Tarvin was the leader of the Amagons pirates who captured the Liberator using a false distress call from the civilian cruiser Star Queen. He had previously known Jenna Stannis on Zolat-4, where they had hid in the mountains from three hundred customs guards. Jenna saved Tarvin's life in this incident.. He offered not to sell Jenna to the Federation, but put little trust in her. He was eventually shot dead by Sarkoff.