The Old Crew was one of two factions of the Black Company which formed during the notorious Siege of Dejagore. Their actions were detailed in Bleak Seasons. The other faction was the Nar, led by Mogaba; the Nar were fewer in number, but were politically much more powerful and controlled a larger force of loyal Taglians. Trapped within the walls of Dejagore, the two groups had a deteriorating relationship that devolved into outright bloodshed. By the time the Old Crew was able to evacuate the city, they numbered 40.
The Old Crew was led by Murgen, the Company Annalist and standard-bearer, and consisted of the men who joined prior to the recruitment of the Nar at Gea-Xle. With only 5 exceptions, most Old Crew were actually relatively new recruits. The group's name instead came from their loyalty to Croaker and the written Annals. Croaker himself was not present during the siege and was not considered part of the Old Crew.
Since the Old Crew was instrumental in rescuing more than 600 members of the Nyueng Bao De Duang race from a genocide sponsored by Mogaba, most or all of them later received Nyueng Bao bodyguards who were disciples of Uncle Doj's Path of the Sword. Besides the Nyueng Bao, another group allied with the Old Crew was the friendly Taglian al-Khul Company, a group of reliable Vehdna soldiers numbering only about 60.
Numbered with the earliest members first, known Old Crew members are listed below. After Murgen, the subsequent Old Crew men were newly-recruited in Shadow Games.