Frostedpool takes a look at the RiverClan leader, Crookedstar. Spoilers for Crookedstar’s Promise!
It would be an understatement to say that Crookedstar’s promise was sad. And while usually novellas are sad, like Bluestar’s prophecy, they pale in comparison to Crookedstar’s promise. IN this article, I will be analyzing the kithood/apprenticeship of Crookedstar, to analyze his mental state during that time
Kithood / Apprenticeship:
Everyone knows by now that Rainflower was a terrible parent to Crookedkit. Before he was Crookedkit, however, his name was Stormkit, inspired by the night he was born. Stormkit and Oakkit did not follow the basic rules of their kithood, being restless, and also, little restraint from their mother Rainflower and father Shellheart led to the accident. Stormkit and Oakkit had snuck out of camp, and we crossing the stepping stones to scare Goosefeather, Thunderclan’s medicine cat, off their territory. This backfires, and Stormkit and Oakkit run away in terror. Unfortunately, Stormkit slipped on one of the stepping stones, banging his jaw against it, and being swept down the river. Luckily, he was rescued, and then treated by Brambleberry. Once Stormkit recovered, Rainflower refused to claim him as her son, which then led to Stormkit, now Crookedkit, to feel unwanted. He ran away to live in the barn for a moon, only coming back when Mapleshade pressured him Once he finally became an apprentice to Cedarpelt, he was led by Mapleshade into believing he was special, and being trained by a Starclan warrior. His vulnerability from his mother disowning him and the anxiety that his Clan does not accept his after he ran away to live in the barn allows Mapleshade to use him as a plaything to get her vengeance on anyone related to Appledusk. Mapleshade kept training him long after he became a warrior, and when he finally realized his mistake, Mapleshade manipulated him into believing he was the reason all of his loved ones died. Unsurprisingly, this destroyed his confidence and all happiness he could feel. Because of his mistakes early in his life, Crookedstar most likely felt like he had a huge responsibility, and probably also felt useless to his clan and lonely, to scared to love and risk losing everything he was fighting for.
In conclusion, Crookedstar led a pretty sad life, but what is most inspiring about him is his sheer determination and refusal to stop. So, I’m signing off.