Ninian's Church down the road and makes plans to take over Redwall Abbey.
Threatened woodland creatures who accept sanctuary all offer their distinctive services to the common defense.
None of them are particularly martial, but Redwall folk, and indeed much of the Mossflower population, are generally slow to anger but fierce fighters when roused; they are able to make an effective defence.
Matthias, fearing that Cluny will still overrun them, begins a quest to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior, which is supposedly hidden somewhere within the Abbey.
Redwall by Brian Jacques pits a horde of savage rats against the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey and the flock of woodland refugees whom the mice take in.
Novice Matthias searches for the lost Sword of Martin the Warrior to save the day.
The foebeasts arrive at the beginning of the book and make their headquarters at the Church of St.
Ninian, to the south of Redwall, with the intention of taking the Abbey for themselves.
Advised by elderly Brother Methuselah, Matthias begins a quest for the legendary weapon.
Cluny, meanwhile, tries a variety of approaches to conquer the Abbey by force, but one-by-one these are turned back.