Mistlepaw wonders who draws the line between a cat going to StarClan or the Dark Forest.
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Hi! Mistlepaw here, and today I’d like to talk about a topic that I have wondered about often while reading the Warriors series and has been glossed over during the majority of the books. Who or what decides whether a cat goes to StarClan or the Dark Forest?
As you all may know, there are several cases of “questionable” judgement on the afterlives of certain cats. Ashfur is a popular example of this, as many people believe that he didn’t deserve StarClan for the things he did. A less known example, Lilywhisker, was sent to the Dark Forest for simply being bitter about her injury that permanently crippled her. Obviously we don’t know all the details of her story since she was only a minor character, but that reason provided seems a bit too far-fetched.
This has led me to wonder who or what exactly makes these decisions, and are they really a reliable source? One possible theory is that the cats of StarClan decide the fate of each cat, but if they had known or heard about that specific cat during their lifetime, they might be biased for or against them. As it has been pointed out several times in the books, StarClan cats don’t automatically become rational decision-making Mary Sues when they die. Even if it’s some unknown all-knowing force that judges the afterlife, is there a specific scale from good to bad that determines where you go? How many bad and good deeds you do during your life? Take Ashfur, who went to StarClan because he only “loved too much”, even though he attempted to murder Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Firestar intent on hurting Squirrelflight with no concern for other cats. If you think about it, Mapleshade isn’t much different and probably only went to the Dark Forest because she succeeded in killing her victims.
The most likely possibility right now in my opinion would be judgement from StarClan cats, but as I stated before, there isn’t really a clear line between good and evil. I think all cats believe that what they’re doing is good, twisted in whatever way to bend to what they want. Brokenstar believed that he was making the Clan stronger and helping the kits prepare for being a warrior early. Hawkfrost and Tigerstar I believed that the Clans needed strong leadership, with no room for the weak as they would only drag the other cats down. Even though, admittedly, their decisions sometimes caused more problems than they solved, many thought that what they were doing would be beneficial for the greater good and were sent into eternal exile by others with different beliefs, opinions, and a higher position in playing ruler over others’ fates.