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Real Identity: Princess Tara Markov
Affiliation(s): League of Shadows, The Team, and The Outsiders
Appearances (Episodes): Rescue Op, True Heroes, Influence, Leverage, Illusion of Control, First Impression, Early Warning, Elder Wisdom, Quiet Conversations, Unknown Factors, Antisocial Pathologies, Terminus, Into the Breach, Overwhelmed, Nevermore, Inhospitable, Tale of Two Sisters, Og Htrof Dna Reuqnoc!, Kaerb Ym Traeh!, Ego and Superego, and Death and Rebirth
Appearances (Comics): Cherry Gig, Foreign Affairs, Metallic Aftertaste, and Last Rights
Powers/Skills: Geokinesis and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Tara Strong
Tara Markov is the daughter of King Markov and Queen Ilona DeLamb-Markov of Markovia and the young sister of twins Gregor and Brion Markov. In her childhood, she often pretended to be Wonder Woman when the three played super-heroes. On July 28, Team Year Six, Tara Markov was kidnapped by Joe Henchy while she was carelessly left alone in London by Brion Markov while he went clubbing. She was kept in the Bedlam Syndicate's Markovburg lab under the Markovburg Children's Hospital. Dr. Helga Jace believed she was shared her family's connection to what she called the "geo-force" and confirmed she had a meta-gene. She exposed Markov to Tar and meta-activated her. Jace began to think of Markov of her daughter. Baron Bedlam separated them and she came under the tutelage of Deathstroke. She was manipulated to becoming dependent on Deathstroke then as a full member of the League of Shadows, committed unspeakable things.
On August 05, 02:55 EEST, Team Year Eight, Tara Markov and Black Spider were dispatched to Greater Bialya to assassinate Jaqqar Marlo. In Al-Qawiya, they caught up to Marlo and chased him. Markov ended the mission by dropping a boulder on Marlo and killing him. It was later decided Markov would be used as a mole and conditions were set up that would naturally allow her to be rescued by the Team. A cover story was fabricated that she washed out of the League and would be sold at an auction in Bialya. Under the codename Terra, she was subjected to a battle against another meta-human named Holocaust. Terra lost but she was spared from death by Mister Bliss, the majordomo of the auction. Terra was purchased and she was happy to see it was a group that included Brion Markov. She persuaded him to go back and help save the other meta-humans. They helped save Nightwing and Tigress from the Terror Twins then retreated in the Bio-Ship. On November 01, 03:16 EDT, she admitted her hands were sullied, too, when Dr. Jace expressed guilt in her reluctant role in the Bedlam Syndicate.
On November 01, 06:23 PDT, Tara Markov moved into Will Harper's house in Star City. Markov woke up early to send a text message to Deathstroke confirming she infiltrated the Team. On November 04, 10:21 EST, Nightwing's covert team met at Mount Justice for breakfast. Dick Grayson, Conner Kent, and Artemis Crock formally gave Brion Markov, Violet Harper, Forager, and Tara Markov the opportunity to join the Team. On November 06, 14:59 EST, on the Watchtower, Miss Martian formally welcomed Geo-Force, Halo, Forager, and Terra to the Team. On November 06, 17:21 PST, Markov took Brucely for a walk. She stood outside a window and secretly recorded Dr. Jace asking to help more then sent it to Deathstroke. On November 16, 21:21 EST, Aquaman briefed the Team about a suspected meta-trafficking facility in Verhoyansk. On November 17, 23:23 VLAT, Terra transported the Team on a boulder through the tunnel made by Geo-Force. They observed the Rocket Red Brigade. Tigress opted to end the mission and leave since tehre was nothing illegal going on. However, they intervened when a Task Force X squad attacked the base.
On November 17, 10:10 CST, Terra was present when the Task Force X squad was turned over toe Belle Reve Penitentiary. On November 17, 16:16 PST, Markov had coffee with her brother and Violet Harper. The two Markovs excused themselves to help Will Harper in the kitchen. On November 22, they spet Thanksgiving in Star City so Brion Markov could spend time with Violet Harper. On December 04, 19:09 EST, Terra was present when Beast Boy pitched his idea for a public team. Terra decided to stay on the Team. On December 04, 17:48 PST, Beast Boy presented the new team's headquarters at the Premiere Building in Hollywood and revealed there would be living space for those who were homeless, including Tara Markov. On December 07, 19:49 PST, footage of the Outsiders' first mission was watched by Violet Harper, Tara Markov, and Artemis Crock in Will Harper's kitchen. Crock admitted she would miss them and to celebrate their last night under one roof, they had an "ice cream sleepover." During a thunderstorm, Crock asked Markov to check on Lian Nguyen-Harper. She put her back to bed then texted Deathstroke that the Outsiders were secretly coordinating with the Justice League and the Team. He ordered her to stand by.
On December 21, 04:31 PST, Markov, Harper, and Forager wearily got up and headed to the Zeta-Tube to go to Happy Harbor for another day of school. Markov and Forager returned later in the day for their scheduled training. Markov informed Artemis Crock that Harper blew them off to hang out with Harper Row. Markov and Crock sparred in the gymnasium. After being tripped, Markov suddenly was overcome with frustration. Crock empathized with Markov, citing the harsh training she endured with her father Sportsmaster. Markov smiled and they continued training. On December 31, 09:00 CAT, Terra was part of the joint Team-Outsiders mission in Bwundasa. Halo and Terra were assigned to protect United Nations Ambassador Troia in her hotel room. They were attacked by Lady Shiva. Halo lept in front of Terra and took a sword to the throat instead. Terra and Troia then countered but Shiva fled the room. In Taos, 07:15 MST, the joint squad left in Halo's Boom Tube adter El Dorado argued with his father Dr. Dorado Senior.
On January 01, 14:24 PST, Team Year Nine, Violet Harper admitted to Brion and Tara Markov that the body of the person she was occupying, Gabrielle Daou, was bribed to let Jaculi into the Markovian Royal Palace to assassinate their parents. Tara Markov was shocked and seemed to have a panic attack. She managed to secretly text Deathstroke about an argument between the Outsiders and their parents/guardians. On January 02, 04:16 PST, she woke up and informed Forager that Halo ran away. Tigress and Terra went to Happy Harbor to get Sphere, who sensed Halo's location and flew them to the Daou home in Dhabar. Terra hugged Halo. She boomed everyone back to the Hub. While she tood out on the balcony, Markov got a text from Deathstroke demanding an update. Markov lied there was nothing to report on. On January 21, 17:32 PST, Terra and Forager left the Hub for a Team mission. On January 22, 02:21 PST, Markov was confronted by Deathstroke in a Hollywood alley. He knew she was lying to him and reiterated the heroes could not be trusted and he was always honest with her. He gave her an Antidote Chip.
Back at the Hub, Markov witnessed Jefferson Pierce's outburst about the Anti-Light manipulating the various teams. Dr. Jace used the situation to slip Control Chips onto Brion and Tara Markov. Thanks to the Antidote Chip, it did not work on her but she pretended to be under control. They were taken to her lab in Dakota City and Halo was turned over to Ultra-Humanite and Gretchen Goode. After Goode demonstrated her theory that Halo was a key part of the Anti-Life Equation, Markov made her move and liberated her brother. The villains boomed away with Halo. The Markovs returned to the Hub and told those present what transpired. Tara Markov secretly texted Deathstroke admitting he was right and asked for further instruction. On January 25, Terra took part in the mission to save Halo. She was assigned to Beta Squad but Granny Goodness seemingly gained the upperhand by using Halo to place everyone under the Anti-Life Equation. On January 26, 02:48 UTC, Cyborg boomed to the Orphanage then liberated Halo who cleansed everyone of Anti-Life.
On February 14, 18:34 PST, the three Markov children were reunited at the Luthor Grande Hotel in Beverly Hills. They watched Brion Markov's interview with Tod Donner. Gregor Markov it was the beginning of positive press he could use to bring his brother and sister back to Markovia. She texted Deathstroke that Gregor Markov was not in Markovia. They later saw news reports about Baron Bedlam's coup. Terra was on Alpha Squad for the joint Outsiders/Team mission to quell the coup. Deathstroke told her over comms that her secret orders were to publicly execute Beast Boy. Alpha Squad boomed into the Markovian Royal Palace and confronted Bedlam. Geo-Force and Terra were not match initially until the former forced Bedlam out a window into the courtyard below. Deathstroke told her it was time to kill Beast Boy. Tigress arrived and revealed she knew all along she was a mole but wanted to give her the choice to change or not. Terra cast her boulder aside, got rid of the comm, and hugged Tigress. Geo-Force was infuriated the truth about Terra was kept from him.
The squads were horrified when Geo-Force executed Bedlam. Terra told Geo-Force they should turn themselves in for their crimes but he refused. Zviad Baazovi agreed and proclaimed him the new king. She refused to support him. On February 16, 01:24 PST, Beast Boy tried to console Terra. On February 20, 12:29 CET, Tara Markov was given probation by the World Court and released into Gregor Markov's custody. She decided to try to redeem herself as a member of the Outsiders. On February 24, 19:00 EST, she was present at the joint meeting at the Watchtower when Black Lightning was elected as the new leader of the Justice League. On February 27, 07:38 EST, Tara Markov was present when Fred Bugg revealed to his class he was Forager. On February 25, 07:38 EST, Team Year Ten, Markov, Harper, and Forager arrived in Happy Harbor for school and to see off M'gann M'orzz, Conner Kent, and Garfield Logan for their trip to M'arzz. On April 18, Terra was present in the Vault in Star City to assist Tigress in trying to determine if Cassandra Savage and Onyx were lying about their defections from the League of Shadows.
Terra recalled Cassandra Savage was loyal to her father Vandal Savage and would never turn on him and that Onyx was deemed not bloodthirsty enough by Deathstroke. On April 19, 12:17 PDT, Terra was one of the Outsiders on the mission to deal with Hurricane Amy. On May 14, 19:47 AEST, Terra and Red Tornado teamed up to help with the response to Child's pillar of fire in Sydney. At 21:16 AEST, they surveyed the damage with Phantom Stranger. Vandal Savage suddenly boomed to their location and teleported away with the Stranger. On September 09, 19:08 MDT, Tara Markov attended Dinah Lance's monthly group therapy session at Taos. Violet Harper talked abstractly about a possible new romantic relationship. Markov already knew it was Harper Row but didn't divulge. She encouraged Harper to move on from Brion Markov because he made his own choice and it wasn't right for her to put her life on hold. On September 16, Tara Markov attended Conner Kent and M'gann M'orzz's wedding in Happy Harbor. She sat next to Queen Perdita Vladek. On November 11, 12:32 PDT, Terra participated in the joint mission to rescue Queen Perdita Vladek and was on Gorilla Squad.
Gorilla Squad and Super-Cycle flew through a Boom Tube opened by Cyborg directly to the Lexcorp Robotics factory in Madinat Altharwati, Greater Bialya where it was suspected Vladek was being held. Many Lex-Bots were already waiting. Super-Cycle blasted one while Terra grabbed another with a giant rock hand she formed. Beast Boy ripped the head off one. Terra told the rest of the squad to head inside and rescue Queen Perdita Vladek because time was of the essence. She smashed a bot with two boulders. Terra and Super-Cycle were soon overwhelmed but she anticipated that and called for back-up. Mongoose Squad boomed to her and joined the fight. At 22:42 UTC+2, Terra lifted debris out of the ground and sent them into a Lex-Bot.