A rumel is the consecrated killing scarf of the cult of the Stranglers. Because the adherents of the cult (also called Deceivers) are strictly forbidden from ever shedding the blood of a living person, the rumel is an essential part of their religion. Armed with their rumels, the Strangler jamadars and their individual roaming bands secretly take human life in worship of their goddess, Kina.
As part of the Strangler religious doctrine, they believe that those killed with rumels are liberated from the evil cycle of reincarnation (the Wheel of Life) regardless of how terrible their karma may be at the time of the murder. As such, the Stranglers view their murders as an invaluable service to their victims.
Only the rarest, most skilled Stranglers can use their rumel to dispatch a victim without the aid of arm-holders. Therefore the vast majority of rumel killings throughout history were communal cult events.
Rumels are either yellow/saffron, red, or black in color. In one exceptional instance, there was a silver rumel. For the meanings of the colors, see: Stranglers#Organization.
Individuals attacked with rumelsEdit
This is a list of identified individuals in the Annals who were attacked with rumels. Women as rumel wielders are over-represented in this list: Lady and the Daughter of Night are apparently the only women Stranglers in the cult's entire history. All other historical rumel attacks and killings were committed by male Stranglers.
|Jahamaraj Jah||Lady||Death||Dreams of Steel|
|Moma Sharrael||Lady||Death||Dreams of Steel|
|Shadowspinner||Lady||Death*||Dreams of Steel|
|To Tan||(unidentified Strangler)||Death||Bleak Seasons|
|Murgen||(black rumel man)||Survived||Bleak Seasons|
|Longshadow||Narayan Singh||Incapacitation||She Is the Darkness|
|Uncle Doj||Narayan Singh||Incapacitation||She Is the Darkness|
|Perhule Khoji||(unidentified Strangler initiate)||Death||Water Sleeps|
|Narayan Singh||Khadidas||Death||Soldiers Live|
|Lady||Daughter of Night||Survived||Soldiers Live|
(* Shadowspinner succumbed to many wounds, but, a rumel was one of the primary weapons used to attack him.)