Ashfur: Dark Forest or StarClan? by Emberheart

Emberheart wonders where Ashfur really belongs after his death.

Art by GrayPillow

Ashfur. Many debate that he should not be in StarClan, but the home of evil cats; the Dark Forest.
From ‘The Prophecies Begin’, Ashfur has been a noble character. Here are some examples of his actions, his intentions, and much more!

Prophecies Begin: Ashkit is one of the two surviving kits of Brindleface’s litter, with Ferncloud being his sister. Later: Ashfur is currently known as Ashpaw, a loyal friend of Cloudtail. He defended Cloudtail when he was going off to eat twoleg food. Ashpaw also led ‘the pack’ a vicious group of dog’s toward the gorge to kill them, saving his clan from the bloodtrail Tigerstar had set to lead the dogs to the camp. This trail was set with Brindleface’s blood, who Tigerstar murdered. Poor Ashpaw lost his mother and grew up shadowed by revenge, growing with it, until revenge filled most of the young tom’s life. Ashpaw also fought with LionClan to defeat Scourge, where Bramblepaw, Tawnypaw, Stormpaw, Featherpaw, and him worked together to kill Bone.

“Actually, it’s not just Darkstripe who wants to know. I’m worried, too. Cloudpaw promised he’d be back by now. Whatever else he might do, Cloudpaw always keeps his word.” – Ashpaw to Fireheart about Cloudpaw

The New Prophecy: As a young warrior, Ashfur takes a liking to Firestar’s daughter, Squirrelpaw. He is also appointed mentor to his nephew, Birchpaw. Although he and Brambleclaw were previously friends, Ashfur becomes jealous of his relationship with Squirrelflight. When Squirrelflight has a major fight with Brambleclaw, she becomes close to Ashfur and spends the majority of her time with him. Ashfur, having thought he had won Squirrelflight’s love, is devastated and heartbroken when she rekindles her relationship with Brambleclaw and the two become mates.

Power of Three: When Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight have a litter of kits; Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze, Ashfur is like: WHAT?! Later, when a fire starts in the camp, Squirrelflight, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze are trapped. Then a branch falls, and they have a chance to escape, but Ashfur blocks it. This is where the whole “Ashfur is a monster!” thing starts. But you can’t blame Ashfur, he had love ripped from him at the winning moment, given to a cat that didn’t deserve it. Squirrelflight reveals that the cats are not her kits, so Ashfur lets them go. SO ASHFUR LETS THEM GO. Ashfur didn’t kill anyone, so why send him to the Dark Forest? He’s nothing like Scourge or Mapleshade or Tigerstar! Which brings me to the next fandom mistake; People ship Ashfur with Scourge. I mean, really? Scourge is evil. Ashfur slips up and half the fandoms ship him with Scourge? Ouch. Oh wait, back to it. Since Ashfur decides to reveal the truth about Squirrelflight’s kits, [which is reasonable] Hollyleaf kills him and drops him into a river. Guess what? People think Hollyleaf is great even though she killed a cat in her own clan and threatened her real mom by feeding her deathberries. Hollyleaf is… not the best character. Morally.

Ashfur was murdered by the effect of his broken love. Nobody remembers him for his loyalty and skill, only for that one night. That one night of the fire, that ruined a good warrior’s life. He dedicated all he had to the clans, but he is known for a single threat that lasted less than a quarter moon. It’s sad, really.

In my opinion, Ashfur and Squirrelflight are a better couple than Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight, because Brambleclaw mistreated her while Ashfur loved her for who she was, never doing wrong to her. Ashfur tried to protect her in ‘the battle against the badgers’ , nearly dying in the process, while Brambleclaw ran off doing other things. Another reason is that Squirrelflight always trusted Ashfur, but never Brambleclaw. She had the right not to trust Brambleclaw and Hawkfrost; Brambleclaw always argued he would never follow Tigerstar’s footsteps and neither would Hawkfrost, and Squirrelflight wouldn’t believe him. She was right not to because Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw trained in the dark forest with Tigerstar as their mentor! I really hated Brambleclaw and BrambleXSquirrel in the second series but Brambleclaw isn’t terrible in the third series. The other thing is, Brambleclaw is so quick to dump Squirrelflight, which happened in the second and third series. Pathetic! Ashfur would’ve stayed by her!

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  • Wellllll… I liked Ashfur… until I found out that he was the imposter. Still, I believe that everyone was just so mean to the poor cat… I mean, Squirrelflight used him when she was angry with Brambleclaw. (Not that I don’t like SquirrelxBramble).
    Great article 🙂

  • Hey! Before I get into my comments I’d like to say that your article was great!

    So. Ashfur loved way too much. It isn’t like you would attempt to kill your ex-girlfriend’s children and father just because she realized you two weren’t meant to be together. Where did his loyalty go? Yes, I have sympathy for his desperate love, but you have to be honest, he had gone too far.
    Plus, as the book had stated, Squirrelflight needed a mate that could match her fire, not one that’d contain it. You see, from the point where Ashfur and Squirrelflight started getting closer, I had despised the relationship from the start.
    Good point, though, when you pointed out that Ashfur had been a noble and loyal warrior and shouldn’t be judged but that one night which practically destroyed his life. But still, it was his own choice when he chose to not help Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf. If you ask me, he brought that onto himself. As I said, he had gone too far. Alas, many villains in the series, like Tigerstar, Darkstripe, and Mapleshade (I wouldn’t call her a villain but still, I mean she killed a lot of cats), had devoted themselves to the clan as well. Tigerstar was a brilliant fighter and the others must of caught countless pieces of prey for the clan and plucked countless ticks from elders’ backs when they were apprentices. When people judge them, they don’t seem to think about what they have given to the clan either.

    So here are my comments! Please respect mine as I respect yours! :’)

  • If Bramblestar (claw at the time) had gone through with killing Firestar, there’s no way Ashfur could be allowed in Starclan. He didn’t ‘love to much’ he tried to kill (and nearly succeeded in killing 1) *out of* 4 cats, for the sole purpose of hurting the cat he supposedly loved. I think that Squilf shouldn’t even mate with neither him nor Bramblestar, they’re both horrible.

  • “In my opinion, Ashfur and Squirrelflight are a better couple than Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight, because Brambleclaw mistreated her while Ashfur loved her for who she was, never doing wrong to her.”
    No offence but Ashfur basically tried to kill the cats he thought were Squirrelflight’s kits to hurt her, not to mention trying to destroy/rule over the clans and StarClan to both punish her for not loving him as well as so that she could rule over them with him. I agree, Ashpaw was the one of the most loyal and brave warriors but as soon as Squirrelflight became mates with Bramblestar he lost sight of everything except his own love for her. He purposely hurt her as much as he loved her. Mates don’t punish each other for not loving them.