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"Beneath the gold, the bitter steel"

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Is this a reference to the fact that Bittersteel's skull is covered in gold? As a battle cry / motto, surely it means something else too right? Something like "Beneath the sellsword, there's a Westerosi knight"?

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It's a pretty self-explanatory play on words.

Bittersteel was Aegor Rivers' nickname.  He fled and founded the Golden Company, and was its driving influence during his life.  So, that's one level.  And then there is the fact that the Golden Company is a mercenary company first and foremost; so, they work for and we know usually wear their wages of gold, but beneath that backing it up is their steel.  And then finally, they dip the heads of their leaders in molten gold, and the first was Bittersteel.

Edited by cpg2016

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1 hour ago, Eltharion21 said:

Maybe it also refers that the Company has "higher" goals than just getting gold.

This. 

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