Slagar reaches The Abyss and forces the slaves across a rope bridge, cutting it away behind him. There is now no way for Matthias to pursue him. A full day and night behind, the pursuers arrive at the abyss and are stopped dead until Sir Harry comes to their rescue by retrieving enough rope to cross the bottomless gorge. At Redwall Abbey the hostages are exchanged but Ironbeak treacherously uses the diversion to take over a section of the abbey. The Redwallers are trapped without water and only saved when Foremole digs a tunnel. The celebration is short when it is discovered that Ironbeak is attacking the Martin The Warrior Tapestry. Rushing to its rescue the Redwallers are trapped - it was a baited ruse. Ahead of Mattimeo and the slaves are the Badger Head and Bell Rocks in a silent, lifeless wasteland - ominous portents which scare even Slagar and his rats. The terrible journey is approaching its climax.
Did You Know?
When Slagar says "You must cross this bridge, or die from thirst," you can clearly see that one of his ears is cut. But when he adds "Decide, Now!" there are cuts on both his ears. See more