xXQuickslateXx discusses the villain, Mapleshade. Was she truly evil?
Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about my favorite villain so far, Mapleshade. Seeing as this is my first article, if there are any mistakes please let me know. Also let me know if I’m missing any important information, I’m trying to fit most of her story into this but I don’t want to go on rambling or make you read a full essay. Also, if you haven’t read Mapleshade’s vengeance or Omen of the Stars, there are spoilers so be warned. I’d also like to mention that I won’t be covering Tigerclaw’s Fury or Crookedstar’s Promise, only the start of her evil path and her death. With that all out of the way let’s jump right in.
So of course, we have to start at the beginning, that is, the beginning of her book. “MapleShade’s Vengeance” starts off with Mapleshade making her way through the crowd at a gathering to tell her Riverclan boyfriend, Appledusk, that she’s expecting his kits. Appledusk rightfully worries about how the clans will react to half-clan kits but Mapleshade assures him that she has a plan, and goes on to explain that no one would know until the kits are fully accepted by their clanmates. If you’ve read the book you already know this will eventually blow up in her face.
She has her kits and everyone believes the father Birchface, the leader’s son who was killed saving an apprentice in a battle for sunning rocks. (Side note: Thunderclan believes it was Appledusk’s fault that Birchface died.) Birchface’s sister, Frecklewish, is thrilled and offers to help with the kits. (Another note: Mapleshade didn’t say a word when Frecklewish asked if they were her brother’s so that it wouldn’t be taken as a lie.) An elder named Rabbitfoot tries to see if the kits can jump like Birchface, but they can’t. This should be more suspicious then it is since it’s mentioned that Mapleshade is better at jumping then them, but Rabbitfoot let’s this go.
Mapleshade then takes her kits to the stream that borders Riverclan. The kits being half Riverclan swim really well, but Patchkit struggles in the water and Appledusk saves him. Appledusk talks to Mapleshade in front of his patrol but makes it look like he’s scolding her. Unfortunately, Ravenwing, the Thunderclan medicine cat, saw everything and realizes who the kits’ real father is. Mapleshade begged him not to say anything but when her and the kits got back to camp, everyone was gathered in the clearing to hear her confession.
They find out the truth and Frecklewish attacks her. Oakstar exiles her and her kits in the middle of the night. (Note: These kits are only a few moons and it’s flood season.) Mapleshade has nowhere to go but Riverclan. She tries to cross the stream with the kits but they get swept away. She’s saved by some Riverclan cats but her kits have drowned. She is taken back to Riverclan camp soaked and grieving. Appledusk says that loving her was a mistake and that he regrets what he had done. Darkstar doesn’t punish him, and she sends Mapleshade away and doesn’t even let her stay the night.
She stayed the night in some sort of twoleg den thing and then wandered into Thunderclan territory the next day. She runs into Nettlepaw who tells her that Frecklewish saw everything happen and that Ravenwing was going to the moonpool that day. Mapleshade is outraged that Frecklewish stood and did nothing when her kits died, but using what Nettlepaw told her to her advantage, she travels to the moonpool and kills Ravenwing when he arrives. She plans to avenge her kits kill everyone who had wronged her, believing that’s what they would have wanted, and when back in the forest she lures Frecklewish into snake rocks, but she is only blinded. She goes to Riverclan and finds Reedshine, Perchpaw, and Appledusk. She gets into a fight and kills Appledusk, but Reedshine injures her very badly, and she later dies from her injuries. She’s sent to the Dark Forest where she plots her revenge and trains cats to help her.
After a while her and the other Dark Forest cats train living cats to fight for them in a war. That war finally comes and Mapleshade shade attacks Sandstorm because she is jealous of her. Sandstorm had a mate, kits, grandkits, and a clan that loved her. Mapleshade had lost all of that and believed that Sandstorm should die for all her blessings, but Spottedleaf gave up her life to save Sandstorm, and Mapleshade had died a second time.
Wow this was long. So, personally I believe that yes, it is Mapleshade’s own fault that she became evil, but all those other cats that stood there and watched her suffer had a part in this and influenced her to become the evil cat that she was. I also agree that some of those cats deserved to go the Dark Forest, what do you think?