Ebonypaw looks at Ashfur’s perspective on his mistakes.
It’s been debated many times whether Ashfur should go to Starclan or the Dark Forest. I believe Ashfur deserved Starclan, and here’s why.
As a kit, Ashfur had two brothers and a sister. However, both of his brothers died at a young age. He may have been too young to feel sad for Elderkit, but he was definitely old enough to feel sad for Tulipkit, leaving only himself and his sister, Fernkit.
As a young apprentice, his mother was killed. His own mother. This was extremely traumatizing to Ashfur. However, Ashfur and Ferncloud suggested one thing.
Fernpaw: “Fireheart, we want to help.”
Fireheart: “I said warriors.”
Ashpaw: “But Brindleface was our mother. Please, Fireheart. We want to do it for her.
-A Dangerous Path, page 291.
Ashfur and Ferncloud suggested revenge as an apprentice. Having it approved by the deputy makes it seem like it’s the right thing to do. In Warriors, the age of an apprentice is when cats listen to everything they learn. While it may be unknown who Ashfur’s father was, out of the three possible cats (Runningwind, Redtail, and Whitestorm) they all died when Ashfur was young. Ashfur was an orphan with two dead brothers and a sister that hangs out with his mentor a lot.
Then Ashfur’s sister and Ashfur’s mentor who is also their uncle become mates and have three litters of kits while Ashfur has no one. That must be awkward.
Anyway, back to topic. Ferncloud doesn’t really have time to hang out with Ashfur. She’s always in the nursery helping out with kits and never went hunting with him as warriors.
Then Ashfur falls in love with Squrrielflight (Random Fact: A.K.A his maybe half niece). Squrrielflight only saw him as a friend rather than a mate, unlike Ashfur. When Squrrielflight became mates with Brambleclaw however, Squirrelflight never hung out with Ashfur as friends! Squrrielflight never thanked him for training Lionblaze, she just forgot him. I’m not hating on Squrrielflight (I like her), but Squirrelflight could’ve still been friends with Ashfur.
Ashfur was driven by grief. He hardly had anyone as kin, which led to him being crazy.
I’m not blaming anyone for Ashfur’s actions (As it wasn’t their faults. They didn’t know what Ashfur would do), I’m just simply looking at Ashfur’s perspective. I truly think Ashfur deserved Starclan, even if the authors regret sending him there.
Jayfeather: “Ashfur! He’s here?”
Yellowfang: “Why not? His only fault was to love too much.”
Jayfeather: “Hardly. He tried to push us off the cliff!”
Yellowfang: “But he didn’t. Squirrelflight stopped him. And maybe her only fault is that she loved too much, as well.” — Sign of The Moon, page 94.