Picket Longtreader is a golden-colored buck of the Longtreader family and a hero of The Cause. He is the son of Whittle and Sween Longtreader, the younger brother of Heather and the older brother of Jacket, and the nephew of Wilfred and Garten.
Picket is known mainly for being the savior of Smalden Joveson at Jupiter's Crossing, where he slew Redeye Garlackson and two lords of prey, earning him the titles of "Picket Packslayer" and "Bane of Birds".
Picket grows up in Nick Hollow, the second of his father and mother's children after his older sister Heather. As a young child, capable of talking but not yet walking, he is introduced to Starseek, a game invented by his sister. As Picket grows, Heather instructs him in the game, which becomes a source of fierce but friendly competition and fun between them. Some years later, they are joined by a baby brother, Jacks, with whom Picket develops a strong bond.
Six months after Jacks' birth, during a game of Starseek, their "star" is blown by the wind into the clutches of a tall, scrawny maple tree near the frightening overhanging eaves of the East Wood. Since the "star" is using hard-to find ribbon, Heather encourages Picket to helper her retrieve it, despite Picket having a fear of heights. While she is trying to convince him, they are caught in a sudden storm and the tree is struck by lightning. Picket faints, but Heather is able to rouse him and bring him back to their home.
While drying off with their family, Picket feels frustrated by his weakness, and promises to be strong for the sake of his baby brother. Their father, having previously shared tales of heroes like Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar, begins sharing with them a new tale: The Rise and Fall of King Jupiter the Great. The next morning, Heather awakes Picket, and they go downstairs to meet an unexpected visitor named Lady Glen. However, as the pair predict, they are soon sent to Gladeberry to pick berries, and turn the trip into a race.
At Gladeberry Crossroads, however, the two hear a scream coming from the direction of Elric's farm. Frightened, they hurry back towards their home, only to find it ablaze and surrounded by wolves. A sob of Picket's draws their attention, and Heather orders Picket to run for Seven Mounds, a nearby landmark. Picket enters a cave entrance they had previously discovered and realizes that Heather has put herself at risk to buy him time to escape, and finds himself both grateful and ashamed.
Heather eventually arrives at the cave, closely pursued by wolves, only to get stuck while attempting to enter the cave. As Picket desperately tries to draw her inside, a gray rabbit comes flying in and forces Heather inside with a kick before confronting her pursuers. He is joined in this by a white rabbit, and the lead wolf-Redeye Garlackson-is forced to retreat. The gray rabbit then introduces himself to Picket as his uncle Wilfred.
The white rabbit is able to enter the cave, and insists upon moving the unconscious Heather despite Picket's objections. As Wilfred leaves to find another exit from the mounds where he can reunite with them, the white rabbit gets Picket moving deeper into the underground maze. With surprising strength, the white rabbit-who later introduces himself as Smalls-carries Heather, while Picket uses his analytical abilities to try and figure out the maze. They eventually come to a set of passages that Picket can't pick between, and Smalls leads the way into one.
The trio find themselves siding down a water-filled drain, and end up in a subterranean lake where Heather revives but Smalls is knocked unconscious. As minions of the wolves close in, Picket rushes to a sealed-up entrance, which Wilfred attempts to help him open from the outside. Thinking quickly, Picket uses Smalls' sword to separate an anchor and chain from a boat in the underground lake. He then passes the chain through to Wilfred, who after a couple of attempts is able to use the anchor to smash through the blockage.
Wilfred joins Picket, Heather, and the unconscious Smalls in the boat, and they sail away from their enemies. Picket and Heather soon fall asleep, and awake the next morning to find themselves on the Whitmer River, heading for Decker's Landing. As they converse with Wilfred and Smalls, they are told that there is little to be done for their family, and Picket is left sick at the thought. Having developed a dislike for Smalls, Picket soon becomes angry at his comments regarding the capture of their parents and Jacks.
The group arrive at Decker's Landing to find it ablaze, with wolves prowling in the area. Smalls goes to scout out the situation, further irking Picket, and at his signal they rush into the nearby woods. However, Picket trips and fractures his foot in the process, and has to be carried to safety by Smalls. Scorning help, he insists on continuing to move with his injury until Wilfred finally examines it and gives his nephew a stern but loving correction.
The four soon arrive at the base of Cloud Mountain, where they are welcomed-with some suspicion-by the Forest Guard. They are then introduced to Lord Rake and Emma, the latter of whom examines Picket's injured foot. The travelers are then brought into the Savory Den, where Picket observes a powerful-looking, brooding black rabbit eating alone. The newcomers then encounter Kyle, a charming rogue, before being taken to rooms for the night.
The following day, Emma comes to Heather and Picket's room to deliver a set of crutches for Picket, before leading him and Heather on a tour of the mountain community. Following breakfast in the Savory Den, Emma leads the pair to King Whitson's Garden, a marvelous indoor garden space. Picket is particularly moved by the site of a statue of Captain Blackstar, before following Emma onto the Village Green. There they encounter Heyward, a rather eccentric young buck, before spotting the black buck from the night before, whom Emma identifies as Helmer the Black.
Helmer soon engages in a life-threatening training exercise, and only survives due to the timely intervention of Lord Rake, Wilfred, and Smalls.
Note: Because Potter's War has yet to be publicly released, Picket's role in the story shall not be disclosed on this wiki. Should S. D. Smith ever choose to publish Potter's War, a complete summary shall be added. Thank you.
Attack on Halfwind
Politicking in Halfwind
Trip to Cloud Mountain
Battle of Cloud Mountain
Personality and traits
Initially, Picket was a young rabbit scared of many things, who wanted very badly to act bravely for his older sister and his younger brother. Whenever he felt especially helpless, he would be resentful, and snap out at all around him; he positively hated it when he perceived that a person felt sorry for him, and wanted with all his heart to be able to do something for justice and goodness, which is why he was persistent in asking Helmer to train him in swordsmanship.
When Picket grew older, he matured both mentally and emotionally; he became much better at controlling his temper and recognizing the feelings of those around him.
Picket is very good at math, and it is easy for him to recognize patterns and do estimations. He has a keen eye and is agile on the ground.
|Unnamed father||Unnamed mother|
|Brindle Cove||Unnamed wife|
(including Helmer's great-grandfather and father)
|Helmer||Wilfred Longtreader||Airen||Snoden (deceased)|
|15 unnamed adopted children||Jo Longtreader||Unnamed children|
The Fowlers were Picket's elite combat unit, formed after he relocated from Cloud Mountain to Halfwind Citadel. The group's original membership consisted of Heyward, Jo Shanks, and Perkinson, with Heyward eventually being dismissed and replaced with Coleden Blackstar. Picket enjoyed a close comradery with his fellow Fowlers, though his relationship with each was different.
Picket first met Heyward on Cloud Mountain, and was initially amused and annoyed by turns with the eccentric buck. However, Heyward proved a faithful friend of Picket and his sister Heather, remaining in their company despite the prejudice against members of their family. Sadly, Picket became annoyed with Heyward's clumsy performance in Fowler training, and made no effort to speak up against his dismissal from the unit. Despite this, the two remained firm friends afterward, and Picket later praised Heyward as the true hero of the Battle of Rockback Valley due to his glider cape invention. Their friendship continued throughout the remainder of the War for All Natalia, with Picket silently encouraging the somewhat reluctant Heyward when they both attended a council meeting.
Jo Shanks made Picket's acquaintance after killing the Preylord Solus, and was welcomed to join Picket's training sessions with Picket. The two developed a strong bond of friendship, though Picket wasn't above teasing Jo over receiving medical care for an injured arm or arriving last to a training session. As part of the Fowlers, the two fought in several battles together, and saved each other's lives more than once. After the war, Picket would name one of his children after Jo.
Picket and Perkinson enjoyed a competitive friendship, both of them skilled combatants who enjoyed pushing themselves to their limits. Picket was initially in awe of Perkinson as the son of Perkin One-Eye, but came to be easy around the other buck. The two would also discuss somewhat weighty topics, and Picket trusted Perkinson as a sort of second-in-command. Sadly, Perkinson later proved to be an agent of Bleston and a traitor to the Cause, and it fell to Picket to put a permanent end to his former comrade.
Cole Blackstar was introduced to Picket by their mutual friend, Prince Smalls, shortly before joining the Fowlers. Cole was the most soft-spoken of the Fowlers, though he got along well with the other bucks, Picket included. He, Picket, and Jo Shanks at times addressed each other as honorary brothers, and Cole and Jo were entrusted with delivering a message and gift from Emma to Picket after the Battle of Rockback Valley. Cole and Picket fought together on several occasions, and even embraced upon being reunited during the Battle for First Warren.
- Picket's character was inspired by S. D. Smith's oldest son, Josiah.
- S. D. Smith listed Picket's attitude in The Green Ember as being "annoying".
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