History WMG / Redwall

2nd Jun '16 8:10:00 PM Serasia
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There is evidence in the books that vermin are psychologically and biologically very slightly closer to their RealLife animalian counterparts than the woodlanders. Thus, I posit that their reproductive systems are also closer, meaning the females tend to produce large litters, unlike the woodlanders who usually seem to have only one or two at a time (barring a few throwbacks, which would explain Rosie and Tarquin producing twelve kids in one year, or Log-a-Log Furmo's eight). Since they require more meat in their diets than the herbivorous/piscetarian woodlanders, the laws of trophic energy transfer conspire with their higher birth rate to mean that the country could never support them if they all survived to breed. Thus, they become highly aggressive and competitive, and usually keep their population growth down by battling amongst themselves. Every so often they build up to levels high enough to form a horde, which then gets wiped out by the woodlanders, leaving only those whose genes have something to offer in the way of skill or luck and ensuring that the next generation get the good genetic material. Veil was the only vermin infant whose birth was actually mentioned and he was an only child, but it's not unusual for small or frail mother animals, particularly first-time mothers, to produce one big healthy cub rather than a litter which are likely to be sickly and difficult to care for.

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There is evidence in the books that vermin are psychologically and biologically very slightly closer to their RealLife animalian counterparts than the woodlanders. Thus, I posit that their reproductive systems are also closer, meaning the females tend to produce large litters, unlike the woodlanders who usually seem to have only one or two at a time (barring a few throwbacks, which would explain Rosie and Tarquin producing twelve kids in one year, or Log-a-Log Furmo's eight). Since they require more meat in their diets than the herbivorous/piscetarian herbivorous/pescetarian woodlanders, the laws of trophic energy transfer conspire with their higher birth rate to mean that the country could never support them if they all survived to breed. Thus, they become highly aggressive and competitive, and usually keep their population growth down by battling amongst themselves. Every so often they build up to levels high enough to form a horde, which then gets wiped out by the woodlanders, leaving only those whose genes have something to offer in the way of skill or luck and ensuring that the next generation get the good genetic material. Veil was the only vermin infant whose birth was actually mentioned and he was an only child, but it's not unusual for small or frail mother animals, particularly first-time mothers, to produce one big healthy cub rather than a litter which are likely to be sickly and difficult to care for.
19th Dec '15 9:12:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** WordofGod says this is true.

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** WordofGod WordOfGod says this is true.
1st Nov '15 6:50:39 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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[[WMG: Mellus was suicidal.]]
She always came across as one of the most bitter good characters, and it's stated that after Dandin and Mariel left she fell into a depression. Then there's the fact that she could have simply scared Slipp away from "Mousebabe" due to the fact that she's so intimidating and well, scary.
22nd May '15 9:22:22 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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[[WMG: Martin is the [[{{Homestuck}} Lord of Hope]].]]

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[[WMG: Martin is the [[{{Homestuck}} [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Lord of Hope]].]]
20th Apr '15 2:53:06 PM DrNoPuma
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[[WMG: Continuing on what the theory about humans said, the reason we don't see any is because...]]
The animals killed them. They also burnt down manmade structures, which is why we don't see any after the 1st book.
21st Mar '15 10:09:52 AM Pika123
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* Or just insane. Which the book assured a million times over that he was.
2nd Dec '14 3:56:04 AM chelonianmobile
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If Bryony fit the patterns of the other heroes' ages, she would have been about twelve or thirteen when she got him. Since at that age most people don't know how to properly raise babies of their own species, never mind one which could eat them, it's no wonder he turned out warped. Mattimeo was born less than four seasons after his thirteen-year-old parents married, and even with a mouse pregnancy length of three weeks that's a bit young; not only was he spoilt rotten by the beginning of his book, he was saddled with that name.

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If Bryony fit the patterns of the other heroes' ages, she would have been about twelve or thirteen when she got him. Since at that age most people don't know how to properly raise babies of their own species, never mind one which could eat them, it's no wonder he turned out warped. Mattimeo was born less than four seasons after his thirteen-year-old thirteen-season-old parents married, and even with a mouse pregnancy length of three weeks that's a bit young; not only was he spoilt rotten by the beginning of his book, he was saddled with that name.
2nd Dec '14 3:55:40 AM chelonianmobile
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[[WMG: Veil's and Mattimeo's stories were intended as a moral against teen pregnancy.]]
If Bryony fit the patterns of the other heroes' ages, she would have been about twelve or thirteen when she got him. Since at that age most people don't know how to properly raise babies of their own species, never mind one which could eat them, it's no wonder he turned out warped. Mattimeo was born less than four seasons after his thirteen-year-old parents married, and even with a mouse pregnancy length of three weeks that's a bit young; not only was he spoilt rotten by the beginning of his book, he was saddled with that name.
4th Oct '14 5:21:46 AM chelonianmobile
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[[WMG: Veil suffered from Reactive Attachment Disorder.]]
RAD is a rare condition caused by lack of appropriate emotional interaction with caregivers in infancy, resulting in a lack of empathy which may or may not turn into violent behaviour, as shown in the documentary ''Child of Rage''. Veil's mother died at birth and he was ignored by his father and given to a nurse who, while she saved his life, didn't seem to pay much attention to him otherwise. The Redwallers refused to bond with him out of possibly understandable fear, given that he is a predator and they are prey, and never expected him to behave well; Bryony did bond with him, but never tried to stop his misbehaviour, and so it got worse.
3rd Oct '14 5:12:06 PM chelonianmobile
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[[WMG: Not all of Madd's family was killed.]]
Madd suffered a head injury and woke up alone in the carnage. Fwirl's family was also killed and she mentions that her mother's "body" had a head injury and wouldn't wake. Coincidence?
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