Creekdapple wonders who should’ve owned the Sunningrocks.
When the Clans were forced to leave the forest, the conflict over Sunningrocks was finally over. This is a good thing, of course, as it put an end to the otherwise endless cycle of conflict and bloodshed for both Clans that claimed the rocks, but it does leave an important question unanswered: who should Sunningrocks belong to anyway? Personally, I’m on team RiverClan. Here’s why.
The most common arguments for ThunderClan’s claim to Sunningrocks are that
1. StarClan changed the course of the river so that Sunningrocks was on ThunderClan’s side, so they must have wanted Sunningrocks to be ThunderClan territory,
2. ThunderClan can get more use out of the rocks, because they use them to hunt while RiverClan just uses them to bask. There are other places on RiverClan territory where cats can easily bask in the sun.
I’m very sorry if I’m strawmanning either of these, or if there are other arguments on the ThunderClan side that I’m unaware of. Please feel free to let me know if I got anything wrong or if there’s something you’d like to add to the arguments for ThunderClan owning Sunningrocks.
Assuming these are accurate representations of the main arguments for ThunderClan, I’ll try to refute them and explain why I think Sunningrocks should belong to RiverClan, or at least why RiverClan should be the ones deciding what to do with them.
Counterargument 1: Sunningrocks was on RiverClan’s side, undisputedly their territory, until a flood came and changed the river’s course so that there was nothing between the rocks and ThunderClan territory. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re on ThunderClan territory; Clan borders may be created based around a certain landmark, but they don’t change just because said landmark changes its position. There’s a much stronger case on ThunderClan’s side when we bring in the argument that StarClan intentionally changed the course of the river, but we can’t know for sure that the flood was StarClan’s doing, and I find it hard to believe that they would use something as destructive as a flood to take a part of RiverClan’s territory away and give it to ThunderClan, especially when they didn’t even warn RiverClan first. And even if they for some reason did, that still doesn’t make it justified, and ThunderClan is not entitled to RiverClan land simply because StarClan, without RiverClan’s permission, decided that they were. Sunningrocks was originally RiverClan territory, and they never gave up their claim to it.
Counterargument 2: I respect the argument that ThunderClan has more use for Sunningrocks than RiverClan does, and I somewhat agree. However, if it can be said that RiverClan has plenty of other rocks for basking, then it can also be said that ThunderClan has plenty of other spots for hunting. In reality, Sunningrocks wouldn’t provide much of an advantage for ThunderClan, as they’re a small group of mostly-barren rocks in a large, lush forest territory, and, while they do provide hiding spaces for prey, so do more vegetated areas which also provide food sources for ThunderClan prey. Yes, ThunderClan does have a slight territorial advantage with Sunningrocks, but that doesn’t give them the right to take them from RiverClan. Unless we accept that the flood was a mandate from StarClan, this is hardly any different from, say, ShadowClan invading ThunderClan and claiming a little-used piece of their land because it gave them an advantage over their current territorial claims. Again, I say: Sunningrocks was originally RiverClan territory, and they never rightfully gave up their claim to it.
What do you think? In the forest territories, should Sunningrocks have belonged to RiverClan or ThunderClan?