Gorath the Flame

Badger Ruler

Place of Origin:Far Southern lands
Known Predecessor:Lord Asheye
Known Successor:Brang Forgefire

Gorath the Flame was a Salamandastron ruler, the husband of Salixa, and the father of Rowanbloom. Before he learned to control himself, he had a fierce and raging Bloodwrath.

Gorath's family originated from far southern lands; after his parents died fighting in the Great Vermin Wars, Gorath and his grandparents fled the dangerous region hoping to find a place of peace. However, a storm wrecked their boat on the Northern Isles, stranding them.

After spending seasons on the Isles, Sea Raiders, led by the fox Vizka Longtooth, raided the islands and slew Gorath's grandparents. After knocking Gorath unconscious with his mace and chain, Vizka brought Gorath aboard his ship, the Bludgullet, hoping to convert the badger into a Sea Raider. The wound from Vizka formed a large scab on Gorath's forehead.

Gorath, after displaying a bad case of the Bloodwrath, refused to become a Sea Raider. Vizka decided to let him starve.

Gorath was rescued by Orkwil Prink, a young hedgehog from Redwall Abbey. As they fled the ship, Gorath saw Codj, his mortal enemy and the brother of Vizka Longtooth, and proceeded to strangle him to death. The team returned to Redwall soon thereafter.

Gorath retired into the sickbay, mortally ill from his time on the Bludgullet. He was healed by the good Sister Atrata, and the scab on his head from Vizka's mace peeled off, leaving a flame-shaped scar.

After Mad Maudie, who was searching for him to lead Salamandastron, arrived, Gorath awoke.

He went into Mossflower to slay Vizka. But instead of Vizka, the young badger found a wise badger named Tabura, and his female assistant, Salixa. Tabura taught Gorath how to control his wild Bloodwrath, and convinced him to travel back to the Abbey.

Gorath, now educated by the Tabura, decided to return and find Orkwil, Maudie, and Rangval the Rogue, who originally went out to find him. Salixa joined him, and the two confessed their feelings for each other.

Gorath and Salixa, along with their three friends, end up on a gigantic sandstone plateau, where they fought off the combined forces of Vizka and the Brownrats with the assistance of Log-a-Log Osbil and his Guosim shrews. During the night Gorath was visited in vision by Martin the Warrior and several Badgers, including his own late father. They managed to fight off the vermin, and a crew of Redwallers also appeared to help them.

The Brownrats and Vizka's crew were disbanded, pursued by the good Redwallers. Gorath later found Vizka at his ship on the River Moss, where the two battled. Gorath slew Vizka by snapping his spine.

Instead of returning to Redwall, Gorath set out on the Bludgullet, now renamed Eulalia, to Salamandastron. There he met Lord Asheye and succeeded him as the new Badger Lord.

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