The Golden Company was a company of sellswords founded by the Great Bastard, Bittersteel. They were considered the largest, most famous, and most expensive sellsword or mercenary company in the Free Cities. Despite the notorious unreliability of sellswords, the Golden Company was reputed to have never broken a contract. Their motto was "Our word is good as gold."
After the Ascent of the Lion, the Golden Company was given land in the Crownlands in exchange for swearing themselves to the Iron Throne.
The Golden Company was brought out of exile and given land in the Crownlands in exchange for their loyalty to the Iron Throne.