|“||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 lead 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, which he forced his brother Wilfred to watch.
Garten also arranged for King Jupiter's army to be away from the Great Wood, having also persuaded King Jupiter not to accompany several of his Lord Captains on an expedition. Another Lord Captain, Helmer the Black, came to suspect Garten's duplicity and returned early from a diversionary errand he and his unit, the King's Arm, had been sent on. Garten's forces captured the group, and Helmer was forced to watch as his young soldiers were murdered. Garten then had Helmer chained to a tree near Jupiter's Crossing by one arm, leaving him his sword. He then taunted Helmer, encouraging him to fulfill his oath to Jupiter by removing his bound arm and dying in the king's defense.
Thanks to Garten's treachery, the Great Wood and First Warren were left defenseless when the afterterrors came. In the wake of the destruction he had enabled, Garten was made superintendent of both First Warren and the High Bleaks slave city of Akolan. To the former he also served as ambassador to Winslow Joveson, the city's governor, while in the latter he established Longtreader Command. His actions brought shame upon his family, and both Whittle and Wilfred were looked upon with particular suspicion as his former aides.
Garten is mentioned by his brother Whittle as he recounts the tale of The Rise and Fall of King Jupiter the Great, who mentions only his exemplary service to King Jupiter. Wilfred and Rake later disclose more of the account to Heather and Picket Longtreader, Whittle and Sween's older children, revealing to them Garten's treachery. Later, Captain Frye of Halfwind Citadel accuses Wilfred of aiding in his brother's actions, which Wilfred vehemently denies. Heather and Picket of sharing Garten's treasonous ways, even comparing Picket's words and appearance to Garten's.
Heather and Wilfred later discuss Garten and his change in loyalty during the Citadel Congress at Cloud Mountain, a location Garten was initially unaware of. However, Garten later appears at Jupiter's Crossing as Redeye Garlackson menaces the captured Smalden Joveson. He takes the Green Ember from Smalls' pack, intending to deliver it to Morbin and allow Redeye to kill Smalls. However, when Picket comes to Smalls' rescue, Garten flees, leaving the royal heirloom behind as he departs.
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 the swirling waters of the Brute's Gorge.
Garten was a grey rabbit who is said to look similar to his brothers, Wilfred and Whittle.
Personality and traits
|“||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!||”|
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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