Sorry for the wait, but here it is: My Warriors Abridged stuff for The Fourth Apprentice.
It seems the word of the day is brusquely, considering how often it is used in this book.
The prologue opens with a little meeting between Bluestar, Yellowfang, Spottedleaf, and Lionheart. Except for Bluestar, they all generally agree that not doing anything for an entire series wasnt the best of ideas, because things didnt turn out as well as they should have.
Now thats an understatement. Sunrise was probably not what they wanted to happen, so they decide to actually tell the Three whatever they know this time. Bluestar disagrees and complains about how shes wet, because thats clearly the more important issue at hand.
Feathertail then intrudes on their conversation, and says that shes just as concerned about Lionblaze and Jayfeathers safety as they are because they are Crowfeathers kits.
Ive always been fine with Feathertail, and I was happy that she acknowledged that Crowfeather would have been happy with Leafpool. However, Leafpool seems to be having some, err
technical difficulties at the moment, so I fear she may try to swoop in and grab Crowfeather at some point.
Im not in attack mode yet, but from the way shes talking here, I cant help but feel she is overstepping her bounds here, so I may need to attack depending on which course of action she takes.
Anyway, they also talk about the One, who is basically the real Third, but is also called the Fourth Apprentice, because even though Hollyleaf wasnt part of the Three, she is still counted as the Third Apprentice even though the Fourth is the One, who is the real Third. Have fun keeping track of those numbers, kids.
Yellowfang decides that she will give the One an Omen of the Stars, not wasting any time dropping the title of the series on us.
Our first chapter begins at the Gathering, and it seems that the Clans are going through a drought, and pretty much the whole lake has dried up. So yeah, nothing too major has happened since the last book.
When its Leopardstars turn to speak, she has a massive bitch fit about how the other Clans are stealing prey from RiverClan by salvaging dead fish from the dried up lake.
Just like youd expect at a peaceful Gathering, everybody yells at each other. We also see Brambleclaw acting like a dick towards Squirrelflight. As expected: they have issues. A book like Sunrise does that to you.
(NGE with cats)
The Gathering ends and Lionblaze and Jayfeather talk about what happened. According to Jayfeather, the reason Leopardstar is in one of her moods is because shes been dying a lot lately. That does tend to dampen ones mood, doesnt it?
Apparently, she got a small cut that got infected, and she died from it. And then after that, she got sick again and was so weak she couldnt fetch water for herself and died of dehydration. These two deaths come close to Graypools for most fail death in the series, but the fact that they happened to the same cat, and so close together, means we may have a new champion.
We are once again reminded of Jayfeathers creepy-know-it-all-stalker powers. He could abuse them so easily if he wasnt the only protagonist who is pretty much asexual.
Back at ThunderClan camp, Jayfeather then proceeds to complain about how Leafpool resigned from her post as medicine cat, and shes not around to help him. Full stop. Didnt he spend the majority of the previous series complaining about how she helped him too much?
Yes. And now hes complaining about the exact opposite thing. He acknowledges how hypocritical this sounds, but he still complains. Goodol Jayfeather. You want to slap him so much that you cant help but love him.
He then has a flashback of himself failing to save Firestar after he got injured by a fox. Because of Jayfeathers inaction, Firestar loses a life, and he feels that things would have been different if Leafpool was there.
Now this scene makes me think. Does being a leader mean you die all the time for no reason? I mean, how many characters have been killed by a fox? Firestar and his patrol should have easily been able to fight off a single fox!
For that matter, Firestar was coincidentally the only casualty.
Anyway, Jayfeather thinks some overall pretty mean things about Leafpool, one particularly nasty one being a remark about how before he had a mother to be proud of, but now he only has Leafpool. Ouch.
We are then introduced to Ivykit and Dovekit who, like all kits, are being curious and mischievous. They talk about how they want to do everything together as warriors, a sibling bond only seen in main characters for some reason. Jayfeather thinks about how one of them is the real Third, but hes not quiet sure which one.
We then learn that Berrynose has just gotten Poppyfrost pregnant. You know, his previous mates sister. Yes, her sister. There are no words to describe the awkwardness here.
Theres also the fact that she gives birth right at the end of the book. Since the average amount of time that passes during one full book is close to the gestation period for cats, this makes it sound like hes saying Hey guys, I just finished mating with Poppyfrost. I think she may be pregnant.
Anyway, next up is Ivykit and Dovekits apprentice ceremony. Dovepaw get Lionblaze as her mentor, and Ivypaw gets Cinder
peltheart. The new apprentices go out on a water patrol with their new mentors. RiverClan is still aggressively protecting whatever is left of the lake, making walking all the way down to get water even more of a chore.
The mud in the lakebed is also dangerous, and very
muddy. Berrynose and Spiderleg end up getting stuck in the mud. Thornclaw goes out to find something to pry them out with and comes back with Jayfeathers stick.
Jayfeather then comes out of nowhere and starts yelling at Thornclaw for fooling around with his stick. Pedophile?
It seems that Thornclaw is getting so desperate that he has started sexually harassing Jayfeather. He really needs to get laid.
They manage to save Spiderleg and Berrynose using Jayfeathers stick, but then a RiverClan warrior, Rainstorm, gets stuck in an even deeper mud hole and almost drowns. What is with RiverClan and dying pathetically? For a Clan apparently so obsessed with beauty, they sure dont go out with a lot of dignity.
Once again using Jayfeathers magic stick of wonders as a makeshift reaching pole, they manage to pull him out in time. They take him back to ThunderClan camp, and Thornclaw suggests holding Rainstorm hostage in exchange for some fish.
After the usual discussing of how right or wrong something is, they decide against it and escort Rainstorm back to RiverClan camp after he gets some rest. Dovepaw and Lionblaze are among the patrol, and when they get to RiverClan camp, Dovepaw says that theres a sick cat in the camp.
Not bothering to show us Lionblazes reaction to an odd statement like this, the book jumps to about one moon later. Dovepaw then has a dream where Yellowfang talks to her about some stuff that isnt really relevant to the prophecy, and then gives her another vague prophecy that she probably doesnt understand because she doesnt know about the other prophecy yet.
So is this really the best StarClan can do? And it took them a moon to do it? Theyre probably going to do something noteworthy later, but this cant be described as anything but procrastinating.
Kind of like what I do.
After she wakes up, some of the older warriors are at the fresh kill pile talking about what caused the lake to become drained. Dovepaw then cuts in and says that it was the brown animals. No one seems to know what she is talking about, which confuses her because she clearly saw the brown animals somewhere upstream when Lionblaze took her to the border with ShadowClan. Everyone still thinks shes crazy.
Now, these brown animals, as we learn later in the book, are beavers. The beavers prompt me to surrender a little more of my originality by telling bunch of jokes that are admittedly inspired by all the double entendres in YuGiOh Abridged whenever Yugi plays Beaver Warrior. Remember, you should never leave your beaver exposed.
Lionblaze then pulls her aside to talk to her in private. He gets Jayfeather, and together they try to test her powers. It seems that the reason she saw the beavers when no one else did was because her senses can act over an incredibly long distance.
Jayfeather then tells her about the prophecy and says they need to keep it a secret. Dovepaw already shows displeasure at being involved, because she doesnt want to be different, Lionblaze later comparing it to the loneliest feeling in the world. The seeds of her growing mental issues have already been sown; this prophecy is pretty serious sanity retardant.
Lionblaze then decides to talk to Firestar about sending a patrol upstream. He mentions that he thought he say some truth in what Dovepaw said, and tells him of the possibility of them finding the problem causing the lake to be drained.
Firestar also tries to convince Lionblaze to try and be more sympathetic towards Leafpool and Squirrelflight, an idea that Lionblaze does not like one bit.
Youve just got to love how flawed Jay and Lion are. Jayfeathers just
Jayfeather, and although Lionblaze at least realizes how psychotic he can be at times, he is also blatantly expressing hatred towards both his adoptive and biological mothers.
Anyway, Firestar decides that they should arrange a patrol with two cats from each Clan, so at the next Gathering, they
arrange a patrol with two cats from each Clan. At the Gathering, Crowfeather also gets his only line of dialogue in the entire book. So much for being a major character. Y'know, if you think about it, Crowfeather's really only a major character when he's sleeping with other major characters...
(I'll try to keep an eye out for if Crowfeather becomes more important, and Leafpool seems happier...)
RiverClan sends Rippletail and Petalfur, WindClan sends Whitetail and Sedgewhisker, and ShadowClan sends Tigerheart and Toadfoot. So yeah, almost all minor characters. Firestar decides to send Lionblaze and Dovepaw, presumably because he knows about them being in the prophecy, something that never came up until this book even though we know he has known about the prophecy the whole time.
As the cats head upstream, Jayfeather is left in camp, and Ivypaw seems to be having attitude problems because her sister was chosen and not her, and she has been left alone. In her frustration, she (somehow) kicks a rock that (somehow) hits Mousefur.
The seeds of insanity have been planted.
Trying to escape from the immense feelings of guilt that Leafpool being proud of him inspires, he runs down to the lake and meets up with a ThunderClan water patrol. It is apparent that there are some issues between Poppyfrost and Berrynose, and as much as Jayfeather doesnt like getting involved in other cats business, as usual, it happens anyway.
Anyway, the patrol also bumps in to Breezepelt, who is being a dick. More of a dick than usual, actually. He tells Jayfeather that he hates Leafpool, and that he will never forgive Jayfeather for what hes done. And what is that? Existing, as far as I can understand. Im also not sure why Breezepelt couldnt have communicated these feeling to Jayfeather during one of the seven or so Gatherings since Sunrise.
As the cats sent upstream continue to voyage through dogs, twolegs, and sheep (oh my!), they continue to develop a closer bond. Tigerheart in particular seems to take a liking to Dovepaw *hint hint*.
Back at camp, Jayfeather tries to figure whats the matter with Poppyfrost after Cinderheart tells him something is wrong and throws out a non sequitor about how much she misses Hollyleaf.
Apparently Poppyfrost thinks that Berrynose doesnt love her because hes always sending her away to the nursery, and feels guilty for stealing him from Honeyfern. She thinks that Berrynose has always really loved her sister, and she wants to talk to her in StarClan.
Back to the journeying cats, they have finally found the beavers, and it seems that they were brought by twolegs who apparently are supposed to be environmental scientists. Wouldnt environmental scientists know that introducing a new species into an ecosystem was, oh I dont know, a bad idea? The beavers dont really go out and prey on local animals, so they dont causes nearly as much damage as they could, but their dam causes some problems. Now, the scientists wouldnt have known about the cats at the lake, but the stream being blocked still was the thing that was most likely responsible for that rotting deer carcass they found along the way.
Anyway, they meet up with a cat named Woody, who
HAHAHAHA! Sorry, I couldnt help but laugh at the fact that they have a character named Woody who knows a lot about beavers. This is just hilarious. Possibly even more so than the fact that the villain of the Ravenpaw manga is named Willie (what kind of name is Willie for an ex-BloodClanner?).
Another thing about Woody: Hes pretty much the only non-Clan cat weve seen use the word Twolegs, and the book points out that he isnt confused by Tigerheart mentioning StarClan. I suspect that he may know something, and for all we know, could show up later. But at the same time, he is also a very minor character. And his name is Woody. Woody.
Anyway, ignoring Woodys advice, the cats decide to try and dismantle the dam while the beavers are sleeping. It doesnt work very well, and in the resulting battle, Rippletail gets severely wounded and bleeds to death some time later.
Meanwhile, back with Jayfeather (damn, non-linear storytelling is a bitch to summarize
), Poppyfrost has run off to the Moonpool to try and talk to Honeyfern. Jayfeather finds her at the pool and says hes going to take her back home, like how he dragged her back from StarClan when she was dying. She then asks if he could send her to StarClan and bring her like he did then.
Before Jayfeather can explain, Breezepelt cuts in and offers to send her to StarClan himself. So basically, hes going to kill her. He mentions that his Clanmates will give him an alibi, and that the blame will fall on Jayfeather when her dead body is found floating in the Moonpool.
Jayfeather than attacks Breezepelt, but that doesnt really work at all because hes blind, and has no training. Keeping his claws sheathed, Breezepelt starts to give Jayfeather a savage beating. Poppyfrost is unable to stop him because shes too pregnant.
Breezepelt then brings out Brokentail (well, the book doesnt name him, but its pretty obvious its Brokentail), and they proceed to beat Jayfeather back and forth like a beach ball. Its almost kind of funny, actually. I also take the opportunity to make an obscure reference that very few of you will get, much like the material I take inspiration from.
Just as Breezepelt unsheathes his claws and starts to get serious, Honeyfern appears, and she and Jayfeather manage to drive Brokentail and Breezepelt away.
After Honeyfern tells Jayfeather that Berrynose does love Poppyfrost and is just being protective of her, Yellowfang shows up and tells Jayfeather that she knows who was fighting along with Breezepelt
(maybe because it was her son), and that the forces of the Dark Forest are rising, leaving StarClan almost powerless to stop them.
Meanwhile, back at the dam, the journeying cats, minus Rippletail, decide to re-evaluate their strategy for destroying the dam. They realise that if the pull out the supporting logs, the dam will collapse on itself. With the help of Woody and some kittypets they encountered earlier, they manage to destroy the dam just in time, and the escaping water sends them down the stream, making their return trip much shorter.
In the meantime (damn you, non-linear storytelling!), Jayfeather comes back from the Moonpool, and decides to consult the stick for answers. When Rock appears, he tells Jayfeather that he cannot stop the war between StarClan and the Place of No Stars, because it is needed to bring some closure to the series. When he says there have been too many lies, Jayfeather asks if he knew about his real parents all along. Rock says yes, and when Jayfeather asks why he didnt tell him earlier, Rock says that knowing wasnt in his destiny and that it was for the prophecy.
Fed up with being destinys plaything, Jayfeather breaks the stick on a sharp rock in a fit of rage. As a storm rages above, he
well, cats dont have tear ducts, so they cant cry, but hes screaming to himself, and is sort of crying-ish. This is by far the most dramatic scene about someone breaking a piece of wood in half that you will ever read. Ever.
The journeying cats come back a bit later, and Dovepaw and Lionblaze are given a heros welcome among ThunderClan. Dovepaw is just happy to be home with Ivypaw, unaware of how much of a brat her sister was without her around. They see Jayfeather looking like he had aged considerably since they left. This make sense considering what he has been through, but since Ive always pictured Jayfeather as seeming older than he is, this just seemed awkward to me.
Anyway, Poppyfrost then gives birth a few sunrises later. Upon the kits birth, Tigerstar, Hawkfrost, and Brokentail show up from the Dark Forest to try and
rape take them with them. Lionblaze and Jayfeather are the only ones that can see them, and they disappear shortly afterwards.
Lionblaze and Jayfeather discuss the Dark Forest, and Lionblaze tells Jayfeather about how Tigerstar used to train him in his dreams. Jayfeather doesnt really react to this news, which is weird, considering he broke his precious stick over Rock keeping a secret from him.
The book ends with their recognition of the threat of the upcoming battle, and were left waiting for the next book to see how it will play out.
Inspired by YuGiOh the Abridged Series by LittleKuriboh (CardGamesFTW)
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