A guide on HighFleet – How To Catch Tarkhans.

Introduction

With losing my savegame multiple times and the randomness of recruitment, this guide might never be finished, but I already have collected some information, so I might as well share it for whoever finds some of it useful 😉

The recruitment minigame

In the recruitment minigame you have 5 turns to convince the Tarkhan to join you. You can achieve this by selecting one of the available Speech Cards or a Gift, if available.

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Here is a quick breakdown:

Each turn you have 2 to 5 random Speech Cards available to choose.
Each card represent a different Worldview and can be either positive or negative towards this view.

If you match the card with the opinion of the Tarkhan you gain 1 or more points, if it is opposed, you lose points.

For each 3 points you get a star, up to 4 stars maximum. At least one star is required to recruit the Tarkhan, but more are always better.

If you use the same Speech Card multiple times for a Tarkhan, you get -1 point on the card for each time used, dropping a gain of +1 to zero, +2 to +1, etc. Sometimes the introducing event or greeting of a Tarkhan can also count as having used a corresponding card.

Using a Gift Card can net you points like a speech, but instead of using a turn it grants you an additional turn, even if the resulting points are negative. The same gift can be used multiple times without penalty.

If you have multiple good matches in a row with your speeches and gifts, you can get the “Good Speech” modifier, giving you additional points for a following worldview match.

Worldviews

There are 8 different worldviews in the game.
Each Tarkhan can have either a strongly positive, positive, neutral, negative, or strongly negative opinion on the subject.
Matching a positive speech on a worldview with a strongly positive or positive opinion grants you +2 or +1 points, the same is true for matching a negative speech with a strongly negative or negative opinion.
On the other hand, if the speech and opinion do not match and are opposed, you get -2 or -1 points instead.
If the Tarkhan has a neutral opinion, or a modifier for using a speech multiple times drops the gained points to 0, there will be “No Reaction” instead.
The most important thing to note is, that not all worldviews are fixed for a Tarkhan, some seem to be randomized at the start of the campaign. So what worked for you one time, might not work during the next run, more on this later.


  • Romani:
    Strongly positive – Very proud Romani -or- Devoted to Romanis
    Positive – Proud Romani -or- Likes Romani
    Negative – Dislikes Romani
    Strongly negative – Hates Romani
  • Gerat (aka Elaim):
    Strongly positive – Very proud Elaim -or- Devoted to Elaims
    Positive – Proud Elaim -or- Likes Elaim
    Negative – Dislikes Elaim
    Strongly negative – Hates Elaim
  • Kindness:
    Strongly positive – Greatly values kindness
    Positive – Kind
    Negative – Harsh
    Strongly negative – Cruel
  • Force:
    Strongly positive – Greatly values force
    Positive – Appreciates force
    Negative – Peace-Minded
    Strongly negative – Hates violence
  • Wealth:
    Strongly positive – Greatly values wealth
    Positive – Loves wealth
    Negative – Does not value wealth
    Strongly negative – Despises wealth
  • Fear:
    Strongly positive – Very afraid of you
    Positive – Afraid of you
    Negative – Not afraid of you
    Strongly negative – Looks down on you
  • Order (aka Justice, Law):
    Strongly positive – Greatly values justice
    Positive – Loves justice
    Negative – Does not value justice
    Strongly negative – Lawless
  • Faith:
    Strongly positive – True believer
    Positive – Lean towards faith
    Negative – Inclined to unbelief
    Strongly negative – Unbelieving

Speech Cards and Gifts

There are 8 different worldviews in the game, each represented by two speech cards for either a positive or a negative opinion.
Gifts are always counted as towards the positive opinion, but not all worldviews have gifts associated with them. They are found by searching the Crew Compartments of a crashsite after a battle.


  • Romani:
    Positive – Of the great destiny of the Romani Empire
    Negative – Of the coming decline of the Romani Empire
    Gift – Empire Cross
  • Gerat (aka Elaim):
    Positive – Of the great future that awaits all the people of Gerat
    Negative – Of the Romani Empire and how the Elaim need it to survive
    Gift – Great Banner
  • Kindness:
    Positive – Of the woes of the People and how you wish to aid them
    Negative – Of the Fact that this is no time for Philantropy
  • Force:
    Positive – Of the war with Kiva and why it is necessary
    Negative – Of ending the war and why this must be done
    Gift – Gilded Dagger
  • Wealth:
    Positive – Of the untold riches that await the victor in Gerat
    Negative – Of how the wealthy opress the people of Gerat and must be brought down
    Gift – Gold Elephant
  • Fear:
    Positive – Of how Sayadi is a good friend and a fearsome foe
    Negative – Of your deep sense of respect for the Tarkhan
  • Order (aka Law, Justice):
    Positive – Of the injustice seen through Gerat
    Negative – Of how the weak appeal to justice to undermine the strong
  • Faith:
    Positive – Of the importance of faith in these troubled times
    Negative – Of the dangers of faith and the superstition it brings
    Gift – Bronze Icon

Finding the Tarkhans

As far as i am aware, there are 8 Tarkhans to recruit in the campaign and the prologue Tarkhan. 
At the start of the campaign you will have a direction to the location of the first Tarkhan, this seems to always be Omar Khan.
If you land in the right location, there will be a landed ship with a white “Head” icon in the city view. Clicking the ship starts the recruitment event.

How to find additional locations:

  • find them by accident.
  • after talking to a Tarkhan, they might point you to the next, closest. The direction will be recorded in your “questlog”.
  • searching the Captains Cabin after a battle gives you a note with a direction, but this will not be recorded anywhere! Write it down or put some markers on your map, you will not be able to see this information again. This can also be a Tarkhan you already have gotten a direction for.
  • a rare event with a caravan can give you directions to the nearest Tarkhan.
  • after some time, you will get radio messages, about someone wanting to meet you. Draw lines in the direction the messages are coming from to find the source.


If the direction says the location is “far” they can be anywhere between 2500km to almost 4000km from the city you got the direction from.
Otherwise they are closer than 2000km most of the time.

Tarkhan Profiles

As stated before, some of the worldviews are randomized each game, so be aware that all of the opinions below could be dead wrong in your campaign.


  • Always X – I verified at least 10 games that this stat is only positive or only negative (or very rarely neutral).
  • Random – it always seems to be random, I got roughly the same amount of positive as well as negative reactions in different games.
  • Random (tending towards X) – roughly 9 in 10 times it was the same, but rarely it could be the opposite.

Imlan-Harish (Prologue)

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At the start of the campaign he will already be recruited with 2 stars, even if he was recruited with different stars during the prologue.


  • Romani
    Random
  • Gerat
    Always Positive
  • Kindness
    Always Positive
  • Force
    Always Positive
  • Wealth
    Random (tending to Negative)
  • Fear
    Always Positive
  • Order
    Always Positive
  • Faith
    Always Positive

Omar Khan

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If you give him the item at the start of the recruiting event, he will automatically join with 2 stars.
Otherwise you can try to recruit him normally.


  • Romani
    Random
  • Gerat
    Always Positive
  • Kindness
    Always Positive
  • Force
    Random (tending to positive)
  • Wealth
    Random
  • Fear
    Random (tending to negative)
  • Order
    Always Positive
  • Faith
    Always Positive

Duchess Isi

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  • Romani
    Random
  • Gerat
    Always Positive
  • Kindness
    Always Positive
  • Force
    Always Negative
  • Wealth
    Always Negative
  • Fear
    Always Positive
  • Order
    Always Positive
  • Faith
    Always Positive

Nadir Bek

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Romani
Random (tending towards Negative)

Gerat
Always Positive

Kindness
Random (tending towards Negative)

Force
Random (tending towards Positive)

Wealth
Random (tending towards Positive)

Fear
Always Positive

Order
Always Negative

Faith
Random (tending to Positive)

Shuja-e-Sani

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  • Romani
    Random
  • Gerat
    Always Positive
  • Kindness
    Random (tending towards Negative)
  • Force
    Always Positive
  • Wealth
    Random
  • Fear
    Always Negative
  • Order
    Always Negative
  • Faith
    Random (tending towards Positive)

Yitzhak-Ra

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  • Romani
    Always Positive
  • Gerat
    Random
  • Kindness
    Always Positive
  • Force
    Random
  • Wealth
    Random (tending towards Positive)
  • Fear
    Random (tending towards Positive)
  • Order
    Always Positive
  • Faith
    Always Negative

Yemelyan Gulyaev

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Romani
Always Positive

Gerat
Always Negative

Kindness
Always Positive

Force
Always Positive

Wealth
Always Positive

Fear
Always Negative

Order
Always Positive

Faith
Random (tending towards Negative)

Admiral Wan

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  • Romani
    Always Positive
  • Gerat
    Random
  • Kindness
    Always Negative
  • Force
    Always Positive
  • Wealth
    Random (tending towards Positive)
  • Fear
    Always Negative
  • Order
    Always Positive
  • Faith
    Random (tending towards Negative)

Alsahir

Alsahir automatically joins with 2 stars, if you allow it. Otherwise the Tarkhan is gone.
I have found no way to get a recruitment minigame here.

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