|Book(s)||A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Clash of Kings
As one of Yoren's recruits, Tarber travels north from King's Landing. When one of their band, Praed, dies and is buried along the kingsroad, Tarber drops a handful of acorns on the body, so that an oak might grow to mark the grave.
That evening, the band arrives at an inn with a bathhouse and Tarber joins those who want to take a bath. He is the first to join Yoren in his resistance against the men of the City Watch of King’s Landing who arrive at the inn to arrest Gendry. Tarber picks up a pitchfork for a weapon. The men of the City Watch eventually retreat without further violence.
The group avoids the kingsroad following this encounter and instead 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. At a town on the southern shore of the Gods Eye, they spend the night in the town's holdfast, where Yoren assigns Tarber, Kurz and Cutjack the task of holding vigil from on high at the towerhouse of the town.
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. However, Lorch's men cannot put the towerhouse on fire and they have no patience to starve out the three up there. They reunited with Arry and others who escaped the holdfast via a tunnel. The injured Kurz dies from an infection of his wound, after which Tarber and Cutjack take everything of value and abandon the other survivors.