Upon Lattus’s death, Palak became a close confidant of his widow, Tishla. He brought her truce offer to Trevor Colt and turned over the lawyer Yrdesh as a hostage to convince Colt of her sincerity. As children, both Kai and Tishla considered him a surrogate father, a role he continued when Tishla assumed the role of First Citizen.
After the botched attempt on Tishla’s life, Palak urged her to reach out to disaffected humans of both species, Gelt, and other primates to rapidly grow Hanar. He suggested reaching out to Laral Umish about sending the surviving humans on Amargosa to Hanar as they might see Tishla as a savior. Colt shot down that idea, having met Laral. He speculated that the humans would resent Tishla and that Laral would not want to deal with her after losing face in front of the Sovereign. However, he voiced objections to letting Nolan Rosc live when he was arrested for the attempt on Tishla’s life.
Palak helped train Tishla on her mission to kill Laral Umish. Using contacts in the Realm, he was able to book passage on a shipping line created by Laral to service Amargosa. During Tishla’s trip to Amargosa, he acted in her stead as head of Hanar.