My opinion on Mapleshade by Owlheart

Owlheart shares their opinion on Mapleshade.

As you may have guessed, I’m going to be talking about my opinion on Mapleshade, about her life, and why I don’t think she’s truly evil. So here we go.

Mapleshade was a kind, brave, loyal warrior of ThunderClan. Like a lot of cats in the series she fell in love with a cat from another Clan, but unlike the rest she lived in the wrong time period. If she lived later when everyone was doing it she wouldn’t have been treated so harshly. So she fell in love with Appledusk a RiverClan tom. Sounds pretty normal right? Well in a battle between RiverClan and ThunderClan, the leader of ThunderClan’s son died while fighting Appledusk. Which, by the way, wasn’t Appledusk’s fault! Now all of ThunderClan hates Appledusk, just in time for Mapleshade to become pregnant with his kits. When her friend asked who the father was, Mapleshade said she would be raising them alone. Her friend asked if it was because their father was dead, and thought the father was Birchface, the cat who was accidentally killed by Appledusk. Mapleshade didn’t answer, and let everyone believe that.

So it’s obvious that she had good intentions. Well that wasn’t how everyone saw it. One day she took her kits out of camp (which always confused me) for a walk by the river. The kits jump in the water and start swimming. Then a RiverClan patrol appears. Appledusk swims over, scoops the kits out of the water. Now this is where it goes downhill. The ThunderClan medicine cat Ravenwing had been watching Mapleshade. He confronted Mapleshade telling her he knew Appledusk was the father. At first Mapleshade denied it, but it was obvious Ravenwing already knew the truth. He told her she had to tell the Clan, and she agreed. When she got back to camp though Ravenwing had already told the Clan, and they were angry. The leader Oakstar banished Mapleshade and her kits from ThunderClan. Which, as I mentioned before, wouldn’t have happened if Mapleshade had lived a little later on.

Mapleshade fled to the river planning on joining RiverClan. Seems like a good idea, right? But no. It was a stormy day, and while trying to cross the river, her three kits drowned. Appledusk along with other RiverClan cats showed up a little too late. The kits were already dead. As they take the bodies back to RiverClan camp, Appledusk asks why she would try to cross the river in such bad weather. After she tells him, he blames her for their kits’ deaths. When they get to camp, Appledusk declares his unfair hatred of Mapleshade, and then Darkstar banishes Mapleshade from RiverClan. She’s obviously having a really bad day. She wanders off in a haze, and drifts off into a uneasy sleep. When she wakes up, she can hear her kits crying out, and decides to punish the cats she thinks is responsible for their deaths. Which may seem evil, but I think it’s just a mother sick with grief over the death of her kits.

The first cat on her list is Ravenwing. She kills him while she’s at Highstones. Next on the list is Frecklewish (not the one from SkyClan). She had watched by the river as Mapleshade’s kits died, so Mapleshade blinded her. And last but not least Appledusk. He deserted her, blamed her for the kits’ deaths, and took a new mate. So Mapleshade killed him in front of his new mate Reedshine’s eyes, but Reedshine was expecting Appledusk’s kits, and Mapleshade knew her work would never be over. That night, she died. I’m not going to do the rest of her appearances, because she was in the Dark Forest then, and would act differently, in my opinion, from when she was alive. Anyway, I think she wasn’t truly evil, but just a grief-stricken mother that made some bad decisions in her grief. Anyway, I hoped you liked this article!

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  27 Replies to “My opinion on Mapleshade by Owlheart”

  1. Willowpaw is a Ringbearer
    April 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I totally agree with you! Mapleshade is amazing and didn’t deserve all that she went through. I never really thought of the possibility of her living in a different time period and having a better outcome, but it’s a great idea, and I really wish it was like that.

    This was a fantastic article, Owl!

  2. Softpeep (Softpaw)
    April 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Jayie probably thinks she’s evil, but I don’t.

    • Jayfrost
      Jayfrost
      April 2, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Before she died, I was sympathetic to her, though I’m iffy on how justified her killing of Ravenwing, Frecklewish, and Appledusk was. But after she died, she’s definitely cruel. She was willing to manipulate Crookedstar and make his life as miserable as possible just because of what some grandfather he never even met did. She worked together with the Dark Forest to destroy the Clans entirely, and tried to kill Sandstorm just for the crime of having a happy life.


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      • Softpeep (Softpaw)
        April 2, 2017 at 11:02 pm

        That’s the dark forests power on cats. I’m only iffy on the killing of Ravenwing though. I would have preferred if she killed Oakstar, he’s a clan leader that puts kits in danger.

        • Jayfrost
          Jayfrost
          April 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm

          It’s not any “power” over her, she seemed happy enough to join the Dark Forest, and she made her own choices. And yes, I agree that Oakstar was more culpable in the death of her kits than Ravenwing.


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          • Prowlclaw
            April 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm

            +Jayfrost I heard somewhere that the dark forest makes you twisted and turns you into a monster. That may be the case with Mapleshade.

            • Jayfrost
              Jayfrost
              April 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

              Eh, I doubt that somehow. I think she’s just what she chose to be.


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      • Sageflower (currently Sagekit)
        April 4, 2017 at 2:35 am

        I agree with this article. I only ever felt bad for Mapleshade. I can’t imagine what that would be like.


        sageflower out 🙂

        • Jayfrost
          Jayfrost
          April 4, 2017 at 3:13 am

          What happened to her was awful, and there’s some justification to the murders she commits in life. But after she dies, there’s no justification for her actions. She makes Crookedstar’s life as miserable as possible just because of the actions of some grandfather he’s never met, she tries to help the Dark Forest destroy the Clans completely, and she tries to kill Sandstorm just for the crime of having a mate who loves her. 😛


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  3. Snow That Quenches Fire -Snowfire
    April 5, 2017 at 3:16 am

    I agree with you Owlheart! I think Mapleshade should have been treated better, though Mapleshade did take it to far after she died. But either way, I still feel bad for her.


  4. Doepaw (Doe That Runs Through Ferns)
    April 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I so agree with you. I always feel really sorry for the ‘evil’ or ‘mean’ cats, because I know they just had a difficult life.

  5. Milkymoon
    April 13, 2017 at 3:15 am

    I don’t think passing off the murdering of cats should be shrugged off as just overwhelming grief. There were many ways Mapleshade could have coped over the death of her kits but she willingly chose to kill everyone that caused her problems to try and make herself feel better. Especially with Ravenwing, as they were really only doing their job. Sure he was kinda scummy, but that can’t justify taking his life.

    Also, what about poor Crookedstar? There was little reason to hurry him other than a great relative and that’d he’d be an easy target, not to mention all the other awful things that she did.


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