Magellan uses his own enemies' weapons, because he values the snares used by humans. Magellan is a very sadistic fox, and he is seen to have an arrogance about him, walking with his nose turned up, like he is saying "That's what I think of the world."
Such was Magellan's lust for violence he was banished from the land of Welkin and made to be an outcast. However, Poynt welcomes him back to kill Sylver as a last resort. Magellan is so feared that even underground Mawk thinks a mongoose might be Magellan.
The weasels eventually see Magellan is back and they are hunted by him throughout the journey to Thunder Oak, but they meet him on a bridge where Magellan taunts them about not being brave enough. Dredless, a weasel who lost his family to Magellan, volunteers to fight but he is killed by Magellan, who throws his corpse into the ravine below.
Magellan is later confronted by Sylver in the Halfmoon wood, where Sylver tries to fight Magellan but the sadistic fox traps Sylver in a snare, and he begins to choke to death. However, Sylver recovers enough strength to throw a spear at Magellan, killing him.