The Warrior you always knew, but never stopped to think about by Prowlclaw

Prowlclaw takes a look at the life of Sorreltail throughout the series.

Art by ColacatintheHat

Hello! Prowlclaw back with another article. Unlike most of my previous articles, this one will be a little different. Instead of theories, we are going to be talking about a character that is very underrated in the community that deserves some love. So, I’d like you to give it up for…….

Sorreltail!

I honestly don’t know how many of you are really surprised by this choice. For a background character, she gets a surprising amount of love and people generally know who she is. However, most people don’t know her life or her struggles, only the fact that she is considered, “the most normal mother in warriors.” I think this opinion of her needs to change, as she is a lot more than an average background character mother archetype after all. Most of the things that happened in her life were those of a tragedy, so I will go from the beginning and explain all the hardships she faced in her life.

Keep in mind, a little while ago I commented on Silverpaw’s post about the most tragic warrior’s characters, so I will be using that text to summarize her life.

In the beginning of her life, she and her siblings have to endure through the great fire (During this period, they are only newborns). They inhale a lot of smoke and have trouble breathing (Something extremely painful). Not only that, but they lose the place they were born in. After Thunderclan is repaired, the other kit in the nursery gets killed by a hawk (Imagine having to explain this to your child!). So right off the bat, they experience death very early on. Later on in her years as a kit, she is poisoned by Darkstripe for overhearing him and Blackfoot talking. She collapses, foaming at the mouth, and then has to forcefully them up using yarrow. Her kithood isn’t done yet, however, and she is trained to defend the nursery if Bloodclan were to attack. After the battle, she and her siblings learn that her father, Whitestorm, is dead. This was all in her kit years. That is a lot to handle for someone so young.

Now moving on to her apprentice years;

In the beginning of her apprentice years, her mother sacrifices her life to save Sootfur (her brother) from being attacked by a badger. During this time she is allowed to mourns with her brothers in the nursery because she is basically still a kit. However, she moves on with her life and doesn’t look back. Luckily, nothing horrible happens to her in these years leading up to her warrior ceremony, but something unfortunate occurs at the very end of it. She is injured by a monster, so her warrior ceremony was delayed for three moons. However, she did get to be a warrior in the end, but her life already has already many hardships.

For her Warriors years (Get ready for the feels);

Sorreltail has to make the great journey to the lake and almost dies a couple of times doing so. She has to make this journey while pregnant and is very nervous for her kits. During this time, she is seen playing with Daisy’s kits and it is noted the Sorreltail really wants to be a good mother (This is important later). Fast forward to her kitting, and Sorreltail is being protected by Cinderpelt against badgers and her best friend Leafpool (Who promised to protect her), is missing. Cinderpelt (her sister in-law), is killed right in front of her while she is completely helpless (Sounds familiar doesn’t it?). Not only that but her brother, Smokefur, is also killed by a badger ( Those badgers am I right?). When Brackenfur tells her, she is a sobbing mess and can’t think straight. Sorreltail believes Cinderpelt’s death was her fault, so she feels obligated to name one of the grey kits: Cinderkit.

A few moons afterward, her brother, Rainwhisker, is killed by a falling branch. This signals the death of almost all her immediate family. Not long after that, her son, Molepaw, dies from a cough. Her only son dies and he is her first litter. Poppypaw then contracts that same cough in a twisted version of Deja vu, but is luckily saved by Jaypaw. Not only that, but Cinderpaw falls from the Sky Oak and has a wound resembling Cinderpelt’s. This absolutely terrifies Sorreltail and she tries to care for her frantically. Luckily, it comes to pass, but definitely left an impact on her.

Sorreltail’s children finally become warriors, and during the ceremony, Sorreltail is seen lamenting Molepaw while grooming her daughters. I feel like this shows that she hasn’t completely gotten over it. In a sad turn of events, Honeyfern is killed while trying to protect Briarlight from a snake. Sorreltail cries to Brackenfur that she can’t lose another one of her kits. She then tries to sleep to see if Honeyfern will walk in her dreams. The fact that Honeyfern might’ve been pregnant also makes it especially sad because Sorreltail might’ve been a grandmother. Luckily, Poppyfrost has kits with Berrynose, and she names her children Cherrykit and Molekit (Probably after her dead brother).

After a few moons, Sorreltail becomes pregnant with her second and final litter. She has a rough birth, but luckily Leafpool is there. I think one of the saddest part of all was her death. After fighting Darkstripe (The guy who poisoned her), she returns to the nursery to she her kits. Sorreltail hid her own wounds to see if her children were alright and paid the ultimate price. Her last moments were of her bleeding out and watching her kits.

Despite her many hardships throughout her life, she remained the happiest she could. It was often mentioned that she was the happiest out of her siblings and also made the best of life. Sorreltail’s entire life embodied the fact that life moves on, and you can either accept that fact, or be alone for the rest of it. For a final note I would like to say that if find it quite sad that Brackenfur is more popular than her because of his hardships, despite the fact that she faced more than him. However, they are a very good to each other, and in my personal opinion, maybe one of the best couples in warriors. Thank you for reading my article! Please post your thoughts and views in the comments so I can see your opinions!

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Moona (Moonpaw/leap)
Moona (Moonpaw/leap)
November 28, 2019 1:16 am

Great article, Prowlclaw! I never knew so much about Sorreltail. Poor her!
(First comment!)


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Goldenpaw/Goldenberry
Goldenpaw/Goldenberry
April 27, 2020 1:30 pm

This article is great!
The only problem I see is that Sorreltail’s brother was called SOOTfur, not SMOKEfur.

Bluevelociraptor
Bluevelociraptor
November 28, 2019 2:25 am

I forgot everything so like this was a smack in the face.

I absolutely adore Brackenfur and Sorreltail’s relationship even more now 😛


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November 28, 2019 7:49 am

Ahh, great article, Prowlclaw!


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Briarpaw, Trees, and Tons of Turkey
Briarpaw, Trees, and Tons of Turkey
November 28, 2019 2:29 pm

I completely forgot about Sorreltail for a while. Nice article! I never even considered that Molewhisker may be named after Molepaw.

🌸Blossompaw/fire15🔥
🌸Blossompaw/fire15🔥
November 28, 2019 5:24 pm

CHEESE, I didn’t know this much stuff happened to her! Amazing article!


Violetpaw/Violet That Grows In The Hufflepuff Common Room
Violetpaw/Violet That Grows In The Hufflepuff Common Room
November 28, 2019 7:29 pm

But Sorreltail only got pregnant after they arrived at the lake…


Prowlclaw
Prowlclaw
December 1, 2019 12:28 am

I got most of my information off of the warrior’s wiki, and a lot of it got switched around or shortened after I wrote this (Which was about two or three months ago). I believe the writer of the wiki made a mistake while listing Sorreltail’s detailed plot description, as I didn’t know most of the details until I read the wiki. I know Sorreltail still was talking about kits quite affectionately and played with them a lot, which I am sure is factual. But yes, she wasn’t revealed to be pregnant until Twilight, but she still almost died multiple times, which still shows a lot of her hardships on the journey.

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November 29, 2019 5:33 pm

This article is amazing 😃


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Purple Dusk
Purple Dusk
December 5, 2019 3:32 pm

Thanks Prowlclaw for a beautiful article!
You accomplished your job quite nicely!

Sorreltail and Brackenfur are one of the best couples in the Warriors series. They go through so much and remain so strong and loving. It is always a pleasure to see them in Thunderclan. Thanks for reminding me why I love them both so much!

Purple Dusk

Dawnpaw Who Loves Candy (Dawnpaw)
Dawnpaw Who Loves Candy (Dawnpaw)
December 7, 2019 4:32 am

Awesome article, Prowlclaw! I always liked Sorreltail but kinda forgot all this drama.


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Moondapple
Moondapple
January 26, 2020 6:35 am

Aww poor Sorreltail, she went through so much and nobody even noticed 🙁


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Copperkit
Copperkit
March 17, 2020 7:07 pm

Thank you!! My friends should totally see this, we all love Sorreltail!!

Moongust
Moongust
September 15, 2020 8:26 pm

WOOOOOOOOOW

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