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Battle of Fort Marshank

Battle Marshank
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Location Fort Marshank, Eastern Coast
Result Fur and Freedom Fighters victory
Commanders
Martin the Warrior, Ballaw de Quincewold, Rowanoak, Queen Amballa, Starwort Badrang the Tyrant
Combatants
Faction Fur and Freedom Fighters Faction Badrang's Army
Strength Around 400 est. Strength Around 400 est.
Casualties At least 100, including Laterose of Noonvale and Felldoh Casualties All killed, except Clogg and Wulpp
Species Mice, Shrews, Otters, Moles, Squirrels, Hedgehogs Species Rats, Weasels, Ferrets, Foxes, Stoats
Book
Appears in Martin the Warrior

Summary

The Battle of Marshank refers to the attack by the army of Martin the Warrior and the Fur and Freedom Fighters against Fort Marshank. Both sides were roughly equal in size.

The Marshank army, led by Badrang the Tyrant, consisted of rat, weasel, ferret, and fox hordebeasts and corsairs.

The attackers were mainly of two groups: Martin's army, and the Fur and Freedom Fighters. Martin's army itself consisted of Broadstream River otters and shrews, Noonvale inhabitants who had come to fight, a tribe of coastal pygmy shrews led by Queen Amballa, and the wild Gawtrybe. The Fur and Freedom Fighters were former slaves of Marshank, and the Rambling Rosehip Players from down south.

There were two attacks: Martin's army actually arrived when the Fur and Freedom Fighters, who numbered only about seventy, were about to be crushed by the Marshank horde. Martin attacked the fort with a driftwood battering-ram, and its soldiers were forced to hurry back to defend it. Although the sudden attack was unnerving, Badrang showed shrewd experience and soon gained a notable advantage, whereupon the attackers withdrew to plan their next move. The Marshank horde relaxed.

However, before dawn the next day they were fighting a losing battle, as a surprise attack caught them unawares and unready. A burning cart soon destroyed the main gates in a fire. The north and south walls were attacked by Martin; one group scaled the walls using a net dropped by Boldred and the Warden of Marshwood Hill, the other scaled the walls with the help of ten Gawtrybe squirrels and a group of moles who had tunneled into the fort from the west side. The Marshank soldiers were all killed in the battle, and Rose was killed by Badrang, shortly before he was killed by Martin. The only survivors were Captain Tramun Clogg, and one of his crewmembers, Wulpp.

After the battle, the victors went their own ways: the Fur and Freedom Fighters went to Noonvale, and Martin's army dispersed.

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