After much deliberation, I have decided I really can't post until I get some questions answered. Either I have not understood some important points, or this simply has not been made clear.
1. Who are the vermin?
This is my first and possibly most important question. I do not understand what faction is being represented by the 'Vermin Planning Siege' segment of the plot. I was under the impression the first gang was just that; a gang of vermin after the precious stone. Quoting from the previous thread:
"Of course she heard the story behind the stone, it was use to hyptomnize helpless victims to do unthinkable things. Fabiana has seen the effect of the stone and it wasn't pretty. That is why she had 'borrowed' it from the gang of vermin and now running from them, seeking a place to hid the stone or maybe even destroy it."
So at first it was a gang that had the stone. Then people started bringing Juska tribes into the story. Then there was some talk of a horde being led by a mole, and now in the current plot paragraph it says that Saula is amassing an army somehow. So which version is correct? The vermin characters in Shadow in Mossflower Woods were played by Creigon and myself, but neither of us were playing Juska. Also, the Juska were introduced shooting arrows at Redwall, because they knew the stone would soon be out of reach. So how did they know about it, and that Fabiana had it?
2. What is the stone?
There's been some mention of this stone having certain powers, it's supposed to be able to hypnotise characters to do 'unthinkable' things. The opening plot paragraph implies that Saula is somehow under its power. Does this thing actually have power, or is it just an object that was used by a hypnotist? Where did it come from, and who used to own it? This is a pretty important point that I don't think has been addressed. I can't really proceed with the stone as our objective if I don't understand what it is or why it's important.
3. What is the story with Saula?
I don't understand the importance assigned to Saula by the plot paragraph. It says the stone doesn't let him forget instructions. Why? Its original power was hypnotising people. Is it hypnotising him? If so, does that imply it has some kind of intelligence itself? Saula wasn't part of the gang of vermin that originally had it, so I don't understand the connection between him and the stone. Why does he want to steal it? I'm sorry if this was explained in the thread, but I don't recall it at all.
The paragraph also says he starts amassing an army. What? The character is a very basic sort of creature that doesn't strike me as leader material. I don't understand why the paragraph says Saula is going to be amassing an army if there are already vermin forces trying to attack the abbey. In the Shadow in Mossflower Woods story, the gatekeeper is killed by Juska arrows, and Saula even gets shot in the paw. When he escapes, why would any vermin gravitate toward him? Can he hypnotise people too now? Even if he was able to convince some vermin that there was a treasure worth stealing in the abbey, it doesn't follow that they would make him their leader. And the Juska already have leaders and they already know about the stone, so he can't be leading them.