Abbess Germaine was an old female mouse, formerly the last Abbess of Loamhedge Abbey, but a plague forced her and others to leave and travel to Mossflower. Germaine was great friends with Bella of Brockhall, whom she had known for many seasons.
Germaine was a wise and venerable creature, and looked up to by many, especially Columbine. She was also a great cook and was famous for her roasted chestnut and cream recipe.
Although a very peaceful creature, by the nature of her calling, Abbess Germaine helped the Corim fight the tyranny of Tsarmina Greeneyes by presiding over the rescue of Ferdy Stickle and his brother. Her sense of leadership and her wisdom allowed her to quickly become a source of comfort and advice for those around her. Abbess Germaine acted as a deputy at Brockhall in the absence of Bella. Although soft spoken, she did not hesitate to bang a bowl and break it in two during a heated discussion in order to restore order. She also frequently acted as mediator and intercessor for the voice of reason.
A mouse of action, Abbess Germaine participated actively in the construction of sluice gates to control the flooding of Kotir, and was not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get her paws dirty. Also a great healer, Abbess Germaine saved Martin the Warrior from certain death, when he was severely wounded during his ultimate battle with Tsarmina Greeneyes.
Abbess Germaine was most famous for dreaming up and drawing the blueprints for Redwall Abbey. She was one of the founders, its first Abbess, and its first Recorder. After her death, she was buried beneath Redwall in a tomb marked by a statue of herself with a book in her lap. Her journal later proved helpful to Abbey residents.
- The name "Germaine" comes from the Latin for "sprout", as in a plant's first growth. This is very apt, as Germaine planted the seeds (as it were) for Redwall and its order of peaceful beasts, which continued to grow and flourish after her death.