|Title||Commander of the Golden Company's archers|
|Book||A Dance with Dragons (appears)|
Black Balaq is a sellsword in service to the Golden Company, in command of the company's archers.
Black Balaq is a white-haired Summer Islander with skin as dark as soot. He wears his worldly wealth upon his person, including a feathered cloak of green and orange which is magnificent to behold. He wears a lord's ransom in golden arm rings.
A Dance with Dragons
Black Balaq is present during Jon Connington's rendezvous with the Golden Company three miles south of Volon Therys. Like the rest of the company, Black Balaq swears his allegiance to Aegon Targaryen.
For the long voyage to Westeros Jon insists that Harry Strickland break Black Balaq's command into ten companies of a hundred men and place each company upon a different ship. Six of the ships stay together well enough for the landing of the Golden Company on Cape Wrath, which leaves the company with six hundred bows until the lagging ships turn up. For the taking of Griffin's Roost two hundred bows are sufficient.
During the victors' feast in the castle's great hall, Jon presides from the Griffin's Seat while Black Balaq shares the high table with Homeless Harry, Franklyn Flowers, and the three young Conningtons they had taken captive. Black Balaq is one of nine men present during the company's war council.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.