Bane was a male fox known for being an experienced mercenary; he carried a curved sword. He claimed to have fought alongside Verdauga Greeneyes, as well as against him.
Bane traveled to Mossflower Woods from the north with his band of roughly sixty mercenaries (mostly foxes and rats, with a few weasels). Upon spotting Kotir, he greatly desired it for his own.
Bane allied himself with Tsarmina Greeneyes, hoping to use her to gain access to Kotir, while she hoped to use Bane's trained forces as her own. Using his skills and knowledge, he helped Tsarmina in battle against the woodlanders greatly. However, Tsarmina found out from Brogg that Bane was planning to overthrow her.
Tsarmina then gave Bane Ashleg's cloak, and duped him into believing there was a problem with Kotir's gate. As Bane realized that he was tricked into being locked outside, the eagle Argulor attacked him, believing he was Ashleg, a pine marten whom he had often fantasized about consuming. Bane slashed away at Argulor, but was ultimately killed by him; although at the same time, he mortally wounded the bird. The unlucky eagle died soon after the fox did, and plummeted down to earth with Bane's lifeless corpse gripped in his talons.
The Bane-Argulor killing is the first of the Mutual Kills in the series.
Bane is also the third fox to appear in the series.
He is the first mercenary to appear in the series.
He is the first character and fox to be killed by an eagle, and the first to be killed by any bird.