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Riverstar: The Demonstration of True Wisdom by Amberpaw

Amberpaw takes a look at the RiverClan founder.

Official art by Owen Richardson
Official art by Owen Richardson

So today I will continue my character-analyzing series after a short break in December when I published other types of articles — although they involved my analysis of Clear Sky and Gray Wing as well — how I love talking about characters. Today I will talk about another character in DotC: Riverstar, or River Ripple. Spoilers for DotC, of course.

So here’s the thing: if I’m right, we NEVER had a single chapter in DotC written from Riverstar’s perspective, except the bonus section in one book. At the beginning of DotC we heard from ShadowClan and SkyClan. Towards the end we focused on WindClan and ThunderClan. But there was never really a description of RiverClan, which provided a sense of mystery and individuality. (For one thing, they were the only group who caught fish.) As a result, Riverstar always gave me this intriguing sense of wisdom. It seems like they were all peacefully catching fish, or thinking about nature, when all the other Clans were out there hot-headed and talking about conflicts. Riverstar only appeared at gatherings; he might have thought the other Clans’ conflicts childish, but when he really concentrated on defeating Slash, he was able to be productive by devising clear strategies. He is really the thinking type of cat, and this made him elevate to a higher spiritual level than the other leaders. He rarely speaks even at gatherings, but when he does, he shows wisdom and careful thought. Life in RiverClan had no contribution to the plot, which made the authors focus on other Clans, but in the meantime, this created a sense of wisdom. Even though Riverstar is individualized, however, it is wrong to assume he does not care at all about the world outside his camp. When he has the motive, he is equally able to collaborate with other leaders and obtain their recognition.

This could have been influenced by Riverstar’s background too. He was not a tribe cat and therefore did not have their competitive characteristics. He was individualized even in his home, and more so when he was sailing alone into the forest. His intuition was first demonstrated in his connection to rivers, and I could even argue that his personality was influenced by the term river. He possessed an endless flow of wisdom, he had flexible and consistent thoughts, and he was peaceful and unperturbed by the conflicts that surrounded him.

This is why I like Riverstar’s character. His obsession with rivers influenced RiverClan as well, and he added a great portion to the reasons why RiverClan was my favorite group. But that is a whole other thing. What are your thoughts on Riverstar? Did I miss something? Were my descriptions too biased? Leave a comment below.

*P.S. I just realized we didn’t have a chapter written from Shadowstar’s perspective either, and that gave Shadowstar an intriguing sense of wisdom too. For WindClan we heard from Gray Wing.

Amberpaw/flight…out!

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