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Crowley was the former Ranger Commandant and one of Halt's oldest friends.
Crowley was one of the King's closest advisors. His job was to gather, organize, and send the information to the King after every Ranger Gathering. He had a crush on Lady Pauline for a long time, but he kept it secret because of her and Halt's love for each other. It has been said that Crowley is the best silent mover in the Corps whereas Gilan is the best unseen mover. Crowley, as Ranger Commandant, was stationed at Castle Araluen.
Crowley was impressed with Will and how he has come along with his Ranger training. He, like most Rangers, delights in teasing people and was roaring with laughter when Will accidentally started singing Greybeard Halt in The Sorcerer in the North, saying he'd "never heard it before".
He and Halt served together through many dangerous campaigns, and they knew each other's minds like their own.Araluen with Halt to find former Rangers that were expelled from the Corps by Morgarath. The outcast Rangers quickly elect him the leader of their group, despite his vocal complaints. When his former teacher, Pritchard, appears, Crowley wants to let him lead but Pritchard declines the offer, stating that the group chose Crowley, and to take away that authority would be unfair to the rest of the group. Crowley is later formally chosen to become Corps Commandant of the new Ranger Corps.
Crowley is mentioned, but never actually appears, in book one when Halt and Will travel to the Ranger Gathering, which is cut short by the news of Kalkara sightings.
Crowley has a slightly larger role in the fifth book, appearing over the course of several chapters. He and Halt both give Will his briefing on the work he has to do up in Norgate Fief and Crowley is shown to have an excellent sense of humor. He appears later in the book with Halt when reading a message sent by Will. He and Halt then decide to send Horace to help Will.
Crowley is present at the wedding of Halt and Pauline. He has special tunics made especially for the occasion. As a wedding present to Halt he also provides ceremonial knives fashioned for him, made with sliver handles, which he tells Halt, Gilan, and Will to use for ceremonial occasions.
In the epilogue, Crowley and Halt award Will the silver oakleaf and plan a celebration with all of the important people in Will's life to celebrate his graduation into a full-fledged ranger. It was by chance that Will was Ranger 50.
It is revealed that Crowley had died peacefully during the night, before the events of The Royal Ranger. He was found with his eyes open and a quizzical smile on his face. Halt then closed his eyes and left.
Crowley is one of the best in the Ranger's Corps at silent movement, as demonstrated in the The Sorcerer in the North, when he sneaks up behind Will. He is also presumably an expert at the double knife sword defense.
In The Hibernian, Crowley says he's a good whistler, but Halt believes that it's shrilling, not whistling
Crowley has sandy red hair, hazel eyes and, like the majority of the Rangers, is fairly small and stocky.
He, like most Rangers, prefers fresh air, and can be heard grumbling about having to do paperwork. Despite the large amount of responsibility being on his shoulders due to the fact he is Commandant of the Ranger Corps, he still likes a good laugh and to poke fun at Halt (being one of the few people who can do so).
He has a good sense of humor and enjoys spying on the other Rangers from a secret hideout as they arrive to the annual Gathering. Will is one of the few Rangers to have spotted Crowley's secret hide; doing so in The Sorcerer in the North. Will comments that Crowley is losing his skills, but in a twist of irony, he had sneaked up on Will and overheard.
He is known to have had quite a temper in his younger years. Pritchard, his mentor, said his temper comes from his red hair.
- Like all Ranger Commandants, he was stationed at the Araluen Fief.
Crowley is based at Castle Araluen and Araluen has a fief surrounding it, like other important castles. Technically, Crowley is the Ranger for Araluen Fief, but because he has many other duties, he is often assisted by retired Rangers or recently graduated apprentices for whom there is no available fief. - John Flanagan
- He is John Flanagan's favorite character, due to his ability to poke fun at Halt.
Strange as it may seem, I’m beginning to like Crowley more and more because he’s the only one who can successfully take the mickey out of Halt. Halt obviously has great affection for him (albeit well hidden) because he allows him to do this. I’m thinking in a future book I’d like to examine their relationship when they were both younger, and they worked together to reform the Ranger Corps. -John Flanagan
- His full name is Crowley Meratyn, his last name having been revealed in The Lost Stories.
- In the story of the fate of Arndor of Crewse, Arndor was a giant bandit, standing well over two meters (almost six and a half feet) tall and terrorizing the people of a small Araluen town. Finally, a Ranger arrives in this town and chains him to mill wheel, letting the town "use" him for the next five years. Crowley inadvertently reveals that he was that Ranger.
- He was known to have an impish sense of humor.
- He died with a smile on his face, as if he thought of something funny or interesting before he took his final breath as Halt had thought.