"Why can't all the cats just be friends? Just because we live in different places doesn't mean we have to fight."
— Alder protesting to Clear Sky about ambushing Birch in The First Battle, page 46

Alder is a lithe,[4] splotchy[6] gray, brown, and white she-cat[7] with short, fluffy fur.[8]

Alder was an ancient SkyClan warrior under Skystar's leadership in the forest territories. She was born to Misty alongside her brother Birch, but her mother was killed by Clear Sky. He decided to take the kits to his camp, where they were adopted and raised by Petal. Alder caught a mysterious sickness and was healed quickly by the Blazing Star, but lost Petal in the process. She continued to assist with camp duties and was used as a prime example of a loyal non-Clanborn cat.


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Dawn of the Clans

Alder and her brother Birch are Misty's kits. Their mother is killed by Clear Sky after she refuses to leave the territory, and though he debates killing them, Petal ends up adopting them. Clear Sky begins to train them when deemed old enough, though Alder doesn't understand why the camp cats can't just get along instead of fighting.
When prey and cats start getting sick from a strange illness, Alder catches the disease. She and her family are sent to live way from the other cats when One Eye claims Clear Sky's camp, but unlike Petal, she and her brother survive when given the Blazing Star. They continue to grow and assist with camp duties, even training Clover and Thistle when they and Milkweed join.
After Star Flower is kidnapped by Slash, Alder volunteers to go with Clear Sky to persuade the other leaders to help, remembering that he took them in after Misty died. At a gathering about the rogues that have joined each of the camps lately, Clear Sky points out Alder as one he has taken in, pointing out they are as loyal as any camp-born cat.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Alder's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Moth Flight's Vision, she is openly hostile toward Moth Flight and Spotted Fur when they come to SkyClan territory to get bark to heal Slate. She guards them when they are imprisoned in the SkyClan camp, and participates in the battle between SkyClan and WindClan.

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Misty:[2] Deceased, residence unknown


Birch:[2] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)

Adopted mother:

Petal:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member



Misty ♀
Birch ♂Alder ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Petal ♀
Birch ♂Alder ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Clear Sky: "But Misty was the cat who didn't help you and Fox when you were kits."
Petal: "And now Misty is dead. These kits haven't done any harm. I'll take care of them, because I know what it's like to be a helpless kit with no cat to give them food or warmth or teach them how to live."
—Petal offering to take care of Alder and Birch Thunder Rising, pages 263-264

Petal: "No, little one. This is what you need to eat now that you're getting bigger."
Alder: "Big kit now!"
—Alder and Petal over a squirrel pulp Thunder Rising, page 289

"She’s brave. He couldn’t help feeling a prick of admiration for the kit. It took courage to argue with her leader. But she had a lot of growing up to do."
—Clear Sky's thoughts on Alder The First Battle, page chapter 5
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"No one is allowed to help SkyClan, but SkyClan must help you?"
—Alder to Moth Flight Moth Flight's Vision, page chapter 29

"You'll come back to camp with us. And don't try to run. Clear Sky will only send a bigger patrol to fetch you. He'll want to know what you're doing on our land."
—Alder to Moth Flight Moth Flight's Vision, page chapter 29

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Path of Stars, pages 305-306
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 262
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 289
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, allegiances
  6. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 10
  7. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, allegiances
  8. Revealed in The First Battle, page 68
  9. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 7
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