Stormpaw explains how Smudge is more important than you remember.
Note this will include spoilers for Leafpool’s Wish, Dawn of the Clans, and some of the books in Omen of the Stars.
Ok this is my first article so bare with me.
In this article, I am going to talk about how Smudge the kittypet, Firestar’s friend, back when he was called Rusty and lived with twolegs, how he could have had all of the clans not exist. Ok, I’ll start with Firestar’s family tree. Firestar’s mate is Sandstorm, and they had Leafpool and Squirrelflight. We know Leafpool has a forbidden love with Crowfeather. Leaf and Crow had Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather. Jayfeather meets Rock and after a few conversations with Rock, Rock takes him to the ancients.
So when Jayfeather is with the ancients he tells Half Moon about how the mountains had prey. Then the ancients’ leader, Furled Bracken, decided to cast stones (the ancients’ way of voting) to see If they should go to the mountains or stay at the lake. Going to the mountains won, so they left for the mountains. Later, Half Moon, the healer, who was called Stoneteller then, had the vision of the sun trail. So, the cats who wanted to go to the forest went and made Thunderclan, Skyclan, Riverclan, Shadowclan, and Windclan. So if Jayfeather never was born the clans would never have existed. Jayfeather is Firestar’s descendant so if Smudge managed to convince Rusty to not go to the clans, the clans would not exist.
I also like how Tigerstar (claw) doesn’t like that Bluestar accepted Rusty into Thunderclan. He didn’t know it, but if Firestar never went into Thunderclan he would not exist. Well he might have existed but been called something else and lived at the lake (where the ancients lived before they became the Tribe of Rushing Water) for his whole life and would (hopefully) had been way nicer than the evil, murderous, deceitful, traitorous, unfaithful, vicious, treacherous, dishonished, vile, black-hearted, sinister… ok ok I won’t go off on a rant about Tigerstar. So that is how Smudge could have had all of the clans not exist.
Hope you enjoyed this article,