Zataki was a soldier of the Acoma household. As a boy he played with Mara and Lanokota and had a temper.

While Mara was visiting the Anasati and celebrated her betrothal, Zataki refused to comply to the order of Selmon, the Patrol Leader who formerly was a Grey warrior since he and his companions rested and ate after the long march.

Kartachaltaka, another newcomer took exception to Zataki's refusal to obey since he believed that the old soldiers act like superiors to them and they two fought.

As Mara returned from the household, she heard of the problem and ordered both men hung since Zataki complained to his superior.