Avelrak was living with his parents in a village quite far away from Redwall Abbey. They had heard of the place and its feats against tyrants and warlords and wanted to move somewhere more secure than their village.
Avelrak sat down by a tree, wearing his favorite violet robe. The robe was green at the sleeves and was made of silk. He also carried a mahogany staff, with a spherical end. His father taught him how to defend himself with his staff should that time ever come. Avelrak's sister, Aelon, was inside the house, helping her mother prepare dinner.
Avelrak stood up and began to walk around in ellipses, looking at the ground with his hands behind his back. He was thinking about a dream he had last night.