[A cat looks at the WindClan camp located on the moor]

Is Windclan unsafe…or Shadowclan? by Heathertail

Heathertail compares the lives of WindClan and ShadowClan cats.

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(these are all my opinions so please don’t be upset if you don’t agree)
So you may be thinking when you read the title that how is Windclan unsafe. Wouldn’t that be Shadowclan or some other clan? But I’m not talking about leaders or anything. I believe that Tallstar and Onestar are some of the best leaders in Warrior Cat’s history. What I am talking about is their (forest) setup. I think it’s unsafe just to sleep under the stars like that. At least they have their Elders and Kits in dens. But no thornbush surrounding the camp or anything. Shadowclan, which is very good at lurking at night, might attack. Or even if they have someone on guard a clan could distract them and attack. What I do like about them sleeping under the stars is that they have the closest relationship with Starclan. Which could be in their favor if they get an omen that a clan will attack. Then again, they aren’t very well protected; an animal, such as a badger, could attack them and they might not have enough time to scramble out of the way. Honestly, Windclan is my second favorite clan. I just wish they were a little better protected so that they don’t get hurt. So, let me talk about Shadowclan for a minute. Shadowclan is well protected, for instance, all the cats sleep in dens. But, they’re not the best at choosing leaders. To me, Raggedstar, Brokenstar, Nightstar, and Tigerstar were all horrible choices. And that might be because they don’t have a good connection with Starclan and might not take an omen correctly. Windclan, on the other hand, has the strongest connection with Starclan and even sleeps under the stars. And, in my personal opinion, Windclan’s leaders has had all very strong leaders, even if they’re not very well protected. Shadowclan, especially, does not seem to have a good connection with Starclan. I think they take all the omens wrong. Like the one about how a powerful cat will come to be the leader. And when Tigerclaw/star came and they thought he would be the strong leader (we all know how that turned out.) Also, Shadowclan has always seemed greedy. If you read about how Tigerclan got its stripes (in “Enter the Clans”) then you’d definitely think that the cats in Shadowclan are Tigerclan’s descendants. Anyways, if it came down to choosing between the two clans I would definitely choose Windclan over Shadowclan. I would rather have a strong leader and sleep under the stars, than a bad leader and a well-protected den. So in the end, my choice is Windclan.

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  • Maybe ShadowClan is unsafe leader-wise but not unsafe place-wise. However, WindClan has lots of little tricks to help them survive, so I don’t consider them too unsafe. Plus, even though ShadowClan may have some bad cats, you shouldn’t judge a Clan by a few cats who did a lot of bad. There are always cats who are good as well.

  • ShadowClan doesn’t necessarily always choose their leaders. Nightstar, for instance, was the only one to volunteer as leader and everyone just agreed. Brokenstar was deputy; of course he would be made leader. And ShadowClan was weak when Tigerstar came. They didn’t know what to do, and they knew Tigerclaw was strong. How were they supposed to know these would all turn out to be horrible leaders?

  • Ya… that makes sense! I always imagined Windclan to be under some kind of shrubbery or something, YOU CRUSHED MY IMAGINATION!!!!! Just kidding 😀 . Great article

  • Here’s my opinion:
    I personally don’t think that ShadowClan is as bad as it seems. They’re just cats that are really proud. Also, if you read Tigerstar’s Fury, it will say how Tigerclaw set up a sign for the medicine cat (either Runningnose or Littlecloud, I don’t remember) to think that it was a sign from StarClan to appoint Tigerclaw as leader. Sure, ShadowClan seems dark, but in Dawn of the Clans, they weren’t ever criticized by the other Clans. Tall Shadow was actually a very wise leader, in my opinion. The story of how TigerClan got its stripes was also just a legend told by the current cats. I don’t think there was actually a TigerClan as in Dawn of the Clans, they formed into five Clans in the beginning, not Clans evolving into the Clans we know as now.

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