Who is Possessing Bramblestar? by Lilyleap

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Lilyleap asks: who exactly is possessing Bramblestar?

Hi, I’m Lilyleap and this is my first article, so please bear with me.
Who is the cat possessing Bramblestar? Theories have pointed to two cats- Ashfur and Hawkfrost.

Why would Ashfur try to hurt Squirrelflight MORE after he witnessed her life spiral downward? I mean he is in Starclan and we saw that Squirrelflight and Leafpool both went through trials to get into Starclan, so that means Ashfur did as well because of his actions, and therefore deemed worth enough to enter. So, this rules out Ashfur.

Hawkfrost died in the Great Battle against the clans. We see his ghost disappear, so there is no way he can be the one to possess Bramblestar. We know that ghosts cannot reappear again after the cat has died as we have seen with Spottedleaf and Antpelt.

We know that Bramblefake is targeting Squirrelflight, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Twigbranch of ThunderClan. Dovewing of ShadowClan, Tree of SkyClan, Crowfeather of WindClan, and Mothingwing of RiverClan. However, these are not the only cats that have broken the code. Tigerheartstar has run away from ShadowClan but has not been “punished” for it. If the imposter is targeting half-clan cats, why not target Mistystar, Lightleap, and Pouncestep (we already know that Shadowsight has been targeted by a mysterious cat)?

This leads me to believe that the imposter is a neighboring clan cat, but for the sake of this article I will be discussing ALL possibilities.

Clan 1- ShadowClan
We know that ShadowClan shares the same StarClan and Dark Forest as the rest of the original clans (meaning all but SkyClan), and we already know that most of their StarClan cats fought in the battle against the Dark Forest. Their Dark Forest cats have very little access to StarClan (cats from StarClan could protect the border or what not), so they could not get into StarClan and prevent them from speaking to the rest of the cats. This leads me to believe that the cat possessing Bramblestar is a ghost that died at the hands of Darktail. However, the cats that have died were “good” with the exception of some, and if the cat were a ShadowClan cat, they would target Tigerheartstar.

Clan 2- SkycCan
And since Skyclan was kicked out of the forest, they have had to make their own Starclan and Dark Forest. This leads me to believe that Bramblefake is a Skyclan cat. The reasons why are simple: Skyclan may still carry the resentment towards the other clans for not helping them in their time of need, many Skyclan cats died at the paws of Darktail in the gorge; and Skyclan cats were lost when journeying to the lake territories. However, this still does not answer the question of why the imposter is targeting mostly half-clan cats.

Clan 3- WindClan
So far, we know of no WindClan that has felt any terrible resentment towards the clans except for maybe two- Onestar and Darktail (if he counts). We can rule out Onestar because the imposter is targeting Crowfeather, and Onestar himself said that he would trust Crowfeather to be deputy of WindClan when the time came. We can rule out Darktail as well because Darktail does not seem to believe in StarClan, so how could he have the power to block them out completely? This evidence rules out WindClan almost completely.

Clan 4- RiverClan
RiverClan plays almost no part in lake territories anymore- except for maybe having the oldest cat ever. This would make a great plot twist in the books if no one expects unimportant RiverClan to be the one to possess Bramblestar. RiverClan does have a good motive however, they had to shut down their borders after the terrible reign of Darktail and were still disrupted by the other clans when they were trying to rebuild. But why would they target their senior medicine cat? This makes no sense, but maybe a RiverClan cat knows about Mothwing’s secret her lack of faith in StarClan, or perhaps they are targeting her for being a half-clan/ rogue cat. This option seems to make the most sense as the cats seem to be targeted for their cross-clan relationships or even being a product of a cross-clan relationship.

Clan 5- ThunderClan
This seems to make the most sense because most of the targeted cats are from ThunderClan. There is not one cat that I can think of who hates cross-clan relationships more than Tigerstar and Darkstripe. But these two cats are ruled out for two reason- Tigerstar’s ghost is dead and Darkstripe is a coward. So ThunderClan seems to be ruled out as well.

This being said, I think the cat most likely possessing Bramblestar is either from RiverClan or SkyClan. The other clans seem to hold no resentment towards the others, or maybe the ones that do have no power to take control over Bramblestar. The other option I have considered is the Sisters because of their ability to see ghosts, but they have already left, and they have no belief in StarClan.

Thanks for sticking with me until the end of this sort of long article


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Sunni is back! (Sunpaw/whisker)
Sunni is back! (Sunpaw/whisker)
March 30, 2020 1:50 am

Interesting… I’m not sure who it is.

🥳 New year's Sandy hopes for the best in 2021! 🎉 (Sandpaw/frost)
🥳 New year's Sandy hopes for the best in 2021! 🎉 (Sandpaw/frost)
March 30, 2020 3:38 am

Great article!! 🙂

Ttera can't think of an interesting name right now so I apologise
Ttera can't think of an interesting name right now so I apologise
March 30, 2020 8:08 am

Good article! I hope there is a book where we find out who it really is.

March 30, 2020 2:36 pm

I think we also have to consider afterlives outside of the Clan cats. So by process of elimination, going off the assumption the Imposter needs many allies to rival Starclan’s numbers and silence them:

Ghost Residence – It couldn’t be any of the known members: Moonlight, Blade and the Shadowclan cats who defected to the Kin. Moonslight is she-cat while the imposter is a tom. Blade appeared in one scene in a Super Edition, so he’s too minor to become a villain. Then the Shadowclan defectors like Needletail have all since ascended to Starclan, meaning they’ve been “silenced” and can’t communicate with Living cats.

As for Sol, it’s not confirmed he’s dead. Plus, he always acts alone, so it’s unlikely he could gather the amount of spirit allies needed to silence Starclan.

Bloodclan/The Kin – While the Ghost residence gives confirmation kittypets/rogues still go to an afterlife, their refusal to believe it in life would limit their spiritual knowledge . Therefore, they’re unlikely to know the full capabilities they have as spirits, especially something as complex as a possession. The Imposter needed to manipulate a Medicine cat and Nine lives to achieve it, suggesting they’re experienced with the afterlives.

On the writing side, Bloodclan hasn’t been relevant for 15 years, so their sudden reappearance would be jawing for the readers. It’s the opposite with the Kin, since they were the main villains just an arc ago, it’s too soon to bring them back.

Starclan Civil War – The imposter is shown to be two-faced when it comes to his Codebreaking agenda – As he hypocritically amends the code so Leaders eat before Queens and allows himself to be biased towards Squirrelflight. It’s done in such a blunt way, it seems the Imposter doesn’t genuinely care. Instead the Codebreaking preaching is a front to hide his own hidden plan.

Because the Imposter so bluntly two-faced, he simply wouldn’t have enough supporters within Starclan to create a successful revolt, especially not to the point of silencing their communication. While it makes sense a section of Starclan spirits are frustrated with the disrespect towards the code in the recent era, the majority would not allow the Imposter to lead them with his extreme and hypocritical methods. Even Starclan cats that are arguably “twisted enough” to tolerate the Imposter’s methods like Mudclaw, Hawkheart etc. are too small of a minority to create a successful rebellion.

The Dark Forest – It was confirmed in Squirrelflight’s Hope the Dark Forest is crumbling and many of the spirits are faded. If they failed to silence Starclan in the Great Battle, there’s no possibility they could do it a second time with vastly diminished resources. From a writing stand point, since they were the main villains two arcs ago, it would be boring to bring them back so soon.

The Sisters – Since they’re made up of Females and the Imposter is male, they can quickly be written off. The only toms were: Grass, Stone and Creek – Who are all too minor to become a villain, most readers wouldn’t remember them. Also, all those toms are young – Since they were kits in Squirrelflight’s Hope, which happens a few moons before the Imposter appears. For comparison, Sparkpelt’s kits were in born in this Super Edition and weren’t made apprentices until the second book of Broken Code. It’s unlikely the toms of the Sisters would have died so young, before they even became warrior-aged. The Imposter doesn’t give off any “young vibes”, in fact, he’s the opposite, a socially manipulative and brutal in his methods. The Imposter definitely seems like an experienced senior.

Skyclan’s ancestors – When the first Skyclan was banished, their ancestors followed them, splitting off from the rest of Starclan. While they have a motive for revenge and the possible numbers to silence Starclan, they’re lacking in culprits that could be the Imposter. The only two are Cloudstar, who’s personality is the complete opposite of the Imposter’s and Skystar, who the Erins have spent years trying to redeem. Even in recent novellas like Thunderstar’s, they’re still working hard to make Skystar a better person. It would seem a waste
of time on the Writer’s part to throw that away for the sake of a plot twist.

Also, the Four Clans being punished for Skyclan’s banishment is already resolved as a plot-line: The Spirits forgive each other during Leafstar’s nine lives in Firestar’s Quest and it was the whole purpose behind Brokenstar’s destined birth.

The Ancients (The Group Half-Moon was born into) – They’re too old and far removed from the Clans to have any motive. The ancients had a different ethical values then the Clans such as every cat hunting for themselves, so they wouldn’t care for the Warrior Code.

I don’t have a good rebuttal for Rock, however he’s such an anomaly, he can’t be either argued for or against as the Imposter. However it would be a slight cop-out if he was the Imposter, as the reader has no way to predict it’s him, since we don’t know about Rock’s past or goals.

The Tribe of Rushing Water – They have the motive since the Clans are constantly undermining their culture: Instilling their own traditions of fighting/borders, a Medicine cat choosing their new Stoneteller and that same Stoneteller taking orders from a Clan kit. (Shadowsight in Tawnypelt’s Clan). What the Imposter is doing; making the Clan cats question their own culture by posing as a hypocritical tyrant weaponizing their code against them – Would be the perfect way to get revenge for a Tribe cat.

From a writing standpoint, every reader would know who the Tribe is since they’re present in 3 arcs, unlike other groups who only appeared in Super Editions. They’re also still relevant, since Tawnypelt’s Clan came out in 2019 and they’re likely to appear in Greystripe’s vow, since they’re on route towards the Moonstone.

So narrowing it down, I believe the Imposter is a Tribe cat, but who specially? There ain’t many memorable characters from the Tribe, especially ones that fit the Imposter’s profile. However there is one, Stoneteller from New Prophecy to Omen of the Stars. He personally met many of the listed codebreakers and showed his villainous side, such as when he ordered six tribe cats to fight Sharptooth or face execution.

His position as a Tribe Leader matches up with certain aspects of the Imposter. He’d have authority in the Tribe of Endless Hunting, so he’d have the necessary allies to silence Starclan. Then, he has herb knowledge, which the Imposter is shown to have interest in, even using catmint to cover up Shadowsight’s attack.

Turtlepaw/ dapple 🐢🐢🐢
Turtlepaw/ dapple 🐢🐢🐢
March 30, 2020 7:58 pm

Hi Lilyleap. Nice article. I’m not sure who is possessing Bramblestar, but you certainly had many good points in this article 🙂

March 30, 2020 11:16 pm

I refuse to believe that’s it’s Ashfur, it’s just so cringy. I really hope it’s a new villain that we’ve never seen before just so I can be like ‘heh’.

Yesterday I read on Reddit that the reason the impostor chose to posses Bramblestar wasn’t that he wanted to cause drama, but because he was at the time the strongest and most trusted leader. That makes sense if he wants to cause peril quickly. Also, about the Squirrel love thing, he knew she was Bramblestar’s mate and was trying to act like a mate, not for vengeance. And how would he be able to posses Bramble if StarClan was lost?

Remember, the intentions of Bramblefake are not to love Squirrelflight and feel smug about it. If he did, she would still be deputy. His true intentions are to manipulate the clans to turn on another.

April 3, 2020 8:21 pm


Bracken (Brackenpaw/Brackenlight) can’t think of a creative name ✨
Bracken (Brackenpaw/Brackenlight) can’t think of a creative name ✨
April 5, 2020 3:45 am

Just came here to say it’s obviously Ashfur, I’m oblivious to why they let him in StarClan but he’s the most obvious choice and they’ve been dropping hints like crazy

Sweetie the kitty pet
Sweetie the kitty pet
April 25, 2020 4:23 pm

Wait a minute, we are forgetting Thistleclaw!!!!

May 19, 2020 5:34 am

i think its darktail, slash, or one eye. who else would be surprised that there were herbs in the medicine den? also, they did not know their way around, and as for slash and one eye, in dawn of the clans i thinki recall a cat called dew tail, which is what the imposter called dewnose. it cant be hawkfrost or Ashpelt, because ashpelt knew his way around and they would not be surprised at herbs in the med den.

June 5, 2020 3:19 am

I think the imposter is from the dark forest-Thistleclaw maybe?

June 5, 2020 3:34 am

I think it’s a dark forest warrior-Thistleclaw maybe?

August 14, 2020 9:49 am

About the Ashfur thing, according to Firestar in Squirrelflight’s Hope, cats are rarely given the chance for a trial and that most cat’s fates are already sealed. Squirrelflight’s life didn’t necessarily spiral downward; Bramble and Squilf made up after Squilf was sent back. We know that all the cats had forgiven Ashfur and that things were chill in StarClan. I’m working with the theory that old resentment was unburied after Ashfur saw that Squirrelflight was able to go back to the clans because she loved Bramble so much (Die, bramble, die, you dont deserve squilf.) Maybe Ashfur thought it was really unfair since he loved Squilf a lot too and he didn’t get to go back.
The imposter isn’t too familiar with the territory; floods, trees falling, that all occurred after Ashfur died. At one point the imposter said there was good hunting near (the great oak? im not sure) but squilf corrected him, saying there hadn’t been good hunting there for a while.
The imposter is also very clingy to squilf and genuinely cares about her.
He also says stuff like “Squirrelflight, I came back for you” and “You used to stand up to me back then, too” Another cat like Sol could say that to seem legit, but I doubt it, especially because cats like sol didn’t know what bramble and squilf’s relationship was like back then.
In Veil of Shadows it is revealed that the imposter has dark blue eyes (like ashfur) and that the imposter had been to StarClan and came back.
In Shadowsight’s visions of the clans dividing, it is shown with fire, maybe a reference to the fire scene. Ash also lands on Shadowsight’s back, strongly referencing Ashfur.
I believe the imposter is Ashfur, but Ashfur is working with other cats. When Bristle goes to talk to Bramblefake after a number of cats leave in VoS, Bristle sees him arguing, but no cat is in the den with him.
We know that Bramblefake can talk to other spirit cats. I think evil spirit/living cats (either old villains or new ones) are convincing StarClan cats like Ashfur to become a traitor by promising them things they want, in return for things they want. Ashfur gets to be with Squilf, and in return he will carry out the tasks the evil third party (Sol perhaps?) give him, like hunting down codebreakers. We know Ash is a good warrior, but maybe seeing Squilf sent back to the clans because of her love for bramble sent him over the edge.
Most of the codebreakers listed are kin of Bramblestar or Squilf. Maybe they also targeted Twigbranch because they know how much twig means to alder? The imposter also attempted to kill sparkpelt, Squilf and bramble’s daughter. For tree, my theory is that since tree can see and talk to spirit cats, they don’t want to risk being seen and caught, so they want to get rid of tree as soon as possible before tree can expose them.

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