Dark Forest or Starclan? by Snowpaw

Snowpaw discusses whether some cats should’ve gone to StarClan or the Dark Forest.

Art by Falconstreaker

Hello my fellow Blogclanners! Today I am writing about… The Place Of No Stars or Starclan? What I mean is, did some of our beloved warrior cats go to the wrong afterlife home? Here are my theories:
1. Thistleclaw
Thistleclaw went to the Dark Forest, but should he have? Thistleclaw sure had his flaws, but where they enough to forbid him from Starclan? In Crookedstars Promise, Crookedpaw sees a Dark Forest warrior training Thistleclaw in deadly battle moves, and Thistleclaw is enjoying it. Welp, that’s one point gone to the Dark Forest. Let’s see… Thistleclaw isn’t heartless, he has love for his mate, Snowfur, and his kit, Whitestorm. I believe that he was just too overprotective with Whitekit. That’s one point to Starclan. Now, when he was training Tigerclaw in Bluestar’s Prophecy, he told Tigerpaw to attack the defensless young kit Tiny (later Scourge). That’s another point to the Dark Forest. Finally, he himself didn’t kill any cats, he just felt hatred towards them. That’s… Half a point to Starclan. Looks like he was supposed to go to the Dark Forest, although I still believe there is a little bit of love in his heart, and if he went to Starclan that love would only grow stronger.
2. Ashfur
Ashfur went to Starclan, but should he have?
Ashfur loved Squirrelflight, but when she chose Brambleclaw over him, his fury went WILD. Sure Yellowfang says “Oh he just loved to much!” But he tried to kill JAYFEATHER, LIONBLAZE AND HOLLYLEAF!!!!!!! Without them, the clans would of been beaten by the Dark Forest. I know Hollyleaf actually wasn’t part of the three, but she saved Ivypool’s LIFE. So I think all of that equals… 100 points to the Dark Forest and… 10 points to Starclan. But, that’s just my opinion. (Probably because I LOVE Jayfeather!!)
She went to the Dark Forest, but should she have?
Mapleshade fell in love with a cat from another clan, Riverclan (she was Thunderclan). The Thunderclan medicine cat got an omen, that Mapleshades three kits were half-clan. When the clan leader discovered this, he threw her out of Thunderclan. (How come this didn’t happen to Leafpool?) She tried to cross the river to Riverclan territory with her kits, but her kits drowned. Her Rjverclan mate, Appledusk, blamed her, he had a new mate now. She got cast out of Riverclan, becoming a rogue. Her kits voices wouldn’t leave her head, so she decided to kill the Thunderclan medicine cat, because, if he didn’t get the omen, she never would of been cast out. She killed him, leaving Thunderclan without a medicine cat. Still, two of her kits voices where stuck in her head, so she decided to kill Frecklewish, a cat in Thunderclan, because she watched her kits drown secretly and didn’t save them. So Mapleshade blinded her with an Adder, so she would never be able to see again. Her last kits voice still range in her head, so she killed Appledusk. I personally think she deserved to go to Starclan, all of those cats played a part in her turning evil. That’s it for now, I hope you enjoyed!

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  • I agree 100% with all of these.

    Keep in mind that Ashfur didn’t know they were important cats. Which is why I never use that argument. I think that it’s bad enough he tried killing three innocents, his Clan leader, and tried exiling Brambleclaw and Leafpool.

    Also, Brightflower, Tangleburr, and Lilywhisker all deserve StarClan.

    • YES MAPLESHADE!! Shoot, any cat would’ve gone bad if that had happened to them. I mean, what if Leafpool had gotten thrown out, her kits drowned, and Crowfeather blamed her and had another mate (the another mate part is a check)? Maybe she would’ve turned out like Mapleshade!

  • Great article! I believe that Thistleclaw probably chose the Dark Forest because he trained there for so long that it was practically his home. Ashfur on the other hand, very much deserves to go to the Dark Forest. He physically tried to kill three innocent cats and essentially killed his leader. With that being said, I think Mapleshade should’ve been forgiven because she was half starved and didn’t even have the right mentality to groom herself. She very much thought she heard her kit’s voices in her head, which breaks my heart.

  • Great article, Snowpaw!!!! I totally agree with you! Especially with Mapleshade. Yes, Thistleclaw did have some love in him and I believe Snowfur still loved him even after he went to the Dark Forest. Ashfur, well I don’t really care but he probably could have gone to the Dark Forest too (I wish he was still that nice fun cat but noooo he had to turn into that stalker dude and try to kill four cats just because he couldn’t force a cat to love him or that cat wouldn’t love him back because, what are you supposed to do? And same on how the Three needed to live (yep Hollyleaf saved Ivypool and is so awesome).
    Great job!!!! 👍🏽🙂

  • Maybe you could ask Cakestar or Vicky about why they are in the place they are… idk

    • Well Squirrelflight let him down gently and he knew that she didn’t love him the same way he did. Appledusk however showed it and was just awful. But maybe so. But I believe Mapleshade had a better reason to kill. But that’s just me!