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Why Ashfur Should Have Gone to the Dark Forest by Cheetahpaw

Cheetahpaw gives their opinion on the series old debate.

Artwork by Lithestep

Hi! This is Cheetahpaw, giving you an article for why Ashfur should have gone to the Dark Forest *SPOILER ALERT FOR POWER OF THREE, OMEN OF THE STARS, AND MAPLESHADE’S VENGEANCE*. This is my second article, so I’m kind of new at this. Hope you like it!
So if you’ve read Omen of the Stars, you probably noticed that Jayfeather saw Ashfur in StarClan. Jayfeather was very confused by this considering that ASHFUR TRIED TO KILL HIM! Anyway, Yellowfang tells Jayfeather that all Ashfur did wrong was love too much…. I have some problems with this.
So the basics on his rampage was this: he always loved Squirrelflight, but Brambleclaw became her mate instead. He loved her so much that he decides to let her kits die in a fire by blocking their path out. Squirrelflight stops him by telling him she doesn’t care because they aren’t her kits. Ashfur decides to attempt to ruin her life further by telling her secret in front of every cat at the Gathering. Luckily, he is stopped when Hollyleaf kills him.
Now usually, when a cat attempts murder on multiple cats, they go to the Dark Forest. I get that Ashfur was blinded by love, but wasn’t that also true for Mapleshade? Mapleshade fell in love with a RiverClan warrior, had his kits, and was banished from ThunderClan. Mapleshade tried to go to RiverClan with her kits, but they died in the river and, to top it all off, RiverClan wouldn’t let her live there.
Mapleshade was driven by revenge, of course, when she killed the cats that she killed. But didn’t it all start because of love? If it hadn’t been for love, Mapleshade might have been a good cat. So why didn’t Mapleshade go to StarClan?
Simple: Mapleshade actually killed cats, but Ashfur didn’t. When Jayfeather asks why Ashfur isn’t in the Dark Forest, Yellowfang replies that he didn’t kill anyone. Jayfeather says that he would have, with Yellowfang snapping back that he didn’t.
I have a few problems with this. Ashfur would have definetly killed Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather if Squirrelflight hadn’t stopped him by giving him other life-ruining information. Ashfur, instead, decides to ruin Squirrelflight, Brambleclaw, Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather’s lives all at once instead. He thought that ruining five cats’ lives during their life-time is better than only ruining Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw’s and ending the other three’s. This definitely is Dark Forest worthy to me.
Another thing: if Ashfur had killed Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather, the Power of Three prophecy never would have happened. He could have doomed the whole forest without even realizing it. The Dark Forest cats could have taken over all because of Ashfur. Yes, I know he wouldn’t have known, but the damage he could have caused would have been catastrophic.
Feel free to comment down below your opinions on this! If there are any flaws in my article, please point them out, because I like constructive criticism. Thanks for reading!


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  • I agree with you. Not only did Ashfur wanted to kill Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf, he also attempted to kill Firestar by plotting with Hawkfrost to set the fox trap. A cat like this definitely deserves to go to the Dark Forest! Just because he didn’t kill any cats, doesn’t mean that his heart is still evil.

  • OMSC I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS ARTICLE TO COME OUT! This was a pleasant surprise 😛 (btw when I said it was my second article the first was never published so I decided not to resubmit it because I didn’t like it anymore, so this is technically my first) I chose like, the most basic article to write ever.

  • I SO AGREE! In addition, Mapleshade technically killed for love. She loved her kits and thought that she was helping them have a good afterlife by killing. Sure, it was a hallucination, but you don’t know when you’re hallucinating, otherwise, it wouldn’t be, well, a hallucination.

    • Oh, also, Ashfur DID technically kill someone. He plotted the death of Firestar, causing Firestar to lose a life. Imagine if Firestar had only had one!

  • Ooh cool article Cheetah! I totally agree. I don’t HATE Ashfur but I dislike him for trying to kill the three and going to StarClan anyways. 😛

  • Ashfur is in StarClan because he thought he was following the Warrior code just like Mudclaw and this is written down in warriors Wikipedia.

    • But so did Tigerstar, but that doesn’t justify him for trying to kill them. Also, that seems factually incorrect because Hollyleaf told Ashfur that he was going AGAINST the will of starclan, but his response was, “I don’t care.”

    • I hate Ashfur, so don’t think that I’m defending him when I say this. However, just because a cat doesn’t like it when kittypets join a Clan doesn’t mean that they are evil or even mean in any way! It’s just their personal opinion. Do you hate Mousefur? She didn’t like it when outsiders joined.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with you! I don’t hate Ashfur but I do dislike him. I mean come on dude, really? I honestly know a person who is like him. She’s Ashfur, my “unofficial boyfriend” is like Squirrelflight, and then I’m Brambleclaw. So when he chose me (Sparrowsong didn’t even treat him well when they were dating), she got all mad and tried to “win him back” (even though it was clear he didn’t care for her anymore because of what she did to him and that he clearly chose me).
    Sorry this whole “love triangle” reminded of my life, lol. 😛

  • I totally agree with you, Cheetahpaw! 😀 (By the way, I made an Ashfur article as well, before I knew you posted this. If it gets published, I want you to know that I did not copy you.)

  • In my opinion, attempted murder is just as bad as actual murder. Even if you don’t accomplish it, you still had the same goal of murder. And yeah, I agree Ashfur going to the Dark Forest didn’t make sense, and I wish we got more info on why he did. Like maybe he was in the Dark Forest at first? He regretted his actions right before he died? We see him apologize to Squirrelflight? I really don’t think “loving too much” is a good excuse.

    Though the whole Ashfur situation doesn’t bother me as much as Breezepelt’s.

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