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The Sword of Martin the Warrior
"Always use the sword to stand for good and right, never do a thing you would be ashamed of, but never let your heart rule your mind."
Luke the Warrior


The Sword of Martin the Warrior, also known as Ratdeath, was a legendary blade used to maintain peace and defend Redwall Abbey against foes.

First known to be wielded by Martin the Elder, it was originally a weapon that wasn't too special, consisting of a normal steel blade, a red pommel stone, and a leather strap. The sword also had a scabbard.

Sword of Martin History

The Sword of Martin was originally owned by Martin the Elder and passed down to his son, Luke the Warrior. Later, just before sailing after Vilu Daskar, Luke bequeathed the sword to his son, Martin. When Martin was captured by Badrang the Tyrant, the latter possessed the sword for a short period of time until Martin reclaimed it and traveled south into Mossflower Woods. The sword, now rusty with age, was broken by Tsarmina Greeneyes at Kotir. Martin carried the broken hilt around his neck during his quest to Salamandastron. There, it was re-forged by Boar the Fighter using star metal to become a magnificent weapon that included a red pommel stone and "three-quarter" blood channels, or fullers, each of which ran down three-quarters of the blade on either side. It was re-strapped with black leather, and included a silver crosspiece.

Martin wielded the sword to defeat Tsarmina, bringing safety and freedom to Mossflower.

When Martin's father gave him the sword, he stated that if Martin should have no offspring to whom to bestow it, he should hide the blade where only a brave, true warrior could find it. In compliance with this, Martin instructed Krar Woodwatcher to hang the sword from the weathervane of Redwall Abbey after he decided to live a life of peace. He also left a coded poem specifically for Matthias divulging the sword's hidden location on the weathervane in his underground tomb.

However, Martin went on one more quest seasons later, and likely had the sword taken down. After his death, he was buried as a warrior with the sword, foreseeing where it would eventually end up. Seasons later, the Spirit of Martin guided Simeon to the weapon in Martin's tomb. Simeon left the sword with Dandin, and the younger mouse accompanied Mariel Gullwhacker to the isle of Terramort to battle Gabool the Wild.

After that endeavor, Rufe Brush took the sword up to the Redwall Abbey weathervane, where it remained attached until a bolt of lightning brought it down next to Samkim and Arula. It was stolen by Dingeye and Thura, and later came into the possession of Dethbrush. After dueling with Dethbrush, Samkim temporarily lost the sword to the Deepcoiler. Mara retrieved the sword and returned it to Samkim, who brought it back to Redwall. Wild King MacPhearsome then restored it to its rightful place on the weathervane.

The sword was later stolen by King Bloodfeather of the Sparra tribe. His successor, King Bull Sparra, lost it to Asmodeus. Asmodeus possessed the sword at The Quarry until Matthias retrieved it and killed the adder. Abbot Mortimer named the sword "Ratdeath" after Matthias defeated Cluny the Scourge. From that point, the sword was displayed near the tapestry of Martin the Warrior, and various defenders of the Abbey have continued to wield it from time to time.

Hundreds of seasons later, the sword was stolen from the Abbey by a watervole, but it was then taken from him by Magger. Captain Vizka Longtooth killed him, and took the sword for himself. It was retrieved for the Abbey by Salixa.

The Sword of Martin from the Redwall TV Series

Known Wielders of the Sword of Martin

Known Characters Killed Directly by the Sword of Martin

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