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Redwall Abbey

Redwall Abbey is a peaceful order of brothers and sisters located in Mossflower Woods. It was co-founded by Abbess Germaine and Martin the Warrior.

Redwall History

Following the destruction and flooding of Kotir, an ancient castle in Mossflower ruled for seasons by the Greeneyes family, blueprints of the Abbey complex designed by Germaine became reality with Martin's assistance.

The Abbey was built out of red sandstone from a neighboring quarry by woodlanders of Mossflower and survivors of the Loamhedge Abbey plague. Construction took more than 20 seasons.

A tapestry was woven in the Great Hall and dedicated to Martin the Warrior. After the deaths of Germaine and Martin, both mice were entombed beneath the Abbey.

While it is ordained to be a peaceful location, many times a warrior is called upon from the residents to combat a threat against this peace.

Redwallers traditionally name the Seasons after some large occurrence or event. Young citizens of the Abbey are called Dibbuns.

The unwritten rule of Redwall Abbey is that "Redwall mice can go anywhere, through any territory, and pass unharmed."

Regions of Redwall Abbey

Redwall Abbey as depicted in the Redwall TV Series

Redwall Abbey Charter

The Redwall Abbey Charter is as follows:

  • To be brothers and sisters of peace and goodwill while living together under the protection of Redwall Abbey.
  • Forsake all unnecessary forms of violence, not only to Mossflower, its trees, grasses, flowers and insects, but to all living creatures.
  • Help and comfort the dispossessed.
  • Harbor orphans and waifs.
  • Offer shelter to all creatures alike.
  • Give clothing, warmth and food to any beast or creature that is deemed in need of such.
  • Educate and learn, particularly in the healing arts, comfort the sick, nurse the injured and help the wounded.
  • Take food from the earth and replenish the land by caring for it; husbanding crops, living in harmony with the seasons always.
  • To honor and protect friends and brethren, only raising paw to do battle when life at Redwall is threatened by treachery and the shadow of war; at these times every Redwall creature should show courage, fortitude and obedience to the Father Abbot. The taking of another life must always be justified and never carried out in a wanton manner.

The Abbey Charter only appears in Mariel of Redwall.

Abbots and Abbesses

Abbots and Abbesses are leaders of Redwall Abbey who are generally selected for the role by their predecessors or a Council of Elders.

The following is chronological list of all the known leaders of Redwall Abbey:

Abbot's Report was a known type of punishment used by Abbey leaders.

Statistics

Total number of known leaders: 28

  • 12 Abbesses
  • 16 Abbots
  • 14 Mice: Germaine, Meriam, Bryony, Bernard, Saxtus, Vale, Mortimer, Mordalfus, Durral, Apodemus, Carrul, Lycian, Daucus, Marjoram
  • 5 Squirrels: Arven, Songbreeze, Fenna, Perrit, Thibb
  • 4 Unknown: Thomas, Saxus, Cedric, Furtila
  • 3 Hedgehogs: Tansy, Phredd, Humble
  • 1 Dormouse: Glisam
  • 1 Otter: Mhera

Badger Mothers

Badgers mothers look after young ones who reside in Redwall, and, as they live seasons longer than other creatures, are known for their wisdom.

The following is a chronological list of all the Badger Mothers of Redwall Abbey:

Abbey Warriors and Champions of Redwall

Abbey Warriors are creatures of any species called upon by the spirit of Martin the Warrior to defend the Abbey in times of need or to perform some special task. Warriors should not be confused with those who wield the Sword of Martin.

Champions of Redwall are those who have been officially designated the task of defending the Abbey by its residents.

Sometimes, Abbey Warriors and those who hold the Champion position overlap. Champions do not always receive visions of Martin.

Statistics

Total number of known Warriors and Champions: 15

  • 12 Males
  • 3 Females
  • 5 Mice: Martin the Warrior, Dandin, Matthias, Mattimeo, Martin II
  • 5 Squirrels: Samkim, Arven, Dannflower Reguba, Trisscar Swordmaid, Rakkety Tam MacBurl
  • 3 Hares: Laird Bosie McScutta of Bowlaynee, Tammo, Clarinna
  • 2 Otters: Tagg, Tiria Wildlough

Other Positions

Many other creatures perform needed duties in and around the Abbey. Those without an indirect link on this page include Skippers and Foremoles.

Enemies of Redwall Abbey

Many wicked creatures see or hear about Redwall and hope to take it as their own, either by using force or tricking the Redwallers, whom they believe to be naive "country bumpkins." The following is a chronological list of vermin leaders who have attempted to take or infiltrate the Abbey.

Cluny and Ironbeak have the distinction of being the only villains to successfully hold the Abbey. However, Badredd successfully gained access to the grounds and trapped the residents inside the main building while commandeering the Gatehouse for his gang. When Raga Bol arrived, he took over and continued the siege.

Books

Redwall Abbey appears in every book except Lord Brocktree.

Trivia

  • The name "Redwall Abbey" was inspired by the Childwall Abbey pub in Liverpool.
  • The red sandstone exterior of Redwall was inspired by the red walls in Stanley Park, located in Liverpool's Kirkdale district.
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