We can drop you where you stand.
Side of Origin: Tar Zhay
Age: 9,500 turns
Kommissar Jintao is the most reticent of the Great Minds. He tends not to verbalize, but tends not to sub-vocalize with other Thinkamancers unless directly questioned.
Originally from the strange and inscrutable jungle empire side of Tar Zhay, Jintao is one of the few Magic Kingdom casters to be freely released as a barbarian by a healthy and successful side. The Kommissar visits his former capital frequently. He is known to hire out to sides which Tar Zhay has an interest in "studying" but his upkeep is apparently covered by his old side when necessary.
It is said that Tar Zhay's ruler is permanently incapacitated, and the side is governed by a ruling council of commander units called kommissars. Jintao retains this title, and will discuss the matter with no-one.
Real World References
His appearance is similar to that of a Romulan.
His name may be a reference to former Chinese president Hu Jintao.
- ^ LIAB Epilogue 04 "It was unlike him to be first to speak, so it held the weight of conviction."
- ^ "Tar Zhay" is a derisive nickname for the Target retail chain, obtained by imagining its pronunciation as a French word (french "G" is pronounced like "Zh" and the "et" suffix is prononuced "ay")
- ^ An obvious reference to the Warhammer 40K universe -- the ruler, a semi-divine figure, is permanently incapacitated, and Commissars are political officers embedded in military units to ensure their loyalty.
- ^ Bonus material from the printed version of Book 1, The Battle for Gobwin Knob