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Journey Into Mossflower
Sal Fish Fin

[table of contents]
15-17
Chapter 15

Morty's in a pretty bad mood due to last night's events. But he realizes he's being too harsh and settles down again. Matthias comes in with good news: Cornflower's dad is alright. Matthias's own injuries are mentioned (IE, he was kicked repeatedly in the face by a rat, and logically speaking must have only narrowly escaped getting his neck snapped), but he shrugs it off to put on a brave face for everyone else. Methuselah sees through his charade, and the two of them spend a bit of time staring at the place in the tapestry where Martin used to be. He goes off to bed, making small talk with Cornflower on the way. When he finally gets to his room:

So... if I get this right. He was actually feeling good all along, but pretended that he was feeling bad and pretending to feel good. Yo dawg.

He rappels down the wall with Shadow's rope and dagger.

In a non-magical world, Monks are kind of awesome.

Chapter 16

Meanwhile, at Cluny's camp, preparations were being made. Sharpening weapons, pulling up planks to build things, collecting slingstones and...

I'm sure that this serves some sort of purpose. I just can't see what it is.

O_O

Oh. Okay.

Cluny's got the Voles tied up and at his mercy, gloating to them about how great he is now that he's got Martin's power behind him. And no, I will not stop with the Martin x Cluny jokes. Because they're too much fun.

Mrs Vole comes up with a Proto-Kamina speech about Cluny never being able to enslave the Spirits of the Redwallers; Cluny responds that he intends to kill them. He has the voles dragged off and Redtooth comes in to say the army is ready. I want to note how Jacques describes the different critters:

... what the hell is piebald?

Anyway, after a scene that makes me imagine that there's a cheerleading section in this army, they begin marching on to Redwall.

Chapter 17

Meanwhile, Ragear is lost. Because rats are stupid. He sees Matthias out in the woods and starts tailing him (badly; Matthias is almost instantly aware that he's being followed), making up a story to tell Cluny.

Mentions of Hell et. al: 10.5

Thankfully, Matthias interrupts Ragear's fanfic with a tree branch to the head. He ties up the unconscious rat and moves on.

I'd bet he was humming This Tune.

Anyway, Matthias reaches the church yard, where there are rats about patrolling.

And speaking of Trolling, this is where one of my all-time favorite characters shows up:

Seriously, the guy is essentially a walking trollface.

We also get a description for virtually every other hare in the series:

Basil finds Matthias' name rather odd, and Matthias shoots back with what is essentially "I'm rubber, you're glue." In response:

And then they have a picnic while Matthias infodumps. Eventually, they formulate a plan to get the tapestry back; Basil will create a distraction while Matthias infiltrates. Basil uses Aid Another to help Matthias with his Hide and move Silently checks, and then starts trolling the sentries as hard as he can. I specifically like this line:

That is simply the greatest thing.

Matthias gets inside and sees no army, not Cluny, and no tapestry. It takes him a second to figure out that Cluny had already left. He turns around to get a warning back to Redwall, when he hears Abram Vole locked in a toolshed and sets about freeing the family.

I'm 12.

After being angered by Colin's constant bitching, Matthias gets the strength to send the spike straight through the wall and breaking the door off. Or maybe he broke the lock off of the door entirely, rather than just breaking the lock. It was oddly described.

He cuts them free and starts to escape with them. Right into the middle of the rats.
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