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Journey Into Mossflower
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Redwall Part 1 Chapters 9-11
Chapter 9

Mortimer and Constance, walk through the grounds in contemplative silence, considering the safety of Redwall. Jacques devotes a paragraph to talking about the kinds of stuff they grow at Redwall. Boring. Mortimer mentions how Deus Ex Machina has saved Redwall in the past, but Constance remains cynical about the whole thing. Oh, come on, don't you know what kind of world you live in? Oh wait, this is pre- continuity drift. Carry on.

Meanwhile, Matthias is eating a breakfast of nutbread, apples and goatsmilk. We never hear of goats again. Cornflower's still asleep. That either means she's asleep in Cavern Hole, or Matthias brought his breakfast to Cornflower. Otherwise there's no real reason to mention that she's around sleeping. Jacques even notes that this was a early breakfast, meaning that most everyone is asleep anyway. He spends even more time considering what it means to be the hero, when Methuselah ninjas his way there.

I have to give Matthias props here; he knows that the borderline-senile always give good advice, and seeks Methuselah's counsel. Methy notes that fighting is the only sensible thing to do if Cluny makes his way to Redwall.

There's a grating historical inaccuracy here, which will be obvious once we get to "Mossflower".


No comment.

What's the issue? Apparently, Brothers Rufus and George had a run-in with one of Cluny's rats, who pretended he was injured to try to get in, later on requesting aid to his buddies trapped underneath a cart. Being not born yesterday, Rufus and George ask how many he was traveling with.

Rats are stupid.

Showing intelligence not usually available to NP Cs, they wondered if all two-hundred were trapped in this cart. The rat changes the subject and asks to come in for food. He almost gets let in, but when they ask for him to surrender his weapon, he goes for the sneak attack only for Rufus to prove himself among the most badass NP Cs ever written. Then, seeing as he's up against two competent mouse fighters (they're fighters? I guess they teach you the quarterstaff once you become a mouse of Redwall o_O/), he curses them out, announces that he has a whole army waiting, and says he's going to get Cluny. This can only end well.

Naturally, Mrs. Churchmouse, the only old married woman worth noting, begins to cry, because he house has been taken over by rats. Her husband says that at least they're safe at Redwall, and Matthias questions the safety of everyone else living in the woods. Ambrose Spike is sent out out to go warn everyone.

Constance just Jinxed it, didn't she >:|

Mortimer tells everyone to head inside, but Matthias suggests to put a guard on the walls. Sister Clemence, old church lady that she is, tells Matthias to respect his elders, but Mortimer shows common sense, noting that "none of us too old to learn,” and goes with Matthias' plan.

Anyway, John Churchmouse rings the bell to tell everyone to come in to Redwall (so why bother send out Ambrose then?) Brother Methuselah, who apparently only got his 17th level of monk late in life, translates for everyone that enters the Abbey who doesn't speak... Common, I guess? Meanwhile, Matthias and a few others are on Guard Duty.

... What?

No, sorry. Try again.

Constance notes that the birds have stopped singing. No grasshoppers or anything. And the Joseph Bell rings out.

Pose as a team, because... This (language warning)

Chapter 10

Cluny's army is here. Fangburn, the rat who Rufus and George encountered, tries to lighten the chief's modd, but gets called out for the idiot he is for loseing them the element of surprise. So now they need a show of force.

Every evil warlord needs his Badass Armor.

Redtooth acts as Cluny's mouthpiece again, asking for a parley. Redtooth and Cluny get selected to enter, provided they drop their weapons and Cluny tie his tail around his middle. Also, Cluny has a poison spike on the end of his tail, just because it's awesome. Redtooth shows concern about the badger.

After they enter, Matthias says they don't need too many guards, but the Redwall mice don't listen, so Cluny has to scare them off.

They head to Cavern Hole to have their chat, and Cluny misunderstands Matthias' protagonist power.


Cornflower comes in with Drinks, and Matthias shoos her off.

Mentions of Hell et. al: 7

She's the equivalent of a thirteen-year-old girl. Furthermore, rats and mice are genetically incompatible. That's two kinds of wrong straight off the bat.

Mortimer asks Cluny his business, and Cluny responds tells them to surrender. Matthias rightly tells him to GTFO. Mortimer apologizes about Matthias and then tells them that he's willing to provide food, clothing, and medical attention. Cluny interrupts and tells Redtooth to read them the articles.

He's interrupted by Matthias' staff destroying the scroll. He goes after Matthias, but Constance smacks him out of midair. Mortimer asks her to let him up, reminding her of the law of hospitality.

Then he gets mad.

Mortimer, I will love you when Matthias finally gets some proper slippers.

Constance doesn't like that:

I love you Constance.

On his way out, Cluny notices Martin on the tapestry. and Matthiasgives him a history lesson.

I don't even know what to say to this. It's just... ugh. I don't like it. Anyway, Cluny leaves without giving any more problems, noting that Martin the Warrior is the mouse raped attacked him through his nightmares. Constance continues to be awesome by tossing the scroll of articles- filled with rotten food, too- right into Redtooth's face and then disappearing like a shadow.

Chapter 11

Late at night, Brother Alf sees something in the bushes. Matthias recognizes it as Ambrose Spike. He got needlessly injured because they sent him out there when they were already rigning the bell to tell everyone that s~~t was about to go down. Constance pulls an Ackbar and says that they should be wary of traps. Matthias gets an idea of how to get Ambrose in.

Would someone like to count how many times it's been referenced that Matthias' sandals are too big? Because I'm getting tired of reading it.

Anyway, Matthias comes back with... MOLES!!!! They are awesome! With their accents and their common sense and their accents and their diggin rhymes and their accents and... their accents...


They stand guard outside the gate while one mole goes under to see about the soil.

I am twelve again, and not in the perverted way.

Okay, now I'm twelve again in the perverted way. The moles come up right under Ambrose and drag him in through the underground. Matthias tries to help, but Foremole brushes him off.

Ambrose is brought to the infirmary and attended by Mortimer.

... "Diagnosis?" In this context, that seems like too much. But still... ouch.

He does, and the first thing he asks for? Liquor. Can't blame him. Anyway, he recounts his tale:

That's why I said I didn't like Colin. His screams alert some foraging rats, and they take Colin and his family captive, stab Ambrose with a churchyard spike railing... thing... and leave him to die because he's too spiky to eat.

Once again. Can't blame him.

Matthias is about to mount a rescue mission, but the Abbot reads his mind and straigh-up say "no." Once again, Matti sees that they're right and he was being stupid. But he still feels bad because he can't do anything about Colin. He can't sleep that night, so wanders off to talk to Martin.

Wow. I never remembered Matthias being so... balanced. Most of the other main characters throughout the books are all bravery and badass, but he shows wisdom and humility at the same time.


Oh, balls. Luckily, Cornflower isn't there to laugh, but to give him a pep talk that I just have to quote.

Then, she takes off her headband- Yellow, with blue cornflowers on it- and ties it about his arm.

17th Mar '11 11:38:03 AM flag for mods
What point are you trying to make by counting the mentions of Hell?
Vilui 7th Nov 11
Just a humorous noting of this trope in action.
Tuckerscreator 27th Mar 12
Eh, I always found this last segment with Cornflower to be incredibly cheesy. She falls for Matthias too quickly, and doesn't gain much of a personality until her next book, Mattimeo. Right now she's just filling the obligatory love interest gap. Cornflower in Mattimeo = great and leader. Cornflower in Redwall = boring.
Tuckerscreator 28th Mar 12
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