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Top Ten Redwall Characters
Number 1. Martin
Martin the Warrior is the central character of three Redwall novels, and he makes appearances in others as a ghost. He was captured when he was young by the tyrant Badrang, but he later escaped, led the other slaves in revolt, and killed Badrang. He later travelled to Mossflower and became a founder of Redwall Abbey.
Number 2. Mariel
Mariel (who smacks of Fa Mu Lan), is Redwall's only famous female warrior. She starred in two novels (Mariel of Redwall and The Bellmaker), and is most famous for the tightly knotted rope she uses as a weapon, called Gullwhacker. She sets out from Redwall on a quest to save her father from the corsair king, Gabool the Wild.
Number 3. Bella
Bella of Brockhall was the daughter of Boar the Fighter and the mother of Sunflash the Mace. In Mossflower, the second Redwall novel, she leads the CORIM (Core of Resistance in Mossflower) against the tyranny of Verdauga Greeneyes and his daughter, Tsarmina.
Number 4. Laterose
Laterose, daughter of the cheiftan of Noonvale, rescued Martin from Badrang's fortress while looking for her lost brother. She became Martin's right hand in the rebellion against the tyrant, and died a tragic death during the final battle.
Number 5. Mara
In Salamandastron, Brian wrote about a topic that was a first in the Redwall series: teenage rebellion. Mara, fed up with the strict rules and regulations of Salamandastron, leaves the mountain and her adopted father Urthstripe, with her friend Pikkle Ffolger.
Number 6. Dumble
Dumble is considered one of the most humorous characters in the entire series, and he is the first to come to mind when one thinks of dibbuns, as he was the first to play a major role. He journeyed with Thrugg the otter to the northern mountains, to bring back the flowers of Icetor, which were the only cure for the dreaded dryditch fever.
Number 7. Sunstripe
Sunflash the Mace, the son of Bella of Brockhall, was featured in 'Outcast of Redwall'. Upon arriving at Salamandastron, where he became badger lord, he changed his name to Sunstripe, and abandoned the way of the warrior in favor of gardening. He was forced to take up his sword again, however, when the warlord Swartt Sixclaw attacked.
Number 8. Finbarr Galedeep
Finbarr Galedeep, the sea otter captain of The Pearl Queen, sails with helps Mariel and Joseph Bellmaker in their journey to Southsward, to rescue the royals of Castle Floret from the clutches of Urgan Nagru.
Number 9. Mask
The Mask, whose tragic death was on a level with Rose, Finbarr, and Romsca, was the tailless brother of the Skipper of otters in the novel Mossflower. He was famed for his ability to disguise as any creature or blend into his background at will.
Number 10. Silvamord
Silvamord (Death from the Forest), wife of Urgan Nagru, is the center of an interesting issue Brian raised in 'The Bellmaker'. Hers is the first marriage that is exactly the opposite of marital bliss. She was plotting against her husband throughout the novel, even more than she was plotting against the 'good guys'.