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Jamadar is both the word for "captain" in the Taglian language, and also title of the leader of an independent band of Stranglers. The latter context is the one most commonly used in the Annals of the Black Company during their time in the southern continent (namely, the Books of the South and the Books of Glittering Stone). Since the cult of the Stranglers was a forbidden and decentralized organization, each jamadar commanded the unwavering respect of – and ultimate authority over – everyone in his individual band, regardless of his caste or his public-facing religion (Gunni, Shadar, or Vehdna). Most jamadars were "red rumel men" but a small handful had the rare honor of the black rumel. The existence of Strangler jamadars and their bands in the homeworld preceded the arrival of the first of the Free Companies of Khatovar by many centuries.

The most significant and notorious jamadar in the Annals by far was Narayan Singh, the captain of the Changlor band. He was a key ally of Lady in Dreams of Steel and was ostensibly putting her forward to the other jamadars as their messiah, the "Foretold" Daughter of Night. Narayan sponsored Lady and she interacted with the jamadars as a group on two different occasions, both in the Grove of Doom. But, he deceived her, and was actually consecrating her unborn child as the Strangler messiah. His abduction and indoctrination of Lady's daughter earned him Lady's most deep-seated hatred for the rest of his life.

Another jamadar appearing briefly in Dreams of Steel was Moma Sharrael, whose reputation had nearly rivaled that of Narayan. It was Moma who executed the cult's unannounced life-or-death test of Lady. He attempted to strangle her with his black rumel, but Lady, whose reflexes and actions were supernaturally guided by Kina herself, ripped the weapon from the man's hand and killed him. She then used his blood to permanently stain the palms of all the jamadars and priests who were present.

Two other jamadars mentioned by name were Iluk of the Ineld band and Kowran of the Twana band, both from the populous Hatchpur State in the Shadowlands.

After Narayan's abduction of Lady's newborn, all jamadars and their followers were burdened with immense bounties on their shoulders, and were hunted mercilessly by Croaker and Lady throughout Bleak Seasons and She Is the Darkness. Murgen would eventually report that "the only Deceiver jamadar now known to be alive was Narayan Singh, who had become jamadar of jamadars before the destruction of his cult" in his Annals. After Croaker and Lady returned to the homeworld in Soldiers Live, they resumed the hunt. Although Croaker was certainly not the first person to try to wipe out the Stranglers, he now had the supernatural assistance of the Unknown Shadows, and it seems unlikely that any jamadars would survive.

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