Tales of the Venture Society
Pachmar Uttamjodh Singh
Sikh manservant to Pope. He killed a tiger as a boy.
- Eliminate the Impossible
- Yoga (healing)
- Exalted Senses
- Trust of the Innocent
- The Nihang Has No Fear
- The World is my Weapon
- The Ten Prohibitions of Sikhim
Born in the early 1880s in the Punjabi region of India, Uttamjodh is the fifth of nine children. With two older brothers, two older sisters, two younger brothers, two younger sisters, he was often overlooked. His family had been sikh farmers for generations and young Uttamjodh expected nothing more. But fate and life intervened. While every young man in his village studied gatka as a part of their physical education and in preparation for earning the right to wear the kirpan, the ritual dagger representing a sikh’s willingness and desire to defend the faith at any moment, not every young man was called upon to use the art in so dramatic a fashion. At the age of 14, while taking a short cut from a watering hole for cattle with several other young boys, Uttamjodh was set upon by a baagh (tiger). Every other boy fled, leaving the cattle to die and to serve a distraction, thus saving their lives. But not Uttamdjoh. Instead, the young boy used the shaft of bamboo he had been using a walking stick and cattle prop to defend the herd and himself. Through coincidence and luck, with a helpful dose of talent and skill, young Uttamjodh killed the tiger and earned himself attention and renown. Within the month, the famous gatka guru Nawab had visited the village and pronounced that the boy must join him at his akhara where he continued to grow and develop, becoming a fearsome fighter indeed.
At the age of 20, while undertaking a day long meditation to bring his mind closer to god’s, Uttamjodh had a vision of an Englishman with a waxed mustache. Understanding god’s purpose for him, Uttamjodh realized he must follow this man, dedicating his life to serving a man and a culture he had not met. The guru was of course disappointed Uttamjodh would not be staying to continue his path as a warrior, but Uttamjodh has found plenty of opportunities to practice his forms in the wider world.
Uttamjodh is a reasonably tall man (6’ 1") who is solidly built (260 lbs). His skin is only a shade or two darker than the typical European and he could pass for an Italian or any Mediterranean man. He has a thick bushy black beard of curly hair. He wears a turban of blue died cotton that adds several imposing inches to his height and covers his nearly waist-long black hair. He typically wears a deep blue double breasted suit with a yellow sash. The sash is actually a sword belt and Uttamjodh wears a 3 foot curved kirpan (sword) as often as local law allows. The only other constant (that would be easily seen) is an iron bracelet on his right arm. It’s almost an inch wide with inset gold letters in gurmukhi. Uttamjodh is a man of quiet ritual and strength.
While his given name is Uttamjodh Singh, most people in the west call him Pachmar (as it’s easier to pronounce) even those it’s a title rather than a name – a direct consequence of his tiger killing as a young man. In fact, most people in the west think his name actually IS Pachmar.