Species:Tree Rat
Place of Origin:Mossflower Woods
Weapon: Sharp wooden stick, Natural defenses
Death: Unknown
Appears: Doomwyte

Tala was the wife of Chigid, the chieftain of the Painted Ones. She was also the doting mother of Jeg, whom she pampered and defended until he was completely spoiled. She was cruel to prisoners and slashed Bisky's back open for daring to speak back to her son; however, she cared dearly for her mate and treated him well - a trait highly uncommon in vermin.

Tala and the rest of the Painted Ones were in the habit of attacking trespassers - however, they bit off more than they could chew when they went after a small band of Redwallers and Guosim. The group had an ally in the Gonfelins, who outnumbered the rats and completely subjugated them, taking several of them (Tala included) prisoner. When Log-a-Log Tugga Bruster murdered Chigid after the wounded rat had surrendered, Tala swore revenge for the cowardly deed.

The Painted Ones were driven from their territory and set loose upon the Western Plains to wander where they would, never to return. However, Tala disobeyed and sneaked back to hide outside the Abbey, waiting for her chance. It came when a deposed Tugga was driven from the Abbey for theft - fleeing his former tribe, he did not see Tala until it was too late. The rat ran him through with a stick she had sharpened, before disappearing forever.


  • She was the only member of her family who survived the events of Doomwyte.
  • A Tala is a type of berry tree.