Amending the Warrior Code by Cinderpaw

Cinderpaw wonders how the Warrior Code can be changed. How would you change the rules?

(Waring, small amounts of Power of Three spoilers, although there are not many, they give away a lot. Do not read if you have not finished Long Shadows.)

Hello. Cinderpaw here! Today I am discussing a long considered topic: amending the warrior code. I will be looking at challenging two warrior codes and a medicine code.

The first code. For their first code, I chose code sixteen, a warrior rejects the soft life of a kittypet. I believe that this should be changed for one very simple reason. What kind of warrior would a cat be if they did not believe in the clans? If they did not believe in the warrior code, they would be useless, maybe even a burden to their clan. It is better to leave the clan altogether, then burden them. If a cat feels that they do not belong in a clan, the clan should not feel like a cage. If a cat wishes to leave, they should. My revised version is as follows.

๐•ฌ ๐–œ๐–†๐–—๐–—๐–Ž๐–”๐–— ๐–’๐–š๐–˜๐–™ ๐–ˆ๐–”๐–’๐–’๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–™๐–” ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–Ž๐–— ๐–ˆ๐–‘๐–†๐–“ ๐–‹๐–š๐–‘๐–‘๐–ž, ๐–”๐–— ๐–“๐–”๐–™ ๐–†๐–™ ๐–†๐–‘๐–‘. ๐•ด๐–‹ ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–œ๐–”๐–š๐–‘๐–‰ ๐–‘๐–Ž๐–๐–Š ๐–™๐–” ๐–‘๐–Š๐–†๐–›๐–Š ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–‘๐–†๐–“, ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–’๐–†๐–ž, ๐–‡๐–š๐–™ ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–’๐–†๐–ž ๐–“๐–”๐–™ ๐–‘๐–Ž๐–›๐–Š ๐–œ๐–Ž๐–™๐– ๐–† ๐–•๐–†๐–œ ๐–Ž๐–“ ๐–Š๐–†๐–ˆ๐– ๐–œ๐–”๐–—๐–‘๐–‰. ๐•ฟ๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–’๐–š๐–˜๐–™ ๐–ˆ๐–”๐–’๐–’๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–’๐–˜๐–Š๐–‘๐–›๐–Š๐–˜ ๐–‹๐–š๐–‘๐–‘๐–ž ๐–™๐–” ๐–”๐–“๐–Š ๐–•๐–‘๐–†๐–ˆ๐–Š. ๐•ด๐–‹ ๐–† ๐–‘๐–Š๐–†๐–‰๐–Š๐–— ๐–‹๐–Š๐–Š๐–‘๐–˜ ๐–™๐–๐–Ž๐–˜ ๐–œ๐–†๐–ž, ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–’๐–š๐–˜๐–™ ๐–ˆ๐–”๐–“๐–˜๐–š๐–‘๐–™ ๐–œ๐–Ž๐–™๐– ๐•พ๐–™๐–†๐–—๐•ฎ๐–‘๐–†๐–“ ๐–Š๐–๐–™๐–Š๐–“๐–˜๐–Ž๐–›๐–Š๐–‘๐–ž ๐–‡๐–Š๐–‹๐–”๐–—๐–Š ๐–™๐–†๐–๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐–†๐–“๐–ž ๐–‰๐–Š๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–˜๐–Ž๐–›๐–Š ๐–˜๐–™๐–Š๐–•๐–˜.

The second code. Code thirteen. The word of clan leader is the warrior code. This one, I believe, is the one I would like to challenge the most genuinely. If a leader makes a bad decision, the whole clan is punished by it. This is shown in Bluestarโ€™s reign, Onestarโ€™s reign, or really any leadership. I believe that, if more than half of the clan challenges this decision, the clan will vote. For a decision to be successfully vetoed, ยพ of the clan, including the deputy or medicine cat will have to vote to stop it. This will happen after arguments from both sides are made, so that cats see the reasoning behind both decisions. Only warriors, queens, elders, and medicine cats may vote. The amendment is as follows.

๐•ด๐–‹ ๐–† ๐–ˆ๐–‘๐–†๐–“ ๐–‘๐–Š๐–†๐–‰๐–Š๐–— ๐–’๐–†๐–๐–Š๐–˜ ๐–† ๐–‰๐–Š๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–˜๐–Ž๐–”๐–“ ๐–™๐–๐–†๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–˜ ๐–ˆ๐–๐–†๐–‘๐–‘๐–Š๐–“๐–Œ๐–Š๐–‰, ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–’๐–†๐–ž ๐–‡๐–Š ๐–›๐–Š๐–™๐–”๐–Š๐–‰, ๐–‡๐–š๐–™ ๐–”๐–“๐–‘๐–ž ๐–œ๐–Ž๐–™๐– ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–˜๐–š๐–•๐–•๐–”๐–—๐–™ ๐–”๐–‹ ยพ ๐–”๐–‹ ๐–†๐–‘๐–‘ ๐–•๐–†๐–—๐–™๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–•๐–†๐–“๐–™๐–˜, ๐–Ž๐–“๐–ˆ๐–‘๐–š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐–Š๐–Ž๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–— ๐–† ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™ ๐–”๐–— ๐–‰๐–Š๐–•๐–š๐–™๐–ž. ๐•ฌ๐–—๐–Œ๐–š๐–’๐–Š๐–“๐–™๐–˜ ๐–‹๐–—๐–”๐–’ ๐–‡๐–”๐–™๐– ๐–˜๐–Ž๐–‰๐–Š๐–˜ ๐–œ๐–Ž๐–‘๐–‘ ๐–‡๐–Š ๐–’๐–†๐–‰๐–Š, ๐–‹๐–”๐–— ๐–•๐–†๐–—๐–™๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–•๐–†๐–“๐–™๐–˜ ๐–™๐–” ๐–˜๐–Š๐–Š ๐–‡๐–”๐–™๐– ๐–˜๐–Ž๐–‰๐–Š๐–˜ ๐–”๐–‹ ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–†๐–—๐–Œ๐–š๐–’๐–Š๐–“๐–™. ๐•บ๐–“๐–‘๐–ž ๐–œ๐–†๐–—๐–—๐–Ž๐–”๐–—๐–˜, ๐––๐–š๐–Š๐–Š๐–“๐–˜, ๐–Š๐–‘๐–‰๐–Š๐–—๐–˜, ๐–†๐–“๐–‰ ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™๐–˜ ๐–’๐–†๐–ž ๐–›๐–”๐–™๐–Š.

Now I will be looking at a medicine cat code. Or rather, two medicine cat codes. Obviously, I am talking about a medicine catโ€™s inability to take a mate or have kits. There are two main arguments for this, and I will try to break them down. The first argument is that a medicine cat will favor their kit or mate over someone else, and therefore fuss over them more. For example, If Lionblaze and Bumblestripe both had greencough, Leafpool would definitely give Lionblaze more attention because he was her kit. But what if it was Squirrelflight instead of Lionblaze? Leafpool would still give more attention to Squirrelflight then Bumblestripe because Squirrelflight was her sister, and it would be mouse-brained to make a rule that only single litter kits can be medicine cats because those are few and far between. Family bias will happen, there is no avoiding that. Second is the idea that kits will distract a medicine cat from their duty. This is a valid argument, and I believe that a medicine cat may only have kits one a certain checklist is met.

First, they must have another fully trained medicine cat, so that the clan still has a medicine cat while they are taking care of their kits.
Second, they must talk to the other medicine cat first, to make sure that they are ok with the idea of being the only medicine cat for a while
Third, they may not have kits during a crisis, like right after a major attack, an outbreak of sickness, or any other serious problem, because they will be needed, and at that time, kits will distract a medicine cat from their duties
Finally, they must have a willing foster mother in case a sudden emergency does happen, and they are needed.

I think we should take out the code about not taking a mate entirely, and change the second code. The amendment is as follows.

๐•ฌ ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™, ๐–š๐–“๐–‰๐–Š๐–— ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–”๐–“๐–‰๐–Ž๐–™๐–Ž๐–”๐–“ ๐–™๐–๐–†๐–™ ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–™๐–†๐–๐–Š ๐–† ๐–’๐–†๐–™๐–Š, ๐–’๐–†๐–ž ๐–”๐–“๐–‘๐–ž ๐–๐–†๐–›๐–Š k๐–Ž๐–™๐–˜ ๐–Ž๐–‹ ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–—๐–Š ๐–Ž๐–˜ ๐–’๐–”๐–—๐–Š ๐–™๐–๐–†๐–“ ๐–”๐–“๐–Š ๐–‹๐–š๐–‘๐–‘๐–ž ๐–™๐–—๐–†๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š๐–‰ ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™, ๐–†๐–“๐–‰ ๐–™๐–๐–†๐–™ ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–˜ ๐–”๐– ๐–™๐–” ๐–‡๐–Š ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–˜๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ๐–‘๐–Š ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™ ๐–‹๐–”๐–— ๐–† ๐–œ๐–๐–Ž๐–‘๐–Š. ๐•ฟ๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–†๐–‘๐–˜๐–” ๐–’๐–†๐–ž ๐–“๐–”๐–™ ๐–๐–†๐–›๐–Š ๐–๐–Ž๐–™๐–˜ ๐–‰๐–š๐–—๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐–†๐–“๐–ž ๐–˜๐–”๐–—๐–™ ๐–”๐–‹ ๐–Š๐–’๐–Š๐–—๐–Œ๐–Š๐–“๐–ˆ๐–ž ๐–Ž๐–“๐–›๐–”๐–‘๐–›๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–“๐–Š๐–Š๐–‰ ๐–‹๐–”๐–— ๐–† ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™โ€™๐–˜ ๐–˜๐–๐–Ž๐–‘๐–‘๐–˜. ๐•ด๐–‹ ๐–†๐–“ ๐–Š๐–’๐–Š๐–—๐–Œ๐–Š๐–“๐–ˆ๐–ž ๐–š๐–“๐–Š๐–๐–•๐–Š๐–ˆ๐–™๐–Š๐–‰๐–‘๐–ž ๐–๐–†๐–•๐–•๐–Š๐–“๐–˜, ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–’๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Š ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–™ ๐–’๐–š๐–˜๐–™ ๐–๐–†๐–›๐–Š ๐–† ๐–œ๐–Ž๐–‘๐–‘๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐–‹๐–”๐–˜๐–™๐–Š๐–— ๐–’๐–”๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–— ๐–˜๐–” ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–ž ๐–’๐–†๐–ž ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–—๐–Š ๐–‹๐–”๐–— ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–Ž๐–— ๐–ˆ๐–‘๐–†๐–“๐–’๐–†๐–™๐–Š๐–˜.

If you have any codes you would like to amend, or any codes that you would like to create, post them in the comments!

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