Fawnspot wonders why Cinderpelt had to become a medicine cat.
If you read the title than you know already that this article is going to be about Cinderpelt and why she has to become a medicine cat. In this article is going to compare Cinderpelt’s story with two other cases of a warrior being crippled, in this case Briarlight and Jagged Peak.
If you’ve read Dawn of the Clans you know that Jagged Peak breaks his hind leg. Basically he joins SkyClan, then Clear Sky/Skystar sends him hunting in the trees before he’s ready and when Jagged Peak falls sends him away. Jagged Peak joins WindClan and stays as a warrior eventually having a mate and kits. But his leg is irrevocably damaged.He has a injury almost exactly like Cinderpelt’s yet gets to stay a warrior. He even invents special moves that take into account his crippled leg and no one ever implies that since he has one crippled leg that he should become a medicine cat. Why? My best guess is because at the time there where no medicine cats, every clan just had a cat who knew herbs. And when medicine cats appeared he already had been a warrior for moons and would probably not want to be told that he had to become a medicine cat after all these moons.
Even though Jagged Peaks reason for not becoming a medicine cat is valid, Briarlight’s isn’t.
Briarlight gets her spine broken when the beech falls into the Thunderclan camp, killing Longtail and paralyzing her hind legs. She has a worse injury than Cinderpelt but still is allowed to remain a warrior even though she can’t hunt or fight. Maybe she doesn’t become a medicine cat because Jayfeather doesn’t want an apprentice, or maybe because StarClan doesn’t want to have to go through the whole Cinderpelt/Cinderhaert reincarnation thing again. Whatever the reason Briarlight gets to stay a warrior.
Another thing I don’t get is that Cinderpelt can still hunt and fight after her accident but is still pressured by cats to become a medicine cat.
This article is not trying to say that Briarlight and other warriors who decide to stay in the nursery or not hunt and fight are warriors but try and understand why Cinderpelt was forced to become a Medicine cat but Jagged Peak and Briarlight weren’t.
If I offended anyone with this article I am sorry.