Dean Seltzer (Dinosaur Hunter)
- "Only the strong survive."
Tal'Set Tan'Celle'Nyo, also known as The Valiant One, the Son of Stone, and the Fury of Hope, is a Saquin warrior. He is the main character in 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 in 1840 in southern Texas. Tal'Set grew up to be a brave warrior, defending his tribe with his life.
In November of 1886, the Saquin Nation was attacked by Captain Tobias Bruckner and his men, wiping out most of the tribe and their homes. Tal'Set would be the last one standing of his people and the one to fight Bruckner. During their scuffle, the two are suddenly transported to the Lost Land.
Shortly after arriving, Tal'Set is discovered by the River People and is taken to their seer, Tarkeen. The seer identifies Tal'Set as the legendary Son of Stone, otherwise known as Turok. Tarkeen then tells Tal'Set that the city of Galyanna is in danger, as the genocidal Lord Tyrannus plans to destroy the city of Galyanna. 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 Dinosoids that are hell-bent on enslaving 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 caught by Bruckner and his team of Slegs. The River Village's troop leader, Djunn, quickly rescues the pair from the base.
Later on, 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 assistance. 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 belly of 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 Galyanna stands victorious. Tal'Set is not yet finished with his mission, however.
While the city of Galyanna is safe for now, 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 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 defeat the T-Rex, causing the dinosaur to fall on its side with Bruckner still on top. Bruckner is now pinned underneath the dinosaur, still alive and defenseless. Bruckner begins shouting at Tal'Set to "finish the job," but Tal'Set decides against this. The warrior then explains that Bruckner does not deserve a warrior's death and leaves the man to die. Infuriated, Bruckner begins shouting insults at Tal'Set and is then eaten by Compies, a degrading and less dignified death.
Gaining the title of TurokEdit
Tarkeen has decided that Tal'Set is worthy to receive the title of Turok, after his act of valor and saving Galyanna.
Tal'Set returns to the River Village and is seen applying war paint, as he is preparing for the ceremony to begin. Tarkeen grants the title of Turok to the warrior, to which Tal'Set accepts and becomes the Son of Stone. Tarkeen then expresses that he only prays that the path that Tal'Set has chosen, the path of war, does not consume him.
Meanwhile, Lord Tyrannus is seen at a Sleg castle, letting out a cry of frustration and rage, mourning his defeat.
Turok: Dinosaur HunterEdit
Sometime after the events of Evolution, Tal'Set remains the current Turok. He continues to defend the Lost Land with his life.
The Chronoscepter was a powerful weapon conceived by the Lazarus Concordance 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 out this weapon and utilize its abilities to destroys the barriers between the Lost Land and Earth. By doing this, the Campaigner would gain control of both worlds and the universe and enslave mankind.
Tal'Set was then sent to recover the eight pieces of the Chronoscepter before the cyborg did and use it to destroy the Campaigner, putting an end to his madness.
Journey Through The Lost LandEdit
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 aliens during his journey. This is due to the fact that the Lost Land is timeless, and anything from the past and the future can exist.
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. After a rough battle, Tal'Set uses the Chronoscepter, and the blast immediately obliterates the Campaigner.
Chronoscepter's Destruction & Passing the MantleEdit
Shortly after the Campaigner's defeat, the warrior then goes into a dream state where he and Turoks from all time periods discuss the Chronoscepter's fate. They eventually decide to destroy the weapon to prevent it from being used again. The destruction causes a violent earthquake across the Lost Land and awakens an evil entity who was put into a deep slumber for thousands of years. This went unknown by the inhabitants of the Lost Land for many years.
By the time the Primagen began his assault on the Energy Totems keeping his powers in check, decades had passed, and a new Turok was in charge of protecting the Earth and the Lost Land. It was up to Joshua Fireseed to stop the Primagen and end the threat that Tal'Set's actions had awakened.
Turok 2: Seeds of EvilEdit
Tal'Set appears once more in this sequel to Dinosaur Hunter, this time he appears as a playable character in the game's newly added multiplayer mode.
The warrior is given some unique traits, such as starting with 110 health rather than the default 100 health. His appearance in this game is treated as non-canon.
According to the Acclaim comics timeline, Tal'Set died in the year 1925, having been the only Turok skilled enough to retire from the job.
- 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.
- In the Turok: Dinosaur Hunter comics by Valiant, Tal'Set is described as a Kiowa-Apache native.
- 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.
- In Turok: Rage Wars, there is a character named Tal'Set who serves as the final boss. However this character bears no resemblance to the Dinosaur Hunter character. This is never explained.
List of AppearancesEdit
- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (First appearance)
- Turok: Battle of the Bionosaurs
- Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
- Turok: Rage Wars
- Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion (GBC) (Image only)
- Turok: Evolution
- Turok: Evolution (GBA)
- Turok: The Way of the Warrior
- Turok: Spring Break in the Lost Land (Mentioned only)
- Turok/Timewalker #1
- Turok/Timewalker #2
- Turok: Tales of the Lost Land
- Turok Online Exclusive Webcomic
- Turok 2: Seeds of Evil comic adaptation
- Turok: Evolution comic
- Turok: Seeds of Evil junior novel
- Turok: Arena of Doom (Mentioned only)
- Turok: Path of Destruction
Notes and referencesEdit
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