Which Cats I Believe are Most Likely (And Most Unlikely!) to be Possessing Bramblestar by Emberfrost

Emberfrost lists the most likely and least likely cats to be the one possessing Bramblestar in The Broken Code.

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Hello all you cool cats and kittens!
(Just kidding, ignore that Tiger King joke please.)

I really wanted to dive into the possibilities of who in the world could possibly be possessing Bramblestar’s body. I’ve heard some theories that I don’t believe are possible, and others that actually make quite a bit of sense. I haven’t seen too many articles about this subject, surprisingly, so I wanted to share my own ideas.

The first, and I think most likely cat, would be Ashfur. The reasons I think he’s probably the impostor is because he’s really the only cat I feel had a romantic connection to Squirrelflight, other than Bramblestar. The fact the impostor had ice blue eyes also points at Ashfur, too. He seems to have a quarrel with Bramblestar, which would be accurate, considering Bramblestar, in Ashfur’s eyes, “stole” Squirrelflight. Now, I know in the Power Of Three Ashfur states he doesn’t have a quarrel with Bramblestar, but evidence in the books, such as Ashfur openly being hostile towards Bramblestar, suggest otherwise. The familiarity with Squirrelflight is what truly makes me think Ashfur is the probable suspect behind this, because as much as I search I can only find one cat other than Ashfur who was connected to Squirrelflight once (but we’ll talk about him later.)
He is a controversial character, and when he was seen in StarClan it sounded like his story wasn’t quite over yet, the way it was almost shrugged off when Leafpool and Squirrelflight discovered his presence, like they would be covering him more in a different story.

On the other hand, there are a few holes in the theory of Ashfur being the impostor. For one thing, it did kinda seem like he had forgiven and forgotten in StarClan (or was he trying to seem neutral and quiet for a reason?). Also, what’s with the unfamiliarity of regular Clan traditions? Though I’ll also point out he mainly seems unfamiliar with more recent Clan affairs he wasn’t alive for, such as The Sisters or Dewnose’s name. Though his hatred of the elders is quite odd also. Ashfur always seemed loyal to ThunderClan, as if he really cared about it. Would he really put his quarrels with Bramblestar and love of Squirrelflight over the entirity of ThunderClan? Ashfur was the opposite of lazy, too. He seemed quite intellegent, which this impostor really doesn’t. So while currently, Ashfur seems the most likely candidate to me, I also recognize the holes and flaws in this theory.

Sol was another contender. The only evidence pointing to this is that he is probably one of the most controversial characters, and he did vow to return to the Clans one day. But his eyes were amber colored, I believe, not blue. And he didn’t seem to have any sort of connection with Squirrelflight to the reader’s knowledge, except for maybe taking interest in what he thought was her kits. Though it seems to me he did that because he saw they had power and wanted to take advantage of it. I do, however, see a striking similarity in the personalities of Sol and the impostor. Honestly, if it weren’t for the mentions of deep blue eyes many times without the book, he might be my first contender, but I do have a theory about him in the end of this article…

Continuing on is Hawkfrost, and I have a sort of far-fetched theory about this one. The fact he (I believe) died twice makes me a bit skeptic as to him being the impostor, but assuming there was some way he avoided the death or came back, he does have some markings of being the imposter. The blue eyes are one pointer, as is the evil history and wanting power, wanting to take over all the Clans. Bramblestar did “betray” him, in a since, but it never showed any suggestion of feelings towards Squirrelflight on Hawkfrost’s side. What if, though, Hawkfrost was somehow in love with Squirrelflight, we just didn’t see it? Squirrelflight expresses major distrust in Hawkfrost in the new prophecy, warning Bramblestar to stay away. It almost seems that she’s convincing herself he’s bad news, huh? Could it be possible she was falling for him? Could some of the excuses to see Bramblestar (Brambleclaw then) have been to ask or hear news about Squirrelflight? Personally, I don’t think so. I think it’s a bit far-fetched, but by now we all know that sometimes there’s no point in guessing with the Erin’s. They’ll do anything.

Mapleshade and Tigerstar were also contenders, but I think the likelihood of either is extremely low. For one thing, the impostor seems to be a tom, at least that’s what he appears to Shadowsight as, and how his voice sounds when not in Bramblestar’s body. Neither cat have blue eyes. Both are long dead, and it doesn’t seem that either can walk the Dark Forest any longer. Same deal with Darkstripe, Clawface, and all other cats from the first series. I just don’t see it.

I wanted to mention Stormfur.
Now, sometimes it says his eyes are blue and sometimes it says his eyes are amber. That kind of mix-up is common with these books, and has happened with Graystripe, Hollyleaf, and other cats too. So I’m not positive what color his eyes are, but I do know it is mentioned that he has blue eyes a few times.
He’s really the only other cat that had a thing for Squirrelflight, back in the second series. Now I know Stormfur is beloved by many, in fact, I love him too. He’s been through a lot, and not once has he seemed hostile to Bramblestar or Squirrelflight, or any other ThunderClan cat. But what if the whole time he secretly did resent Bramblestar? Or maybe he didn’t, but he died with the Tribe Of Rushing Water and wanted to try to spend time with Squirrelflight and get rid of Bramblestar? Maybe something happened that we don’t know about yet in the series that somehow turned him. You have to remember how much he’s been through. Losing his sister, being banished from RiverClan, being banished from the tribe, being taunted in ThunderClan. All that can add up.
Of course, Stormfur never seemed like a lazy cat. The impostor’s personality is so different from Stormfur’s personality, that I personally don’t believe this theory is very likely. There are some cool connection points, but the fact Stormfur and Bramblestar seemed to be close friends, and he found Brook and fell in love, and he’s just always been an overall fair, honest, and pretty cool cat. It’s just a fun little theory that’s been rolling around in my head, but I’d be very shocked if it turned out to be Stormfur.

A final thing I wanted to mention. What if the blue-eyes spirit thingy that is possessing Bramblestar currently isn’t actually what the spirit looks like? What if there’s some way for spirit cat’s to change their appearance, or even somehow take over another spirit? This would mean that it wouldn’t matter what color eyes the cat had. It could be literally any cat. The spirit could just be trying to confuse Shadowsight and Squirrelflight into thinking it was something else. And if this is the case, I swear, it really seems like Sol. The laziness, the throwing away of Clan traditions, and I can also vaguely remember Sol not giving the elders the same respect the Clan’s were used to. And you have to remember, there’s still three more books left in the series. I don’t think they’re just gonna defeat the spirit and then the Clans live in peace. There’ll still be a few twists and turns along the way.

Anyway, that’s about all the ideas I have. Thanks for reading. I really want to hear some comments about what you all think! And keep in mind it’s been a bit since I’ve read some of the series, especially Omen of the Stars, so if y’all see anything I wrote that’s incorrect or have any other evidence to add that I forgot please comment it! I appreciate different ideas, because I always like to think about new things, but please make sure they’re respectful (as I’m sure you will.)

Thanks, hope you enjoy!


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September 6, 2020 7:08 pm

Wanting Flipclaw to be med cat could match up with Sol, since he wanted every cat to know about herbs in his stay with shadowclan

Purple Dusk
Purple Dusk
September 6, 2020 10:11 pm

An article that dives deeply into who could be the imposter besides Ashfur!
(Sorry to anyone else who actually did. Tis been awhile since I been on Blogclan and I probably missed your article.)

Your part about Sol really did get me thinking, which indeed makes any article good. Though I disagree on Sol, I can see why you would think him too be the imposter.

The part where I diverge from you is that Sol is too lazy to be the imposter. He gets other cats to do the dirty work for him, rather actually murder someone by his own paw. So seeing the imposter actually go out of his way to murder cats just strikes me as too off to be Sol.

Thanks for making me think and giving me a good read. Maybe someday we could discuss other possibilities of the imposter or dive deeper into the candidates.

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September 6, 2020 11:52 pm

Hello! This is a awesome article, made me think more about the imposter 😉

The Amazing Briarkit!!!
The Amazing Briarkit!!!
September 7, 2020 12:22 am

Nice! Though I do think that Stormfur’s eyes are amber. We don’t know what happened to Sol, but I think he has yellow eyes. Graystripe has amber eyes, Hollyleaf has green eyes, and Dovewing has green eyes. Also, Sol is quite the opposite of lazy. Darktail could be it, but then again, Darktail is smart and cunning, and not very lazy. I’m trying to think of a lazy cat who didn’t like Elders… espera un minuto… oof sorry, I go into spanish when I’m figuring something out. Chickens+more chickens=even more chickens… BROKENSTAR! Though didn’t he have amber eyes?

The Amazing Briarkit!!!
The Amazing Briarkit!!!
September 7, 2020 11:53 pm

Never mind, I thought of a lazy cat with ice blue eyes who hates Elders(especially Quick Water for thinking Star Flower is the traitor she is). CLEAR SKY. CLEAR SKY OR ASHFUR COULD BE THE IMPOSTER. I mean, Squirrelflight could be one of his decendants through Sandstorm because of Thunder, so… CLEAR SKY. OR ASHFUR. EITHER ONE.

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Frostcrystal and friends
Frostcrystal and friends
September 7, 2020 12:57 am

Def Ashfur

September 7, 2020 10:41 am

Darkness within is NOT the answer…
what if squirrelflight guessed wrong?

Last edited 11 days ago by Irinasplash
September 11, 2020 3:16 am
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Have You Read Darkness Within

September 7, 2020 6:23 pm

Anyone else think it could be Darktail….

Flamekit/flower (Flamey)
Flamekit/flower (Flamey)
September 7, 2020 10:16 pm

I’ve got no really good idea about who the imposter is, but i kinda think it might be Hawkfrost, for the reasons you listed, Emberfrost, and also because that would explain why he wouldn’t be familiar with the ThunderClan members. He also didn’t believe in StarClan, so he might’ve forced Flipclaw into becoming a med cat because he felt like it. He wasn’t alive very long, so he might not be familiar with the ceremony words, and he might be acting lazy because he wants to…… darn it, I just lost my reason.

September 10, 2020 1:47 am

I loved this article! My guess is Ashfur, although I don’t recall all the “blue eyes” mentions that you cited. I’ll have to go look back. Call me crazy, but when I first started reading A Broken Code, I thought we had an evil Hollyleaf on our paws just because of the strict adherence to the code.

Adventure hungry as always

Dawnpaw (Shining Dawn)
Dawnpaw (Shining Dawn)
September 14, 2020 1:55 pm

Nice article! I honestly believe it is Ashfur. But…a crazy assumption…what if It is Firestar? Read the prologue of Bramblestar’s storm–firestar misses Thunderclan. And he would be sad about Squirrelflight because he’s her father. Probably not though.

September 15, 2020 5:36 pm

Sol seems REALLY likely, but there’s only one thing stopping that.

Sol is still alive. (I think)

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