It is the eighteenth book in the Redwall series. Contents [ show ] Plot introduction When young Tiria Wildlough receives a vision and riddle from the legendary Martin the Warrior, she sets out with Cuthbert Blanedale Frunk in search of the Green Isle on a journey to fight Riggu Felis the wildcat and lead her otterfolk to freedom. Plot summary The novel begins with Riggu Felis, wildcat warlord of Green Isle, and his two sons, Jeefra and Pitru, attempting to kill an osprey, later known to be Pandion Piketalon. The wildcat drops to the ground with half of his face torn off.
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Tiria was the daughter of Banjon Wildlough , the Skipper of otters. Martin the Warrior and High Queen Rhulain Wildlough appeared to her in a dream, saying the otters of Green Isle needed her assistance and leadership. Pandion flew away from Green Isle and lost his way and found himself in Mossflower Woods. He was captured by a gang of rats, but was later rescued from Groffgut by Redwallers; the merciful Redwallers allow the gang to live, but Groffgut vows to slay the one who humiliated him in combat--Brinty.
Pandion is brought to Redwall and healed. After seeing the iron barb in his beak inflicted on him by Felis, Tiria vows to kill the one who did this with their own weapon, and she takes the barb. Leatho Shellhound , a rebel outlaw, leads various attacks against the wildcats with other otterclans , which causes the otters to have to relocate to Holt Summerdell after their cave is discovered.
Urfa takes Tiria to Cuthbert Blanedale Frunk , a Long Patrol hare with mental problems brought on by the death of his daughter Petunia. He then takes her to Salamandastron , which is now ruled by Lord Mandoral Highpeak ; there she receives the High Rhulain armor that was made by Urthwyte the Mighty for her predecessor, and a sling made for her by Lord Mandoral Highpeak. Raphael Granden , Corporal Drubblewick , Lt. Afterwards, the two continue to plot against one another.
While Felis is hunting the otters, he finds their hiding place in the coves, but the otters manage to escape and hide. To keep their families safe, the rebels move to Holt Summerdell. After talking with the enslaved otters and realizing they cannot escape yet, he tries to escape the slave compound and regroup.
However, Riggu outsmarts and corners him. He then imprisons him in a cage hanging outside of his tower, only to release him if his companions surrender. However, a gannet is living in the room where these artifacts are found, and it attacks.
Thankfully, the bird has an injured wing and cannot fly; the Redwallers manage to move him outside of the gates. With the help of Pandion Piketalon and Brantalis, Leatho is freed and the battle begins. The Long Patrol hares manage to free the slaves, who also join the battle. Tiria spots Riggu Felis, who kills Pandion Piketalon in revenge for his disfigurement. Tiria takes the iron barb she found when she met Pandion, hurls it at the wildcat, and kills him, fulfilling her vow. Afterwards, the Otterclans and the hares continue to win a great victory.
Pitru sets up a barricade on the edge of the Deeplough to repel the hares and otters and take control of Green Isle for himself. However, Cuthbert manages to pole vault over the wall. Cuthbert manages to kill the beast before dying. The otters honor the dead according to tradition by putting the bodies on a raft, sailing it into the center of the lake in Green Isle, and then sinking it. Once Tiria learns of the death of Brinty, Leatho gives her a small wooden statue of a mouse which she puts with the other fallen warriors.
Tiria then begins her reign of Green Isle from Holt Summerdell.
My chamber is a refuge here, against the snowbound night, a flickering cave of crimson gold, made warm by firelight, of friends I used to know. I battled and I marched with them, one dusty long-ago. Their legend is reborn anew, and thus begins my tale. But exist it certainly does, and much of the action in High Rhulain is set there. The wildcats took a stranglehold on Green Isle, forcing the otters into slavery, where they continue to be oppressed to this day under the loathsome tyranny of Riggu Felis, a warrior cat without conscience. But otter lore from a long ago era prophesied the delivery of the clans from their oppressors with the coming of a queen known as the High Rhulain, a military strategist and charismatic personality capable of confronting evil and leading her fellow otters to victory.
High Rhulain (title)
Plot summary[ edit ] The novel begins with Riggu Felis, wildcat warlord of Green Isle, and his two sons, Jeefra and Pitru, attempting to kill an osprey, later known to be Pandion Piketalon. The wildcat drops to the ground with half of his face torn off. Because of this incident, the wildcat orders all birds on Green Isle to be slain. One afternoon, she and a few friends go out into Mossflower Woods to gather some wood, and along the way they run into some trouble in the form of a small but ferocious vermin band terrorizing Pandion. Tiria and her friends manage to fight them off, but the vermin swear revenge.