Kingpin, sometimes simply King, was a sworn brother of the Black Company. He was a veteran soldier who participated in several Company missions alongside Croaker, Pawnbroker, and the three wizards One-Eye, Goblin, and Silent. Although Croaker disapproved of his laziness, he respected King's ability with a sword. King may have been a member of the band during their employment by the Syndic of Beryl, but this was not explicitly stated. It is possible, but less likely, that he was one of the relatively new recruits from the Imperial ranks who joined the Company right before the Battle of Charm.
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Kingpin is mentioned after he fails to show up for cooking duty. Elmo interrupts a Tonk game which Croaker is present and asks for his location and disciplining on Kraglers' behalf, Kingpin's Sergeant.
By the time of Shadows Linger, Kingpin had the dubious distinction of being the Company’s leading malingerer.
Kingpin's first ride aboard a flying carpet was also Elmo's first as well. They were lifted alongside Croaker by the new Taken Whisper, in a long flight from Frost over the Plain of Fear, Forsberg, Oar and Deal until they reached the Great Forest and landed at the Barrowland.
Kingpin departed the Barrowland by yet another flying carpet ride. He was selected to be part of the advance team of 25 Company men that were flown from the Barrowland, into the city of Juniper, again by the new Taken via flying carpet. This team was led by Elmo and included the physician and Annalist Croaker; the wizard Goblin; the veterans Pawnbroker and Otto; and other trusted soldiers like Sharkey, Tickle, Crake, Walleye, and Stork. This elite group made the trip ahead of the rest of the Company, and were therefore spared the long march across the northern continent and through the frigid Wolander Mountains.
King was tasked with keeping tabs on Marron Shed, the innkeeper of the Iron Lily (a dive in Juniper's downtrodden Buskin section). With Goblin, he questioned the homeless man Asa regarding details of Raven's whereabouts.