Tanakalian was the Shield Anvil of the Perish Grey Helms. He was described as "quite young, and if anything broader of shoulder, although not as tall as the Mortal Sword" with yellow hair, the colour of stalks of wheat and eyes of a deep grey.
He was considered a rather poor choice for the position by both Krughava and Run'Thurvian. The latter described him as "too young, woefully inexperienced, and dismayingly inclined to rash judgement".
Tanakalian was criticized as a Shield Anvil for being both young and unwilling to embrace unconditionally. He kept Destriant Run'Thurvian's vague dying warning of betrayal to himself to avoided spreading panic among the Grey Helms.
Tanakalian betrayed Krughava to become the sole leader of the Perish Grey Helms, denying embrace to all he found unworthy. He lead the Grey Helms to side with the Forkrul Assail to end humanity and bring about the rise of the wilds once again.