|“||Ky Gota was the incarnation of dissatisfaction and complaint. Her lamentations and reproaches were of such amazing potency that it seemed she must be an avatar of some cranky old deity as yet undiscovered by man.||”|
Ky Gota was a prominent member of the Nyueng Bao tribe, the mother of Sahra and Thai Dei, and the grandmother of Tobo and To Tan. She had been widowed young. She stayed in close proximity to her parents, the priestess Hong Tray and the Speaker Ky Dam, who were effectively the leaders of the Nyueng Bao. She was present for a significant portion of the Black Company's history in the southern continent, beginning with the harrowing Siege of Dejagore.
Mother Gota was universally notorious for her awful personality, but this was attributed to continuous physical pain that she suffered from gout and arthritis. She was also infamous for her horrible cooking, often accused of being capable of burning water. One of the only times she would reliably snap out of her offensive diatribes would be in the presence of To Tan, her grandson. Also, as her father Speaker Dam openly admitted, Gota was guilty of the great error of hastily marrying off Sahra to a brutal man named Sam Danh Qu.
Gota and Uncle Doj rejected Hong Tray's prophecies, and she deeply resented that Sahra took the foreigner Murgen as her second husband. She and Doj tricked Murgen into believing that Sahra had been murdered by Stranglers in Bleak Seasons, and forced her to live in shame, shuttered away at the Vinh Gao Ghang Temple of Ghanghesha.
Ky Gota often followed Uncle Doj to aid him in his quests and was one of his students in the Path of the Sword. Gota and One-Eye grew to care for each other, and spent the remainder of their days together after the Captured were trapped below the glittering plain. She died happy – "drunker than three owls drowned in a wine cask" – at her home in the Abode of Ravens in Hsien at the beginning of Soldiers Live.
The Nyueng Bao place the personal name last, so Gota's family name is Ky.