[a full-body design of Maplestar (Maplewhisker) of SkyClan]

Side Sequel – Maplewhisker by kittykat

kittykat shines the spotlight on Maplewhisker of SkyClan.

[a full-body design of Maplestar (Maplewhisker) of SkyClan]
Art by theDawnmist
[a full-body design of Maplestar (Maplewhisker) of SkyClan]

Heyo, and welcome to a Side Sequel! Today I’m talking about a cat named Maplewhisker, a background character that – in my opinion – was one of the best deputies the Clan could ask for.

This she-cat doesn’t have a known pelt colour or eye colour, but we get enough from Code of the Clans to pick out some information about her.

Maplewhisker was SkyClan’s deputy. She watched her leader – Beechstar – die, and, when she was alive, it was natural for leaders to pick their children as their successor, not their deputy. Therefore, he chose his son (Mothpelt) to become leader.

A SkyClan warrior named Robinwing doubts Mothpelt’s skill in leadership. Maplwhisker is shown to be a fiercely loyal cat when she tells him that Mothpelt was chosen as leader, and they will need to give him support.

Mothpelt rashly decides to attack RiverClan in order to avenge Beechstar’s death before his memory faded. He does not take into account that the river was badly flooded, making it very dangerous to cross. He leads the cats willing to follow into the river, but they cannot escape.

Maplewhisker is described to be horrified when she sees the water, and everyone rushing into it, showing how much she cares for every one of her Clanmates.

She quickly devises a plan to get her Clan out of the water before they drown. She says that each cat must hold onto their Clanmates’ tails to make a chain so they will not be swept into the river. This highlights her intelligence and how she is able to think under pressure. If she were leading an attack, she would be able to lead multiple cats and think of strategies while in battle.

After this plan is a success, Robinwing tells Maplewhisker that she should be Clan leader, not Mothpelt, and the whole Clan would respect her. Quickly, she protests, showing she respects her past leader’s decision of leader and how she is still loyal to the current leader.
However, she accepts, after saying she was not mouse-brained enough to think that her Clan did not need her, and if Mothpelt let her, she would lead SkyClan.

Later on, she adds a law to the warrior code after Robinwing’s prompting; the deputy will take over the leadership after the Clan leader dies or retires.

PERSONALITY: (my opinion)

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