Spottedpaw explains why she believes the interloper to be none other than Ashfur.
Hello! This is my second article, so please excuse anything that may seem off. This article from me is about who’s possessing Bramblestar. Read carefully, because I am making sure to make this very detailed. I hope you enjoy!
Okay, do we have evidence stacked on him? Yes. Is he a good cat? So the books point out when he goes to StarClan, but don’t believe that for a heartbeat! Has he tried to kill a cat before? Well, no. He’s tried to kill five that we know of. Firestar, Squirrelflight, Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf, who, I am very happy to announce, killed him instead. So would he be an obvious choice? Absolutely. In the early pages of Veil of Shadows, Bramblestar shows deep regret for exiling Squirrelflight, and tries desperately to find her. She, Mothwing, and Bristlefrost make evidence so Bristleforst can prove that “Squirrelflight died.” They did this in fear of his searching further than ThunderClan borders and finding the exile’s camp that’s in ShadowClan territory. He believed them, and blamed himself. Later, he says something that really caught the attention of myself—and I’m sure many other readers—and was a deep mistake, because Squirrelflight later reveals she knows who the interloper is. Here’s a quick quote that Bramblestar—sorry, his interloper—said in Veil of Shadows.
“I came back for you.” – Bramblestar to Squirrelfight.
What does this suggest? It isn’t a living Clan cat, because the interloper came back for Squirrelflight. Who had the most drama with Squirrelflight? Who tried to kill her? Who would stoop so low? Ashfur! Who else would “come back” for her? Who else could have any reason to do so? This is my point! If it’s not Ashfur, then the Erins have some explaining to do in the next The Broken Code book, Darkness Within. Another thing in Veil of Shadows that caught my attention was when Bramblestar—you know I mean his interloper—was addressing the Clan and exiling Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Twigbranch. Bristlefrost, trying to reassure Bramblestar of her “loyalty” to him, says she doesn’t always understand StarClan’s meaning. Then, the conversation goes on.
“We all know that my mother, Leafpool, who deceived the Clan about our birth, is in StarClan now. If my so-called codebreaking existence bothers StarClan so much, why did they forgive the cat who was actually responsible?” Jayfeather, arguing with Bramblestar about being exiled.
“StarClan works in mysterious ways. I know very well that they don’t always explain themselves clearly.” – Bramblestar, who is speechless when Jayfeather makes that really good point.
Now, I may be exaggerating, I do a lot, but how would Bramblestar know very well that StarClan doesn’t always explain themselves very clearly? Letting Ashfur into StarClan obviously wasn’t very well explained! All we have in his defense is:
“The only thing he did wrong was to love too much.” – Yellowfang, in Ashfur’s defense to let him into StarClan.
That justifies nothing! He did what he did, and there’s no changing a leopard’s spots. Ashfur seems like the most obvious choice, and, like said above, if he isn’t the interloper, I’ll be shocked beyond belief.
<b<Did you all like that? Give me some feedback, please! I worked hard, and re-read Veil of Shadows a ton to find some supporting details. I have a few questions because I want to see how you feel about this subject!
Who does you think the interlope is?
Why do you think so?
Are you excited for Darkness Within to be released?