|"Because I don't know how to! Look at what happened today: Morningcloud would never have given the order to attack. She'd have found out all the information first, and then made sure that her apprentice wasn't in danger if a fight started. She'd make a much better deputy than me."|
|— Acorntail asking Featherstar to appoint Morningcloud as deputy in Code of the Clans, page 74|
In the Field Guides
- Acorntail is chosen to be deputy after the death of Pebblefur, his former mentor and the previous WindClan deputy.
- At first, Acorntail is unsure of himself, as well as cold with the realization that WindClan seems to not want him as their new deputy. A warrior named Morningcloud congratulates him and shows surprise at him being made deputy rather than herself. The she-cat's apprentice, Quickpaw, even sends Acorntail a plaintive glare. Shortly after his deputy ceremony, he is seen attempting to organize patrols, but he messes up and begins to fail with despair. However, Acorntail finally manages to put together a hunting patrol and goes out with Morningcloud and Quickpaw.
- While on patrol, Acorntail begins to feel better in knowing that he has the best Clan in the forest and that it's an honor to be their deputy. He then spots a ThunderClan patrol near the border and sees rabbit fur on an apprentice's nose. He confronts the patrol and accuses them of crossing the border. Then, Morningcloud and Quickpaw appear, telling him that they spotted a dead rabbit with ThunderClan scent on it. But after the cats on the patrol make up a suspicious excuse, Acorntail feels as if it would be foolish not to attack them. He ends up attacking them without finding out anything first, and he feels horrible after Morningcloud tells him that the rabbit had died on ThunderClan territory. She adds that she didn't want to risk her apprentice's fur over crowfood.
- After the patrol, Acorntail goes to tell Featherstar that he can't be her deputy anymore because he can't stop messing up and that Morningcloud would be a better deputy then him. However, she's very understanding towards him and tells him that he'll learn, her words seem to inspire Acorntail. He tells her that it would be better for a warrior to have an apprentice before becoming deputy, so a warrior could best learn how to teach a cat and how to give orders. He tells her he will stay as her deputy and be the best deputy he can be, for Pebblefur would have wanted that for him.
- Featherstar believes he is right about a deputy having an apprentice, and this leads to the seventh law in the warrior code: A cat cannot be made deputy unless they have mentored at least one apprentice. She also agrees to give Acorntail Pricklekit to mentor when the kit reaches six moons of age.
- Code of the Clans (First appearance)
- Featherstar: "Acorntail, you need to sort out the patrols for today."
- Acorntail: "Oh, yes, of course. Gorseclaw, Sheeptail, and Cloversplash, you can go on hunting patrol."
- Code of the Clans, pages 69-70
- "Have you been stealing rabbits?"
- ―Acorntail hissing at a ThunderClan patrol Code of the Clans, page 71
- Morningcloud: "Don't be such a mouse-brain! I'm not putting my apprentice in danger for the sake of crow-food. If they want to eat rotten prey that will give them a bellyache, that's up to them."
- Acorntail: "But they trespassed!"
- Code of the Clans, pages 72-73
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