Garrett in Thief.
"Stealing is my way of life, it sets me free in the night, every rived and stitch lets me find what I most desire, the cloth that hides me, the tools that arm me all lead to that priceless moment. You may think you've caught me, but think again because when I want something I always get it. I am Garrett."
Garrett aka (Master Thief) is the protagonist of the Thief, a thief operating within the walls of the City ruled by the tyrannical Baron, a mysterious figure who emerges from the shadows who's talent for stealing is put to use for own personal gain, and has gained him the reputation of his title 'Master Thief' throughout the City and The Watch. Ultimately those skills are used to save the City from the Gloom.
"I've been a ghost all my life." - Garrett reflecting on his past
Not much is known about Garrett's early childhood other than the fact that he had little knowledge regarding his parents as they died when he was young. After escaping the orphanage he grew up in, his very survival depended on stealing, While he was still young he learned to swiftly relieve people of their possessions while they went about their daily business, leaving many to believe they had accidentally misplaced their belongings, where for years he honed his thievery skills to perfection.
At some point Garrett discovered an abandoned Clock Tower located in the Stonemarket District, though initially broken due to past fatal construction incidents, he effectively learned how to maintain the towers mechanisms in order to prevent people from discovering his presence and thus became his safe-house.
As Garrett's reputation as a thief increased, he eventually met Basso, whom the two became close friends and personally acted as his contractor and gave him various jobs to steal certain valuables and objects of personal interest, where Garrett also came to befriend his pet raven Jenivere who acted as a courier between the two.
At some point through Basso, he was introduced to a young girl named Erin, impressed by her talent Garrett personally took her on as his apprentice where he began teaching her the skills he had acquired, though initially the two had a close friendship with each other (almost acting like an elderly brother and younger sister) however due to Erin's constant impatient, reckless behaviour and violent attitude led the two to drift apart for some time.
Events of Thief EditGarrett was assigned a commission by Basso where he was tasked with collecting a particular item called the 'Primal Stone' located in a ceremony room at Northcrest Manor, where he was informed about Erin's involvement to which he reluctantly agreed to.
During one early night, he stealthy infiltrated the resident houses of the area where he then managed to acquire a necklace of high value. Seconds later Garrett was reunited with Erin upon recalling past events the two engaged in a friendly thieving competition to which Garrett pick-pocketed several items on the journey before catching up with her where the the pair discussed their assignment, though Garrett noted about the high security and potential risks only to be brushed off by Eren.
Upon arriving at the Baron's Mansion the pair silently navigated around, however when Eren kills a young guard to which Garrett heavily disapproved and expressed disdain at Eren's cold and impatient nature, firmly reminding her about his personal code of not taking out individuals who did not pose a threat only to be countered by Eren; this action led the two to bicker for the duration of the mission to the point where they reached above the ceremony room Garrett took possession of her 'Claw' to prevent her from performing any more rash actions.
Reaching the ceiling the two stumbled upon and discovered a ritual being conducted by Baron Northcrest, noticing something strange, Garrett decided to call off the mission however Eren determined to prove herself went to complete the job leading to a brief struggle between the two which ended with the claw ending up on a glass ceiling which then shattered. Garrett desperately attempted to pull Eren up but ultimately his apprentice fell into the channelled energy infusing her with the power of the Primal, causing a massive surge leading Garrett to fall only to be narrowly saved by his grappling hook but in the process a fragment of the Primal became embedded into his eye and was then knocked unconscious by the collapsing rubble and fell into a coma.
After the incident Garrett's body was found by the Beggers operating under their Queen, though presumed to be dead they healed his wounded body and brought him out of the City as a means of safeguarding him and thus awaited for him to recover (spanning for a whole year). Eventually after the Gloom began he awakened in a cart being pulled by two Beggars who managed to bring him into the City just before lockdown.Puzzled by the chain of events, Garrett journyed through the remains City where he discovered the grief sticken plague had affected along with the brutal Watch treating the citizens, through his time he managed to steal a valuable golden mask from a jewlery store before eventually reaching the Clock-Tower. Upon entering his safe house Garrett noticed the passage of time before spotting Jenivere aswell as a message to meet with Basso. Upon arriving in the Crippled Burrick Garrett reunited with his old friend, though Basso expressed shock and dismay over Garrett's disapperence, he neverthless stated that he was happy to see him and thus assigned him on a mission to obtain a 'ring' from the recently deceased Cornelius whose body had been transpoted located in the Old Foundry despite Garrett proclaiming that he was a thief and not a graverobber he happily accepted the assignment and departed.
During this job, Garrett is nearly apprehended by the Thief-taker general, but escapes.
Garrett is then introduced to Orion, the charismatic leader of the Graven, a revolution plotting to remove the Baron from power. Orion requests that Garrett steal a book from a brothel known as the House of Blossoms. Before entering the brothel, Garrett visits Erin's hideout, and sees visions of her, mentioning the Moira Asylum. Garrett manages to steal the book but not before another confrontation with the Thief-taker General.
Garrett learns that Basso has been captured by the watch, and is now imprisoned inside the Keep, a massive skyscraper fortress built by the Baron's architect, Eastwick. Garrett rescues Basso, afterwards he can't resist stealing a piece of Primal Stone from the Baron's grand safe. In the process, Garrett is wounded by the Thief-taker general.
Garrett then travels to the Moira asylum in order to search for clues regarding Erin, to no avail. Garrett then decided to question the Baron himself regarding Erin's whereabouts.
By now, the city is up in Orion's Graven revolution, and angry mobs are storming Northcrest manor. The Baron reveals that Orion is in fact his brother, and that he took Erin to complete the ritual and used the Graven to his advantage, The Baron also reveals that the items Orion took were instrumental in the ritual--the book, Erin--and that Garrett is in possession of the final piece of Primal stone, embedded in his eye.
Garrett pursues Orion, but not before being confronted by the Thief-taker General once more. While Garrett dispatches the General for the final time, Orion escapes with Erin. Garrett tracks him down to his ship, the Dawn's Light, and attempts to persuade Orion to release Erin, to no avail. In the end, Erin overcharges the Primal stone, killing Orion and knocking back Garrett. Garrett attempts to rescue a now normal Erin from slipping into the ocean. Garrett throws the claw to Erin, attempting to rescue her, but Garrett falls unconscious in the process.
Garrett wakes up with the claw and wet foot prints beside him, revealing Erin survived.
Garrett is a rather slim male of slightly below average height, bearing a black hood and long battered cape, he is clothed in leather padding which act as his armor. The layer underneath is black stitched up clothing. He also wears black gloves which he uses to climb up walls and objects, he wears thin black boots which he uses to avoid making sound at the touch of his footsteps.
Skills and EquipmentEdit
There are those that believe the perfect heist lies in the preparation, some say that its all in the timing, seizing the right opportunity, others even say its the ability to leave no trace behind be a ghost. For me its simple its a way of life.
As a Master thief, Garrett is highly adept in Stealth, being able to use the shadows to his advantage in order to avoid detection, becoming almost invisible to The Watch as well as civilians. He is also quite proficient in combat being able to utilize his Blackjack which can be used for various non- lethal take-downs either in stealth or during battle. He wields a mechanical bow which has great precision and accuracy in which he has a vast array of arrows. He is also skilled in Pickpocketing and Lock Picking.
Garrett has proven to be a great climber as he able to scale various object and rooftops with relative ease, in addition he is armed with the Claw which he can use to reach much larger scale areas. Garrett is a skilled freerunner being able to run across the ground and rooftops in a form of parkour as he can swiftly move and slide over objects as well as leap across various points. However, Garrett is only human and will need to take a minute to regain his breath after running a while.
He has good observational skills, after receiving a piece of the Primal in his eye, Garrett's senses have increased as he is able to focus more on the environment where he can determine what can be used to help him achieve his goal. Garrett, as a criminal, knows how to escape a crime scene as he improvises various tactics in order to escape such as sprinting away, climbing up ropes, hiding in cabinets and scaling rooftops.
Garrett has lived in The City all his life. He's an experienced and shadowy figure, skilled in thievery, stealth, infiltration and escape. He's known to the rest of the underworld as the ‘Master Thief' - the best of the best. His age is unknown.
Garrett has little memory of his parents, as they died when he was young. After he escaped the orphanage he was thrown into, Garrett's entry into the world of the thief was almost inevitable, yet his raw talent meant he quickly excelled. As well as his exceptional skills, Garrett relies on his in-depth knowledge of its streets, rooftops and shadows to get by.
Garrett is a self-reliant observer who sees more than others, and knows more than he lets on. His words often have gravitas but are balanced by a sometimes wry approach to life that offsets its darker edge (and Garrett's own.) Although Garrett once stole to live, now he lives to steal. It is less for the gold and more for the lure of the impenetrable, the impossible, the secret, the unknown. The challenge is what keeps his body and mind alive and sharp.
Garrett has a few rules he applies to himself; don't trust anyone, work alone and only kill as a last resort. Meeting a young thief on the streets of The City named Erin has challenged all three.
- Garrett is a descendant of the original Sneak Thief from the previous THIEF series, there are references to some of their events, or events which occurred in the backstory of the original games. But most of these events are implied to have occurred at least several generations in the past. Which suggests a version of the events such as Karras in the Metal Age, the destruction of the Stonemarket Clock Tower, and a banning of the old religions occurred long ago. Or perhaps Garrett is this universe's version of the Dread Pirate Roberts (a number of separate individuals sharing the same 'alias').
- Garrett seems to have proficient knowledge of engineering. On top of designing his own compound bow, he admits in game to maintaining the clockwork of the Stonemarket Clock Tower to keep it running.
- According to Edios Montreal, Garrett is estimated to be in his 30's. 
- Garrett finds that some of the symbols and artifacts in the Keeper ruins under The City to be strangely familiar to him, suggesting some kind of genetic memory or that he is reincarnated being (though not likely an immortal who lived several hundreds of years of existence). He also has a strange familiarity with hooded cultists which he considers to be 'bad news' (as if he remembers Keepers in another life). The Keeper compound has been in ruins for several hundred years.
- Perhaps cryptically Orion and Queen of Beggers comments that 'Garrett' is someone that brings 'change' to The City. This may be a nod to older Garrett, from the previous series who brought change to The City by saving it three times. How Orion would know this however is mysterious (or it could refer to something that happened in the 'missing year' of Garrett's life which he doesn't remember, but somehow Orion is aware of it). At least with Orion it could just be hollow flattery.
- Both Trickster and Karras were previous enemies of his older ego, both have existed in this universe, but no longer live, or are no longer worshipped.
- The Spectral Aspect statue of a cloaked individual seems familiar to Garrett somehow. Perhaps it's supposed to represent the old Sneak Thief Garrett or another Keeper related artifact, see Ancient Figurine.
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