The Three’s Appearances Are Possible by Nightpaw

Nightpaw shares how the Three are genetically possible to be the kits of Leafpool and Crowfeather.

There are many confusions and controversies about whether the appearances of Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze – the three – are actually accurate. However, in this article, I, Nightpaw, will be proving that they actually are accurate – and the three are possible.

Let’s start with Crowfeather and Leafpool’s family. Leafpool’s father is Firestar, and her mother is Sandstorm. Her sister is Squirrelflight, and her aunt is Princess. Leafpool gets her looks from Princess, her aunt. Crowfeather’s father is Deadfoot, and his mother is Ashfoot. His siblings are Eaglekit, Hillkit, and Downkit. Now we have an okay view of both Leafpool and Crowfeather’s family.

First, let’s start with Jayfeather. Jayfeather’s looks are pretty easy. Ashfoot, Crowfeather’s mother, is a gray she-cat with blue eyes. So, Jayfeather can get his looks from Ashfoot.

Next is Hollyleaf! Hollyleaf is fairly easy, too. Crowfeather’s father, Deadfoot, is a black tom with green eyes. Now, we also have Hollyleaf’s looks confirmed: From her uncle, Deadfoot.

Last is Lionblaze. This one is pretty complicated. We can see that there aren’t any obvious cats related to Lionblaze are golden tabbies with amber eyes. So, we have to search through the golden tabbies in both WindClan and ThunderClan. In ThunderClan: Lionheart, Thornclaw. In WindClan: Appleshine. However, Appleshine is much younger than Lionblaze, so the only possible must be from ThunderClan. So, let’s go with Lionheart, who is the closest. Lionheart is Goldenflower’s sister, who is Bramblestar and Tawnypelt’s mother. So, if we find a way that Lionblaze is related to Bramblestar, we can also find that he is related to Goldenflower, and therefore Lionheart. We can find: Lionblaze is related to Leafpool, is related to Squirrelflight, is related to Bramblestar. With this, we find that Lionblaze is Bramblestar’s nephew. However, Lionblaze cannot be related to Bramblestar because Bramblestar isn’t related to Squirrelflight. So, we are left with only one choice: Either Firestar or Sandstorm have golden tabby family members that are older than them. But we find that Firestar doesn’t have any golden tabby family members, so that leaves us with only one choice: One or more of Sandstorm’s older family members are golden tabbies. We can’t prove this, but it is definitely possible for Lionblaze to be a golden tabby tom with amber eyes if this is right.

So therefore, we can see that Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather have appearances that are actually possible. It requires a bit of genetics and studying to figure out, but ultimately we know that the three are actually realistic and existent C; (Haha in appearances, at least!)

Thanks for reading my article, Nightpaw out! C:

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  • Great article! But once again, I can say that cats can only inherit genes from their parents, so it isn’t genetically possible for the three to look the way they are.

    • Yes, but cats can also carry recessive genes. Golden is one, but very unlikely to be carried in the wild. The other two’s appearances are totally possible, though, except for Jayfeather’s eyes.

    • Recessive genes can still affect a cat’s apperance, there just needs to be two recessive traits instead of one (unlike dominant traits), and afaik at least Jayfeather and Hollyleaf would be genetically possible but not Lionblaze (red male cats need the mother to be calico, tortoiseshell or red. I know he’s golden, but golden is dilute of red, and dilute is a recessive trait. It’s very complicated and I’m a noob at genetics xd)

  • Firestar would get his appearance from his mother, not his father(genetically impossible), meaning Leafpool would be tortoiseshell. Crowfeather would still be gray, and tortoiseshell mother+not red father would mean males would be red or not red and females would be not red and tortoiseshell. Lionblaze would probably be pale ginger, since golden is very unlikely to happen in the wild and the other two would look the same.

    Jayfeather and Hollyleaf are genetically possible, but Lionblaze isn’t. Lionblaze is a golden tabby tom, and in order for any cat to be golden, one parent has to be red. For males, only the mother need apply. In order for Lionblaze to be golden, Leafpool would have to be either calico, tortoiseshell, or red. But she isn’t, and red is caused by pheomelanin, where-as black and brown is caused by eumelanin. A cat can’t carry melanin genes, either they show up or they don’t. Seeing as neither of his parents are dilutes either, even if he WERE red he couldn’t be golden, as golden is diluted red, and dilute is recessive. It’s still a good post though, it got me thinking pretty hard and I actually learned about cat genetics trying to see if this was true :]

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