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Gulo the Savage

Gulo the Savage

Species: Wolverine
Place of Origin: The Land of Ice and Snow
Gender: Male
Weapon: Natural Defenses, Wild Doogy Plumm's claymore
Death: Beheaded by Rakkety Tam MacBurl
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Appears: Rakkety Tam

Gulo the Savage was a brutal cannibal wolverine from the Land of Ice and Snow. He was the son of Dramz and the brother of Askor. After murdering his father, Gulo attempted to secure control of the frozen territory, but he was forced to track down his brother after the theft of the Walking Stone, the royal symbol of power. His pursuit took him and his cannibalistic horde of a hundred white vermin carnivores to Mossflower Woods, where he was eventually beheaded by Rakkety Tam MacBurl's sharpened shield's edge when he was thrown upon it in a duel with the warrior squirrel.

Weapons

Gulo's main weapons were his natural claws and teeth, which, when combined with his physical strength, proved to be more than sufficient. He also used a sword stolen from Wild Doogy Plumm during his brief fight with Tam, though it is unlikely that he actually received any training in how to use one. However, he quite competently beat down Tam with the claymore, using strength and speed.

Behavior

Of all of Redwall's villains, Gulo the Savage has been described as being the least intelligent of the batch. While he was by no means an idiot, he never once orchestrated any sophisticated or complex stratagems during his campaign in Mossflower, as most plans were decided by his captains, primarily Shard.

However he was also one of the few vermin leaders in the series that actually fought from the front and was not afraid of his enemies, or anything, for that matter. He is also considered to be the physically largest and most intimidating of the Redwall villains, fighting with strength, ferocity, and physical stature that exceeded even that of a badger. It is also notable that Gulo was insane, enduring a trying and ultimately aimless pursuit of his dead brother; this only became obvious when he started talking to the bushes and herbs about his brother one moment, and falling asleep the next. Gulo also had little to no regard for the lives of his horde; while the white vermin originally sided with Gulo, this was most likely out of fear of the wolverine.

Gulo the Savage's Legacy

  • The grove of rooks and black birds was so decimated by Gulo's attack, they could never roost in numbers again.
  • Gulo the Savage and his horde killed and consumed all of Driftail's gang.

Trivia

  • The name "Gulo" comes from the scientific name for wolverines, Gulo gulo. The name is derived from the Latin word gulo, meaning glutton.
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