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Ta'Lon
Race: Narn
Gender: Male
Hair color: None
Eye color: Red
Affiliation: Narn Regime
Narn Resistance
Portrayed by: Marshall Teague

"I carry my sword in my hand. You carry yours in your heart, and your mind. The way I see it, that gives you a two-to-one advantage in arms. Be fair, Citizen G'Kar."

Ta'Lon, to G'Kar


Ta'Lon was a Narn warrior and later an ambassador. He was rarely without his K'tok.

HistoryEdit

Little is known about Ta'Lon's early life, but in his adult years he was evidently an accomplished Narn warrior and pilot.

In 2259, just before the Narn-Centauri War, Ta'Lon was captured by a Streib ship while on patrol. After being tortured and experimented upon, he was forced to battle other prisoners via a mind control device. The last gladiator he faced was Captain John Sheridan, who managed to knock him out and disable the control device. Working together, they were able to escape the Streib vessel in a life pod when the EAS Agamemnon tracked down and engaged the ship. Ta'Lon was taken back to Babylon 5 to be treated for his injuries. He was then sent back to Narn and got caught up in the War.[1]

Ta'Lon survived the war, including the Centauri bombardment of Narn itself. Afterwards, he became a bodyguard for Na'Far, a Narn working for the Centauri provisional government. Na'Far was sent to Babylon 5 to try to convince G'Kar to surrender himself. Before Na'Far speaks with G'Kar, Ta'Lon meets with Captain Sheridan for a drink, vowing to repay Sheridan for saving his life. Indeed, Captain Sheridan was glad to see Ta'Lon again and as the two talked, Sheridan wondered with a bit of humor what people would think if he started walking around with Ta'Lon as his bodyguard; to which Ta'Lon answered in an amused voice that people would say what a lucky man Sheridan was because he would live to be 150. The following day, Na'Far nearly succeeded when G'Kar saw how his place may be causing division in the Narn Resistance. However, after the Narn community begged G'Kar to stay, he reconsidered. Ta'Lon, inspired by G'Kar and disgusted with Na'Far, decided to join the community (and indeed had been one of the instrumental voices in convincing G'Kar to stay).[2]

A few weeks later, G'Kar was arrested for assaulting Ambassador Londo Mollari while under the influence of Dust and placed in station lockup. Ta'Lon kept a vigil outside his quarters for over a month, fasting and remaining awake for days at a time. When G'Kar was released, Ta'Lon became his closest confidante. G'Kar explained to him the revelation he had had, and how the Narn would have to fight to protect Babylon 5 in order for everyone to survive the oncoming Shadow War. Ta'Lon joined the station's new security team along with most of the other Narns on the station, even escorting the Centauri prophetess Lady Morella at one point.[3]

Ta'Lon's activities during the rest of the time Narn was occupied by the Centauri remain unknown, but it is known that in 2262, while G'Kar was on Centauri Prime serving as Londo's bodyguard, he gained access to G'Kar's quarters on Babylon 5 where he found the Book of G'Kar and had it published without his consent. When G'Kar returned to Babylon 5, he was dismayed to discover what his friend had done, and his newfound status among the Narn as a religious figure as a result. Ta'Lon however encouraged him to keep up the image, pointing out that his people needed someone to look up to after all they had endured. Ta'Lon also assured G'Kar that he needn't worry about his image shadowing his message, offering to kill him if that ever happened.[4]

Later that year, he became G'Kar's replacement as Narn ambassador to Babylon 5 at G'Kar's request.[5]

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