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"This warrior will not stop until every Clan cat has paid for what he believes was stolen from him when he was alive."
This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, Darkness Within. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
"You betrayed me! You think you've won, but you don't know how powerful I am! You're all going to suffer! And not just you. Your descendants will pay for what you've done to me. And your ancestors! The Clans are going to get a taste of real justice, the kind they've avoided for far too long!"
— Ashfur after he is exposed to the Clans in Darkness Within, page 36


Ashfur is a muscular[20] pale gray tom with darker flecks and dark blue eyes.[4] He has short,[21] thick fur,[22] and a torn ear.[23]

Ashfur was a ThunderClan warrior under Firestar's and briefly Graystripe's leaderships in forest and the lake territories. He was born as Ashkit to Brindleface and Whitestorm alongside his littermates, Fernkit, Elderkit, and Tulipkit. He and his sister were the only surviving kits from their litter and were soon joined by their foster brother, Cloudkit, when Brindleface offered to nurse him. As an apprentice, Ashpaw was mentored by Dustpelt, and he grieved for his mother when she was slain by Tigerstar.

After earning his warrior name, Ashfur developed feelings for Squirrelflight, who briefly shared his feelings but discovered that her true place was with Brambleclaw. Heartbroken, Ashfur fueled his grief into anger for moons. He later mentored Birchfall and Lionblaze, the latter being Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight's son. During a fire, Ashfur cornered Squirrelflight and threatened to kill her kits. However, Squirrelflight revealed they are not her kits, and Ashfur plotted to reveal the truth at the Gathering. However, Hollyleaf murdered him before he was able to bring to light the events surrounding Hollyleaf, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze's parentage. Ashfur later joined StarClan, and when Jayfeather asked why Ashfur was there, Yellowfang claimed that Ashfur's only fault was to love too much.

As an unnamed StarClan spirit, Ashfur came to Shadowpaw, after having severed connection with StarClan, telling him of codebreakers within the Clans. He later possessed the body of the ThunderClan leader, Bramblestar, having been able to force out the leader's spirit when he lost a life during an unusual attempt to cure him from an illness that Ashfur inflicted upon him. During the interval, Ashfur possessed Bramblestar's corpse, and as "Bramblestar", he enforced a tyrannical rule of ThunderClan and punished the codebreakers, until he was deposed in a battle he instigated between the five Clans. After being imprisoned in ShadowClan, Squirrelflight was able to force him to reveal his true identity. He remained a prisoner of the Clans until his escape, where he kidnapped Squirrelflight and dragged both him and her into the Moonpool, bringing her to the Place of No Stars.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"I was terrified. If we'd known what the dogs were like, I don't think we'd have dared to do it."
―Ashpaw to Fireheart about the dog pack The Darkest Hour, page chapter 1
He is one of the two surviving kits born to Brindleface and Whitestorm, and his mother fosters Cloudkit when Fireheart brings him to ThunderClan. Ashpaw becomes an apprentice alongside his sister, Fernpaw, mentored by Dustpelt. When Brindleface is killed by Tigerstar and fed to the dog pack, Ashpaw and Fernpaw convince Fireheart to let them lead the dogs away. He later participates in the battle against BloodClan and helps kill the BloodClan deputy, Bone, with several other apprentices after Bone kills Whitestorm.

The New Prophecy

"Squirrelflight wanted to wail out loud. Leafpool had lost so much too. She must have loved Crowfeather very much to give up everything for him. Would I do that for Ashfur? Squirrelflight wondered. Somehow, she didn't think she would. For Brambleclaw? She blinked, realizing that that was a question she couldn't answer."
―Squirrelflight reflecting about her feelings for Ashfur and Brambleclaw Twilight, page 270
As a young warrior, Ashfur takes a liking to Firestar's daughter, Squirrelpaw. He is also appointed mentor to his nephew, Birchpaw. Although he and Brambleclaw were previously friends, Ashfur becomes jealous of his relationship with Squirrelflight. When Squirrelflight has a major fight with Brambleclaw, she becomes close to Ashfur and spends the majority of her time with him. Ashfur, having thought he had won Squirrelflight's love, is devastated and heartbroken when she rekindles her relationship with Brambleclaw and the two become mates. Ashfur sends Firestar to the lake where the ThunderClan leader is caught in a fox trap and confronted by Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw. However, he sends for help from Leafpool and Squirrelflight.

Power of Three

"He had to die because he knew! That night, on the cliff in the storm, Squirrelflight told him that we weren't her kits. He was going to tell all the Clans, at the Gathering, and I couldn't let him do that! They think we're true Clan cats, forestborn like they are. I couldn't let them find out the truth—that Firestar's Clan was even less pure than they thought. Ashfur would have destroyed ThunderClan."
―Hollyleaf admitting she killed Ashfur Sunrise, page 251
Ashfur receives Lionpaw, the son of Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight, as an apprentice, with whom he begins a hostile and uneasy relationship. He is often strict with his apprentice and is quick to criticize him. Even after Lionblaze is made a warrior, the two fight with their claws unsheathed. When a fire breaks out in the ThunderClan camp, Squirrelflight and her kits try to flee. When a burning branch falls, Ashfur blocks the only escape route. He reveals to Squirrelflight that he is still furious and heartbroken that she chose Brambleclaw instead of him, and he wants to make her suffer like he did, revealing his role in killing Firestar into the fox trap.
He is taken aback when Squirrelflight reveals that Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather are not her kits, letting them leave unharmed. However, he threatens to reveal the truth at the next Gathering. The night of the Gathering, Ashfur goes missing. His body is found in a stream, and many of his Clanmates believe he had drowned. However, Hollyleaf reveals to Jayfeather and Lionblaze that she had murdered him to keep their secret.

Omen of the Stars

"Perhaps [Ashfur] did a lot to bring it on himself, perhaps not. It is not StarClan's place to judge him. If he found his way here, then he must deserve to be here. That is what we all have to believe. […] How can we say that Hollyleaf deserved to be in StarClan and Ashfur didn't, or the other way around? Things are different here. Some cats forget parts of their life that they don't want to remember."
―Bluestar to Jayfeather about Ashfur The Forgotten Warrior, pages 180-181
When Yellowfang and Jayfeather are in StarClan, Jayfeather spots Ashfur and questions why the cat who tried to murder him and his littermates would be in StarClan. Yellowfang claims that his only fault was to love too much. Later, Jayfeather tries to talk to Ashfur to learn the truth about his death, but Bluestar stops him. She insists Ashfur must belong in StarClan despite what he did for a reason. When Hollyleaf returns to ThunderClan and the subject of Ashfur's death is brought up again, Brambleclaw lies that Ashfur attacked Hollyleaf and died when he slipped in the stream.

The Broken Code

"I don't believe what I'm seeing! Are Clan cats really siding with a leader who harbors codebreakers? Don't you want to see StarClan again? Well, you're ruining your chances! When I do succeed in bringing StarClan back, you'll all be punished—even worse than you are now!"
―Ashfur to the Clans after he is exposed as a fraud Veil of Shadows, page 269
Ashfur shuts off the Clans' connection to StarClan and uses the chaos ensuing within the five Clans to give Shadowpaw, a young medicine cat apprentice, a list of codebreakers and tells him how to cure Bramblestar's sudden illness, though keeps his identity secret. Shadowpaw follows through with Ashfur's instructions and Bramblestar dies, but Ashfur leaves StarClan to possess Bramblestar's body instead, leaving the former ThunderClan leader as a ghost. Now posing as Bramblestar, Ashfur begins a tyrannical rule of ThunderClan, harshly punishing codebreakers and abusing ThunderClan, all while acting as Squirrelflight's mate. The sudden change in Bramblestar's personality and demeanor causes several cats across the Clans to question his motives and how he is acting as StarClan's representative. His identity as an impostor is uncovered by the help of Rootspring, who is able to see the real Bramblestar's ghost. Ashfur then traps the dark tabby's spirit in the Dark Forest and continues his hypocritical and harsh leadership of ThunderClan, demanding the other Clan leaders do the same.
After Squirrelflight realizes her "mate" is a fake, he exiles her, but his mental state begins to decline, becoming more harsh to ThunderClan and exiling more and more cats. The rebels aim to depose of him, but he catches wind of their plans and decides to drive out ShadowClan, the only Clan that had resisted his decrees. After a battle between all five Clans, he is exposed as an impostor publicly and fights Tigerstar, but loses and is imprisoned within ShadowClan and succeeded as leader by Squirrelflight, who later forces him to reveal his identity as Ashfur. Ashfur frequently vacates Bramblestar's body and enslaves ghosts, making them suffer, all while acutely aware of how much the Clans hate him and want him dead. The Clans become more and more in agreement to kill Ashfur to try and bring back StarClan, as well as to make Ashfur atone for his actions. Ashfur manages to escape imprisonment before the Clans can kill him and kidnapping Squirrelflight with him into the Moonpool.

Detailed description

While possessing Bramblestar's corpse, Ashfur inherited the leader's physical appearance. He is a huge[24] and muscular[25] dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes.[13] He has sleek fur,[26] long, curved claws,[27] and a long scar on his shoulder.[28]
After exiling Squirrelflight, Ashfur stopped taking care of the body, putting on weight[29] and refusing to groom.[30] Since being defeated by Tigerstar and imprisoned in ShadowClan, the body received numerous injuries and scars.[31] He has a scar on his leg,[32] shredded ear tips,[33] one of which is ripped,[34] and a scar on his tail.[33] He has a scar on his neck,[35][note 4] a deep scar on his shoulder, gashes on his cheeks,[37] flanks[38] and muzzle,[34] and a ruffled and bloody pelt,[39] with chunks of fur that have been ripped out.[34]

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Ashfur has killed:

Ceremonies

Ashpaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: Dustpelt. You will be mentor to Ashpaw. Dustpelt, this will be your first apprentice. Share your courage and determination with him. I know you will train him well, but don't be afraid to turn to the senior warriors for advice.
Reference: Rising Storm, pages 41-42

Leader info

Leader info
Deputies
Name From To
Squirrelflight
Berrynose
Bristlefrost
Lost Stars
The Silent Thaw
Veil of Shadows
The Silent Thaw
Veil of Shadows
Veil of Shadows
Medicine cats
Name From To
Jayfeather
Alderheart
Flipclaw
Lost Stars
Lost Stars
Veil of Shadows
Veil of Shadows
Veil of Shadows
Veil of Shadows

Personality and Relationships

Although a loyal ThunderClan warrior at first, Ashfur became obsessed with Squirrelflight after she chose to become mates with Bramblestar over himself, resulting in him becoming a bitter cat bent on ruining her life. For more of Ashfur's personality and relationships, click here!

Family

Ashfur's parents are Whitestorm and Brindleface, and his littermates are Ferncloud, Elderkit and Tulipkit. His foster brother is Cloudtail, and his half-siblings are Sorreltail, Sootfur, and Rainwhisker. For more of Ashfur's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Did you know that Ashfur went to StarClan because Vicky claimed "He was just driven a bit crazy from unrequited love!"? For more trivia about Ashfur, click here!

Quotes

External links


Notes

  1. The article on the Warriors website states that after being kidnapped by Ashfur, Squirrelflight was brought into the Dark Forest by him.
  2. Ashfur's kit name, Ashkit, has only ever been revealed on the Warriors website.
  3. Anchoring off of pages 60 and 282 of The Silent Thaw; Ashfur possessed Squirrelflight's mate, Bramblestar's body. Prior to realizing the deception, she acted affectionately as a mate to the impostor, and both of them concurred being in a relationship. After her realizing he was an impostor, and being exiled from ThunderClan, this relationship terminated.
  4. The wound Tigerstar defeated Ashfur with was severe enough to weaken him considerably, and required immediate treatment as so Ashfur would not bleed out and die. Shadowsight notes that it felt "he sometimes felt that Bramblestar was about to slip away for good. Already he had almost exhausted the herb store in his efforts to keep the impostor alive", indicating that the injury was very severe, and certainly would have left a scar judging off the text providing in the book.[35][36]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 328
  2. Shadowsight’s choice - right or wrong? on the Warriors official website (backup link)}
  3. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 272
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 3
  6. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 166
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, pages 93-94
  8. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  9. Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 41-42
  10. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 305
  11. Revealed in Sunrise, page 313
  12. Ashfur: Did StarClan Make a Mistake? on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  14. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 75
  15. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 166
  16. Revealed in Twilight, page 113
  17. Revealed in The Sight, page 87
  18. As shown between pages 245 and 254 of Lost Stars, Squirrelflight took over as de facto leader when Bramblestar was dead for over a night.
  19. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 278
  20. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, chapter 14
  21. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 235
  22. Revealed in Sunrise, page 203
  23. Revealed in Sunset, page 49
  24. Revealed in Twilight, page 192
  25. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 9
  26. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 261
  27. Revealed in Sunset, page 62
  28. Revealed in Sunset, page 87
  29. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 9
  30. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 20
  31. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 178
  32. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 131
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Darkness Within, page 132
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Revealed in Darkness Within, page 264
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 21
  36. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, chapter 22
  37. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 218, 264
  38. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 218
  39. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 90
  40. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 297
  41. Revealed in Sunset, page 295
  42. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 245
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