“Welcome to strafe city, population: BRATATATAT!”
— Nick Rye
Nick Rye is a pilot living in Hope County and an ally to The Junior Deputy during the events of Far Cry 5. He is also the husband of Kim Rye, and the father of their unnamed daughter. He is the owner of Carmina, a seaplane that has been passed down through his family.
Nick is a lifelong mechanic and bush pilot from a family of distinguished military airmen, who "flew in the war so [he] didn't have to". He is also a crop-duster by trade.
And I saw, and behold... white horse!
Main Article: Wingman
Nick is met at his home and business. After the deputy helps him secure the grounds, and quickly realizes that the Cult has taken his plane, Carmina, during the assault. He plans on leaving town once he can get the plane back, as his wife Kim is pregnant and he can't bear the thought of them coming to harm Kim, or his child growing up fatherless.
He tells the deputy where to go to retrieve Carmina, and once the deputy retrieves it, he instructs the Deputy on the controls for planes (serving as an impromptu tutorial if the player has not flown before). After bringing the plane back, Nick plans to leave, but Kim refuses to go, saying that Hope County is their home and their livelihood, and asks if Nick really wants to abandon his family's history in the area, let alone give up his dream of leaving the business to his daughter. While Nick initially protests that they're going to have a son, Kim remarks that the sonogram says otherwise. Nick then jokes about having to change the name of his business, Rye & Sons Aviation.
Before things can get much further, the cult makes another attack, and Nick takes his plane to the sky to provide air support, while the deputy fights on the ground. Realizing that they must fight to protect their home, Nick joins with the deputy.“"You an' me, we'll be just like Butch and Sundance!"
"...Nick, they both died at the end."
— Nick & Kim
Main Article: Special Delivery
Kim goes into labor soon after, requiring Nick to help her while the deputy drives them to the midwife. All the while, Nick and Kim snipe at each other, and Nick surprises her that he was reading up on dilation and other pregnancy-related topics so he could help. After the baby is born, Nick gives the deputy the honor of being their daughter's godparent after all they've done for them.
Main Article: Wrath
Nick is captured, along with the other residents of Fall's End; Jerome Jeffries, Mary May Fairgrave, and after they arrive, the deputy, are all tattooed with their sins. In Nick's case, Greed - as he refused to give up his plane and business to the cult - is tattooed onto his chest.
When John asks if Nick will submit to atonement and bluntly refuses, John whispers something into his ear, which affected Nick so dramatically that he immediately "atoned", causing John to knock Nick to the ground and painfully sever the tattooed flesh and staple it to the wall.
Some time later, when the deputy is in a dogfight with John Seed, Nick will provide "wingman" backup for the deputy as revenge for the chest tattoo and subsequent severing of the flesh. When John yells at Nick through the plane's radio channel, Nick in turn calls him a "demon" and how he plans to "send (him) back to hell" for his actions.
Main Article: The Quality of Mercy
Main Article: Where It All Began
In the finale of the game, Nick appears under the influence of Bliss as are many of the supporting characters.
If the player refuses Joseph’s offer, he will become hostile and attack, whereas the player will need to revive him in order to clear his mind. After defeating Joseph, he will last be seen running away as nuclear explosions destroy Hope County.
If the player chooses to walk away, Nick and the others under the effects of Bliss will enter the church peacefully, and allow the others to leave.
Main Article: Lost On Mars
Nick takes the role of the player character in the Lost On Mars DLC.
Nick Rye the “King of the Skies” is ready to go –literally - above and beyond, to discover uncharted territories. Once you’re stranded on the red planet, your mission is simple: stop the Martian Arachnid invasion and get back home safely.
- While not in his aircraft, he uses an AR-C and 1911.
- Like the other Guns for Hire, when not on duty, he can be found at the 8-Bit Pizza Bar in the Henbane River region.
- Nick appears as the main character in the Lost On Mars DLC.
- In the comic for the Arcade Noon Live Event, a young Nick can be shown with what appears to be either his parents or grandparents fighting in the background, implying he grew up in a broken home.
- In Friendly Fire Live Events, Nick Rye along with Kim Rye, is available as Special Outfits for the deputy.