Author has written 4 stories for Hercules, and Warriors.
Favorite book series: Warriors, Seekers, Survivors, and The Lunar Chronicles
Favorite Movies: Mainly Disney and DreamWorks movies
Favorite shows: Mainly 90's and early 2000's cartoons, Meerkat Manor, Fetch!, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and Gallivant.
Opinions on the Warrior Cats: Characters
Ashfur—Ashfur was a good and loyal cat… until the whole Squirrelflight thing. Squirrelflight let him down gently. She never loved him, at least not in the way he 'loved' her. She never used him, either. She's usually pretty straightforward when dealing with her problems.
"Look, Ashfur." Squirrelflight's voice told Brambleclaw that she was trying hard to hold her temper. "I really care about you as a friend, but I don't want any more than that."
"But I love you!" Ashfur protested. More hesitantly, he added, "We'd be great together, Squirrelflight. I know we would."
Brambleclaw felt a stab of sympathy for the gray warrior. He remembered how he had felt when he thought he had lost Squirrelflight's affection.
"I'm sorry," Squirrelflight went on. "I never meant to hurt you, but Brambleclaw—well, I think StarClan has destined us to be together." —Sunset, pages 61-62
Like it said in both Cats of the Clans and The Ultimate Guide:
"Squirrelflight needed someone to match her fire, not contain it, and that cat was always going to be Bramblclaw."
He accused Leafpool of faking a sign from StarClan since she was Squirrelflight's sister.
“Doesn’t any cat think it’s odd that Squirrelflight is Brambleclaw’s mate, and our medicine cat is Squirrelflight’s sister? It’s very convenient that she had a sign about Brambleclaw just now, isn’t it?”—Ashfur, p. 258 of Sunset, about Leafpool's "coincidental" message from StarClan
He practically used his own nephew into luring Firestar into that fox-trap, and he tried to have three other cats, one of which was a blind medicine cat, killed. And he would have killed them had Squirrelflight not revealed the Secret. He was a traitor!
"Birchpaw told me… Blackstar waiting on our territory… Had to come alone…" —Firestar truing to speak while in the fox-trap in Sunset, page 290
"Fool!" Hawkfrost rasped; the effort of trying to speak made the blood pour even faster from his terrible wound. "Do you think I did this alone? Do you think you're safe within your own Clan?" He coughed, spitting out clots of blood, and added, "Think again!" —Hawkfrost to Brambleclaw in Sunset, page 299
"Stay there! I can't believe you didn't know how much you hurt me. You are the blind one, not Jayfeather. Who do you think sent Firestar the message to go down to the lake, where the fox trap was? I wanted him to die, to take your father away so you'd know the real meaning of pain."—Ashfur to Squirrelflight inLong Shadows, page 274
“If you really want to hurt me, you’ll have to find a better way than that,” Squirrelflight snarled. “They are not my kits.”
The noise of the storm and the fire faded and the only sound Jayfeather could hear was the blood roaring in his ears. He shook his head, straining to hear what Squirrelflight and Ashfur said next, cursing the blindness that hid their expressions from him.
“You’re lying.” Ashfur’s voice was choked with disbelief.
“No, I’m not.” Squirrelflight spoke softly, but her intensity pierced through the crackle of the flames. “Did you see me give birth? Did I nurse them? Stay in the nursery until they were apprenticed? No.”
“But—I” Ashfur began, then fell silent. Jayfeather could almost hear the paws of memory racing through his mind.
“I fooled all of you, even Brambleclaw,” Squirrelflight went on scornfully. “They are not mine.”
“And no cat in the Clan knows?” Ashfur’s disbelief was changing to uncertainty.
“No. They’re all as blind as you are to the truth.”
Jayfeather sensed a shift in Ashfur’s thoughts, reaching out toward power once more. “What do you think will happen when I tell them?” he challenged. “Will your Clanmates let you stay in ThunderClan, knowing you have lied to them—to Firestar, to your sister, to Brambleclaw?”
“You’ll tell them?” Squirrelflight’s voice was sharp with pain.
“Do you really think I won’t? I can still make you lose what you love most. Brambleclaw will want nothing to do with you. You were a fool to think I would keep your secret. But you have always been a fool, Squirrelflight. I’ll let these cats—whomever they belong to—live. But your suffering has only just begun.” —Long Shadows
He tried to kill and that's what matters. True, other cats have killed, but most have killed for good reason, or at least with good intentions.
If killing Firestar had worked, then Brambleclaw would've been accused of the crime, whether he actually did it or not, and would've also been driven out like his father. ThunderClan would've been left without both a leader and deputy, and Leafpool would've probably been responsible in choosing their new leader, most likely Brackenfur.
Speaking of Leafpool, if Ashfur lived, he might've gone after her and Sandstorm as well.
And Ashfur could have talked to anyone about his problem, like Ferncloud, who was his sister. He could have even talked to Squirrelflight herself instead of ignoring her!
Also, he seemed to have a thing against kittypets, despite the fact that his foster brother was a kittypet, and the one he 'loved' was half kittypet.
"Clanborn kits would know not to do this sort of thing," Ashfur commented. "Maybe these kittypets will never settle here properly."
"What did you say?" Squirrelflight spun around to face him. "Have you forgotten that my father was a kittypet?"
Ashfur blinked. "I'm sorry. But Firestar's pretty special. Most kittypets couldn't live our sort of life. They need their Twolegs to look after them."
Squirrelflight let out a furious hiss; it took a massive effort to sheild them again and go on sorting berries. How dare Ashfur make judgments based on a cat's birth? she fumed. Did that mean he thought less of her because she was half kittypet? Couldn't he see that she and Leafpool, Cloudtail, and his kit Whitepaw were as important to the Clan as any warrior who was forestborn through and through? —Twilight, page 229
He also judged Brambleclaw, who apparently used to be his best friend.
"I don't know how you can say that!" There was a hint of a snarl in Ashfur's voice. "You said so yourself that it's impossible to trust a cat with Brambleclaw's heritage. He's a great cat, I know, but he is still Tigerstar's son."
Brambleclaw's feelings of sympathy vanished instantly. He unsheathed his long, curved claws and sank them into the ground. Would he never be judged for what he was, instead of who his father had been? Worse, would Squirrelflight be unable to trust him because Tigerstar was his father?
"I'll judge Brambleclaw by his own actions," she retorted hotly, "not by something that other cats did long before I was born."
"I'm only thinking of you, Squirrelflight," Ashfur meowed. "I can remember Tigerstar. His paws were red with the blood of innocent cats. "You know that he murdered my mother to lure a pack of dogs to our camp?"
Squirrelflight murmured something Brambleclaw couldn't catch, then went on more clearly, "But that doesn't mean Brambleclaw will turn out like his father!" —Sunset, pages 62-63
It seemed that other cats were aware of what Ashfur was feeling, like Firestar, which was why the latter gave the former Lionpaw as an apprentice instead of some other cat.
Speaking of Lionpaw, Ashfur pretty much tried to kill him during one of their training sessions.
"See?" Lionpaw challenged his mentor as he leaped to the ground. "Now will you be a bit tougher on me?"
"You want tough? There was the hint of a growl in Ashfur's voice, and his blue eyes gleamed. "Be careful what you wish for, Lionpaw."
Hollypaw felt the fur on her shoulder began to rise. Was Ashfur joking?
"I can cope with anything," Lionpaw insisted.
Ashfur leaped on Lionpaw, landing a hard blow on his ear. Lionpaw rolled to one side, raking his hind paws down Ashfur's flank. A heartbeat later he was back on his paws, leaping into the air and landing on his mentor's shoulders in the move Cloudtail had just demonstrated. Ashfur reared up on his hind paws, shaking off Lionpaw. Hollypaw winced at the thud as her brother hit the ground. Instantly his mentor jumped on top of him and the two cats wrestled together in a screeching tangle of fur, rolling closer to the other apprentices.
Poppypaw had to dodge to one side to avoid them. Thornclaw curled his tail around her shoulders and drew her to the side of the clearing. Cloudtail and Cinderpaw joined them, their training session forgotten as they stared at the furious battle.
Ashfur was fighting as if Lionpaw was a warrior—but so was Lionpaw! Hollypaw watched in amazement as he bit down on Ashfur's tail, then jerked it so hard that Ashfur was unbalanced and fell on his side. She'd seen Berrynose and his littermates practicing that move just before they were made warriors; she hadn't excepted to learn it for at least another moon.
Hollypaw stiffened as she saw flecks of scarlet on Ashfur's gray pelt. Lionpaw would get into big trouble for fighting with his claws unsheathed! Then she noticed that her brother was bleeding, too. Ashfur's blue eyes were blazing with fury, as if he'd forgotten this wasn't a real battle.
"They're hurting each other!" She turned to Brackenfur. Can't you make them stop?"
Before Brackenfur could do anything, Ashfur launched himself on top of Lionpaw and held him down with both forepaws on his chest. "Was that tough enough for you?"he panted.
But Lionpaw wouldn't give in. He went on battering at Ashfur's belly with his hind paws, twisting from side to side in an effort to throw off the heavier cat. Ashfur raised his paw, aiming a blow at Lionpaw's ear.
"That's enough." Brackenfur bounded forward, his voice sharp with shock. "Ashfur, let him up. Lionpaw, sheathe your claws. This bout is over."
Ashfur turned his head to glare at Brackenfur. The blaze in his blue eyes faded and he stepped back. Lionpaw scrambled to his paws, while Brackenfur thrust himself between them in case the fight broke out again. Lionpaw's chest heaved as he fought out for breath. The fur on one shoulder was torn and blood was welling out of the scratches. Hollypaw could see the marks off Ashfur's claws down his side. —Outcast, pages 79-81
He should have moved on. There were plenty of she-cats in the Clan who were still single between Sunset and Long Shadows, some don't even have mates yet or no longer have mates. These cats were:
Heck, he could've become mates with Daisy after she broke up with Spiderleg! Or maybe even Leafpool, though that I doubt. If he just kept the secret, or never tried to kill them at all, then Hollyleaf wouldn't have murdered him. If he lived, he could've become mates with Icecloud or Rosepetal, maybe even Blossomfall, or Dovewing, or Ivypool.
Point is, he deserves to go to the Dark Forest! But what is StarClan's excuse for him getting into StarClan?
"His only fault was to love too much." —Yellowfang to Jayfeather in Sign of the Moon, page 94
What a load of fox-dung!
He attempted murder, but so did Thistleclaw and Darkstripe. Antpelt went to the Dark Forest, but he never killed anyone, he was just ambitious. Clawface went to the Dark Forest, and though he did kill, he was also following orders, as the warrior code says. Yet only Ashfur got a free pass into paradise!
Sure, he lost his mother, but that shouldn't be an excuse for his actions. As a matter of fact, Brindleface has absolutely NOTHING to do with Ashfur trying to murder Squirrelflight's family.
Bluestar—Bluestar went through so much in her life. She lost everything; her mate, kits, sister, mother. Basically, her entire family. All she had left by that point were Whitestorm and her Clan.
She trusted Tigerclaw, enough to make him her deputy. However, when he attacked her, she was probably reminded of Thistleclaw, the cat she had tried to stop from becoming leader. It seemed all her hard work had been for nothing.
It's not like she planned on going mad. And really, the only bad thing she did was try to rage war on WindClan because she thought they were stealing prey. She was also old at the time, so that could've also been another factor.
Her entire life she heard that fire would save the Clan, even her own prophecy included fire. When it tried to destroy them, that was when her faith started to wary, I believe.
She finally snapped out of it when she saw Fireheart being chased by dogs. She saved his life, but died for it.
In the end, her number one priority had always been to protect her Clan.
Daisy—Why do people hate her? Is it because of the Cloudtail/Brightheart thing, or because she's a permanant queen?
Cloudtail chose Brightheart as a mate, despite her scars, and they even had kits together. Daisy shouldn't get full blame, part of it goes to all three:
Cloudtail for being a mouse-brained tom
Brightheart for not simply talking to her mate
Daisy for kinda flirting
When Daisy reacted to Brightheart, it was actually natural, especially for someone like Daisy who had always lived a very comfortable life. She never even intended on staying forever:
"I couldn't help hearing what you were saying. I didn't intend to join anyone when I left home. I only wanted to save my kits from whatever happened to Floss's litter. If it's a problem having us here, we'll leave as soon as my kits are strong enough to travel." —pg 142 Twilight
The main reason Daisy left was because she knew that Cloudtail would never love her the way he loved Brightheart.
Daisy let out a long sigh. "It can't possibly work. I've always lived close to Nofurs. I'm used to regular feeding times and a roof over my head. You warriors despise that way of life."
"We don't despise you Daisy," Cloudtail promised quietly.
"But everything in the forest is so strange!" Daisy protested. "I don't understand half of what's in that warrior code of yours. I don't feel like I could ever belong."
Her eyes, fixed on Cloudtail, were huge with sorrow. Understanding struck Brambleclaw like a flash of lightning. She was in love with the white warrior! And she must know that there would never be any cat for him but Brightheart. He let out a purr of sympathy. It must hurt to see Cloudtail every day and know he would never be more than her friend.
Cloudtail didn't seem to realize the strength of Daisy's feelings. "I still think you should come," he argued. "There'll always be a place for you. And every cat misses you. I know Brightheart does."
Daisy winced. Brambleclaw thought Cloudtail was being a little optimistic in mentioning Brightheart. "But I'm so useless out there," she meowed. "I feel like every cat in the Clan is fed up with watching me."
"That's not true," Brambleclaw tried to reassure her. "You've helped Sorreltail with her kits haven't you?" —Sunset pg 192-193
She even apologized to Brightheart for her actions:
"Brightheart, I'm glad you're here. There's something I wanted to say to you."
"What?" Brightheart sounded wary.
"The reason I left...well it was only partly because of the danger out here. I've been worried about the kits since the badger attack, but I'm their mother—I'd worry about them where ever we were. Mostly it was because I—I don't have any cat in the Clan that I'm close to. Not like you and Cloudtail."
There was a heartbeat's tense silence. Leafpool started to back away, and Brightheart's reply when it came, was too low and indistinct for her to hear it.
"No," Daisy responded more clearly. "Cloudtail is very kind to me, but he would be kind to any cat in trouble. He's a good warrior and he loves you very much."
Another pause, until at last Brightheat mewed softly, "I know." Her voice shook as she added, "Thank you, Daisy. I'm really glad you decided to come back. ThunderClan needs more young cats, and your three will be excellent warriors." —Sunset pg 206-207
Also, Princess reacted in a similar way Daisy had when she first met Brightheart. The only difference is that Princess was actually warned beforehand.
"But I worry about you, Fireheart, and Cloudtail. You haven't got a nest to—Oh!"
Princess had just caught sight of Lostface's damaged side and could not restrain a squeak of horror. Lostface heard her and crouched closer to the ground, uneasiness showing in her bristling fur.
"Come and meet Lostface," Cloudtail meowed, giving his mother a hard stare.
Nervously Princess took the few paces that brought her to where Graystripe and Lostface waited. Graystripe nodded to her in greeting, and Lostface gazed up at her with her one good eye.
"Oh my goodness, whatever happened to you?" Princess blurted out, her paws working on the ground. —A Dangerous Path pg 262
Oh, and speaking of Brightheart, I get why she was insecure about her looks when she got mauled, but Cloudtail has been with her ever since; comforting her, helping her become a warrior again, even having a kit with her. You'd think after all that time she'd build up some confidence.
She really annoyed me in TNP. I mean, she got jealous of Daisy almost literally the moment she saw Cloudtail helping her.
"And we won't make any important decisions without talking to you," Firestar added. He turned to the apprentices, who were hovering on the edge of the group with eyes like full moons.
"Birchpaw, fetch Daisy a piece of fresh-kill from the pile, please."
The young apprentice bounded off
"Come on Daisy," Cloudtail meowed. "Everything will seem better when you're not hungry and tired."
Squirrelflight saw Brightheart looking a little disconcerted as her mate touched his nose to Daisy's flank. The ginger and white she-cat watched them walk back to the nursery, then murmured to Whitepaw, "Your father's doing the right thing. Daisy's exhausted, and she must be scared out of her wits."
Brightheart hurried forward to catch up with Cloudtail and Daisy.—pg 143 Twilight
She should have known that Cloudtail would never leave her and was only helping Daisy because he knew what it was like to be an outsider. Seriously, other than him, Ferncloud, and Sorreltail, the Clan cared more about Daisy's kits than Daisy herself.
And there's one thing that I don't get; why did Brightheart feel this way now when there were plenty of other she-cats just as pretty as Daisy in the Clan, yet she only considered the former loner as a threat until she confronted her and apologized for her actions.
This all could have been avoided if she only talked to Cloudtail in the first place and told him how she felt about the situation. Instead, she decided to help Cinderpelt and become the Clan's unofficial third medicine cat when she wasn't even needed!
Also, Daisy's life has been far from easy: Smokey didn't love her enough, Berrykit got his tail mangled, Cloudtail already had a mate, and Spiderleg never even intended on having kits with her. She even called him out on it in Long Shadows.
"Our kits are worried about you, too," Daisy went on. Her voice grew sharper. "It's a wonder they remember you, because you never come to visit them.
Spiderleg shrugged. "It's not that I'm not interested… I just know you'll do great job of raising them without me."
"Why?" Daisy challenged. "Because I've raised kits on my own before? But that wasn't my choice, Spiderleg, as you know very well."
Lionblaze exchanged an embarrassed glance with Leafpool: he wished he could leave the den, but the two quarreling cats were blocking the entrance. Leafpool was listening with a strange look in her eyes that Lionblaze couldn't interpret.
"Every kit is different," Daisy went on. "And every kit deserves to know its father. You're missing out, Spiderleg, and if you're not careful it will be too late, and your own kits won't know who you are!"
Not waiting for a reply, she spun and stalked out the den.
As for her being a "waste of space", how? There have been other permanent queens in the series, even in OS.
Speckletail was listed as a queen even before Snowkit was born, which was in Rising Storm. She was never seen doing warrior duties.
Then there's Goldenflower. Like Speckletail, she was never seen doing any warrior duties, with the exception of the battle with BloodClan. She was also a permanent queen from Midnight to Starlight.
Goldenflower, the oldest ThunderClan queen and Brambleclaw's own mother, spoke from her mossy bed. She had no kits of her own to nurse, but she had decided to stay in the nursery to share the care of the new arrivals instead of taking up her warrior duties again.
And we all know about Ferncloud, who some people seem to think became a permanent queen before Daisy. She did not. Ferncloud was a regular queen, and she even went on patrols and such after Birchkit became an apprentice. She went back to the nursery to help Daisy after the former arrived and returned, and became an official permanent queen sometime between Sunrise and The Fourth Apprentice.
Daisy did learn to fight, we just saw only one training session.
"No." he [Cloudtail] meowed. "You've got to hit me. Hard."
Daisy blinked at him with limpid blue eyez. "But I don't want to hurt you."
Cloudtail's tail curled up. "Don't worry, you won't. Come on, try again."
The horseplace cat gave him a doubtful look, then ran at him, flashing out a paw as she went past. Cloudtail dodged aside and hooked out Daisy's paws from under her so that she srawled on the grass in a tangle of legs and fluffy tail.
"That's not fair!" she wailed. "You never said you were going to do that."
"Oh, right." Cloudtail couldn't keep the amusement out of his voice. "Do you think in the thick of battle an enemy warrior will come up and say 'Be careful, I'm going to push you now?'"
Daisy lashed her tail. "It's not like I'll ever need to fight."
"You might." Cloudtail's gaze was serious now. "If another Clan attacked us—or other creatures like foxes or dogs—you need to know how to defend yourself. If you don't, you could get hurt really badly."
"Oh, all right." Daisy gave her creamy chest fur a couple of licks. "Show me again what I've got to do."
She tried, but she wasn't successful at it. So she decided to help the Clan in another way. Why should she keep on trying to do something she isn't good at instead of doing something she really loves, which is taking care of kits? She'd only waste both her time and the Clan's time if she continued to try fighting.
Daisy took care of Millie's kits when the latter caught greencough.
Firestar put her in charge of watching the queens and elders when the fire happened in Fading Echoes.
In The Forgotten Warrior, Daisy swears that she'll protect Sorreltail when WindClan attacked.
"We can fight, too, if we have to. We'll guard Sorreltail and the kits."—The Forgotten Warrior, page 306
She participated in battle training and even fought in The Last Hope.
Broad-shouldered warriors surged past Sandstorm. Brambleclaw launched himself across the clearing and began hauling them away. Tigerheart struggling free and rushing to help. Daisy shot out of the brambles and began slashing wildly at a wall of jaws.—The Last Hope, page 181
A screech sounded from the nursery. Dovewing's pelt spiked as she saw Daisy slam a Dark Forest warrior onto the ground. Brightheart lunged for his throat, sinking her teeth in with a growl.—The Last Hope, page 187
Tell me again that she's useless! Ferncloud is dead now, anyway. So is Sorreltail and most of her kits. Her only friends left are Cloudtail and Brightheart, and her only remaining kits are Mousewhisker, Berrynose, and Rosepetal.
Dovewing—I really don't see what's to hate about her.
"She whined about her powers!"
Yes, but it was only for one book. Keep in mind that Dovewing was only eight moons old when she found out about her powers and she even thought that everyone had senses as strong as hers. Jayfeather and Lionblaze were also older than her when they discovered theirs, so it's unfair to compare her to them. And keep in mind that all three of them are different cats.
Besides, it's not like Jayfeather and Lionblaze never complained about their powers/destinies either.
Jayfeather wanted to be a warrior, but had to trade that for the life of a medicine cat and even hated it at first. Later on, he was forced to leave Half Moon because he still had a prophecy to complete and was even constantly thinking about her in The Forgotten Warrior.
Lionblaze hated his powers because of how the prophecy was affecting his relationship with Cinderheart. It got to the point where he nearly got himself killed just to prove to her that he could be an ordinary warrior if he wanted to.
Plus, Dovewing even came to accept her powers by the end of The Fourth Apprentice when she saw just how helpful they really were.
The drought is over! The Clans will survive! Dovepaw paused briefly, blinking in surprise. I did that, she realized. If it wasn't for my senses, the Clans would still be dying of thirst. Pride flooded over her with the force of the freed water surging down into the lake. Maybe it won't be so bad, having these powers, if I can use them to help my Clan.—The Fourth Apprentice, page 294
I don't understand why people say that she always whined about her powers when it was only for that one book.
"She whined about her powers being gone even though she wanted to be a normal cat!"
Well, what'd you expect?
Dovewing has had her powers since she was a kit, so of course she'd be worried about losing them. She would've been used to them by this point and has helped out her Clan many times with them. Plus, she also had a prophecy to fulfill.
"All she did with her powers was spy on Tigerheart!"
Not true. As mentioned before, she was the one who spotted the beavers and discovered that they were the ones who were causing the drought.
She also saved many of her Clanmates by reporting that a beech tree was about fall.
She saved Icecloud when the latter fell down one of the tunnels.
She managed to see and hear all the way to the Dark Forest and report what they were saying.
Using her powers, she was also one of the best hunters in ThunderClan.
Really, it was just devastating seeing her so depressed when she lost her powers for good.
Also, I don't recall her ever using her powers to actually spy on Tigerheart except when she heard him sitting vigil for Flametail.
"She was always leaving Ivypool!"
No, she wasn't, at least not intentionally. Dovewing always wanted to do everything with Ivypool, but that all changed when she discovered her powers. Whenever she tried to speak to Ivypool, she was either being called off for a meeting or Ivypool was being a jerk to her. And yes, Ivypool was being a jerk to her.
"So it's true?" Dovepaw's heart pounded.
Ivypaw's blue eyes hardened. "So what if I did? It's the only way I'm going to be a great warrior. Everyone's trying so hard to make you the best warrior in ThunderClan; they hardly bother with me. I'm just Dovepaw's dumb sister—"
Dovepaw couldn't bear to listen. "How could you be sostupid? The Dark Forest cats are evil!"
"How would you know?" Ivypaw spat back. "You've never met one!"
Dovepaw stared at her. "Of course they're evil. Why else would they be in the Dark Forest? Do you think StarClan sent Tigerstar there because he was good?"
"Have you ever met Tigerstar?"
"No! But I've heard nursery tales about him. So have you! He tried to destroy Firestar; he set BloodClan on him—"
"He's different now!" Ivypaw thrust her muzzle in Dovepaw's face. "His time in the Dark Forest has taught him the importance of loyalty." Was that a challenge in her mew?
Dovepaw didn't flinch. "You're wrong," she hissed. "He wants to destroy Firestar as much as he ever did. The only thing that matters to Tigerstar is power."
Ivypaw curled her lip. "You haven't spoken to him. I have! He told me everything. How he only became ShadowClan's leader after Bluestar forced him out of ThunderClan. How he's always stayed loyal to his birth Clan. Despite everything they've done to him!"
"Everything they've done to him?" Dovepaw couldn't believe her ears.
"Who won the battle yesterday?"
"What's the battle got to do with it?"
"It was Tigerstar's idea! He's the one who told me to persuade Firestar to fight ShadowClan. He warned me that ShadowClan was planning to steal our territory. And because of Tigerstar, we stole their territory instead. What's that, if it's not loyalty?"
"But Tigerstar is a part of the Dark Forest! You can't trust him! Don't you see that the battle caused nothing but more trouble?" Dovepaw spat. "Winning a worthless piece of land cost Firestar a life and killed Russetfur!"
Ivypaw narrowed her eyes. "Tigerstar is sill loyal to ThunderClan. You're just jealous. You're jealous that it'sme he's visiting and not you! You're scared that I might become a better warrior than you! That I might be the special one, and that Firestar might start taking notice of me instead of you!"
"Don't be mouse-brained! You're my sister." But Dovepaw found herself yowling at empty air. Ivypaw had turned and bounded into the bracken. Suddenly alone in the frozen forest, Dovepaw started shivering.—Night Whispers, pages 45-46
"I wasn't criticizing," Dovepaw mewed quickly. "I'm just worried about you." She dropped her catch in front of Ivypaw. "Here, have a bite." She didn't want to argue with her sister.
Ivypaw shook her head. "That would be against the warrior code." she pointed out.
"Just take a small bite," Dovepaw urged. "You look starving. I'll say it got damaged in the hunt."
Ivypaw narrowed her eyes. "No, thank you," she growled. "I'm not the one who likes breaking the warrior code."
"What?" Dovepaw stared at her in surprise.
"I'm not the one who disappears at night to meet a ShadowClan warrior."
Dovepaw's heart seemed to drop in her chest like a stone.Ivypaw knows about Tigerheart! "How did you find out?"
"Did you think I wouldn't smell him on you?" Ivypaw's tail lashed. "Not very loyal, is it? Spending every night with a tom from another Clan?"
Dovepaw stiffened. "At least we're not putting anyone in danger."
"What do you mean by that?"
"Every time you go to the Dark Forest, you betray your Clanmates."
"That's not true!" Ivypaw hissed "I'm learning to be a great warrior so I can help my Clan!"
"Yeah, right!" Dovepaw snapped scornfully. "Just like Tigerstar. He was a great warrior!"
"He became ShadowClan's leader. He tried to kill Firestar!" How could Ivypaw be so dumb?
Ivypaw glared at her, eyes cold as ice. "Aren't you going to ask how I recognized his smell?"
Dovepaw blinked, confused. "What?"
"Don't you think it's odd how easily I recognized Tigerheart's scent?"
Dovepaw froze, her blood draining into her paws. She remembered the look Ivypaw and Tigerheart had shared in the battle.
"H-How did you know?" Dovepaw cringed beneath her pelt. She didn't want to hear the answer. She didn't want to hear that Tigerheart had been seeing Ivypaw, too. That he'd lied to her. That she wasn't the only ThunderClan cat who occupied his thoughts.
"I meet him almost every night," Ivypaw crowed.
"You can't; he's with me!"
"Not all night."
Dovepaw backed away. "Don't say that! He likes me, not you. Have you been following him? Find your own mate! Leave him alone!"
Ivypaw padded closer. "Oh, I don't like him in that way. I'm not a soppy dove like you. I'm a warrior, and so is Tigerheart."
Dovepaw wished she were deaf, wished she could see Ivypaw's mouth moving without hearing the words.
"Tigerheart doesn't spend every night cooing in your ears," Ivypaw taunted. "He's one of the best warriors in the Dark Forest. That's where his loyalty lies. Not with you!"
"That's not true! You're just jealous!" Dovepaw shrieked at her sister. She couldn't believe these lies. "You're jealous that I'm a better warrior than you. I always have been and I always will be, and you can't stand it. And now you're jealous that Tigerheart loves me and not you! You want to destroy everything I've got because you're jealous. That's all!"
Ivypaw's eyes gleamed. "Really? Why not ask Tigerheart?"
"Shut up!" Dovepaw scrambled up the bank. "If you tell anyone that I'm seeing Tigerheart, then I'll tell the whole Clan you've been training in the Dark Forest with Tigerstar, and then you'll have no friends. Everyone will hate you just as much as I do!" She pelted through the trees.
"You forgot your catch," Ivypaw called after her.
"You take it!" Dovepaw yowled back. "Then your Clanmates might think you've done something right for a change!"—Night Whispers, pages 179-181
Now yes, in the quote above, Dovewing was being a jerk to Ivypool as well, but Ivypool was putting her under alot of stress and Dovewing even regretted her words afterwards. Really, both cats are at fault.
Don't be stupid! I'm one of the Three. She couldn't leave Jayfeather and Lionblaze to face the Dark Forest warriors alone. And deep down, she knew that she couldn't leave Ivypaw. Pain pierced her heart like a thorn. She shouldn't have said all those things. She'd been cruel. She'd made it sound like the Clan didn't want her sister around.
Suddenly Dovepaw felt sick. What if Ivypaw decided to stay in the Dark Forest forever? She whirled around and raced for home. She'd apologized to Ivypaw. She'd tell her sister she'd been wrong.—Night Whispers, page 182
Dovewing still loved her sister. She even defended Ivypool when Jayfeather accused her of being a traitor.
Jayfeather steered her to the side of the clearing. "Look," he breathed. "She's made her choice. Perhaps we should just keep an eye on her and see what she does. We might be able to learn something about our enemy."
"Ivypaw's not our enemy!" Dovepaw sounded desperate. "She's my littermate. I can't let this happen to her. StarClan knows what Tigerstar will do to her!"—Night Whispers, page 51
In fact, Dovewing never even knew that Ivypool was jealous until she was told.
"Jealous now?" Ivypaw sneered. "You weren't that interested when I tried to tell you before. Too busy chitchatting with Lionblaze. Why should I tell you now? Are you worried that I might be more special than you? Are you worried that the senior warriors might start taking an interest in me instead?"
Rawness edged her mew, and Dovepaw felt a wave of dismay. She hadn't realized Ivypaw felt like t his.
"I-I'm sorry," she began.
But Ivypaw was already bounding away into the trees. She glanced over her shoulder. "Clearly not sorry enough!"
I'll explain it one day! Dovepaw vowed silently to her.Then you'll understand!—Night Whispers, pages 184-185
She even wanted to tell her sister about the prophecy, but Jayfeather wouldn't allow it.
"Please can I tell Ivypaw about the prophecy?"
Jayfeather sighed and went back to his sweeping. "No."
"But it's making it really hard to stay friends with her."
"She thinks I'm getting special treatment."
"No!" Dovepaw suddenly felt defensive of her sister. Then she sighed. "Well, yes, sort of. I guess."
"Lionblaze and I never told any cat," Jayfeather pointed out.
"But you had each other!"—Fading Echoes, page 188
Dovewing never tried to avoid her sister—it was the other way around! And Ivypool was practically abusing her, so she isn't entirely innocent either!
"She told Tigerheart about the catmint!"
While this was pretty dumb of her, she isn't entirely at fault. Tigerheart lied to her, and Ivypaw was taken for ransom. She even thought that he already knew about the catmint.
No matter how good the intentions were, Dovewing shouldn't have told Tigerheart about the catmint when ThunderClan was so low on it, and Tigerheart still shouldn't have betrayed Dovewing like that.
Both cats were at fault, and it's unfair to blame just one of them!
"She was rude to Bumblestripe!"
Well, to be fair, it's not like Bumblestripe was being the nicest cat to her either in The Last Hope. He was being pretty snappy and critical towards her in that book.
"No, not like that!" Bumblestripe yowled.
Dovewing spun around to face him, gripping hard on the branch to stop herself from falling out of the tree. "You told me to climb, I'm climbing!" she snapped. Can't I do anything right?
"Not the trunk." Bumblestripe padded along the thick oak branch toward her. "In a battle, if every cat climbed the trunk, it'd be chaos." He tipped his nose up and focused on the branch two tail-lengths above his head. Crouching, he sprang and gripped it with his forepaws, then hauled himself up. "Your turn." He peered at her through the browning leaves.
Dovewing scowled. Hunkering down, she bunched her muscles, then leaped and dug her claws into the branch above. Flicking her tail, she landed nimbly beside Bumblestripe. "Is that better?" she sniffed.
Bumblestripe glanced at the leaves she'd sent fluttering to the ground. "You really need to aim for a bare bit of branch," he suggested. "The enemy's going to know you're here if you shower him with leaves every time you move."
Dovewing clamped her jaws together to stop herself from snarling at the arrogant furball. I can't believe I ever thought we might be more than just friends! Seeing Tigerheart again made her realize what a dumb choice that would have been. I only ever liked you because you're a ThunderClan cat. Tigerheart wouldn't bother about whether she climbed the trunk or rustled too many leaves. He was a warrior, not a worrier!
They'd been practicing tree-battle all morning and Dovewing was hot and tired. "Why are we doing this?" she grumbled at Brambleclaw. "What cat is going to climb a tree to fight? There is no SquirrelClan!"
Bumblestripe flashed her a warning look. "Shut up!" he hissed.
But Brambleclaw was already bounding along the narrow rowan branch. It bounced under his weight, making Toadstep cling on with his fur spiked up. Brambleclaw jumped and cleared the space between the trees easily. The sturdy oak hardly trembled as he landed. "I know some cats don't like tree training," he meowed as he padded along the branch toward them. "But it gives us a strong advantage over the other Clans. If we can move through our territory and attack from above them, it's a great surprise."
Dovewing rolled her eyes. "I know. But Bumblestripe's acting like I've never been up a tree before. Every time I do something wrong he points it out like I hadn't already noticed."
Bumblestripe stared at his paws. "I was just trying to help."
Brambleclaw flicked his tail. "It's good of Bumblestripe to be so patient with you, Dovewing."
"Patient?" Dovewing retorted. He'd criticized every move. "Can't we just move on to drop attacks and go hunting?"
"Is she ready for drop attacks?" Brambleclaw asked Bumblestripe.
"I guess." Bumblestripe's ear twitched. "Having seen her tree skills, I think she'd better practice falling out of them."—Chaper 9 of The Last Hope
She was getting annoyed with Bumblestripe being so critical and clingy towards her, and something inside her just snapped. I agree, she shouldn't have been so harsh, but she did feel guilty about it afterwards and even tried to apologize, but Bumblestripe chose to stay angry at her.
Bumblestripe scrambled to a halt beside Dovewing and Rosepetal. "You nearly ran me into a tree!"
"You should watch where you're going," Dovewing growled. "I nearly tripped over you." Muttering under her breath, she ran down the slope. "Clumsy mouse-brain."
"Why do you have to be so mean to him?" Rosepetal's whisper took Dovewing by surprise. "It's not a crime, you know!"
Rosepetal's gaze darkened meaningfully as Bumblestripe raced past them.
"What?" Dovewing repeated. Why did Rosepetal look so angry?
"It's obvious he likes you!" Rosepetal snapped. "You don't have to keep biting his head off. He's your Clanmate, not prey!"
Dovewing flattened her ears. Why should she feel bad? "Why do I have to tiptoe around him just because he likes me? It's not my fault."
Rosepetal looked sideways at her. "Do you enjoy hurting his feelings?"
"Of course not!" Guilt flashed under Dovewing's pelt.
Dovewing winced. Rosepetal was right. If Bumblestripe had feelings for her, it wasn't fair to punish him for his attention.
"Okay!" She pulled ahead, following Bumblestripe's tracks through the grass. She bounded down the short slope onto the shore, landing on the pebbles a moment after Bumblestripe. He glanced over his shoulder and kept running.
"Wait!" Dovewing panted, pebbles spraying out behind.
Bumblestripe eased his pace enough for her to catch up. "What?" he growled.
"Look." Dovewing tried to catch her breath but Bumblestripe was still running hard. "I'm sorry I snapped."
Bumblestripe turned his head to look at her, his gaze hard as ice. "I'm tired of being used as your scratching post," he hissed. "From now on sharpen your claws on someone else."
Dovewing's pelt pricked. "It's not my fault!"
"I get it, okay?" He didn't even look at her. He just kept running. "You don't like me the same way I like you. I'll get over it. I'm just disappointed you're not the cat I thought you were."—Chapter 13 of The Last Hope
Dovewing was right. She may have been wrong for snapping at him, but it's not her fault she didn't love him—you can't control who you love, after all. Bumblestripe needed to respect her space when she needed it. However, Dovewing shouldn't have taken out her emotions on Bumblestripe and needed to tell him that she wanted her own space. He's not a mind-reader. Both are at fault for the argument.
"She broke Bumblestripe's heart!"
And it was for the best.
Dovewing never loved Bumblestripe the way she loved Tigerheart. It was even mentioned that the only reason she took an interest in him was because he was in the same Clan as her. And really, the only reason she got together with him in the first place was because her Clanmates were being meddling and nosy, and it was clear that Dovewing didn't like Bumblestripe in that way. It would've never lasted, anyway.
While it was wrong of her to lead him on the way she did, she made the right choice by breaking up with him in the end. It was even confirmed that the reason Dovewing and Bumblestripe broke up was because she still had feelings for Tigerheart and she knew it was wrong to string him along.
To be frank, though, I think she should just stay single for now—especially since she's so mentally broken at the moment—and try to get over Tigerheart, unless he decides to move to ThunderClan or she to ShadowClan—which I honestly doubt will happen since her parents and sister are in ThunderClan.
"She's a Mary-Sue!"
Ay! This excuse! There are no Stus or Sues in Warriors!
Dovewing has displayed many flaws throughout the series!
1. She met up with a ShadowClan warrior. That alone should be reason enough to not make her a Sue.
2. She insulted her own sister without thinking.
3. She often blames herself for things that were out of her control.
4. She worries about her powers when they're gone.
4. She told Tigerheart about the catmint.
5. She's a bit stubborn.
6. She's very naive.
7. She's crossed borders.
8. She's sometimes oblivious to the feelings of other cats.
9. She led Bumblestripe on.
10. She's sometimes rude.
11. She's gets stressed out and falls under pressure easily.
12. She doesn't react well to criticism.
Dovewing has got to be one of the most flawed characters in the series! And quite frankly, I don't think she deserves the hate she gets. She's often very kind and compassionate, to the point where she would cross borders just to see if someone was okay, like what she did with Sedgewhisker when the latter was bitten by a dog.
In Dovewing's Silence, she even continuously defended the the Dark Forest trainees from the Clans, especially her own Clanmates.
"That's so unfair!" Dovewing protested under her breath. "All of those cats switched allegiance thanks to you."
"But Ivypool could be!" Dovewing snapped. "And my father! These cats can't be punished for believing the lies that the Dark Forest warriors told them!"
Dovewing felt a wave of impatience at their stupidity. Can't you see that these are loyal warriors who made one mistake? Are you all so perfect yourselves?
Dovewing blinked. Exile! She hadn't even thought that would be a possibility. She shifted closer to Ivypool. "You have to tell them what happened," she whispered in her sister's ear. "How Hawkfrost recruited you. You weren't being disloyal to your Clan! They have to understand that!"
"Help! Help!" piped Amberkit. "The Dark Forest is coming to get me!"
Dovewing spun around, her fur bristling. She relaxed when she saw Molepaw creeping up on the tiny kit, his front paws extended with his claws safely sheathed. Dewkit and Snowkit raced up to join their littermate "Stay back, traitor!" hissed Snowkit, fluffing up his white pelt. "You say you're a ThunderClan cat now, but we know the truth! You just want to kill us!"
Molepaw arched his back. "Aha! It seems you do not trust me, even though I swore an oath! Well, you're right! I am your most dangerous enemy!" He pounced toward the kits, his tail lashing.
Dovewing bounded over and stood in front of the brown-and-cream apprentice. "What are you doing?" she demanded.
Molepaw blinked up at her. "Playing," he answered innocently.
Dovewing hissed. "You know full well that this is more than a game. Why are you making these kits frightened of the Dark Forest? That battle has won."
Like I said, Dovewing doesn't deserve the amount of hate she gets
Firestar—Okay, so I've seen alot of hate of this character, but why?
Reason #1: "He's a Gary-Stu!"
Uh… no he isn't. He has plenty of flaws, like breaking the warrior code and being oblivious to whether a she-cat likes him or not. And he has only had three she-cats pad after him: Spottedleaf, Cinderpelt, and Sandstorm.
Plenty of cats have had more than one cat attracted to them, or at least had more than one mate:
Bright Stream—Gray Wing and Clear Sky
Clear Sky—Bright Stream and Storm
Storm—Gray Wing and Clear Sky
Gray Wing—Turtle Tail and Slate
Turtle Tail—Tom and Gray Wing
Shellheart—Rainflower and Lilystem
Palebird—Sandgorse and Woollytail
Featherstorm—Hal and Blizzardwing
Toadskip—Poolcloud and Nettlespot
Raggedstar—Yellowfang and Foxheart
Robinwing—Fuzzypelt and Patchpelt
Bluestar—Thrushpelt and Oakheart
Goldenflower—Swiftpaw's father and Tigerclaw
Tigerstar—Goldenflower, Sasha, and Leopardstar
Willowpelt—Tawnyspots, Patchpelt, and Whitestorm
Patchpelt—Robinwing and Willowpelt
Sandstorm—Dustpelt and Firestar
Graystripe—Silverstream and Millie
Cloudtail—Brightheart and Daisy
Bramblestar–Squirrelflight and Jessy
Smokey—Floss, Daisy, and Coriander
Daisy—Smokey and Spiderleg
Squirrelflight—Stormfur, Bramblestar, and Ashfur
Crowfeather—Feathertail, Leafpool, and Nightcloud
Heathertail—Lionblaze and Breezepelt
Berrynose—Honeyfern and Poppyfrost
Lionblaze—Heathertail and Cinderheart
Dovewing—Tigerheart, Bumblestripe, and Foxleap (heavily implied)
Reason #2: "He's in too many prophecies!"
Again, no he isn't. He's only been in two prophecies: the fire prophecy and the fourth cat prophecy.
Brambleclaw has been involved in seven: the darkness, air, water, and sky prophecy, the fire and tiger omen, the path of stars prophecy, the bramble claws prophecy, the blood will spill blood prophecy, the blood will rise prophecy, and the blood does not always mean death prophecy.
Reason #3: "He always breaks the warrior code!"
So have plenty of other cats, and he's always done so with good intentions. He's never even broken the major ones, with the exception of choosing a deputy before moonhigh because he was waiting for Graystripe and he made Brambleclaw deputy without giving him an apprentice first, but he only chose Bramblecaw because of the sign StarClan had sent.
Other than this, everything Firestar did for the Clans, he always had help.
Did he drive Brokenstar out of ShadowClan by himself? No, he didn't. Yellowfang, Graypaw, a whole ThunderClan patrol, and the ShadowClan elders were there to help him.
Did he become a warrior by himself? No, Graystripe became one with him.
Was Firestar the only one to bring WindClan back from their home? Nope, Graystripe was there too.
Was Firestar the only one to feed RiverClan during their time of need? No. Again, Graystripe was with him.
Like I said, he was punished for breaking the warrior code many times: His punishment for feeding Yellowfang was taking care of her.
His punishment for feeding RiverClan was having to do apprentice duties.
Reason #4: "He's always wandering on other Clans' borders!"
Partially true. He did this alot in OS, but only because he either needed to go to the Moonstone or speak to Ravenpaw. And even when he needed to speak to another Clan, he always waited at the border.
Reason #5: "He's always in the Clans' buisness!"
No, he isn't. In OS, it was WindClan who came to him, not the other way around.
Cinderpelt was the one who helped the sick ShadowClan cats when Yellowfang and Fireheart told her not to.
In Dawn, a ShadowClan cat came to Firestar and asked for help when the camp was being destroyed.
In Starlight, WindClan asked ThunderClan for help when Mothwing accidentally gave the elders poisioned water, and it was Leafpaw who helped them.
In Twilight, Leafpool went to RiverClan when they were dying from posion.
In Dark River, Hollypaw was the one who went to RiverClan when Twolegs were coming into their territory and causing them to starve.
In Outcast, the Tribe cats came asking if the Clans would help the Tribe, Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw asked if they could go get the cats who went on the first journey, Tawnypelt went on her own free will, and it was Onestar who thought it would be good for Crowfeather and Breezepaw to go together.
In Long Shadows, when Sol had convinced Blackstar to turn his back on StarClan, Jaypaw, Lionpaw, Hollypaw, Dawnpaw, Flamepaw, and Tigerpaw—with the help of two real StarClan cats—helped him realize that Sol was no good.
In Fading Echoes, Dovepaw and Ivypaw went to WindClan just to make sure Sedgewhisker was okay when she was bitten by a dog, and they were even scolded for it.
Reason #6: "He takes in too many outsiders!"
Not really. Not counting Cody—who was only a temporary member—and Daisy's kits—since they were only kits at the time—Firestar has only let in five outsiders: Daisy because she needed a place to stay and it was Smokey who convinced her to go back, Stormfur and Brook because they had nowhere else to go and Brambleclaw was the one who suggested that they join ThunderClan, Millie because she was Graystripe's mate and already knew some warrior skills, and Purdy because he helped the Clans many times and it was once again Brambleclaw who suggested that he join.
He didn't let Sol join and actually sent him away.
Not counting kits, the other Clans have let in outsiders as well. RiverClan has let in Graystripe, let Stormfur rejoin, they let in Brook, and also let in Sasha, Hawk, and Moth. ShadowClan has let in Boulder and Russetfur, who later rejoined along with Blackfoot and Tangleburr after they were driven out for supporting Brokenstar. They let in Tigerclaw and Tawnypelt, as well as Jaggedtooth, Nightwhisper, and Sol. According to the app, they took in more outsiders than any other Clan.
WindClan took in Willowkit and Graykit until RiverClan took them back, and also allowed Crowfeather to rejoin. They even let a group of rogues stay with them during greenleaf.
Reason #7: "He's too soft!"
This has got to be the most ridiculous reason for hating him! He's a peaceful and diplomatic leader. He doesn't want any unnecesarry bloodshed.
Reason #8: "He showed disloyalty to his Twolegs by leaving them!"
This is the latest reason I've heard for hating him. Just because Rusty lived with his Twolegs doesn't mean he was happy with them. His favorite spot was sitting on the fence and looking out into the forest! His owners let him out without supervision, if they did miss him I'm sure it would have been mentioned that Twolegs were in the forest, Smudge never mention to Firepaw that his housefolk missed him, and the fact that they got a new cat at all proves that they didn't mind Rusty being gone.
Reason #9: "He was too young to become deputy!"
He was made deputy by an unstable leader. Plus, he wasn't the best deputy. He made mistakes.
Reason #10: "He wins every fight!"
No, he doesn't. Usually he would fight alongside someone else, someone would stop the fight, or it would end in a tie.
When he was fighting Graypaw, the latter stopped fighting.
When he was fighting Longtail, Bluestar stopped the fight after Rusty's collar broke off. Longtail was also mentioned to have only been a warrior for only a moon.
When he was fighting Yellowfang, she stopped fighting out of exhaustion.
When he was fighting Clawface, Whitestorm stopped Firepaw from killing him.
When he was fighting Clawface again, Graystripe fought alongside him and it was Graystripe who killed Clawface.
When he and a few others were being attacked by Tigerclaw, it was Graystripe and a RiverClan patrol who saved them.
When Darkstripe tried to kill him, it was once again Graystripe who saved him.
Millie—I do pity Blossomfall since she feels neglected, however you also have to look at it from Millie's PoV; there are two sides to every coin after all.
Blossomfall doesn't really need her mother anymore. And Millie was shown to be overprotective of her kits, almost to the point of spoiling them. Blossomfall was used to this kind of treatment.
By the time Briarlight got injured, she and her littermates were already at the end of their apprenticeship, ready to become warriors.
Most characters in the series don't really interact with their parents that much because they're capable of taking care of themselves. You don't see Bumblestripe craving for attention.
What about Graystripe? He doesn't spend much time with ANY of his kits! He rarely even visits Briarlight anymore; most of the time he's either seen doing warrior duties or with Millie.
Millie snapped at her, yes, but it was only that one time. And besides, Blossomfall DID waste an entire afternoon when she should've been hunting for her Clan.
"But Whitewing was worried about Ivypool!"
Well, Whitewing is her own cat and she has always been worried about cats younger than her, literally since she was a kit.
Have you ever considered why Millie said that? She nearly lost one daughter and couldn't bare the thought of losing another one. When Jayfeather told Millie, and not very subtly, that she was never going to walk again, this caused her to snap. Besides, Blossomfall wasn't that badly injured, at least not enough to make her stop doing her warrior duties like with Cinderpelt, Longtail, and Briarlight.
Millie became hysterical, kinda like how Dawnpelt was when Flametail died, or Bluestar when Tigerclaw betrayed her.
Let's not forget that before this, Briarlight nearly died twice as a kit; one to greencough and another to a snake. I can honestly understand why her faith was wavering.
Millie DOES care for her kits and wants them to live normal lives, wanting them to live the life Briarlight can never have. She doesn't want them to be like their sister, she just wants them to fulfill their warrior duties. And before you say that Millie should be doing the same, she does do other things than just focusing on Briarlight, like taking part in a patrol in The Forgotten Warrior, actually LEADING it!
And remember that the last cat who had Briarlight's condition, Wildfur, died in a matter of days. Briarlight has been very lucky to still be alive.
I do wish that Blossomfall and Briarlight would just TELL Millie how they feel about the situation. Neither one is happy how their mother has been treating them, but how is she supposed to know? She's not a mind reader! Plus, everything she's doing is with good intentions.
It's pretty pathetic how Blossomfall is jealous of her injured sister. Sure, she fees guilty about it, but that doesn't change the fact that she was still jealous! And instead of just talking to her mother, visiting her sister, and/or trying to look for a mate and settle down, she joins the Dark Forest not because she wants to be a better warrior like most of the recruits, but because she wants attention! What makes it worse is that she KNEW the Dark Forest was evil.
"No. A good cat wouldn't be jealous of an injured littermate. So that's why I've ended up in the Dark Forest. I'm not stupid. I know it's where cats go if they're not allowed into StarClan. But I guess I won't get into StarClan either, because I hate my sister for being injured. So the Dark Forest is where I fit in, and I'm getting good training, better than anything we get here."—Blossomfall explaining to Ivypool in Sign of the Moon, page 246
Honestly, Millie is doing what Rainflower SHOULD have done for Crookedstar.
However, Blossomfall did kinda redeem herself in my eyes, fighting for the Clans instead of the Dark Forest.
Now I just wish they would all make amends, putting an end to this subplot.
Another thing that I would like to point out is that Silverstream APPROVED of Graystripe's relationship with Millie, thus giving up Graystripe as a mate. If Graystripe still loved Silverstream, then he wouldn't have fallen for Millie, let alone become her mate. Like a certain actor once said, "If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second."
And the reason Millie didn't take on a kittypet name is made very clear in Dark River on page 86:
"You can rely on my loyalty until the day I join StarClan, and you must believe that I will live and die to protect ThunderClan. But I don't want to change my name. I have always been Millie, and I see no shame in it."
Millie gave up everything for Graystripe, but she still wanted to remember her old life. What's wrong with that? Plus, it's not like she's taking kittypet food like someone did in OS. *coughCloudtailcough*
Also, there is absolutely NOTHING in the warrior code that says that a cat HAS to take on a warrior name; Boulder and Brook didn't and I don't see anyone hating on them for it.
And another thing, the reason Millie looks like Silverstream is because Vicky promised one of her friends that she would include his cat in one of the books, but she had no idea that the cat looked like Silverstream until she saw it.
Question: Why is Millie's description so close to Silverstream's?
Answer: CherithBaldry: There are only so many colours of cats' pelts, etc.
VickyHolmes: Because I promised one of my co-workers, James, that his own cat could feature in the manga. I didn't know that his cat Millie looked exactly like Silverstream, but I had to keep my promise.
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Spottedleaf—Seriously, no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to like her! I find her really annoying, and she just can't seem to let Firestar go, like she should have done a long time ago. As a matter of fact, after rereading Into the Wild for maybe the fourth time, I finally noticed where Firepaw's crush on her began, but I couldn't find any proof where it's stated that she liked him back. Then I reread the rest of the series, and all I could find from the Original Arc where it's implied at Firestar's nine lives ceremony:
"With this life I give you love. Use it well, for all the cats in your care—and especially for Sandstorm."
However, there were plenty of signs of this AFTER she died, and AFTER the Original Arc:
"I would do anything to protect Firestar," she [Spottedleaf] hissed. "I will protect him with all the power of StarClan." —Starlight, pg 6
"Concentrating hard, he [Jaypaw] tracked the feeling, following it like a shimmering stream: a flame-colored cat, green eyes clouded with grief… it was Firestar! This StarClan warrior was in love with the ThunderClan leader!" —The Sight, pg 251
"Sometimes I would give anything for things to be different." —Spottedleaf to Firestar in Firestar's Quest, page 402
"That was never going to happen, my love. I cannot journey with you any more. I'm so sorry."—Spottedleaf to Firestar in The Last Hope
But what really irks me is this line here from Spottedleaf's Honest Answer:
"After one of those moonless nights, Sandstorm was his mate, and I knew that the invisible river between us had grown too wide to leap across. Did you know that he came looking for me in a dream, sought me out to explain that he had to move on and that he couldn’t be in love with a memory anymore? I am not a memory! I wanted to wail, like a kit abandoned by its mother. I am here, I still love you. I will walk beside you forever."
That line showed that Firestar DID tell Spottedleaf that he no longer loved her like he used to, but Spottedleaf still loved him despite this and refused to let go, but knowing that his heart truly lied with Sandstorm. Really, it's kinda pathetic. Not to mention that it makes it seem like she is obsessed with him.
Honestly, though, I do believe that it was pointless to kill her off. I mean, it was obvious that Firestar would choose Sandstorm anyway.
And speaking of Sandstorm, I really don't blame her for feeling jealous of her own aunt since, for a while, it actually did seem that Firestar really did love Spottedleaf more than her, especially in the one scene in TLH.
However, when Firestar said that Spottedleaf promised him that she would wait for him in StarClan, it seemed like this was meant to be taken in a friendly manner, not in a romantic one since it's been stated that Spottedleaf would've never tried to pursue Firestar, even if she was still alive.
"Spottedleaf hesitated, her amber eyes warm as she gazed at the ginger she-cat. "That's not true. Firestar and I never discovered what we might have meant to each other," she mewed at last. "I was alive in the forest for such a short time after he came to ThunderClan. But I know for sure"—her voice grew more intense—"that he and I could never have been mates. I was and always will be a medicine cat. That comes first, more than any cat who walks the forest, more even than Firestar." —Firestar's Quest, page 401
Plus, he and Sandstorm had spent many moons together, had kits, and have grandkits. If he still loved Spottedleaf, then he would have left Sandstorm moons ago. Sure, it would have broken her heart, but it would have also been the honorable thing to do if you know what I mean.
Opinions on the Warrior Cats: Pairings
GrayxSilver—I wanted to like this pairing, I really, really did. However, Silverstream thought that she and Graystripe could go on and break the warrior code just because she was Crookedstar's daughter. Even Leafpool wasn't like this when she was meeting up with Crowfeather. Granted, she's, well, Leafpool, but still…
Here's a quote from Fire and Ice.
"He's [Graystripe's] fine!" He [Fireheart] growled, his caution swept away by his anger. "But he won't be if he carries on meeting you!"
Silverstream bristled. "I won't let anything bad happen to Graystripe!"
"Oh, really?" Fireheart snorted. "And what could you do to protect him?"
"I am a Clan leader's daughter," meowed Silverstream.
"Does that give you the power to control your father's warriors? You're hardly more than an apprentice!"
Actually, Graystripe is at fault as well. He, too, thought the same thing.
Fireheart carried on pacing. Graystripe just didn't seem to understand what he was doing. "Okay. What if a RiverClan patrol catches you?"
"Silvestream won't let that happen," answered Graystripe.
Honestly, Graystripe swore loyalty to his Clan and to teach Brackenpaw everything he knew. But instead, the VERY moment he laid eyes on Silverstream, he neglected his warrior duties, as well as his own apprentice, to meet up with a cat from another Clan. He couldn't even fight against RiverClan because they were Silverstream's Clanmates, yet Silverstream could attack a ThunderClan warrior with no trouble at all. I mean, she nearly injured Fireheart in Fire and Ice.
Graystripe also did some pretty mouse-brained things, such as going to RiverClan to see if Silverstream was okay after the flood.
Sure, she saved his life, but having them fall in love wasn't really necessary.
The relationship was also kinda rushed since Graystripe apparently started to meet with Silverstream the day after she saved him.
This is why I like GrayxMillie, as it was more developed. However, I did kinda start to like Silverstream after she died; she seemed more mellow and mature. She gave Graystripe up so he can be with Millie, and even saved her life. However, the least Graystripe could do is spend time with his kits. He rarely even visits Briarlight anymore. Most of the time he's either doing warrior duties or with Millie.
However, in The Last Hope, after the battle, Silverstream tells Graystripe that she's still waiting for him, KNOWING he's still with Millie!
Really, the only good thing that came out of their relationship were Stormfur and Feathertail
BluexOak—I love this pairing so much! It was interesting since, when first reading, it's hard to believe that someone like Bluestar would betray her Clan in such a way.
I found it kinda cute how they would tease each other and it was very sweet how Oakheart was willing to leave his Clan for her, and he most likely would've had she not stopped him. It was also mentioned by Bluestar that she never stopped loving him, and he obviously never stopped loving her either.
Even though I don't really like this trope, I suppose it was kinda love at first sight since when Bluefur first met him, her gaze was locked with his and it was mentioned that she couldn't look away, though they didn't act on their feelings until later on. The same kinda goes for CrowxLeaf in a way.
Really, besides Windflight's parents, I think they're the only forbidden relationship that actually worked out in the end since they got back together in StarClan when Bluestar died, as confirmed by Kate on her Twitter.
CrowxLeaf—I liked it for kinda the same reasons I liked BluexOak, especially when it breaks not one, but two codes.
It wasn't really as 'out of the blue' as most people claim either, and just because Crowfeather was reminded of Feathertail's death when Leafpool was about to fall doesn't mean he loved her because just she reminded him of Feathertail. I don't really have a problem with CrowxFeather, I just like CrowxLeaf more.
There were plenty of hints in Dawn and Starlight that hint towards their feelings for each other even before Crowfeather saves Leafpool's life. Even Crowfeather Speaks: A Forbidden Love talks about his side of the relationship.
Feathertail understood me, and she listened to me. Her eyes were the clear blue of her river home. She died saving us all from Sharpclaw. After that, I only wanted to serve my Clan to the limits of my strength, and then to join Feathertail in StarClan.
But then I met Leafpaw, she was patient and kind. Her voice was like water flowing over pebbles, and her scent had hints of wildflowers in it.
What was happening to me? How could I fall in love with anyone—let alone a ThunderClan cat—let alone a ThunderClan medicine cat? I know the warrior code! I've always been a loyal WindClan cat. I knew that if I let myself fall for her, it could endanger my Clan. If my loyalties were divided, how could I be a true warrior? How could I defend WindClan against a ThunderClan attack, knowing that I might hurt her or someone Leafpaw loves?
And medicine cats are especially forbidden to fall in love. She cannot be thinking of me instead of her Clanmates—they depend on her too much. And StarClan might have trouble reaching her if her thoughts were all wound up in me. I knew they would be very angry with us. I wished I could fall in love with a WindClan she-cat—I wished I could feel this way without breaking the warrior code. But there is no WindClan cat like Leafpaw. I thought that when we reached the lake and went our separate ways I'd be able to forget her. But first she came to our camp to bring watermint to our sick cats, Morningflower and Darkfoot. And the way I felt when I saw her—it made me angry to realize how little I could control my feelings. Onewhisker asked me to escort her home. I went as fast as I could; if I spoke to her, my secret might come spilling out. As I left her camp, Leafpaw thanked me in this sweet, natural way, as if I hadn't been behaving like a badger with its fur clawed off. I had to get out of there before every cat could see what I was trying so hard to fight.
After Leafpaw found Moonpool, she brought me a message from Feathertail. She said I should stop greiving and open my eyes to the living. What did that mean? Could Feathertail have approved of my love for Leafpool? Wasn't she angry?
It was raining the night everything changed. Onewhisker was planning to travel to the Moonpool to receive his nine lives, I'd noticed Mudclaw's whispers and looks, but never thought he'd try anything so reckless as attack to Onewhisker—and bring other Clans to help him too!
As the battle was breaking up, Brambleclaw sent me chasing after two ShadowClan cats who made a run for it. We tore across the moors and into the ThunderClan woods. Branches whipped at my face, and rain sliced through my fur, but I ran on, determined to catch the traitors and punish them for all the wrongs done to my Clan.
I heard yowling ahead of me, and I crashed through some bushes, and there she was. The two ShadowClan warriors had fallen to their deaths, but Leafpaw was clinging desperately to the edge of a cliff, her claws scrabbling on the slick, wet rock. Her wild amber eyes met mine, and she called for help. I was frozen… All I could think of was how I had failed Feathertail, how she died because I couldn't save her.
But I could save Leafpaw. She brought me back. She helped me shake off memories as I reached forward and pulled her to safety. We lay there on the ground, gasping for breath, and I knew in that moment that I couldn't fight my feelings anymore. I loved Leafpaw, and I told her so.
From the look in her eyes I knew she felt the same way. She had everything I had been feeling—that this couldn't happen, that she was a medicine cat. But I could see her heart blazing in the depths of her eyes. I could see how much she cared for me too. I'd seen the same look in Feathertail's eyes… But this was different. This was more dangerous, more forbidden. There was a feeling like lightning prickling along my fur every time I look at Leafpaw. And now I knew she felt it too.
I decided at that moment that we would find a way to be together. The future was terrifying, but we would face it together… out pelts brushing, our tails twined. Our hearts in love forever
—Crowfeather Speaks pg 120-122 Secrets of the Clans
Leafpaw gazed down at where Crowfeather sat vigil. He was sitting with his head bowed beside the low mound of rocks that marked Feathertail's grave. Was she really with the Tribe of Endless Hunting rather than StarClan? Make her welcome, whoever you are, Leafpaw begged silently. She watched Crowfeather for a moment her heart aching for his loss.—Dawn pg 317-318
Leafpaw stopped halfway up the slope and turned to watch her sister and the rest of the patrol make their way down to the lake. From the tingling of her own fur, she could tell how excited Squirrelflight was, not just the prospect of exploring the new territory but because she was with the friends she had made to the sun-drown-place once more. For a few heartbeats Leafpaw felt almost breathless with envy, wishing she could have a bond that strong, based on the depth of trust and that many shared experiences, with another cat.
Her gaze was drawn to the lean, gray-black shape of Crowfeather. Of all the others he was the hardest to understand. Leafpaw wished she knew him better. He seemed the least willing to trust cats from another Clan, yet during the long journey through the mountains she had seen him put himself in danger over and over to help cats who weren't from WindClan. Leafpaw's pelt prickled, making her shiver from nose to tail. Something told her Crowfeather had an important path laid out by StarClan, but she had no idea where it might lead—nor was there any reason for StarClan to let her know the destiny of a cat from another Clan.
She jumped as something brushed her shoulder, and turned to see Cinderpelt gazing at her with wise blue eyes.
"Do you wish you were going with them?" the medicine cat asked.
Leafpaw hesitated. She was a medicine cat, not a warrior- her duties lay with her weak and exhausted Clan. So why did she feel a tug in her paws to follow the little patrol that was padding away along the line of the shore? Her mind flooded with an image of bounding after them and to walk alongside Crowfeather, who was bringing up the rear; she drew her breath in sharply, almost able to feel his dark pelt brush against hers as they picked their way over the tufts of boggy grass. —Starlight pg 34-35
Leafpaw turned to see Sorreltail bounding over to her.
"Was that Crowfeather?" she asked. "His tongue is always sharp as a fox's teeth. Is he giving you trouble? I'll sort him out for you." Her amber eyes gleamed in anticipation.
"No he's fine." Leafpaw touched her friend's shoulder with the tip of her tail.
Glancing back to where Crowfeather had disappeared in search of fresh-kill, she knew that wasn't entirely true. But she could not think of an herb that would heal his broken heart. —Starlight pg 112-113
Much as he ruffled her fur, Leafpaw couldn't help feeling that Onewhisker had been tough on Crowfeather.
"Let's just concentrate on helping Morningflower," she mewed. "We need to get some watermint down her."
She chewed up more of the leaves, and asked Crowfreather to hold Morningflower's jaws open while she pushed pulp into her mouth, praying that the old cat wouldn't vomit it up again. She flinched as Crowfeather's flank brushed hers, making her fur tingle like the air before a storm. He leaped back too, then stepped forward again without meeting her eyes, as if he were embarrassed.—Starlight pg 197
"Can I go then?" Crowfeather asked loudly.
"Oh, yes, yes." Barkface waved him away. "I can take over now."
Leafpaw watched him go, wondering why she was feeling disappointed.—Starlight pg 198-199
As Leafpaw looked on, the hollow place inside her grew bigger. She would never feel for another cat what Squirrelflight felt for Brambleclaw, or enjoy the closeness of a mate and kits. She had never doubted her decision to give her life to StarClan and tread the medicine cat's solitary path—but suddenly she couldn't help wondering if she was missing something.—Starlight pg 206
Leafpaw glanced at Crowfeather, wondering if she'd be able to talk to him first.
Cinderpelt's gaze followed hers. "Take care where your affections fall Leafpaw," she warned quietly, "Remember that you are a medicine cat."—Starlight pg 238
Worn out from moving rocks all afternoon, she shut her eyes.
Almost at once she found herself padding along the shore of the lake with starlight washing her paws. A few tail-lengths ahead, a lean gray-black shape was standing on a rock, gazing down into the glittering water. It was Crowfeather.
"Feathertail?" Leafpaw heard him murmur as she approached. "Feathertail, where are you?"
Leafpaw jumped onto the rock beside him, gently brushing her fur against his. When he turned to look at her, his eyes were brimming with sorrow.
"Feathertail is here, among the stars," she told him gently "She is always with you, Crowfeather watching over you."—Starlight pg 256
It makes sense that they would act hostile towards each other since Leafpool was a ThunderClan medicine cat, and Crowfeather was feeling guilty for loving another cat other than Feathertail. It's pretty obvious that Crowfeather still loves her, too. The Ultimate Guide even says that his heart still ached for Leafpool… not Feathertail.
CrowxFeather—While I do find it kind of cute, I just never saw it happening, mainly because Feathertail was too old for Crowpaw/feather. No, I'm not talking about actual, physical age, I'm talking about it in a mental way.
I mean, Feathertail had to grow up rather quickly: her mother died giving birth to her and her brother, RiverClan and ThunderClan nearly went to war for them, their father was exilled and rejoined ThunderClan, they were nearly killed for being half-Clan, RiverClan never fully trusted them, and Stonefur was killed defending them.
Prior to the Journey to Midnight, Crowpaw was just a regular apprentice and wanted to become a warrior. Not once did he ever have his loyalty qustioned until he met Leafpool and attempted to run away with her.
IMO, Leafpool is a better match for him.
Opinions on the Warrior Cats: Other Topics
How Was Silverstream The Better Mate?—Okay, so just how was Silverstream a better mate to Graystripe than Millie? No, scratch that—how was she a good mate? I mean, sure she saved his life, but so did Millie, who was willing to give up her being a kittypet for him. Silverstream wouldn't have done this, as basically proven in Forest of Secrets.
Graystripe looked ready to burst out of his skin. "Fireheart," he whispered, "Silverstream is going to have my kits!"
His heart thudding, Fireheart looked from Graystripe to Silverstream. She quivered with happiness, her green eyes glowing with pride. "Your kits?" his voice echoed with alarm. "Are you both out of your minds? This is disastrous!"
Graystripe blinked and would not meet his friends eyes. "Not necessarily. I mean, these kits will join us together forever."
"But you come from different Clans!" Fireheart protested. From the uneasiness in Graystripe's expression, he guessed that his friend knew very well what difficulties the kits would cause. "You can't ever claim these kits as your own, Graystripe. And Silverstream," he added, turning toward the RiverClan cat, "you won't be able to tell anyone in your Clan who the father is."
"I don't care," Silverstream insisted, giving her chest fur a quick lick. " I'll know that's what matters."
Graystripe looked as if he wasn't to sure of that. "It's stupid that they can't know," he murmured. "We haven't done anything to be ashamed of." He pressed himself against Silverstream's flank and shot Fireheart a helpless glance.
pgs 142-143 Forest of Secrets
"Its time we were going. It must be sunhigh. They'll miss us back at camp."
Graystripe touched his nose to Silverstream's. "Fireheart's right," he murmured. "We must go. And don't worry," he added. "They'll be the most beautiful kits in the forest."
Silverstream's eyes narrowed with affection, and her voice came in a deep purr. "I know we'll find a way to get them through this."
Pg 144 Forest of Secrets
Really, if Silverstream had lived and had actually stayed in camp like she was supposed to, then she would have raised Stormkit and Featherkit herself and Graystripe wouldn't have had moved to RiverClan. Aside from his kits, he was miserable there! His loyalties still and always would lie with ThunderClan.
Also, in Fire and Ice, both Graystripe and Silverstream were under the belief that Silverstream would actually be able to protect them just because she was Crookedstar's daughter.
"Graystripe!" Fireheart hissed as he sprang from the bushes.
The two cats spun around to face him, Silverstream's ears flattened angrily. Graystripe just stared at him startled. "You followed me!"
Fireheart ignored his stunned meow. "What are you doing? Don't you know how dangerous this is?"
Silverstream spoke up. "Its okay. There won't be a patrol here until after sunset."
"You can be sure of that,can you? As if you know all of your Clan's movements!" Fireheart growled
Silverstream lifted her chin. "Actually I do. My father is Crookedstar, the leader of RiverClan."
—pg 155 Fire and Ice
They seriously thought they wouldn't get discovered and hoped that none of the patrols from either of their Clans saw them. What if they met in battle and had to fight each other? Which reminds me:
A blow on the back of his head knocked Fireheart off balance. He staged and turned to see Stonefur. The RiverClan warrior was preparing to aim another swipe. Fireheart ducked out of the way and shoved Stonefur straight into Whitestom. The ThunderClan cat whipped around and grasped Stonefur by the scruff of his neck. Fireheart tried to dart forward and help the white-furred warrior, but claws held him back, digging into his haunches. He twisted to see who it was and glimpsed gray fur. It was Silverstream.
The she-cat's face was twisted with battle rage as she reared up at him. Blood was dripping into her eyes, and Fireheart could tell that she hadn't recognized him. She drew back a paw and he saw her long claws flash as he prepared to swipe him. As Fireheart screwed up his eyes, bracing himself for the blow, he heard an achingly familiar yowl. "Silverstream! No!"
Graystripe, thought Fireheart.
Silverstream hesitated, shook her head, and recognized Fireheart with a muted gasp. She dropped back down to all fours, her eyes wide with shock.
Fireheart reacted instinctively, his blood aflame with battle. Without thinking, he leaped onto the back of the RiverClan she-cat and pinned her to the ground. She didn't struggle as he drew back his head and prepared to give her a vicious bite on her shoulder.But as Fireheart raised his head he felt Graystripe's eyes boring into him. The gray warrior was watching in horror from the edge of th battle.
The look of pain and disbelief in his friend's eyes brought Fireheart back to his senses. He stopped, sheathed his claws, and loosened his grip on Silverstream. The she-cat slipped away from him and disappeared into the surrounding gorse. Fireheart stared, still in shock, as Graystripe raced after her.
—pgs 305-307 Fire and Ice
"Is she [Silverstream] okay?" Fireheart asked under his breath.
"Yes," whispered Graystripe. "And thanks for letting her go."
Fireheart blinked. "I'm glad she wasn't hurt," he meowed.
Graystripe held his gaze for a moment, then meowed, "Fireheart, you were right. The battle wasn't easy. It felt like I was fighting Silverstream's Clanmates, not enemy warriors." He lowered his eyes, ashamed. "But I still can't seem to give her up."
—pgs 316-317 Fire and Ice
Seriously, they couldn't even fight each other's Clanmates!
Here are a few more quotes that prove they didn't think about the consequences.
"It doesn't matter what Silverstream thinks! What about your loyalty to ThunderClan?" he [Fireheart] demanded. "Your breaking the Clan code by seeing her!"
Graystripe stopped washing. "You think I don't know that?" he hissed. "Do you doubt my loyalty to ThunderClan?"
"What else can I think? You can't see her without lying to the Clan. And what if we have a battle with RiverClan? Have you thought about that?"
"You worry too much." Graystripe snapped. "It won't come to that. Now that Brokenstar's gone and WindClan's back, the Clans will be at peace."
"RiverClan doesn't seem to be acting peacefully," Fireheart pointed out. "You know they've been hunting on Sunningrocks, in our territory."
"They've been hunting on Sunningrocks since before I was kitted," scoffed Graystripe, twisting to was the base of his tail.
Fireheart carried on pacing. Graystripe just didn't seem to understand what he was doing. " Okay what if a RiverClan Patrol catches you?"
"Silverstream won't let that happen," answered Graystripe between long licks along his bushy tail.
—pg 157 Fire and Ice
Silverstream bristled "I won't let anything bad happen to Graystripe!"
"Oh really?" Fireheart snorted. "And what could you do to protect him?"
"I'm a Clan leader's daughter," meowed Silverstream
"Does that give you the power to control your father's warriors? You're hardly more than an apprentice!"
"Like you!" she hissed indignantly.
"Yes that's true," Fireheart admitted " And that's why I'm not sure I could protect Graystripe from the anger of his own Clan or yours if they find out your seeing each other."
—pg 163 Fire and Ice
And then there's this:
"Whatever problems your Clan has, you still have to stop seeing Graystripe."
"No," answered Silverstream, lifting her chin. Her eyes flashed. "How can our love do any harm?"
—pg 165 Fire and Ice
Let's see… the relationship caused them to lie to their Clans, caused Fireheart and Mistyfoot to also lie to their Clans, Graystripe neglected his warrior and mentor duties, Silverstream died giving birth, their kits nearly caused a war and were also nearly killed as apprentices for being half-Clan, and Stonefur was killed defending them.
Seriously, the only good thing that came out of their relationship were Stormfur and Feathertail.
Oh, and another thing, it was NEVER confirmed who Graystripe will choose in StarClan, though Kate said on her Twitter that she only BELIEVED that he would choose Silverstream.
If Graystripe does go back to Silverstream when he gets to StarClan, then he's a huge jerk! I mean, why have kits with another cat if you're just gonna go back to your first love anyway!? And if he does go back to her without at least talking to Millie about it first, then I'll only dislike him even more.
Leafstar and SkyClan—So, why the hate? Is it because Leafstar's 'bad at names'? Because names like Bouncefire, Rockshade, Tinycloud, Plumwillow, Nettlesplash, Rabbitleap, Creekfeather, Mintfur, Waspwhisker, Fallowfern, Lichenfur, Shrewtooth, and Ebonyclaw are all names that would fit in with the other Clans. Even Snookthorn would fit since a snook is a type of fish and also a type of bush.
Echosong was the one who gave Frecklewish her full medicine cat name, Harrykit was named after Harry—who helped Leafstar get back to her Clan—before he revealed himself to be named Sol, and how would Leafstar even know whether to use 'moon' in a name or not?
The names of the daylight warriors are bad kinda intentionally. It shows that SkyClan is still very much improving and it will take time for them to become a real Clan again, especially since the last time we saw them was in the SkyClan and the Stranger arc.
Is it because Leafstar had kits? It's not like it's against the warrior code, and it can happen, it's just really uncommon and makes leading difficult, as stated by Vicky herself.
Question: Can a female leader have kits?
Answer: VickyHolmes: She could, but it would make leading the Clan even more difficult, and I can imagine some of the more traditional cats would make a bit of a fuss. —Erin Hunter Chat 4
Speaking of which, is it because SkyClan have broken the warrior code? Because last time I checked, so have the other Clans! Why is this an issue now?
1. Many cats have broken this one, even if they were only meeting each other as friends or never became mates at all:
Appledusk and Mapleshade
Reedfeather and Fallowtail
Oakheart and Bluestar
Graystripe and Silverstream
Crowpaw and Feathertail
Crowfeather and Leafpaw/pool
Lionpaw and Heatherpaw
Tigerheart and Dovepaw/wing
It's also been broken by pretty much every cat in the Dark Forest (and Ashfur).
2. ShadowClan trespassed on WindClan land, WindClan trespassed on both RiverClan land in Midnight and stole prey from them, and also from ThunderClan land in Dark River and Eclipse.
3. Longtail and Darkstripe broke this one, resulting in Poppydawn's death, and Firepaw also broke this one by feeding a weakened Yellowfang. He also did this with Graystripe when they hunted for RiverClan.
4. Tigerstar broke this by bulding the Bone Hill.
5. Brokenstar broke this one by sending kits into battle and training them early. Bluestar also broke this one when she apprenticed Brackenpaw and Cinderpaw one or two moons earlier than usual.
6. Squirrelflight didn't sit vigil when she was made a warrior, though this one is actually understandable since they had no camp then.
7. This was broken when Brambleclaw was named deputy even if StarClan did send a sign, and by Leopardstar when Hawkfrost was named deputy when Mistyfoot disappeared.
8. Tallstar named Onewhisker deputy without a proper ceremony.
9. Bluestar waited too long to appoint a new deputy after Tigerclaw's banishment, as did Firestar when Graystripe disappeared.
10. This was broken many times by the Clans when they fought at Gatherings.
11. This was broken by ShadowClan when they stopped patrolling their borders.
12. Russetfur and her patrol broke this one when they refused to helped Berrykit out of that fox trap, and by Tigerpaw when he attacked Tiny.
13. Fireheart refused to let Bluestar attack WindClan and told them about it.
14. Brokenstar, Tigerstar, Hawkheart, Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Clawface all killed to fight their own battles.
15. Cloudpaw broke this one by taking kittypet food, and it was also broken by Hollowpaw and Rushpaw when they were looking for kittypet food in Mistystar's Omen.
The medicine cat code was broken by both Yellowfang and Leafpool.
The daylight warriors have only broken Code 15, which is one of the youngest ones since it's only been around since Bluestar herself was a young warrior, meaning that the Clans have survived countless moons without it. And it was made because a leader stepped down to become a kittypet, NOT because a kittypet wanted to join a Clan, even though this was actually SUGGESTED but DENIED as being a part of the code.
Of course they would have to make tweaks to the code considering that they are the ONLY Clan in the area and they mostly just have to worry about rogues, loners, and the occasional flooding.
Is it because the daylight warriors refuse to become full-time members of the Clan? It actually makes sense that they wouldn't, at least not right away since most of them have no reason to do so right away, like with Daisy and Millie, and have been with their Twolegs for quite some time, unlike with Rusty, but it looks like they're finally beginning to realize what it really means to be a warrior; Billystorm is now a full-time member, Harveymoon will most likely be next because of his crush on Mintfur, Ebonyclaw seems to really be enjoying the life of a warrior and seems to be the most dedicated, and once she realizes the true importance of becoming a medicine cat, Frecklewish will more than likely join SkyClan permanently. I'm not sure about Macgyver, though.
Even Leafstar herself said that the reason she has allowed for this to happen is because since their Clan is so small, giving the daylight-warriors a chance to experience the life of a warrior may just increase their numbers, which has already started to happen.