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Ferahgo the Assassin was a tall, lean male weasel and ruler of the Southwest Lands for a period. He was the father of Klitch. Physically, he had sparkling, alluring blue eyes and a charming smile, but he never joked. His characteristic weapons were knives, and he was very adept at throwing them with deadly accuracy, as well as using them for skinning. He wore a broad belt with diagonal crossbelts across his chest, as well as a short kilt of animal skins. His secondary weapon was a mace and chain, which he used in combat against Urthstripe the Strong.

When Ferahgo was young and commanded a small gang of vermin, he agreed to speak peacefully with Urthound and Urthrun, a pair of badgers who lived in the Southwest Lands and resisted the weasel's attempted reign. When they were deceived by his cool demeanor and bright blue eyes, however, he slew them both, leaving their two sons, Urthstripe and Urthwyte, as orphans. Rather than murder the infant badgers, Ferahgo left them to die in the oncoming winter, an oversight that led to his demise seasons later. Ferahgo wore a golden medallion around his neck that he took from the two badger parents that he constantly looked at to remind him of his goal.

Many seasons later, Ferahgo and his son Klitch gained a tremendous horde, the Corpsemakers. He decided to march north toward Salamandastron to obtain the legendary badger treasure that he believed was inside the mountain. Filled with a lust for wealth, Ferahgo dispatched Klitch and his crony, a ferret named Goffa, to infiltrate Salamandastron and survey the possibilities. With time, Ferahgo found himself in a full-scale war against Lord Urthstripe and his Long Patrol.

Among the various strategies employed against the mountain fortress, Ferahgo attempted burrowing through the mountain's walls and sent Farran the Poisoner to contaminate its food and water supply. The weasel commander's most trusted vermin officers included Migroo, Dethbrush, and Badtooth.

During the war against Urthstripe, Ferahgo sustained considerable injury from boiling water, which was poured down a tunnel that he was helping to dig. After a quick recovery, he survived an attempt on his life from Forgrin and Raptail, members of his own horde, who sought to usurp control while their leader was weakened. Afterwards, he came to be one of the only vermin commanders, along with Ungatt Trunn, to ever secure Salamandastron, if only for a short time.

When reinforcements arrived in the form of Urthwyte, Mara, Samkim, the Guosssom, and others, the tides were quickly turned. The battle was ended when Urthstripe, fatally wounded and overcome with Bloodwrath, crushed Ferahgo against him and jumped from the top of the mountain, killing them both. Ferahgo's Corpsemakers were slain down to almost the last creature.

Seasons later, Sawney Rath mentioned Ferahgo as one of the vermin warlords whose forces had been defeated with the aid of Redwallers, namely Samkim and Arula.

Ferahgo's relationship with his son Klitch was one of the more complicated vermin familial situations. It is best described as an uneasy balance of protective teacher/student and rivalry, in which they constantly insulted and tried to best each other. However, Klitch was the spitting image of his father in both appearance and intellect, and Ferahgo was secretly quite proud of his son, allowing him a certain amount of control over the horde and strategy.


  • "Ferahgo" derives from farrago, which means "hodgepodge" or "mixed", referring to his wide collection of knives. (Ask Brian, Vol. 4)
  • Tribes of Redwall Badgers mistakenly identifies Ferahgo as a ferret rather than a weasel.
  • Ferahgo is the only weasel main villain in the Redwall series.
  • In the back of the Firebird addition of Salamandastron, Ferahgo's name is misspelled as "Ferhago" in the summary.