Brave enough to take on any battle, wise enough to avoid most
Tartarek is an OverWorld Hero and the head of the spy network head of his Tribe.
Tartarek comes from the union of the English word tart, a word derived from the Old English teart that means sharp, rough, severe, with the Archaic Czech word rek, that means hero. An extra a eases out the pronounce of this cranky turtle name.
Tartarek resembles a bipedal giant tortoise of mid-tan brown skin with a very strong shell with forest green carapace, spiked like of a Carbonemys’ with an energetic yellow plastron. He’s short, curved and is always seen shoring himself with a thick oak walking stick. With his coarse and wrinkled skin, long and frizzy eyebrows and goatee beard, Tartarek is notably a quite aged Creature, but this doesn’t demerits the physique of his well-built muscles nor the vividness of his palm tree green eyes.
In the Animation, starting with the M’arrillian Invasion, Tartarek’s overall appearance becomes gloomier. His skin changes to a milk-chocolate brown tone, his beard becomes pale beige and his now mid-night green eyes are more penetrating… sombre. His old clothing, a single mid-carmine-red toga, gives room to a more stylish, brick-red garment, with a new Matisse blue cape covering the entirety of his carapace as well as his head.
Personality & Behaviour
With age comes the wisdom and a veteran like Tartarek would be an obvious candidate to lead the OverWorld’s spy network, serving Maxxor as one of his closest advisers for many years; a truly valuable strategist for his Tribe. But despite the typical slowness of a turtle or the fact that his age is beginning to take its toll upon him, Tartarek still is a tough fighter, brave enough to not hide in his shell e stand against the most fearsome enemies whenever he’s needed in combat.
As a brave Creature without an affinity to any Element, Tartarek often relies on Discipline Attacks like the devastator Mind Mash that makes the most out of his battle savviness. But boosted with the right Battlegear — like the Gauntlets of Might or the Indigo Sash — Attacks like Megaroar may also be in his range of options, even if not at its prime.
As an OverWorlder, Tartarek is also a supportive member of the team, granting his squadmates more swiftness at expense of a Mugician.
In the Animation, during the events of Over-Under Rent Asunder, Tartarek, impersonated by Hercu-Leon, switched places with Heptadd while battling Kaz’s Takinom in the Lava Pond. A wrongly depicted behaviour as the closest innate ability to this would be Defender, common to Creatures assigned to defend others, like Malvadine, The King’s Herald while along a Mipedian Royal. Since neither Tartarek nor Heptadd has it — or the way this ability works isn’t exactly like it was demonstrated — this shouldn’t be possible.
In the Animation, when the events of the M’arrillian Invasion effectively began, Phelphor mind-controls the Guardians of the Deepmines, Vinta, Junda, Nauthilax and Tartarek, so they could open the Doors of the Deepmines. Brainwashed, comes into play the Psi-Overloader.
As a M’arrillian Minion, not only Tartarek became faster and more resilient, but he now masters both Fire and Earth Elements too, maximizing the damage caused by Attacks like Lavalanche. But the most impressive — and sometimes considered overpowered — of the Psi-Overloader’s traits is that one of his new abilities allows him to defeat a M’arrillian Chieftain as smart as him with a single move, at any time. This means that Creatures like Rath’tab or even the mightiest version of Aa’une, the Avatar seen in the final battle during the events of Legions of Aa’une, aren’t a match for him. An ability inversely proportional to Fal’makin’s, another of the M’arrillians Chieftains, so dangerous to the M’arrillians that was likely the reason Tartarek was brainwashed to start with.
In the Animation, nobody suspected that Tartarek had been brainwashed until it was too late, a perfect disguise that allowed him to fool everyone with an apparently perfect master-plan to defeat the M’arrillians. That only happened because, differently from other Minions, the Psi-Overloader remains in the character, undercover, by using his new abilities as he sees fit, regardless of a Chieftain command.
And on top of all that, at expense of a Mugician, he’s also capable of boosting Creatures’ Wisdom, be it to help a squadmate or to stealthily make an opponent meet the requirement needed to be dealt with single-handedly.
Tartarek, Psi-Overloader is almost considered a compact War Beast, only with no Recklessness.
Tartarek appears, in Perim or in Chaotic, in the following episodes: