How To Write Warriors Prophecies by Freespirit

Freespirit offers helpful insight into the complicated world of prophecies.

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Hello everyone, today I am going to show you how to make a believable warriors cats prophecy. First, let’s look at some canon prophecies.

“Fire alone can save our Clan.”

“Four will become two, Lion and Tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest.”

“Darkness, Air, Water, and Sky will come together and shake the forest to its roots.”

These are what I call, ‘main prophecies.’ They are the driving force behind multiple events in the story and gives the protagonist something to worry or think about. This is the type of prophecy I’ll teach you how to write.

  1. Remember what your future event is and have your outline in mind before posting your prophecy

In order to make a good prophecy, you can’t make something obscure and hope whatever you can scraggle out later will fit. That makes it sound odd and sometimes too direct. Let’s say we are making a prophecy with the character Pinepaw. But that’s all we know. Maybe Pine shall rule the forest? But now you have to make Pinepaw rule the forest, but what if later you discover that Pinepaw shouldn’t rule the forest or want him not too. But you’ve gone and posted the first chapter you rushed out with that prophecy, and PROPHECIES IN WARRIORS ALWAYS COME TRUE.

Now let’s take Pinepaw, and before we go out and write the story to fit the prophecy, we write the prophecy to fit the story. How about our plot is, Pinepaw shall turn evil, destroy the clans, and help rule the forest, but will be saved by Minnowpaw, his son, and destroy his empire. Now we can make a better prophecy then simply Pinepaw will rule the forest. Now it’s Pinepaw shall turn evil, destroy the clans, and help rule the forest, but will be saved by Minnowpaw, his son, and destroy his empire.

2. After you have the initial idea of you plot, make it more obscure.

Pinepaw shall turn evil, destroy the clans, and help rule the forest, but will be saved by Minnowpaw, his son, and destroy his empire is kind of direct. Little room for thought provoking that prophecies rely on. To make a prophecy sound obscure, you should start by removing any names and replacing them with only the prefix, or using a synonym.

So our prophecy would now be: Pine shall turn evil, destroy the clans, and help rule the forest, but will be saved by Minnow, his son, and destroy his empire

Next, remove any type of reference to who the cat might be. Our prophecy would now be
Pine shall turn evil, destroy the clans, and help rule the forest, but will be saved by Minnow and destroy his empire.

Sounds a bit harder to guess who’s who right? Now let’s make the evil bit harder to follow by messing with wording and adding some synonyms.

The Pine shall turn black, destroying the peace that has lasted for a time, and the shadows will rule, but will be saved by Minnow and destroy his empire.

Dark, yes? Until you get to the unadulterated part. Now do the same for that half.

The Pine shall turn black, destroying the peace that has lasted for a time, and the shadows will rule, but, from the forest, a Minnow will rise to dispel the darkness, and save the land.

Perfect… almost.

Now remove anything unnecessary.

Your prophecy should be short, like the ones in warriors. Clear away anything that doesn’t have to be said, instead of

The Pine shall turn black, destroying the peace that has lasted for a time, and the shadows will rule, but, from the forest, a Minnow will rise to dispel the darkness, and save the land.

Make it
The Pine shall turn black and the shadows will rule, but Minnow will rise to dispel the darkness.

Great, and now for final editing.

Make it more ominous. Add or change words to make it have a sense of foreboding. Instead of ‘the’ at the beginning use ‘when’. Remove capitals and add some warnings. Oh and don’t have articles that aren’t needed, less is more.

When pine turns black and the shadows rule, have hope, minnow will rise to dispel the darkness.

Maybe add some words at he end to make it sound more bleak.

When pine turns black and the shadows rule, have hope, minnow will rise to dispel the darkness that never ends.

Finally, look at your original plot line to see if any words that give too much away can be changed. Minnow is obviously going to refer to someone called Minnow____, he was related to evil Pinepaw, so maybe make it

When pine turns black and the shadows rule, have hope, blood will rise to dispel the darkness that never ends.

A hint for your warriors prophecy USE BLOOD AND WATER REFRENCES. I still think it should’ve been the blood of your blood instead of kin of your kin, but that’s just me.

Now, give your propephecy with a showy display fo darkness or blood or fish or whatever is mentioned in you prophecies. Mine might go along with trees oozing blood turning black. To be extra tricky, deliver the prophecy in parts.

I’d start with
Pine will turns black and the shadows shall rule… delivered with dark pine trees, screams of pain, and altogether creepy stuff. Warriors had a tower of bones oozing blood once so feel free to be as dramatic as you want.

Later, I’d deliver the second part of the prophecy, in a murmur, with comforting smells, but still some scent of blood.
Blood will rise to dispel the darkness that never ends.

And that is how to make a good warriors prophecy. And now for a bonus tip

Don’t make up prophecies of blood bones and inescapable death at 12:20 at night. I’ll let you know when I’m able to get to sleep again.

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NatCat
NatCat
July 11, 2019 1:30 am

This is so helpful my prophecy is “The pool that ripples so large will drown the forest so calm, and only the storm can defend the peace,” its about an evil cat named Rippletail growing stronger and only Stormpaw can save them.

Moonpelt
Moonpelt
March 29, 2020 5:42 pm
Reply to  NatCat

My prophecy is ” When light and shadows colid, have faith, because even the darkest nights have their moon.”

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