Etain's eyes grew in wonder at the inside of the Abbey. She'd only ever been near it twice, let alone within the walls themselves. Her jaw dropped when she saw the abbey commons and its massive, oaken double doors. The icicles above them caught the setting sun perfectly, scattering the light and making shafts of light bounce in all directions.
When they walked in, the vixen was stunned by the number of smiles that greeted her arrival. Mice, hedgehogs, squirrels, and a large quantity of other woodland creatures were gathered in the Great Hall, around tables and near the enormous hearth itself, which was blazing with a roaring fire. "Ho there!" a jolly looking mouse called out from one of the tables, waving at Etain. "Welcome to the Abbey!"
"Welcome to the Abbey!"
"Welcome to Redwall!"
"Cold out there, innit?"
A chorus of voices sounded, and Etain grinned at every single speaker and nodded in appreciation. "Thank you! Thank you!" she called back, struggling to keep up with Bartholomew.
Finally, they reached a quieter part of the building, where only one or two Brothers and Sisters were clustered in small groups, reading or speaking in hushed tones. Bartolomew stopped in front of a great, glorious tapestry.
Etain stared up, her jaw dropping open at the mouse in the center, particularly the sword. "Isn't that beautiful," she murmured. She rubbed her paws, still a little sore around her blacksteel nakkaru, removing the wrappings in the warmth of the Abbey's stones. She stretched, still staring up at Martin. Her paws gleamed in the torchlight. "What a drawing that is."
Her ear pricked up at Bartolomew's question. "Hm? My name? Oh . . . My name is Etain Weiss," she smiled. "And I'm here to meet some old friends, and someone . . . er, special." She winked.
Jurou watched, chuckling as Katsuke smashed into a tree full of Dibbuns, knocking them all into the snowbanks around it. Hinata leaped out of the window to follow her friend, pelting him with snowball after snowball. The dark ferret sighed and leaned against the window frame. "Idiots," he murmured.
Katsuke was determined to find who had pelted him. "Who was it, eh?" he demanded, throwing snowballs at high speed, left and right.
Suddenly, a snowball three or four times the size of his head crashed into him from behind. He flipped twice and landed against a tree, then jumped up and turned around, woozily shaking back and forth. "Who . . ."
A large, silver wolf was laughing heartily and clapping his paws. "Weel naow, ye weren't expectin' that, were ye?" Anghan chuckled.
Katsuke grinned. "Finally, a worthy opponent!" he growled, and started mashing snow together.
Aodhán was wheeling around within the Abbey, when he rounded a corner and spotted a newcomer. His eyes widened, and he sped up, coming to a stop beside Brother Bartolomew. "Well then, hello, young Kannekan," he said, with a slight edge to his voice. "What brings you to our Abbey?"
Starlight smiled softly, and returned the hugs the best she could.
"Me too. I was so worried for you both. But here you are. Safe and sound." She lovingly nuzzled both of them.
Arries the squirrel laughed a bit, "Awww, thats cute. Let me guess. You missed each other." The other Arries looked at her sibling oddly.
"They... just said that. " She stated. Arries shrugged. Star sighed and shook her head.
"Well, I suppose you will need all the help you can get. If it's going to come to a war. I will join you as a healer. "
Arries the squirrel rose. "Absolutely not! You aren't cut out for war, and who knows what they will do without you!" She almost yelled, gesturing to the brothers. Her blue eyes were burning with anger. Wildcat Arries grabbed her sisters paw, and pulled her firmly back down.
Fenrath looked from the mug pinned to the wall to the pine marten who had done so. “Aye, bally, I’ve got the castle nitch,” he replied as he took the knife from the wall, “but just cause ya can toss a knife about doesn’t mean yer any good in the shadows.” Fen leaned across the table to Serghei, grinning quite broadly. “So, ‘ow long have ya been in this ‘business’ and what have ya been doin’?”
'This is quite the festival,' Liam thought as he idly munched on a hot scone he'd picked up at one of the stalls. A lot of creatures had shown up, mostly otters it seemed. As he walked past a vendor hawking 'the best tea bread you'll ever taste north of Redwall!', he noticed a long line of creatures, stretching all the way to the main pavilion. The excitement in the air was palpable.
"What's all this about?" he asked a nearby otter, a burly fellow who was carrying a harpoon.
"The whole reason reason we have this celebration in the first place!" he exclaimed, looking Liam over. "'Tis the annual Fishing Competition!"
"So I was right. Kind of," Liam muttered to himself, then turned his attention back towards the otter. "Can anybeast join?"
"Of course, matey!" the otter grinned widely. "You've got three days to find yourself the biggest fish you can find! Course," he winked, "you have to compete with everybeast else. But that's the fun of it!"
Liam looked at his spear, wondering if it would be enough. "Well, it couldn't hurt. Where do I sign up?"
"Over there," the otter pointed towards the end of the long line.
"Thanks," Liam replied, feeling the beginnings of a headache, and made his way towards it.
Besides the scrawny rat's snifflings, all beasts were silent as a dew drop. The ferret had ground it's hind paws into the sand and eagerly awaited some kind of action. He carried an evil, sophic smile. It made Hesari shiver slightly with uncertainty. But how could he back down? This was a rite of Adulthood. There was a very real chance of banishment if he declined the fight. But was banishment better than death if he lost? He didn't want to kill a creature. That wasn't his way…
It was rash of me to make that challenge… This beast knows it.
"A fight to 'a death."
His turmoil all but resolved…
Hesari moved into stance one.
ooc: Posting, been in and out of the hospital, got into an accident, suffering from short her memory loss and remembering things, so bare with me please.
The otter shrugged and signed back, it happens, don't feel sorry before glowering at the ferret and turned away, deep in thought before disappearing behind the wall. Jessie and Tessa looked at each other before turning towards the ferret, "Jurou right? What I think happened here is that someone or some creature is playing a mean prank or obviously has a grudge against something or someone. I mean, anyone can see that." Jessie pointed at the mortar that nearly got Azroel, "One can be a accident, two times means its intentional. Someone wants to end this party, and fast, either by fear or by death."
Fabi muttered, "Or just destroy a perfectly good game of UNO...." but no one heard her. She looked towards Dominique who re-emerged from behind the wall, "Found this." she held up a chisel, "it was near the wall, someone dropped it while fleeing. I'll prevent guests from leaving for the time being." she said quickly and quietly before handing the chisel to Fabi and dashing off, not wanting to be around anyone for the time being,
Fabi held it in her hand and shrugged, "Ok, we got a clue, we know that this chunk of rock was intentionally chipped away, and we ddin't hear anything because of the loud music." she looked around, "Begs the question, anyone here have outstanding fines, debts or grudges held against them, Revenge? jelous ex's or spouses?" Tessa raised her hand, "I have something." The Abby Champion looked around to the group of foxes, ferret and assorted creatures. "I think, this creature has a grudge against foxes, both times a fox, or foxes has been in or around the area occurred." she stared at them, "Is it not true? Correct me if I am wrong, please."