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"Remember your BirthDen. The trees, the waterfall, the open meadows rich with flowers and prey, where you and Tobi played together. All that is waiting for you. You have done what you needed to do for Ujurak. Now go and find your home."
— Oka to Toklo about Ujurak's death, in Spirits in the Stars, page 337
Oka

Oka

Species
Family
Sons: Tobi, Toklo
Cubs: Unnamed Cubs
Former Mate: Chogan
Death
Euthanized
Book Appearances
Alias
Pretty (by Shoteka)
Oka (oh-ka) is a massive,[1] thin[2] female[3] grizzly bear with a massive head,[4] long,[5] patchy[6] brown fur,[5] giant,[7] sharp claws, soft shoulder fur,[6] large, dark eyes,[8] scratches on her muzzle,[2] a stumpy tail,[9] and huge jaws.[10]

History



Seekers Manga

Toklo's Story

Oka was first seen taking good care of her cubs, Toklo and Tobi, by letting them play and finding bulbs for them to eat. She kept having to move dens because they were in another bear's territory. The bear was later revealed to be Toklo and Tobi's father. She later got angry at Toklo when he covered Tobi with dirt, thinking he was dead. Later, she fought to protect her cubs from her mate, and they left the forest and headed for the mountains.

The Original Series

The Quest Begins

Quick tempered, Oka had a fierce nature, probably brought on from losing her first litter. She barely let her sickly cub, Tobi, out of her sight and often got angry with her other cub, Toklo, when he was stubborn or strong willed. When the three climbed the mountains, she allowed Tobi to sit on her back since he was sickly. She stopped to play with Toklo but regretted it when Tobi felt sick and night started to fall. Oka left for a bit in the morning then returned to find Toklo awake and Tobi dead. Anger pulsed through her when she saw her dead cub, rounding on Toklo. She spent most of the day with Tobi's dead body, sending him off to the bear spirits. She then took Toklo to the Great Salmon River. Oka then saved Toklo from Shoteka, a wily, and fierce male bear when Toklo fell into the river. She showed how much Tobi's death had affected her by sending Toklo away, telling him to leave the territory.
Many days later, Oka was brought to the Bear Bowl, weak, skinny, and stricken with grief. She slowly befriended Lusa, a black bear cub, and admitted what she did to her cub, Toklo. One day, Oka was in a rage and attacked a smooth-pelt. She knew that she was going to be killed for it, and wished she could tell Toklo that she loved him as much as she had loved Tobi. She put faith in Lusa to find her lost cub, and tell him she was sorry.

Great Bear Lake

As spirits, Oka and Tobi help Toklo get the courage and strength to swim all the way to Paw Print Island when he is at Great Bear Lake. When Shoteka is fighting Toklo, Oka gives advice to Toklo to use his speed.

Smoke Mountain

In Smoke Mountain, as a spirit, she encourages Toklo to get out of the firebeast. She is not seen later, but is spoken about in Smoke Mountain when the bears are at The Big River. Toklo wishes for Oka and Tobi to be there with him.

Spirits in the Stars

Oka and Tobi come to Toklo after Ujurak dies and Oka comforts him. When Toklo tells her that he is empty, she tells him he is not, for he has the spirit of the wild within him.


Trivia

  • In The Quest Begins, it says that she had a litter of cubs before Toklo and Tobi, but they all died before becoming adults, which probably explains her fierce nature.[11]
  • Her name means "water" in Chickasaw.[12]

Quotes

"You are not empty! You have the spirit of the wild in you."
–Oka to Toklo, Spirits in the Stars, page 251
"We can't save everyone... not all of the time."
–Oka to Toklo about Ujurak, Spirits in the Stars, page 251
"Swim Toklo! You can do it! We are with you!"
–Oka to Toklo, Great Bear Lake

Family Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
Unnamed
 
Chogan
 
 
 
Oka
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aiyanna
 
Toklo
 
Tobi
 
Unknown
 
Unknown
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oka


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Gallery

References

  1. Revealed

    in Great Bear Lake, page 109

  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 141
  3. Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 32
  4. Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 145
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 39
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 77
  7. Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 34
  8. Cite needed
  9. Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 127
  10. Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 168
  11. Cite Needed
  12. [1]

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