Holden was an old man whose "face was a patchwork of scars, the nose a mere knob of tissue and his lips twisted." He walked with a limp.
Holden accompanied his employer, Malle of Gris, to Assail. There he took a major part in the defense of Mantle against the Kerluhm T'lan Imass. Defending the walls of that town he appeared to be cut to ribbons and disappeared from sight.