Mapledrift wonders what makes a cat go to the Dark Forest. Do you agree with her theory?
Hello there BlogClan !!
Today I am writing a theory I have had for a while about how cats end up in the Dark Forest, which is very debated in the fandom.
A few that I discounted for various reasons are
Cats who have broken the code
Cats who have killed
Cats who were overly ambitious
Cats who did bad things (morally wrong)
So now you may be wondering what this theory is, and how it is any better than the others. WIth these theories I have always found at least one example that falls through, either going to StarClan or the Dark Forest whilst they shouldn’t be there.
Let me introduce you to the theory :
Cats go to the Dark Forest if they are going to have a physical, emotional or mental impact on the health of cats who are currently in and/ or going to join StarClan.
Basically cats go to the Dark Forest if they are going to be a threat to the health of any StarClan cats or to those who may join StarClan one day. StarClan doesn’t ever seem to care too much about the moral rights and wrongs of the cats who join their ranks, so what if instead of looking at deeds, they look at how the cat with impact the safety and stability of StarClan.
To try and prove this theory is correct, I am going to go through every Dark Forest cat who we know the crimes of and every StarClan cat who has been debated by the fandom enough for some people to say they deserve the Dark Forest
Firstly, the current villains and members of the Dark Forest :
Tigerstar is quite an obvious one. As an incredibly ambitious cat, Tigerstar would probably aim to take over StarClan. He would not rest until he had destroyed those who had stood in his way in life, so would be a massive risk to anyone who had opposed him. Quite obviously, he falls under the criteria of a Dark Forest cat.
Next, Mapleshade. Mapleshade’s whole villainy was based around seeking vengeance to get her kits to StarClan, and although you may say that she did that, Mapleshade never forgave or forgot what the clans and the cats she murdered did to her. There is no way she would have forgiven and peacefully lived with them in their afterlife.
I don’t think I really need to talk about this one, but Brokenstar caused a lot of kitten trauma, and it definitely would not be mentally good for the kittens who died because of him to see him again. So not a very safe cat to allow into StarClan, incredibly violent as well.
Thistleclaw is often the reason many of these theories fall through as he hasn’t directly killed anyone (although in many eyes including mine the grooming of Spottedpaw is very clearly just as awful as murder, it’s lucky it didn’t go any further). Now he would fit into the Dark Forest under my theory because if Spottedleaf saw him again it would likely cause great emotional trauma, remembering what she went through as a child. On top of that, Thistleclaw would not be able to let past rivalries go and very likely would attack some RiverClan StarClan members he fought in life.
Whilst Darkstripe hasn’t done anything too awful, he is completely absorbed in Tigerstar’s words (and maybe even in love with him, depending on what your personal head canons are), so it would be no surprise if he tried to continue Tigerstar’s work for him in StarClan. Therefore it would be unsafe for him to stay there.
Hawkfrost would have followed his father’s teachings without a doubt making him an incredibly dangerous cat to be in StarClan.
Antpelt died whilst training in the Dark Forest, and we could see that he was incredibly loyal to them. It wouldn’t have been a stretch for StarClan to assume he would try and rejoin the Dark Forest anyway, or attack StarClan members for the cats who stayed there.
Now onto StarClan cats who seem a little iffy !!!
Ashfur. He may seem an obvious “will pose a threat to someone in the future” but hear me out. Ashfur achieved all that he wanted. Squirrelflight was ruined, Brambleclaw had left her and she couldn’t turn to her adopted kits ,one of which had run away. There was nothing else he wished to do, and in StarClan’s view, it would be safe to allow him to join as he had already made Squirrelflight suffer enough. (obviously we don’t know whether those lost stars theories are true yet soooo)
Although Appledusk was not a great cat, with Mapleshade already sure to be sent to the Dark Forest, there was no reason for him to go to the Dark Forest as well, there was no cat in StarClan who could be hurt by him going there. He didn’t mean to kill Birchface and you can assume there would be no risk of them attacking each other over a fight in the past as from what we know, neither cat is unreasonably violent.
Blackstar did kill someone, but we can be sure that he feels guilty for this and has changed a lot. Stonefur doesn’t seem like the sort of cat to hold a grudge either.
In my mind Rainflower doesn’t care about her son enough for her to even bother talking to him in StarClan, so it wouldn’t affect anything much if she went there.
Mudclaw after dying would have most likely seen it as a sign he was never the rightful leader, so would have been a little resentful but not too angry at either Tallstar or Onestar for him to end up hurting either of them
I think that’s all ! I hope you like this theory ! If there is anyone who stood out to you as not fitting it , tell me in the comments and I will try and fit them into it. If you want to accept this theory as a headcanon that’s awesome and super cool but if you are talking about it, remember not to claim you made it 🙂