Sharps was a new recruit of the Black Company in the city of Aloe during the events of "Smelling Danger". The young man did not take well to the training ordered by the Captain. Instead of training, he would play tonk with Goblin and other Company veterans at the Dark Horse. Croaker did not think this boded well for his future in the outfit. Shortly afterward, Elmo asked him to confirm if storms typically would come from the north of Aloe at this time of year. Sharps replied that a big storm cycles through from that direction every five years. The Company's compound was clobbered by hail and torrential rains, like the rest of the city, and the men spent almost a week cleaning up and rebuilding.