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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May 10, 2017 1:26 am

I can’t believe I forgot I posted this.

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May 10, 2017 1:21 pm
Reply to  Beetletail

Well you did 😛

May 10, 2017 12:04 pm

This is great! I love headcannons.

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May 10, 2017 12:56 pm

Good article! Two comments:
1) What’s a headcanon?
2) In number one does that say “fathered by Scorchpaw? 😮

May 10, 2017 1:09 pm

1) Well, canon is something that is confirmed by the creators of a book/show/movie/etc. or things in their creation. For example, Firestar is ginger in canon. A headcanon is something that is not created by the authors but rather the fans. For example, I headcanon that Redtail is the father of Brindleface’s kits though it’s never been confirmed(I know there was missing kits for this, but that’s not longer within Warriors lore, so there’s that).
2) Well, Kate said that Scorchfur fathered her kits in Outcasts….When he was a new apprentice. So that’s why he’s mentioned as Scorchpaw.

I hoped this help clear things up with you.

June 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Reply to  Amberstorm233

Redtail DID father Brindleface’s kit (Sandstorm) either Kate or Vicky confirmed it. So it’s canon

May 10, 2017 3:26 pm

Interesting, nice article! 😀 I agree with Snowbird’s.

May 10, 2017 4:47 pm

These are some really interesting theories! Despite her character, I still love Snowbird’s name. It’s so pretty 😀

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May 13, 2017 8:59 am
Reply to  Russetflame

Me too!!

May 13, 2017 12:47 am

great article!!!
(what are the little cats with numbers next to them on the posts?)

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Brightwing - Bright Wing Of Mountain Bluebird
May 13, 2017 9:00 am

If you click them, it’s like ‘liking’ them on a social media site, I think. But you can only ‘like’ one comment once. Hey, I’ll do it to yours! 🙂 And I’ve just realized, you can like yourself!!!

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May 9, 2020 8:37 pm

Interesting head canons!

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