Ebonypaw defends the actions of Oakstar.
When I first read Mapleshade’s Vengeance, I disliked Oakstar because he exiled Mapleshade and her kits. But after thinking about it in his perspective, I’m kind of neutral on him.
Before Mapleshade’s Vengeance, Oakstar’s mate Shinecloud had broken her neck. Frecklewish and Birchface was all he had left. But then Birchface also died. The battle made it seem like Appledusk purposely drowned Birchface. He was experiencing grief, and to find out one of his Clanmates was expecting Appledusk’s kits made him furious.”I want Mapleshade to tell us herself. She let me believe that my son Birchface was their father. I cannot imagine that one of my warriors would dare to tell such a lie.” -Mapleshade’s Vengeance, page 39. It made him even more angry when Mapleshade lied about having Birchface’s kits. He exiled Mapleshade to ensure his Clan was loyal.
Oakstar didn’t know Mapleshade was going to kill Frecklewish and Ravenwing. “He [Oakstar] didn’t expect Mapleshade to go rampage and kill everybody when he banished her”-Su Susann, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10155433124217454&id=29566467453&pnref=story
Oakstar later learned from his mistake and decided to keep Squirrelwhisker in Thunderclan when he found out Squirrelwhisker was expecting Eaglestorm’s kit. “You could say he learned from his mistake. He didn’t expect Mapleshade to go rampage and kill everybody when he banished her. Especially his medicine cat. It was very hard for the clan to be without one until Cloudberry was ready to take over. So he took care to not make this mistake again and was more open minded when Squirrelwhisker came home pregnant with Eaglestorm’s kit.” -Su Susann, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10155433124217454&id=29566467453&pnref=story
Oakstar later became mates with Sweetbriar and had Pinestar. Oakstar was a great father to Pinestar and truly cared about him. “My son is going to be the finest warrior this Clan has ever known!” -Pinestar’s Choice, Chapter One. “I want you to be ready to fight those mangy Riverclan cats!” Oakstar meowed. “They will not take another son from me!” -Pinestar’s Choice, Chapter One. “I always knew you [Pinestar] would be leader one day.” -Pinestar’s Choice, Chapter Five.
However, there are still things he did wrong. He shouldn’t have exiled Mapleshade’s kits, since the warrior code states that kits are important, even if they aren’t your Clanmate (Though the reason for banishing Mapleshade’s kits may have been Ravenwing telling him Mapleshade’s kits were a danger to Thunderclan). He also shouldn’t have exiled Mapleshade and her kits during a storm. He could’ve let them stay until the storm was over. That’s why I’m neutral on Oakstar. However, that does still make him flawed.
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