Tamar Kir-Bataar is the twin sister of Tolya Yul-Bataar and a Heartrender. She is a former member of Sturmhond's crew. Later, Tamar becomes a member of the Soldat Sol, a militia dedicated to protecting The Apparat and Sun Summoner. After the Ravkan Civil War, Tamar becomes the captain of Nikolai Lantsov's intelligence network.

Appearance and Character

Tamar has close-cropped dark hair, golden eyes, and bronze skin. Because of her Shu heritage, she has monolids. Both she and her brother have tattoos on their arms dedicated to the Sun Saint. She wears her axes at her hips and a large number of other weapons as well. She has an amplifier for her Grisha powers; a shark's tooth she wears around her neck.

Despite the fact that Tamar and her brother are Grisha, they refuse to wear keftas, instead opting for the olive uniforms worn by the First Army. During their time as members of Alina's personal guard, the twins wear peasant roughspun and golden sunburst pins.

Tamar is portrayed as fearless and occasionally reckless, although she is fiercely loyal to both Alina and Nikolai. She is described to have a sly "Heartrender's grin."

Like her brother, Tolya, Tamar believes that Grisha power is a divine gift, partially attributing for her faith in Alina.

History

Her mother was a Grisha stationed near the Shu Han border and her father was a Shu Han mercenary. After their mother's death, the twins left for Novyi Zem with their father so they would not get drafted into the Second Army.

Seige and Storm

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Ruin and Rising

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King of Scars

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Rule of Wolves

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Skills and Abilities

Though she is a powerful Heartrender, Tamar does not solely rely on her powers in combat, usually fighting with many weapons. She is especially proficient in fighting with axes.

Relationships

Nadia Zhabin

Tamar and Nadia are shown to have a growing affection for each other. By the time Alina and the remainder of the Second Army go into hiding in the Spinning Wheel, Tamar and Nadia are in love and officially a couple. They are married sometime between Ruin & Rising and King of Scars.

Tolya Yul-Bataar

Tolya and Tamar are twins and have much in common. They have an unbreakable bond and work well together. They often tease one another, and compete with their abilities.

Nikolai Lantsov

Tamar knew Nikolai first under the alias Sturmhond, since she was a member of his ship's crew. They worked well together, and they had a mutual respect and friendship with one another. Although she does not particularly like the idea of the Ravkan monarchy, at the end of Ruin & Rising she becomes Nikolai's bodyguard and head of his intelligence network, working with the First Army.

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Alina Starkov

Tamar is a true and loyal friend to Alina. She takes an immediate liking to her aboard Sturmhond’s ship in Siege & Storm, and the two remain close friends, bonding beyond Tamar’s oath of loyalty to Alina. She trains the Soldat Sol, Alina’s personal soldiers, in the White Cathedral. She joins the group in helping Alina find the Firebird, and is one of the only people to know that Alina survived the battle on the Fold.

Memorable Quotes

Seige and Storm

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Ruin and Rising

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King of Scars

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Rule of Wolves

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Trivia

References

  1. Ebook version used as reference
  2. Crooked Kingdom, "Cast of Characters"
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