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Mask

Mask

Species: Otter
Place of Origin: Northfork Stream
Gender: Male
Weapon: Dagger
Death: Killed by an arrow shot by Tsarmina
Books
Appears: Mossflower
Mentioned: The Legend of Luke

Riverwyte, better known as The Mask, was a male otter and the brother of Bargud and Warthorn (the Skipper in Mossflower and The Legend of Luke), the uncle of Folgrim and Tungro, and the great-uncle of Mayberry and Catkin. Although his birth name was Riverwyte, he received the nickname "Mask" due to his amazing talent of imitating the physical appearances and dialects of other creatures. Mask was also an expert in camouflage and could secrete himself in any given setting. He was a warrior until his tail was cut off by vermin; he then retired to a relatively peaceful life in Mossflower Woods.

Mask was a thin otter with grey fur and pale eyes who lived in a hollow log in the forest. He disguised himself as a fox, "Patchcoat," in order to infiltrate Kotir and rescue Gingivere Greeneyes, Ferdy and Coggs, using his cloak to hide the two hedgehogs. He was only discovered as an impostor after Cludd aggressively stomped on his prosthetic fox's tail, removing it. After this successful and daring episode, he was struck by an arrow meant for Gingivere from Tsarmina Greeneyes' bow, which mortally wounded him. Prior to entering Kotir, Mask befriended Spike and Posy, and as he died he told his companions not to mention his death to the two young ones, only to tell them that he had left for somewhere far away. He was buried at Camp Willow, the home of the otters.

Mask is unique in Redwall for being something of a "dark horse" character. Unlike many other heroes in the series, he is quiet and reserved, which is essential to his role as a disguised spy.

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