The Golden Company
The Golden Company is the largest, most famous, and most expensive sellsword or mercenary company in the Free Cities. Despite the notorious unreliability of sellswords, the Golden Company is reputed to have never broken a contract. It was founded by Aegor Rivers, called “Bittersteel”, a legitimized bastard of King Aegon IV, after he fled Westeros at the end of the Blackfyre Rebellion. The company’s words are, “Beneath the gold, the bitter steel.”
The Golden Company is said to be made up of exiles, and the sons of exiles. Most recently, the Company broke its contract with the city of Myr, despite the looming war with neighbouring Lys and Tyrosh. The reason for this unprecedented event is the source of some speculation in A Feast For Crows.