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Willie was a sworn brother of the Black Company. Appearing only once in the Annals, he was mentioned in the first chronicle early during their employment in the Lady's Empire. Before that, it is strongly likely that he was with the Company in Beryl, and made the fateful trip across the Sea of Torments aboard Soulcatcher's giant galley, The Dark Wings, to Opal.

The Black Company[]

During the Company's first, frigid winter in the Imperial province called the Salient, Willie was hunkered down with the rest of the men at Meystrikt, the most important fortress in the region. Of the entire band, only the newcomer Raven had seen snow before their time at the fortress.

Willie was one of the men who responded comically to Croaker's florid fantasies about their mysterious employer, the Lady, during a game of tonk. Croaker retorted, "may a sow litter in your bedroll, Willie". They were interrupted when the Lieutenant and the Captain arrived to hear Elmo's report of his close encounter with the Rebel general Raker.

Willie's fate after these events was not recorded in the available Annals. However, as he was not among the 10 Black Company survivors of the Battle of the Barrowland many years later, he is presumed to be deceased before the end of The White Rose.

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