The Bracers are a unit of elite archers stationed at Halfwind Citadel. Their unit crest is a rabbit's paw wearing an arm guard, or bracer, and holding two arrows. The arm guard and the ability of each member of the unit to fire two arrows, or a brace of arrows, at the same time, is what gave the unit its name.
After Jo Shanks loses the Archer's Cup, Nate Flynn offers him the chance to be a Bracer and go to Cloud Mountain, which Jo readily accepts. This is a temporary posting, made as a result of Kent Halmon being injured during the tournament. The Bracers later take part in the defense of Cloud Mountain, during which Jo is wounded but still manages to defend Heather Longtreader from a savage wolf, though she was unaware of his assistance.
Jo is readmitted to the Bracers after recovering from his injuries, the battle having left the Bracers with a number of vacancies. Later, several of the Bracers join an advance team led by Lord Captain Helmer the Black in order to insure that prince Smalden Joveson is able to travel safely to Halfwind.
In preparation for the Siege of First Warren, the Bracers are folded into the Highwall Wardens, with Clay Fletcher commanding and Nate as one of his seconds. They later take part in the battle, and with the other Highwallers assist their old comrade Jo in bringing down two of the Six.