|“||Chambers in the citadel? While my fellows rot down here in the filth. The least a leader can do is to share the burdens of his people. I have little other comfort to give them.||”|
–Kahdia to Glokta
Haddish Kahdia is the religious leader of the native Dagoskans. He is the chosen representative of the natives on the ruling council.
Appearance and personality Edit
Kahdia is a tall, slender man with a long neck and tired eyes. He wears a thin white robe, and a plain white turban. Despite the horrible oppression of his people, there is a powerful dignity and honesty about him. Carlot dan Eider seems to highly respect him. He lives an extremely humble life, "The least a leader can do is to share the burdens of his people".
Kahdia is a religious leader without a temple. After a rebellion by the native Dagoskans against The Union, the Upper City was declared off limits to the natives, and the Great Temple given over to the government and the Guild of Spicers.
Before They Are Hanged Edit
Kahdia is in the audience chambre when the new Superior Glokta presents himself to the city council. Unlike the others, he seems quite amused to learn of Glokta’s carte blanche from the Closed Council.
Glokta eventually reaches out to Kahdia, knowing he can’t hold the city against the Gurkish without his help. The Superior offers him concessions in exchange for troops and workers; to open the Upper City to the natives, and reopen the Great Temple to them. Kahdia doesn’t trust him, but knows he won’t get a better deal from Gurkish, so agrees.
As the Battle of Dagoska turns against The Union, Glokta is called back to Adua by the Arch Lector, leaving Vissbruck and Kahdia in charge of the cities defence with orders to fight to the last man. Despite the orders, Glokta privately urges Kahdia to surrender the city at the earliest opportunity. Despite Glokta leaving them to the Emperor’s mercy, Kahdia actually thanks him for treating the natives with some measure of respect.
Red Country Edit
Temple was a former priest who served under Kahdia in Dagoska, as was Sufeen, and they mention Kahdia several times. They were actually in the city when the Gurkish finally entered the Upper City. Eaters came for Kahdia, and it's heavily implied that they lined up all the priests and asked him to step forward. Apparently, Kahdia stepped forward and was killed to save the lives of the others.
- Details of Kahdia's fate may be revealed in the short story Hell in Sharp Ends.