|“||I would do it all again.||”|
— Garten Longtreader's last words, Ember's End, pg. 367
Prior to the events of The Green Ember, Garten was the ambassador of King Jupiter and helped create the peace of the Great Wood. At some point, he proposed to Sween, but she refused him, choosing his brother Whittle instead. This so hurt Garten that he chose to side with Morbin Blackhawk rather than Jupiter in the hopes of getting his revenge. He later betrayed King Jupiter and caused the king's death.
At the end of the book when Smalls is held at Redeye Garlackson's mercy, Garten appears and is seen drawing The Green Ember out of Smalls' bag. After Picket kills Redeye Garlackson, Garten crawls away in a hasty retreat.
In the High Bleaks
Attack on Cloud Mountain
Garten works with Bleston to capture Emma to give her over to Morbin. Garten reveals that if he blows his whistle a bird will come to take him away and the wolf reserves will not attack. If the whistle is not blown then entire force will be released and Cloud Mountain will be utterly destroyed.
After Picket arrives and defeats Garten's forces, Garten makes a deal with Emma, and he is allowed to blow his whistle and leave from the seventh standing stone.
|“||I was building a world where rabbits could survive. I was making order. I was making a way. All we had to do was bow our heads and bend our knees. That was the price of peace, the price of survival. But you! You and your agitators rose up and raised your heads. And so Morbin will come. He will take our raised heads and pile a stack of skulls so high it will blot out the sun. You don't understand, little doe, what you've done. But all these deaths are on your head.||”|
|“||You started all this, Sween! Where could I go when you turned me away? Your refusal sent me straight to Morbin. I didn't know it then, but I wanted all this. I wanted it all to burn.||”|
Garten then advances to kill Sween, just when Whittle steps in to save her by his pickaxe, which stopped Garten's deadly sword momentarily. Their combat results in Garten falling over the side of the ship, who managed to grasp the railing. Whittle asks him to take his hand, but Garten refuses in pride. After Whittle pleaded with him once again, he considers it for a brief passage of time, his face even showing remorse momentarily. But he ultimately refuses, saying, "I would do it all again." Then he lets go of the railing, falling to a watery death in swirling waters of the Brutes' Gorge.
Garten was a grey rabbit who is said to look similar to his brothers, Wilfred and Whittle.
|“||Will you see me now, Sween? Am I still invisible? Will I be invisible if I run this rabbit through?||”|
|“||I'll not take pity from you!||”|
Presumably, when they were young, Garten got along just fine with his brother Whittle. However, once Sween Longtreader rejected Garten's proposal of marriage and chose Whittle instead, a wedge was driven between the two brothers. Even during the War for All Natalia, when Whittle offered Garten, who was dangling over the Brute's Gorge, his hand and a chance to start anew, Garten refused him, choosing death instead.
Like the rest of Sween and Whittle's children, Garten had no regard for the fact that Heather was Sween's daughter, despite his being in love with Sween as a young buck. He hated Heather and saw her as an obstacle in his and Morbin's overtaking of Natalia, even going so far as to mortally wound her and kick her into the Tomb of Lander's Dragons, leaving her for dead.
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