Mapleshade – Last Grasp at Sanity by Maplepaw

Maplepaw analyzes the reasoning behind Mapleshade’s actions. 

Artwork by Wildberry

Hi, it’s Maplepaw with another article!
Ok so this will be my second article and I have chosen to do it on Mapleshade!

Now this article is purely a theory I have had, having not read Mapleshade’s Vengeance based on the events of Crookedstar’s Promise

Ok so hear we are
The Theory :

When Mapleshade helped trained Crookedstar through his life she was trying to do something good before the Dark Forest took over her mind.

The Evidence :
When you first see Mapleshade in Crookedstar’ Promise she is kind to him, helping him with his injury and keeping his hope’s up when his mother turns his back.
Then when she makes him promise to put his clan above all else, this seems to me like she is trying desperately to keep Crookedstar away from the same thing that she suffered, exile because of love.
As the book progresses you see that Mapleshade steers Crookedstar back on the path of his hopes and dreams , to be the leader of RiverClan.
Also you see that Mapleshade is beginning to become more and more aggressive in training as her sanity starts to slowly slip away from her. She makes Crookedstar leave his mother’s side , as she thinks this is what he would want her to say but then turns it into a plot for revenge later on in the book.
Her training seems to slowly get more malicious until Crookedstar sees Thistleclaw training and he realises what he is doing.
When Mapleshade realises that she can not guide Crookedstar like she wanted to, she snaps.
Immediately after this she seems to become crazy , like most members of the dark forest and we see a side to her that could not have co-existed with her kind personality at the start of the book.

The Problems :
Hawkfrost has also been know to trick cats with a seemingly kind personality
From what I have seem about Mapleshade’s Vengeance she was already mad (but she could have regretted what she had done after some time in the dark forest)
Looking back everything seemed to have an evil intention

So what do you think ??
Was Mapleshade helping Crookedstar really just her plotting revenge or was it her last grasp at sanity?

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  17 Replies to “Mapleshade – Last Grasp at Sanity by Maplepaw”

  1. December 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    This is an interesting theory Maple, but I believe that being nice to Crookedstar at the start was just part of her plan so that he would trust her and eventually do everything she said. Nice article with two sides of the argument considered 🙂 !


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  2. Jetclaw's rockin' round da X-mas Tree
    December 15, 2017 at 4:05 am

    It’s an interesting thought, but in all likelihood it’s all deception.
    Mapleshade got into the Dark Forest because she was vengeful, and when she died she died hating and swearing vengeance upon those who caused her and her kits suffering. Thus, ThunderClan and RiverClan, but especially the kin of Appledusk and Reedshine. Since pretty much Appledusk’s new kits could be seen by Mapleshade as taking the rightful place of HER kits who died thanks to ThunderClan and RiverClan.
    All her kindness towards Crookedkit was to lure him in, just like how Hawkfrost lured in Ivypool. They start off kind, helpful, seemingly good caring StarClan cats and by the time the truth comes out it’s too late.
    Now had Crookedkit not been the direct kin of Appledusk, and connected to RiverClan or ThunderClan, like perhaps if there was a kit who looked exactly like Mapleshade’s beloved kits, there could be potential for Mapleshade to develop an interest in which she sees them as one of her own. In which if put in a similar encounter with that kit as she had with Crookedkit in the beginning, perhaps it would be more genuine as the kit would remind her of the ones she lost.
    Although in all likelihood this would then lead to Mapleshade doing everything she could to convert that kit to her way of thinking and almost claiming that kit obsessively as her own. It’s an interesting thought actually if there would’ve been a kit who resembled her deceased ones what she would’ve done.
    But for the current theory, no, it was all deception, if anything Mapleshade’s last grasp for sanity was when she pleaded for StarClan to stop the kits voices in her head. After that she had no hope sadly.




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  3. All Spark wants for Christmas is a New Front Tooth (Sparktooth :P)
    December 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Really interesting to consider! 😀 However, I think Mapleshade was trying to manipulate him to go against his family and everyone he loves to become a powerful leader. She also makes him feel responsible for all the deaths of his friends and family. As if he wasn’t already going through a lot! This is something I always hold against Mapleshade.




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  4. Larkfeather
    February 24, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Interesting theory, but I feel like the only reason Mapleshade was nice to Crookedstar was to lead him into her trap. I think Mapleshade only wanted another cat to suffer like she had.




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