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Concept art of Sir "Iron-Tail" Fratley by Toshiyuki Itahana.
"Minions of evil, you have gone too far! My spear will purge this land of you!"
—Sir Fratley

Sir "Iron-Tail" Fratley was a legendary Burmecian Dragon Knight and explorer in Final Fantasy IX, and the lover of Freya Crescent. He first appears as Stranger before Freya identifies him.

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"Freya, you're going to be fine. Trust your strength... and have faith in your destiny. Once I complete my journey around the world, I will return to Burmecia."
—Fratley, before leaving on his journey.

Five years before the events of the game, Fratley decided to leave Burmecia in order to keep peace in Burmecia, as other kingdoms were slowly gaining power. Before leaving, he promised Freya that he would return.

Two years later, a devastated Freya left Burmecia as well to search for him. The prince of Burmecia, Puck, ran away one month later. All she found on her journey were minor hearings of where he had traveled, and even rumors that he had died. Eventually Freya began to live in Lindblum, where she met Zidane Tribal.

Early in the game, Alexandria attacks Burmecia after Queen Brahne, with the help of the mysterious Kuja, created an army of autonomous Black Mages. The resulting war ended in Burmecia's defeat, whereupon the King of Burmecia and many of the surviving citizens fled to the neighboring settlement of Cleyra. When Zidane, Freya, and the party traveled to Cleyra, having traversed the ruins of the city of Burmecia, they met up with Puck, who revealed that he had found Fratley wandering about during his "travels around the world".

It is then that the source of the sandstorm, a harp with a Summoning Jewel in it, breaks and the sandstorm dissipates. This prompts an attack by Alexandria. Zidane's party helped guide the surviving Cleyran citizens to the cathedral in attempt to regroup, as hordes of black mages teleported straight into the city. After having been surrounded, they were saved by the timely arrival of Fratley. They all retreat into the cathedral where Freya poured out her feelings to him and told of how much she had missed him, though Fratley remarked that this was the first time he had actually met either of them. It transpired that he didn't remember anything, suffering complete amnesia. Fratley's faint memories of being called a "Dragon Knight" lead him back to Cleyra. His amnesia devastated Freya, who painfully watched him depart once again.

Fratley comes to the Cleyrans' aid.

The attack renews as General Beatrix appears and steals the Summoning Jewel before running out of the cathedral. Zidane's party follows and confronts Beatrix, but they fell to the general once again (having been previously defeated by her in Burmecia), though they managed to follow her during the Alexandrian withdrawal and escaped Cleyra on the Red Rose before Brahne used Dark Matter to summon Odin, thereby destroying the city completely, leaving nothing except a giant crater, and a blackened stump in the place of Cleyra's great trunk.

Fratley's fate was unknown until one of the ending sequences of the game, where he is seen sitting beside Freya on a fountain in Burmecia, still in ruins, before Freya leaves for Alexandria to see Zidane's return. Though Fratley still hadn't regained his memory, he returned Freya's affection for him.

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