The Judging of Mapleshade by Acorva

Acorva judges Mapleshade’s character.

Art by DrakynWyrm

When I first read Mapleshade’s Vengeance, I thought it was completely unfair that she went to the dark forest while Appledusk got off scot-free, and I know that a lot of people felt/feel the same. Well, as I was re-reading the book, I noticed some things I didn’t before. I want to make a list of all the things Maplehade has done that would get her in the dark forest, and the things she has done that, in my opinion, would leave her safe to go to StarClan. Spoilers ahead, of course! Oh, and by the way, this is my first article, so apologies if there are…inconsistencies..?

Let’s start off with the good things.
1- Mapleshade did everything she did out of love for her kits. You know how Ashfur “Loved too much”? Well, so did Mapleshade. All she wanted to do was put her kits to peace again.
2- She really did love her clan, and I think she felt a little bit guilty about claiming Birchface was her mate, but I’m not entirely sure!
3- Mapleshade wasn’t the type of villain who wanted to lead her clan and make them “stronger”. She didn’t kill cats for fun or because they gave her a bad look at the gathering. As I said with number one, she killed for her kits, and only that.
4- Originally, she really did believe in StarClan and want to go there, unlike, say, Tigerstar and Thistledlaw, who thought StarClan was a bunch of weaklings.
5- Before the whole incident happened, Mapleshade was a honourable warrior. She didn’t kill in battle, and, from what I could gather, felt at least a little bit of sympathy for her enemies.
6- Before her kits died and she went crazy, I’m prett sure Mapleshade didn’t do anything that would send her to the dark forest. As I have said before, she loved her kits with all her heart, and she couldn’t bear losing them.

Ok, that’s all I can think of for now. Feel free to add anything in the comments!

Now onto the bad things she did. Oh dear.
1- Although she did do it to put her kits to peace, that doesn’t entirely make up for the fact that she killed three or four cats in cold blood.
2- It’s not entirely dark forest punishible, but she did break the warrior code. Well, and she broke it again when she killed a bunch of cats. Whoops.
3- She kind of went crazy, and hated both ThunderClan and RiverClan forever. Although I can understand that last part.
4- I hate to say this, but it’s kind of her own fault her kits died. Really, she killed three kits too. 🙁
5- She was glad to wake up in the dark forest. I think I’ve said enough.

Well, I can’t really think of anything else. Uh…time for the results!

Good Things Mapleshade did- 6
Bad Things Mapleshade did- 5 but really 7, as she killed three cats.

Well…drumroll please…

I’m afraid the results are…that Mapleshade did deserve to go to the Dark Forest. Poor Mapleshade.

Well, that’s it for this article of The Judging of Mapleshade! See you next time when I judge Ashfur! (But I think we already know hat the results are going to be!)


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