Prowlclaw analyzes the pros and cons of the Dark Forest.
Hello! This is Prowlclaw with another article concerning the matter of sending cats to the dark forest. While you, the reader, might be thinking,”Of course they should go there! They did terrible, horrendous things!” But to that I ask you, what is the main purpose of the dark forest? I will explain in detail what the dark forest’s purpose is in a different article, but for know I will label it as just a place to store evil cats, not an eternal place of suffering, mostly because they don’t physically suffer there. However, they do mentally, by slowly going insane without knowing it. This was confirmed by the many examples of cats, (Thistleclaw, Mapleshade, and Crookedstar) who were going mad or turned mad because of their time in the dark forest. So, by this logic, Starclan should be the opposite, which is proven by none other than Ashfur. Before Ashfur went to Starclan, he was an anger filled cat with the intention to kill. Although, when he went to Starclan, he suddenly turned into a peaceful cat after he went there. So the question really is, can starclan heal these mentally ill cats?
While the simple answer is yes, it is actually more complicated than that. As you probably know, Ashfur was never trained by the dark forest, but “Why does this matter?” You may ask? Well, I believe if a cat is effected by the dark forest to a certain point, they cannot go to Starclan as a result. This would explain why some cats like Thistleclaw and
Antpelt couldn’t go to Starclan when they died. While many people would have viewed this as “Dying in the dark forest, keeps you in the dark forest.” It would work well for this theory, and make more sense then simply stating if they die there they go there.
In conclusion, this article shows some of the mechanics of the dark forest and of Starclan. One quick notice, stay tuned for my next article explaining how the dark forest works and how it sends cats there. If you enjoyed this article and want to add on to the theory, please voice yourself in the comments. Thank you!