Problems with Nine Lives by Whitepaw

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Whitepaw explains some problems that occur when a leader gains 9 lives

There are a number of problems with having nine lives. In this article I will go over them.

Problem 1: Just the whole concept. You don’t start a new life, you just go back to your old life. In warriors, nine lives is more like being able to die nine times without actually dying until the last time. You don’t start over as a kitten, you just come back to where and how you were.

Problem 2: How long would you actually live? There are some leaders like Sunstar who seem to use up their nine lives in a lifetime. There are some leaders that seem to live forever. From the group of apprentices in Into the Wild, Firestar is the second one to die, Ravenpaw being the first, I think, because he gave Bramblestar one of his nine lives, like Firestar. Sandstorm and Dustpelt die soon after, but I still think that Firestar should have been the one to live the longest, because that’s how it should be. Also, if Whitestorm had survived there would be a problem if Firestar died as soon after becoming leader as Sunstar did. Whitestorm would probably have been thinking about retiring, but how would they get a strong leader without breaking the warrior code. Whitestorm would live much longer and he would have to retire later.

You know how earlier I was saying that Firestar was the second of that group of apprentices to die? I was thinking about that. Theoretically, Firestar should have lived nine times the rest of his generation’s age, but he didn’t. Why is that? I think that part of the reason StarClan gives leaders nine lives is that they will be targeted more than the other warriors. Deputies will also be targeted which is why a leader usually has more than one deputy. StarClan gives them those lives so that they won’t die for good the first time another leader decides to attack the camp. StarClan gives them those lives so that they will make it to the usual lifespan of a warrior cat. This is shown in Moth Flight’s Vision when Wind Runner is about to die from a battle against Clear Sky and Moth Flight takes her to receive nine lives. But for some leaders, they are fairly old when they become older, and nine lives just doubles their lifetime, or possibly triples it. Blackstar was pretty old, and Mistystar is the oldest living warrior cat. She is one of only two cats that I can think of that have been alive since the first book and are still alive at the time this article is being written. If a character is already old, then they shouldn’t become a leader. So, I kind of got off topic, but I just see a lot of problems with nine lives, and how it is displayed, and I had a lot of things to say, so yeah. Hope you enjoyed it and maybe you agree with me.

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『𝕊𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕠𝕨 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕕𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕤 𝕚𝕟 𝕗𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕧𝕖𝕤』- 𝕊𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕠𝕨𝕡𝕒𝕨
October 29, 2020 12:34 am

Great article Whitepaw!!! <3

Mint Leaf That Dances In The Wind (Mintpaw)
Mintkit
October 29, 2020 12:54 am

Just realised how old Mistystar is
w-o-w

Whiterabbit who was almost too lazy to change her name to something non-halloweeny
White Ghost of Halloween Rabbit (Whitepaw)
October 29, 2020 1:34 pm
Reply to  Mintkit

Yeah I know and its insane!

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᥅ꫀᦔρꪖ᭙
October 29, 2020 1:14 am

This is great Whitepaw! Totally makes sense

Whiterabbit who was almost too lazy to change her name to something non-halloweeny
White Ghost of Halloween Rabbit (Whitepaw)
October 29, 2020 1:34 pm

thank you!

Lion that Settles in Autumn Leaves aka Lionpaw(pool)
Lion that Settles in Autumn Leaves aka Lionpaw(pool)
October 29, 2020 2:00 am

I think Firestar didn’t die last because leaders are given 9 lives to take more risks, and he did, so he died 2nd out of the og 4

Whiterabbit who was almost too lazy to change her name to something non-halloweeny
White Ghost of Halloween Rabbit (Whitepaw)
October 29, 2020 1:34 pm

Yeah it seems like they give the leaders nine lives just so they can live to the normal lifespan.

Coldheart
Cold Heart of Halloween Zombie ~ Coldheart
October 29, 2020 2:40 am

I love the article!

♥️Singin' in the Rain/Rainsong (Rainyyy)♥️
♥️Singin' in the Rain/Rainsong (Rainyyy)♥️
October 29, 2020 3:01 am

great article!! and yes I feel like leaders die quite fast. Like when one of Firestar’s life was taken by greencough, i thought that it was kinda like the authors trying to get rid of his lives so he won’t live for too long.

Whiterabbit who was almost too lazy to change her name to something non-halloweeny
White Ghost of Halloween Rabbit (Whitepaw)
October 29, 2020 1:32 pm

yeah.

Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
October 29, 2020 5:09 am

Amazing article!

Blaze of Red Hearth Fire (Redblaze is preparing for winter)
Blaze of Red Hearth Fire (Redblaze is preparing for winter)
October 29, 2020 9:47 am

I think the reason leaders live short lives even with nine is because they are expected to fight at the front of every battle and are often the first to leap into any danger
This is why they’re given nine lives so that they can last as leader for awhile

Spooky Turtle That Sits In Pumpkin 🐢🐢🐢🎃🎃🎃
Spooky Turtle That Sits In Pumpkin 🐢🐢🐢🎃🎃🎃
October 29, 2020 1:02 pm

Huh, I never thought about the problems with nine lives before!
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Kestrel that steals all your candy😼(kestry)
Kestrel that steals all your candy😼(kestry)
October 29, 2020 1:25 pm

Yeah Mistystar is waaaaaaaaaayy to old poor misty star she’s older then graystripe even cause she was born before him and was a warrior when he was an apprentice and graystripe gets to be an elder!

Whiterabbit who was almost too lazy to change her name to something non-halloweeny
White Ghost of Halloween Rabbit (Whitepaw)
October 29, 2020 1:33 pm

Emberdawn said that one of my articles wouldn’t be posted until January, but here one of them is!

Birchfoot
Birchfoot
October 29, 2020 1:54 pm

it can be hard to judge when they’re going to be scheduled since we recently switched from scheduling them every other day to twice a day 🙂

Whiterabbit who was almost too lazy to change her name to something non-halloweeny
White Ghost of Halloween Rabbit (Whitepaw)
October 29, 2020 2:10 pm
Reply to  Birchfoot

Okay. But October’s a lot earlier than January. But I am happy because now I have an article posted!

Birchfoot
Birchfoot
October 31, 2020 3:39 pm

🙂

Speckled leaf on pumpkin (speckleleaf/paw)
Speckled leaf on pumpkin (speckleleaf/paw)
October 29, 2020 2:05 pm

Great article! I think what you said makes sense. 🙂

Windstorm
Windstorm
October 29, 2020 2:13 pm

Tallstar lives forever, and then dies of old age, right? So how, then, does Barkface survive another 2+ years, according to the wiki, before dying of something? And Tallstar lived long for a leader.

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