My Rant About Gray Wing and His Potential by Spottedheart

Spottedheart talks about Gray Wing’s life and potential as a character.

Art by NightmareSparckle

I shouldn’t have chosen this as a subject. You’ll still be reading this article in a few hours because I have so many things that just shouldn’t have happened in Gray Wing’s life. I have 1151 words in this article. (* Writes mental note of not to write about my favourite characters*) No cat should go through this much suffering. I apologise in advance. I will definitely go off track with mini rants about the undeserved deaths of many. I’m ready for the comments to light up in positive and negative opinions relating this article!

Before I get to 500 words from the first paragraph alone, I’ll start my little, friendly rant with a not so famous quote. “The past is the past, it can’t be changed, but we can choose how we look back on their life and base our opinions on that” -Spottedheart, February 28, 2018. So, as we all should know, Gray Wing was the main character of Dawn of the Clans, so only read this article if you read all six Dawn of the Clan books! Gray Wing did not plan on going from the Tribe to the place visioned by Stoneteller, but when Jagged Peak ran off to catch up with them, Gray Wing was put in charge of finding Jagged Peak and the party going to the new lands. Gray Wing had an extremely important but hard life, he was the one to give all of the clans their names, and he made most of his group’s decisions at the peak of his healthy life. He had to lose his brother to his ambition, where he was basically turning into a psychopath. Please pardon me if I make some mistakes. I’m a bit rusty on the Dawn of the Clans series!

My first issue is that Clear Sky blamed Gray Wing for the death of his first mate, Bright Stream. That was extremely wrong of him. Gray Wing couldn’t get to the hawk in time because he was extremely tired from the journey, adrenaline wasn’t enough to help him save Bright Stream. He definitely did not try to let her die, Gray Wing admitted that he liked Bright Stream too, but she was already with Clear Sky. Gray Wing isn’t the type of cat that would become jealous and try to kill her! No way! Gray Wing was a well known hero, not a murderer.

Gray Wing had to go through so much: Part 1: Clear Sky’s stupidity: *Sighs*. I have nothing against the separation of the cats into Moon Shadow’s group and Clear Sky’s group, everyone has their own opinions, but… He wanted to start a war because he needed more prey and land? I don’t really think that that was the issue. He wanted to take over the forest for his own wild group, pushing Moon Shadow’s group farther and farther away. It was an extremely useless fight, and all the blood was left in the hands of Clear Sky, it was all his fault.

The next issue was of Clear Sky stealing Gray Wing’s mate, now they may not have officially been mates yet, but you could see that they each liked the other one. But when they went to visit his brother, they fell in love from looks! Not personality, which really hits close to my heart. Gray Wing really wanted to love her, but Clear Sky just wanted to… Use her. He didn’t let his own kit into the clan! What! Horrible parenting.

This is directed towards the Erin Hunters: Why are the main characters clueless! We could see that Cinderpelt liked Firestar but Firestar couldn’t see what was below his nose. The same thing happened with Turtle Tail. Honestly Gray Wing!! He pretty much made Turtle Tail leave, and whenever he came to the town, Turtle Tail’s hopes rose through the roof, but he was looking for Storm. After reading the part when Turtle Tail left to the town, I went to bed and dreamt about Turtle Tail getting together with Gray Wing, which was all I ever wanted from the first book to be completely truthful with you. I was absolutely ecstatic when Turtle Tail came back!

I have a very strong opinion about this issue, you’re lucky that you’re reading me say this and not hearing me yell it with pain flashing through my eyes: Why did you have to die Turtle Tail? Why, why, why, why? All Tom wanted to do was make everyone suffer and get his kits From Turtle Tail! But he second handedly killed Turtle Tail! I was heartbroken. Before this moment, I had cried at two deaths, maybe three: Dobby, the house elf from Harry Potter (Don’t judge, I was in grade three), and Firestar. I said maybe three because Spottedleaf’s second death was cruel, but I may have only been crying from the shock of Firestar watching her die, and then when Firestar himself died. Now you may add poor Turtle Tail. *Please have a moment of silence, I don’t care that they are fiction characters, I had a space in my heart for them*. Gray Wing and the kits were heartbroken, but Gray Wing had to seem strong and comfort the kits. That death was the definition of cruel. Come on, covering her body in flowers, so sad!

Anyways, on a bit lighter note, (just saying, these points aren’t really in a timeline), I will bring up Gray Wing’s asthma, which ultimately led to his early death (On the bright side, he was able to be with Turtle Tail!). He got it from the fire that raged through the forest when he had to jump over a circle of fire and inhale the toxins. He had to eventually give up his leadership from it, but at least he was still a highly respected cat. *Shakes head at how his career was ruined from twolegs (I think)*

That must be it, right? NO NO NO!! There’s more! He had to see his brother KILL someone! Okay, so he turned down Jagged Peak and Thunder, and we knew that he killed a mother (I think her name was Fox), but Gray Wing watched him kill Rainswept Flower, who was always there when Gray Wing was having a hard time, he had to see “his” (He was the only father that actually loved them) kit(s) leave him and join another group. Thunder did it TWICE!! And then he died from his asthma, nit before saying good-bye to his super young kits and naming all of the clans.

In conclusion, Gray Wing should have been a leader, should not have lost his mate, should not have had such a bad brother, and just had a horrible life.

Did I miss anything? If so, tell me, I’d love to have some more fuel added to my fire! Until next time, may StarClan light your path!


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Emberpaw Is In New Jersey
Emberpaw Is In New Jersey
June 18, 2018 2:26 am

Gray Wing was an awesome character, and he went through a ton. I agree with most of this, except Clear Sky didn’t blame Gray Wing for Bright Stream’s death. He blamed himself. Anyways, this is a great article!

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Aster is Meowing for Chinese New Year!!! (Asterstorm/ Meowing Aster/ Astie)
June 18, 2018 5:46 am

Great article 😆! I agree with all your points. Gray Wing is an amazing cat, and he shouldn’t suffer that much 😿. Gray Wing should live longer and deserve a better life. I really hate Clear Sky 😾! He’s a selfish cat and keep doing things that are rude and nonsense to me. How could he start being rude because his first mate died, steal brother’s love, ignore his own kit, and start many meaningless wars 😒?!

(Btw, if Gray Wing became the first leader of Windclan, shouldn’t Windclan called…… Grayclan 🤔😛?)

!!Running for senior warrior!!

July 10, 2018 3:25 am

Clear Sky was never a bad cat. He lost his sister, two mates, his brother, his mother, and his son, Tiny Branch

November 29, 2019 6:09 pm
Reply to  Amberheart

Gray Wing also lost his sister, Clear Sky’s first mate I can understand, but he abandoned Storm and Thunder, then pretended to want Thunder, abandoned him for the second time, Tiny Branch died of natural reasons, so I can understand that one, but overall Clear Sky is a pretty sucky character

falling feather
falling feather
May 31, 2020 1:22 am
Reply to  Thistlefall

Yeah, Clear Sky cared too much about controlling everything, which to a certain extent you can underestand.
However Clear Sky takes it too far. He ends up going against his reasons and does the exact thing he was trying to prevent.

✧ epic pfp by goldi! ✧

June 18, 2018 3:11 pm

It’s kinda reasonable since the tom’s are clueless, because boys in real life are clueless anyways (except for a few 😛 )

The mother was also named Misty I think, Fox was a cat Gray Wing accidentally killed.

And I agree with all of this 😛 The only thing I think you should have mentioned was he life with Slate. (Because I love him with both of those she-cats)

June 18, 2018 5:29 pm

I agree that Gray Wing is amazing and that Clear Sky sucked, and I cried SO HARD when Gray Wing died. But no cat’s life is perfect. If the Erins had Gray Wing live a long, full live, without any troubles, then the books wouldn’t be interesting. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s true. It’s also realistic. It’s completely unrealistic for a cat to spend their whole life without any troubles. And Gray Wing’s life may not have been as long as most, but he contributed so much to the Clans. Without cats like Gray Wing’s hardships, the Clans would never have been formed. It takes things like Turtle Tail’s death and Thunder leaving to strengthen Gray Wing. The Clans would mean nothing if they were built upon nothing. The fact that Gray Wing went through all of this shows just how much heart, soul, and pain went into what eventually became the Clans. Gray Wing would have made a great leader, but I guess StarClan had different plans for him.

June 19, 2018 3:32 am
Reply to  Cheetahspark


June 18, 2018 6:16 pm

I agree, Graywing was an awesome character, and he didn’t deserve to go through all that 🙁 Nice article! 🙂

thats not very plus ultra of u

Runereader of the Nightwings
Runereader of the Nightwings
June 18, 2018 11:42 pm

Gray Wing is up there with my favorite characters of all time. He is just amazing. Clear Sky was an absolute jack- better not finish that. Graywing fell in love with two cats that both fell in love with his brother but he never got angry at his brother. He EVEN gave Clearsky chance after chance when he was expanding. Graywing should have been a proper leader of WindClan! He would have made a cool deputy to WindRunner… O man I need to write that now

June 19, 2018 3:09 am

uGray Wing was an amazing cat. But I believe that everything in his life happened for a good reason, and the result of what he did would not be the same had he not gone through the experiences that he went through.

I mostly agree with Cheetah.

Gray Wing may have not gotten to become a leader, but just because you are great does not mean that you should be a leader! I can lost a bunch of cats who deserved to be a leader for many reasons, but they didn’t because that simply didn’t want to. Gray Wing never desired leading, he was alright with offering support.

Also, Clear Sky did not “steal” Storm, no matter what you may say to explain that. Clear Sky DID NOT know about Gray Wing’s feelings! And if Storm loved Clear Sky and he loved her back, clearly that is a better relationship than Gray Wing loving her and her not truly loving him back as a mate. Yes, Thunder may not have been treated well by Clear Sky, but that doesn’t mean that Gray Wing “deserves” Storm more because STORM DIDN’T LOVE HIM.

October 15, 2020 3:56 am
Reply to  Sky

Storm did though, but then met clearsky and decided to stay with him :/ Sorry this is 2 years late but seriously

Stormberry The Very Stormy Berry
Stormberry The Very Stormy Berry
June 19, 2018 1:29 pm

Gray Wing is amazing!

Red Wingman
Red Wingman
July 10, 2020 1:42 am

Just finished Path of Stars. I, too, bawled like a baby several times over the last few pages. Why couldn’t he live a few more months, years to enjoy his own family? Cruel, but effective, writing.

October 1, 2020 12:24 am

Clear Sky actually blames himself for Bright Stream’s death, because he came up with the plan to attack the eagles

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Spooky Turtle That Sits In Pumpkin 🐢🐢🐢🎃🎃🎃
October 11, 2020 9:31 pm


And just reading about Turtle Tail’s death in this article was enough to make me tear up 🙁
as you can see Turtle is an emotional person, but they’d never admit it

Gray Crabtree
Gray Crabtree
October 27, 2020 5:21 pm

I love Gray Wing he is my favorite character out of all of the books.

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