Where does the path go? Who built it? When was it created?
For those who don't remember Redwall's western wall is built along a dirt footpath that runs seemingly endlessly to both the north and south. Characters from the stories have followed it in both directions at length, but usually they divert into the woodlands before they actually make it anywhere of importance. Now, as we all know, footpaths don't just appear for convenience, (
) so logically we can deduce that the path leads somewhere.
The earliest version of the path we see, is when it runs past Kotir, and we know that Verduga Greeneyes came along and claimed the abandoned fort as his own, suggesting that the path was built for and/or by whoever held Kotir before the wildcat warlord took it.
We also know that the path was made in a hurry, due to the fact that no bridge was built over the River Moss, instead there is a ford to allow animals to cross. However, at certain points there are ditches dug to protect the path from presumably, winter run offs and heavy rain fall...
It reminds me, somewhat, of how the Romans built key forts and roads in Britain and Germania allowing speedy troop movement throughout their conquered lands!
So maybe there was a Large Imperial Faction in the Redwall world like the Romans that failed to conquer the island, due to the ferocity of the native tribal peoples, thus they were forced to abandon their forts, retreating back to the mainland. If this theory is correct, and a group of Redwallers followed the path for long enough they might just discover another Kotir-like building either in disarray or being held by some other warlord; or maybe I'm ust crazy.
What do ya'll think? Who made it? Why did they make it, and when?