A/N: Thank you for choosing to read my story! This is dedicated to Yalith's wolf, who has an awesome fanfic about Firepaw joining RiverClan. Go read it and shower her with reviews! :D

Disclaimer: I do not own Warriors.


ShadowClan

Leader: Brokenstar - long-haired dark brown tabby
Apprentices: Volepaw, Mosspaw

Deputy: Blackfoot - large white tom with huge jet-black paws, formerly a rogue
Apprentices: Russetpaw, Robinpaw

Medicine Cats: Yellowfang - dark gray she-cat with a broad, flattened face

Runningnose - small gray-and-white tom

Senior Warriors: Stumpytail - brown tabby tom
Apprentice: Brownpaw

Nightpelt - black tom
Apprentice: Whitepaw

Warriors: Darkflower - black she-cat
Apprentice: Emberpaw

Boulder - silver tabby tom
Apprentices: Wetpaw, Molepaw

Clawface - battle-scarred brown tom
Apprentice: Littlepaw

Apprentices: Brownpaw - brown tabby tom

Wetpaw - gray tabby tom

Littlepaw - small brown tabby tom

Whitepaw - black tom with white chest and paws

Emberpaw* - small tortoiseshell she-cat

Molepaw* - pale brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes

Robinpaw* - pale brown tabby she-cat with green eyes

Russetpaw - dark ginger she-cat

Volepaw - gray-brown tabby tom

Mosspaw - gray tabby tom

Firepaw - ginger tom with a flame-colored pelt

Queens: Dawncloud - small tabby; mother of Nightpelt's kits

Brightflower - black-and-white she-cat; mother of Clawface's kits

Tallpoppy - long-legged light brown tabby she-cat; pregnant with Blackfoot's kits

Kits: Blossomkit - white she-cat with green eyes; daughter of Dawncloud and Nightpelt

Oak-kit - small brown tom; son of Brightflower and Clawface

Bark-kit* - dark brown tabby tom; son of Brightflower and Clawface

Elders: Ashfur - thin dark gray tom

Cinderfur - thin gray tom

Mudclaw - dark brown tabby tom

ThunderClan

Leader: Bluestar - blue-gray she-cat, tinged with silver around her muzzle

Deputy: Redtail - small tortoiseshell tom with a distinctive ginger tail
Apprentice: Dustpaw

Medicine Cat: Spottedleaf - beautiful dark tortoiseshell she-cat with a distinctive dappled coat

Senior Warriors: Lionheart - magnificent golden tabby tom with thick fur like a lion's mane
Apprentice: Graypaw

Tigerclaw - big dark brown tabby tom with unusually long front claws
Apprentice: Ravenpaw

Whitestorm - big white tom
Apprentice: Sandpaw

Warriors: Darkstripe - sleek black-and-gray tabby tom

Longtail - pale tabby tom with dark black stripes

Runningwind - swift tabby tom

Willowpelt - very pale gray she-cat with unusual blue eyes

Mousefur - small dusky brown she-cat

Apprentices: Dustpaw - dark brown tabby tom

Graypaw - long-haired solid gray tom

Ravenpaw - small, skinny black tom with a tiny white dash on his chest, and white-tipped tail

Sandpaw - pale ginger she-cat

Queens: Frostfur - beautiful white coat and blue eyes; mother of Runningwind's kits; pregnant with a second litter

Brindleface - pretty tabby; pregnant with Whitestorm's kits

Goldenflower - pale ginger coat; unknown mate

Speckletail - pale tabby, and the oldest nursery queen

Kits: Cinderkit - dark gray she-cat with blue eyes; daughter of Frostfur and Runningwind

Brackenkit - golden-brown tabby tom; son of Frostfur and Runningwind

Swiftkit - black-and-white tom; son of Goldenflower

Snowkit – white tom with blue eyes; son of Speckletail

(Ashkit) - pale gray (with darker flecks) tom, dark blue eyes; son of Brindleface and Whitestorm

(Fernkit) - pale gray (with darker flecks) she-cat, pale green eyes; daughter of Brindleface and Whitestorm

(Nettlekit)* - small white she-cat with blue eyes; daughter of Brindleface and Whitestorm

(Kestrelkit)* - gray-brown tabby tom; son of Brindleface and Whitestorm

Elders: Halftail - big dark brown tabby tom with part of his tail missing

Smallear - gray tom with very small ears; the oldest tom in ThunderClan

Patchpelt - small black-and-white tom

One-eye - pale gray she-cat, the oldest she-cat in ThunderClan; virtually blind and deaf

Dappletail - once-pretty tortoiseshell she-cat with a lovely dappled coat

Rosetail - pale ginger she-cat with a pinkish tail

WindClan

Leader: Tallstar - black-and-white tom with a very long tail

Deputy: Deadfoot - black tom with a twisted paw

Medicine Cat: Barkface - short-tailed brown tom

RiverClan

Leader: Crookedstar - huge light-colored tabby with a twisted jaw

Deputy: Oakheart - reddish-brown tabby tom

Medicine Cat: Mudfur - long-haired light brown tom


Prologue

The chill of nighttime filled the air as five cats padded through the moorland. The ground was bitterly cold on their paws as they padded along, and the wind sent a tremor through their pelts. Above them, the half moon shone, a starry background accentuating its glow.

Soon the rough gravel of the moorland began to give way to solid stone. Each member of the small group felt a rush of warmth and excitement as they padded forward to meet the tall caves before them.

"After you," a brown tom meowed as he stood before the entrance. Another tom nodded gratefully and began to step forward.

"Wait!" A she-cat's raspy meow interrupted the two. "Before we enter, I have a ceremony to perform." With her tail, she beckoned to the youngest cat, a small tom. The other cats nodded in understanding and made themselves comfortable on the stone ground.

The tom stood up tall, moonlight reflecting on his gray-and-white pelt, as the she-cat continued. "I, Yellowfang of ShadowClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down upon this apprentice. He has trained hard to understand the way of a medicine cat, and with your help, he will serve his Clan for many moons." Yellowfang sent a silent prayer to StarClan to ask for forgiveness for her empty words. She knew that her apprentice was nowhere near ready to become a medicine cat, but she also knew that her Clan needed one now more than ever. With their current leader, she didn't know how much longer she could carry that responsibility.

A small cough interrupted her thoughts. She jumped to see the four cats staring at her expectantly. Realizing her mistake, she continued gruffly. "Runningpaw, do you promise to uphold the ways of a medicine cat, to stand apart from rivalry between Clan and Clan, and protect all cats equally, even at the cost of your own life?"

Runningpaw quivered with excitement. When he collected himself enough to speak, his meow came out like the squeal of a kit. "I do."

You mousebrain, Yellowfang! This scrap of fur can't even cure himself, let alone his Clan! ShadowClan's medicine cat scolded herself. But she took a deep breath and meowed, "Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your true medicine cat name. Runningpaw, from this moment on, you shall be known as Runningnose. You have proved to be a true medicine cat by your tireless effort and determination." Lies! But that's nothing new to you, Yellowfang.

The newly named medicine cat beamed, his eyes glowing with the intensity of the half moon. He leaned forward to touch his mentor's nose. Yellowfang focused all her effort on not flinching away from its disgusting moisture.

"Runningnose! Runningnose!" the other medicine cats chanted, their meows echoing slightly through the cave before them. As their calls fell away, they stood up and the five cats padded through the entrance.

The darkness consumed Yellowfang as she pushed her way through the tunnels. On either side, the walls enclosed her. She could hardly smell the cats around her through the murky air and she couldn't see more than a rabbit-length ahead. No matter how many times she had been through the cave, it still made her pelt bristle.

Finally, she sighted a faint light ahead of her and began to spot the outlines of the other medicine cats. As the light grew brighter, she stepped out into the large cavern and stared at the glowing stone in the center. One by one, the cats lay down beside the Moonstone. Yellowfang followed suit, finding a place beside the ThunderClan she-cat and reaching out to touch the stone's smooth surface.

The dimly lit cave suddenly disappeared. The gray she-cat felt a rushing sensation as she was thrust into the pine forests of her territory. The cold air of the night left her as she felt the bright sun warm her fur. She flexed her claws in the familiar padding of pine needles and awaited the familiar black pelt and scent of herbs…but it didn't come.

"Pineclaw!" She called for her former mentor with a crackling meow. When she still received no response, she clawed the ground angrily. He of all cats should know that I'm getting too old to drag myself up here every moon. He could at least make it worth my while to-

Her thoughts were cut off by a dark cloud covering the sun. Squinting into the fading light, she watched as it completely cut off the light and the forest was plunged into darkness. Yellowfang's fur stood on end. She had never seen a cloud completely block out the sun before. How could that happen? What could it mean?

A strong wind sent a chill through her body, and also carried a familiar scent. As it blew and whistled, a deep meow echoed, "A dark shadow will fall over the forest, and only fire's light can guide the way."


A/N: Ugh, I hate prophecies. I hope this one wasn't too crappy.

In the allegiances, I did my best to include cats mentioned in SotC and all those cats who randomly appear in the allegiances throughout the canon series. I had to include some OCs for cats who are mentioned but never named, and also to flesh out the Clans.

Asterisks = my cats
Parentheses = cats born during book

Thanks again for reading!

EDITED – 10/18/09