Tom-Tom was a minor wizard and a sworn brother of the Black Company who was its oldest member for many decades. He was nicknamed for the small drum which he frequently rapped upon to punctuate his speech. He and his blood brother One-Eye were small, ancient black men, both familiar with the art of illusions, having being tutored under the same master, N'Gamo. His magic was potent enough that he was capable of injuring a forvalaka – later revealed to be Shapeshifter – in Beryl. He also shared his brother's skills as a thief and con artist.

Before the Annals Edit

Tom-Tom was One-Eye's older brother and was born in D'loc Aloc, a vast jungle on the Southern Continent. As boys, Tom-Tom and One-Eye were sold to N'Gamo, a wizard of noteworthy magnitude who wanted them as his apprentices. Shortly after, N'Gamo attempted to destroy a young male forvalaka but failed, losing an arm and a foot in the process. Tom-Tom never forgot the experience.

The Black Company Edit

By the time of the first book of Croaker, Tom-Tom is already a hundred and fifty years or so old (One-Eye was at least this old), sustained by his abilities as a minor wizard. He was one of the most valuable members of the Black Company both because of his vast personal experiences and due to his abilities as a wizard. While his knowledge of sorcery rivalled that of his brother, it is never implied that any of the Company wizards are more or less potent.

He then led a small party of sworn-brothers to Necropolitan Hill to investigate the possible escape of a forvalaka from the tomb. Upon opening the tomb, he confirms the monster's existence, recalling his former master's battle with one of their kind. He advises leaving it alone, well aware of its abilities but was ignored.

Soon after, Tom-Tom was the one to present a potential offer to the Legate, in an attempt by the Captain to break the Company's obligation to the Syndic. However, Tom-Tom was against taking the Company taking the commission, fearing their potential new benefactor's power. This may have factored into his subsequent fate.

A short time after, the forvalaka infiltrated the Bastion and into the Paper Tower, which was later known to have been targeting the Syndic of Beryl. For a final time he pleaded along with his brother to avoid combat with the beast, but was again ignored. Instead the Captain ordered the Company to enter and exterminate the forvalaka. During the subsequent assault on the tower Tom-Tom was fatally wounded after he injured it with magic and became the focus of its rage. He had his throat bitten out and body hideously mauled. Croaker comments he retained consciousness for some time before succumbing to death.

Shadow Games Edit

Years later, One-Eye found the murderer and avenged Tom-Tom. It discovered that Tom-Tom's true killer was Shapeshifter, one of the Ten Who Were Taken. He had assumed the form of a forvalaka in order to kill the Syndic and free the Black Company of their contract, which would allow the group to begin working for Soulcatcher, another member of the Taken.

Tom-Tom by Виталий Стрелец

Tom-Tom by Виталий Стрелец

Black Company Wizards