|The Lord of Battles
|Band of Nine
|The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Band of Nine were a group of merchants, sellswords and pirates who joined together to carve kingdoms out for themselves.
Behind the scenes
In an early draft of the fourth volume that was split into A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, Young Griff explains that when the Band of Nine was formed, Lashare was the only one who was unwilling to make a pact, vowing to defeat them each in turn. The nine others present drew their swords, cutting him down and burying him beneath the Tree of Crowns. They then made their pact with Lashare's blood on their hands. In this version, Corzo zo Merreq is the ninth member of the Band in place of Liomond.