Tarvu settled in Baalb on his forteenth birthday, and in fact had his forteenth birthday party there. He quickly established himself as a valued member of the community, becoming greatly involved in civic matters. At the age of nineteen he became the youngest person to run for mayor of Baalb but was narrowly beaten by the incumbent, Gibb. Gibb, however, bore Tarvu no ill wishes, and even threw a birthday party for him in the Council Hall. However, later on, Gibb did turn on Tarvu and used a 'dirty tricks' campaign against him.