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The two Gupta brothers, one of whom was nicknamed Sin, were sworn members of the underground Black Company mentioned briefly in Water Sleeps. They were playing tonk with Slink and the Company's new captive, Willow Swan, whom they presumably helped kidnap. Swan was the leader of the Greys, the police force of Taglios, who answered directly to Soulcatcher during the Protectorate. The Gupta brothers and Slink continued to play while Sleepy, the Company's leader, interrogated Swan for details about the Protectorate. They were not mentioned again after the tonk game, so their fate is unspecified.

They both almost certainly were veterans of the preceding Kiaulune wars. They were from the southern continent but it is not specified if they were Taglians, Jaicuri, Shadowlanders, or some another race. Like all members of the underground Company at the time of their mention, the Gupta brothers worked diligently at a day job, and handled Company affairs during off-hours. Their job was unspecified but, like Slink, they might have been laborers for Banh Do Trang, their Nyueng Bao collaborator whose warehouse was the Company's secret headquarters. It is likely they were part of one of the Company waves that secretly left Taglios, moved south, rendezvoused with the others, and crossed the Shadowgate.

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