The Tarman is a Liveship river barge owned by Leftrin. It is made out of wizardwood, and was one of the first liveships. Owned by the same family for many generations it is quickened and though it lacks a figurehead it can communicate with its owner by mild telepathy. It communicates its desire for additional wizardwood, leading to an unusual and secret customization: it has four webbed legs and a tail by which it can move under its own will. Tarman's crew includes captain Leftrin, mate Hennesey, mate Big Eider, tillerman Swarge, his wife and poleman Bellin, and Leftrin's niece and deckhand Skelly, as well as the ship's cat Grigsby.