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Cole Blackstar, sir, for Kingston. Since our ancestor Fleck and until the end of the world, we stand with Whitson's heir and the cause of the mending!
 
— Cole pledges the forces of Kingston to Lord Captain Helmer, Ember's End, p. 258-259

Coleden "Cole" Blackstar is the son of Lord Victor and Lady Blackstar and the twin brother of Heyna. He is a member of the Fowlers.

Biography

Early life

Cole enjoyed a happy but busy childhood, being trained in the mining, military, and courtly traditions of Kingston. He and Heyna, in their youth, also became acquainted with Lokson, son of their father's counterpart from Blackstone Citadel, Lord Lokken. Sadly, Cole's prowess as a fighter was of no use in their family's greatest personal tragedy. He was absent when enemy forces killed his mother, an event that brought much sorrow to the Blackstars.

Despite the loss, Cole remained firmly dedicated to the Cause. He and Heyna, who trained to fight after their mother died, became close friends to Prince Smalden Joveson and enjoyed several adventures together. Cole was also involved in special missions in the area of Kingston Citadel, and achieved the rank of captain despite his youth.

Ember Falls

Cole arrives at Halfwind Citadel with his sister Heyna and their father, and they join a meeting of Prince Smalden Joveson's council. Smalls later introduces the pair to Heather and Picket Longtreader, noting them as old friends of his. Lord Victor leaves the pair at Halfwind while he leaves with Smalls to return to Kingston. Cole is promptly recruited to fill a vacancy in the Fowlers under the command of Lord Captain Helmer.

Perkinson, one of the Fowlers, mentions having met Cole previously, and notes that despite his reserved nature Cole is a formidable warrior. At Cole's first training session with the Fowlers, he spots the first signs of the Attack on Halfwind Citadel, and tackles Helmer to the ground to save him from an enemy arrow. After briefly being pinned down by attackers, the Fowlers were reinforced by soldiers from Halfwind, though even then they were badly outnumbered. Following a short rest, Cole accompanies Helmer back out into the battle.

Halfwind's forces are saved by the timely arrival of the Terralain army under Bleston, who soon takes command of Halfwind. Some time later, the Fowlers discuss secret messengers sent to other citadels at lunch, and Picket announces his intent to leave himself. Cole later joins his comrades at the Fowlers' training course, but they are interrupted when Helmer and Captain Frye arrive with word of a wolf force marching on Cloud Mountain. The Fowlers prepare to march with the rest of Halfwind and Terralain's forces, but volunteer to investigate a sentry warning.

The cause for the warning proves to be a badly injured Wilfred Longtreader, returning with dire news: Smalls has been killed and carried away by the Preylords. While Heather and Perkinson leave to see to the safety of Emma, Smalls' sister and chosen heir, Cole and the others take Wilfred back to Halfwind Hospital. After Wilfred shares the details of Smalls' apparent demise, Picket confesses to urging him to attempt his foolish raid. Cole and Jo Shanks, initially unwilling to meet Picket's eyes, stop him from running away, and accompany him to rejoin the force after Wilfred speaks to him.

Cole joins in the charge at Jupiter's Crossing as the rabbits engage the wolf army, working with Jo to save Picket from an attacking wolf. Their group later retreats to Rockback Valley to regroup with their fellows. Upon finding that the Terralains have abandoned them, the bloodied bucks refuse to give in to fear. Led by Picket, they take their places at the front of the army, and then charge into battle against the wolves.

The Fowlers briefly regroup and, upon learning that there is no apparent hope of escape, Cole heads back into the fight. However, Picket is able to leave using a glider cape developed by Heyward, and secures aid that turns the tide. Many rabbits, Cole among them, are thus able to survive the intended massacre.

Ember Rising/The Archer's Cup

Cole and Jo later led a group of other bucks into battle to reinforce a unit under Picket and Helmer, who were attacked by Terralains under Tameth Seer at Jupiter's Crossing. After forcing the Terralains to surrender and withdraw, the pair inform Picket that the remnants of Smalls' party-including Cole's father-have made it back to Cloud Mountain. They present Picket with Smalls' scarf, and comfort him as he bemoans his foolish counsel to the prince. As Picket and Helmer head out on their own mission, Cole and Jo bid them farewell before leaving to join Emma. Acting as Emma's honor guard, the pair accompany her on a tour of several of the secret citadels.

While stopped on the way to Blackstone, Heyna and Cole share their history with Emma at her request, including the tragic fate of their mother Lady Blackstar. Emma, learning of their shared family connection, accepts the Blackstars as cousins. Cole, Emma, Heyna, and Jo then split from the rest of Emma's escort and make their way to Blackstone unaccompanied, while the rest of the group travels to Corby, planning to rendezvous at Harbone Citadel. As the group nears Blackstone, Cole takes the lead as a scout, silently directing the others with hand signals as they prepare a distraction to ease their entry into Blackstone.

Following Maggie Weaver's council, they act the part of haughty courtiers, though Cole is quick to express his distaste for the role. After a bewildering encounter with Gallipot Grenda and an infuriating one with Lead Captain Truff, the four are escorted to spartan quarters near the Blackstone mess hall. Cole volunteers to stand guard on Emma's room while Heyna and Jo leave to get food, while also expressing fear that it may become necessary to flee the hostile citadel. Lokson then appears with his army, whom Cole and his companions briefly mistake for attackers. After a short talk, Lokson correctly guesses at Cole and Heyna's identities, with Cole recalling their childhood acquaintance.

Cole remains behind to guard Emma's room as agreed, and Heyna is quick to insist that he be relieved after she and Jo have eaten. However, their plans are interrupted when a messenger named Cleeve Hapson arrives with a supposed summons from Lord Ronan. The invitation proves to be false, with Matron Breelia Wilder being the true source of the message. After conversing briefly with Emma and her companions, Wilder leaves for a meeting of the Lord's Council. Cole urges that they get Emma out of the citadel, but Emma insists on attending the council meeting. Unfortunately, the four then discover that they have been locked in the room, and that someone has started a fire outside the door.

Thankfully, they are able to escape and make their way to the Lord's Quadrant, where they burst in on the council meeting. During the discussion, the four learn that the citadel has been plagued by threats from a mysterious enemy calling themselves Bane Graveheart. Cole remains behind in the council chamber as Jo, Truff, and Lokson leave to investigate a threat to the water gate mentioned in Graveheart's latest letter. After they return, Cole suggests possible motivations for Graveheart's actions, though Matron Wilder is quick to condemn them as mere emotions. Wilder is soon arrested on suspicion of being Bane Graveheart, and Cole's party is led back to the mess hall for breakfast by new friend Amber Hewson.

Cole lies down to rest afterwards, and rises when Jo returns to their new quarters, advising him to get some rest. Heyna then arrives, and the three discuss Lokson's invitation for them and Emma to join him for dinner. After some banter, mostly at Jo's expense, Jo surprises the pair with the news that Nate Flynn and the Bracers have arrived to back them up, offering up Nate to take his place at the dinner. Cole and Jo then poke fun at Heyna, who wishes she could find such a replacement, before the twins guess shrewdly that Jo will seek to spend the evening with Amber Hewson instead. After their respective meals, Cole and the others inform Jo that he will be among Emma's representatives at a newly organized event: the Ultimate Archer's Cup.

When they're alone, Cole correctly guesses that Jo's time with Amber went badly, but is puzzled by Jo's vague answers regarding her disinterest. He encourages Jo, and the pair briefly discuss the matter of Bane Graveheart before their conversation turns to the tournament. Cole admits to having made a wager with Captain Cheltham, Lokson's arrogant right-hand and Jo's principal competition, before urging Jo to prepare as best he can. Unfortunately, their sleep is interrupted by the Bracers, who bring word of Matron Wilder's escape. The bucks join Lokson's army and the Blackstone forces in splitting into search parties, with Cole, Jo, Owen, and Studge joining a party led by Slimmo, Blackstone's head chef.

Being intimately familiar with both the workings of Blackstone and the surrounding area, Slimmo leads the younger bucks to the shore of Black Lake, where they find Matron Wilder's secret boat gone. They are then forced to take cover from wolves patrolling the area, and Slimmo leads the group to his hidden network of caves. After waiting some time for the wolves to leave the area, the group returns to Blackstone, and are updated by Amber on the situation. The next morning, Cole allows Jo to sleep a bit later while he attends to various tasks, allowing his friend some rest before the Ultimate Archer's Cup is to commence.

Following a heated altercation with Cheltham as they enter the mess hall, the two encounter Slimmo as he is leaving on an errand of his own. Jo expresses the belief that Slimmo is in love with Matron Wilder and going after her, and the pair then join Heyna, Emma, and Grenda at a table. After speaking to Grenda alone about Amber, Jo expresses disinterest in competing to Cole, who suggests that winning might at least bring Jo some comfort in the midst of his confusion. He then joins Emma and Heyna in the stands on the Blackstone common, watching in amazement as Jo makes it through to the final round of the cup.

As the twins and Emma come to congratulate Jo, he and Amber inform them of another letter from Bane Graveheart; Emma tasks Cole with keeping Jo focused while she, Heyna, and Amber leave to attend Ronan. Heading to the mess hall for refreshment, Cole and Jo are accompanied by Grenda, but their discussion greatly disturbs Jo. He charges Cole with locating Captain Truff, who has been absent all day, and Cole sets out to do so. Failing to locate the missing captain, he collects Owen and Studge and heads to meet Jo at the Lord's Quadrant.

The three burst in just in time to help Jo subdue Slimmo, now revealed as Bane Graveheart, with Cole taking an unconscious Lady Elisabeth from the maddened cook while the others restrain him. After being restrained, Slimmo reveals the whereabouts of a drugged Truff, whom Cole promises to find after accompanying the soldiers escorting Slimmo to the dungeon. Later, at a ceremony where the now unified Blackstone rabbits pledge themselves to Emma, Cole congratulates Jo for his role in bringing it about. Nate then reports to Cole before being showered with adulation for winning the cup, which Jo forfeited by leaving to stop Slimmo.

Some time later, the twins and Jo rescue Emma when a secret meeting with Kylen nearly leads to her murder at the hands of Tameth Seer. Cole later joins the vanguard of the Cause in the Battle for First Warren, fighting alongside Captain Frye before being reunited with Picket. The pair then come to the aid of Moonlight against Daggler and the Black Band. Cole engages Daggler in battle but is outmatched, but saved by Helmer's timely intervention. Emma's court then arrives, and Lord Victor stays behind to look after his son while the others enter the governor's palace.

Ember's End

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Physical appearance

Coleden is a black-furred buck with a diamond-shaped white patch on his forehead. He wears a brown tunic with white sleeves, grey trousers, and a black cape. A patch can be seen on the shoulder of his left arm. He closely resembles his twin sister Heyna, the only notable difference between them being Cole's white forehead patch. He is about the same age as Heather and Picket Longtreader.

Personality and traits

Cole is a reserved buck, well-versed in the affable etiquette of the court at his home of Kingston. Despite this, he can be quite friendly once he's gotten to know someone, joining in his fellow Fowlers' jokes and regarding them as brothers. He is also not afraid to ask questions or voice opinions.

Skills and abilities

Cole is a fearsome warrior, so skilled and fierce that growing up he had to train with groups of opponents rather than one-on-one. He is tall and strong-armed, while also possessing grace in battle.

Family tree


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Jon Blackstar
 
Unnamed wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Whitson Mariner
 
Lillie
 
Fleck Blackstar
 
Unknown wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucianne Blackstar
 
 
 
 
 
Lord Blackstar II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnamed descendants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Blackstar
 
Victor Blackstar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coleden Blackstar
 
Heyna Blackstar

Relationships

Victor and Lady Blackstar

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Heyna Blackstar

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Smalls and Emma Joveson

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The Fowlers

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Trivia

  • The name "Cole" is of English origin and is derived from the byname "Cola."[1] It means "victorious" or "dark-skinned."[2]
    • Additionally, the surname "Blackstar" is of English origin and is derived from the Old English word "blaecan," which means "to bleach."[3]

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