|“Think of this as a new game, dear.”|
|— Fretta to Toby; Page 135 in Watch Wolf|
Fretta MacHeath was a gray female dire wolf (Canis Dirus) with black patches, from the Carreg Gaer of the MacHeath Clan. She was a lieutenant who worked with Dunbar in his slink melf operations, including the cubnapping of Toby.
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Fretta was a gray she-wolf with several patches of black and a white-tipped tail. She very likely had green eyes, like every true wolf of the Beyond. Fretta had either a black or brown nose.
After Edme quarrels with Dunbar MacHeath about tearing out her eye and leaves, Dunbar decides that they will watch Edme carefully, rather than kill her. As seen in a few next chapters, it is shown Fretta was the wolf assigned to follow Edme.
Fretta follows Faolan and Edme for a day and a night, up until they came to eat and rest near a river, where a Watch byrrgis and a grizzly had shared a meal. After reporting about Edme playing with Toby, she adds that there is a rumor the Watch wolves will call a Court of Crait on them. Dunbar, furious, decides to start a war between the Watch wolves and grizzlies. The chieftain decides they'll need a hostage, and chooses Toby.
Toby is playing by the river, bored, when Fretta appears. Toby is excited at first, as he was wishing for a wolf to play with him. After Fretta asks his name, Toby hesitates, getting a bad feeling. He is then kidnapped by the MacHeaths.
After bringing Toby to the Pit, the five cubnappers talk about Toby giving his name. Toby lies, saying he doesn't have one. When the cub tells them to call him "Ishodd", they are greatly disturbed, including Fretta.
Fretta also appears at the war as part of Dunbar's slink melf to assinate Grizz, the "Bear of Bears," along with Dunbar, Blyden, Malan, Aila, Andreen, and Donaidh. She and the others disappear after Katria kills Andreen.
- "Fretta" means "hurried" in Italian.