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Tarik is a Greencloak who trains Abeke, Meilin, Rollan, and Conor, also joining them on their missions.

Appearance

Tarik is a tall, lean man with wide shoulders and semi-dark skin.[4] He is described by Meilin to look similar to Rollan, them having the same dark hair and tan skin.[5]

Overview

Tarik is a experienced Greencloak and the main kids' teacher/mentor. He joined the Greencloaks at a very young age. His family ran a carpet shop, and initially, Tarik intended to take over the shop when he was older. However, he summoned Lumeo and joined the Greencloaks. His sister Reima took over the carpet shop for him, sacrificing her bright future. Tarik thanks Reima for her sacrifice every day.

Throughout the series Tarik was seen to be mostly serious, uptight, and calm; however he occasionally breaks his serious demeanor. His bond with Lumeo reveals the playful side of him, and he cares and worries constantly for the main kids. In Fire and Ice, he even sang a song about seal brains to distract himself from the unpleasantness of eating them. Despite his playfulness, Tarik was said by Olvan to be one of the Greencloaks' finest warriors. He is willing to give up his life for the sake of Erdas, which he ultimately does in Rise and Fall.

In the Books

Wild Born

Tarik appears in the first chapter at Conor's Nectar Ceremony. After Conor summons Briggan, Tarik introduces himself and escorts the two away to Greenhaven.

Rise and Fall

In Rise and Fall, Tarik leads Conor and Rollan to Abeke's home village, Okaihee. There they meet Irtike, who helps the Greencloaks get to Cabaro. When they arrive to Cabaro's oasis they find out Gar and his army of Conquerors are there along with Gerathon. Tarik sacrifices his life to save Rollan and tells him to become a Greencloak, and after he dies Lumeo kills General Gar at the cost of the otter's life.

Relationships

Lumeo

Lumeo and Tarik are very close, and Lumeo brings out the playful side of Tarik. In Rise and Fall, Lumeo is so grief-stricken by Tarik's death that he attacks General Gar, and they end up killing each other.

Lishay

Tarik and Lishay trained together when they were younger Greencloaks. They meet again in Blood Ties, and Tarik was delighted to see her. In the battle at Dinesh's temple, Tarik witnesses Lishay's spirit animal, Zhosur, be killed and he growls in rage. Rollan thought that he'd never heard Tarik make such a noise before. It was implied throughout the book that Tarik may have a crush on Lishay. Lishay appeared at Tarik's funeral in Greenhaven, making a speech about her memories with him.

Later, after Tarik's death, Lishay tracks down Shane in The Book of Shane #2, wanting revenge. She refers to Tarik as the man she loved. Lishay never gets her "revenge", however, because she is knocked unconscious and Shane escapes.

Rollan

Rollan sees Tarik as his father figure and guardian. They both trust each other completely. In Rise and Fall, when Tarik is fatally injured by Gerathon he tells Rollan to take his green cloak and run, and then dies, leaving Rollan grief-stricken. It was because of Tarik's death that Rollan decides to become a Greencloak. Rollan wears Tarik's cloak and is often reluctant to take it off.

Tarik's death still shakes and upsets Rollan deeply, to the point where even mentioning it makes him become emotional. In The Evertree, he asks Meilin if she thought Tarik would be proud of him, to which she replies that he would.

Reima

LaReimaja (or Reima) is Tarik's sister. She had very bright future, but gave it up to allow Tarik to join the Greencloaks. Tarik thanks her for her sacrifice every day, and until Rise and Fall, he had kept that secret private. Reima's fate is revealed in The Return; she had married a wealthy merchant named Faisel and had a child named Kirat, who is named after Tarik.

Trivia

  • In Hunted, Tarik is called a variety of names by Lady Evelyn, such as Tarit, Tarbin, and Taril.
  • In Fire and Ice it is revealed he used to sing songs with his brothers to make disgusting foods sound delicious.
  • Tarik is an arabic name meaning "morning star"
  • Kirat is Tarik spelled backwards. He was named in honor of Tarik.

References

  1. Discuss AGAINST THE TIDE!
  2. Fire and Ice, page 96
  3. Tarik and Reima grew up in the Niloan town of Caylif, which implies that they are Niloan
  4. Wild Born, page 6
  5. Against the Tide, page 87
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