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Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)

Tarber is one of the orphan boys Yoren recruited for the Night’s Watch in King’s Landing[1] and is part of the band marching north to the Wall.[2]

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A Clash of Kings

When Yoren's band buries Praed, one of the recruits, along the kingsroad, Tarber drops a handful of acorns on the body, so that an oak might grow to mark the grave.[2]

On the evening of the same day, the band arrives at an inn with a bathhouse and Tarber joins those who want to take a bath. A group of gold cloaks carrying an arrest warrant for Gendry catches up with them at the inn. Yoren refuses to hand anyone over and the gold cloaks threaten to use force, prompting Yoren's band to announce their resistance, with Tarber being the first, plucking up a pitchfork as weapon. In the end, the gold cloaks retreat without violence breaking out.[2]

Avoiding the kingsroad after this encounter, Yoren's group moves north along the eastern side of the river running south from the Gods Eye. When they come across an abandoned cottage, Tarber finds a garden in the backyard where they pull some onions and radishes. They move on to a town on the southern shore of the Gods Eye, where Yoren wants to rent boats for crossing the lake, but the town is deserted. Yoren decides to spend the night in its holdfast and assigns Tarber, Kurz and Cutjack the task of holding vigil from on high at the towerhouse of the town.[3]

The whole town is burned down that night by men under the command of Ser Amory Lorch. Kurz manages to warn the rest of the band with his hunting horn, but the holdfast is attacked and taken over nonetheless and most of the group killed.[3] However, Lorch's men cannot put the towerhouse on fire and they have no patience to starve out the three up there. So they survive, but Kurz is injured by an arrow when he pulls up the ladder at the towerhouse. They are later reunited with Arry and others who escaped the holdfast via a tunnel.[4]

After the death of Kurz from an infection of his wound, Tarber and Cutjack take everything of value and abandon the other survivors.[4]