List of characters in the Warriors novel series

This is a list of all characters in the "Warriors" novel series by Erin Hunter. Due to the large amount of characters present in the novel series, the list is divided by Clan; i.e. all characters belonging to ThunderClan will be listed first, along with the respective series they have appeared in: "Original", "The New Prophecy", or "Power of Three".

Note on Naming Conventions
Many of the characters in the "Warriors" novel series undergo a number of name changes. In most cases a character is given an individual "first" name by their mother upon birth, based on a particular physical or behavioral trait such as fur or eye color (Cinder, Ash, Fire, Gray), limb length (Spider, Long), or resemblance to another animal (Hawk, Jay, Squirrel). The first name serves as the first half of the character's name, to be followed by a "suffix" name based on the character's position within the Clan. Kittens are given the suffix of '-kit', while apprentices are given '-paw' (i.e. Hollykit, Jaypaw, etc.). When the character reaches Warrior status, the Clan leader selects a new suffix name for them based on another trait such as personality (-heart), appearance (-fur, -pelt, -claw, -stripe, -face, -nose), or more recently, environmental condition or location (-pool, -shine, -frost, -blaze). All Clan leaders take the suffix '-star'.

Characters not belonging to the five "original" Clans (ThunderClan, RiverClan, WindClan, ShadowClan, and SkyClan) typically do not follow a standard naming structure and do not have suffix names. Additionally, the Tribe of Rushing Water follows its own naming convention, which is detailed below. All characters who have undergone name changes will be listed under their current (as of "") names.

ThunderClan

ThunderClan is the "main clan" of the "Warriors" series, as all three series' protagonists are ThunderClan cats. During the Original series ThunderClan resides in the forest, sandwiched between RiverClan and ShadowClan on either side. They share very little territory borders with WindClan, and as such most of the trouble ThunderClan is forced to deal with originates either from RiverClan or ShadowClan. ThunderClan cats are accustomed to stalking through the thick underbrush of the forest, and are the sole users of the "hunter's crouch", a stalking technique used to hunt most forest-borne prey. Their main diet includes mice, voles, squirrels, thrushes and magpies.

ThunderClan, along with the other Clans, undergoes a dramatic shift in territory during the course of the "New Prophecy" series. During the time that Brambleclaw, Squirrelflight and the others are on their journey, much of ThunderClan's territory is destroyed as the twolegs procede with their deforestation of the area. Eventually ThunderClan and the other Clans are able to relocate to the lake territory, the ThunderClan camp of which is set in an abandoned quarry. The camp is protected by high walls of stone, but the surrounding territory is similar to the forest in which ThunderClan previously inhabited. As such, their sources of prey remains largely unchanged from the "Original" series. Like many of the other Clans, ThunderClan's role is largely undefined in this series, due to the drastic changes all Clans are forced to undergo and adapt to.

"Original Series"

The Original series covers events in the story from "Into the Wild" to "The Darkest Hour". Many characters mentioned here were introduced in the Original series, but play minor or significant roles in "The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three" series as well.

Bluestar

Bluestar, a blue-gray she-cat with blue eyes, is the leader of ThunderClan during most of the "Original" series. She is responsible for bringing Firestar into ThunderClan, a decision prompted by the alarmingly low number of warriors in her Clan. Bluestar serves as Firestar's mentor during his apprenticeship after a while where Firestar is mentored by the senior warriors and eventually appoints him as her deputy after Tigerstar's exile. She is known as a strong, calm leader who rules over her Clan with a firm but fair paw.

Bluestar fell in love with Oakheart, a RiverClan warrior, during her days as a warrior (when she was named Bluefur, as seen in "The Rise of Scourge") and bore his kits. Out of her concern to the Clan, she became Clan leader, she secretly gave the kits to him to be raised in RiverClan. She is able to suppress her feelings regarding her decision until Firestar, seeking to uncover the truth about Tigerstar's deception, causes the issue to be reopened. Her feelings of regret, combined with the shock of discovering her trusted deputy's plan to kill her, cause Bluestar to sink into a manic depression. She remains in this condition throughout the events of "Rising Storm" and "A Dangerous Path", which worsens when the forest fire destroys the ThunderClan camp. She refuses to trust any of her warriors except Fireheart, and declares war on StarClan for dooming her Clan. Her faith is restored in the final moments of "A Dangerous Path", when in a dramatic scene she jumps onto the leader of the pack of dogs, causing them to fall over the cliff and into the river. She dies shortly afterward, confiding in Fireheart that he truly was the "fire" that saved the clan.

Bluestar retains an authoritative role in StarClan during the events of "The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three" series. She chooses Brambleclaw as Thunderclan's representative to make the journey to the sun-down-place (the sea) in "Midnight".

She has two children, Mistyfoot and Stonefur, in RiverClan, and is mentioned in "Cats of the Clans" as having a third, Mosskit, who died young. Currently Mistyfoot is the deputy of RiverClan, while Stonefur was killed in "The Darkest Hour" by the will of Tigerstar. Bluestar was mentored by Stonepelt, who is dead by the time of the Original series. After Lionheart's death, she mentors Firestar after a time (see above). She has also mentored Runningwind and Frostfur. Her mother was known as Moonflower, and she had a sister named Snowfur as well. Whitestorm is Snowfur's son, thus making him Bluestar's nephew.

Firestar

Firestar, a ginger tom with green eyes, is the main protagonist of the Original series. Initially a house cat named Rusty, he often dreamt of hunting for his own prey in the forest beyond his owner's house. Rusty joins ThunderClan after encountering Bluestar, ThunderClan's leader, and is initially established as an apprentice, being renamed Firepaw after his "flame-colored pelt." Throughout the series, Firepaw gains respect within the Clan and is eventually promoted to a full warrior (Fireheart), deputy, and finally, Clan leader (Firestar). Firestar was mentored by Bluestar, and has mentored three apprentices himself: Cinderpelt (later became medicine cat apprentice to Yellowfang), Cloudtail and Brambleclaw. Cloudkit is the son of his kittypet sister, Princess. Firestar met Princess when she was heavily pregnant in "Fire and Ice". When her kits were born, she let Firestar take Cloudkit with him to ThunderClan. Bluestar was the one to name him Cloudkit.

Firestar is typically known as a perfect character in the series. He does not possess any significant character flaws and is fully committed to the warrior code. Firestar is fiercely loyal not only to his Clan, but also to his many friends and allies that he meets along the way, regardless of their affiliation. He repects the rules of his superiors, but also has the insight to look beyond them in order to properly judge a questionable situation. As a result, he often breaks the traditional rules of the clan (a trend started by his very inclusion into the Clan, being of kittypet origins) in order to help his friends or to rectify a situation he believes to be right. He protected his friend, Graystripe, from suspicion from the other cats when Graystripe snuck out at night to meet with Silverstream. When Bluestar declared war on WindClan for allegedly stealing prey, Firestar snuck out of camp and secretly negotiated a meeting of peace with WindClan's leader, Tallstar. Firestar is primarily responsible, along with his friend Graystripe, for several feats that have ensured the well-being of all the clans, such as retrieving WindClan after they were driven out of their camp, and hunting prey for RiverClan when they were trapped in a flood. He led all four clans against the ranks of BloodClan as LionClan in "The Darkest Hour" and killed their leader, Scourge, thus effectively saving the entire forest.

Firestar maintains a minor prescence in subsequent series, "The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three", as the ever-present leader of ThunderClan. Additionally, in between the "Original" series and "The New Prophecy", he travels north with his mate, Sandstorm, in order to reunite the lost and scattered descendants of SkyClan in "Firestar's Quest".

He has two daughters, Leafpool and Squirrelflight, both of whom have leading roles in "The New Prophecy" series. His grandchildren, Jaypaw, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze, are the main characters of the "Power of Three" series. The mother and father of his grand-kits are Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, although it has been rumored that at least one of the kits are secretly Leafpool and Crowfeather's.

Recently it has been revealed that Firestar is Scourge's half-brother through his father.

Graystripe

Graystripe, a solid long-haired gray tom with amber eyes, is Firestar's first and best friend in ThunderClan. He meets Firestar, known as Rusty at the time, in the forest close to Rusty's kittypet home and proceeds to attack him as if he were any other intruder. When Rusty joins ThunderClan as Firepaw, the two become great friends and often train, eat and sleep together. Graystripe's mentor was Lionheart, who was killed in "Into the Wild". Since then he has been a mentor to Brackenfur.

Shortly after being promoted to a full warrior, Graystripe falls in love with a RiverClan she-cat, Silverstream, and starts to sneak out of camp to meet her. His friendship with Fireheart is strained due to Fireheart's need to cover for him while he is away, and for a short time the two quirrel with each other. Eventually Graystripe is able to settle his issues with Fireheart, and their friendship continues. In the end of the original series, he became ThunderClan's deputy.

Graystripe is a friendly, hearty character. He often makes quips or jokes in order to provide relief to a tense situation, but is able to focus himself during battles and concentrate on the objective at hand. Graystripe often fights among the hardest of any cats during a battle, and is able to use his large weight to a great advantage. He usually returns from a battle with several wounds, having fought beyond the normal threshold of an ordinary cat and refusing to run. He does not have any qualms about killing hated enemies of the Clan, and is responsible for the deaths of Clawface and Darkstripe, among others.

Graystripe has lived in more locations than any other cat in the series. When Silverstream died bearing his kits, Graystripe went to live with them in RiverClan for a while. He returned to ThunderClan in "A Dangerous Path". In "Dawn" of "The New Prophecy" series, Graystripe was captured by twolegs and lived as a kittypet for a time, which is described in further detail in ("The Lost Warrior") manga series. He finally returned to ThunderClan, now relocated to the lake territory, in "The Sight" of the "Power of Three" series, along with his new mate, Millie, whom he met while living as a kittypet.

He had two children with Silverstream, Feathertail and Stormfur. Both are prominent characters in "The New Prophecy" series, while Stormfur maintains a minor role in the "Power of Three" series. Feathertail was killed in "Moonrise". Currently his new mate, Millie, has recently given birth to three kits of her own, Brairkit, Bumblekit, and Blossomkit. Graystripe's original mentor was Lionheart, who was killed in "Into the Wild". Since then he has been a mentor to Brackenfur.

Brackenfur

Brackenfur, a golden brown tabby tom, is a ThunderClan warrior first introduced in "Forest of Secrets". He is the brother of Cinderpelt, and together they train as apprentices under Firestar and Graystripe. Firestar often took over his training when Graystripe left the camp to meet with Silverstream. Upon becoming a warrior, Brackenfur becomes a regular favorite choice for patrols and battles and remains quite popular in the Clan during the "Original" and subsequent series.

Brackenfur is quiet, reserved and thoughtful, a trait which easily differentiates him from his overenthusiastic sister, prior to her becoming a medicine cat. He is never too quick to make a decision and is often given a great amount of trust by other cats regarding certain plans. As Brackenfur has never been involved in a morally flawed situation, he could be considered something of a "perfect character" similar to Firestar. He is greatly respected and liked throughout the Clan, and additionally is an excellent fighter, which allows him to be present in most battles throughout the series.

In the Power of Three series, Brackenfur takes Sorreltail as a mate, and has four kits with her: Molepaw, Poppyfrost, Honeyfern, and Cinderheart, later revealed to be the reincarnation of Cinderpelt, his sister. This obviously confuses certain family relationships, but the significance of this event has not been touched upon thus far. Brackenfur is currently mentoring Hollyleaf. He has also mentored Tawnypelt (temporarily; due to her leaving the Clan) and Whitewing.

Brightheart

Brightheart, a white she-cat with ginger patches, is a ThunderClan warrior introduced in "Forest of Secrets". Brightheart was an apprentice (Brightpaw) for an unusually long period, along with her fellow apprentices Cloudpaw, Thornpaw, and Swiftpaw due to Bluestar's refusal to trust her warriors following Tigerstar's exile. Brightpaw develops a strong friendship with Cloudpaw, and is the first to congratulate him during his promotion (received due just to being Fireheart's apprentice) despite the other apprentices feeling jealous and angry. She eventually joins an expedition lead by Swiftpaw into the lair of the dog pack during "A Dangerous Path" in an attempt to become a warrior, which results in her being seriously injured as well as Swiftpaw's death.

Half of Brightheart's face is disfigured due to her injuries, including a missing eye and a scarred ear. These features cause Bluestar to give her the warrior name of Lostface, which Firestar soon rectifies when he becomes leader. Though initially discouraged by her injuries, Brightheart is soon able to develop, with the help of Cloudtail, a system of fighting that makes use of her one-sided vision, making her as effective at fighting as any other warrior. When not in battle, Brightheart is a kind and warmhearted friend to many warriors in the Clan. She adopts the duties of an unoffical medicine cat during the later half of "The New Prophecy" series, becoming an object of Leafpool's jealousy, but quickly returns to being a warrior after Leafpool becomes ThunderClan's main medicine cat.

Brightheart was apprenticed by Whitestorm and has since taken Jaypaw as an apprentice, although this was only temporary due to Jaypaw later taking the role of medicine cat. She appears to have been hurt by this, likely due to her being desperate to prove to herself and the Clan that she can still function as a normal warrior. Despite Jaypaw's prickly attitude towards her during his apprenticeship, he is able to sense her feelings and is sympathetically warmer towards her upon becoming a medicine cat. Her mother is Frostfur, which makes her the sister of Thornclaw, Cinderpelt, and Brackenfur (though the later two were from an earlier litter). She and her mate, Cloudtail, have one daughter, Whitewing.

Cinderpelt

Cinderpelt, a gray she-cat with blue eyes, is ThunderClan's medicine cat for a large part of the "Original" and "The New Prophecy" series. Originally she trains to be a warrior as an apprentice under Firestar's mentoring, but she is critically injured by a car when she stumbles into a trap laid by Tigerstar. Soon after she begins training as a medicine cat apprentice under Yellowfang.

Cinderpelt is one of Firestar's closest friends throughout the series, and remains his trusted advisor whenever he needs spiritual guidance. Initially overexcited and bouncy, she often overwhelms Firestar as an apprentice and frequently dashes off on her own. After she begins training as a medicine cat, her personality greatly matures and she appears to possess the wisdom of a much older cat. She was in love with Firestar, though Firestar himself never realizes this and Cinderpelt never tells him.cite web|url=http://www.wandsandworlds.com/community/node/881|title=Erin Hunter Chat #3 Transcript - part 1|work=Wands and Worlds|accessdate=2008-03-19] Though she always wanted to be a warrior, she accepts her new destiny and dedicates her life to becoming a legendary medicine cat. She is killed in "Twilight" of "The New Prophecy" series while defending Sorreltail in the nursery while she is having her kits from a marauding badger.

StarClan had originally destined Cinderpelt to be a warrior, but they did not plan on her being caught in Tigerstar's trap on the Thunderpath. As a test of her loyalty, StarClan told Cinderpelt of her impending death before it happened, a secret which Cinderpelt kept hidden even when her apprentice, Leafpool, pledged to leave the Clan. As a reward, Cinderpelt was reincarnated after her death into Cinderheart in the "Power of Three" series. Hunter, Erin. (2008) "Cats of the Clans". 91pp. ] Cinderheart herself is not aware of this consciously, however she unknowingly exhibits behaviors and insights similar to that of the old medicine cat. The implications of this "second life", as well as Cinderpelt's true destiny, have yet to be realized.

Cinderpelt was mentored by Yellowfang, and mentored Leafpool as her successor. Her mother is Frostfur, which makes Thornclaw and Brightheart her siblings. Her brother, Brackenfur, is the father of Cinderheart, a situation which is slightly confusing given Cinderpelt's reincarnation. This would imply, then, that Cinderpelt's brother is now her father, though the new Cinderheart is still very much an individual cat in her own right.

Cloudtail

Cloudtail, a long-furred white tom, is a ThunderClan warrior introduced in "Fire and Ice". He is the son of Princess, Firestar's kittypet sister, and is thus Firestar's nephew. Upon learning that her kits are to be given away by her twoleg owners, Princess gives Cloudkit, her eldest, to Firestar as a kit because she wanted him to be a hero, like Firestar is. Initially Cloudkit is rejected by many members of ThunderClan, including Bluestar herself, because of the Clan's reluctance to admit yet another kittypet into its ranks.

Cloudtail grows up as an arrogant, loudmouthed apprentice who often refuses to listen to his mentor, Firestar. He is quite slow to understand the warrior code and often takes selfish actions that benefit himself and not the Clan. His loyalty to the Clan is finally established when, after sneaking off to solicit food from twolegs, he is captured and taken to a suburb on the other side of WindClan near Barley's farm. Firestar and Sandstorm rescue him with Ravenpaw's help. This event serves to firmly cement Cloudtail's place in the Clan, and he behaves in a much more mature manner towards his Clan thereafter.

Despite becoming a loyal warrior, Cloudtail has retained much of his attitude and is one of the more aggressive cats in the Clan; he is consistently known for his sharp tongue and is often one of the first cats to jump at the prospect of a fight. Cloudtail does not believe in StarClan, making him one of two cats in the series to do so (the other being Mothwing). He does show a significantly softer side when dealing with his mate, Brightheart, however. Cloudtail is primarily responsible for training Brightheart to be able to fight effectively despite her injuries. His personality taken aside, Cloudtail is friendly to most cats (provided they are not from another Clan). He is one of the best climbers and has the best tracking ability in the Clan.

Cloudtail has one daughter, Whitewing. Being Firestar's nephew, he also shares kinship with all of Firestar's direct line, including Leafpool, Squirrelflight, Jaypaw, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze. During the second half of "The New Prophecy" series he shows a brief interest in Daisy, a horseplace cat, though his interest in her is not because of any feelings of his own; he mentors her because of his defensiveness of his kittypet roots. He is unaware of the fact that Daisy is in love with him, but once he realizes he is hurting Brightheart, he resolves to stop spending time with Daisy.

Darkstripe

Darkstripe, a sleek black and gray tom, is a warrior in ThunderClan during the entirety of the "Original" series. He is a rude, unpleasant cat who maintains a highly negative opinion of Firestar thoughout the series. He is a close friend and supporter of Tigerstar, and as such is fiercely loyal to Tigerstar's ambitions despite their implications. Darkstripe routinely voices his negative opinions at clan meetings, refusing to trust Firestar due to his kittypet origins and mocking any cat who thinks otherwise.

When Tigerstar is exiled from ThunderClan in "Forest of Secrets", Darkstripe voices his disappointment that Tigerstar didn't include him in his plan to kill Bluestar. It is interesting to note that he did not appear to have a problem with Tigerstar's plan itself, but rather that he wasn't allowed to be a part of it. Darkstripe's lonely path of a devoted follower continues to reduce his popularity in the clan, and in "A Dangerous Path" he begins secretly plotting with Tigerstar across the border in order to bring the dogs upon the camp and save only his children, Bramblekit and Tawnykit, from the ensuing chaos. After this fails, he attempts to kill Sorrelkit with deathberries when she discovers his meetings with Blackfoot, Tigerstar's deputy, and he is exiled from the clan. Darkstripe immediately runs to Tigerstar's side and he killed one of Bluestar's children; Stonefur, but when Tigerstar is killed by Scourge, Darkstripe is left completely alone. His resulting madness culminates in the battle with BloodClan during "The Darkest Hour", when he forsakes all loyalty to any clan and desparately attempts to kill Firestar himself. He is killed, finally, by Graystripe.

Darkstripe has mentored Longtail, Dustpelt and Ferncloud, although his mentorship of Ferncloud was revoked when he was exiled from the clan. His other relationships are unknown, and it can be implied from his personality that hardly any cat liked him very much. He is shown during the later half of "The New Prophecy" series to be walking the same place as Tigerstar, known as the Dark Forest.cite web|url=http://www.wandsandworlds.com/community/node/881|title=Erin Hunter Chat #3 Transcript - part 1|work=Wands and Worlds|accessdate=2008-03-19]

Dustpelt

Dustpelt, a dark brown tabby, is a ThunderClan warrior introduced in "Into the Wild". He is aprroximatly three moons older than Firestar, and has recently been made an apprentice when Firestar initially joins the clan. He and Sandstorm often bully Firestar during his apprenticeship and clearly resent his kittypet origins; however, this becomes less important as the story progresses. Dustpelt favors Sandstorm, but their relationship is strained when Sandstorm begins to fall in love with Firestar and he feels rejected. Despite this, Dustpelt possesses a high strength of character and is able to move on. Originally an ally and strong supporter of Tigerstar, Dustpelt was horrified to discover that Tigerstar killed his beloved mentor, Redtail, and publicly rejected him in front of the clan when Tigerstar was exiled.

Though usually depicted as a grudging ally of Firestar throughout all three series, Dustpelt's loyalty to his clan (and therefore, its kittypet leader) is of absolute importance to him and he is a highly valued warrior as a result. Dustpelt is a skilled fighter, and is present in most attack parties described in the series. He is also a warm and dedicated father, having experienced the deaths of three of his kits, and makes sure to maintain a strong presence in both his kit's lives and that of his mate, Ferncloud.

Dustpelt's kits, both living and dead, include Hollykit, Larchkit, Foxpaw, Icepaw, Shrewpaw, Birchfall, and Spiderleg. His grandkits, Toadkit and Rosekit, have been fathered by Spiderleg and his mate Daisy. Through the course of the series Dustpelt has mentored Squirrelflight, Ashfur, and Hazeltail.

Longtail

Longtail, a pale tom with black stripes is a recurring ThunderClan warrior introduced in "Into the Wild". He is the first to challenge Firestar due to his kittypet origins, and fights him when he first arrives in the clan. This results in Firestar's collar being ripped off, which is then taken as a sign that he will be accepted into the clan. Longtail maintains a grudge against Firestar for much of the series, not only because Firestar defeated him, but also because he is a strong supporter of Tigerstar, Firestar's chief rival.

Longtail's attitude slowly matures over the course of the series, and he develops an eventual respect for Firestar as a result of his repeatedly demonstrated courage, something Longtail lacks. He revokes his allegiance with Tigerstar after his exile, and sets himself toward becoming a respected warrior withing the clan. His loyalty is furthur proven when he volenteered to be bait for Tigerstar's vicious dog pack. While he still resents Firestar to some degree, he realizes his clan's safety is far more important and warns him of Tigerstar's dark schemes from across the border as well as Darkstripe's misplaced loyalty during "Rising Storm" and "A Dangerous Path". Longtail eventually fights alongside Firestar against Darkstripe and BloodClan during the events of "The Darkest Hour", having finally found his true place within the clan as well as Firestar's respect.

Almost ironically, Longtail is blinded shortly thereafter by a rabbit's claws. He remains in the clan as an elder throughout "The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three" series, despite being only slightly older than Firestar. He was mentored by Darkstripe and he has mentored Swiftpaw and Ferncloud.

Mousefur

Mousefur, a small dusky brown she-cat, is a ThunderClan warrior introduced in "Into the Wild". She is a respected warrior in the Clan and is known for having a fierce personality, similar to Cloudtail and Speckletail. Mousefur was one of the cats who volenteered to be bait for the dog pack. Mousefur is usually friendly to Firestar, but has been known to change her attitude towards him depending on the situation. Mousefur is often among any group of cats voicing a counter-opinion to a major decision, forcing the Clan to look at an issue from an opposite perspective. Despite her many arguments and aggressive pride, however, she usually ends up agreeing with the correct choice in a given situation.

Mousefur's age causes her to join the elders during "Power of Three" series, where she currently remains. Since then she has fallen ill a number of times, most recently catching greencough and forcing Jaypaw to experience his first medical epidemic as a medicine cat in "The Sight". Mousefur and Longtail have become unlikely friends due to their sharing of the elders' den, and often playfully bicker back and forth.

Mousefur has a brother, Runningwind, and has been a mentor to Thornclaw and Spiderleg.

Ravenpaw

Ravenpaw, a sleek black tom, is a ThunderClan apprentice introduced in "Into the Wild". After Firestar's introduction to the forest, he trains along with Graystripe and Ravenpaw and the three become good friends. Ravenpaw is nervous and shy around his Clanmates, largely due to the fact that his mentor, Tigerstar, treats him harshly and often belittles him in front of the other warriors. This due to the fact that Ravenpaw witnessed Tigerstar murdering Redtail, the former ThunderClan deputy, and was ordered to keep quiet about it. Eventually Tigerstar decides that Ravenpaw's storytelling abilities are too dangerous, and plots to have him killed to preserve his secret. Firestar discovers this, and along with Graystripe escorts Ravenpaw across the WindClan border to shelter in Barley's barn, while telling the rest of the Clan that he is dead.

Following his exodus, Ravenpaw seems to greatly enjoy his new life with Barley. He loses his old nervousness and becomes much more confident and outgoing, while retaining a loyal debt of gratitude towards his former Clanmates. His situation reflects an interesting motif present throughout the series: while some outsiders such as kittypets appear to have been born to live in a Clan, there are also Clan-born cats whose destinies lie elsewhere. Ravenpaw returns at various times throughout the series to lend assistance or shelter to cats traveling across his territory, most notably helping to comfort the entirety of the forest Clans during their relocation in "Dawn" of "The New Prophecy" series. Ravenpaw also assists Firestar and Graystripe in retrieving Graystripe's kits from RiverClan during Tigerstar's cruel leadership of the Clan in "The Darkest Hour". He then returns to the Clan along with Barley to fight alongside ThunderClan and WindClan in the battle with BloodClan. In the magna series depicting Greystripe's journey back to Thunderclan, he and Barley helps him and Millie over the Moonstone, leading them toward the clan's new lake home.

Following the relocation of the Clans to the lake territory in "The New Prophecy" series, Ravenpaw is effectively separated from his friends. It is assumed that he continues to live comfortably with Barley.

andstorm

Sandstorm, a pale ginger tabby she-cat with green eyes, is one of the main characters in the "Original" series as well as "Firestar's Quest". Initially Sandstorm is an apprentice (Sandpaw) when Firestar first joins the Clan, and openly mocks him for his kittypet origins. She and her fellow apprentice, Dustpaw, express their disdain for Firepaw whenever they get a chance, and as a result Sandpaw is avoided by Firepaw. When Firepaw is promoted (Fireheart), Sandpaw and Dustpaw are overlooked, causing resentment from both of them. Eventually Sandpaw warms up to Fireheart, a process initiated by Fireheart preventing her from falling over a cliff, thereby saving her life. When Fireheart is forced to take Sandpaw on a patrol mission, she is unexpectedly friendly and cheerful toward him. Over the course of the series it becomes apparent that Sandpaw (eventually Sandstorm) has fallen in love with Fireheart, and by "The Darkest Hour" the two have become an established pair.

Sandstorm is known for having a fierce personality and is quick to anger. She is also capable of being gentle, however, as evidenced by her interactions with Firestar and her children. She is noted as being the best hunter in ThunderClan, and is an excellent fighter as well, resulting in her being present in many major battles throughout the series. She was also one of the cats who volenteered to be bait for the dog pack thanks to her speed. Her role is reduced in subsequent series ("The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three"), yet she is usually present in some form or another. The specifics regarding her knowledge of Firestar's ongoing relationship with Spottedleaf, his first love, are detailed in "Firestar's Quest" in which she once again plays a major role.

She has two daughters, Leafpool and Squirrelflight, as well as three grand-kits, Jaypaw, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze. She was mentored by Whitestorm, and has been a mentor to Sorreltail and Honeyfern.

pottedleaf

Spottedleaf is a dark tortoiseshell she-cat with amber eyes, a black and brown dappled pelt, and a golden-and-black striped tail. She has played some minor and slightly major roles in series to date despite her early death in Into the Wild, after which she usually appeared in Firestar's dreams. Originally Spottedleaf was ThunderClan's medicine cat and foretold that "Fire will save the clan", which becomes the main prophecy of the "Original" series. Firestar, when first introduced into the camp, immediately takes a liking to her and it is implied that she begins to return his feelings. Unfortunately, she is killed by Clawface during a raid by ShadowClan.

Spottedleaf is a prominent member of StarClan and often serves as a spiritual guide to the protagonists of each series, most notably Firestar, whom she falls in love with over the course of his adventures in the Original series. She is often seen as a source of comfort, and presents cryptic warnings and messages to cats notifying them of impending events. Being dead, she cannot serve any more prominent roles in the lives of the cats she watches over, a fact that is frequently a source of frustration to her regarding Firestar's budding relationship with Sandstorm. It is revealed that she does indeed wish things were different between them, and continues to love Firestar despite their differences of existence.cite web|url=http://www.readingwarriors.com/data/downloads/spottedleaf.pdf|title=Spottedleaf's Honest Answer|work=Reading Warriors|accessdate=2008-04-22|format=PDF] She accepts her position, however, and acknowledges Sandstorm in a dream of her own in order to reassure the living cat of Firestar's loyalty.

Spottedleaf's relationships are relatively unknown, given her early death. Her mother is listed as being Dappletail, her sister is Willowpelt and Tigerstar is known to be her cousin. Having not found an apprentice by the time of her death, Yellowfang succeeds her when she joins the clan. It is revealed in "Firestar's Quest" that Spottedleaf is a direct descendant of the kits of Birdflight, a SkyClan she-cat who stayed with ThunderClan during SkyClan's exile. Thus, she is part-SkyClan (along with her cousin Tigerstar) and permitted to walk in the skies of SkyClan's warrior ancestors as well as StarClan.

Thornclaw

Thornclaw, a handsome young golden brown tabby tom, first appears in Fire and Ice as a young ThunderClan apprentice. He is an apprentice for a large part of the Original Series, along with Brightpaw, Cloudpaw and Swiftpaw; this is mainly due to Bluestar's descent paranoia during the last half of the Original series and her refusing to trust any of her warriors. When she died, the newly appointed Firestar conducted his first naming ceremony on Thornclaw, finally making the young tom into a warrior.

Thornclaw's personality begins to show during "The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three", where he is shown to be a warrior very similar to Brackenfur in manner and attitude. He is an excellent fighter and is often chosen to assist in battle parties and long-range patrols. Thornclaw, like Brackenfur, becomes slightly worried about the increasing numbers of non-Clan cats present in ThunderClan during the "Power of Three" series, as well as at Firestar for being too accepting of them. This is primarily due to increasing hostility from the other three Clans, who begin to make claims that ThunderClan is becoming diluted and weak. Despite these feelings, Thornclaw is always portrayed as a kind, caring and patient young cat and has never been shown to be disloyal; he would fight to the death for his Clan.

Thornclaw's mother is Frostfur, his direct sister is Brightheart and his other siblings, Brackenfur and Cinderpelt, are from a different litter. As a result, Thornclaw is uncle to both Brightheart's and Brackenfur's kits, including Whitewing, Cinderheart, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, and Molepaw. Also, he has proven to be an excellent mentor, having mentored Sootfur, Shrewpaw, and Poppyfrost during the course of the series.

Tigerstar

Tigerstar, a dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes and unusually long claws, is the primary antagonist of the "Original" series. Initially he is Tigerclaw, a senior warrior among the ranks of ThunderClan, when Firestar is brought into the forest. The two never quite get along, and Tigerclaw's hostility towards Fireheart is heightened when Fireheart discover's Tigerclaw's plan to rule the clan. Tigerclaw is a master of deception and manipulation, and is able to orchestrate the death of Redtail (an act he himself committed) as appearing to be the work of Oakheart from RiverClan. By doing so he plans to become deputy, ensuring his eventual place as leader. When he finally becomes deputy, he secretly plots with Brokentail and his gang of rogue outlaws in order to kill Bluestar, while making the entire scene look like an attack that he was unable to defend against. Fireheart discovers his plans and as a result Tigerclaw is exiled from the clan.

Tigerclaw, now a rogue, is able to manipulate ShadowClan into accepting him as their leader and becomes Tigerstar. From his new position of authority he is able to conceal his true nature from the clans, and secretly lures a pack of wild dogs into ThunderClan's territory in order to exact revenge on his former clanmates, thus killing Swiftpaw and Brightpaw's loss of sight in one eye. When this plan, too, is foiled by Firestar and the others, Tigerstar hatches a plan to rule the entire forest while employing the services of the ruthless BloodClan in order to intimidate the other clans into submission. (Just as he has betrayed all his other former allies, he intends to betray BloodClan once he rules all four Clans.) However, he underestimates the power of Scourge, the leader of BloodClan, and is killed in one blow when Scourge decides to take over the forest himself.

In "The New Prophecy" series, Tigerstar returns to haunt and harness his sons into furthering his dark schemes. It is revealed that he was denied access into StarClan, and was banished to a dark, shadowy forest known as the Place of No Stars.cite web|url=http://www.wandsandworlds.com/community/node/881|title=Erin Hunter Chat #3 Transcript - part 1|work=Wands and Worlds|accessdate=2008-03-19] He visits his two sons, Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost, in their dreams and teaches them battle skills and leadership tactics. While Brambleclaw is hesitant to be influenced by his father, Hawkfrost welcomes his advice and plots to take control of the Clans much in the same way as his father did. When Hawkfrost is killed by Brambleclaw in "Sunset" and Brambleclaw vows to never again listen to his father's ambitions, Tigerstar's plans appear to be thwarted.

Tigerstar plays a role in the "Power of Three" series as a battle mentor to his grandson, Lionblaze, along with his dead son Hawkfrost. The consequences of his actions do not appear to be causing any harm to the Clans; Lionblaze becomes a masterful fighter due to his grandfather's influence and excells in battle skills far beyond any other apprentice. Whether or not Lionblaze is part of yet another plan hatched by Tigerstar from the shadows remains to be seen, though it appears likely. Hunter, Erin. (2008) "Cats of the Clans". 91pp. ] Once Lionblaze becomes aware of the prophecy and his seeming invincibility during battles, he begins to challenge Tigerstar's words. It would appear that Tigerstar's plans are as yet unrelated to Lionblaze's power.

Tigerstar was originally mentored by Thistleclaw, who is dead before the events of the Original series. He takes Ravenpaw as an apprentice for a short time. He has taken two mates, Goldenflower and Sasha. He has four direct kits; Tawnypelt and Brambleclaw from Goldenflower, and Mothwing and Hawkfrost from Sasha. His grand-kits include Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, Jaypaw (Brambleclaw's kits), and Dawnkit, Flamekit, and Tigerkit (Tawnypelt's kits). It is revealed in "Firestar's Quest" that Tigerstar is a direct descendant of the kits of Birdflight, a SkyClan she-cat who sheltered in ThunderClan during SkyClan's exile. This makes him part-SkyClan, along with his cousin Spottedleaf, the original ThunderClan medicine cat.

Whitestorm

Whitestorm, a white tom with amber eyes, is a senior ThunderClan warrior in the "Original" series. He is one of the few cats who always treats Firestar with respect when he is first brought into ThunderClan, and often gives him advice when he senses Firestar is troubled. Whitestorm is a gallant fighter, but is often more reserved than bloodthirsty and carries a thoughtful demeanor.

Though he is the most experienced senior warrior in the clan, Whitestorm does not harbor any ambition toward becoming clan leader and as such offers his wisdom to younger cats entirely out of good will. He assists Fireheart with the burdens of being Clan deputy during Bluestar's depression, and takes over for him occasionally when Fireheart's duties call him elsewhere. Being Bluestar's nephew, Whitestorm is one of the warriors who are closest to her, and often stays by her side in order to comfort her and maintain her sanity when she succumbs into paranoia through the later books. Eventually Firestar appoints Whitestorm as his deputy in appreciation for all his advice, a promotion he is unexpectedly pleased about (a trait that Firestar admires, given the ambitions of previous cats he had encountered). Whitestorm is killed by Bone during the battle with BloodClan in "The Darkest Hour", his last wish being that Firestar appoint Graystripe as his new deputy.

Whitestorm has taken two mates over the course of the series: Willowpelt, and possibly Brindleface. With Willowpelt he fathered Sorreltail, Sootfur and Rainwhisker, while with Brindleface he possibly fathered Ashfur and Ferncloud. As such he is the grandfather of both Ferncloud and Sorreltail's kits, possibly including Larchkit, Hollykit, Icepaw, Foxpaw, Shrewpaw, Cinderheart, Molepaw, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, Birchfall, and Spiderleg. His mother is Snowfur, Bluestar's sister, thus making him Bluestar's nephew. He has mentored Sandstorm and Brightheart.

Yellowfang

Yellowfang, a dark grey she-cat with orange eyes and a flat, broad face, is ThunderClan's medicine cat for much of the duration of the "Original" series. She was originally the medicine cat of ShadowClan, and formed a forbidden relationship with ShadowClan's leader, Raggedstar, which resulted in her giving birth to three kits. Two of these kits died, and the third, Brokentail, eventually forced his way into becoming Shadowclan's leader by killing Raggedstar. Yellowfang was exiled from the camp when Brokenstar, who never knew who his true parents were, blamed her for the death of two kits he had forced into training too early. Yellowfang was found by Firepaw, who took her back to camp as a prisoner. After Spottedleaf's death, Yellowfang is asked to serve as Thunderclan's new medicine cat.

Yellowfang displays a rough and irritable personality to most cats who encounter her. She speaks the blunt truth rather often, refusing to soften her words, as she feels this would dilute the truth of the matter. Yellowfang has a close friendship with Firepaw beyond their initial meeting, during which the two attack each other. She is struck by Firepaw's potential and acts as a surrogate mother to him throughout his training. When Cinderpelt is injured and her chances of becoming a warrior forfeited, Yellowfang trains her as a medicine cat. Her personality clashes with that of Cinderpelt's, and the two often bicker back and forth; Yellowfang greatly respects Cinderpelt as a result due to her courage to fire her words right back at her.

Yellowfang is killed in the great fire that destroys much of ThunderClan's camp during the events of "Rising Storm". Her last words are to Fireheart, telling him that he was the son she always wished she had. Fireheart was more of a son to her than her biological son Brokenstar. She had Brokenstar with her mate Raggedstar. Yellowfang mentored Runningnose as a medicine cat in ShadowClan, who retained a great deal of respect for her despite her exile. She then mentored Cinderpelt in ThunderClan.

In the "Power of Three" series Yellowfang is one of the first Starclan cats to realize Jaypaw's ability to transcend dreams. She attempts to stop him from abusing his power, but Jaypaw stubbornly refuses. She also argues with Bluestar and other members of StarClan regarding the prophecy concerning Jaypaw and his siblings, saying that StarClan are intentionally deceiving them for an as yet undisclosed reason.

"The New Prophecy Series"

"The New Prophecy" series covers events in the story from "Midnight" to "Sunset". Many characters here were first mentioned in the "Original" series, but had minor or unsignificant roles. In addition, as with the Original series, most characters listed here play minor or significant roles in the following series, "Power of Three", as well.

Ashfur

Ashfur is a ThunderClan warrior who was introduced in the "Original" series as Ashkit and later Ashpaw along with his sister, Ferncloud. He is a capable warrior and is loyal to his clan. During the Original series, he and Ferncloud willingly served as bait for the pack of dogs threatening ThunderClan's camp and ran ahead of them in order to lead them off course. Ashfur is deeply committed to the warrior code, and like other warriors such as Dustpelt and Thornclaw has concerns about the increasing amount of half-clan cats that have been allowed to join ThunderClan. He is also in love with Squirrelflight, and attempts to get closer to her while she struggles with Brambleclaw during the events of "Twilight". He is dismayed when Squirrelflight eventually chooses Brambleclaw over him, and as a result he resents Brambleclaw thereafter. Ashfur's resentment of Brambleclaw is also subconsciously motivated; he has never been able to forgive Brambleclaw for his father Tigerstar's actions, namely his killing of Brindleface, Ashfur's mother.

It is strongly suggested that Ashfur is the traitor who helped Hawkfrost lay a trap for Firestar and lead Brambleclaw into ambush at the end of "Sunset". His motive for such an act is quite clear - Brambleclaw took his potential mate - but why he would take their quarrel to such a level is unknown. Brambleclaw remains suspicious of Ashfur throughout the "Power of Three" series, and Ashfur exhibits questionable behavior when a sparring match between him and his apprentice, Lionblaze (who is Brambleclaw's son), turns ferociously hostile. However, he recovers quickly and praises Lionblaze for fighting so well. Ashfur's true feelings, and his involvement in the events of "Sunset", have yet to be revealed.

Ashfur's mentor was Dustpelt. He has mentored his nephew Birchfall, and Lionblaze. His parents were Brindleface and possibly Whitestorm. Whitestorm was killed during the battle with BloodClan in "The Darkest Hour", while Brindleface was killed by Tigerstar in "A Dangerous Path". He has one sister, Ferncloud, and as such is the uncle of Ferncloud's kits including Larchkit, Hollykit, Icepaw, Foxpaw, Shrewpaw, Spiderleg, and Birchfall.

Brambleclaw

Brambleclaw is a dark brown tabby tom with shiny amber eyes. He is Firestar's former apprentice. He receives a message from the dead Bluestar. She tells him that he must travel with four other cats to find the clans a new home. That leads him to be traveling with Squirrelpaw, Crowpaw, Stormfur, Feathertail and Tawnypelt his sister from Shadowclan.After they return from the long journey from the sundrown place, he had to help they rest of the cats find their new home by the lake. So after they find their new home he starts to walk in dreams with his father Tigerstar and his half brother Hawkfrost. After they had been meeting for a while Tigerstars comes up with an evil plan and Brambleclaw ends up killing Hawkfrost with a foxtrap, saving Firestar and revealing a cat from Thunderclan possibly helped his brother with his evil plot. He tells Squirrelflight his real feelings for her and she feels the same way. In Power of Three #1 They have three kits together, Jaypaw, Lionblaze and Hollyleaf. In Power of Three #1, even though Graystripe returns to the forest, Brambleclaw retains his place as deputy. He has a rather tense relationship with Ashfur, whom was his rival for Squirrelflight's affections in New Prophecy #4 and #5. Coincidentally, Ashfur was the mentor for his son Lionblaze. Hunter, Erin. (2005) "Midnight". 336pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2005) "Moonrise". 320pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2005) "Dawn". 368pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2006) "Starlight". 352pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2006) "Twilight". 352pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2006) "Sunset". 320pp. ]

Daisy

Daisy is a cream-colored she-cat who lived at the horseplace. She comes to ThunderClan when her kits (Berrykit, Mousekit and Hazelkit.) are nearly taken away by the Twolegs. She decides to go back to the horseplace but is persuaded to go back to ThunderClan by her kits. Berrynose, Mousewhisker, and Hazeltail are from her mate in the horseplace, Smoky. Her current litter, which includes Rosekit and Toadkit, are from her new mate, Spiderleg.

Leafpool

A pretty tabby she-cat with white chest and paws. She is the medicine cat of ThunderClan. She knows that her sister and Brambleclaw have something special together. When they go to their home by the lake she starts to have feelings for Crowfeather, and they run away to be able to be together. They soon realize that they must be with their clans and they go back. She is unable to save her wonderful mentor Cinderpelt when badgers break in to the Thunderclan camp. She soon knows that her heart was always with Thunderclan being their medicine cat. Still, she still feels the pain of a broken heart, but ignores her own feelings to help her Clan, especially when her father's life is threatened by Hawkfrost. Later, in the first book of the third series, she takes Hollyleaf as her apprentice. Hollyleaf soon decides to give up training as a medicine cat and confesses that she only wanted to be important. Then, Jaypaw, Hollyleaf's brother, receives a message from StarClan saying that he must become a medicine cat apprentice. He listens to Spottedleaf and becomes Leafpool's new apprentice. He doesn't seem to understand why he feels nothing when he tries to percept her feelings. He has no knowledge of the pain she feels from leaving Crowfeather. She shows special affection for Sorreltail's daughter, Cinderheart, who is named after her great mentor, Cinderpelt.

Squirrelflight

A dark ginger colored she-cat, previously named Squirrelpaw. She is big-mouthed but lovable. She goes on the quest in the second series along with Crowpaw, Feathertail, Stormfur, Tawnypelt, and Brambleclaw. At first she taunted and resented Brambleclaw but the feelings receded and she admitted to loving him. But she began to distrust him in the last three books of the second series because of his sudden friendliness towards Hawkfrost, and his lineage with the murderous Tigerstar. But Brambleclaw regains her trust when his half-brother, Hawkfrost, dies. In the third series they have Jaypaw, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze which are correlated with the new prophecy. She also has a short relationship with Ashfur, whom she turned down eventually when she realized she and Brambleclaw were meant to be together. She is now the proud mentor of her apprentice, Foxpaw. She is not the most motherly figure, but occasionally shows maternal affection for her three children. She was horrified when her sister ran off with Crowfeather in New Prophecy #5, and was extremely relieved when she returned. She and her sister have a special connection through which they can see what the other is thinking or perceive what the other feels. This keeps them close even though they have different paths. Squirrelflight extends this type of closeness towards Brambleclaw, whom she often fought with. It was a rather affectionate sort of arguing, though. Currently she is mentoring Foxpaw.

"Power of Three Series"

The "Power of Three" series covers events in the story from "The Sight" to present, which currently encompasses the events of "Eclipse".

Cinderheart

Cinderpaw (later named Cinderheart at the end of "Eclipse"), a gray tabby she-cat with blue eyes, is a ThunderClan apprentice and warrior first mentioned in "Sunset" of "The New Prophecy" series and formally introduced in "The Sight". She is initially revealed to be the reincarnation of Cinderpelt, the former ThunderClan medicine cat. This fact becomes clear to Leafpool when Cinderheart starts randomly exibiting behaviors and knowledge similar to that of Cinderpelt's for no apparent reason. Cinderheart is not consciously aware of her situation and is very much her own character; she could be considered something of a clone of Cinderpelt who is not aware of her counterpart's existence. Jaypaw's attempts to walk in her dreams result in the personality of the original Cinderpelt revealing herself, implying that Cinderpelt's spirit does indeed reside within Cinderheart's subconscious. Leafpool and Jaypaw are the only cats that are aware of Cinderheart's true identity; while Leafpool wants to keep it a secret from Cinderheart indefinitely, Jaypaw wants to reveal the truth to her.

Cinderheart is StarClan's answer to Cinderpelt's dreams of becoming a warrior. She becomes an apprentice along with Jaypaw, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf, her best friend, and others. In an ironic twist of fate, however, she falls from a tree branch and injures her leg, in fact the same leg that Cinderpelt injured. She is able to recover partially, but reinjures it during her assessment and is thrown into a state of depression (Cinderheart's desire to become a warrior is as strong as Cinderpelt's, although it is unknown whether Cinderpelt herself influenced this personality). Jaypaw teaches her to swim in order to stretch and build the muscles without straining them, and by the end of "Eclipse" Cinderheart is able to walk and run normally and receives her warrior name. Cinderpelt's original destiny having been fulfilled, it is unknown whether or not Cinderheart's reincarnation will contribute to future events.

At the end of "Eclipse" when she is given her warrior name, Firestar names her Cinderheart "...in honor of those warriors who have gone before." It is unclear whether Firestar is referencing Cinderpelt or not.

Hollyleaf

Hollyleaf, a black she-cat with green eyes, is a ThunderClan apprentice and warrior introduced in "The Sight". She is the sister of Jaypaw and Lionblaze. Initially, Hollyleaf chooses to become a medicine cat as a result of the respect she sees other cats giving Leafpool, the current medicine cat, and wants to be considered extremely important to her Clan. She abandons this choice after a short time, as she cannot remember herbs very well and gets easily disgusted when dealing with wounds and injuries. She develops an affinity for battle training and realizes that she would best serve her Clan as a warrior, and begins training under Brackenfur.

Hollyleaf is considered the most cunning of the three siblings, prone to thinking out strategies carefully rather than rushing in blindly. She is devoutly loyal to the warrior code and considers it to be the foundation of Clan life, and is terrified to think of a Clan operating without it. She has aspirations about becoming Clan leader, a function that she feels would best serve her Clan. Her idealologies differ from her brothers in this respect, in that she is always trying to think of what would benefit all cats and not just herself. Hollyleaf seems deeply burderned by responsibility upon learning of the prophecy concerning herself and her siblings.

Hollyleaf has the potential to become the series' primary antagonist, along with her two brothers, as revealed in a chat with the authors of the "Warriors" series. ref name="Chat3part1"/>

Jaypaw

Jaypaw, a gray tabby tom with blue eyes, is the brother of Hollyleaf and Lionblaze, and one of the main protagonists of the "Power of Three" series. Jaypaw is currently training to be a medicine cat under Leafpool. Initially Jaypaw wanted to become a warrior, because he desired to be just as important as his littermates to the Clan and felt that the duties of a medicine cat were insignificant compared to the glories a warrior could experience. He began warrior training under Brightheart, but was soon persuaded to become a medicine cat by StarClan. Jaypaw is blind, a condition which prevented him from becoming an effective warrior. Jaypaw is very conscious of his condition and adamantly refuses to be treated differently because of it, as he hates the thought of being pitied.

Despite his inability to see, Jaypaw's other senses are greatly magnified and he is often able to navigate just as well as any other cat. His superior sense of smell enables him to diagnose medicinal ailments instantly and from a great distance away, a trait that is obviously ideal for a medicine cat. Jaypaw is able to hear and smell cats approaching from a great distance, well before any other cat nearby. In addition to his heightened senses, Jaypaw develops a form of extrasensory perception which enables him to read other cats' minds, as well as enter the dreams of other cats and listen in on their conversations with members of StarClan. It is shown in "Outcast" that this ability extends to cats who do not fall under the jurisdiction of StarClan, such as cats of the Tribe of Rushing Water. Jaypaw's mind-reading abilities can be blocked, however, if the intended target is aware of his intention; Leafpool is aware of his ability and consciously damps her thoughts whenever she does not want him in her head. Additionally, Jaypaw is unable to read the mind of Sol for an unknown reason.

Jaypaw's personality is somewhat on par with Yellowfang in that he is typically grumpy and easily angered. Jaypaw is the first to learn of the prophecy concerning himself and his siblings, and takes its meaning to imply that they are more important than any of the other cats and as such do not have to follow their rules. He has stumbled upon a seemingly insignificant stick which inexplicably emanates the thoughts and feelings of past members of the Ancient Clans, who used to live by the lake long ago. Jaypaw feels he is on the verge of a great discovery, the implications of which have greater importance than StarClan. He is also aware of Cinderheart's reincarnation. Despite these pieces of knowledge, Jaypaw seems to care about his clanmates and performs quite well as a medicine cat. Over the course of the series he has become more tolerant of his clanmates and less irritable, mainly due to his liberal use of mind-reading and being able to sympathize with their thoughts.

Jaypaw has the potential to become the series' primary antagonist, along with his two littermates, as revealed in a chat with the authors of the Warriors series. Jaypaw appears to be the second-most likely to turn evil, after his brother Lionblaze, due to his conflicting interests in the prophecy, Sol, the Ancient Clans, and his own clanmates. His medicine cat name has been confirmed to be Jayfeather, and will be given to him in "Long Shadows".

Lionblaze

A golden tabby tom with amber eyes. Lionblaze is secretly taught by the spirits of Tigerstar and Hawkfrost about different battle moves in book two of the third series, Dark River. A pretty young WindClan apprentice named Heatherpaw convinces him to make a new Clan called DarkClan inside the underground tunnels, with the leader being Heatherpaw and the deputy being Lionblaze, under the assumed names Heatherstar and Lionclaw, respectively. Lionblaze unknowingly falls in love with her, and she falls in love with him. Hollyleaf and Cinderheart find out about the meetings, and Hollyleaf threatens to tell. Lionblaze hates her nosiness. He enjoys the secret night meetings immensely, but falls behind in his training. One night, Lionblaze teaches Heatherpaw some of Tigerstar's moves and Hawkfrost gets angry and later rebukes him for teaching battle techniques to the enemy. He tells Lionblaze that Heatherpaw will probably use them against him in battle. Lionblaze is devastated, and tells Heatherpaw that he won't see her anymore. She is deeply hurt, but Lionblaze stays true to his word. Soon his battle and hunting skills improve again and his mentor, Ashfur, is pleased. No one is aware of his haunted visits with his grandfather and uncle, and Hollyleaf notices that his fighting skills exceed the level for normal apprentices. She and the other apprentices are horrified as Ashfur and Lionblaze begin a dangerous sort of play-fight, where they act as if the other is an enemy. Hollyleaf notes that Ashfur looked as if he hated Lionblaze with all his heart during the fight, but afterword praised him and acted proud. Hunter, Erin. (2007) "The Sight". 363pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2007) "Dark River". 322pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2008) "Outcast". 352pp. ] Hunter, Erin. (2008) "Eclipse". 336pp.] His power is the ability to stay unhurt during fighting. At the end of Eclipse Lionblaze has an argument with Tigerstar and Hawkfrost. This could be because of Tigerstar's teaching method and his constant bullying if Lionblaze dosen't train the way Tigerstar wants him to or if Lionblaze tries to talk to Tigerstar and Hawkfrost about the prophecy.

"Minor ThunderClan Characters"

The following are ThunderClan characters introduced or appearing in the "Warriors" novel series, having small, less significant, and/or single instances in the story.




ShadowClan

ShadowClan's territory resides mainly in a giant collection of swamps and bogs covered in thick pine trees, giving the area a dark and gloomy feel. Shadowclan cats are skilled at hunting and navigating in near-complete darkness, because the night is when their main sources of prey are active. Along with lizards, frogs, and small forest animals such as voles, Shadowclan also occasionally catch rats who reside in a nearby carrionplace (garbage dump); however, they must be careful when eating these rats as they occasionally carry harmful diseases. Shadowclan are often depicted as the primary antagonists of the series, and as such many of their individual members are rude and hostile. However, many ShadowClan cats are completely and blindly devoted to their leader; since a number of ShadowClan's leaders have been truly villainous, the actions of their followers have expectedly followed suit.

ShadowClan, along with the other Clans, undergoes a dramatic shift in territory during the course of "The New Prophecy" series. During the time that Tawnypelt and the others are on their journey, much of ShadowClan's territory is destroyed as the twolegs procede with their deforestation of the area. Eventually ShadowClan and the other Clans are able to relocate to the lake territory, the ShadowClan camp of which is located in a dense pine forest. Though not quite the same as the marshes they used to inhabit, the thickness of the forest often shrouds the territory in gloom and darkness, perfectly suited for ShadowClan's stealth prowess. The area is not very suitable for prey, however, resulting in ShadowClan inhabiting the least desirable territory once again. Despite their bad luck, they manage to feed themselves decently enough (a testament to the tenacity of ShadowClan warriors). The forest's primary hazard is a twoleg house on the northern fringes of ShadowClan's territory, home to two rather violent kittypets who often attack Clan cats who stray too close.

"Original Series"

The Original series covers events in the story from "Into the Wild" to "The Darkest Hour". Many characters mentioned here were introduced in the Original series, but play minor or significant roles in "The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three" series as well.

Boulder

Boulder is a former warrior in Bloodclan and is currently a member of Shadowclan. He was one of the few cats who got chased out of Shadowclan territory by Firepaw and Yellowfang. When Tigerclaw became leader, Boulder and Blackfoot came back to Shadowclan. In book 6, Boulder brought Tigerstar to Bloodclan to meet its leader Scourge. Boulder revealed to Firestar that after Tigerstar was killed, Bloodclan attacked their clan and some Shadowclan warriors had joined them. In the end, Boulder fought alongside Lionclan to defeat Bloodclan. Scourge led Bloodclan when Tigerstar led them into the forest, but, Scourge kills Tigerstar and tries to force out the other clans, but they fight back with Firestar as there leader. Firestar kills Scourge with the help of Lionclan fighting by his side. He has mentored Wetfoot.

Blackstar

Blackstar (originally Blackfoot), a big white tom with black paws was Shadowclan's deputy when Brokenstar was leader. He was one of Brokenstar's followers and killed one of Thunderclan's elders, Rosetail, in an attempt to steal their kits, but was fought off by Yellowfang. Blackstar, along with some other Shadowclan warriors were chased out of their territory. Blackstar lived as a rogue with Brokenstar and attacked the Thunderclan camp once again. When Tigerstar became leader of Shadowclan, Blackstar was appointed deputy again. In Tigerclan, Blackstar helped Darkstripe kill Stonefur which makes him very untrustworthy towards Firestar, even when he agreed to fight with Lionclan. After the battle, he says he'll take his clan home and prepare for his journey to Highstones, where he'll become leader.In the Power Of Three books Blackstar starts to lose belief in starclan. When Sol tells him Starclan doesn't hold all the answers, He goes to the gathering and tells the Clans He and his Clan will not attend gatherings. He has mentored Tallpoppy.

Brokentail

Brokentail, a long haired dark brown tom, was the former leader of ShadowClan. He was a cruel cat who turned kits into apprentices too soon which led their deaths. He was Yellowfang and Raggedstar's kit but he didn't know it. He killed Raggedstar so he could become leader and blamed Yellowfang for the kits' death. This led to Yellowfang's banishment from ShadowClan and her acceptance into Thunderclan. In book 1, Yellowfang and Firepaw drove Brokentail and his comrades out of their territory. Brokenstar lived as a rogue and in book 2, and attacked the Thunderclan camp in a attempt to kill Fireheart but was blinded by Yellowfang. He was then taken prisoner and stripped of his leadership status and renamed Brokentail. When Tigerclaw attacked Thunderclan camp with rogues, Brokentail attacked his guard and Fireheart realized that Tigerclaw and Brokentail were planning this all along. When the rogues were chased out and Tigerclaw was exiled, Yellowfang decided to end Brokentail's life by feeding him deathberries but not before revealing that she was really his mother. He mentored Mosspaw and Volepaw (who both died before becoming warriors) despite them only being 3 moons old.

Nightstar

Nightstar (originally Nightpelt) was once the leader of Shadowclan. After Brokenstar were driven out, Nightpelt offered to take over Shadowclan and appointed Cinderfur as his deputy. However, in book 4, he became violently ill and died. Runningnose, Shadowclan's medicine cat, told Fireheart that Nightstar never received his nine lives because Brokentail hadn't died yet. After Brokentail died, Nightstar was far too weak to journey to Highstones again.

"The New Prophecy Series"

"The New Prophecy" series covers events in the story from "Midnight" to "Sunset". Many characters here were first mentioned in the "Original" series, but had minor or unsignificant roles. In addition, as with the Original series, most characters listed here play minor or significant roles in the following series, "Power of Three", as well.

Tawnypelt

A tortoiseshell she-cat with green eyes. She was the cat chosen by StarClan from ShadowClan. while she lived in Thunderclan as an apprentice most of her clanmates did not trust her because her father was Tigerstar, so instead of putting up with the suspision about her left ThunderClan to join ShadowClan. Since then she has been a loyal cat of ShadowClan, but some cats still don't trust her. In "The New Prophecy" she went with her brother, Brambleclaw, and the rest of the cats that were chosen on the quest to the sun-drown place. She is fierce, strong, and independent. She was offered by her father the same plan of power he offered to Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw, but turned him down. In "Power of Three" her mate is Rowanclaw and she has three kits, Tigerkit, Flamekit,and Dawnkit. In Power of Three #3, she goes with her brother, Squirrelflight, Stormfur, Brook, the other Tribe cats, Crowfeather, Crowfeather's son Breezepaw, and Brambleclaw's children to help the Tribe deal with a group of rouges that have taken their territory. She is tough and stands for nothing from no one, but has an affectionate side that comes through when her friends need her.

"Minor ShadowClan Characters"

The following are ShadowClan characters introduced or appearing in the "Warriors" novel series, having small, less significant, and/or single instances in the story.




SkyClan

SkyClan is the fifth Clan of the original forest territories, a fact that is unknown to all cats except for Firestar and Sandstorm. Their territory used to be located where the twolegplace of Firestar's birth currently sits, and they were driven out when the forest was excavated. SkyClan appealed to the other Clans for help, but none of them wanted to redivide their territory and as such SkyClan was forced to leave the forest. They traveled north along the river before finally settling in a rocky canyon. Before long, however, an intelligent rat pack attacked and killed most of the Clan, forcing the remnants to scatter across the nearby forest and twolegplaces.

Modern SkyClan was reformed when Firestar set out to reunite the lost descendants of the Clan throughout the nearby area. Having drove off the rat pack, SkyClan currently live at peace.

"Firestar's Quest"

SkyClan's only appearance to date is in "Firestar's Quest", although another SkyClan-centered book is reported to be released in the near future.

Cherrytail

A tortoiseshell she-cat. A former kittypet named Cherry, who teased Skywatcher for his strange behaviors, but later learns she is a SkyClan cat and becomes Cherrypaw, mentored by Sharpclaw. In the end she receives her warrior name, and mentors Rockpaw.

Echosong

A silver she-cat with green eyes. A former kittypet, but was meant to be SkyClan's medicine cat. At first she was uncomfortable on how to treat cats, but later grew to be comfortable at treating them. She was also the one who watched Leafdapple go through her leader ceromony. Later Fawnstep, the former medicine cat, said she would be sharing dreams with her, implying that Fawnstep would be Echosong's mentor, in the way that Leafpool was Willowpaw's mentor when Mothwing could not teach her about StarClan.

Leafstar

Leafstar is a tabby she-cat who was known as Leaf when she came to Skyclan. She later took on the name Leafdapple. Leafdapple became the leader of the newly rebuilt SkyClan. She took on the name "star" later in the book. Sharpclaw is her deputy. She mentored Sparrowpelt.

Patchfoot

A black-and-white tom. Due to a rat attack, his shoulder was injured. He had to stay in SkyClan's medicine cat den for a long time. At the end of the book, he mentors Bouncepaw.

kywatcher

A grey tom with pale blue eyes. Skywatcher is an old cat who was the last true warrior of Skyclan until Firestar and Sandstorm rebuilt Skyclan. He was the one to show them around Skyclan territory.He died in his sleep. Firestar believes that he wanted to live to see SkyClan rebuilt.

Sharpclaw

Originally a rogue named Scratch, Sharpclaw became deputy of SkyClan. He mentored Cherrytail.

Sparrowpelt

A dark brown tabby tom, formerly a kittypet named Boris. He and his sister teased Skywatcher for his strange behavoirs. But later he learns he is a SkyClan cat and is mentored by Leafdapple. In the end he receives his warrior name and mentors Tinypaw.


BloodClan

BloodClan is a group of ex-kittypets, rogues and loners (cats who are not kittypets or part of a clan) living in the large section of human suburbs (Twolegplace) located outside the forest. BloodClan do not follow the Warrior Code, do not believe in StarClan, and do not have the organization structure found in the other clans. As a result, BloodClan is run in the style of a dictatorship, and cats who either break the rules or desire to leave are punished or killed.

"Original Series"

Aside from the standalone manga "The Rise of Scourge", BloodClan is only featured prominently in the final book of the "Original" series, "The Darkest Hour".

Bone

Bone is a huge black and white tom with green eyes. He serves as the unofficial "deputy" of BloodClan, and is Scourge's main enforcer, performing his dirty work. He kills Whitestorm during the final battle in "The Darkest Hour", before being swarmed and killed by a group of apprentices.

courge

A small, black cat with an icy personality, Scourge is the leader of BloodClan. Like many BloodClan cats, Scourge wears a collar studded with teeth taken from the bodies of enemies he has killed, which include both cats and dogs. His claws are reinforced with dogs' teeth as well, enabling him to kill any cat with relative ease in just one swipe. Scourge is a cold, violent cat who rules his clan through fear. Scourge operates BloodClan under a survival-of-the-fittest mentality, and refuses to provide care for any cat that cannot support itself - i.e., elders and sick cats. (He permits the mates of she-cats nursing kits to hunt for their mates purely out of pragmatism, so that BloodClan does not simply cease to exist when all the elder cats die and there are no young cats to replace them.) Despite his small size, he is a very capable and dangerous fighter, and neither any sort of warrior's ethical code or merciful impulses restrain him in battle; he is brutal and ruthless.

Scourge is solicited by Tigerstar to bring BloodClan to the forest in order to intimidate or force the other clans to join under Tigerstar's rule, promising Scourge part of the forest territory in exchange for his assistance. Tigerstar has no intention of keeping his agreement with Scourge, however; just as he has betrayed most of his former allies, he believes that when he controls all four of the Forest Clans, he will be strong enough to betray Scourge. When Tigerstar attempts to assert control over BloodClan's warriors, however, Scourge kills him and then proceeds to invade the forest. Due to his lack of belief in StarClan, however, Scourge has only one life to lose. While he manages to take one of Firestar's lives during the final battle in "The Darkest Hour", Firestar is able to recover and strikes him down in return. BloodClan scatter upon Scourge's death.

Scourge's backstory is further explained the Warriors manga "The Rise of Scourge". The book begins with Scourge as a young, innocent kit. The book is narrated by Scourge--in the beginning, when he is a young, innocent kit, the narration is happy and full of innocence; as he grows more hardened by the experiences of his life, the tone of his narration becomes darker and colder.

Scourge is born a kittypet with two siblngs, Socks and Ruby. Originally Scourge's mother, Quince, named him Tiny. Tiny desires his sibling's respect above all else, but, as the runt of the litter, Tiny is often tormented by his siblings. When one of his siblings cruelly teases him that he will be thrown into the river to drown, he runs away from home and eventually finds himself in the Clans' forest, where he is nearly killed by a ruthless apprentice named Tigerpaw. Unable to live in the forest or return home, Tiny flees to the alleyways of the local suburbs (Twolegplace), where he rises to prominence by conjuring a story about how he killed a dog (studding his collar with a discarded dog tooth to have "proof"). Although the cats he tells this story to are skeptical, Tiny is later forced to face an actual dog that has moved into the alleyways and keeps all the best food, causing the cats to go hungry. By sheer luck, he scares off the dog because he casts an outsized shadow, which forces the other cats to accept and fear him. As Tiny gains more respect throughout the alleys, he learns to enjoy the fear he instills in other cats; he abandons the name "Tiny" and changes his name to Scourge.

The other cats begin to seek his advice and help, making him a figure of authority, a drastic change from the disrespect he took from his siblings as a kitten, and as such, he greatly enjoys his new power. Luck, cunning and bluff only carry him so far, however, and eventually he kills a forest rogue who challenges him rather than back down from his position of power. Mildly surprised that the cold, ruthless detachment that came over him does not retreat once his life is no longer at risk, Scourge chooses to embrace these cold, cruel feelings. Gradually he becomes the ruthless, calculating leader depicted in "The Darkest Hour". Eventually, his two siblings come to the alleyways under his control; their 'housefolk' (their human owners, who took care of them) are gone, and they have no knowledge of how to take care of themselves, so they beg Scourge for help. As the kit Tiny, Scourge desired nothing more than their respect. By now, however, Scourge is so cold and heartless that he sends them away, not so much because of resentment of their past abuse, but because he simply no longer cares whether they live or die. Near the end of the book, the meeting between Tigerstar and Scourge described in the beginning of The Darkest Hour takes place, from Scourge's viewpoint. Although not mentioned in The Darkest Hour, it is clear from The Rise of Scourge that Scourge planned to kill Tigerstar all along, exacting revenge on him for his actions during his kittenhood. The Rise of Scourge ends with Scourge's triumph at having killed Tigerstar and gained his revenge, reveling in his ruthlessness and cruelty, which the events in his life have taught him is the only way to survive.

Scourge's father is not greatly described; however, he has been said to have ginger fur and a desire to live in the forest as a warrior. This led to speculation that Scourge was indeed Firestar's half-brother, which has been confirmed in an author chat.cite web|url=http://wandsandworlds.com/community/node/5784|title=Erin Hunter Chat #5 Transcript - August 16, 2008|work=Wands and Worlds|accessdate=2008-08-31] Thus, the only cat Firestar has ever killed is his own kin. There does not appear to be any significance to this revelation as of yet.


The Tribe of Rushing Water

A group of cats living in the northern caves of the mountain range that divides much of the land between the old forest territories and the lake territories. Tribe cats do not believe in StarClan; instead, they have their own spiritual equivalent, the Tribe of Endless Hunting. In the Tribe, there is no medicine cat or deputy: the leader, always known as Teller of the Pointed Stones, or Healer, serves all three duties. Upon birth, Tribe cats are named by their mother for the first thing they see (which, incidentally, is usually not Floor/Roof/Wall of Cave or somesuch). They are then selected to be either a cave-guard or a prey-hunter, based on their physical appearance. Strong, sturdy cats are chosen to be cave-guards, whose job is to defend the Tribe's camp against intruders as well as provide cover for the prey-hunters while hunting. Prey-hunters, chosen for their slender, agile bodies, are adept at hunting in the rocky mountain terrain and can leap high enough to catch large birds. Tribe cats often cover themselves in mud in order to better blend in with their surroundings, allowing them to catch larger, more exotic prey such as hawks and eagles.

The Tribe typically have no enemies, which leaves them unprepared for attacks by other large predators (Sharptooth) or other groups of cats attempting to take their territory. They have a firmly rooted tradition, and as such do not welcome the beliefs of other cats, a theme which incorporates the use of people from different cultural and traditional ways of thinking working together to solve a common goal. It is revealed in "Outcast" of the "Power of Three" series that the Tribe is among the descendants of the ancient clan of cats who originally lived in the lake territories, of which Rock and Fallen Leaves are members.

"The New Prophecy" Series

The Tribe of Rushing Water is primarily introduced in "Moonrise" and visited again briefly in "Dawn". Following "The New Prophecy" series, they are only featured again in "Outcast" of the "Power of Three" series. All characters listed here also appear in "Outcast".

Brook Where Small Fish Swim

Brook is a prey-hunter within the Tribe. She instantly takes a liking to Stormfur when he and his companions happen upon the Tribe during their journey home, and teaches him how to hunt in the mountains.

Stormfur decides to stay with Brook in the mountains when the exodus of the four clans passes through. They are exiled from the Tribe following a disastrous attempt by Stormfur to rally the Tribe cats in order to force a group of intruding cats out, after which they travel to the new lake territory of ThunderClan. Brook is sorrowful for Stoneteller's decision to banish Stormfur, but remains by his side. She eventually learns to hunt and live in the forest and is accepted as a full ThunderClan cat, often providing advice to the younger cats based on her experiences in the mountains. During the events of "Outcast" she and Stormfur return to the Tribe along with a collection of Clan warriors in order to deal with the intruders threatening the mountains.

Brook has a brother, Talon. She does not have any kits.

Crag Where Eagles Nest

A dark gray cave-guard, part of Stoneteller's tribe, and a friend of the six clan travelers.

Talon of Swooping Eagle

Brook's brother, and part of Stoneteller's tribe. He is a dark brown tabby tom. He is a cave-guard. He comes with Night of no Stars(Night) to Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight for help when the tribe is having problems with trespassing cats stealing prey.

Teller of the Pointed Stones

Stoneteller, as he is more commonly known, serves as the Healer of the Tribe. The Healer performs the duties of both a leader and medicine cat, essentially granting him both traditional and spiritual authority over his tribemates. The name given to the Tribe's healer is always the same, and as such there have been several Stonetellers over the course of the Tribe's history. This particular Stoneteller is well-suited to leading his Tribe, but is forced to deal with a number of crises (Sharptooth, the unnamed group of trespassing cats, etc.) that threaten their survival and unnerve his faith in the Tribe of Endless Hunting, the Tribe's spiritual equivalent of StarClan. As there are no other cats in a position of power to advise him, Stoneteller often feels overwhelmed by his responsibilities and can be prone to making rash decisions.


Characters Outside Clans

This refers to characters introduced or mentioned throughout the course of the series who do not belong to a specific Clan or Tribe, i.e. loners, rogues, kittypets and the like.

"Original Series"

The Original series covers events in the story from "Into the Wild" to "The Darkest Hour". Many characters mentioned here were introduced in the Original series, but play minor or significant roles in "The New Prophecy" and "Power of Three" series as well.

Barley

Barley is a black-and-white tom that lives in a barn beyond WindClan territory. He is met by Firestar while he is on his first journey to the Highstones, a remote region of caves which house the Moonstone, the source of the Clans' connection to StarClan. Barley is a friendly cat and always willing to help cats in need of shelter. He openly accepts Ravenpaw when he makes his escape from ThunderClan, and the two live a comfortable existence afterward.

Barley comes with Ravenpaw to ThunderClan in "The Darkest Hour" in order to assist Firestar as he deals with the impending invasion of BloodClan, when he reveals that he was in fact a former member of BloodClan. Barley and his littermates were automatically placed under Scourge's rule at birth, and his two brothers, Ice and Snake, soon became fierce enforcers of Scourge's orders. When Barley defied one of the Clan's principal rules in caring for and living with his sister, Violet, Ice and Snake attacked them and left Violet heavily injured. Barley narrowly escaped with Violet and left her in the care of a generous Twoleg, while he left the territory altogether and eventually happened upon the abandoned barn. He reveals the secret of Scourge's weakness to Firestar: that since Scourge does not believe in StarClan, he only has one life. Barley then fights alongside Firestar, Ravenpaw and the remaining cats of all four Clans against BloodClan.

Barley and Ravenpaw finally assisted the Clans in their exodus by allowing them shelter in "The New Prophecy" series. They are presumed to be continuing their peaceful existence, though they are now effectively separated from the Clans due to the immense distance between them.

Princess

Princess, a light brown tabby with a distinctive white chest and paws, is Firestar's kittypet sister. He initially discovers her garden in "Fire and Ice", and returns regularly to talk with her throughout the series. Princess is enthralled by Firestar's stories of living in the forest, but also worries about him due to his oftentimes ragged appearance. Upon learning that her kits are to be given away, she gives one of them to Firestar to take back to ThunderClan. This kit eventually becomes Cloudtail, a well-known ThunderClan warrior.

mudge

Smudge is a plump black-and-white kittypet who was Firestar's best friend during his kithood. Smudge was upset when Firestar decided to leave Twolegplace and live in the forest, but he accepted his friend's decision. Smudge is very comfortable with his life, and cannot imagine why Firestar wants to live in the forest with a bunch of "violent ruffians". Though he misses his friend, he manages to get on well with his replacement, a she-cat named Hattie.

Smudge's garden sits on the exact location of the ancient camp of SkyClan, and as a result he is fraught with dreams involving the lost clan's exodus in "Firestar's Quest". He mistakenly interprets these dreams as a sign that he must live in the forest, as Firestar had done, and goes into the forest to find his friend. He is attacked by a border patrol, but Firestar arrives in time and calls the patrol off. Firestar then spends the night in Smudge's garden to better ascertain the will of SkyClan's elusive leader. Smudge is greatly relieved to learn that he doesn't have to live in the forest after all, and wishes his friend luck on his journey.

"The New Prophecy Series"

"The New Prophecy" series covers events in the story from "Midnight" to "Sunset". Many characters here were first mentioned in the "Original" series, but had minor or unsignificant roles. In addition, as with the Original series, most characters listed here play minor or significant roles in the following series, "Power of Three", as well.

Midnight

Midnight is a female badger first introduced in "Midnight" of "The New Prophecy" series. The journeying cats are initially quite surprised to discover that Midnight is actually a badger, as most badgers are hostile towards cats and several cats have been killed by them. Midnight reveals the true purpose of their journey by telling them that the forest is going to be destroyed. She later instructs the cats to return home through the mountains, resulting in the death of Feathertail. She later returns in "Twilight" to warn ThunderClan of an impending badger attack.

Midnight is shown to have connections with numerous spiritual entities, including StarClan and the Tribe of Endless Hunting. Her knowledge of events occurring in the future and distant past is comparable to Rock, another character with near-omniscient knowledge of the cats' universe. She hints that there are many more communities of cats living in Clans and Tribes other than the forest cats, foreshadowing the introduction of the Tribe of Rushing Water. Midnight was aware of the Tribe's prophecy regarding Feathertail before she sent the cats to the mountains, effectively sending her to her death. She is also capable of speaking and understanding the languages of many other animals, including cat, dog, fox, and rabbit, in addition to badger. Her last appearance is in "Sunset". She will make an appearance in the prologue of "Long Shadows".

Purdy

An elderly tom living in and near Twolegplaces located around the mountains. Purdy is first introduced in "Midnight" of "The New Prophecy" series, and seems to speak in a southern drawling accent. Brambleclaw and the other chosen cats meet him on their journey to the sun-drown place (the sea) when they become lost in a particularly large suburban neighborhood. Purdy agrees to guide them through, despite not quite knowing the way himself. The cats meet Purdy again, having somehow relocated to the other side of the mountain range, on their return trip to the mountains in "Outcast" of the "Power of Three" series. He once again offers to help them, much to their hesitation at his previous displays of ineptness.

Purdy, while often causing more trouble than he averts, can be seen as a sympathetic character due to his poorly disguised feelings of loneliness. Purdy used to be in the care of a Twoleg, but once the Twoleg died he was left to fend for himself. He does not appear to have any friends and jumps at the chance to interact with other cats, in particular Brambleclaw and the others due to their past experience together. He offers to follow the characters on their journey several times, only to be turned down because they feel he would slow them down. Purdy's whereabouts are unknown following the events of "Outcast".

"Power of Three Series"

The "Power of Three" series covers events in the story from "The Sight" to present, which currently encompasses the events of "Eclipse".

ol

Sol, a long-haired brown/tortoiseshell tom, is a mysterious character introduced in "Eclipse". He appears to have knowledge of all 4 Clans, despite none of them ever having seen him before. Sol predicts the forthcoming eclipse of the sun, an act that appears to be the beginnings of his attempt to convince the Clans that StarClan are not all-powerful. He later convinces Blackstar, who has already begun to lose faith in StarClan, to renounce his faith altogether and not allow his Clan to attend Gatherings.

Sol's character is, for the moment, ambiguous. He is polite, but not friendly. An attempt by Jaypaw to scan his mind results in a whirlwind of thoughts ranging locations far beyond any of the Clan territories, implying that this cat knows far more about the Clans' universe than he cares to reveal. He is also aware of the "Power of Three" prophecy concerning Jaypaw, Lionblaze and Hollyleaf. Sol is expected to play a larger part in the forthcoming book "Long Shadows"; his face is on the cover and in the excerpt he is seen attempting to convince the Clans to renounce faith in StarClan altogether.

Ancient Cats

These are characters first mentioned in "Dark River" of the "Power of Three" series. They are as yet unknown to all cats except Jaypaw, whose extrasensory perception allows him to discover clues hidden in an ancient stick located near the lake. It is hinted in "Outcast" that these cats have ties to the Tribe of Rushing Water. Their connection to the Clan cats is implied, but has not been touched upon as of yet.

"Power of Three Series"

The Ancient Clan was primarily introduced in "Dark River" and has played a minor role in all subsequent novels.

Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves is ginger and white tom, a cat who went into the tunnels from a cave. These tunnels run underneath ThunderClan and WindClan territory, in which Lionpaw (Lionblaze) and Heatherpaw played DarkClan in at night. Three WindClan kits strayed into them when the floods were rising, and Lionblaze, Jaypaw and Hollypaw (Hollyleaf), with Heatherpaw and Breezepaw had to rescure them. It was then Fallen Leaves guided Jaypaw through, since he stuck with him when the floods rose and he was drowned.

Fallen Leaves had entered the tunnels to prove he was a 'sharpclaw', which is obviously like a warrior, instead of a 'softpaw', like an apprentice. Jaypaw dreamed about his journey in the tunnels, and before he drowned, Fallen Leaves suddenly realized Jaypaw was with him. It is unknown why he still wanders the tunnels alone, when the other cats who died are no longer there.

Rock

Rock is a very old cat. He is described in "" as his pelt like moleskin, the fur gone except for tufts along his spine, and his sightless eyes bulged like eggs. He watches over the Clans, and as he says in "Cats of the Clans" he knows everything that will happen to each cat. In "Dark River", he is in a cave, and greets Fallen Leaves before the young cats goes into the tunnels. He later meets with Jaypaw, and tells him he must go to the mountains in "Outcast". He is the narrator of "Cats of the Clans", and talks with three kits from StarClan.

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