|“||Heyna Blackstar: Does [Nate Flynn] happen to have a doe along with him who's adept at all courtly manners but can also disarm elite attackers and defend against a thousand different threats, all while looking elegant in a dress?
During the Attack on Halfwind Citadel, Heyna steps in front of Emma to protect her from an attacking wolf, receiving a nasty scar down the right side of her face in the process. Once Kylen and his group of soldiers defeat the wolves, Heyna is confined to the hospital and is taken care of by Emma.
Heyna, along with her brother Cole and Jo Shanks, is accompanying Emma Joveson to Blackstone Citadel to try and win the citadel's support of Emma's reign. When they arrive at Blackstone, they light small, controlled fires to distract the citadel's perimeter guard, then approach the main gate. Although at first the two remaining guards are startled and disgruntled by the appearance of Emma's entourage, eventually they consent to let them enter, with the elder of the two leading them to a chamber, then leaving to alert Lord Ronan of their arrival.
It is not Ronan who enters the chamber, however, but an old doe named Gallipot Grenda, who warns the group that Ronan is very ill and that Blackstone is on the verge of collapse thanks to a series of threatening letters. Next to come is an extremely agitated Captain Truff, who tells Emma that she is welcome to attend their post-breakfast council, then leaves. A younger officer than arrives to escort the group to their quarters. Emma lies down for a bit, while Heyna and Jo resolve to go eat. Their plans are interrupted, however, by the somewhat intimidating approachment of a pale red buck and his army. The red buck introduces himself as Lokson, the son of Lokken, Blackstone's lord before Ronan, whom Lokson is trying to usurp. Heyna receives Lokson coldly, recalling that he had trapped her in a tree fort when they were younglings. Lokson claims that he has come to ensure that Emma is safe, and introduces Jo, Cole, and Heyna to his captain, Cheltham. Lokson invites the group to breakfast with him, then leaves after exchanging a few more pleasantries.
Jo and Heyna meet Lokson and his army in the mess hall, where Lokson introduces them to Slimmo, a tall, friendly chef who is liked at once by the two younger rabbits. After they eat, Slimmo invites Jo into his kitchen for tea and a chat; but the pair are soon interrupted by Heyna, who calls on Jo to return to their quarters. Before they can leave, however, they are met by Cleeve Hapson, a messenger sent to inform Emma that her presence has been required by Ronan. As Heyna exits to fetch Emma, Cheltham informs Jo that Cleeve is in league with one of Blackstone's most forbidding forces, Matron Wilder's faction.
Heyna, Emma, Cole, and Jo follow Cleeve to Blackstone's hospital, where they are met by a frightened Grenda, the elderly doe from when they first arrived at the citadel. Grenda warns Emma not to trust "her," just as Matron Wilder enters the hospital with her guard. Matron Wilder has Grenda removed, then, asserting that she speaks for Ronan, leads Emma's entourage into an adjoining room. Wilder spars verbally with Emma, who is furious that the older doe won't let her attend to the ill Ronan. Just as things seem about to escalate, Wilder's captain Devert enters through a secret door and informs her that Ronan has called an immediate council. Wilder tells Emma that she may attend the council, then leaves through the secret door, leaving the company alone in the locked and sealed room.
A fire is lit from outside, and smoke begins to creep in from under the door. Jo hacks at the lock on the door with his sword, then rushes the door. It gives way, and all four rabbits burst out. Though singed and tired, they make it to the Lord's Quadrant and are admitted to the council, where Emma immediately demands to know the meaning behind the poor treatment they have received. Ronan apologizes for his citadel's conduct, claiming that he has only just learned of Emma's arrival. During the council, Ronan tells them about Blackstone's keymasters: Matron Wilder, Lokson, Truff, occasionally, and himself, who have access to three different citadel gates. Due to the placement of the letter, which was pinned to his wife Elisabeth's pillow, Ronan believes that Bane Graveheart is one of the keymasters. As the council members fire shots at one another, Lokson suggests holding an event to boost the citadel's morale; namely, an archery competition. Suddenly, Ronan's wife Elisabeth bursts in, bringing a Bane Graveheart letter threatening the imminent destruction of the water gate.
Lokson, Cheltham, Truff, Jo, and others make haste for the underground water gate, where the issue is resolved, although they find another threatening letter. They return to Emma and Heyna in the council room, and Heyna informs them that Ronan has retired to his chambers. Accusations fly between the gathered keymasters once again, with many of the jabs aimed at Matron Wilder as her alibi weakens. The last straw comes when Matron Wilder accidentally misnames one of Ronan's children, prompting Truff to arrest her.
As Matron Wilder is led away, Amber Hewson accompanies Heyna, Emma, and Cole to the mess hall. Heyna and her friends look on in amusement as Jo blunders in the presence of Amber. Back in their quarters, Heyna, Emma, and Cole prepare for a dinner with Lokson, while Jo makes plans to woo Amber. Later that evening, a confused and dejected Jo, having been rejected by Amber, reunites with Emma and the Blackstars, who inform him that he will be representing The Cause by taking part in an elite archery competition the next day.
The next morning, although Matron Wilder has escaped, the Ultimate Archer's Cup is the hot topic. Shortly, the Ultimate Archer's Cup begins. Jo aces his first shot and makes it to the second round, which is more difficult, with all but Jo, Cheltham, Lokson, and Nate Flynn being eliminated. Just then, a worried Amber approaches Jo, bearing yet another Bane Graveheart letter, this one threatening death and the citadel's destruction at nightfall. The archers break before the final round, and Jo and Amber inform Heyna, Cole, Emma, and Grenda of the news. Heyna, Emma, and Amber leave to join Lord Ronan, while Jo, Cole, and Grenda make for the mess hall.
In the Lord's Quadrant, Heyna, Emma, and Amber are ambushed by Bane Graveheart, who is actually Slimmo. The crazed buck paralyzes the three does and leaves them lying in Ronan's family chambers while he continues on to kill Ronan. Luckily, before Slimmo can perform the deed, Jo arrives on the scene, having put two and two together to realize that Slimmo is behind all the attacks. Jo wrestles with Slimmo, and is aided by Cole, Owen, and Studge, who help him subdue the cook. Grenda begins moving Heyna and the other drugged rabbits to the hospital, and Slimmo is taken away.
A day later, Heyna and the others look on as Lord Ronan pledges his support to Emma and the Cause. They also celebrate Nate Flynn, who won the Ultimate Archer's Cup.
Cole mentions that Heyna is accompanying Emma into hiding.
Roughly the same height as, but with a more slender build than, her twin brother Coleden, Heyna has rich black fur and large blue eyes framed by thick eyelashes, as well as a long, dark scar running across the right side of her face. She wears a light-colored gown with a decorative gold belt around the waist. A gray cape is pinned around her shoulders with a purple jewel, and she carries a small dagger.
Victor and Lady Blackstar
- The surname "Blackstar" is of English origin and is derived from the Old English word "blaecan," which means "to bleach."
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