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"Not if we do what we always do, and fight to survive. Life is hard. It always has been."
— Toklo to Lusa in Great Bear Lake, page 27
Toklo

Toklo

Species
Family
Mother: Oka
Brother: Tobi
Half siblings: Unnamed Cubs
Father: Chogan
Book Appearances
Alias
Shesh (by Aga)
Grumpus (by Lusa)
Scavenger (by Aylen)


Toklo(toh-klo) is a large,[1] dark,[2] muscular,[3] russet-[4] brown male grizzly bear[5] with powerful,[6] broad shoulders,[7] thick fur,[8] sharp teeth,[9] massive,[10] powerful paws,[11] long, razor-sharp claws,[5] brown eyes,[12] a shaggy coat,[5] tufty ears,[13] and a shaggy,[14] broad head.[15]


History



Seekers Manga

Toklo's Story

Toklo was traveling with his brother, Tobi, and his mother, Oka, in a forest they were in before the events of The Quest Begins. He decided to look for food secretly while his mother rested her injured foot, only to have Tobi follow him. They then found a dead carcass of a moose and wanted to bring it to Oka, not knowing that it belonged to their father. They were found soon after and got chased to a den which belongs to their father. Toklo says that they were going off his territory, and their father let them off but not without warning them to leave his territory the next morning. Toklo and his family were later thrown out of the forest by Oka's former mate.


The Original Series

The Quest Begins

Toklo was traveling with his mother, Oka, and his sickly brother, Tobi, along the border of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. He was almost run over by a firebeast while pretending that a log in the road was a rabbit, and pretended to hunt it. He was interested in becoming a strong bear, and learned from his mother quickly. However, when Tobi died, Oka was blinded by grief, and abandons him when they reach the Great Salmon River.
Toklo was then left to fend for himself, and soon came upon another young grizzly cub named Ujurak. Shortly he agreed to let Ujurak travel with him. When Toklo learns of Ujurak's shape-shifting abilities, he is amazed and doesn't know what to think. While by a river, Ujurak becomes a salmon and Toklo is forced to lie to the grizzlies hunting there that the water is poisoned to save Ujurak.
They came upon another young bear named Lusa. She was a small black bear cub, and said that she had seen Toklo's mother, Oka, and that she told her to find him to tell him she was sorry for abandoning him. Toklo didn't want anything to do with her, though. However, Ujurak persuaded Toklo to let Lusa come with them on their journey.

Great Bear Lake

Lusa told Toklo about how Oka was sorry about what she did, and that Oka really loved Toklo, but he dismissed it, still angry that she had left him. When Lusa and Ujurak talk about signs, Toklo thinks they are crazy, yet goes along with it and listens to Ujurak.
The signs lead to Great Bear Lake, where thousands of bears were meeting for the Longest Day. Toklo and Ujurak get seperated from Lusa when other brown bears tell her she doesn't belong there.
To convince the spirits to bring back the salmon, a bear needed to swim to Paw Print Island. Shoteka, a bear who hated Oka and Toklo for Oka rejecting him says Toklo should swim to the island, hoping Toklo would drown in the process.
While swimming there, the spirits of his mother and brother visited him. Toklo thought they were trying to drown him, but soon realizes they still love him and they help him to the island.
Shoteka comes to kill Toklo for revenge, and the bears fight. Oka tells him what to do and he soon wins.

Smoke Mountain

Toklo and Lusa seemed to be closer to each other. The bears, including Taqqiq, heard of a place called Smoke Mountain, from an old bear named Qopuk. He soon died, and the bears decided to go to Smoke Mountain. Taqqiq left the group soon afterwards. Lusa was hit by a firebeast, and fell in a state like depression. Toklo helped her to travel by carrying her on his back. Later he confronted her and convinced her not to run away. The bears encountered flat-faces, whom captured and trapped Toklo. He almost drowned because the firebeast fell into a river, and began to sink. The other bears rescued him, and arrived at the Last Great Wilderness.

The Last Wilderness

Toklo was cornered by a young flat-face cub when he was deciding to hunt a caribou. After some time, Toklo chose to leave the group forever and live on his own, which made Lusa very sad. But, he struggles to live on his own in the mountains, where he hears that prey is scarce, and the flat-faces are bulding dens near; and destroying the trees. When Toklo was going toward the flat lands, he discovers that there are lots of metal buildings and metal birds. There, he rescues Lusa and Kallik from getting crushed by the metal bird. Toklo finds out that Ujurak was missing and he joins with Lusa and Kallik to help find him.

Fire in the Sky

Toklo and the group was guided by Kallik, to and though the ice. He is angry and tense as Kallik takes the lead instead of him, proving herself more effective then he is on the ice. On one night Toklo had a dream from the lone bear. In the dream the lone bear warned him that one of the four was going to die. Toklo thought it was Lusa, so he told Ujurak and Kallik in private about his theory. Then Lusa and him headed back to land. Before they made it, Lusa was captured by flat-faces. Toklo is found by Kallik and Ujurak, and the three devised a plan to free Lusa. They did so, and went back to following the rising sun across the ice.

Spirits in the Stars

Toklo and the rest of the group arrive at Star Island.
There, the Seeker bears meet a polar she-bear who has a young cub. Kallik comes back to the makeshift den of the Seeker bears that night and reveals that she had taken the cub once she realized that his mother had died. Toklo is annoyed at this, and believes Kissimi, the young cub, will slow them down.
The bears soon find out that a sickness has been spreading across Star Island and Ujurak believes that they should help the bears.
Toklo fights with Unalaq, a polar bear from Star Island. When Ujurak died saving him, Kallik and Lusa, Toklo was very upset. At the end of the book, Kallik gave Kissimi to the Star Island bears as she realised she couldn't look after him. Toklo agreed with her choice, and let Unalaq's brother, Yakone travel with them, as he could help them hunt.

Return to the Wild

Island of Shadows

Toklo is grief-stricken after the death of his best friend, Ujurak and believes the journey no longer has any meaning. The trek home seems long and empty without one of his companions. Toklo is constantly annoyed with Yakone and wants to be leader of the group, which he thinks Yakone will get in the way of.
Later in the story, Toklo falls down a hole made by flat-faces and is eventually rescued, though he is more sad than ever, and believes he should have died.
When the bears meet Nanulak, a young Grolar Bear, Toklo treats him better than any of the other bears and tells him stories of his home, where the bears are heading. Nanulak and Toklo agree to share their territory, and Toklo becomes happy again. The other bears don't trust Nanulak, but Toklo believes they are just jealous. When Ujurak warns Toklo that Nanulak might not be what he seems, Toklo acuses him of just being jealous.
On the way, Toklo meets Tikaani, a female polar bear who is about his age. She teaches him how to hunt lemmings in the snow, and together they catch prey.
He meets her again the next day and they throw snow at each other and play before going hunting. Tikaani teaches him how to hunt birds, and gives him a goose she catches. She asks him to stay with her and Toklo wants to until Ujurak reminds him of going home, which he believes he must do to end the journey. Toklo sadly tells her he has to leave, and Tikaani tells him polar bears and grizzly bears have cubs sometimes, hinting she likes him. They touch muzzles before they leave, and Toklo is sad to leave Tikaani, knowing he would probably never see her again.
Soon after, Nanulak points out a polar bears who he says fought him and hurt him. Toklo is angry and goes to fight the bear. The two bears fight, though the polar bear does not want to until Toklo calls him a coward. Toklo wins, and when Nanulak tells him to kill the other bear, Toklo refuses. The polar bear says that Nanulak is his son and Toklo is outraged that Nanulak almost made him kill his own father.
Toklo invites Nanulak to come with them, to the other bears' horror, but Nanulak refuses, saying Toklo was a traitor. Toklo says it's his own choice and the bears leave.

The Melting Sea

Coming Soon

River of Lost Bears

Coming Soon


Trivia

  • Toklo will not fall in love with Lusa.[16]
  • Toklo's name means "two" in Chickasaw,[17] as he was the second of his litter.[18]
  • Toklo may have had a crush on Tikaani.[19]
  • Even though bear claws constantly keep contact with the ground, it is said in River of Lost Bears that "He unsheathed his claws to get a better grip",[20] but bears can only keep their claws out.[21]
  • Toklo may have a crush on Aiyanna.[22]

Quotes

"In case you hadn't noticed, we're in danger, bee-brain."
—Toklo yelling at Ujurak, The Last Wilderness, page 234


"He blamed himself for Tobi's death. It had to be his fault, otherwise Oka's anger made no sense. But that was just the start. Toklo has lost so many bears since. With each loss, he's blamed himself more. He feels responsible for everyone."
—Ujurak to Lusa about Toklo in River of Lost Bears, page 96


"You feel responsible for Tobi's death, don't you? When Oka drove you away, you though it was because you'd let him die. That's not true. It's wasn't your fault he died. It wasn't your fault Ujurak left. And the wolverines attacked me because I ran away, not because you didn't stop them. You're not responsible for us, Toklo. You may be bigger and stronger than me. You may be more used to the forest than Kallik or Yakone. But it doesn't mean you have to protect us from everything. We've traveled as far as you, Kallik and I. We've seen the same things and survived the same dangers. Our fate is our own. Our lives are not in your paws."
—Lusa to Toklo in River of Lost Bears, page 99


"Never! I have a different family now. I don't need you, and I never did. I'm strong because of who I am, not because of you!"
—Toklo to Chogan in Forest of Wolves, page 182


"I came such a long way to find this. Instead, I found the bear who was responsible for destroying my family. My own father."
—Toklo about his father in Forest of Wolves, page 183

Family Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chogan
 
Oka
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tobi
 
Toklo
 
Unknown
 
Unknown
 
Unknown


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Gallery

References

  1. Revealed

    in Great Bear Lake, page 143

  2. Cite Needed
  3. Cite Needed
  4. Revealed in Smoke Mountain, page 11
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 32
  6. Revealed in Spirits in the Stars, page 55
  7. Revealed in Fire in the Sky, page 51
  8. Revealed in River of Lost Bears, page 119
  9. Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 33
  10. Revealed in Smoke Mountain, page 89
  11. Revealed in The Quest Begins, page 38
  12. Revealed in Great Bear Lake, page 147
  13. Revealed in The Last Wilderness, page 2
  14. Revealed in Smoke Mountain, page 3
  15. Revealed in River of Lost Bears, page 2
  16. Revealed at Warriorcats.com
  17. Revealed at Wikipedia
  18. Revealed at Warriorcats.com
  19. Revealed in Island of Shadows, page 185
  20. Revealed in River of Lost Bears, page 12
  21. Revealed at Yahoo Answers
  22. Revealed in Forest of Wolves, page 271
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