[Sandstorm nuzzling Firestar while the two of them fondly look at each other]

Ships and mates in “The Prophesies Begin” by Briarblaze

Briarblaze talks about the ships from the first arc. Which of these are your favourites?

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So, obviously if you clicked on this, you’re probably interested in knowing different ships and mates from the Warriors arc “The Prophesies Begin”. Well, there are some that are good and logical ships and mate pairings, as well as the not so good ones. I’ll be listing them in the order of worst to best ships (in my opinion) and explaining why.

Number 5: Goldenflower and Tigerstar

Yes, these two ARE mates. The reason why I find this pairing is the worst is because, well, he’s evil. How Goldenflower didn’t see Tigerstar’s evil ambition until he decided being deputy wasn’t enough and tried to murder Bluestar, eludes me entirely. Then, later on in book 5, “A Dangerous Path”, Tigerstar ends up literally feeding his own mate to a pack of wild dogs to give them a taste of cat blood soon after Swiftpaw was killed and Brightheart severely injured. And then to top it off, they had two kits, Brambleclaw and Tawnypelt, which is just horrendous to think about as Tigerstar put, not only his birth clan, but his own kin into harm’s way. That wraps it up for Goldenflower and Tigerstar.

Number 4: Spottedleaf and Firestar

Yes, I know, these two are adorable together, but it doesn’t work. Sadly, this ship doesn’t last very long because Spottedleaf dies in a Shadowclan raid in “into the wild”. Although, if she hasn’t had died, it would’ve been very heated for Firestar to move on because she was a medicine cat. Meaning, she couldn’t have a mate. Then in “Firestar’s Quest” , Spottedleaf told Firestar that she would give anything for things to be different, showing that she does actually love him, but it could never happen. That wraps it up for Spottedleaf and Firestar.

Number 3: Ferncloud and Dustpelt

Okay, these two are perfect, BUT there’s a twist to it. So, originally, Dustpelt was Fernpaw’s (now is Ferncloud) mentor. And, Dustpelt was not a warrior very long when these two fell in love while Dustpelt was her mentor.

Number 2: Graystripe and Silverstream

Yep! Graystripe and Silverstream, two clan cats from riverclan and thunderclan. In the end, this was very sad, and stood out to me this much. In book 3 “Forest of Secrets”, Silverstream died kitting to Stormfur and Feathertail. That was how this was very sad, and the only reason it’s high on the list.

Number 1: Firestar and Sandstorm

This was an unlikely relationship, but it happened! Very fun relationship to witness because not only is Sandstorm a tsundere. UNTIL, book 5 “A Dangerous Path”, in which Firestar FINALLY said “I love you”. And, this is number one because not only is this a very fun and unpredicted ship, but I love Sandstorm.

That’s all I can think of for now! If you guys want one for the second arc, say so in the comments!

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  • I like this article! But do remember, Tigerstar killed Brindleface, not Goldenflower. But other than that, I love this article!

  • Good article a few mistakes though
    1. Brindleface was fed to the dogs not golden flower
    2.Dustpelt was not Fernclouds mento and actually was Darkstripe then when he was exiled longtail but since Dustpelt was close to her and helped mentor her a bit when Darkstripe got exiled I can understand how it may have been confusing

    Other than that great article BriarBlaze : )

  • Yeah I agree with everything except Fire and Spotted and Fire and Sand.

    Get ready for a long ride.

    You ready?

    Here goes.

    Firstly, I will be talking about how FirexSand isn’t a very good couple. Yeah yeah, they’re mates, love each other, everything else, but……
    what about how it started? I may not remember much about TPB, yes, but I can tell the gist of FirexSand. Firstly, let’s not forget that at first, Sandstorm cruelly teased Firestar about being a KITTYPET. I’ve never seen Spottedleaf judging ANYONE, yet she gets more hate, and Sandstorm is forgiven. WHY?!? Secondly, at least FirexSpotted is a lot more developed than FirexSand. Firestar loved Spottedleaf, Spottedleaf loved him, they knew each other and loved each other for like a moon or week or something, perfect! Also, to JayxHalf shippers that don’t like the undevelopness of FirexSpotted, Jayfeather only knew Half Moon for like, two days, and than we ship them. Which is perfectly fine if they like each other, like Firestar and Spottedleaf knew each other. Also, may I remind you that Sandstorm actually started acknowledging Firestar after he saved her from death. I wouldn’t call that love, thank you very much.

    Secondly, I will be talking about why FirexSpotted is a brilliant ship that should’ve happened. Firstly, let’s get that they’re related off our plate. I have no idea how you guys think they’re related, but I think it’s through marriage? Yes, through marriage. So not technically related, just in-laws.(I’m pretty sure.) Secondly, the little defense that “It wouldn’t have happened because their personality’s would clash and she’s a medicine cat.” isn’t really true. Because Leafpool and Yellowfang had mates, why couldn’t Spottedleaf have one? And their personality’s did NOT clash while they were both alive so, yeah no. Thirdly, they loved each other! True love, not just “I saved you from death so I love you now.” And I’d argue further if I had the time, but I have to do something now. Good article though!

    • I honestly think that FireXSand is much better, yes she was mean to Firepaw, but is you know about a girl having a crush on someone, especially with someone with the personality of Sandstorm, the would like to be superior and look tough. Also, they were like kids/teens things can change, especially when becoming grow up. And wouldn’t anyone feel good about someone saving them. Sandstorm’s perspective kind of just changed, she saw that Fireheart wasn’t just a kittypet anymore. He had also changed. He were still a kittypet he would probably not care about her falling to her death. Especially after all the negative things she had said to him.

      SpottedxFire is just, why? He is like a 13 year old and Spottedleaf is like 32? Why? And she just appears in his dreams? She then also confuses him. They did ‘love’ each other, but I feel Firestar needed a strong and more tough mate. Sandstorm did save Firestar from that kittypet after all.

      • I don’t think it was the ‘girls with tough personalities like Sandstorm’s like to play tough’ no. She didn’t have a crush on him, that part is obvious. Personally though, I believe that things can change, but he liked Spottedleaf before he liked Sandstorm. I believe that when Spottedleaf died, he went with Sandstorm like a fallback option. If Spottedleaf had never died though, I think they’d be together. Um yeah, so that’s why she started liking him right after teasing him. I really don’t think that works.

        Do we really only look at age differences? If they’re both mature, then there! A couple! I can’t tell you how many age differences there are in Warriors. However, I don’t see a lot of people hating those couples because of their age. I feel like Firestar needed a more kind and soft mate. Remind me again when she saved him from the kittypet? After Spottedleaf died and his affection for Sandstorm became stronger?

    • i like fire x sand better, but i respect your opinion and you helped me see it from a different point of view!

    • Cool, Coldie (oh my god, did you get the pun :O)! I still do ship and prefer Fire x Sand but everyones opinion is different!

    • Hi, you have a good argument, but I want to counter them, because I have nothing to do.

      The Clans are taught this logic: “Kittypet = lazy, fat, and unworthy of your interest”. It’s very natural for Sandpaw and Dustpaw to bully/tease him, whether it’s a good act or not (It’s not, obviously).

      Forced Relationship/No Development
      Sandpaw started seeing Fireheart with a new view after he saved her, kind of like “Hmm…” thing, and the gradually became friends, not “You saved me from falling! I love you!” thing. She became a helpful friend, with growing distance from Dustpaw, who still mocked Fireheart.
      Then, after his courageous actions, she started crushing on him.

      Not technically related
      At that point, Rusty was related to no one. Sandstorm and Firestar are only related through… marriage(?).
      Wait. Let’s see. Leafpool Squirrelflight Brambleclaw uh Graystripe Feathertail no no Spottedleaf Redtail-theory-not-true? Willowpelt Graystripe Bblossomfall Thornclaw… they’re not really related.

      Personality clash
      They don’t clash. Who says that nonsense? But FireSand doesn’t either. Firestar is more of a calm, thinking-too-much type, when Sandstorm is more aggressive, pushy, and decisive.

      Medicine cat cannot have mates
      Leafpool and Yellowfang broke it, and both had terrible consequences. But yeah, in this universe, medicine cats don’t follow the love rules.

      Spottedleaf and Firestar’s relationship is not developed.
      Firstly, why do they have a crush on each other? They talked four times. All about herbs. No romantic involved. Then… Spottedleaf appears in almost every dream of Firestar’s. It’s so understandable Sandstorm got upset 🙂
      I disagree, but I respect your opinion!

  • Amazing, shipping buddy! Great article! I agree with:

    5 4 3 2 and 1. For the Fern x Dust its weird cause I mean, they are related :l

  • I completely agree with this ranking. Firestar and Sandstorm is one of my favorite ships and always will be. They have a great love story and it shows how much Sandstorm grew and matured. I would LOVE to see one of these for the second arc if you have the time 🙂

  • I thought Darkstripe was ferncloud’s mentor and dustpelt was was ashfur’s. also Brindleface was the cat tigerstar killed and fed to the dogs, but other than that great article.

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