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Master Sylus was the captain of the Juniperen crew aboard the large oaken ship called Cranky Bitch. He and his crew were originally hired by Raven, and while he participated in several of the events of Shadows Linger, he was only identified by name in the short story which followed, "Cranky Bitch". Master Sylus and his men were "orphaned" following the catastrophe that befell their home city: the Battle of Juniper and the revolt in the aftermath.

"Cranky Bitch"[]

After a bizarre supernatural thunderstorm caused serious damage to the Bitch while at anchor in Chimney, both Master Sylus's sailors and the Black Company needed sanctioned work to afford the repairs. Sylus was at the helm during the small sea battles the Bitch fought against the pirates of the Pocatose. One of his abrupt maneuvers – "throwing a hard left rudder to bring the bow chasers onto a pinnace" – caused the young teenager called Luckless to be thrown from the rigging. Later, the Lieutenant asked Master Sylus to send topmen to bring Luckless down after the youth was shot by Hagop with a crossbow bolt.

The Black Company disembarked from Cranky Bitch a final time before the events of "Leta of the Thousand Sorrows". An unspecified number of sailors remained with the Black Company afterward; it is unclear if Master Sylus was among them.

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