Why I Love Sun Shadow by Cheetahpaw

Cheetahpaw talks about one of their favourite cats, Sun Shadow. Spoilers for DotC!

Art by ginger-wishes (Tumblr)

*SPOILERS FOR DAWN OF THE CLANS (OBVIOUSLY)*
Hello! I thought that today I would write an article about one of my favorite characters of all time, Sun Shadow. I wouldn’t call him necessarily underrated, but I do like to spread love for my little boy Sun Shadow as much as I can.
So as we all know, Sun Shadow was an Early Tribe cat like a few of the other founding member of the Clans. However, he arrived on different circumstances than all the other former Tribe cats. His mother was Dewy Leaf, Moon Shadow’s former mate. Moon Shadow left the Tribe to follow the Sun Trail along with the other travelers, leaving his mate Dewy Leaf with their unborn kits. As we all know, Moon Shadow was killed because of the fire that occurred when the Early Settlers were first beginning to live in groups. Sun Shadow, not knowing this, had always wished he had been born when the cats left so he could join his father.
So, onto why I love Sun Shadow so much. Sun Shadow was a kind cat that yearned for adventure and his mother’s love. His mother had found a new mate in Sharp Hail, leaving him empty and wanting to follow in his father’s paw-steps. Sun Shadow knew that Quiet Rain was hurting without her kits and looked after her and cared for her when they both decided to leave the mountains.
Even though it is a long journey, Sun Shadow pulls through all while helping Quiet Rain. He wanted to meet his father more than anything and faced more hardships then most cats could face. Sun Shadow chose to help Quiet Rain and search for his father even though he knew the journey would be perilous.
When Sun Shadow does return to the forest, he is devastated by learning of his father’s death, but decides to stay in the forest anyway without giving up on what Moon Shadow would have wanted. When Quiet Rain was injured, Sun Shadow helped her and stayed with her, up until her death. True, with all the stress of Quiet Rain and Moon Shadow’s death, Sun Shadow starts off his time with the Early Settlers to be pretty shaken up, which is understandable.
Sun Shadow then becomes a part of the Early Settlers and becomes a kind and respected cat. He helped find Gray Wing’s kits when they were missing, and he was kind to most cats.
Sun Shadow soon becomes the first deputy of ShadowClan, making his mark and leaving his father proud from where he lies in StarClan.
So that was the end of the article! Sorry if I rambled, because I tend to do that. I hope everyone has a great day!

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Stormberry The Jedi Cat
Stormberry The Jedi Cat
June 10, 2018 12:25 am

Nice article! Sun Shadow is a cool character

Cheetahspark
Cheetahspark
June 10, 2018 12:39 am

Awwwwwwwww I remember when I wrote this back when I was a wee apprentice (yes I realize that was only a few weeks ago 😛 ) SUN SHADOW IS STILL MY BAE

Flame with a Super Creative Halloween Name
Flame with a Super Creative Halloween Name
June 11, 2020 6:05 pm
Reply to  Cheetahspark

It is years ago now cheeto of the past. I also appreciate Sun Shadow’s existence.


The Earthliest Earthling

Cheetahspark
Cheetahspark
June 11, 2020 9:00 pm

it’s been a while but y’know sun shadow is still great

Flame with a Super Creative Halloween Name
Flame with a Super Creative Halloween Name
June 11, 2020 9:01 pm
Reply to  Cheetahspark

Hello cheeto of the present


The Earthliest Earthling

Cheetahspark
Cheetahspark
June 11, 2020 9:03 pm

hello flame of the future

Flame with a Super Creative Halloween Name
Flame with a Super Creative Halloween Name
June 11, 2020 9:08 pm
Reply to  Cheetahspark

how do you know this isn’t flame of the past time traveling?


The Earthliest Earthling

Cheetahspark
Cheetahspark
June 11, 2020 9:09 pm

hmm. fair point. guess we’ll never know.

Willowpaw (Wistep)
Willowpaw (Wistep)
June 10, 2018 2:25 am

Sun Shadow is one of my favorite DotC characters! Good job! 😀

🌈owlfeather-owly🌈
🌈owlfeather-owly🌈
June 10, 2018 5:04 am

Nice article Cheetah! 😀 Sun shadow is so amazing 😄


thats not very plus ultra of u

Foxtail (Foxie)
Foxtail (Foxie)
June 10, 2018 5:16 am

Sun Shadow becomes deputy of ShadowClan???!!! Oops I just spoiled that for myself whoopsies 😛 I just skimmed through this……and I’m only on “Thunder Rising” haha.


LØVƎSIƆK BLIИK (runnin’ 4 SW)

Aster is Meowing for Chinese New Year!!! (Asterstorm/ Meowing Aster/ Astie)
Aster is Meowing for Chinese New Year!!! (Asterstorm/ Meowing Aster/ Astie)
June 10, 2018 5:20 am

YES YES YES IT’S SUN SHADOW 😸😸😸!!!! Totally agree with you, Cheetah! Great article 😆! I hope he finally becomes the leader of Shadowclan 😉.


!!Running for senior warrior!!

Bluefire/Fireix/Blu/Fire
Bluefire/Fireix/Blu/Fire
June 10, 2018 8:17 pm

Sun Shadow!!!

Eagleclaw
Eagleclaw
June 10, 2018 10:16 pm

Nice article, and I must agree with you: Sun Shadow has a cool subplot going on throughout the latter stages of DotC in particular, including that Prologue in A Forest Divided (I believe? I might be wrong), and he had a cool and calm demeanour. Not to mention his brilliant-sounding name.

Moonbreeze (Moon) is too lazy to log in
Moonbreeze (Moon) is too lazy to log in
June 11, 2018 4:50 pm

Sun Shadow is great! Good article.

Rainpaw /// Rainshine
Rainpaw /// Rainshine
June 12, 2018 3:52 am

I LOVE SUN SHADOW TOO THIS IS AN AWESOME ARTICLE

Sky
Sky
June 14, 2018 6:46 am

Sun Shadow was awesome!

Oof but who else dislikes Sharp Hail?

Aster is Meowing for Chinese New Year!!! (Asterstorm/ Meowing Aster/ Astie)
Aster is Meowing for Chinese New Year!!! (Asterstorm/ Meowing Aster/ Astie)
June 14, 2018 11:27 am
Reply to  Sky

Me! “Moon Shadow is Sun Shadow’s father” is not a good reason for Sharp Hail to treat Sun Shadow harshly 😾.


!!Running for senior warrior!!

Sage Whisper
Sage Whisper
June 14, 2018 3:12 pm

Although his appearance was not necessarily plot-driving, his reason for doing so was certainly interesting. I love well thought-out “background” characters.

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