Grief vs Entitlement: Why Ashfur was WORSE than Mapleshade! by HollyleafTheGreat

HollyleafTheGreat compares Ashfur and Mapleshade.

Art by ShidatheUmbreon

Okay, I know the title sounds unbelievable and you all wanna rush to the comments, but please read the article first. I think I have a case.

First off, I don’t think Mapleshade was in the right. She wasn’t. I have written an article on why it’s her fault that she lost her kits. But I think Ashfur might have been MORE evil while he was alive.

Second, I haven’t read far into AVoS, so please don’t bring up The Impostor from Broken Code or any spoilers because I haven’t read that yet :p

So here’s my case, in TL;DR form: Ashfur was more evil than Mapleshade because of how easily he was pushed to near murder.
For a quick recap (Spoilers for Mapleshade’s Vengeance, The New Prophecy, and The Power of Three), Mapleshade had kits with Appledusk, and allowed her Clan to come to the (reasonable) conclusion that Birchface, a warrior that was killed by Appledusk and was Oakstar’s son, was the father. When they found out, Frecklewish and Oakstar were the angriest as their kin was used to cover up Mapleshade’s code-breaking. The rest of the Clan was upset too, as Mapleshade the real father had killed their Clanmate. And Mapleshade defended him! Exiled, Mapleshade took her kits to the stepping stones, the most dangerous way to cross the river, and they drowned. Appledusk was exposed, and he said that Mapleshade and her kits were a mistake in front of her. She was not allowed to stay in RiverClan, and her kits weren’t buried with RiverClan’s own. Disrespected and heartbroken, Mapleshade ran away to the barn. At night, she was haunted by the death of her kits. Her grief-induced delusions made Mapleshade believe she needed to kill. She killed Ravenwing for telling her secret, Frecklewish for not being able to swim and thinking the present RiverClan patrol had it under control, and therefore didn’t jump in the river to help save the kits and Mapleshade, and Appledusk when he protected pregnant Reedshine. She was sent to the Dark Forest and was pleased. Mapleshade was at-fault but I can understand why people sympathize with her since she went through a lot of hurt.

Onto Ashfur: what hurt did he face? A simple “I don’t feel the same, I like someone else. I’m sorry.” Squirrelflight didn’t love him back. And that happens. She doesn’t belong to him. He had no reason to think he was ever entitled to her affection. And when she chose Brambleclaw and later had Holly, Lion and Jay, he still couldn’t get over himself. When she first said no, shortly after we see Hawkfrost has trapped Firestar. We learn later that this was with Ashfur’s help. Firestar lost a life. This seems like an impulsive decision made while he was hurt (albeit not hurt badly), but the iconic Fire Scene gets me. It has been seasons. And he’s still bitter and angry about a rejection.

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  • Ashfur was a lot more selfish than Mapleshade. Yes he was sad, but Mapleshades life was filled with pain and grief, her exile, her kits death, her mate cheating on her so on. She was so haunted by the death of her kits she was driven to madness be grief. This doesn’t excuse her actions, but in a way her madness makes more sense. Ashfur started trying to kill innocent cats, because HIS GIRLFRIEND BROKE UP WITH HIM. Sure its sad, sure he can grieve and be bitter for a while, but killing innocent cats? That’s just plain evil.

  • Ashfur may have liked Squirrelflight but that does not mean he has the right to lead his leader into a trap with a RiverClan cat that might have been blood thirsty.On the other hand who Mapleshade should have killed was nobody or Oakstar and Appledusk.I agree a little bit with Mistystream.(If you have not read that comment please read it now.)Appledusk should not have cheated on his mate and Oakstar should not have broken the warrior code by driving Mapleshade and her kits to exile just because her kits were half-Clan.