ALLEGIANCES

THUNDERCLAN

LEADER: BRAMBLESTAR- dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes

APPRENTICE- Amberpaw

DEPUTY: SQUIRRELFLIGHT- dark ginger she-cat with green eyes

MEDICINE CAT: JAYFEATHER- gray tabby tom with blind blue eyes

WARRIORS: (toms, and she-cats without kits)

BRACKENFUR- golden brown tabby tom

CLOUDTAIL- long-haired white tom with blue eyes

BRIGHTHEART- white she-cat with ginger patches

THORNCLAW- golden brown tabby tom

SORRELTAIL- tortoiseshell and white she-cat with amber eyes

LEAFPOOL- light brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes

SPIDERLEG- long-limbed black tom with a brown underbelly and amber eyes

WHITEWING- white she-cat with green eyes

BIRCHFALL- light brown tabby tom

APPRENTICE- Dewpaw

BERRYNOSE- cream-furred tom

HAZELTAIL- small gray and white she-cat

MOUSEWHISKER- gray and white tom

POPPYFROST- tortoiseshell she-cat

LIONBLAZE- golden tabby tom with amber eyes

FOXLEAP- reddish tabby tom

ICECLOUD- white she-cat

TOADSTEP- black and white tom

ROSEPETAL- dark cream she-cat

BRIARLIGHT- dark brown she-cat with green eyes

BUMBLESTRIPE- very pale gray tom with thick black stripes

APPRENTICE- Snowpaw

DOVEWING- pale gray she-cat with blue eyes

IVYPOOL- white and silver tabby she-cat with dark blue eyes

CHERRYLEAF- ginger she-cat

MOLETUFT- cream and brown tom

LILYDUST- dark brown tabby she-cat with white patches and green eyes

SEEDBRIAR- very pale ginger she-cat with amber eyes

APPRENTICES: (more than six moons old, in training to become warriors)

AMBERPAW- pale gray she-cat

DEWPAW- gray tom

SNOWPAW- white tom

QUEENS: (she-cats nursing or expecting kits)

DAISY- long-furred cream she-cat. Mother of Spiderleg's kits: Sunkit (cream and white she-cat), and Shadowkit (black tom).

CINDERHEART- gray tabby she-cat with blue eyes. Mother of Lionblaze's kits: Rainkit (pale gray she-cat), Stormkit (light brown tabby tom), and Tigerkit (dark brown tabby tom)

BLOSSOMFALL- tortoiseshell and white she-cat. Expecting Toadstep's kits.

ELDERS: (warriors and queens, now retired)

GRAYSTRIPE- long-haired gray tom

DUSTPELT- dark brown tabby tom

SANDSTORM- pale ginger she-cat with green eyes

SHADOWCLAN

LEADER: BLACKSTAR- old white tom with huge black paws

DEPUTY: ROWANCLAW- ginger tom

MEDICINE CAT: LITTLECLOUD- very small tabby tom

APPRENTICE- Mistcloud (pale gray she-cat with spiky fur)

WARRIORS: (toms, and she-cats without kits)

TOADFOOT- dark brown tom

APPRENTICE- Redpaw (dark ginger she-cat)

APPLEFUR- mottled brown she-cat

APPRENTICE- Acornpaw (light brown tom)

CROWFROST- black and white tom

RATSCAR- brown tom with a long scar on his back

SNOWBIRD- pure white she-cat

TAWNYPELT- tortoiseshell she-cat with green eyes

OLIVENOSE- tortoiseshell she-cat

OWLCLAW- light brown tabby tom

SHREWFOOT- gray she-cat with black paws

APPRENTICE- Adderpaw (mottled black tom)

SCORCHFUR- dark gray tom

TIGERHEART- dark brown tabby tom

APPRENTICE- Larkpaw (black and white she-cat)

DAWNPELT- cream-furred she-cat

PINENOSE- black she-cat

FERRETCLAW- cream and gray tom

STARLINGWING- ginger tom

STOATFROST- ginger tom

SPARROWSHADE- large tabby tom

DEWFERN- gray she-cat

QUEENS: (she-cats nursing or expecting kits)

KINKFUR- tabby she-cat with fur that sticks out at all angles. Mother of Crowfrost's kit: Greenkit (gray and white tom)

IVYTAIL- black, white, and tortoiseshell she-cat. Expecting Owlclaw's kits.

ELDERS: (warriors and queens, now retired)

CEDARHEART- dark gray tom; the oldest cat in all of the Clans

TALLPOPPY- long-legged light brown tabby she-cat

SMOKEFOOT- black tom

WINDCLAN

LEADER: ONESTAR- brown tabby tom

DEPUTY: ASHFOOT- gray she-cat

MEDICINE CAT: KESTRELFLIGHT- mottled gray tom

APPRENTICE- Blackpaw (black she-cat)

WARRIORS: (toms, and she-cats without kits)

CROWFEATHER- dark gray tom

OWLWHISKER- light brown tabby tom

WHITETAIL- small white she-cat

APPRENTICE- Icepaw (pale gray she-cat)

NIGHTCLOUD- black she-cat

GORSETAIL- very pale gray and white tom with blue eyes

WEASELFUR- ginger tom with white paws

APPRENTICE- Bluepaw (grayish blue tom)

HARESPRING- brown and white tom

APPRENTICE- Ravenpaw (dark gray tabby tom)

LEAFTAIL- dark tabby tom with amber eyes

EMBERFOOT- gray tom with two dark paws

HEATHERTAIL- light brown tabby she-cat with blue eyes

BREEZEPELT- black tom with amber eyes

SEDGEWHISKER- light brown tabby she-cat

SUNSTRIKE- tortoiseshell she-cat with a large white mark on her forehead

WHISKERNOSE- light brown tom

FURZEPELT- gray and white she-cat

BOULDERFUR- large pale gray tom

CROUCHFOOT- black tom

LARKTAIL- gray she-cat

QUEENS: (she-cats nursing or expecting kits)

SWALLOWTAIL- dark gray she-cat. Expecting Emberfoot's kits.

RIVERCLAN

LEADER: MISTYSTAR- gray she-cat with blue eyes

DEPUTY: REEDWHISKER- black tom

MEDICINE CAT: WILLOWSHINE- gray tabby she-cat

WARRIORS: (toms, and she-cats without kits)

MINTFUR- light gray tabby tom

ICEWING- white she-cat with blue eyes.

APPRENTICE- Oakpaw (dark brown tom)

MINNOWTAIL- dark gray she-cat

APPRENTICE- Silverpaw (white she-cat)

PEBBLEFOOT- mottled gray tom

MALLOWNOSE- light brown tabby tom

ROBINWING- tortoiseshell and white tom

APPRENTICE- Lakepaw (pale gray she-cat)

PETALFUR- gray and white she-cat

GRASSPELT- light brown tom

TROUTSTREAM- pale gray tabby she-cat

HOLLOWFLIGHT- dark brown tabby tom

MOSSYFOOT- brown and white she-cat

RUSHTAIL- light brown tabby tom

HERONCLAW- ginger and white tom

SHIMMERTAIL- mottled pale ginger she-cat

QUEENS: (she-cats nursing or expecting kits)

DUSKFUR- brown tabby she-cat. Mother of Robinwing's kits: Hailkit (black she-cat), and Fernkit (tortoiseshell she-cat)

GRAYMIST- pale gray tabby she-cat. Expecting Mintfur's kits.

ELDERS: (warriors and queens, now retired)

DAPPLENOSE- mottled gray she-cat

POUNCETAIL- ginger and white tom

CATS OUTSIDE THE CLANS

SMOKY- muscular gray and white tom who lives at the horseplace

FLOSS- gray and white she-cat who lives at the horseplace

ROXY- reddish tabby she-cat. Mother of Ravenpaw's kits: Felix (sleek black tom), and Harry (light brown tom)

RAVENPAW- black tom with a white chest patch and green eyes.

DARK- dark brown tom with yellow eyes. Leader of the rogues

BLUE- blueish gray tom with dark blue eyes. Deputy of the rogues

WHISPER- pretty white she-cat with pale green eyes. Queen of the rogues.

FOX- brown and white tabby tom with amber eyes. Battle planner and consultant of the rogues

WOLF- black tom with pale yellow eyes.

SHADOW- black tabby tom with blue eyes.

NIGHT- dark gray she-cat with amber eyes.

MOON- gray tabby and white tom with green eyes.

MUD- brown tabby and dark brown tabby tom with green eyes.

SLASH- dark ginger tom with amber eyes.

PROLOGUE

"No! You'll never harm my kit..." the cry of help was abruptly cut off. Silence filled the forest.

A dark brown tom-cat glared down at the she-cat he had just murdered. He lowered his blood-stained claw to the ground. A sleek-pelted black tom with a white patch on his chest took a step back in alarm. "N-no.. what have you done?!" His green eyes flashed angrily at the murderer of his beloved mate. The tom peered at the black cat through the corners of his eyes.

He flicked his tail at the blueish gray tom standing beside the black cat, signaling to guard him.

The gray tom hissed, and stepped in front of him, blocking him from the cooling body of his mate. The dark brown tom laughed sarcastically. "Oh Ravenpaw, now you've seen what happens when you enter our territory," he circled Ravenpaw's helpless, wailing kits, who were sitting just to the right of him. "Your mate was a gentle, caring, and beautiful she-cat. One that would've made your kits strong fighters one day. That's why I've decided to kill her. These two kits," he flicked his tail at the two tiny kits, mewling for their mother, but too small to find her on their own.

"Will be next!"

Ravenpaw jumped around the gray tom guarding him, and spat angrily," You won't lay a claw on my kits!" The grayish blue tom meowed to the dark brown cat," Should we let him off this time, Dark?"

Dark's dark brown pelt glowed silver in the moonlight shining through the nearly dead trees. Crickets chirped around the small clearing that the cats were in. "I suppose, Blue," he directed his amber eyes back on Ravenpaw. "But be warned. If you ever set a single paw on our territory, we'll track you down and kill you!"

Blue and Dark watched as Ravenpaw struggled to pick up both of his kits. He glanced back at the two cats one last time, and then pelted off into the jet-black forest. Once Ravenpaw disappeared into the darkness of night, Blue meowed to his leader," what are you going to do, Dark?"

Dark blinked at where Ravenpaw had disappeared to, and then turned his head around to look at his deputy. "He can't run far with those pitiful lumps of fur. I'm going to find him. You and the rest of the group are coming with me,"

Blue's dark blue eyes reflected in the moonlight. He nodded, understanding.

Dark looked back at where Ravenpaw vanished into, and meowed,"We're going to kill him."