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Bookkeeper Oti (pronounced OH-tee) is a Trader goddess. She is the headwoman of the gods and wife of Trader Koma[1]. Oti keeps the record of life with its debths and credits[2]. She is often called upon to note a certain event or action. Polite responses are said to be noted by Oti Bookkeeper into ones account-book of life.[3] It is suggested that their is a physical book of Oti Bookkeeper's accounts, and within it it says that "the thing you put off doing is the thing you pay for the most."[4]

Traders honor Trader Koma with an alter at home, with incense, candles and gods-images.[5] To mark a vow holy to Koma and Oti, one frames their eyes with two fingers.[6]


The origin myth of the Traders begins with "Long ago, Trader Koma and his bride, Bookkeeper Oti, saw that they had no savings in their accounts books, no warm memories laid up for the cold times." it goes on to tell how the Trader and the Bookkeeper created the Tsaw'ha. [7]

"After you die, Trader Koma weighs your life in his gold scales, and Bookkeeper Oti writes down what you owe."[8]

Notes and references

  1. Sandry's Book, Cp 1 (p. 7; Scholastic paperback)
  2. Gods in Tamora Pierce's Books
  3. Daja's Book, Cp. 1 (p. 19; Scholastic ebook)
  4. Cold Fire, Cp 5 (p. 76; Scholastic ebook)
  5. Sandry's Book, Cp. 4 (p. 45, Scholastic ebook)
  6. Sandry's Book, Cp. 7 (p. 95; Scholastic ebook)
  7. The Will of the Empress, Cp. 12 (p. 205; Scholastic ebook)
  8. Cold Fire, Cp. 6 (p. 76, Scholastic ebook)

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