Inbreeding and its future in Shadowclan by FlameCloud

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Flamecloud examines the genetics in ShadowClan

In one of my previous articles, I looked at the inbreeding problems in Thunderclan. Today, I went through and checked in with the current Shadowclan cats to see how Shadowclan is doing with inbreeding.

Some fun facts I discovered in my searches:

Fun fact #1: Tigerstar #2’s grandfather is Scorchwind, who is the brother of Raggedstar. This gives Tiger #2 more powerful relatives, and also makes him related to Brokenstar. (Raggedstar’s son).

Fun fact #2: Most of Shadowclan’s cats hold no noted blood relation from the cats living in the Yellowfang super addition. Tigerstar is one of the few cats I could find with blood ties to that time period, along with his sister’s kits, Strikestone, Sleekwhisker, and Juniperclaw.

Tigerstar #2, Dawnpelt, Flametail: 1/16 Harepounce, 1/16 Stagleap, 1/8 Smallear, 1/32 Flashnose, 1/32 ?, 1/16 Adderfang, 1/16 Sweetbriar, 1/16 Oakstar, ¼ Darkflower, ⅛ Featherstorm, ⅛ Hal- Clean

Cloverfoot, Berryheart, Beenose, Yarrowleaf, Gullswoop, Frondwhisker, Buster, Conefoot: ½ Snowbird, ½ Scorchfur- Clean

Puddleshine, Lioneye, Birchbark, Slatefur: ½ Pinenose, ½ Spikefur- Clean

Shadowsight, Lightleap, Pouncestep: ⅛ Darkflower, 1/16 Featherstorm, 1/16 Hal, 3/32 Smallear, 3/64 Harepounce, 3/64 Stagleap, ⅛ Fuzzypelt, ⅛ Robinwing, 1/16 Oliver, 1/32 Nutmeg, 1/64 Crystal, 1/64 ?, 1/128 Squirrelwhisker, 1/128 Eaglestorm, 1/128 Fallowsong, 1/128 ?, 1/32 Stormtail, 1/64 Rooktail, 1/64 Daisytoe – Not clean

Tawnypelt and Bramblestar: ¼ Smallear, ⅛ Oakstar, ⅛ Sweetbriar, ⅛ Adderfang, ⅛ Harepounce, ⅛ Stagleap, 1/16 Flashnose, 1/16 ? – Clean

Dovewing and Ivypool: 1/16 Smallear, 1/32 Harepounce, 1/32 Stagleap, 1/4 Fuzzypelt, 1/4 Robinwing, ⅛ Oliver, 1/16 Nutmeg, 1/32 Crystal, 1/32 ?, 1/64 Squirrelwhisker, 1/64 Eaglestorm, 1/64 Fallowsong, 1/64 ?, 1/16 Stormtail, 1/32 Rooktail, 1/32 Daisytoe – Not clean

Strikestone, Sleekwhisker, Juniperclaw: ½ Crowfrost, 1/32 Harepounce, 1/32 Stagleap, 1/16 Smallear, 1/64 Flashnose, 1/64 ?, 1/32 Adderfang, 1/32 Sweetbriar, 1/32 Oakstar, ⅛ Darkflower, 1/16 Featherstorm, 1/16 Hal – Clean

Stonewing: ?/? Clean

Scorchfur: ?/? Clean

Flaxfoot, Hopwhisker: ¼ Snowbird, ¼ Scorchfur, ½ Nettle – Clean

Sparrowtail, Mistcloud: ½ Kinkfur, ½ ? Clean

Snowbird and Ratscar: ?/? Clean

Grassheart: ?/? Clean

Whorlpelt, Snaketooth, Flowerstem: ½ Grassheart, ½ Stonewing -Clean

Antfur: ?/? Clean

Blazefire: ?/? Clean

Cinnamontail: ?/? Clean

Spireclaw, Needletail, Sunbeam, Hollowspring: ¼ Kinkfur, ¼ ?, ¼ Snowbird, ¼ Scorchfur- Clean

Oakfur: ?/? Clean

Overall, Shadowclan is fairly clean. This is due to the fact that many of the cats do not have extensive family trees, some with no parents at all.

On the other hand, Shadowclan has been poisoned.

By Thunderclan.

All of the inbred cats in Shadowclan have Thunderclan decent, specifically through Dovewing and Tigerstar #2.

Tigerstar #2 is, as most people know, related to Thunderclan cats, through his mother, Tawnypelt. Normally, this wouldn’t be much of a problem, because he himself is actually clean bred, and none of the other current Shadowclan cats have blood ties with Thunderclan.

But of course, he had to take Dovewing as a mate. (I personally dislike this couple, so discovering the biological issues with it makes me feel an odd sense of triumph)

Now, taking Dovewing as a mate poisoned his bloodline enough, because Dovewing is a fairly inbred cat. Robinwing and Fuzzypelt appear as her great grandparents once, and as great-great grandparents twice.

This is because her grandparents on her father’s side, Ferncloud and Dustpelt, are niece and uncle, with Ferncloud’s mother, Brindleface, being Dustpelt’s older sister (With Robingwing and Fuzzypelt as their parents).

There are further faults in her pedigree when her Mother and father’s genes mix. Whitewing herself is clean, but her grandmother on her mom’s side, Frostfur, is another child of Robinwing and Fuzzypelt.

However, Shadowsight, Lightleap, and Pouncestep are further dirtied by the combination of their parents pedigrees. Smallear and Speckletail appear as both great-great-great grandparents on their mother’s side and as great-great grandparents on their father’s side.

This is due to the fact that Lionheart, the son of Smallear and Speckletail, is Brightheart’s father, and Goldenflower, his sister, is Tawnypelt’s mother.

This is all a very bad sign for Shadowclan. Shadowsight, Tigerstar #2, and Dovewing have all been important characters, and the important characters tend to end up with many descendants.

Also, there seems to have been a lot of cats transfering clans lately, so if anymore Thunderclan cats join there will be trouble.

The solution for Shadowclan?

Stop running off with Thunderclan cats.

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