|“||Mercy wasn't one of my favorite people. He never stopped being the boy who pulled wings off flies.||”|
Mercy was a prominent sergeant in the Black Company. He was active prior to the events of the first book, and during the opening events in Beryl. Croaker the Annalist described Mercy as "a smallish, cocky fellow, fond of the dramatic gesture", with a stentorian voice who "could get a big roar out of his small body", and characterized him as particularly vicious and cutthroat, even among Company brothers.
The Black Company Edit
Mercy was selected by the Captain to lead the raid on the Mole Tavern, where four Company men had been poisoned. There, Mercy announced that the establishment's owner Verus was charged with murder. When the Blues and their enraged sympathizers rose up in arms, Mercy killed a number of them until he sustained a minor dagger wound. He then shouted for Silent the wizard to intervene, and Silent unleashed a mass of bald-faced hornets which only attacked the Company's enemies. Mercy and his men executed the wounded (to save "the Syndic the cost of a trial and a hangman") and herded the mob of new captives to the Bastion.
On their march back with the prisoners, Mercy, Silent, Croaker, and the others with them were stunned by a mysterious rider on the back of an enormous black stallion, who rode at the head of a procession of 100 armed, foreign veterans. This would turn out to be Soulcatcher, the legate from the Lady's Empire.
When three mutinous groups of Urban Cohorts from the Fork Barracks rebelled against the Syndic, they clashed with Mercy and his platoon who were manning a strong-point at the Rubbish Gate. Mercy successfully repelled them, but was badly wounded during the intense fight and lost most of his men. He "lost an eye, a finger, was wounded in shoulder and hip, and had more than a hundred holes in his shield" when he was brought to Croaker for medical attention. Croaker was doubtful that he would survive.