Mapleshine wonders the exact origin of Mapleshade’s misdeeds.
Hi! Mapleshine here, and I will be analyzing what made my favorite character evil. We will also look at Ravenwing(I think that was his name) and Appledusk! Let’s get started, shall we?
Well, we should look into her childhood, first. So, let’s do just that! First, we have her parents and their reputation in Thunderclan! Wait, what’s that I see? Oh, yeah, Mapleshade’s parents are never mentioned! That’s kinda weird when so many cats think she will be the deputy. Also, don’t you think her parents would’ve said something when her clan exiled her? This means, they are either dead or they don’t care about her at all. It would also mean she didn’t grow up right, saying her parents died when she was an apprentice, you can tell because one, she is a young warrior, clearly. You can tell by her innocence and the lack of experience as a warrior. And 2, again, they were NEVER mentioned! And if they died when she was a warrior, she would most likely still be greaving, not being mates with a tom from Riverclan! Sorry, that was long.
Okay, second in her childhood. This time it is her lack of friends. You can see that the only cat who is at least kinda her friend is… Frecklewish. How would feel to have your mate, leader, your only friend, and everyone else in Thunderclan, hate you? I’d honestly also go crazy!
Finally, my favorite part in this lore, her mate, Appledusk. Okay, First, why in the name of starclan would he leave her! She was a sweet cat, who would (Probably) do anything for him! Now, I get that this has to happen to go on with the story. But what did he do it for? Three kits that never get mentioned in any of the books? I think this story has a lot under it then we see. Maybe Appledusk and Mapleshade were Friends as apprentices? And even if they were, it’s usually the tom that starts the relationship! (Exe, Thornclaw and Blossomfall, Crowfeather and Leafpool, Ashfur and squirrelflight for like, 2 days) So most likely, Appledusk started it!
Now, probably the cat who ENDED her happiness😰.
Okay, hear me out. Ravenwing knew about the kits. He told the whole clan about them! So why would he do this for no reason? Well, this took me some time to piece together… but after that time, I finally realized it. Ravenwing held a deep grudge for either Mapleshade or Appledusk. I use Oakstar as an example. He probably exiled Mapleshade because he was mad at Appledusk, who just happened to kill 2 cats, one which was Oakstars son, in a Riverclan battle just a few moons before. So we’re Birchface and Ravenwing close? My guess is… yes. They probably were. Ravenwing was mad at Appledusk for killing what was probably his best friend. So when he thought his best friend had kits, he would’ve been overjoyed. But when he found out they were his best friend’s murder kits, he would’ve been angry.
So… who IS the cat the ruined her life? Ultimately, you guys may disagree, but it was Appledusk. Not because he didn’t love her in the end, but because of that deep grudge that Ravenwing had for him. I’ll make a part 2 for the actual killing and stuff!