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Maybe he was lying the whole time. Maybe he's never fought anything before.
— Bone questioning Tiny's story in The Rise of Scourge, page 49

Bone is a massive, black-and-white tom[1] with green eyes,[4] and a battle-scarred pelt.[5] He has a scar in between his eyes,[2] and a collar studded with teeth from dogs and claws from cats.[6]

Bone was the deputy of BloodClan under Scourge's leadership. He and Brick originally sought out Scourge, then named Tiny, to fight a dog in the Twolegplace. After the dog is chased off, Bone became a follower of Scourge and eventually his second in command. He follows his leader in battle against the allied Clans. In battle, Bone kills Whitestorm before he is then killed by a mob of apprentices in revenge for his actions.

History

In The Prophecies Begin arc

The Darkest Hour

Tigerstar: "My name is Tigerstar. I've come from the forest to speak with your leader."
Bone: "What do you want with him?"
Tigerstar: "I'll discuss that with your leader, not with his border patrol."
Boulder: "Scourge needs to hear this ... It could be to every cat's advantage."
—Bone halting Boulder, and Tigerstar The Darkest Hour, page 4
Bone is the deputy of BloodClan, a group of rogues living in the Twolegplace. He intercepts Boulder and Tigerstar at the edge of BloodClan territory, questioning who they are. Boulder greets him and states that they want to see Scourge. Bone snorts, half in contempt and half in laughter saying that he couldn't imagine their leader would want to see them. He also questions who the large tabby is. After Tigerstar introduces himself he states that he would only talk to his leader not the border patrol, angering Bone. Boulder cuts in between the two toms, insisting Scourge needs to hear as it could be to every cat's advantage. Bone hesitates for several moments until he agrees to let them pass to see the BloodClan leader, though his gaze remains hostile as they go.
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Bone guarding BloodClan territory.

Bone travels with BloodClan to the Fourtrees meeting of TigerClan, LionClan. Firestar mistakenly assumes the tom as BloodClan's leader, but, soon is introduced to the Clan's true leader, Scourge. Bone and the cats of BloodClan advance forward after their leader kills Tigerstar. After Scourge delivers his ultimatum for the Clans, BloodClan and Bone leave Fourtrees. Later, when Firestar is visited by Ravenpaw and Barley, who was in BloodClan as a younger cat, mentions briefly that he knows Bone, and says he is brutal and nearly as bad as Scourge himself. He also says that Bone wasn't much of a deputy, and Barley makes it sound as though Bone was more of a willing cat who carried out Scourge's dirty work.
During the battle between LionClan and BloodClan, Firestar spots Bone crouched over Whitestorm's body, who is almost unrecognisable due to the blood staining his pelt. The large tom springs towards Firestar and Graystripe at Whitestorm's side, but, he is intercepted by Bramblepaw, who leaps onto his back, and Ashpaw, who sinks his teeth into Bone's leg, distracting him long enough to give Firestar time to say his last goodbye to Whitestorm. He starts to shake them off until a screech sounds and Featherpaw, Stormpaw, and Tawnypaw join in attacking the tom. Overwhelmed by the mass of apprentices, Bone gives up the fight and dies at the claws of the Clan apprentices.

In the Stand-Alone Manga

The Rise of Scourge

"Identify yourselves. We don't like strangers here."
—Bone to Boulder and Tigerstar The Rise of Scourge, page 76
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Bone and Brick finding Tiny.

Bone and a cat named Brick find Tiny after hearing that he had killed a dog. The tom and his companion ask the young tom if the rumours were true, questioning if he was just lying. Tiny, however, lies again and confirms the rumours as true. Bone and Brick lead him to an alleyway where a huge dog, who has been bothering the alley cats, has made its den. The two cats give Tiny until moonhigh to decide to either fight the dog or leave Twolegplace. After Tiny frightens off the dog the following day, Bone remains by the tom's side.
He becomes a follower of Scourge and eventual member of BloodClan. Bone sits under Scourge when cats begin coming to him to solve their troubles. He also, alongside Brick, accompanies his leader to deal with forest rogues causing problems for the Twolegplace cats. Bone is visibly shocked when Scourge kills one of the rogues in cold blood. He and the rest of BloodClan rise behind their leader to drive the forest rogues away. Many moons later, Bone intercepts Boulder and Tigerstar at the edge of Twolegplace before allowing the two ShadowClan cats to see Scourge.

In the Field Guides

Cats of the Clans

Rock tells Adderkit, Mosskit, and Blossomkit that he shouldn't have left Scourge and Bone for last; because he didn't want to give them nightmares about Scourge, Bone, and BloodClan, and their murderous acts; he says that BloodClan was just a group of rogues who didn't deserve the name Clan; no code of honor; no sense of right and wrong.
He explains that Scourge and Bone were self-appointed to their positions in BloodClan, neither had a ceremony to announce their power over BloodClan. Neither Scourge nor Bone believed in StarClan, so Scourge didn't have nine lives and Bone wasn't an official deputy; and their lack of belief in StarClan was their greatest strength and their greatest weakness.
He also explains how Bone died, taken down by a group of apprentices after he killed Whitestorm, who was Firestar's first deputy. Rock says if the kits hadn't have died when they did, they would've been fighting beside them, had they known Whitestorm; the wise and gentle warrior who died protecting what he loved, his Clan.

Battles of the Clans

Bone doesn't formally appear in this book, but he is mentioned by Tigerstar, while he is taking the reader on a tour of the forest. When he reaches Fourtrees, Tigerstar shows the reader where Whitestorm, Firestar's first deputy, was killed by Bone.
He tells the reader how, after he'd killed Whitestorm, Bone had been brought to the ground by a group of apprentices who avenged their deputy's death. They clawed the life out of Bone, and even in the Place of No Stars, Tigerstar could hear Bone's screams of pain and the apprentices' screeches of victory.

The Ultimate Guide

He has his own page shared with Scourge. Although Bone was never viewed by Scourge as an equal, he did value the tom's raw strength and courage in battle. Based on his appearance, the Clans originally thought that Bone was the leader of BloodClan, instead of the vicious smaller tom who actually led them. He and Scourge both died in the same battle — Bone's life being taken by a swarm of apprentices, after the murder of Whitestorm, which he was responsible for. It is also said that it's somewhat of a tragedy that he never lived the life of a warrior, and his loyalty to Scourge never wavered.

Trivia

Author statements

  • Vicky believed Bone's collar to be blue.[7]

Mistakes

  • Bone was mistakenly called a warrior.[5]

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

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Killed victims

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Appearances


Quotes

"No cat could have doubted Bone's loyalty to his cruel leader, and perhaps it is a tragedy that he never had the chance to live the life of a true Clan warrior."
—Narrator's thoughts on Bone and his loyalty The Ultimate Guide, page 198

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 46
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 297
  4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 226
  6. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, pages 228-229
  7. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  8. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 65
  9. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 138
  10. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 296
BloodClan cats
Leader Scourge
Deputy Bone
Members BrickHootJumperJaggedtoothMintyPounceSnapperSnipeTessWillie
Former members BarleyVioletBoulder
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