|“||Gwynn, they made me kill my own father. I have to go. It's time that their weapon was turned against them.||”|
King Garret Spears, born Garret Wythers, formerly known as Blade of The Three, is the former Captain and Base Commander of the Gallwood Outpost. He is the son of former Gate Marshal Wythers. Garret has a strong sense of duty and is often seen helping people who are in need or ask for his guidance.
Following Gwynn's exit from the Outpost, Garret's role in the Outpost shifted drastically. Talon named him her second-in-command and a representative for the humans. He seemingly regained his position as Captain within the remaining royal guards. After Gwynn was freed from The Hive and resumed her role as the leader of the Outpost, she named him her Chief Advisor. He held the position until her death, at which point, he became the Gate Marshal of the Outpost at King Tobin's behest. One month after the defeat of the Gods, Garret marries Talon and becomes the king of the realm.
Garret was born to a watchman, Wythers, and a washerwoman. When Garret was fourteen, he witnessed a prime order soldier trying to seduce his mother. His mother declined the soldier's advances and her throat was slit as a result, under the guise of "treason".
Garret and his older brother Jaelon enjoyed getting into mischief together. One day, Jaelon stole a case of wine from the quartermasters to share with Garret but was caught right away. Wythers sent him to the lowest mineshaft. It was only meant to be for a day or two, however, Jaelon was surrounded by the criminals Wythers had sentenced. Within hours of his first day, he was beaten to death by the criminals. Garret never forgave Wythers for sending Jaelon to his death.
That same year, Garret enlisted as a solider against his father's wishes and left the Outpost. Because he joined the soldiers he was able to choose a surname for himself and chose Spears. He was once loyal to the soldiers but grew to resent them even more than his father. He dreamed of being able to overthrow them and restore the realms to the royals.
Years later, Garret was summoned back to Gallwood Outpost by Commander Calkussar and tasked with protecting Gwynn. Calkussar knew that Garret would keep Gwynn safe, as they had grown up and played together. Garret became Captain of the Border Guard at Gallwood Outpost and worked closely with Cornelius Calkussar. They came to realize they shared a desire to overthrow the Prime Order. That is why he was told of Gwynn's true identity as Princess Rosmund. Garret also maintained a secret affair with Gwynn.
Throughout The Outpost Series
"How about he's honest? Loyal. He'd die for me without a second thought. Garret lives by a code and he finds a way to do what needs to be done without betraying his friends." ― Talon about Garret
Garret is a prepossessing, charming man with a deep sense of loyalty. He lives by a code of honor, duty, and morality that has been with him since he was a child. Garret had an enduringly strained relationship with his father, Marshal Wythers. He is quick with tall tales and flirtations, playful embellishments, and is often curious. He is very confident in himself and his abilities. Garret is loyal to those he cares for and will do anything for his selected circle of friends. His gallant traits and blind bravery often cause him the most trouble get him into trouble with those of higher positions. He has a sense of honor and morality, traits that are hard to find in the Outpost. His painful past has left him harboring guilt, anger, and an air of distrust for newcomers.
After breaking the conditioning done to him by the Prime Order, Garret was overcome with grief and regret about his horrific deeds. He didn't want to stay at Gallwood as he couldn't bear to look at those he tried to hurt. He wanted to punish himself and even became suicidal for a brief moment before Gwynn stopped him. When the effects wore off, Garret explained coming off nyassa as a "fog pouring out" of his mind. Despite being cured, he was still angrier than usual and more on edge than he was before. He has a heightened sense of jealousy and recklessness, specifically in his personal endeavors. This could be due to him no longer have responsibilities at Gallwood and being free to enact his revenge.He soon returns to a form of his old self. He returns to fighting for Rosmund and The Coalition. He also begins to act on his impulses more and less on logic. He gained a sense of sarcasm, wittiness, and shows an inquisitive nature that wasn't evident before. Garret begins to show an interest in solving crimes like Marshal Wythers did. But the mentioning of his father brings out anger and a sense of guilt he has yet to deal with. Garret also extends olive branches to Zed, who was responsible for his enslavement, starvation, and beatings during the Blackblood rule at Gallwood.
After being drugged with Nyassa Root, Garret became susceptible to manipulation and beliefs. He was then manipulated by Sana and forced through negative and positive conditioning treatments, Garret's entire sense of morality flipped. He stopped viewing the Prime Order as a threat and instead, as a source of trust and discipline. Garret was angry at Gwynn and his misplaced rage toward her and Calkussar fueled his desire to fulfill "his purpose". Despite holding on to some of his beliefs, he didn't hesitate to murder his father at the command of The Three. He showed no remorse for his actions, blaming it solely on Wythers having been brainwashed by the false Queen. While under their manipulation, Garret attacked and stabbed Talon, kidnapped Gwynn, and was verbally cruel to both women. He showed little regard for his former friends, including Janzo. His entire loyalty was to The Three and the Prime Order. Once apprehended by The Coalition, Garret tried to manipulate Talon so he could get his way. When this failed, he responded only with anger.
Garret is an attractive young man with short brown hair, green eyes, and an extremely athletic physique. He spends his spare time training and has a very muscular appearance. He usually has some form of facial hair that is carefully kept. For clothing, he dons classic plate mail. Pieces include a gothic breastplate emblazoned with a hydra insignia, a gorget, gauntlets and vambrace, greaves, pauldrons with leather guard braces, and rerebrace's, and a tasset among other pieces. At times he is seen without his armor. On these occasions, he wears what appears to be an armor padding layer as well as common attire to allow for a quick dress.
After being kidnapped by the Prime Order and spending weeks at The Capital, Garret's facial hair is notably thicker. His hair is longer and his general appearance is disheveled. He usually has bruises or cuts on his body from his time with The Tormentor. He is notably weaker than before, often seen with a bandage around his torso. He also began wearing Prime Order armor. Upon believing the false truth that Gwynn had been lying to him, Garret's facial expressions are blank and ghastly. For casual attire, he wore loose deep brown and beige vests over a darker brown shirt.
Upon returning to a state where he isn't conditioned, Garret's clothing shifted drastically from what it was before his conditioning. He no longer wore armor or weighted clothing, instead opting for light and simple garments. His go-to colors are earth tones such as browns and burgundies. When investigating or fighting, he opts for a brown leather jacket over a lightweight shirt and a simple holster for his swords. Garret also begins wearing a small piece of brown cloth tied around his neck, an article that wasn't previously part of his wardrobe. His hair is initially longer, though during the interlude of faking hid death, he cut his hair to a shorter and more stylish cut. His hair is now shaved on both sides while the top remains longer. Most notably, Garret keeps his facial hair trimmed.
Wythers was Garret's once-estranged father. Garret and Wythers had a complicated relationship. Wythers wasn't active in Garret's life and didn't show much affection toward his son. Garret blamed Wythers for the death of his brother, as Wwythers sentenced Jaelon to work in the mines where he was murdered by other inmates placed there years before by Wythers. When Garret's mother was murdered, the gap between the remaining family deepened. Wythers disapproved of Garret becoming a covenant soldier, as a covenant soldier killed Garret's mother. Unbeknownst to Wythers, Garret joined so he could work to destroy the Prime Order and everything responsible for his mother's death. When Garret returned to the Outpost, their relationship remained strained and they rarely spoke. After the Outpost was attacked, Garret and Wythers sat down and shared le, seemingly putting their differences aside. Garret left with a group to track down an escaped prisoner when his unit was attacked. A stray soldier saw Garret impaled and returned to the Outpost saying that Garret had been killed.
Wythers was crushed and left immediately to find his son's body and bring him home. Upon arriving at Dun-Ebdin, Wythers didn't find Garret's body, only blood, and his sword. This launched him into a long and tiring journey to find his son once again. Wythers was eventually reunited with Garret but was shocked to learn he was working with the Prime Order and had been brainwashed by a healer. Garret had Wythers arrested in the hopes The Three could "fix" Wythers as they "fixed" him. The Three put Garret's localities to the test by commanding him to kill Wythers. Wythers stood several feet from Garret but didn't speak. Garret didn't hesitate and ran his father through with his sword. Wyther's last words were, "Garret" before he fell to the floor. Garret showed no remorse or grief for the death of his father. When Garret reclaimed his morality he was crushed to have killed his own father and sought revenge for those who forced his hand. Even after having his revenge, the mention of his father still causes him pain, as this reminds him of what he did. However, he does his best to look up and think about his father now that he has literally taken over his position. He now believes that his father would be proud of him, and more importantly Garret starts to finally make peace with what he did.
Gwynn was Garret's ex-girlfriend and former personal guard. Garret was recruited by Gwynn's adoptive father, Cornelius Calkussar, to watch over her. Garret was entrusted with Gwynn's secret and kept it with his life. As time passed, Gwynn and Garret grew closer and began seeing each other romantically. Their relationship was frowned upon by Calkussar, which is why they had to hide their relationship. When Gwynn revealed her true identity, they no longer needed to hide their romance. Garret's protectiveness over Gwynn makes him a dangerous enemy. They were separated when Garret followed Everit Dred, and Gwynn grieved him when she thought he had been murdered. Garret, under the manipulation of Sana, was tortured until he negated Gwynn's claim to the throne. His refusal to do so almost cost him his life. Garret's initial resistance to the abuse, combined with the mental manipulation from Sana, was a testament to his love for Gwynn. With enough negative and positive conditioning, Garret began to believe Sana and The Three's lies. He negated Gwynn's existence and spoke poorly of her to others. He even called her the "false Queen" to Wythers.
Fragments of his mind still remembered his love for Gwynn, for when he didn't take his medication he would hallucinate kissing her instead of Sana. When the medication wore off, he was unable to go through with killing Gwynn. He was flooded with memories that they shared and became overwhelmed with emotion that he was able to break through the remainder of the medication. They share a mutual love and connection, though it isn't romantic anymore as they've both moved on. He still follows his oath to protect her no matter the costs and is willing to die for her. When The Hive overran Gallwood, Garret fought valiantly to protect her. She knew they wouldn't survive the war but was glad he could be with her in the end. He was heartbroken over Gwynn's death and was in a state of shock following her sacrifice, as only hours earlier he had assured her that they would find a way to survive.
See also: Talon and Garret
Garret and Talon have a complex relationship. They first met when she arrived outside the outpost and was attacked by Plaguelings. He saved her life and brought her into the Outpost. They were friendly and her mysterious agenda for being at Gallwood intrigued Garret and held his interest. However, his protectiveness over Gwynn and often drove them apart. Over time, they became allies, but they didn't fully trust one another until both their secrets were revealed. They developed romantic feelings for one another but didn't act on them out of respect for Gwynn, Garret's girlfriend, and Talon's close friend. They were each other's sparring partners, and Garret was the only person who challenged Talon physically - even though she defeated him multiple times. Upon Garret being infected by Plagueling venom, Talon was insistent that Janzo would find a cure, despite it being a feasible effort. When he was attacked in the water by a Terrpock she dove in and saved his life. Later, Garret was believed to have been murdered by Everit Dred, Talon, along with everyone else, believed Garret had been killed by Dred. When she learned Garret was alive she was thrilled and hugged him, but he had been conditioned by the Prime Order to hate her which resulted in him stabbing her.
They fought and she survived, later taking him on again when she was healed and winning. She brought him back to the Outpost where he underwent treatment by Janzo, which cured him, but not until after he called her a filthy blackblood among several other slurs. She punched him twice while he was imprisoned. She eventually forgave him when he was no longer conditioned and even helped him to seek his revenge on the Prime Order. They fought together against the Prime Order during the siege on Gallwood, but were overwhelmed so she summoned the Blackbloods and Lu-Qiri through the portal to help them. The Blackbloods took control of Gallwood and Talon seemingly sided with her people which hurt Garret, Janzo, and Gwynn. However, she still cared deeply for them and summoned Yavalla through the portal to save his life, as he had tried to escape Gallwood alongside Tobin and Gwynn. She admitted that she was pretending to be on Zed's side since Zed was the only thing keeping Gwynn alive. He realized he was wrong and understood her reasons. They shared a kiss before he had to leave. After he killed Kezzun Rah to avenge an attempt on Gwynn's life, Talon risked her station to save Garret during his trial. She worked with Janzo to fake Garret's death. She was angry at him for risking his life and made him promise not to do it again. They started a romantic relationship, and spent much time together while Garret was in hiding. After The Hive outbreak, Garret reveals himself to be alive. When Talon is chosen to be in command of the Outpost she chooses him to be her second in command for the humans. They, later on, become a couple. Garret tries to do what he can to support Talon in her new role as leader. However, after the retrieval of the remaining Blackbloods from the Plane of Ashes the two have become somewhat distant. This is because Talon believes that she let her people down, and she has thought about being with a Blackblood man to help continue her species. However, months after the final defeat of The Seven, the two end up getting married and become the rulers of the Realm.
Garret relies on the local alchemist to help him solve the issue of the Plaguelings. Their relationship is rooted in bickering and is rather humorous to Talon. Garret represents everything Janzo isn't - muscular, brave and a soldier. This creates an inferiority complex on Janzo's part. Garret's dismissive and masculine attitude agitates Janzo. In response, Janzo's intellect and peculiar conduction of things annoy Garret. They are opposites and spend most of their bickering and looking down on one another. Garret and Janzo both have feelings for Talon and compete for her attention in their way. Despite this, Garret cares about Janzo in his own way and is protective over the young alchemist. Even when Garret was manipulated by the Three he didn't want Janzo to die and even tried to warn Janzo of the soldier trying to kill him in his sleep. His inability to properly warn Janzo of his potential murder caused a rift between them, with Janzo calling him a traitorous backstabber. After learning that Garret was under the effects of Nyassa Root, Janzo expressed that he forgives Garret, as he can't hold someone responsible for their actions when they're drugged. Once Garret was freed from the influence of the Nyassa Root, they work together to destroy the Prime Order. However, after the take over of The Outpost from the Blackbloods and Lu-Qiri, they were prisoners treated badly. When Garret was about to be executed for killing a Blackfist, Janzo was able to save his life with a death like elixir. This shows that despite the awful person Garret was to Janzo back in the past, Janzo is more than willing to help his friend escape death. During the wedding of Garret and Talon, Janzo was in attendance as one of his groom's men.
Garret met Sana when he was kidnapped by the Prime Order and taken to The Capital. He was placed in Sana's care due to his extensive injuries. He was guarded but her kind demeanor and open personality allowed Garret to trust her. She saved him from the Tormentor's wrath and freed him from the prisons. Unbeknownst to him, Sana was working for The Three to turn to Garret against Gwynn and make him a Prime Order soldier. She used their newfound connection to manipulate him into relinquishing Gwynn and her claim to the throne. When he finally fell victim to her manipulation, he only wanted to be with her and wanted to run away with her. He agreed to receive his purpose under the hopes that he and Sana could live away from the Capital if he succeeded. After he was freed from her manipulation he realized his feelings toward her weren't real and wanted revenge. During the Prime Order's attempted siege on Gallwood Outpost, Garret snuck into Sana's commanders tent and pretended he was still in love with her. When she approached him he stabbed her and fulfilled his mission to ignite an explosive device and save the Outpost.
Zed and Garret have an uneasy relationship due to their mutual feelings for Talon. Zed has said that he dislikes and resents Garret, as Talon chose to be with Garret instead of him. When Zed first took over the Outpost, he abused Garret and the other residents of Gallwood Outpost, forcing them into manual labor or they would be beaten. Because Talon ultimately chooses to be with Garret, he tends to feel more superior to Zed. They gradually learn to tolerate one another when they are forced to work together to fight The Hive outbreak. Though they may never fully trust one another, they don't let their personal differences interfere with their duties. However, after the retrieval of the remaining Blackbloods from the Plane of Ashes the two now work close together, as both lost a family member from their actions. During the wedding of Garret and Talon, Zed was on of his groom's men.
Notes and Trivia
- Garret is the first main character to be seen in the Captial.
- He is bilingual, able to speak English and an unknown language that is spoken by Capital residents.