Yes, its finally
time for some more Warriors Abridged!
This time its Outcast
, a.k.a. tPoTs Obligatory Tribe Book.
This book also has Stormfur pulling a Reverse-Crowfeather. What is pulling a Crowfeather, you ask? You know how Crowfeather was pictured on the cover of Twilight
with blue eyes, but in the book he was always mentioned with amber eyes? Well, Stormfur does the exact opposite here, since he has amber eyes on the cover, but blue eyes in the book. Of course, this isnt as noticeable because, unlike Crowfeather in Twilight, the majority of the book isnt about one of the protagonists gazing lovingly into his eyes.
Speaking of the cover, notice the incredibly suggestive position Stormfur and Brook are in. What else
could they be doing in that position?
Our book opens with a bunch of Tribe cats encountering some rogues that are stealing prey. I dont know about anyone else, but I dont remember half of these cats. I mean, the Tribe itself
is interesting, but outside of Stoneteller, Stormfur, and Brook, none of the characters associated with it are particularly memorable.
It ends up breaking out into a fight, as the Tribe of Endless Hunting looks on hopelessly. Is it just me or is the Tribe of Endless Hunting just a more useless version of StarClan?
After the short prologue, the book opens with Jaypaw and Leafpool collecting herbs by the lake. Leafpool splashes around in the lake the lake, probably trying to wash away how dirty she feels from all the stuff she does to herself while thinking of Crowfeather, and tries to coax Jayfeather into coming in and cooling off with her.
Jayfeather decides against it because he has acquired a bit of a fear of water what with all the drowning hes done in the past two books. Of course, hes not going to let anyone else know this, so he just ditches Leafpool as he goes to look for his precious stick.
He eventually finds his beloved and begins to stroke his stick softly and
WHY WONT THESE MEDICINE CATS STOP MASTURBATING!?
Ahem. Anyways, he bumps into Hazelpaw on her final assessment. She is being all excited and happy and such, and Jaypaw is all Oh, God. Please shut up. and such. She mentions how Daisy has also had more kits since the last book. And who is the father? Spiderleg.
Thats right: Its Spiderleg. Daisy has had kits with a cat that she has never even been in the same scene with, save that one bit where Spiderleg wanted to chase her off.
As if Spiderlegs continued ignorance of Daisy wasnt enough proof, the Erins have even come out and said that they just had a one night stand.
This could mean any number of things: Spiderleg was trying to follow his father and tried to sink his teeth into the first she-cat he could, but Daisy was the only on desperate enough to accept his offer, and he got bored with the concept of mate for life and just left after riding her for one night; they both had too much catnip, got a bit lost in the woods, and then things got out of hand; Daisy was in heat and caught Spiderleg in a moment of weakness
The point is: they randomly mated, and that resulted in an unexpected pregnancy. If you know where to look, there certainly is a lot of sex in these books
. 'Nuff said.
After also interrupting Berrypaws assessment, everyone heads back to camp, and everything seems all happy and such, just to make it all the more jarring when the Erins start making everything darker (Eclipse
onward) and finally lower the axe (Sunrise
). Spiderleg is also mentioned to be awkward around his kits, as if he isnt used to the idea of being a father. Hes probably thinking Fox dung! I should have used that condom!
Of course, cats dont have condoms. But if they did, things would be much easier *cough*The Three*cough*.
Anyway, Firestar gets ready to give Mousepaw, Hazelpaw, and Berrypaw their warrior names. Berrypaw worries that Firestar will give him a name based on his stump of a tail. Poppypaw calls him Berrystumpytail, creating a somewhat popular and funny fan nickname for him, at which point Brightheart cuts in and talk about how Firestar wouldnt give any cat a cruel name, like he did with her.
The subject also changes to Jaypaw possibly being named after his blindness. Of course, this doesnt actually happen, since Leafpool just names him after his father/her lover. This is kind of creepy if you think about it, since only her and Squirrelflight were supposed to be the only cats to know about Jaypaws connection to Crowfeather
Jaypaw starts to think about the mysteries of the ancient cats that used to like by the lake, and the story quickly switches to Lionpaw, who goes out on the dawn patrol with Ashfur and the newly named Berrynose, whose defining character trait as of now is being an arrogant jerk who isnt anywhere near as awesome as he thinks he is.
I actually have no idea why people go around insulting Berrynose and saying hes annoying. I mean, he certainly seems like much more of a comic figure to me. His remarks are in no way mean or offensive, and he is an idiot first and foremost. Its just really funny seeing him think hes all that when hes nothing but an arrogant blowhard.
Anyway, somewhere along their patrol, Lionpaw starts sniffing around an old rabbit hole and begins to think back to the time he spent playing with Heatherpaw in the tunnels. He then decides that if he wants to be the best warrior in ThunderClan, he cant have a best friend in another Clan.
Yeah, he still thinks him and Heatherpaw were friends. The thought of him having loved her doesnt even occur to him until Eclipse. Despite the fact that Lionpaw and Heatherpaw were alone for at least one night in the tunnels, something I would totally jump at that otherwise, I dont think they mated for one simple reason: Firestar Syndrome.
After some battle training, Lionpaw overhears Longtail telling Foxkit and Icekit a story about Tigerstar. Longtail chooses to show his bias by emphasizing all of Tigerstars good traits in between describing his heinous crimes. Now, this is a pretty important theme in the series overall, but not really the best judgement on Longtails part, since now Lionpaw is convinced that no bad can come from his association with Tigerstar. Well, when we want to believe something, were easier to convince, right?
It then switches over to Hollyleaf, who catches Honeypaw mooning over Berrynose, and talking about how great he is. She apparently believes Berrynose when he talks about how great he is, but unfortunately, Berrynoses nose is held so high that he doesnt even notice her.
Hollypaw, and presumably the rest of the Clan, feel somewhat annoyed with Honeypaw in this regard. And of course, Berrynose is still unaware of all of this
Again, people are pissed off with this, and I dont know why. Guys, this is funny. Were not really supposed to take this too seriously. I, personally, love HoneyxBerry because Im greatly amused by watching Honeypaw fangirl over Berrynose, while he remains completely ignorant of it and the rest of the Clan facepalms endlessly. Its funny.
I did kinda lost interest during Sunrise
, though, when the Erins started writing it seriously. Its like Oh, some minor characters love each other. Hurrah. Good for them. Thats ni- oh! Look! Jayfeathers doing something interesting!
Its kind of like SorrelxBracken: I dont care for the pairing itself because they are minor characters that arent seen together very often, so Im not really given much to love. But Brackenfur is still FREAKIN BRACKENFUR!
Anyway, Hollypaw is also being really paranoid about how she thinks everyone expects her to have kits, which she isnt comfortable about since she wants to just help her Clan as a warrior. Seeing that Honeypaw has already latched herself onto Berrynose doesnt make her feel any better about this.
Whenever I read about Hollypaw freaking out about having kits, I cant help but have this little scene play out in my head: Shes basically looking around the camp, and all the young male warriors are walking around minding their own business, and then she suddenly imagines that they all turn around and give some creepy rapist look at the exact same time, and shes all Nyeh!
Bah, I cant describe it well. It looks funnier in my head
Hollypaw is afraid of having kits because she fears it may jeopardize her chances of becoming Clan leader, shocking herself with her own ambition. Foreshadowing?
She decides to talk to Squirrelflight about it, because she had kits
even though she didnt
, but what she says doesnt make her feel much better.
Soon after, Icekit and Foxkit are made apprentices, and when Squirrelflight gets Foxpaw as an apprentice, Hollyleaf starts to feel better because she realises that Squirrelflight is still able to be an asset to the Clan even though she had
And Leafpool is proof that you can have kits and still be a medicine cat.
However, Firestars decision to give Icepaw to Whitewing causes Birchfall and Berrynose to get all bitchy. Apparently, both of them wanted an apprentice, and thought they could do a better job despite how inexperienced they are, and how experienced Whitewing is. Of course, Birchfall also becomes Whitewings mate later on (something I saw coming at around Twilight
This scene also causes Hollypaw to wonder about why Birchfall is now hanging out with Berrynose and has become so
Berrynose-y. Im a bit confused, too. Why are Birchfall and Berrynose suddenly such close friends? Like, really
close friends to the point of Birchfall acting like Berrynose. This doesnt have much effect on anything, and it doesnt come up ever again. Its just there for this one book.
Im guessing Vicky decided she wanted to tease the yaoi fangirls a bit, but since Ravenpaw and Barley arent around, she decided to grab Birchfall and Berrynose instead.
Their odd relationship is taken even further when they get caught accidentally straying into ShadowClan territory. Together.
The obviously get attacked by a ShadowClan patrol, and Firestar comes in to break up the ensuing fight. Blackstar then shows up and he and Firestar reminisce about the good ol days and how they miss the old forest and stuff. Old people are old.
Blackstar says that they dont belong at the lake because all of StarClan once lived in the forest, meaning there was a group of ancient cats living in the forest before StarClan divided them into Clans.
Im not really sure how this proves they arent capable of living at the lake, but what he says causes Hollypaw to think about the ancient cats that used to live around the lake, and has some kind of epiphany about how far back all of this history must stretch.
After that random BerryxBirch scene, she goes off hunting and finds Jaypaw looking for the tunnels. Once again, we get talk about ancient cats as Jaypaw tells Hollypaw about seeing Fallen Leaves in the tunnels, and
that creepy pedophile guy that keeps fondling his stick
Rock. Hollypaw is intrigued.
Later, Hollypaw is getting all frantic during training because she just remembered that brief bit of desire to be Clan leader she had a while back. Apparently, shes too afraid of becoming Tigerstar.
Well, at least when she goes evil, she isnt very much like Tigerstar.
Brook tries to comfort her, which then segues into her telling all of the apprentices about life in the Tribe. She explains most of the things about how the Tribe work, which we already know, and Hollypaw cant help but wish she could have had difficult choices made for her, like in the Tribe, instead of maintaining her freedom in making life choices. Um, yay?
Hollypaw begins to think about how much she wants to go visit the Tribe and see how they live. Of course, most of the cats in this series wouldnt know diversity from an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era, so Hollypaw is probably one of the rare cats that would care about such a cultural experience. Unfortunately, she will never get to go to the mountains, right? Right
Anyway, its now Jaypaw time, as hes heading off to the medicine cat Gathering with Leafpool, and hes desperate to see Rock so he can pester him with questions.
Willowpaw ends up coming alone because Mothwing is apparently treating a sick cat and couldnt come. Jaypaw silently scoffs her atheist ways, and guesses she is just lazy and was looking for an excuse not to come. Because of my earlier comment about masturbating, I now cant help but think about what Mothwing is probably using this time to catch up on
Jaypaw also has a brief cold exchange with Willowpaw. Im not going to lie, I actually kind of like WillowxJay. Yeah, it wont become canon, but Ive always found their constant petty squabbling cute, and always felt that it was masking some more positive feelings. This scene in particular has a line I cant help but love: Okay, I know you dont like me. Im not all that besotted with you, either.
Besotted. I know hes being sarcastic, but I find that to be a really interesting choice of words.
I also hate when people say Oh, they hate each other! No, they dont; they just argue a lot. There is a big
difference. Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw argued a lot, and we all know how that turned out.
Anyway, at the Moonpool, Jaypaw ends up face to face with Rock, who proceeds to tell him absolutely nothing. He just tells him that the answer lies in the mountains.
Knowing that he might actually be able to figure out whats going on by going there, Jaypaw suddenly becomes interested in going to the mountains. Hmmm, Im sensing a pattern here
He then ends up in Leafpools dream, because hes a stalker like that. Of course, this is a dream with StarClan, not one of Leafpools private fantasies, so theres a lot less Crowfeather. It also explains why Leafpool isnt as defensive when she catches him.
Leafpool spots Feathertail and goes over to talk to her. I always picture Leafpool and Feathertail having some odd friendship built on talking to each other about private details about Crowfeather and swapping anecdotes of their experiences with him and stuff. Like a two-cat Crowfeather Fan Club. Yuri level friendship? Probably not, but Crowfeather would certainly like it that way.Crowfeather:
*Dies from blood loss due to massive nosebleed*
Besides, if anyone in Warriors
is a lesbian, its Mothwing. Just saying.
Anyway, it turns out that Feathertail is apparently off doing chores for the Tribe of Endless Hunting. Yeah, in addition to the fact that she has to live her life and support herself in StarClan, she has to play errand girl for the Tribe of Endless Hunting because she gave her life to save their asses.
Wait, am I reading this right? Shouldnt it be the other way around? Shouldnt they show her some gratitude for sacrificing herself instead of making her their slave? Seriously, the Tribe of Endless Hunting is
kind of a dick.
Feathertail tries to justify this by saying A shared past counts for a lot. Even if it was brief, something I think of as also a little bit about Crowfeather, since they both had their brief romantic interludes with him and yet still care about him. I might be looking too much into it, but meh.
Feathertail also seems to be worried about something and rushes off pretty quickly. Afterwards, Jaypaw talks to Leafpool about what could be going on in the Tribe that made Feathertail so anxious, trying to persuade her to get Firestar to possibly send a patrol. Leafpool says they probably shouldnt look too much into it since it doesnt concern ThunderClan. Jaypaw then immediately thinks that it concerns him
. Oh, Jaypaw and his selfishness.
Seriously, I just love that about him. His self-centredness and all associated hypocrisy is such a massive flaw that he rarely gets called out on. Its just so
It then cuts over to Lionpaw, who is off training with the other apprentices. Of course, Berrynose is there for some reason, probably because he wants to talk down to everyone to make himself feel better. Lionpaw eventually gets fed up at Berrynose being
Berrynose, and starts yelling at him.
As he storms off, Stormfur catches up to him, and they engage in some intense male bonding. LionxStorm: Its just there
Their male bonding (seriously, Stormfur was more of a male role model for Lionpaw than Brambleclaw ever was) shifts from the subject of Brambleclaw, to the Great Journey, to Stormfur telling Lionpaw about how he wanted to get into Squirrelflights pants.
Yeah, he just told Lionpaw that he wanted to get with his
mother. Yeah, thats definitely
what every young boy wants to hear.
But then he met Brook, and since he has a thing for cats with accents or something, they became mates. Good ol Brook: Shes his silver medal.
Lionpaw begins to wonder about what would have happened if Stormfur had become Squirrelflights mate instead of Brambleclaw, thinking that he would be a totally different cat
even though he wouldnt because Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw arent his biological parents
. I dont know if Im weird or something, but if I were Lionpaw, I would be too weirded out by the Ur mom iz hot thing to start thinking about this.
I also cant help but notice that in his story, Stormfur refers to Sharptooth as a mountain lion. Wasnt he referred to as a lion-cat throughout Moonrise? Why does Stormfur suddenly know the correct term?
Stormfur also mentions Feathertails death, causing Lionpaw to think about how he would react to Hollypaw
As a result of this whole conversation, Lionpaw starts thinking about the Great Journey and is itching to go on his own journey. He feels as if the mountains are calling to him
kind of like they are to Hollypaw and Jaypaw. Hold on
Now its time for Hollypaws point of view, shes having a conversation with Cinderpaw about some plan she has about becoming a warrior. She decides to
take a page from the Tribe cats and divide her training into three areas of study: Hunting, fighting, and since shes such a warrior code fetishist, the warrior code, since learning to adhere to it is apparently as time consuming as perfecting the hunters crouch or any of the complicated battle moves.
Cinderpaw doesnt think this is a good idea, and it isnt really, since specializing isnt really that significant. I mean, with hunting, you either catch a mouse or you dont; end of story, and with fighting
well, except for maybe ten or so exceptions, every fully trained warrior is pretty much evenly matched.
Well, Hollypaw decides to run with the idea anyway, and they head off to do some battle training. The older apprentices are trying some of the advanced moves, and Lionpaw asks Ashfur if he can try. Lionpaw is being a bit of a show-off, and he does the move perfectly. He asks Ashfur if he will start being tougher on him from now on, at which point Ashfur takes him up on his offer and attacks him.
Lionpaw just learned the first lesson of any harsh physical training: Never ask for more. If you can handle the level youre at, just be happy there and dont rock the boat. Also, if you are ever asked if you are tired dont say yes
But yeah, Ashfur is completely insane here because hes actually trying to kill Lionpaw here. Claws unsheathed and everything. Its not explicitly stated here, but it says that he was fighting like he was fighting an enemy warrior, and the fact that this was an attempt at Lionpaws life is heavily implied in Long Shadows
Of course, why Ashfur is doing it now is a bit confusing since, being his mentor, he would have many other opportunities to kill Lionpaw, many of them more effective and not so much in front of an audience
Speaking of the audience bit, it makes me think what Ashfur would have done if he actually succeeded in killing Lionpaw here, since Im guessing Oops probably wouldnt do it for everyone who was watching.
For that matter, what would Ashfur have done if he revealed the secret at the Gathering in Long Shadows
? He says Ill purr
over what will happen after Ive revealed the truth, but that doesnt answer anything. I mean, what would he say if someone asked him how he extracted this information? Ashfur:
Oh, funny story
. Ysee, I was trying to murder Squirrelflights kits right in front of her, when
Seriously, how much does he think these things through?
Another thing thats really sad about this is that Lionpaw is actually evenly matched with him. I mean, I know Lionpaw has been training with Tigerstar and stuff, but thats still kinda sad on Ashfurs part.
Of course, (FREAKIN') Brackenfur eventually comes in and breaks things up, and Ashfur proceeds to pretend he wasnt completely batshit insane about five seconds ago. Everyone else is still profoundly disturbed, and Hollypaw still isnt convinced.
Later on, Hollypaw tries to talk about what happened to Brambleclaw. Brambleclaw says he already talked to Ashfur about it. Brambleclaw apparently accepts Ashfurs explanation about it being part of training, and says that Ashfur said that Lionpaw would make a great warrior like his father.
For some reason, Brambleclaw doesnt pick up on any potential sarcastic undertones in this, and makes himself look like an idiot by immediately following it with I assume that was a compliment. This is just one of the moments where I cant help but picture Brambleclaw as a total meathead. Now, and the entire arc where he is completely unaware of Hawkfrost being a villain
and wanting to screw him
Anyway, later on, Hollypaw is off hunting with Honeypaw and Sandstorm, and Honeypaw is still obsessing over Berrynose. Both Hollypaw and Sandstorm want nothing more than for her to shut up.
But suddenly, they scent some mysterious cats, and Hollypaw and Honeypaw run back to camp to warn Firestar, but
They scent the same cats in the camp!
DUN DUN DUN!
Anyway, its Jaypaw time, and we finally get to see (not literally, of course) the mysterious intruders. And they are
Talon and Night.
They were in Moonrise
, right? Sorry, I have a hard time telling the difference between about half of the Tribe cats; theyre all virtually the same.
Of course, Firestar immediately recognizes them, and even remembers their full names. Thats certainly more than I can say.
Lionpaw and Hollypaw proceed to give Jaypaw really detailed descriptions of what is happening during this odd meeting, and it seems that Stormfur and Brook are acting really tense. Jaypaw suddenly then goes into Brooks mind mid-conversation. This happens without him wanting to, but Im guessing he did it subconsciously because he is Jaypaw, and probably wanted to avoid any real social contact.
He is suddenly thrust into a giant battle, leaving him a bit disoriented and confused and blood splatters all around him. Yknow, I cant help but notice that the word blood gets quiet a bit of use here
It turns out that he is with the Tribe of Rushing Water, and he skips ahead to a meeting about what they should do about the intruders Jaypaw just saw them fighting with. Jaypaw immediately picks out Stormfur, who is proposing that maybe they should, yknow, actually try to fight off the intruders instead of just doing nothing.
After him and Brook convince the Tribe that a show of force is the only way to stop the intruders, we cut to another battle, and
the Tribe kinda sucks
I dont know how much my memory is playing tricks on me, but I remember in Moonrise
the Cave Guards werent half bad. I mean, they did pretty well with brute force alone, but here? Jaypaw thinks and apprentice could do better.
Stormfur spends pretty much the entire battle yelling out advice, as Cherith continues to use the word blood almost as frequently as Shakespeare did in Macbeth
. Jaypaw occupies himself with watching a certain Tribe cat struggle with one of the intruders. The Tribe cat finally manages to pin the other cat down, and Jaypaw yells at him to slit his belly open. Charming.
Of course, since this is just a flashback, Jaypaws advice falls on deaf ears and the Tribe cat ends up doing nothing, and gets killed. Yay!
After a hasty retreat and a romantic moment between Brook and Stormfur (good timing, guys), we go back to the cave, where literally everyone is in some way injured, and there is an actual pile of dead bodies. Yeah, they did that badly.
Stormfur goes over to one body in particular, says he was a good friend and says a prayer. Apparently, this cat is Jag, the one that Jaypaw saw getting killed. He was in Moonrise
, right? As I said, most of these cats are utterly forgettable.
Stoneteller then starts bitching at Stormfur, because apparently all the deaths are his fault because it was his idea to actually do something. He then banishes Stormfur because he disagrees with his freaky foreign ways. Brook agrees with how stupid this is, and decides to leave with Stormfur, saying that the Tribe needs him. One of the other cats counters by saying that she
needs him. Ooooh, burn!
Stoneteller warns Brook that if she leaves with the banished Stormfur, she will never be able to return. As the two leave the Tribe, Stoneteller tells them that he will tell the Tribe of Endless Hunting that they are dead to them. Dick move, Stoneteller. Dick move.
Is it just me, or does Stoneteller banish a lot
of cats? I mean, out of the entire series, the only cats we know of that have been officially banished from the Clans are Darkstripe and Tigerstar from ThunderClan and Stormfur and Brook from RiverClan (Brokenstar and his followers werent really banished). On the other hand, Stoneteller, in only two books, has banished like, what, 8 cats? And its not like hes punishing them for doing something wrong; its because they fail to solve his problems for him.
Anyway, Jaypaw is jerked back to reality, and realises that he much have been in Brooks memories. Yes, he can hijack peoples flashbacks, because hes the goddamn Jaypaw. Talon and Night say that the Tribe needs Stormfur and Brooks help, and when Stormfur refuses, he proceeds to tell ThunderClan the story that we just saw just in case we werent paying attention the previous chapter.
Brook says she will come back, and Stormfur chooses to follow her, like she did with him. Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight also volunteer to go, and Firestar takes their visitors, the four volunteers, as well as Graystripe, Leafpool, and Sandstorm (because shed have a bitch fit if he didnt take her) out into the forest to discuss it.
Jaypaw, Lionpaw, and Hollypaw talk about how they all want to go to the mountains, as established by the previous chapters. Now, all three of them simultaneously wanting to go to the mountains gets me thinking. Jaypaw wants to go to the mountains because he knows he can learn more about the prophecy there, which would suggest the reason all three of them want to go is because the mountains are calling to the powers within them or something like that. But of course, as we know now, Hollypaw isnt a part of the prophecy, so there is no reason why she should feel a need to visit the mountains.
Of course, Vicky has said that Hollypaw was originally going to be a part of the prophecy, and this book was apparently the point where she changed her mind, so maybe this is just a little leftover from Hollypaws original destiny. Or it could just be a coincidence. A pretty big one if you ask me.
The rest of the Clan starts to discuss whether or not they should help the Tribe as the Three go off the stalk Firestar so they can ask them if they can go. One bit of the Clans discussion I cant help but notice is Birchfall talking about the friends he had on the Great Journey, and Berrynose suddenly feeling jealous. And Im not talking about the almighty Jaypaw picking this up, regular ol Lionpaw notices how jealous he is.
Why is Berrynose so jealous because Birchfall having other friends? Again, I cant help but think of the gay thing; otherwise it just seems unnecessary. Which once again brings me to: Why? I mean, I could understand if they had some ongoing subtext, like Firestar and Graystripe, Darkstripe and Tigerstar, etc., but its contained entirely
within this one book.
Anyway, they Three are spying on the meeting, and they learn that it is decided that they will also bring along Crowfeather and Tawnypelt. Leafpool seems oddly silent despite Crowfeather being mentioned, and Firestar actually uses the word darent in a sentence.
However, they quickly get caught eavesdropping, and proceed to beg to be brought along. Their pleading actually works, as Leafpool and Sandstorm believe it will be a good experience. Now that the Three are going on the trip, all thats left for them to do is fetch Crowfeather and Tawnypelt.
Lionpaw and Brambleclaw head over to ShadowClan to fetch Tawnypelt, Hollypaw goes with Squirrelflight to WindClan to get Crowfeather, while Jaypaw stays with Leafpool to prepare.
Lionpaws trip to ShadowClan is mostly uneventful, except for an encounter with Tawnypelts kits, but we get some fun Breezepaw and Crowfeather related junk when Hollypaw goes to WindClan.
First of all, the WindClan cats get all tense when Squirrelflight starts talking about Crowfeather, probably because they expect that when a ThunderClan cat comes to talk with Crowfeather, theyre planning on snatching him so he can mate with Leafpool endlessly.
Also, when Crowfeather sees that Squirrelflight is coming to talk to him, he starts acting all panicked and asks whats wrong. Is it just me, or is it painfully obvious that he thinks Squirrelflight is coming because theres something wrong with Leafpool? Dawww, its so cute! ~
I mean, when hes acting all tense, Hollypaw starts to wonder why hes acting like that, and in Power of Three
, it is a general rule of thumb that whenever one of the Three is confused about the way Leafpool or Crowfeather is acting, its probably because its LeafxCrow related.
Heh-heh, I just love this little bit so much. It really shows that he still cares about her. ~
As for Breezepaw, hes apparently been being a total jerk (as usual), doing stuff like leading a patrol of apprentices to go searching for dogs, and provoking a fight with RiverClan.
In fact, most of WindClan seems to be fed up with Breezepaw, and Onestar decides to send him on the journey with Crowfeather. Onestar says he thinks its a good idea for him to go with his father, but Hollypaw immediately expects that hes just getting rid of him. Personally, I kind of think that, too.
Both Crowfeather and Breezepaw protest at first. Crowfeather because he thinks they dont owe the Tribe anything since Feathertail died for them; and Breezepaw because
well he needs to complain about something, right?
Eventually, they are persuaded to go.
We also get a few bits of interesting insight into Crowfeather and Breezepaw in this chapter. First, its the first time we get much opportunity to see much of their father-son relationship. We always suspected it earlier, but now were 100% sure it sucks.
We also see Crowfeather ignoring Nightcloud. Again, pretty obvious from earlier, but now were certain that he doesnt care about her at all.
But something that interests me in particular is the very unflattering way Hollypaws narration describes Crowfeather.
suspicious, bad-tempered, skinny cat
It stands in sharp contrast to the very smexy way he is described in Leafpools point of view.
Now, we all know that most cats who just casually know Crowfeather hate him, because he is all self-conscious and acts like a jerk to drive everyone away (must
), but almost every cat that has gotten to know the real Crowfeather has fallen head over heels for him. Im going to propose that, in reality, Crowfeather isnt nearly as attractive as most fans seem to think, but once you appreciate his inner beauty, it starts to manifest itself as an orgasmic amount of outer beauty. Like what Feathertail and Leafpool saw in him.
Or something like that. Thats my two cents.
(Also, Crowfeather = Gendo)
Next we go to Jaypaw, who is preparing travelling herbs with Leafpool. After thinking to himself about how he hates hanging around Breezepelt because hes disrespectful and whiny (oh, the irony), he notices that Leafpool is acting a bit edgy, and doesnt seem to want to leave her den. The obvious reason is that Crowfeather is in camp, and the tension between them has gotten to the point where if she even sees him, she wont be able to stop herself from jumping on him.
Crowfeather also seems tense when Jayfeather gives him his herbs, again, probably because he wants to
After Jaypaw distributes the herbs to everyone, he heads back to the medicine den, and Leafpool is still acting all tense. Again: Crowfeather. When Jaypaw asks if she wants to say good-bye, she says she has said it already.
Its unclear whether or not shes talking about just saying good-bye to everyone, or saying good-bye to Crowfeather, in which case she has indeed said it three times.
She said good-bye at the beginning of Sunset
, whispered good-bye to him after the Gathering in Sunset
, and said good-bye at the end of After Sunset: We Need to Talk
Anyway, we can now finally get our journey under way. The cats head out through WindClan territory towards the mountains, and when they come to crossing the border stream, Jaypaw is defensive about his fear or drowning. He also gets a bit frustrated when the Tribe cats begin to question whether or not they should bring him.
But then the Tribe cats themselves get a bit worried when the possibility of them having to leave the mountains like the Clans left the forest comes out. Apparently, they really
like those mountains. Like, a lot.
They finally reach a hill which gives them a good view of all the Clans territories, and they decide to take a break. It switches to Lionpaws POV, and he insists that they keep going. He feels some crazy rush of energy, and goes on a bit of a power trip. Although this is just a short bit, it is likely connected to his power, meaning it is an important bit of, you guessed it, foreshadowing!
After some more travelling, we also get another little snippet of Breezepaw and Crowfeather in the form of Lionpaw eavesdropping on them. Breezepelt is bitching about why they should help the Tribe, and Crowfeather responds by saying that if they didnt, Feathertails sacrifice wouldve been in vain. When Breezepaw continues to complain, Crowfeather tells him that he will never understand loyalty.
I really like this little bit with Crowfeather, because it just seems symbolic of everything that he has given up for his loyalty to WindClan. On top of that, its one of the few times in tPoT that we actually see past his jerk ass façade, making it a bit easier to sympathize with him. Only a bit.
I also like how he is described as sounding bone-weary, since the image of despair that word invokes fits the how he must be feeling pretty well. Hes not just weary, hes freakin bone
*Cough* Anyway, Breezepaw is also described as being sprawled in a heap, which, now that I look at it again, seems to imply that Crowfeather was just giving his ass a beating.
That Crowfeather, what a
father he is
And after all that is over, guess who we bump in to? Purdy! In all his senile old man with a drawling accent-ness!
Ive never hated Purdy (frankly, who could?), but I must say I didnt really fully appreciate him until Sunrise
. Im guessing it has to do with him being even more of a crotchety old person then, as well as his, erm
friendship with Sol.
Breezepaw starts to, you guessed it, complain. Crowfeather responds by slapping him upside the head (good ol Crowfeather), but for some strange reason Purdy doesnt call him a whippersnapper. That is so out of character for him!
Purdy decides that he is going to accompany them as far as the woods, acting as their guide, like back in Midnight
. Of course (again, like with the journeying cats in Midnight
), the Three and Breezepaw are not impressed with Purdy at first.
They also encounter see some sheep and I cant help but feel upset that almost no one has seen that little personal interview where Vicky says she images the Tribe cats sounding Welsh. A joke about Welsh people and sheep would fit here perfectly.
Feeling that theyre being slowed by Purdy, Lionpaw and Breezepaw feel that they have time to sneak off to a barn that Purdy claims had dog in it and catch some mice. Hollypaw decides to tag along, because she doesnt want them to do anything stupid.
They manage to sneak off to the barn and catch some mice, but wouldnt you know it, Purdy was right about the dogs. As much as they were scoffing about him being easily scared before, Breezepaw and Lionpaw start freaking out.
Along with Hollypaw, they start trying to escape before they get killed. Just when they least expect it, Purdy shows up and manages to get them out before the dogs tear them to shreds.
Purdy takes them back to their parents for a good scolding. Well, mostly from Brambleclaw, since pretty much all Crowfeather has to contribute None of you has ever known what it means to be really hungry,
Also notice that this is the second time hes pulled the You dont understand/have never known about blah blah blah. Its like hes trying to out emo everyone; its hilarious. Hes like Yeah, my life sucks more than yours! Suck it!
I wonder if Leafpool would take him up on that last offer.
Hollypaw also starts to feel a bit sympathetic towards Breezepaw when she sees how bad of a parent Crowfeather is. She starts to feel glad that he isnt her father.
Yes, more foreshadowing. Big foreshadowing. Really, all the foreshadowing in this book is crazy. For anyone who has already read the entire series all this foreshadowing becomes some of the funniest dramatic irony Ive ever seen.
Between all of these hints, as well as Jayfeather not understanding the way Leafpool and Crowfeather act around each other, they could have called tPoT Irony: The Series
Anyway, Hollypaw also catches Purdy some prey out of thanks for saving her ass. She also helps him groom his pelt, and starts to feel pity for him when he tells her that his owner died, and that hes pretty much just living out his old age off of scraps from any family that will feed him.
You know, I find it kind of disturbing that Hollypaw is to only one of the apprentices to feel any sympathy for Purdy. The fact that the cat actually showing some compassion ends up the way she does really drives home the point about how all three of them are pretty messed up.
The next chapter starts off with Jaypaw having a dream where hes finally face to face with Rock while climbing some dangerous mountains. Now that he came to the mountains like Rock told him, Jaypaw can finally get some answers. But Rock responds by telling him that there should be three of them there, and tells him nothing. Adding insult to injury, Jaypaw then falls to his death and wakes up from his dream. God, Rock is such a jerk. Well, at least hes less of a pedophile in this book
So Jaypaw wakes up from his dream, again learning nothing, and it seems that the cats are just about at the mountains. After they say good-bye to Purdy, they start climbing up into the mountains. After climbing on dangerous ledges and Jaypaw doing his usual Im blind, but dont pity me shtick, they encounter a patrol of the rogue cats terrorizing the patrol.
Among the patrol is Stripes, who seems to be their leader, and Flick, who seems to be their second-in-command. There is also a young she-cat named Twist among them. Of course, her name is never given in the actual book, but the Allegiances list a cat by her description as Twist, so we can infer that its her name.
Some fans shipped her with Lionpaw after this book. I am not joking.
Their encounter with the intruders is very tense, with the possibility of a fight breaking out at any time, not at all helped by Breezepaw and Crowfeathers behaviour. The intruders finally let them pass, the air still wrought with tension.
The eventually reach Tribe territory, and some random Tribe cats are given possibly the most bitchin introduction in the entire series: A huge eagle swoops down on the Clan patrol, and then four Tribe cats come out of nowhere, and take it down and kill it almost instantly. With Hollypaw still shocked at the sight, Stormfur comes up and says Welcome to the Tribe of Rushing Water, Then the chapter just ends.
Now, I know weve seen the Tribe take down eagles before, but because of the way its shown here, and Stormfurs line, it just becomes such an awesome and memorable moment.
Talon and Night go over and talk to the Tribe cats, who are surprised to see Stormfur and Brook alive. Apparently Stoneteller wasnt joking about them being dead to him.
After talking briefly with the prey-hunters, the cats proceed to the Cave of Rushing Water, and Crowfeather immediately goes off to Feathertails grave. Lionpaw wonders what the big deal is, and Tawnypelt explains to him that Crowfeather loved Feathertail.
Here, I cant help but think about how Tawnypelt neglected to mention Leafpool. It makes me wonder if she didnt mention her just because she didnt think it was relevant (even though it is), or because she just doesnt know. I mean, do we ever get any indication of any cats outside of WindClan and ThunderClan knowing about them? But at the same, it doesnt seem like the kind of thing that would be kept secret so well, especially since a WindClan warrior makes a joke about it at the Gathering in Sunset
Lionpaw starts to feel a bit of sympathy both for Crowfeather, because he lost Feathertail, and Breezepaw, because his father is a jackass who cares about pretty much everybody except for him.
Of course, when he is thinking about how much of a jerk Crowfeather is, Lionpaw also thinks about how he would feel if his father was still in love with some she-cat from his past. Yes, even more foreshadowing! Do I even have to say it now?
The fact that hes specifically thinking about mates and not being able to let go of the past could also indicate that this is Ashfur-flavoured foreshadowing.
Anyway, once the cats get into the actual cave, Stoneteller comes out and starts yelling at them, once again reminding Stormfur and Brook that theyre dead. Jeez, these cats take being declared dead far too literally.
Stoneteller is still being far too stubborn and prideful, so he wont accept any help from strangers, even though the Tribe clearly needs it. Thankfully, hes not being a total douche and lets the journeying cats stay the night.
The four Clan apprentices socialize with some Tribe to-bes, who I again cant really care too much about, as they settle down in their nest to sleep.
As all the cats fall asleep, Jaypaw ends up in Stonetellers dream and sees him talking to a cat from the Tribe of Endless Hunting.
Stoneteller begs for some guidance, and the cat says that they cannot give him any because even they do not know how to cope with the endless battle the Tribe is fighting. The cat leaves without giving any advice, and Jaypaw tries to follow him, whereas Stoneteller just gives up.
The ancestor eventually catches sight of Jaypaw and simply says You have come, proceeds to lead him to a hollow with a pool in the middle where various Tribe ancestors are gathering.
One thing I cant help but notice about the Tribe of Endless Hunting is how its mentioned that some of them still have the wounds that killed them and are still bleeding. When Clan cats go to StarClan, heck, even when they go to the Place of No Stars, all of their wounds are healed, but not for the Tribe cats. Does the Tribe really suck that much?
Although I guess they could get away with it, since other than Sharptooth and the intruders, they live an all-around peaceful life with no battles, so except for maybe the odd victim of a lucky eagle, they wouldnt really have to put up with any horrible wounds for all eternity.
But imagine of Clan cats had to live with the wounds that killed them after they died. I have an idea for a comic about that, but I suck too much to do it.
Anyway, the Tribe of Endless Hunting starts to talk to Jaypaw about the prophecy. Well, they dont tell him anything useful about it, so much as just talk about what we already know. Already having gotten used to the plot conspiring to make sure he doesnt learn anything, Jaypaw changes the subject to the Tribes current predicament.
The Tribe of Endless Hunting insists that there is nothing that they can do, and that the mountains have become to dangerous. You see what I mean about a more pathetic version of StarClan? Sure, StarClan doesnt interfere either, but at least they seem less spineless about it.
Jaypaw then wakes up to hear that Stoneteller has called a meeting. Stoneteller says to the Tribe that the Tribe of Rushing Water told him that they do not want the Tribe to be driven out of the mountains, and that he has decided to let the Clan cats help them.
Now, Jaypaw immediately knows that this is a lie. Of course, its a good lie. As wrong as faking having the word of god behind your decisions is, I have to agree with Stoneteller here, since this lie is better than the alternative of just listening to their ancestors and having endless back-and-forths of We should do something! and Should we do something?
Jaypaw still loses quiet a bit of respect for Stoneteller here, thinking that he could theoretically say the Tribe of Endless Hunting told him whatever he wants them to have told him.
Also, Jaypaw notices that the Tribes attitude towards them is more positive now that Stoneteller has given them the thumbs up. Yeah, the Tribe apparently thinks whatever Stoneteller wants them to.
The get down right away to discussing strategies to get rid of the intruders, but when Brambleclaw mentions setting border markers, Crag objects and says that they are trying to turn them into a Clan.
Now, this is one of the things I like about Outcast
: The cultural conflict. The Tribe is basically supposed to represent a vastly different culture from the Clans. Not more right or wrong (although, based on the Tribe of Endless Huntings portrayal
), just different so that the Erins can explore what happens when different cultures meet.
In this case, they seem to be working with nationalistic sentiments and asserting cultural identity, as the question of whether they are a Tribe or a Clan repeatedly comes up. This type of conflict is something that seems to be relevant in most nations around the world.
Like, in all my Canadian-ness, I can kind of associate the Tribes plight with Québec
only with much less thick accents and none of the crazy religious profanities, tabarnac
Im also part Ukrainian. I mean, like, half our culture is bitching at Russia. Or each other.
Anyway, they finally get down to trying to train the Tribe cats to deal with the intruders, and although it takes a while, they seem to slowly be getting the hang of battle training. Next up is setting up their borders.
While setting up their first border markers, the patrol has another encounter with the intruders. The intruders scorn the strength of the Tribes new borders, and it seems unlikely that they will respect them.
And even as the border patrol starts leaving, they get ambushed by some of the intruders. In the ensuing scuffle, Lionpaw ends up fighting Twist, who is still unnamed. This one brief fight scene, as well as the fact that Lionpaw immediately recognises her, is presumably the reason why they were briefly shipped together.
The Tribe cats manage to win the battle, but seem to be worse off in terms of injuries, and the fact that they seem to be giving up.
After a chapter of Hollypaw and Breezepaw training the to-bes, Jaypaw goes to visit Stoneteller in his den, the oh-so-magical Cave of Pointed Stones.
Stoneteller talks to Jaypaw about how the Tribe of Endless Hunting seems to have abandoned them, and when he laments about why their ancestors brought them to the mountains if they wouldnt be safe. Well, theyve been safe there for countless years, so living in the mountains, hasnt been as worthless as Stoneteller seems to think
The two eventually go to sleep and Jaypaw ends up in a dream with Rock. Rock warns Jaypaw about messing with ancestors that are not his, and Jaypaw just continues to pester him about how the Tribe of Endless Hunting doesnt do anything. Rock decides not to justify that with a response, so he just leaves.
Jaypaw then wakes up to learn that another patrol had been attacked by the intruders, but this time they lost. He and Stoneteller immediately start treating all of the wounds, and Jaypaw cant help but think that the Tribe wont get anywhere if they cant help themselves.
However, the news of this defeat pushes Stonetellers despair to a new level, and he declares that the Tribe must leave since they can no longer survive in the mountains. Jeez, make up your mind.
Thankfully, Brambleclaw convinces him to try the border patrols again, and some cats go out for border patrol for most of the chapter. With the borders re-marked, it is decided that they will send out a patrol, mostly consisting of the Clan cats for some reason, to go to the intruders camp to talk to them about the borders.
They head to the intruders camp, located in a cleft between two rocks, and
oh god, its Twist again. She calls out, and eventually all of the intruders come out into the open.
Crag starts talking to Stripes about the borders theyve set, which he immediately shoots down. When the Tribe complains about how unfair Stripes free-for-all policy is, he comes back with an epically badass reply: This is about life or death. If necessary, our life and your death.
I love this line so much. Its really a shame its uttered by such a minor character.
Hollypaw is utterly horrified that the intruders dont have any code of honour because
well, shes Hollypaw; thats just what she does. Brambleclaw manages to prevent a fight, and the patrol then returns back to the Cave of Rushing Water.
On the way back, they find more of the intruders hunting on the Tribes territory. When they confront them, Flick simply mocks their scent markers, and gets his patrol to leave. Things are not looking good for the Tribe.
Since the intruders seem to always mock the scent markers for being nothing but scent markers, Brambleclaw decides the only way to stop the intruders from crossing the borders is to take the fight to them and show that the Tribe can defend its borders.
Just as you would expect, Stoneteller objects, but instead of making a unilateral decision like he usually does, he decides to put it to a vote.
Thats right. The cats know how democracy works, but they ignore it in favour of the autocratic regime they usually follow. Yay!
All of the cats who wish to fight are told to go to one side of the cave, and all the cats who want to flee go to another. Once all of the cats have made their choice, it seems that the Tribe has decided to fight. It seems Stonetellers attempt at being a fair leader blew up in his face.
They begin to prepare for the raid, making use of the full moon to make their attack effective. Before the raiding party leaves, Jaypaw tells Hollypaw and Lionpaw that they must come back. You could say that he really cares about his siblings, but knowing Jaypaw, its also likely hes saying Guys! Dont mess up my
prophecy by dying!
The patrol decides that they will send the apprentices and to-bes into the intruders through the hole in the roof, and then scare them out, right into the rest of the patrol.
The plan works, and the battle finally gets started. As Lionpaw is fighting, he keeps hearing Hawkfrosts voice whispering him advice. Im not sure why, though. But, oh well: HAWKEH!
As he continues fighting and fighting and fighting, Lionpaw feels more alive, getting some kind of high off of what he describes as that wonderful coordination of muscles, teeth, and claws.
I wonder if he enjoys this wonderful exercise while listening to lovely, lovely Ludwig von.
Hes still rearing for a fight even after the intruders have surrendered. Brambleclaw has to get him to calm down and all the cats look horrified at the sight of him. When he looks down at himself to see what the problem is, he sees that he is drenched in blood, the overpowering smell of it making him heave.
The Tribe and intruders agree that the intruders will respect the borders, if the Tribe leaves their queens and kits alone.
Meanwhile, Jaypaw heads in to the Cave of Pointed Stones and ends up talking to Rock. Rock tells Jaypaw that the battle has been won, but when Jaypaw says that the Tribes ancestors will have more faith in them now, Rock replies that it was actually the Clans that saved the Tribe, and that the borders might last.
This ending is a bit depressing, because it just seems to make the Tribes new life seem so futile. Rock makes it sound as if the Clans help only delayed the inevitable. Oh well; guess well have to wait until The Sign of the Moon
to see how things play out
But now its time for Jaypaw to press for answers. He asks Rock if the Tribe came from the lake, and if the prophecy came from where Rock and the Tribe originated, and is right on both counts. Rock says that they have been waiting for the Three for a long time, and he needs to tell the other: he cant walk his path alone.
Rock could have also taken this opportunity to tell Jaypaw that Hollypaw isnt part of the Three, but he doesnt, probably because he is a dick.
Hollypaw then calls out to Jaypaw, saying that Lionpaw is hurt. He comes over quickly to find Lionpaw covered in blood. Lionpaw insists that he is fine, but Hollypaw is worried because of all of the blood.
They take him over to the waterfall to clean him off, and
Lionpaw was right; there isnt a scratch on him. None of the blood is his. He is that
Remembering what Rock told him, Jaypaw decides this is an ample opportunity to tell his siblings about the prophecy. And
the book ends just as he starts telling them. Curse you, cliff-hangers!
Inspired by YuGiOh the Abridged Series
by LittleKuriboh (CardGamesFTW)
I DO NOT OWN THESE CHARACTERS!
All characters are from WARRIORS by Erin Hunter
WARRIORS is © Harper Collins