Cuttle was a veteran sapper, from Li Heng. Fiddler described him as "a burlier, more miserable version of Hedge". Cuttle was also described as squat and blunt-featured, with a scarred, pitted face. He wore a leather cap, a random collection of boiled leather fittings over a threadbare stained uniform, the magenta of which was so faded it was almost mauve.
His older brothers had died defending the walls of Li Heng.
Cuttle was in Coltaine's 7th Army during the Whirlwind uprising and accompanied the Chain of Dogs on their journey across Seven Cities. He reported to Captain Mincer. During the Battle of Sekala Crossing, Cuttle was the sapper who blew up the road his company had built under the Sekala river killing thousands of Kamist Reloe's soldiers.
Cuttle arrived late to the, at that point, unruly assembling of the 8th Legion of the 14th Army in Aren. He had just been released from jail because he had snapped the neck of Lenestro in revenge for the latter's actions on the Chain of Dogs. Cuttle and Fiddler (who went by the name of 'Strings' at the time) recognized each other and between them got the soldiers in line through the use of munitions.
He was a member of Fiddler's 8th Legion, 9th Company, 4th squad.
- "The man was a walking plague of the spirit... But then, what army didn’t have them? Sour, stone-eyed, using their every breath to bitch. He used to admire soldiers like that, the ones who’d seen it all and were still waiting to be impressed. The ones who looked at a recruit’s face as if studying a death-mask. Now, he realized, he despised such soldiers."
- ―Bottle regarding Cuttle