subordinates dragged One-Eye kicking and screaming to Croaker's clinic on orders for the shriveled wizard to receive a health inspection. At the time, they did not yet know that One-Eye was effectively brainwashed by their enemy, the Limper. When Candy removed One-Eye's hat, the wizard tried to groin-kick him. In response, Candy punched him hard in the gut, giving the confused men a brief moment of respite from One-Eye's insane behavior. After they drugged the wizard, Candy departed.

Shadows Linger[]

Action in Tally province[]

Candy by Виталий Стрелец

Candy participated in several of the pivotal events of Shadows Linger. He was part of the veteran group, including Silent, Croaker, Pawnbroker, Kingpin, and Otto, which ambushed dozens of Rebels in Madle's tavern in Tally. Later, while playing tonk at the tavern, it was Candy who realized that one of their Rebel captives had escaped and would inform his compatriots about the Black Company men at the bar. Candy survived the massive mob of Rebels which swamped them later.

In Juniper[]

Candy next marched with the main body of the Company and the Captain over the Wolander Mountains into Juniper. He and his men helped Elmo defeat and imprison the local criminal gangs in the Buskin, the worst of Juniper's slums. His prisoners were used as a labor force.

When the Captain ordered a select group of veterans to urgently flee the city during the Battle of Juniper, Candy was among them. From the ship, he and the others watched the sorcery battle between the Lady at Duretile and the Dominator's towering fiery form rising out of the black castle. They also witnessed the Captain's death as he crashed the Lady's flying carpet into the ocean at high speed. With the Captain dead and Elmo missing in action, the Company veterans voted Candy to become second-in-command while they were at sea en route to Meadenvil. Croaker mentions Elmo would have been selected for this honor had he been present.

On The Long Run short stories[]

Candy appears in some of the short stories of the On The Long Run arc.

"Cranky Bitch"[]

Candy is the Company number two, a low-key guy who gets stuff done without much showoff. As is usual with us, his background is mysterious, but his shadowed wellspring had gifted him with social skills superior to those of his compatriots. [...] Candy managed the engines. He was our siege specialist and artillery expert. His designs had served us well... Candy was more adept at detail prep than was the Lieutenant.

–Croaker's complimentary appraisal of Candy

Candy is featured throughout "Cranky Bitch". In the city of Chimney, he encountered a pair of haggard teenage twins in the streets. Uncharacteristically, he "went unnaturally merciful" and invited these "strays" – called Lacksluck and Luckless – aboard the Black Company's ship, Cranky Bitch. When a soldier named Barker lustfully eyes the twins, Candy politely threatens him. The twins work in the galley, where they turn "out to be the finest cooks the Company had known in decades". When questioned by Croaker why he brought in the strays, Candy cannot sufficiently explain himself, other than that the twins remind him of someone he cared about. (The strange teenagers were actually supernatural entities that the Company was forced to forget at the end of Port of Shadows.)

When the Lieutenant found a new opportunity for the Company's employment, Candy was wary of their long history of backstabbing employers, and artfully stated "Maybe we better dust off our backdoor chastity belts". Nevertheless, he worked with the Lieutenant regarding the public formalities of their new contract with the Houses of Istven and the Seamen's Guild.

Candy soon learned the duties of a ship’s officer, and helped outfit the Bitch with numerous artillery engines which were used to great effect in the 3 sea battles against the Pocatose pirates. Before the third sea battle, he helped make special adjustments to certain ballistae, which were used in conjunction with sorcery to fatally shoot one of the new Taken out of the air. He was present when 6 senior members of the Houses of Istven and their dozen bodyguards attempted to command the Black Company to disarm, and no doubt helped enforce the Lieutenant's abrupt order to throw them overboard.

"Leta of the Thousand Sorrows"[]

Candy is mentioned a few times in "Leta of the Thousand Sorrows". The Black Company has disembarked from Cranky Bitch for the last time, and they are now traveling across a wild untamed landscape with the new Taken on their trail. Candy is moving with the Lieutenant, One-Eye, Goblin, and the main body of the Company. They are more than one day's march behind the vanguard group led by Silent, Darling, Croaker, Otto, and Hagop.

After both groups reunite, they establish a camp in a strange clearing, where identical supernatural women by the name of Leta are crafted by ancient sorcery emanating from the ground. Candy and the Lieutenant are the first men following Croaker to be bedded by their own Letas, but soon most of the other men are visited repeatedly by these bizarre sexual companions. Later, when the leader of the new Taken, Whisper, stages an unsuccessful assault on them, she narrowly escapes. In a command staff meeting, Candy – who Croaker reveals to "a cat kind of person" – uncharacteristically bemoans their lack of dogs, which admittedly would have been useful in tracking her.

"Wet Dream Fish Story"[]

In the chronicle for "Wet Dream Fish Story", Candy takes a leading role in the Company's operations when they begin temporarily inhabiting the river island where the ageless Adelin, Honra, and Eisen Fisher have been living for 349 years. The Fishers speak an unintelligible language, and Candy is convinced that they may have critical information. So in addition to helping manage the work crews which are undertaking the bridge renovations, Candy also diligently searches for someone who can speak with the Fishers.

When silent, nude, buxom mermaids surface from the river and distract his men, Candy is frustrated and frequently needs to shout to restore order and discipline. When one of his men – a thin and particularly unlucky Juniperean sailor called Shadow – is mildly injured in an accident, Candy accompanies him to Croaker's infirmary. He then introduces Croaker to the Fishers, but Croaker cannot understand them. Some days later, Candy finally finds someone who can interpret: a recent recruit from Choudan named Tedd who joined the Company as they departed Chimney. With Candy, the Lieutenant, Darling, Silent, and Croaker overseeing, Tedd talks with the three islanders. They learn that the Fishers are mermaid fishers – originally sent here by the Dominator centuries ago – who have been trapped by the mermaids who will consume them if they flee.

Candy notices some commotion and spots Showboy and his dog Ralf soaked and exhausted, but still alive beyond all expectations after being dragged underwater by a mermaid 3 days prior. When the mermaid (named Dai-Li) smiles and reveals shark-like teeth, Candy makes a crass remark about receiving a blowjob from the creature. Candy is impatient with Showboy, who seems to be under the spell of a love me sorcery and cannot recall many helpful details of his missing days. When Showboy speaks disrespectfully to the Lieutenant, Candy smacks him upside the head twice. He asks Showboy about Hammerhead, who is also missing, but receives no information. As the questioning continues, Candy plays the role of the angry interrogator while the Lieutenant takes a more sympathetic tone. When they are interrupted by an alarm warning them that a new Taken is soaring overhead, Candy is decidedly pessimistic and thinks they have been spotted... though the Taken does nothing to suggest his fear is warranted.

"Those Who Went Before"[]

As the Company continues along the old road in the western wilderness in "Those Who Went Before", Candy rides out with the Lieutenant to investigate Elmo's report of improved road conditions. Later, in a discussion with the Lieutenant, Croaker, Elmo, and Goblin, he reminds them of their overall goal of trekking east until they pass through the Lady's Empire. When the decision is made to leave Croaker behind with the unconscious Spangler and one other immobile patient near the sorcery-charged cemetery called the Grand Memorial to Our Honored Dead, Candy attempts to reassure Croaker that the Lady would not let her minion Whisper harm him if he is captured.

Disappearance from the Annals[]

Candy disappears from the Annals after the short stories of the On The Long Run arc, and Croaker does not specify his fate. Candy is not mentioned in The White Rose at all, and by the events of that novel, the position of the Company's second-in-command apparently switched unannounced to Elmo. It is conceivable that Candy was one of the 100 fatalities suffered during the costly Battle of Queen's Bridge, when the Company was halved before The White Rose.

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