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Mariel Gullwhacker, also known as Storm Gullwhacker, was the daughter of Joseph the Bellmaker and a wandering warrior.

While on a sea voyage with her father to Salamandastron to deliver a bell, her ship, the Periwinkle, was captured by corsairs. She was held in captivity by the sea rat Gabool the Wild until he tossed her into the ocean during a violent storm.

Barely surviving, Mariel awakened on the shore with a great memory loss. With only the knowledge that she arrived via the storm, she identified with the name "Storm." After experiencing harassment on the beach from seagulls, she beat them with the thick knotted rope that had been tied to her, calling it a "gullwhacker". Taking the name of her new weapon as her surname, "Storm Gullwhacker" continued onward.

Later, she was attacked by toads, and three hares of the Long Patrol (Colonel Clary, Brigadier Thyme, and Hon Rosie) rescued her. Mariel traveled to Redwall Abbey with Tarquin Longleap Woodsorrel, where she regained knowledge of her previous identity and life with the help of Simeon. While there, she befriended Dandin and Saxtus.

Mariel, Dandin, Tarquin, and Durry Quill departed Redwall to engage Gabool in battle on his island, Terramort. On the journey, they encountered Rawnblade Widestripe. When the group arrived at Terramort, Mariel reconnected with her father, who had mustered many of the good creatures who hated Gabool into a group and together they stormed Fort Bladegirt. Mariel, Joseph, and Rawnblade attempted to slay Gabool, however all were denied revenge as Gabool was slain by his pet scorpion, Skrabblag.

Soon after, Dandin and Mariel left Redwall to find further adventures. Together, they went south and assisted the denizens of Castle Floret against the tyrant Urgan Nagru.

After another triumph of good over evil, Dandin, Mariel, and their new friend Bowly Pintips set sail in the Pearl Queen, seeking even more adventure. Her fate is unknown.

Character[]

While Mariel is often described as a brave, fearless warrior, she frequently displays many dangerous personality flaws. Like Felldoh, she was rash and often charged in without thinking. She frequently attacked first and asked questions later, and ended up hurting creatures on her own side, such as when she first encountered Bowly Pintips and almost attacked Hon Rosie. She often talked to non-mouse creatures she met in pompous, superior tones and threatened them. She also didn't always treat authority figures with the respect. She did however show regret when another creature confronted her on her behavior, like when Mother Mellus rebuked her. However, by the time she is an adult she seems to have learned to control these traits better.

Trivia[]

  • Mariel is inspired by Brian Jacques' granddaughter, Jade.
  • Mariel's name was chosen by Brian Jacques because he thought it sounded like a bell.
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