Blackstar’s Evolution by Crookedmoon

Crookedmoon looks back on Blackstar throughout his life.

Art by Vialir

Blackstar’s Evolution
In this article we will be talking about…. Blackstar’s Evolution! Big surprise! I found myself thinking about my Mistystar article when I started thinking about who killed Stonefur, Blackstar did. Just a refresh, he has grown into a fine, fresh leader now, so let’s look closer at his evolution, and walk through his life. At the end of the article we will discuss what were his lowest and highest points of his life.
The Beginning:
When Nightstar died, and Cinderfur also died, and then Tigerstar became leader of Shadowclan, Blackfoot had a whole new life in front of him. When he was chosen to be deputy, he obviously wanted to prove that Tigerstar had made the right choice. He had to be strong for his Clan that had just gone through so much. He would do anything for Tigerstar, at first he was like Darkstripe, just with a little bit more respect for himself. He trailed after Tigerstar, like there was a string keeping them together. He cared so much about gaining respect from Tigerstar, that he ended doing things that he regretted in his later life.

TigerClan:
Aaahh…. TigerClan, the Clan that destroyed almost everything. Almost. Tigerstar and Leopardstar joined forces to create TigerClan. Leopardstar was blindsided by her crush, that she did these foolish things, but we’re not here to talk about her.
During TigerClan, Tigerstar decided that he hated half-clan cats, so he banished Mistyfoot, Stonefur, Featherpaw, and Stormpaw down into a deep hole, to await their deaths. Some of them were lucky enough to escape with some help from Firestar, but Stonefur wasn’t one of those lucky ones. Stonefur died while he was standing up for Featherpaw and Stormpaw, but his bravery cost him his life. Tigerstar ordered him to be killed, so he gave Darkstripe the job to kill him. Blackfoot must have been raging, he probably thought that he deserved to have Darkstripe’s job to kill Stonefur. So, when Darkstripe failed to do so, and the job was handed over to Blackfoot, Blackfoot gladly jumped in. He then dealt the killing blow to Stonefur. This was definitely one of his lowest points in life, a murderer of an innocent cat.

The Legacy:
Blackstar had this image of a perfect new leader for Shadowclan. A leader that would make Shadowclan invincible, Shadowclan would once again be seen as Shadowclan. He realized he had to keep the legacy for Shadowclan going. Shadowclan is supposed to be the most feared clan of all. Blackstar did his best to get that legacy up and going again. He just didn’t have the right plan. He was too busy trying to get people to see his new image, not the murderer he was before. He hadn’t found his true self yet, he was trying to be someone he was not. He tried to be like Tigerstar, but then he didn’t want to be too much like Tigerstar, his mind was all over the place. We didn’t know that he could be a better leader, so we thought that he was alright. He wasn’t. He tried to be a strict leader so his clanmates wouldn’t end up like him. He was too afraid of his past, that he spent the early lives of his leadership trying to stop cats from being like him. He needed to accept that cats would forgive and forget when he forgave himself, and forgot his past.

The Lake:
Over time Blackstar became the leader he is known for today. I love Riverclan, so I was pretty mad at Blackfoot when he killed Stonefur. Funny thing is, I completely forgot that Blackstar had been Blackfoot. He had a whole new attitude, whole new life, whole new role. He lived up to that role, and he was an amazing leader once he knew how to take it on. He led his clan through ups and downs, and they always made it out okay. In Starclan, you can tell that he’s respected, and he is known. He makes his presence known, and you can tell that he is of high authority. He has that ‘aura’ that you know he is of importance.

Beliefs:
In this section we’re going to be discussing how he stopped believing in Starclan. Many cats, and readers saw it as a foolish mistake. Writing this article I have come to respect Blackstar. I have seen this “mistake” as Blackstar branching out instead. He was willing to believe in new things, he wasn’t set on one thing, he wasn’t that stubborn. Sometimes Starclan can really mess up, so the possibility of not believing in Starclan sometimes can be life-saving. You’re not blocking out any other choices, you’re not just sticking to one thing every single time. You’re willing to try new things, you’re willing to believe in other things. For example, how Mothwing doesn’t believe in Starclan at all. When Starclan told them to close their borders completely during the Dark Forest attack, she didn’t believe that it was the right thing to do. She saw beyond just listening to Starclan every second. She believed that you can not believe in Starclan. Blackstar saw this too, and he might’ve not gone the right way about it, but he branched out. After that he was willing to try new things. He knew that there’s another choice to not do everything according to Starclan, he had experienced it. That’s why Blackstar is an amazing leader, and will always be known as that.

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The One That Leaps From Stars (Starkit)
The One That Leaps From Stars (Starkit)
November 6, 2020 1:31 am

Blackstar is a pretty good leader

Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
November 6, 2020 10:06 am

He was, and he become an evil cat to a good one, which is seriously impressive. It’s hard to be a leader when you know you’ve done terrible things in the past. I mean, he’s probably one of the best leaders ShadowClan ever had. I mean Raggedstar, Brokenstar, Rownstar and Tigerheart/star were/are a hot mess, and Cedarstar was just, well average.
He kept ShadowClan’s aggressive reputation without causing too many fights, he kept the Clan healthy and safe all the time, he kept a safe distance from the others, (not too close and not too far) and so many more. ShadowClan had many peaceful seasons with him around.

Hollypaw
Hollypaw
November 6, 2020 1:37 am

Great article!
I love Blackstar’s character. He’s one of my favorite characters, and I think he is underrated.

Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
November 6, 2020 10:07 am
Reply to  Hollypaw

Definitely

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November 12, 2020 10:39 pm
Reply to  Hollypaw

Thank you so much! While writing this article I learned a lot about him, and I think he’s a pretty honorable leader.

Tree Adorned with Dusty Pictures of the Past (Dustypaw)
Tree Adorned with Dusty Pictures of the Past (Dustypaw)
November 6, 2020 2:37 am

This is so meaningful.
Blackstar is seriously underrated and unnoticed.

Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
Silverfeather who is looking for a mentor
November 6, 2020 10:01 am

Agreed

Rainypaw needs a mentor
Rainypaw needs a mentor
November 6, 2020 3:07 pm

yeah

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November 12, 2020 10:40 pm

Wow, thank you. He is underrated, and I really wanted to point out how he’s grown and changed, and he’s changed so much.

Mint Leaf That Dances In The Wind (Mintpaw)
Mint Leaf That Dances In The Wind (Mintpaw)
November 6, 2020 4:46 am

Blackstar is the cat who put Shadowclan back on the map

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November 12, 2020 10:40 pm

yup

Blaze of Red Hearth Fire (Redblaze is preparing for winter)
Blaze of Red Hearth Fire (Redblaze is preparing for winter)
November 6, 2020 8:31 am

I’m so excited for Blsckfoot’s reckoning!

Accidentally Shattered Ice (Ttera || Shatteredmask)
Accidentally Shattered Ice (Ttera || Shatteredmask)
November 6, 2020 10:06 am

Blackstar my boiiiiiiiiii

Turtle defends Needletail|Turtlepaw/dapple 🐢🐢🐢
Turtle defends Needletail|Turtlepaw/dapple 🐢🐢🐢
November 6, 2020 2:07 pm

I quite like Blackstar! He’s a very interesting cat, and I’m looking forward to his novella. 🙂
Turtle Tail will always be the queen to me <3

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Eclipseflame 🌑🔥
November 6, 2020 4:36 pm

Can’t wait for Blackfoot’s Reckoning!

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♥️Singin' Christmas Carols/Rainsong (Rainyyy)♥️
November 6, 2020 10:27 pm

great articleeee. i really like blackstar and i can’t wait for his novella. I do wish that he got a super edition instead.

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November 12, 2020 10:41 pm

Thank you!

Lion that Settles in Autumn Leaves aka Lionpaw(pool)
Lion that Settles in Autumn Leaves aka Lionpaw(pool)
November 7, 2020 12:05 am

I wasn’t sure if you liked him at first, so I think your reasoning is really good.
great article!

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November 12, 2020 10:41 pm

Wow, thanks! Tbh, I wasn’t really sure either. XD

Fallenfeather
Fallenfeather
November 7, 2020 1:31 am

YESSS!! Blackstar deserves so much more love than people give him!

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Rea
November 7, 2020 6:36 pm

Great article! I love the picture and good points.

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November 12, 2020 10:42 pm
Reply to  Rea

Thanks, but I think either Ember or Birchy did the picture!

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November 12, 2020 10:43 pm
Reply to  Rea

Or, put it in.

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November 12, 2020 6:07 pm

Blackstar is probably the best ShadowClan leader.

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