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31/10/2016 - Meet Tarik!

Hi! It is time to once again bring the spotlight over a character from NAIRI!
We have already covered the main characters, so for today we wanted to focus on a somewhat “smaller guy.”
His name is Tarik, and he is the official Royal Advisor! This means he’s constantly at the side of Abba, the King of Shirin.

Tarik was actually created before we had even decided on his purpose in NAIRI’s story. We simply liked the idea of having a tortoise-type character so we got to work on him to seeing where this could lead us. The sketches above show many different ideas we had for him: a version that was middle-aged, a version that was younger, and even one with a mustache!

Eventually, though, we decided Tarik was going to be the King’s advisor and we therefore re-envisioned Tarik as an older citizen. Ancient, even, as he is over 200 years old! While for tortoises this is not particularly uncommon, the other types of animals deeply respect Tarik for his age. This, of course, also relates to his high social rank. His role as Royal Advisor in combination with his age paints Tarik as a true sage in eyes of the people.

Of course, wisdom does not always come with age. Despite his clear ability to help the King rule Shirin, he is notoriously short-tempered. He has little patience with those who dare disagree with his political insights… or with pretty much anything, really. You may notice some markings on his shell. These are representative of his status. If you want to evoke the wrath of Tarik, then go ahead and touch his shell! He really hates that. No, really. He does.

Despite his short temperedness, Tarik does know his stuff, and he’s a hard worker. He has a direct influence over the King’s decisions, over the Royal Treasury and even serves a steady supply of sweets that the King desperately craves. Any skeptic would suspect Tarik of potential wrongdoing. He really seems quite sober, humble and hardworking. At his age, can anyone expect Tarik to abuse his position for nefarious purposes?

How will Tarik’s role evolve during your time with NAIRI?
You’ll have to play the game to find out!

Hope to see you on our next blog update! :)

-Joshua

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