|The Siege of Sheephouse Wood|
|The cover of The Siege of White Deer Park which this story gets its title from.|
|Season 1, Episode 6|
|Written by||The wiki founder|
|Outback Vixen||Seslinian vs. Zebiccoon|
The Siege of Sheephouse Wood is a story written by the wiki founder. It is the penultimate story of the first series of The Mammal Wars and is the first appearance of Flamiglaux who would also come to ally himself with Seslinian in later stories.
Its title is a reference to the fifth Farthing Wood book The Siege of White Deer Park and it also includes many references in the plot.
A sudden increase of animals entering Sheephouse Wood can only mean one thing: Kouleton is back...or is he? Further examination of an animal causing the mass migration to Sheephouse Wood causes Seslinian and his new mate Mallauxula to investigate. Their discovery: "Kouleton" is actually a new enemy: A coyote known as Flamiglaux.
After the events of Outback Vixen, at Buckinghamshire New University, the leader of the British Vixens Claribel Bloodworth orders the criminal organization "Britain's Angels" to reveal their new prisoners to her, which they do so by unmasking them and calling out their name.
During this process, Claribel shows interest at the girls and it is here where the girls' names are learned: Laura Hamilton, Heather Butler, Gabriela Herring, Jodie Russell, Natasha Hunt, Amelia Davis, Charlotte Burton, Madeleine Taylor, Nicole Hodges, Annabell Blackwell, Hannah Noel and Amanda Skinner.
Having seen the girls, Claribel tells them
"Well, ladies. You give me fine girls and I'm sure we can turn them from meek students like you once were into Vixens like you yourselves want to become. Our Romanian branch already has a youth faction and already we have young women and girls like yourselves doing the same as you have done across Europe: Capturing the same amount of girls and presenting them in front of their leaders!"She then tells the Angels to muzzle the girls and lock them in the sports hall cupboard then take their luggage to different dormitories which the Angels do. But once this is done, Claribel seemingly betrays the Angels by ordering them to go back to the University gym, lock themselves in and stay there owing to the sound of canine howls that resemble the howls of possibly a wolf or a jackal.
The presence of a coyote is also first heard in the form of a howl once Britain's Angels have unmasked their prisoners in front of the British Vixen leader Claribel Bloodworth; she orders the Angels to lock the girls into the gym cupboard and take their luggage up to dormitories. Once the howl is heard, Claribel orders the Angels to go back to the gym and stay there then puts the gym on lockdown, justifying her decision with:
"I had to lock down the University, ladies because it was the only way to keep you safe! England's been under attack from Kouleton, it's had Blasteovark in the mountains and it's also had first Jomnune and then he came back with Keeceleon. Who's to say that none of them came from PHANTOM? In fact, this animal may come from PHANTOM as well."The sound of howling is also heard all over Buckinghamshire causing many frantic phone calls to dog owning families telling dog walkers to get home quickly and cat owners to bring their cats in and lock all cat flaps with pets being restrained. However, the animals of Sheephouse Wood, including Seslinian and Mallauxula hear nothing.
At least, none of the foxes do. Natural coyote prey meanwhile, such as the rabbits and dear, begin to feel a sense of unease as if Flamiglaux is either right outside the wood or inside the wood when he is actually in High Wycombe. It is also here in High Wycombe where Flamiglaux goes quiet and scares the Vixens and Angels even more because he lets out a long howl that sounds like an air raid siren, which the Vixens take as a warning that he was sent by PHANTOM to finish what Jomnune tried to do: Kill Seslinian.
A High Wycombe child later looks out of the window and sees Flamiglaux and it is here where the 51st Century is not the first time that England has come under attack: In the 20th Century, presumed to be 1985, another nature reserve came under siege from a phantom cat presumed to be a jaguar or a leopard that hunted outside the reserve before entering and causing the inhabitants to fear for their lives.
In the 51st Century and the present day, England has come under attack from another big cat in the form of Blasteovark; but that was in the North. The current events takes the animals of Sheephouse Wood back to 1985 when the phantom cat laid siege to the nature reserve as Buckinghamshire comes under siege from a phantom dog.
His presence in Sheephouse Wood meanwhile, is indicated not by the shadow of Flamiglaux but the shadow of other animals fleeing from him which is actually seen by Mallauxula. At first, she believes it to be Jomnune but Seslinian tells her to look and listen to the air raid howl again; though the howl is not Jomnune, Seslinian believes the source to be Kouleton who is back for revenge.
The foxes decide to investigate outside of the woods to see the source of the howl; but when they get there, the source has gone. But that doesn't stop the foxes establishing a new territory right on the outskirts of Sheephouse Wood in case the coyote does indeed enter the forest.
But the fear of Flamiglaux is too great and it also presents a Morton's Fork situation for the foxes: If they fall asleep, they risk missing the coyote who may enter Sheephouse Wood, kill them, then kill all the animals in the wood but if they stay awake, they risk tiredness and they will be too sluggish to attack the coyote in case he does come for them. Eventually, the coyote enters right into Sheephouse Wood but it does not attack straight away.
"Even though the foxes kept an eye on the coyote, it vanished once again; only this time, it didn't leave Sheephouse Wood like Jomnune was forced to do when under attack from both Seslinian and Vlaasarak and later was assaulted on all sides from Seslinian, Mallauxula and Kaulos when he came back for revenge.
Instead, the coyote was right inside Sheephouse Wood and stayed there; for Seslinian, "Flamiglaux" was a feeling of deja vu because it took him back to when Vlaasarak came to England for the first time and helped him fight Jomnune; why was this the case? Because both coyote and lion had ambiguous alliances, but the only difference was that Vlaasarak eventually helped Seslinian while "Flamiglaux" seemed to be another associate of Jomnune or was one of those PHANTOM animals.
By PHANTOM animals, one does not mean the cats that previously attacked animals with the phantom leopard or jaguar that came in 1985 to lay siege to the nature reserve that Seslinian mentioned or the beast of Ambleside and its surrounding areas including Coniston, Grasmere, Derwent, Windermere, Rydal or Thirlmere in the 51st Century that the fox had fought.
By PHANTOM animals, one means the animals that the Vixens felt that could have been sent to England by the organization to kill Seslinian so that the country would be vulnerable to attack from them in its bid for world domination."But the foxes see footprints and so follow them to a deer fawn that has been severely mutilated by Flamiglaux:
"There was Flamiglaux standing over the corpse of a deer fawn; blood stained his mouth, teeth and gums and despite coyotes hunting by lacerating their prey's throat, the deer fawn was covered from head to tail in scratches.Over time, Flamiglaux leaves few remains as evidence but leaves more and more tracks in his wake allowing Seslinian and Mallauxula to confront him and despite beliefs he was sent by PHANTOM, Flamiglaux reveals that none of Seslinian's enemies were sent by the organization and he even lambasts the organization calling them "filthy terrorists.".
The scratches were awful enough to frame even Jomnune or another hyena, indicating that Flamiglaux may have had a questionable relationship with Seslinian but had an even more heated animosity with Jomnune and other hyenas; Flamiglaux's damage to the fawn's throat was also so severe that the coyote could have torn its throat out if he wanted to."
As Flamiglaux goes on a rampage, the foxes try to stop it and are almost successful with Seslinian declaring to the coyote when asked who he is to stand up against him:
"I am Seslinian the Invincible! Defender of England to many people and Superfox to children; victor of a fight with tiger and hyena and will soon be victor to a fight with a coyote!"Flamiglaux simply laughs and lets out a howl that sounds like he is signalling others to attack but the foxes fight back and blast him until they can do it no more by which point the coyote tells the pair:
"I may not have been sent by those puny terrorists! But you've made a big mistake Seslinian; once you've fought your first flying opponent, an old one shall return. Then once you've fought old and new enemies, you'll have ALL of them to fight and those terrorists with them.He then leaves the forest in disgust leaving the foxes without the desire for celebration because it is felt that Seslinian's next opponent will no doubt mean that the fox will meet his match.
Then once you've driven them off, the mammal wars really will begin! The war of nerves will be fought once you drive those terrorists away!"