Appledusk’s Kin and What Happened to Them by Brillig

Brillig lists the members of Appledusk’s family and their fates after Mapleshade’s Vengeance.

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As we know from Crookedstar’s Promise and Mapleshade’s Vengeance, Mapleshade vowed revenge upon Appledusk and all his descendants for all time. This article will be going through all known cats related to Appledusk and their ultimate fates. I will also be including cats who aren’t directly related to Appledusk but are mates and kin to those who are, like Willowbreeze.

Appledusk: Former mate of Mapleshade; mate of Reedshine; father of Patchkit, Petalkit, Larchkit, Applefrost, Shyheart, and Willownose; killed by Mapleshade.

Patchkit: Son of Mapleshade and Appledusk; brother of Petalkit and Larchkit; half-brother of Applefrost, Willownose, and Shyheart; drowned at the age of 2 moons.

Petalkit: Daughter of Mapleshade and Appledusk; sister of Patchkit and Larchkit; half-sister of Willownose, Applefrost, and Shyheart; drowned at the age of 2 moons.

Larchkit: Son of Mapleshade and Appledusk; brother of Petalkit and Patchkit; half-brother of Applefrost, Willownose, and Shyheart; drowned at the age of 2 moons.

Reedshine: Mate of Appledusk; mother of Willownose, Shyheart, and Applefrost; fate unknown.

Shyheart: Child of Appledusk and Reedshine; sibling of Willownose and Applefrost; half-sibling of Patchkit, Petalkit, and Larchkit; fate unknown.

Applefrost: Child of Appledusk and Reedshine; sibling of Willownose and Shyheart; half-sibling of Patchkit, Petalkit, and Larchkit; presumably named after Appledusk; fate unknown.

Willownose: Daughter of Appledusk and Reedshine; sister of Applefrost and Shyheart; half-sister of Patchkit, Petalkit, and Larchkit; mother of Shellheart; fate unknown.

Shellheart: Son of Willownose; former mate of Rainflower; father of Oakheart and Crookedstar; deputy of RiverClan; died of a painful lump in the stomach.

Rainflower: Former mate of Shellheart; mother of Oakheart and Crookedstar; died after a dog knocked her over and she hit her head on a rock.

Crookedstar(warrior name Crookedjaw): Son of Shellheart and Rainflower; brother of Oakheart; mate of Willowbreeze; father of Willowkit; Minnowkit; and Silverstream; targeted by Mapleshade at an early age; leader of RiverClan; died of greencough at 6.75 years.

Oakheart: Son of Shellheart and Rainflower; brother of Crookedstar; mate of Bluestar; father of Mistystar, Stonefur, and Mosskit; killed by a rockfall at 5.3 years.

Willowbreeze: Daughter of Fallowtail and Reedfeather; sister of Graypool; mate of Crookedstar; mother of Willowkit, Minnowkit, and Silverstream; half-WindClan, half-RiverClan; died of greencough at 48 moons.

Bluestar(warrior name Bluefur): Daughter of Stormtail and Moonflower; sister of Snowfur; mate of Oakheart; mother of Mosskit, Mistystar; and Stonefur; both her mother and sister died young; had to give up her kits to Oakheart in RiverClan so she would become deputy instead of Thistleclaw, resulting in Mosskit’s death; leader of ThunderClan; died after leading Tigerstar’s pack of dogs over the edge of the gorge and drowning at 7.9 years.

Willowkit: Daughter of Crookedstar and Willowbreeze; sister of Minnowkit and Silverstream; caught greencough from Willowbreeze and died of it when she was less than a moon old.

Minnowkit: Daughter of Crookedstar and Willowbreeze; sister of Willowkit and Silverstream; caught greencough from Willowbreeze and died of it when she was less than a moon old.

Silverstream: Daughter of Crookedstar and Willowbreeze; sister of Willowkit and Minnowkit; mate of Graystripe; mother of Feathertail and Stormfur; lost her mother and her littermates to greencough; died giving birth to Feathertail and Stormfur at 2.5 years.

Mosskit: Daughter of Bluestar and Oakheart; adopted daughter of Thrushpelt; sister of Stonefur and Mistystar; froze to death when Bluestar brought her and her littermates to RiverClan when she was one and a half moons old.

Stonefur: Son of Bluestar and Oakheart; adopted son of Graypool and Thrushpelt; brother of Mistystar and Mosskit; murdered by Darkstripe and Blackfoot(Blackstar) when he refused to kill Feathertail and Stormfur at 4 years.

Mistystar(warrior name Mistyfoot): Daughter of Bluestar and Oakheart; adopted daughter of Graypool and Thrushpelt; sister of Stonefur and Mosskit; mate of Blackclaw; mother of Perchkit, Pikepaw, Primrosepaw, and Reedwhisker; leader of RiverClan; STILL LIVING as of Veil of Shadows!

Graypool: Daughter of Fallowtail and Reedfeather; sister of Willowbreeze; mother of Morningkit, Splashkit, and Swankit; adopted mother of MIstystar and Stonefur; mistook Tigerstar(Tigerclaw) for Oakheart and began to talk to him about the kits he’d brought her; fell down a hill when she tried to get away after realizing he wasn’t Oakheart, hit her head on a rock and died at age 6 years.

Graystripe: Son of Willowpelt; half-brother of Darkstripe, Rainwhisker, Sorreltail, and Sootfur; mate of Silverstream and later Millie; father of Feathertail, Stormfur, Bumblestripe, Blossomfall, and Briarlight; switched to RiverClan from ThunderClan to be with Feathertai and Stormfur; exiled from RiverClan, was captured by Twolegs and took a new mate, Millie; lost his first mate, Silverstream, his daughters, Feathertail and Briarlight, and his grandson, Stemleaf; STILL LIVING as of Graystripe’s Vow!

Feathertail: Daughter of Graystripe and Silverstream; sister of Stormfur; half-sister of Bumblestripe; Blossomfall; and Briarlight; was the silver cat prophecied to save the Tribe of Rushing Water from Sharptooth, although it was originally thought that it was Stormfur; died when she leapt up to the cavern roof and broke off a stalactite which hit and killed Sharptooth; she fell and died too at 2.5 years.

Stormfur: Son of Graystripe and Silverstream; brother of Feathertail; half-brother of Bumblestripe, Blossomfall, and Briarlight; mate of Brook Where Small Fish Swim; father of Pine That Clings To Rock, Lark That Sings At Dawn, Feather Of Flying Hawk, and Breeze That Rustles The Leaves; lost his mother at birth; lost Feathertail on the way back from the sun-drown-place; exiled from the Tribe; exiled from RiverClan; re-accepted into the Tribe; STILL LIVING as of Graystripe’s Vow!

Brook Where Small Fish Swim: Sister of Talon of Swooping Eagle and Crag Where Eagles Nest; mate of Stormfur; mother of Pine That Clings To Rock, Lark That Sings At Dawn, Feather Of Flying Hawk, and Breeze That Rustles The Leaves; exiled from the Tribe; exiled from RiverClan; re-accepted into the Tribe; STILL LIVING as of Graystripe’s Vow!

Perchkit: Son of Mistystar and Blackclaw; brother of Primrosepaw, Pikepaw, and Reedwhisker; cause of death unknown but at six moons or earlier.

Primrosepaw: Only daughter of Mistystar and Blackclaw; sister of Perchkit, Pikepaw, and Reedwhisker; cause of death unknown but at twelve moons or earlier.

Pikepaw: Son of Mistystar and Blackclaw; brother of Primrosepaw, Perchkit, and Reedwhisker; cause of death unknown but at twelve moons or earlier.

Reedwhisker: Son of Mistystar and Blackclaw; brother of Primrosepaw, Pikepaw, and Perchkit; deputy of RiverClan; STILL LIVING as of Veil of Shadows!

Pine That Clings To Rock: Son of Brook Where Small Fish Swim and Stormfur; brother of Lark That Sings At Dawn, Feather Of Flying Hawk, and Breeze That Rustles The Leaves; STILL LIVING as of Graystripe’s Vow!

Lark That Sings At Dawn: Daughter of Brook Where Small Fish Swim and Stormfur; sister of Pine That Clings To Rock, Feather Of Flying Hawk, and Breeze That Rustles The Leaves; STILL LIVING as of Graystripe’s Vow!

Feather Of Flying Hawk: Son of Brook Where Small Fish Swim and Stormfur; brother of Lark That Sings At Dawn, Pine That Clings To Rock, and Breeze That Rustles The Leaves; STILL LIVING as of Graystripe’s Vow!

Breeze That Rustles The Leaves: Daughter of Brook Where Small Fish Swim and Stormfur; sister of Pine That Clings To Rock, Feather Of Flying Hawk, and Lark That Sings At Dawn; STILL LIVING as of Graystripe’s Vow!

As we can see, the descendants of Appledusk, whether by birth, marriage(mateage?) or adoption, seem to have a suspiciously high death rate.
At this point, I’m basically expecting Mapleshade to push one of Stormfur’s kits off a cliff or something.
All ages and some deaths I have sourced from the Warriors Wiki.
Thank you for reading!

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  • My headcanon for the fates of Mistyfoot’s kits, Pikepaw and Primrosepaw; Is that they were killed during the Half-Clan executions.

    It might explain why Mistyfoot and Blackclaw have such a rocky relationship in New Prophecy. As she willingly confessed her Half-clan status to Riverclan, allowing Tigerstar to use that information against her family. Plus Blackclaw may of disliked Mistyfoot accepted being Leopardstar’s deputy – The same leader who failed to stop their kits to be killed.

  • I have a theory we’re Mapleshade makes Applefrost go mad.

    So this is how it goes, as a kit, Applekit/Frost, Gets weird visions. Some of the visions are Mapleshade’s past. Others are of his future. As applepaw, he gets visited by Mapleshade and he (I always thought he was a Tom) remembers her from his vision. Mapleshade tells him that the dark forest is a place where very good cats go and if he wants to come he has to kill 3 bad cats. Applepaw remembers the other cats in his vision, being killed by Mapleshade. Mapleshade explains what they did, she also explains that Appledusk is his father and was her mate. Applepaw feels touched by the story and he wakes up. As he becomes Applefrost, he is taught many dark forest battle moves. One day, he sees his sister, Shyheart (I always thought she was a she-cat), attacking an apprentice and accidentally killing them. Mapleshade then reminds him about the Dark forest, and how you have to kill 3 bad cats to go there. Applefrost then murders his sister and hide her body by pushing it in the river. Mapleshade is proud and rewards him by showing him a stronger fighting move. He explains his sister’s death by saying that she fought well, but the apprentice pushed her into the river and she hit her head on a rock. He then explains the apprentice’s death by saying he was weak and that they died before they could get help. Applefrost feels good about himself. He was power hungry and want to be the strongest Riverclan cat. Mapleshade takes advantage of that by telling him that by every cat he kills, he will become stronger. Mapleshade tells her about Oakstar. He told him more stories which made feel worse about Mapleshade. One day he sees Seedpelt (I headcannon she was Oakstar’s mate) scolding a her former apprentice named Nettlebreeze. Applefrost had a crush on Nettlebreeze since they were late apprentices. Although Mapleshade didn’t like this, she took this as a chance to make Oakstar feel bad since thing were getting tough as Seedpelt started screaming at Nettlebreeze’s face. Mapleshade then tells Applefrost to kill Seedpelt as she had pinned down Nettlebreeze. Applefrost jumps at Seedpelt and Seedpelt fall on to some rocks that hit her head. Nettlebreeze screamed. Applefrost explains that he was trying to save her as Seedpelt pinned her down. At the gathering, things get very rough, but only Thunderclan defended Seedpelt. Applefrost was rewarded for his actions and becomes deputy. Applefrost was a mad deputy. He attacked trees thinking they were enemies. He jumped into the river, thinking there was a fish. He thought that paws on the dirt were a sign from starclan. His deputy position was then replaced by Perchwing (aka Perchpaw who killed Mapleshade). Applefrost raged. He tells Mapleshade what had happened. Mapleshade tells him the story again, about Perchpaw. She then teaches him the strongest move she knows, the one she used to kill Appledusk and tells that he knows what to do. At dark, he sneaks out of camp. He sees Perchwing and Nettlebreeze at fourtrees. He is even more infuriating, Perchwing was meeting with Nettlebreeze. He jumps at Perchwing and they both fall down the oak and they both fall. Like Mapleshade, he screams “NETTLEBREEZE IS MINE,” and Perchwing dies. Nettlebreeze stares at Perchwing’s lifeless body. Applefrost ask if Nettlebreeze would be his mate. Nettlebreeze screams NO, and claws at his face. Applefrost then attacks Nettlebreeze and they fight. When he is about kill Nettlebreeze, he looks at her face and remembers, happy times. Mapleshade tells Applefrost to kill her, and Applefrost doesn’t know what to do. In this time, he feels something jump on his back and then he feels nothing. He wakes up in a dark place and Mapleshade looks at him and welcomes him. In the back of him he sees Shyheart, Seedpelt, Perchwing, and and a cat who looks just like him but with green eyes . He asks the mysterious cat who he is, but he just says “why”? Mapleshade looks at him and says “Appledusk,” and lunges at him, but he fades away. The other spirits fade away, one by one, and Perchwing also says “All for this?” and fades away. Mapleshade congratulates him, but he says “All for what” and “You lied to me, look what I have done. I have become you.” Mapleshade screeches “Fine then, you want it this way,” and kills him again.

    Long story but I like it, I find that Mapleshade would definitely do this.

    • It wouldn’t have killed him to be a little nicer to Mapleshade…
      Instead, it was NOT being nice to her that killed him.

  • I never thought Appledusk’s family was so big, I honestly am surprised.

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