Redblaze shares their opinion on Ashfur.
It’s Redblaze here with an….. unpopular opinion. You will probably disagree with me on this one but here’s me trying to explain it.
It seems like 99.9999% of the Warriors fandom hate Ashfur. Me? I don’t think he deserves it.
Let’s start with some background information. Ashfur was born alongside Ferncloud to Brindleface. However, as he was an apprentice, his mother was murdered. He and Ferncloud wanted revenge. Firestar agreed, teaching young children that, yes, revenge is a good way to deal with your problems.
Ashfur didn’t do much for the entire new prophecy until around Twilight (I think? I haven’t read TNP in ages) when he developed a mad love for Squirrelflight. Let’s put his emotions in perspective for a moment. His mother is dead, his father (Whitestorm whom he was also encouraged to revenge by the way) is dead. His sister is too busy with her kits for him. Squirrelflight he believes is his one chance at happiness, a family of his own. He spent everything, all his emotions and hopes and dreams on her. Then she chose Bramblestar. It must have been crushing.
He would probably have been fine and have dealt with all this until a certain cat came along. Hawkfrost manipulated him. Ashfur was in a vulnerable state of mind at that point and Hawkfrost pounced on that. He made Ashfur believe that vengeance is the only way.
After helping Hawkfrost, he didn’t do a lot for the entire Power of Three apart from saving Lionpaw (yes he did do that before they tried to beat each other up). And by the way why, why would Firestar do that? It’s totally insensitive and is just rubbing salt in the wound. Squirrelflight did not help either- she could have at least pretended he existed. But no. Ashfur was left alone after Hawkfrost’s death with all of these complicated feelings and no-one comforting him or talking to him about it. If someone had done just that then we wouldn’t be in the situation we are now. Imagine if you loved someone with all your heart, they left with someone else and you were left with no-one except their child that you’re expected to care for. You wouldn’t feel great, would you?
But then there’s the fire and Ashfur sees his chance. Would he really have killed Holly, Lion and Jay if they had been Squirrelflight’s kits? We’ll never know. The point is if Ashfur has been a truly despicable cat then he would’ve killed them anyway, to be cruel, and then revealed Squirrelflight’s secret. At the first excuse to let them go, he did. Now, I do have no doubt that he would have revealed Squirrelflight’s secret to the clans. After all, that’s what Ravenwing did to Mapleshade and do we blame him?
What I’m trying to put across here is it wasn’t malice that made him do the things he did, it was desperation and grief as well as manipulation on Hawkfrost’s account.
Do I think he was right to do the things he did? No but he deserves a second chance at least.
Do I think he deserved StarClan? Actually no. Ashfur should’ve been made a ghost until StarClan had determined a proper place for him. This would have given him a chance to think about things without the influences of StarClan or the Dark Forest.
Ashfur is not evil or good, he’s Ashfur. I hope I’ve persuaded you not to hate him. For now, Redblaze out.