The (incredibly long) life of Blackstar by Robinsong

Robinsong takes a look at the former leader of ShadowClan, Blackstar.

Art by Vialir

Blackstar. What does that name mean to you? Well, depending on which book you’ve read last, Blackstar could be an evil murderer, a wonderful leader or simply a cat with a VERY long life.

You may have noticed that Blackstar was around for a while, and this makes sense, right? Lots of cats live long lives, Tallstar, Sandstorm, Graystripe… the list goes on. Firestar lived a pretty long life as well, through four sub series as well as a few super editions. “What does this have to do with Blackstar?” I hear you ask. Well, Firestar was barely apprentice age when he joined ThunderClan in the forest. By this time Blackstar had been a deputy for quite a while, and cats don’t exactly become deputies on their second day of being a warrior. So if Blackstar was already a senior warrior when Firestar gave up his kittypet life he wouldn’t have been seasons away from joining the elders den when he became leader. Just knowing this Blackstar already seems quite old. Then you have to take into account that Blackstar managed to outlive Firestar. Soon after Firestar died his oldest friends became elders. Blackstar was a good season or two older than Graystripe and Sandstorm so it’s quite frankly impressive that he managed the walk from the freshkill pile to his nest during the Great Battle, let alone afterwards.

During this astoundingly long period of time Blackstar changed quite a bit. In the original series he was supporting Brokenstar and Blackstar in the murder of countless cats and rule of the entire forest, even killing Stonefur infront of most of RiverClan and ShadowClan. After the death of Tigerstar he seemed to decide to change his personality and not follow in the footsteps of either of his former leaders but become a respectable cat. In fact, it was as though his past never counted as all the other clans accepted him without any distrust. Over the next few seasons he earned himself the reputation of a leader that, despite sometimes forgetting that other clans mattered at all, looked after his own cats well. This reputation he carried for the rest of his life. The next change to his reputation occurred after his death, when Rowanstar proved that, although a brilliant deputy, he did not to be a great leader for ShadowClan and cats remembered more and more of Blackstar’s good leadership skills and care of his cats rather than his slightly unjust behavior to the other three clans.

All in all Blackstar was a cat to be remembered with praise, annoyance and a bit of horror at his misdeeds.

Blackstar

Clan: ShadowClan
Rank at death: Leader
Lifespan: Very long
Death count: 3
Overall good-evil ranking: 70%-30% (feel free to comment what you think this should be but make sure you also write which book featuring Blackstar you read last)

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Lightbreeze
Lightbreeze
December 15, 2020 8:25 pm

I’m pretty sure Mistystar lived even longer than him. She was a warrior in Into the Wild, so I’m surprised she lived so long even without the nine lives.
And you should have seen how many times Heavystep died and reincarnated.
But this article is still really good! I love how you went into detail, I forgot that blackstar also lived a long time.

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December 15, 2020 9:40 pm
Reply to  Lightbreeze

Mistystar has lived longer than Blackfoot; I believe they were about the same age, and he certainly died much earlier whereas Mistystar refuses to leaveeee

Fallenfeather08
Fallenfeather
December 15, 2020 10:33 pm

Lol Just leave Mistystar!! Go join your fam in Starclan 👋🤪

Coldheart
Christmas Coldheart
December 18, 2020 1:34 am
Reply to  Fallenfeather

NOOOOOOOOOOO

raven will eat your bread (raventhornpaw)
raven will eat your bread (raventhornpaw)
December 19, 2020 2:26 am
Reply to  Fallenfeather

actually, kill Reedwhisker first, then kill Mistystar, because if Reedwhisker becomes leader he’ll just become another Mistystar.

Nightpool
Nightpool
December 15, 2020 9:11 pm

Great article! Has anyone else ever been confused about the fact that Blackstar’s name is BlackStar but he is a mostly white cat?

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December 15, 2020 9:33 pm
Reply to  Nightpool

his name was blackfoot so im guessing he has little black feet :3

Hollyleaf
Hollyleaf
December 21, 2020 6:26 pm

He did.

✨ Cheetahspark ✨
✨ Cheetahspark ✨
December 15, 2020 9:33 pm
Reply to  Nightpool

his name used to be blackfoot which makes more sense but it’s still weird that his mom named him blackit in the first place knowing the only name that would even work would be blackfoot 😛

✨ Cheetahspark ✨
✨ Cheetahspark ✨
December 15, 2020 9:34 pm

why do I keep responding at the exact same time as other mods this keeps happening :’)

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Duskblaze Is Already Tired Of 2021
December 15, 2020 10:43 pm

I mean, it could have been Blackear if you’re just going by looks, but there’s a realm of possibilities for the suffix of a cat named Blackkit.

Just to name a few….

Blacksnap, Blacksnow, Blackfall, Blackshadow, Blackshade, Blackcloud, Blackfall, Blackflip, Blackdawn, Blackdusk, Blacktree, Blackfeather, Blackfrost, Blackpool, Blackleaf, Blackspirit, Blacksoul, Blackwave, Blacksplash, Blacktalon, Blacksky, Blackriver, Blackwind, Blackthunder, Blackstorm, Blackflower, Blackcold, Blackscratch, Blackhawk, Blackbirch, Blackmaple….

Well… a few turned into 31…. sorry not sorry

✨ Cheetahspark ✨
✨ Cheetahspark ✨
December 15, 2020 10:45 pm

dang 😛 back then leaders were very boring with naming though :’)

raven will eat your bread (raventhornpaw)
raven will eat your bread (raventhornpaw)
December 19, 2020 2:27 am

and back then the cats were on a trend of naming cats after their appearances, which is why Halftail and One-eye changed their names in the first place

✨ Cheetahspark ✨
✨ Cheetahspark ✨
December 19, 2020 3:49 pm

they just wanted to be trendy ✨

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December 21, 2020 3:55 pm

Agreed!
Dustpelt and Sandstorm naming ceremony:

Bluestar: You will be Sandstorm! You are brave! You save the clan like a raging storm protecting us! You sweep us away with your greatness! And in honor of your mentor! Whitestorm!

Bluestar: Welp there goes my creativity for that day… u be ahhh… Dustpelt cause your pelt brown like uhhh… dust.

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December 21, 2020 3:51 pm

or Blackclaw, but thats already a name, but I think Blackfoot was born first. Also Blackear is a possibilty.

Hollyleaf
Hollyleaf
December 21, 2020 6:25 pm
Reply to  Nightpool

He was called Blackpaw and Blackfoot before Blackstar, but yes. I have been confused about that.

Waffle
Waffle
December 15, 2020 9:20 pm

i love blackstar and he has a great character arc, but with that being said WHO in their right mind would pick rowanclaw over tawnypelt…smh

Fallenfeather08
Fallenfeather
December 15, 2020 10:35 pm
Reply to  Waffle

IKR Tawnypelt is just awesomeeee

Eaglefrost
Eaglefrost
December 16, 2020 2:43 am

I love my boi Blackie sooo much.

The one that leaps on stars (Starkit)
The one that leaps on stars (Starkit)
December 16, 2020 3:48 am

I think it was Bramblestars storm because Blackstar dies in that book even though he wasn’t mentioned very much and you forgot that Blackstar stopped beliving in Starclan.

Nightpool
Nightpool
December 16, 2020 8:49 pm

Blackstar did make a lot of mistakes, but so has every shadowclan leader since Cedarstar.

tigerleaf (tigerpaw) (tiger's roar blowing leaf away)
tigerleaf (tigerpaw) (tiger's roar blowing leaf away)
December 16, 2020 10:31 pm

great article! merry christmas!

Coldheart
Christmas Coldheart
December 18, 2020 1:34 am

Great article!

Snow that Dances on the Cloud(Snow) (Snowcloud)
Snow that Dances on the Cloud(Snow) (Snowcloud)
December 18, 2020 3:31 pm

That was a great artical

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