- "Only the strong survive."
Tal'Set, also known as The Valiant One, the Son of Stone, and the Fury of Hope, is a Saquin warrior. He serves as the main character of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok: Evolution. He is the first Turok of the Acclaim video game series timeline.
Little is known about Tal'Set's childhood, or his life in general. What is known is that he was born to the Saquin Nation. Tal'Set grew up to be a brave warrior, willing and able to defend his tribe with his life.
In November 1886, the Saquin Nation was attacked by Captain Tobias Bruckner and his men, wiping out most of the tribe. Tal'Set would be the last one standing of his people and the one to fight Bruckner. During their scuffle, the two were suddenly transported to the Lost Land after Chief Grey Bear activated an ancient stone with his blood.
Shortly after arriving in this strange world, Tal'Set is discovered by the River People and is brought to the seer, Tarkeen. The seer identifies Tal'Set as the legendary Turok. Tarkeen then tells Tal'Set that the city of Galyanna is in danger, as the genocidal Lord Tyrannus plans on destroying it. Tyrannus plans to do this by sending his army, led by a colossal beast called the Juggernaut. The army consists of Sleg troops, a race of reptilian humanoids who are hellbent on eradicating humans. Meanwhile, Bruckner, having no other purpose in the Lost Land other than to kill Tal'Set, is recruited by Tyrannus to assist in the attack.
Tal'Set's first objective given by Tarkeen is to save the River Village's Wise Father, who is being held captive at a Sleg base. Tal'Set is able to locate the man but is cornered by Bruckner and his team of Slegs. The River Village's troop leader, Djunn, quickly rescues the pair from the base.
Later, Tal'Set journeys to the Suspended City, an area the Slegs are planning to use as a bridge in order to reach Galyanna. This objective is made easy with the help of the Suspended City marines at his side. The warrior is able to destroy the city, forcing the Slegs to retreat, but not for long. Following the destruction, Tal'Set goes airborne once more and engages in battle with the Juggernaut.
Tal'Set is able to weaken the Juggernaut and enters the small fortress atop the beast. He is then able to dispatch many Slegs within and disable the Juggernaut, foiling Tyrannus' plot. The battle for Galyanna is put to an end, and the city stands victorious.
Although the city of Galyanna is saved, Bruckner still lives. Tal'Set locates Bruckner, and the two engage in battle.
Bruckner, who now has a robotic, prosthetic arm (given to him by Tyrannus to repair the injuries he suffered at Tal'Set's hands) arrives on the scene with an armed Tyrannosaurus rex. Tal'Set arrives with a small unit of soldiers to assist in the battle.
Tal'Set is able to down Bruckner's mount, causing the dinosaur to fall onto its side with Bruckner pinned beneath, still alive but defenseless. Bruckner begins shouting at Tal'Set to "finish the job," but the warrior decides against this. Tal'Set explains that Bruckner does not deserve a warrior's death and leaves him to die. Infuriated, Bruckner begins shouting insults at Tal'Set before being devoured by scavengers, a degrading and undignified death.
With Bruckner dead, Tal'Set accepts the mantle of Turok. Tarkeen expresses his hopes that the path of war that Tal'Set has chosen does not consume him.
Meanwhile, Lord Tyrannus is seen at his fortress, letting out a cry of frustration and rage, mourning his defeat.
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Sometime after the events of Evolution, Tal'Set remains the current Turok and continues to defend the Lost Land with his life.
The Chronoscepter was a powerful weapon that was able to shred the fabric of space and time. Knowing its capabilities, the elders broke the Chronoscepter into eight pieces and scattered them across the Lost Land to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Upon gaining knowledge of this weapon, the Campaigner decides to seek it out and utilize its abilities to destroy the barriers between the Lost Land and the worlds connected to it in an effort to enslave and conquer the multiverse. Tal'Set vows to recover the eight pieces of the Chronoscepter before the cyborg does.
Tal'Set ventures all across the Lost Land, recovering the pieces of the Chronoscepter along the way. The warrior encounters several dinosaurs, soldiers recruited by the Campaigner, Aztec warriors, and even a species of aliens during his journey. This is due to the fact that the Lost Land is connected to multiple worlds, acting as a kind of middle ground, and all manner of life from all corners of the universe have ended up there over the millennia.
The warrior journeys through the dense jungles of the Lost Land, the booby trapped labyrinths of ancient cities, and the Campaigner's Fortress itself.
Eventually, Tal'Set locates all eight pieces and assembles the Chronoscepter. He then quickly confronts the Campaigner, and the two engage in battle. Tal'Set uses the Chronoscepter, and the Campaigner is immediately obliterated in the blast.
Shortly after the Campaigner's defeat, Tal'Set decides to destroy the Chronoscepter to prevent it from being used for ill intent. Its destruction causes a violent earthquake across the Lost Land. The released energy of the weapon also reacts with strange, alien technology at the heart of this dimension. Awakening an evil entity that was in a deep slumber for millennia. However, his awakening would go unnoticed by the inhabitants of the Lost Land for decades.
By the time the Primagen began his assault on the Energy Totems that had been keeping his powers in check, Tal'Set was long dead. It was his descendant, Joshua Fireseed, who was tasked with stopping the Primagen and ending the threat that Tal'Set's actions had unknowingly awakened.
- Tal'Set is voiced by Dean Seltzer in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.
- Tal'Set's appearance on the cover of Dinosaur Hunter greatly differs from the way he appears in-game. His appearance on the box art is strikingly similar to that of Joshua Fireseed. It is likely that this design was re-used for Joshua. However, Tal'Set would have a similar appearance in the Game Boy Advance version of Turok: Evolution.
- Turok: Evolution for the Game Boy Advance states that Tal'Set is the only survivor of the Saquin Nation from Bruckner's assault.
- Tal'Set appears as a playable character in Seeds of Evil's multiplayer. Here, his name is misspelled as "Tel Set".
- The only game where Tal'Set is not seen or mentioned is Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion.
List of appearances
- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (First appearance, simultaneous with The Way of the Warrior)
- Turok: Battle of the Bionosaurs
- Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
- Turok 2: Seeds of Evil multiplayer (as "Tel Set")
- Turok: Rage Wars
- Turok: Rage Wars (GBC) (Box art only)
- Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion (GBC) (Image only)
- Turok: Evolution
- Turok: Evolution (GBA)
- The Way of the Warrior (First appearance, simultaneous with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter)
- Turok: Spring Break in the Lost Land (Mentioned only)
- Turok/Timewalker: Seventh Sabbath 1
- Turok/Timewalker: Seventh Sabbath 2
- Turok: Tales of the Lost Land
- Evil Takes Root
- Turok 2: Seeds of Evil comic
- Turok: Evolution
Notes and references
- Boyle, David (1999). "Tal'Set". The Official Turok: Rage Wars Strategy Guide. Glen Cove, NY: Acclaim Publishing. p. 23.
- Gomez, Jeff (October 1997). "The Modern Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Timeline (1860-Present)". Extreme-G Official Game Secrets. New York: Acclaim Comics. p. 128.
- Staff (June 23, 1998). "Turok Dot Com: Turok Timeline". Archived from the original on February 23, 1999. Accessed July 9, 2016.
- The Way of the Warrior
- Teitelbaum, Michael (1999). Turok: Path of Destruction. New York: Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc. p. 69.
- Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, upon selecting Tal'Set in the Nintendo 64 version's multiplayer mode.
- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter credits