Killconey

Killconey
Killconey from the Redwall TV Series

Species: Ferret
Place of Origin: Mossflower Woods
Gender: Male
Weapon: Spear, Sword
Death: Chopped in half by Matthias
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Appears: Redwall
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Voice(s): Lawrence Bayne (Redwall), Greg Longridge (Redwall)
TV Series: Season 1

A ferret from Mossflower Woods, Killconey was pressed under threat of death to join the horde of Cluny the Scourge when Cluny attacked Redwall Abbey. Although he was an extremely talkative ferret with a comical accent and a tendency to refer to his "ould" mother's sayings, he wasn't a fool. In fact, the outsider turned out to be very useful for Cluny in several schemes.

Killconey and Cheesethief were the only members of Cluny's horde who ever saw Asmodeus and lived. The pair observed him pulling the carcass of Ragear away. He was later in charge of the crew of weasels, stoats, and ferrets tasked with digging a tunnel into Redwall from the southwestern corner - though this plan was discovered and failed miserably, leading to the death of Darkclaw and many other hordes members. During the largest battle of the Late Rose Summer Wars, Killconey, for a short while, took the position of "drummer-cum-soothsayer."

Also, he had some knowledge of leverage, and built Cluny a siege tower to get into Redwall from the back wall, though this scheme also failed to gain access into the Abbey. The incident shocked Cluny so much that for a short while, Killconey took control of the horde along with Darkclaw and Fangburn. In the final battle for Redwall, Killconey was held in front of Cluny as a living shield and was slain by a swipe from Matthias that chopped him in half. His last action saved his leader's life, if only for a short while.


Trivia

  • Killconey was the first ferret to be named in the Redwall series. His name means "one who kills rabbits," as "coney" is an old English word for "young rabbit."
  • While never shown in a positive light, Killconey is never really shown to be sadistic and cruel, like many members of Cluny's army. This may be linked to his being forced into service under Cluny.
  • In several printings of Redwall, Killconey is identified inconsistently throughout the text as either male or female. Brian Jacques confirmed that Killconey was male.
  • Killconey is the only high ranked beast in Cluny's army that is not a rat.
  • In the Redwall TV Series, Killconey is evil and completely loyal to Cluny. He is killed offscreen in The Final Conflict episode.
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