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Back to the battle!
 
— Captain Frye to Picket Longtreader,
Ember Falls, p. 95

Captain Frye is the captain of Halfwind Citadel under Lord Ramnor.

Biography

Early life

Frye was a childhood friend of Helmer, and both fought in the service of King Jupiter. Frye was present for many victories, including Perkin One-Eye's campaign against the eagles of Dell Beck and the climax of the Red Valley War. He was also an acquaintance of Garten Longtreader, and after his betrayal came to see all members of the Longtreader family as suspect. Frye eventually became the highest ranked officer of Halfwind Citadel, providing much-needed assistance to the scholarly Lord Ramnor.

Frye was also responsible for dismissing Jo Shanks' father from military service after hopeful archer's ambitions were dashed by a crippling accident.

The Green Ember/The Last Archer

Some time prior to the Citadel Congress at Cloud Mountain, Captain Frye attends a meeting in Leapers Hall at Halfwind. He and other citadel leadership are in conference during the first rounds of the Archer's Cup, but arrive just before the final three competitors-Nate Flynn, Kent Halmon, and Jo Shanks-are announced. Frye marches onto the field to converse with Clay Fletcher, who has been overseeing the tournament. He then has troops move onto the field and make various changes, such as setting up obstacles and spreading pitch across the grass.

Frye then informs the spectators and remaining competitors that the final round has been redesigned to simulate battle conditions. Furthermore, the winner of the round will receive the accolades of a combat archer. He then watches the final round, showing amusement at an error made by Jo Shanks, who regards Frye as his least favorite officer. Later, Frye berates Jo for missing his final shot before leaving in company with Lieutenant Drand.

When the Halfwind forces travel to Cloud Mountain, Frye takes charge of half the group and leads them off to make camp. After hearing from Drand that Nate Flynn has brought Jo Shanks along as a temporary member of the Bracers, Frye expresses his disapproval to the newly appointed lieutenant, who later conveys it to Jo. Frye starts a fight with Kyle in the Savory Den prior to the citadel congress by verbally attacking Heather because of her Longtreader heritage. Frye gets the upper hand before Gort breaks up the fight, at which point Frye leaves in a huff.

Returning to his bucks, Frye oversees a training exercise on the Cloud Mountain plateau, and angrily confronts Wilfred Longtreader when he appears. Wilfred refutes his accusations that he was Garten's accomplice, and condemns Frye for threatening his niece and nephew. Frye expresses the willingness to act without the lords' sanction to deal with the Longtreaders. However, before anything drastic occurs, Smalden Joveson appears to lead Wilfred away.

Frye is praised by his soldiers for confronting Wilfred, though accounts vary as to whether the incident was reported to the citadel lords or whether Frye was rebuked. After one such lunchtime congratulations from Jo, Frye and the Bracers were led out to a tower hide by Pacer. The Halfwind bucks settled in to keep watch on the surrounding forest, but Frye led half of them out after Jo spotted an unfamiliar buck. The group ended up being attacked by wolves, whom they attempted to flee before being forced into a confrontation.

The next day, having driven off the wolves, Frye starts another argument about Longtreaders and loyalty, and Lord Victor steps in to defend Heather and her brother Picket. Frye accuses Picket of passing information to the wolves, as the strange buck spotted by Jo had similar coloring to Picket. He dismisses the Longtreaders' attempts to persuade him of their innocence, and Victor's bucks are forced to prevent Picket from attacking the older soldier. Frye later attends the assembly in the Great Hall, sneering at Heather when she turns and sees him the back with his bucks.

Frye takes part in the Battle for Cloud Mountain, and one of his arms is crippled by a wolf bite. The Bracers arrive in time to save him from being killed, and Frye sends them after the retreating wolves while he and Drand attempt to rally more troops. He stops Heather and Picket as they leave the mountain to help Smalls, believing that they were responsible for the wolf attack. Despite his injuries, which Doctor Zeiger is attempting to tend, Frye confronts Picket, but is subdued by the younger buck.

Despite having the antagonistic Frye at his mercy, Picket spares him, and Frye tells Heather the direction in which Lord Rake and Helmer departed. She then informs him that Kyle is the spy he spotted the night before. Captain Frye is among the rabbits who arrive at Jupiter's Crossing in time to see Picket defend Smalls. He then helps drive off the remaining wolves, and comments later that Picket's feat was unlike anything he has witnessed, even in the days of King Jupiter. Some days later, Captain Frye delivers word to Picket that they have found the location of some prisoners, possibly including Picket's family.

Ember Falls/The First Fowler

Captain Frye is in charge of the scouts and intel of Halfwind Citadel. He provided information that led to Picket and Smalls scouting out an abandoned mine looking for Picket's family. His scouts also report an army approaching from the southwest.

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Physical appearance

Frye was described as strong and stocky, but after the Battle for Cloud Mountain he only has the use of one arm. He was even older than Lord Ramnor.

Personality and traits

Captain Frye was a dedicated soldier of the Cause, willing to give his life for the sake of the Mended Wood. His tenacity made him a formidable warrior, though it could also make him confrontational. Frye was also a stern commander, showing little tolerance for those who failed to meet his expectations.

Frye's age and weight affected his ability, though he possessed surprising stamina in spite of this. He was capable of keeping up with Helmer over a long distance, though on one occasion he was left so winded that he collapsed. Despite losing the use of one arm, Frye remained a formidable fighter, leading charges in both the Battle for First Warren and the Siege of First Warren.

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Relationships

Wilfred Longtreader

Ah, come to spy out our military readiness, have you, Longtreader scum?
 
— Captain Frye to Wilfred Longtreader, The Last Archer, p. 74

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Helmer

Helmer: You can drop the 'lord', Frye...A few weeks ago, I was just a brooding outsider who frightened children.


Frye: A few weeks ago? The only thing that's changed is that now you're a brooding insider. You've always frightened children, Helmer, even when we were children.

The First Fowler, p. 46
 

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Trivia

  • The name "Frye" is of English origin and means "free."[1]

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