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Chandra Chan Tal was one of the most influential chief priests of the Gunni faith in Taglios during the Books of the South. Bald and wearing scarlet robes, Tal was one of the main domestic enemies of Lady in Dreams of Steel... making him one of the earlier examples of what would become a long line of Taglian cult leaders to make themselves enemies of the Black Company with grim results.

Dreams of Steel[]

Although Tal was described by the court official Smoke as "one of the most important men in Taglios", he was not loved by his peers. His rival was Ghapor, another chief Gunni priest. His counterparts in the Shadar faith were Ghojarindi Ghoj, followed by Jahamaraj Jah.

After the Battle of Dejagore, Tal was one of the chief priests who objected to Lady claiming the authority of Liberator after she inherited the position of Black Company Captain. Tal was jockeying with the other priests to secure state money to build a wall around the city. However, Lady knew the city was too large to be surrounded effectively and that the wall project was merely "a tool for transferring the wealth of the state to a few individuals". Instead she needed the resources for the foolish wall to be rerouted for the construction of a military encampment and training ground. Angered, Tal and many other influential priests confronted Lady at the Taglian barracks. When Tal insulted her for not committing suttee (ritual suicide by fire) after her husband was reportedly killed, Lady struck him with a Golden Hammer spell to the shoulder, which spun him around, knocked him down, and caused him to scream "for more than a minute" before passing out.

Tal survived as intended, but refused to learn Lady's lesson. Instead, he and two of his subordinate priests gathered 7 men and ordered them to murder Lady at the Taglian olive grove and mineral baths immediately following her dinner there with the Prahbrindrah Drah. After Lady stunned Tal's thugs with a pair of scorching fireball spells, Abda used his red rumel to snap the neck of the man who wielded a tulwar, and Ram knocked out the remaining six (who were executed later). As Lady passed Tal and his pair of subordinates in her coach drawn by 4 giant black stallions, she threatened him. Soon, Tal and his cronies were strangled in their own temples by Narayan Singh's cultists.

The killings of Tal and his men were one of the final events that prompted Smoke to betray the Taglian royal siblings and meet secretly with the Howler and Longshadow.

A discussion between the Prahbrindrah Drah, the Radisha Drah, and Smoke in chapter 32 suggests that Ghapor and his group of priests may have filled the power vacuum caused by Tal's death. However, these men were almost certainly killed in the Massacre at Khadi Junction, also orchestrated by Lady.

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