Cabaro is a lion with tawny fur and golden eyes. He is one of the fifteen Great Beasts; he resides in Nilo, ruling over a monarchy hidden in an oasis. He despises humans, preferring that they leave him and his oasis alone. Eliot Schrefer once referred to Cabaro as an animal rights activist due to his preference of animals over humans.
He is one of the strongest Great Beasts. Cabaro is very dangerous, frightening, and powerful, hence why nobody has ever set foot in the giant lion's territory and never tried to obtain the lion's talisman. But he is also implied to be cowardly underneath his pridefulness, as he becomes nervous at Gerathon the Serpent's appearance in Rise and Fall, and is reluctant to join a battle in The Return until Ninani the Swan forces him to act brave.
Main article: Talismans
Cabaro's talisman is the Golden Lion. It gives the user the ability to create huge sound waves from their mouth.
In the Books
Cabaro first appears in chapter 11. He lives in a vast oasis that is secured by ostriches, wild dogs, and lionesses. Cabaro is told to have an extreme hate for humans, so Rollan had to transfer his consciousnesses to Essix while she and Briggan ventured into the oasis. Cabaro is pleased to see them and knows they have come for his talisman. He almost gives it to them, but doesn't, due to the fact that they have bonded with humans and are therefore spirit animals. As an alternative, Cabaro offers them an opportunity to stay in his oasis, where he thinks that former Great Beasts like them belong. Essix is tempted by the idea but soon changes her mind when Rollan manages to send his thoughts to her. Essix swoops in from above to snatch Cabaro's talisman, but she can't get a strong grip, and Cabaro eventually calls for his lionesses to fight for him while he watches from afar. Essix and Briggan then have to hold their ground against the lionesses and wild dogs. Overwhelmed, Briggan and Essix struggled to fight all of them so Tarik, Conor, Rollan, and Irtike intervene only to be followed by the Conquerors with Gerathon at their side. It was an all-out war in the oasis; Cabaro even faced off against Gerathon. In the skirmish, Briggan was wounded and Tarik and Lumeo were killed. Conor, with the help of Irtike and Mikak, managed to obtain the Golden Lion and escape with Rollan. Irtike draws power from her naked mole-rat and causes an avalanche that covers the oasis in sand and dirt. Unfortunately, the talisman was soon stolen by Halawir the Eagle and Shane at the end of the book.
Although he is mentioned by Uraza in her chapter as being a fool, his biggest part is in Essix's chapter when the Great Beasts assemble for a Grand Council. He shows little concern for the war and agrees not to fight against the Conquerors (mostly because of being persuaded not to so by Halawir). He even goes so far as to say he doesn't mind if Uraza dies because his "hunting grounds would merely double." Later in the Grand Council he agrees with Arax the Ram, who deems Rumfuss the Boar the least liked and "popular" Great Beast. Eventually, near the end of the meeting, Essix expresses her disappointment in Cabaro, saying, "You are a devastating lack of potential. I once mistook your pelt for golden, but it is clearly yellow."
He answers Kovo's call and meets the other Great Beasts at The Evertree, but dies when he sacrifices himself and charges into the tree itself.
- Nilo is an anagram for lion (Cabaro).
- A unique weapon in the game is called The Gold Sword of Cabaro.
- In Tales of the Great Beasts, Essix states that Cabaro could have been the Great Beasts' leader if he weren't so arrogant.
- Conor states that Cabaro is cowardly. This may be a reference to the Hungry Tiger amd the Cowardly Lion fairy tale.