In the Empire
series by Sam Barone, Tammuz is a young man who was serving as a camp boy during the siege of Akkad. His left arm is badly injured iand he was nursed back to health by Lady trella. A member of the Hawk Clan, he is no longer able to fight, and runs a tavern in a poor section of the city where he gathers information for Trella. He is assisted by Kuri and later by En-hedu.
Tammuz is most famously a Sumerian god of food and vegetation. the consort of Inanna and, in his Akkadian form, the parallel consort of Ishtar, he is the subject of a cycle of life-death-rebirth. He spends half the year in the underworld of the dead.Tammuz in Wikipedia