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Lady Cregga Rose Eyes

Lady Cregga Rose Eyes
Badger Ruler

Place of Origin: Mossflower Woods
Gender: Female
Known Predecessor: Orlando the Axe
Known Successor: Russano the Wise
Weapon: Spear, Battlepike, Axepike, longbow
Death: Shot with an arrow by Vallug Bowbeast
Books
Appears: The Long Patrol, Marlfox, Taggerung
"Madder than midwinter, stronger than a four-topped oak, temper like lightnin', full 'o the Bloodwrath."
Russa Nodrey


Lady Cregga Rose Eyes was a female badger ruler of Salamandastron and badger mother of Redwall Abbey.

As Ruler of Salamandastron

Cregga was an extremely powerful warrior and strongly affected by the Bloodwrath, which tinged her eyes a perpetual pink, hence her name. This earned her the titles of "Wild-eyed Warrior Queen" and "Belle of the Bloodwrath". As Badger Lady, Cregga commanded a very strong Long Patrol that was more than a thousand hares in number. Though her mood was unpredictable and her temper flared randomly, she was greatly respected and loved. Her weapon of choice was a fearsome pike with an axehead on one side and a sharpened hook on the other, which she forged herself. As the sworn enemy of all Rapscallions, Cregga eventually killed the Greatrat leader Damug Warfang at the Battle of the Ridge of a Thousand. However, in the process she was permanently blinded by slashes inflicted by Damug.

After healing, the Cregga took up the position of Badger Mother at Redwall Abbey, where she lived out her seasons fairly peacefully.

As Badger Mother of Redwall

Cregga Rose Eyes was the adopted mother of the young badger Russano, an orphan found by members of her Long Patrol who eventually succeeded her as Lord of Salamandastron. She was a guardian of Dibbuns and an invaluable source of wisdom and good advice.

Cregga was still war-like, though not to same extent as in her younger seasons. In Marlfox, Cregga was injured during the Marlfoxes' first attack. She also used a longbow, guided by Ellayo Swifteye, to slay the Marlfox Ascrod.

She lived through the Abbey leadership of Abbess Tansy, Abbot Arven, Abbess Songbreeze Swifteye (with whom she became great friends), and Abbess Mhera. There was a time period where there was no Abbot or Abbess in charge of the Abbey; during this gap she acted as temporary Abbess.

Near the end of her vast lifespan she took an arrow in the chest from the bow of Vallug Bowbeast, and was fatally injured. It should be noted, however, that were it not for Cregga's extreme age at this time, it is possible and maybe even probable that she would have survived. A great feast was thrown in her honor and she died shortly afterward.

Trivia

  • Despite her warlike younger seasons, Cregga lived a tremendously long life, spanning three Redwall novels. She is considered one of the oldest creatures the entire Redwall series.
  • Since Cregga's death, Redwall Abbey has not had any known Badger Mothers.
  • Friar Butty said "It looks like our badger has lost an ear" following one of the battles of Marlfox, but it is not mentioned in any other novels so he may have been mistaken.
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