Beechpaw shares why they think there might not be a need for the Dark Forest.
This is my first article, and it’s on something that you guys are totally going to disagree with me on: Should there really be a Dark Forest?
1st Point: Tallstar
Okay, if you’ve read Tallstar’s Revenge, you know that Tallstar sought out revenge to kill Sparrow after he *supposedly* killed his father. Even though Tallstar didn’t end up killing Sparrow, he still sought out revenge to kill for his father, who was already quarreling with him anyway. Tallstar makes it into StarClan, after years of service and leadership to his Clan, leaving the Sparrow incident behind. Sound familiar? See the second point below.
2nd point: Hollyleaf
Okay, I’m 99% sure Hollyleaf got into StarClan, even after murdering Ashfur cold-blooded. Why? Because she was scared everyone would view her as a half-Clan, or a no-Clan rogue or stray. However, she had no proof that Ashfur was even going to mention anything about her lineage at the Gathering, or if Ashfur even believed Squirrelflight. For all he knew, Squirrelflight was just telling a lie to protect her kits, which could’ve been 100% possible. In conclusion, Hollyleaf only murdered Ashfur out of self- protection, fear for her own life, and shame. She later disappeared in the tunnels when she couldn’t handle the pressure of the whodunit mystery.
Point 3: Ashfur/Mapleshade
Yes, Ashfur did “attempt” the killing of four cats, but it was out of heartbrokenness and his love life being flipped on its side and smashed to pieces. Mapleshade’s story was extremely familiar, except she succeeded in killing cats. She was even exiled out of her own Clan. She vowed revenge. Back to Ashfur, in StarClan I remember someone saying that Ashfur “understood what he had done” and “learned his lesson”, and his wisdom was “welcome in StarClan.” Does this mean that Mapleshade’s love for her kits and her ferocity against the people who ruined her life mean she doesn’t get into StarClan? It seems to me like the Mapleshade issue was another story of people getting a taste of their own medicine.
Point 4: Thistleclaw
Thistleclaw apparently got into the Dark Forest because he was battle-hungry and also because he went against the warrior code and trained his kit when he wasn’t apprenticed yet. He also trained in grueling battle moves. Sometimes I think that some Dark Forest warriors only go against StarClan because StarClan locked them out. They actually wanted to go to StarClan, but StarClan just turned their back on them. It is said that Bluestar chased Thistleclaw into the Dark Forest, which might’ve been because of her view of him as arrogant and rude, plus think about how sometimes Thistleclaw would tell her to “stay off of his son.” Verdict: Thistleclaw really originally was in StarClan, so he should probably be in StarClan.
Point 5: Tigerstar
This, many of you will totally disagree on, but when I originally thought of Tigerstar dying, I imagined him going up to StarClan, learning from his life lessons, and becoming a wise StarClan warrior. But, NO. He apparently sneered StarClan during his stay in the Dark Forest, personally which I think is from the same thing Thistleclaw had against StarClan. And, when you think about it, he didn’t deliberately kill people. He just… led dogs into camp, and rogues, and threats into the forest, but he never personally killed anyone (until his time in the Dark Forest). It’s kind of like bringing deathberries into a camp, but not deliberately feeding them to kits. Which brings me to my final point, Darkstripe and Hawkfrost.
Point 6: Darkstripe/Hawkfrost
I’m going to make this short and sweet: These two cats fell into a treacherous trap. Darkstripe was just Tigerstar’s friend, but when his treachery began was when Tigerstar began to (I think) make Darkstripe do things like feed Sorrelkit deathberries. Hawkfrost only got into the Dark Forest because he felt he had to be loyal to his bloodlines, and therefore when his father trained him in the Dark Forest, he thought he was just making his father happy.
Verdict: I think all cats should have an oppurtunity to go to StarClan, because sometimes its just not fair, the judging. Sometimes its extremely biased, and they look at the bad things in their life, not the good things. Hope you liked it, comment down below to voice your opinion!