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Cletus (nicknamed Clete) and his two brothers Loftus and Longinus were natives of the Jewel City of Beryl who joined the Black Company in Shadow Games. They quickly established themselves as indispensable engineers, artillery specialists, and architects. They served the Company with distinction, especially during the Siege of Dejagore (recounted in flashbacks of Bleak Seasons) and the rest of the Shadowmaster wars (She Is the Darkness).

All three brothers became members of the Captured. Cletus and Loftus would survive that ordeal, and would go on to build the Company's small fortified city, the Abode of Ravens in Hsien, from scratch.

Clete and his brothers also make a completely anachronistic appearance in the short story "Wet Dream Fish Story", which takes place at least 6 years before they joined the Company.

Shadow Games[]

Cletus, Loftus, and Longinus were serving in the Urban Cohorts of Beryl in Shadow Games. Without warning, the giant warship called The Dark Wings arrived at Beryl's harbor. Croaker, with his handful of Black Company brothers and the Lady, rapidly passed through the city. The three brothers recognized the Company from the band's service there (the events of The Black Company) during the brothers' younger years, which was when Beryl was independent and not yet part of the Lady's Empire. They deserted the Cohorts, and, with Murgen's sponsorship, were all admitted into the Company.

When the Black Company was hired by the merchants of Gea-Xle to rid the great river of pirates, the three brothers from Beryl outfitted their fortified river barge with a ship-smashing device called a dolphin – a fish-shaped weight attached to a long chain and swung from a boom. When the Howler's river pirates attacked the barge, Clete and his brothers sank several of their boarding vessels with the dolphin, sending numerous pirates into the needleteeth-infested water.

Once the major Shadowlander city of Dejagore was captured by the Company and their legions of Taglians at the Battle of Dejagore, Cletus and his brothers set up their artillery engines on the city's tall southern wall. From this vantage point, they shot missiles into Shadowspinner's encampment to harass his men, but to little effect. Later on the same day, they shot Shadowspinner personally, but Spinner responded with violent sorcery that "blew them and all their engines right off the wall".

She Is the Darkness[]

In She Is the Darkness, Cletus and his brothers upgraded Lady's fireball projectors to be effective against more than simply shadows. They vastly improved the infantry models and also created incredibly accurate cannon-sized versions. They would help the Company defeat and capture Longshadow at the Siege of Overlook, ending the Shadowmaster wars in victory.

After that, Cletus and his two brothers traveled with Croaker, Lady, Murgen and about 44 others during the Company's historic passage through the homeworld shadowgate and onto the glittering plain. At the fortress with no name in the center of the plain, the three brothers were doomed to become members of the Captured, a group that was imprisoned by Soulcatcher within the cave of the ancients in a magic stasis for at least 15 years.

Water Sleeps[]

Cletus, like most of the rest of the Captured, was immobile and unconscious throughout Water Sleeps and the preceding 15 years. When Sleepy the Annalist finally reached the Captured after her arduous quest at the end of Water Sleeps, she stated that she saw Cletus's corpse among the 7 deceased men who had been accidentally killed by Cordy Mather. However, Cletus appears alive and well alongside Loftus in Soldiers Live. Therefore Sleepy must have misidentified the corpse of his brother Longinus.

Soldiers Live[]

Although their brother Longinus did not survive the Captivity, Cletus and Loftus were rescued from their icy stasis during one of Sleepy's expeditions between Hsien and the nameless fortress. This took place sometime very early during the 4-year gap between Water Sleeps and Soldiers Live. The two brothers went on to build the Company's small fortified city, the Abode of Ravens in Hsien, from scratch. Their architectural achievement was admired immensely by Croaker.

Cletus and Loftus were both part of Croaker's eclectic group of Company men and allies who entered the Voroshk world to get revenge upon Lisa Daele Bowalk for the murder of One-Eye. Others who were present during this operation were: Lady; Murgen; Thai Dei; Willow Swan; Uncle Doj; a group of Unknown Shadows called the Black Hounds; Cratch; Slobo; Spiff and JoJo (who would both be both killed there); and later Goblin (possessed by the Khadidas) and the two Chu Ming brothers.

Both Cletus and Loftus were killed in combat against Mogaba's Protectorate soldiers during the costly Battle at the Shadowlander cemetery in Soldiers Live. They died alongside a number of other significant Company members (including Iqbal Singh, Riverwalker, Pham Huu Clee, Li Wan, and the two Chun brothers) as well as two of the Company's old allies: Willow Swan and Blade.

Anachronistic appearance in "Wet Dream Fish Story"[]

Cletus and his brothers are all mentioned in the short story "Wet Dream Fish Story", where they take charge of the massive labor effort to restore a pair of old bridges. However, the events of that short story take place merely a few months after Shadows Linger. Since Clete, Loftus, and Longinus joined the Black Company more than 6 years later in Shadow Games, their appearance at this point in the timeline is chronologically impossible. This seems to constitute a sizable continuity error.