Hey, I was just wondering, if you were to go to sleep, then wake up as your favorite character that you've made for Redwall in the middle of Mossflower, how would you react and what would you go and do first? (also which of your characters would you choose to be, derp )
My favourite and second favourite characters I've made for Redwall are already dead in their own canon stories. My third and fourth favourites exist in a kind of alternate Redwall universe, so I'm not sure they should count, and anyway, they're likely to die as well. So favourites just from this site would mainly be Worm, Racket and Raffi Fernleaf. Worm and Racket were only around for one thread though, and I've only made one post with Raffi.
I guess if we go by the logic of waking up as the character I would most likely end up as, it'd be Worm. I wouldn't suddenly know how to forage or fish or hunt birds just waking up in the forest as a weasel. My survival strategy would be finding someone more experienced to tag along with as soon as possible, which is exactly what Worm did.
It also would not be practical to go to Redwall and ask/beg to be let in. For one, if I woke up in the middle of Mossflower, I would have no idea where Redwall is. I'm not a tree-climber and neither is Worm, so I couldn't scout for it. The only landmark that might be helpful is Salamandastron, and as a weasel, I doubt I'd be let in there.
Another problem is that it would be difficult to explain to any potential friends or allies who I was or where I came from. I couldn't mention being from Earth or being human. And people would be very distrustful if I could not explain even a little bit what my backstory is. So I'd have to make up a backstory and stick to it consistently to not be caught out as a liar. This would be very difficult if a situation came up where I had to read or write something. Obviously I can read, write and do mathematics, but Worm should not be able to. I would have to either pretend to be illiterate, or make up a backstory that includes education that only Redwall or Salamandastron could provide. This would make things exceptionally difficult if I or any of my new friends in Mossflower found there was no record or memory of me at Redwall. I would also have to avoid ever showing any knowledge the sciences. If somebeast casually asked what I thought the stars were, I couldn't launch into an explanation of the workings of the universe, unless I wanted to get myself into a lot of trouble, one way or another.
Furthermore, it would be obvious from my ineptitude at surviving in the wild that I did not grow up as a typical Mossflower weasel might. There would be so many ways to slip up. Just saying 'please' or 'thank you' even once would be suspicious to any vermin if I was associating with them. It is also something of an art to lie convincingly, and I'd have to lie about where I came from to anybeast that asked.
To avoid these complications, it might be practical to be as solitary as possible and deliberately be obfuscating or mysterious. If I woke up as Racket, for instance, he is already mysterious about his past and doesn't talk about his backstory. So whilst ending up like Worm would probably be more realistic, I'd prefer to wake up as Racket. Sure I might be an oversized fox with no hygeine, but at least I'd be strong enough to fend for myself, and I would not need to make too many friends that would ask awkward questions. Plus, if I was unlucky enough to be enslaved by a warlord, they would not kill me outright, because I would be a useful soldier, and I wouldn't challenge the warlord's authority and get decapitated for my trouble.