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Adoo was the taciturn, possibly mute gateman for the gigantic library of Taglios during Water Sleeps. He was not a guard, and was always unarmed, lacking even a bamboo cane, because everyone in the city respected the sanctity of the library. His job was simply to open the wrought iron gate of the library for its staff and patrons, which he did many times for "Dorabee Dey Banerjae", a humble sweeper. Adoo had no idea that Dorabee was Sleepy, the Annalist and ranking officer of the underground Black Company, who was neither male nor illiterate.

In one incident, Adoo accompanied Surendranath Santaraksita, the Master of the library, in search of "Dorabee". Adoo led the old man near the warehouse of Banh Do Trang that was being used as the Company's secret headquarters, but the two were effectively immobilized by the "confusion net" of disorienting magic spells. Banh Do Trang notified Sleepy of the intrusion, and, Tobo successfully lured Adoo and Master Santaraksita out of the net to safety, protecting the group's anonymity.

Later, Adoo was harassed by a white crow that was loyal to the Company. He retrieved a group of Shadar (Greys) who were hiding within the library, but the crow escaped. Sufficiently warned, Sleepy fled the area. Murgen, in his disembodied spirit-walking form, determined that Adoo might be a danger to the Company. In response, the Black Company wizard One-Eye ordered Spiff and the "barely competent" Pooch to assassinate Adoo.

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