- "Never try to live decently, boy—not unless you're willing to open your life to tragedy and sadness. Live like a beast, and no event, no matter how harrowing, will ever be able to move you."
- ―Jova to young Wilhuff Tarkin
During his youth, Jova Tarkin was taken to endure his family's test in the Carrion Plateau on his homeworld of Eriadu. The lesson was meant to teach select Tarkin males the importance of what their family had built and the necessity to force others to abide by the imposed law, by force if need be. The Carrion was maintained as a way to show the Tarkins what Eriadu had been like before their ancestors had arrived from the Core to colonize their world, and to show them that 'life remained a constant battle for survival'.
Once his initiation was done, Jova took the unexpected decision to remain in the Carrion to make it his home and become a permanent guide and mentor for future Tarkin initiates. This decision made him the first of the long line of Tarkins to choose to remain in the Carrion. In this capacity, Jova came to train his own nephew and his great-nephew, Wilhuff, when the time for their initiations came.
- Tarkin (First appearance)