Two Explanations by Swanpaw

Swanpaw dives into the intriguing world of headcanons. 

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So, I was just browsing an online forum for Warriors. That’s when someone brings up the subject of headcanon. Not just any headcanons, the ones related to cats. I knew I had tons of those because I have been fiddling in the world of fanfictions with canon cats in them. I’d like to share a few with the warriors of BlogClan. Now here I go:

1: The Improper Mother (Snowbird)
For those who don’t know, Snowbird is a ShadowClan cat. She’s been alive since the OS(though she was first put in the allegiances in POT), and, in the books she’s been alive, she’s had three litters with two different toms. The first one was comprised of Wildfur and Nightwing, fathered by Boulder. The second one was of Rippletail(ShadowClan), Berryheart, and Cloverfoot, fathered by Scorchpaw. Her final litter was Yarrowleaf, Beenose, and Bluebellkit, fathered by Scorchfur.

I don’t think Snowbird was a good mother to any of her kits. She was probably rude, selfish, and possibly reckless. It was likely that she didn’t care about what her kits did. She gave them freedom to do as they please, and she never really disciplined them. Because of this, her kits each ended up with an independent voice of their own and a personality that reeks of their mother. Despite not being Snowbird’s daughter, Needletail also has it too. Berryheart likely raised her kit similar to how Snowbird did.

Why do I think this? Well, Snowbird’s family is really the problem area in AVOS. Ratscar told stories about the glory days of ShadowClan, when they were feared, and Snowbird’s descendants are the main cats who rebel against ShadowClan. This also could be a reason for Snowbird not being deputy.

2: Sometimes, Friends are Needed (Rowanclaw)
Rowanclaw(later Rowanstar) was a ShadowClan warrior with two siblings, Lavenderkit and Cedarheart, a mate, Tawnypelt, and three kits, Flametail, Tigerheart, and Dawnpelt. He’s particularly famous for being referred to as a she-cat for a few books in a row(fun fact: Gorsetail had the gender-switching much worse than him) and for being the current ShadowClan leader. Most claim his personality took a complete turn at Power of Three because, in TNP, he accused Tawnypelt, his mate in POT, of being disloyal. I think this could be a cause of it.

I imagine that Lavenderkit, Cedarkit, and Rowankit were close siblings. Well, that’s until Lavenderkit dies. That caused for Cedarkit and Rowankit to get especially attached to each other. They became more of best sibling friends, and they never really broke apart until an event in The New Prophecy. Talonpaw, Rowanclaw’s apprentice, had died. The ginger tom is desperate to get revenge for them. Cedarheart is one of the few cats who supports Rowanclaw, so he goes on the patrol to do so. In that patrol, he gets badly injured. He still has a few moons of service left, but he has to retire between Sunset and The Sight.

Rowanclaw was disappointed when his brother had to retire. Cedarheart was one of his closest friends, and he tried to do everything with him. But now he can’t. Rowanclaw wants a new pal. Tawnypelt probably noticed that, or Rowanclaw noticed Tawnypelt was lonely, and they became friends. Rowanclaw started to see her as a full-blooded ShadowClan cat developed feelings towards her.

It’s either that or Rowanclaw was just a Tsundere. Either works.

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