|“||All Nar stand more than six feet tall. All Nar run like the wind and leap like gazelles. Mogaba chose only the most athletic and warriorly to join the quest for Khatovar. All the Nar are quick as cats and strong as gorillas. All the Nar use their weapons like they were born with them in their hands.||”|
The Nar were the elite warrior caste of the city of Gea-Xle, encountered in the modern Annals in Shadow Games. They were the descendants of members of the Black Company, which had resided in Gea-Xle for 56 years but then moved northward to Sham and beyond. The Nar remained true to the Company doctrine of the time, even though the Company itself would come to forget it. Thirty-two Nar would join the Company, and they played a major role during the Siege of Dejagore.
Only six of the 32 Nar were identified by name in the available Annals. By rank:
- Mogaba: their leader; by far the most significant member of the Nar in the Annals; their best fighter and tactician; assembled and trained the Taglian First Legion; was dismissed and soon joined Longshadow, and later, the Protectorate
- Sindawe: Mogaba's second-in-command and close friend from very early childhood; commander of the elite Taglian First Legion; rejoined Croaker after the siege of Dejagore
- Ochiba: next-in-command after Sindawe; participated with Mogaba in his blood-drinking and cannibalistic human sacrifice ritual worship of Kina; rejoined Croaker after the siege of Dejagore; served as a general of Taglian allies; became one of the Captured
Others (rank not established):
- Isi: rejoined Croaker after the siege of Dejagore; served as a general of Taglian allies; became one of the Captured
- Khucho: one of only 3 Nar who was dismissed alongside Mogoba after the siege of Dejagore
- Endibo: killed during the siege of Dejagore
When the southward-bound Black Company arrived at Gea-Xle in the modern Annals of Shadow Games, they encountered the Nar, who delivered one of the lost Company officer's batons, an ancient Black Company standard with the original honors, and then presented a twelve-man honor guard. Soon the Company learned of their connection to the Nar in the distant past. Mogaba, the elite commander of the Nar, pleaded with Croaker to allow them to join the Company on its pilgrimage to fabled Khatovar. Croaker accepted Mogaba and 31 of his most skilled warriors, and they served with the Company until their deaths, or until Mogaba's dismissal.
Dreams of Steel and Bleak SeasonsEdit
A subset of the Nar engaged in ritual murder and human blood-drinking in their worship of Kina. This group was led by Mogaba, who was descended from the original cult priests of the Black Company. They believed it to be the true nature and purpose of the Black Company, although not all members of the Nar in Dejagore participated. One such evil ritual, which came to include cannibalism given the lack of food, was observed directly by Murgen, who had been alerted to the practice by another secret witness, Uncle Doj, in Bleak Seasons.
At the end of the Siege of Dejagore, 13 of the 17 surviving Nar departed from Mogaba and rejoined Croaker, who had until then been believed deceased. Mogaba, Khucho, and two other Nar refused to rejoin, and were dismissed. They would soon serve Longshadow, to become open enemies of the Company.
Books of Glittering StoneEdit
The Nar who rejoined Croaker remained with the Company, and became generals and officers in the Taglian divisions in battle against Longshadow's armies of Shadowlanders. They fought in the Battle of Charandaprash, the Siege of Overlook, and other engagements. Sindawe was killed on the Plain of Glittering Stone whereas Ochiba and Isi became members of the Captured. Mogaba lost the last of his 3 fellow defectors, Khucho, in She Is The Darkness, and Mogaba himself would be killed at the end of the Siege of Taglios.