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This page contains Birchfall's personality and relationships. It contains conjecture due to being based off of general novel themes, and all statements must be sourced.

Personality and traits

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Relationships

Whitewing

Birchfall cares deeply for his mate.[1] During his apprenticeship, Whitewing and he begin to grow closer, developing a strong bond. When Whitewing is ready to become a warrior, she requests to hold herself back so Birchfall wouldn't be the only apprentice, and she could stay with him.[2] As warriors, he takes her as a mate and they have two kits, Dovewing and Ivypool.[3]

Dovewing and Ivypool

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Ferncloud

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Dustpelt

Birchfall: "She was my mother. I want to carry her on her last journey."
Dustpelt: "You gave up that right when you betrayed your Clan."
—Dustpelt to Birchfall about his Dark Forest training Dovewing's Silence, page Chapter 2
As Birchfall's father, Dustpelt was the head of the family, instilling good mortals into his kits, while allowing Ferncloud to take a more comforting role for them. He'd often visit Birchfall's litter in Nursery, being firm yet prond, scolding them when necessary. [4] After the deaths of his littermates, Dustpelt became fiercely protective of Birchkit, pushing Ferncloud to keep going despite her depression, determined to have him survive. [5] When they reached a safe home by the Lake, Dustpelt still didn't want him taking unnecessary risks. Birchkit respected this, listening when he was told to apologise. [6] His father able to put his protectiveness aside, to fondly watch him become an apprentice. [7]
With every kit from the third litter surviving, Dustpelt could let go of his stress and have a more laid back relationship with Birchfall. [8] However, the Great Battle estranged the once close pair. Since Birchfall trained with killers of Ferncloud, Dustpelt lashed out in his grief. He almost disowned his son as a traitor, feeling like he'd gone against everything he'd taught him. He didn't even allow him to be apart of his mother's burial. [9] Eventually, Dustpelt's anger wore down, but the two remained strained, acting more like mere clanmates. [10] Birchfall wasn't able to fully reconcile with his father before his death. [11]

Hollykit and Larchkit

"Ferncloud, I’m so sorry about Hollykit. We will make sure Birchkit survives."
—Firestar to Ferncloud about her kits Dawn, page Chapter 9
As a kit, Birchfall shared typical sibling relationships with his sisters, enjoying to play with them and asking many questions.[12] However, the destruction of the forest territories hit the litter tragically, killing Larchkit and Hollykit. As the strongest, Birchkit survived, but was too young and sickly to fully comprehend their deaths.[13] Despite this, Birchfall was able to move on, growing up to be a proud and heathy warrior.[14]

Ashfur

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Cody

"I’ll make sure [Ferncloud] eats the seed. And while she sleeps I can look after Birchkit. He’ll be missing his sister."
—Cody about Ferncloud and Birchkit Dawn, page Chapter 9
Cody briefly cared with Birchfall as kit, while she was waiting to return to her housefolk. She pitied him for losing his littermates, reminding her of her own kits who were living far away. Taking the role of a queen, Cody helped wash and feed Birchkit, when his mother, Ferncloud struggled with her kits' deaths.[13] Birchkit grew attached to Cody, becoming confused and upset when she had to leave.[15]

Toadfoot, Applefur, and Marshkit

Birchkit: "Can Toadkit and Applekit and Marshkit come too?"
Tallpoppy: "No, we belong to ShadowClan. We’ll have our own territory now."
Birchkit: "But that’s not fair! If they can’t come, I don’t want to go."
Ferncloud: "Don’t be so silly. That’s the warrior code. When you’re apprentices you’ll meet again at Gatherings."
Toadkit: "It won’t be the same."
Birchkit: "And there are no other ThunderClan kits for me to play with."
—Birchkit about Toadkit, Applekit and Marshkit Starlight, page Chapter 5
After the deaths of his sisters, Birchkit became lonely as a sole kit in the Nursery. So he was overjoyed at the chance to befriend ShadowClan kits on the Great Journey, bonding with Tallpoppy's litter.[16] When they had to live separately again once settled by the lake, Birchkit was defiant, announcing it was unfair and refusing to leave them. After some persuasion from his mother, Birchkit reluctantly accepted it, but complained it would be lonely again.[17] As a warrior, Birchfall was mournful he couldn't have a longer friendship with them, wondering what happened to them. While Marshkit disappeared as a kit,[18]and Toadfoot insisted to remain loyal to ShadowClan[19], Birchfall was able to reconnect with Applefur, as they were fellow Dark Forest trainees. They fought the Dark Forest together in the Great Battle, but Applefur ended up being killed.[20]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 308
  2. Revealed in The Sight
  3. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice
  4. Starlight, Chapter 13
  5. Moonrise, Chapter 24
  6. Starlight, Chapter 14
  7. Twilight, page 113
  8. Fading Echoes, Chapter 14
  9. Dovewing's Silence, Chapter 2
  10. Bramblestar's Storm, Chapter 16
  11. Bramblestar's Storm, page 427
  12. Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Dawn, chapter 9
  14. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Dawn, chapter 16
  16. Revealed in Dawn, chapter 23
  17. Revealed in Starlight, chapter 5
  18. Revealed in Outcast, chapter 10
  19. Revealed in Outcast, chapter 11
  20. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, chapter 4
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