|"Of course. I have made good friends in all the Clans. I've seen kits born and watched elders leave on their final journey to Silverpelt. I've made the long journey to the Clans' new home. Believe me, I wouldn't change a single day. I know it is not in your power to give me longer with my Clan, but I can't help wanting more."|
|— Cinderpelt to the StarClan cats in Twilight, page 3|
She is born as Cinderkit to Frostfur, and has three other siblings. As a kit, she and her littermates are abducted by Clawface after Spottedleaf is killed. Yellowfang is accused of their kidnapping and Firepaw, Graypaw and Whitestorm go to ShadowClan to rescue them.
Later, she is apprenticed to Fireheart, with the name Cinderpaw. She is a very eager apprentice, and she is closely mentored along with her brother, Brackenpaw. When Tigerclaw reports that there are ShadowClan warriors at the border, Cinderpaw goes off and gets hit by a monster on the Thunderpath and she becomes crippled. While in recovery, she becomes an assistant to Yellowfang, working closely with medicine and healing. While she finds solace in helping in the medicine den, she expresses insecurity in the fact she will never become a warrior. Yellowfang comforts her, and tells her that she is the only cat that she can stand to work with. She then becomes Yellowfang's apprentice, giving herself a new purpose.
Cinderpaw is to shown to be very caring of sick cats, even going above and beyond to heal everyone she can. As an apprentice, she goes behind her mentor's back to take care of other cats. Notably, she aids Silverstream as she gives birth to Graystripe's kits, but ultimately loses her due to bloodloss. Cinderpaw is distraught, and starts to doubt her ability as a medicine cat, and Fireheart and Yellowfang do their best to assure her that she did the best she could, and still managed to save Silverstream's kits. She later earns her full medicine cat name and is named Cinderpelt.
She later heals Littlecloud and Whitethroat from ShadowClan on ThunderClan territory to cure them of a deadly disease that came from the Carrionplace. She grows very close to Littlecloud, and inspires him to become ShadowClan's medicine cat apprentice to learn how to heal like her. She was present during Yellowfang's death, and became ThunderClan's full medicine cat, causing her to worry. Fireheart assures her that she'll do great and she becomes used to her duties.
She takes on Leafpaw as an apprentice, but struggles heavily during the destruction of the forest. After helping ShadowClan escape the Twolegs, she along with the rest of her Clan make the Great Journey to the lake. When they arrive, Leafpaw discovers the Moonpool, and in return, Cinderpelt rewards her with her full medicine cat name, Leafpool.
She receives an omen from Bluestar telling her that her death is drawing near. Though confused, she accepts it as fate and is comforted by the presence of StarClan. She alludes to her eventual death to Leafpool, by saying that ThunderClan is lucky to have two medicine cats, but Leafpool is unable to understand it. As Leafpool gets increasingly more distracted in her duties due to Crowfeather, Cinderpelt gets irritated after finding out they were meeting in secret. When Leafpool is confronted by Cinderpelt, she and Cinderpelt get into an argument, in which Leafpool blurts out that Cinderpelt could never understand love since she was a medicine cat. Cinderpelt is appalled by this claim because she had unrequited feelings for her best friend, Firestar, but she doesn't tell Leafpool. Losing her temper, Cinderpelt lunges at Leafpool, but the young medicine cat runs away to leave with Crowfeather.
During Leafpool's absence, Sorreltail delivers her kits while badgers start to attack the ThunderClan camp. Though she tried to defend from them and take care of Sorreltail, she succumbs to her wounds once Leafpool and Crowfeather arrive. She assures Leafpool that she has accepted her death, and that she knows ThunderClan is in good paws. She is reincarnated as Sorreltail's kit, Cinderkit, to live the life of a warrior that she was robbed of.
When Cinderheart makes the choice to be a warrior and take Lionblaze as a mate, Cinderpelt's spirit leaves her, thanking her. Cinderheart loses all of Cinderpelt's memories, though she never forgets their spirits splitting. Cinderpelt then joins the ranks of StarClan after fulfilling her destiny as Cinderheart.
In the Super Editions
- In the manga, Cinderpaw wakes Yellowfang from her dream, concerned that it was a bad one. She tells Yellowfang she has an idea how to treat Smallear's paw, asking if it was okay. Yellowfang lets her do so.
- Fireheart comments that Cinderpaw is doing well as medicine cat apprentice, to which Yellowfang replies that she's fine as long as she keeps her head straight. Fireheart asks when Cinderpaw would get her full name, though Yellowfang says there's still plenty of time, to which he says that he thinks Cinderpaw has waited long enough.
- Cinderpaw catches up to her mentor when she takes a walk in the forest, saying she'd managed to wash the infection out of Smallear's paw. She then hesitantly asks Yellowfang when she'd be ready to receive her full name, to which Yellowfang tells her she had done something terrible and was afraid that StarClan might not let her have her full medicine cat name. Cinderpaw doesn't press her, but refuses that she did anything to harm ThunderClan, and that she trusted her, telling Yellowfang she needs to trust herself.
- Two days later she goes with her mentor to Highstones, where she receives the name Cinderpelt. Before she sleeps, she tells Yellowfang that she is scared, and Yellowfang tells her to trust their ancestors.
- Cinderpelt wakes Yellowfang from her dream, delightedly telling her that she saw StarClan. Yellowfang teasingly reminds her that it was only the start of her hard work, and that it's time to go home.
- Firestar asks Cinderpelt for advice on what he should do when he begins having visions of Cloudstar and SkyClan fleeing the forest.
- When Longtail gets his eyes scratched by a rabbit, his eyes get infected. Cinderpelt tries as hard as she can to heal him. She stays with him for long periods of time and tries many mixtures of herbs. She manages to stop the infection from spreading, but she is unable to save his sight, and he is left to retire to the elders' den due to his blindness.
- Cinderpelt, Graystripe, and Sandstorm believe that Firestar is returning to his Twolegs after he spends the night in Twolegplace with Smudge without telling anyone.
- When Firestar and Sandstorm leave to go and rebuild SkyClan, she is sad that Firestar has to leave, but promises him that she and Graystripe will take good care of ThunderClan while they are gone. She is seen teaching Sandstorm some basic remedies that she believes may be needed on their journey in the few days before they leave.
In The Prophecies Begin arc
- Cinderkit and her siblings are not mentioned by name, but their mother, Frostfur, is seen suckling them.
- During a ShadowClan attack, the kits are kidnapped, and Spottedleaf is killed, in which Yellowfang is accused to be the kidnapper and murderer because she had disappeared after the battle. However, it is soon discovered that Clawface of ShadowClan is the one who stole them, and the kits are soon rescued.
- Their mother, Frostfur, is very happy to have her kits back. Frostfur develops a very good relationship with Firepaw because of this.
- Cinderkit is apprenticed to Fireheart with the name Cinderpaw and her brother, Brackenpaw, is apprenticed to Graystripe. During her ceremony, Cinderpaw breaks tradition by excitedly murmuring her new name aloud. Cinderpaw is an eager apprentice who is full of energy and is impatient and ready to learn, and Fireheart states that she is the exact opposite of Brackenpaw, who is more calm and collected.
- On a patrol, Cinderpaw runs over the RiverClan border to see the frozen river and Brackenpaw, Graystripe, and Fireheart run after her. Graystripe falls into the river when the ice cracks under his weight, and he is rescued by Silverstream. Cinderpaw then teases Graystripe about Silverstream's attractiveness after noticing him looking at her multiple times. When they get back to the camp, Cinderpaw lies to Tigerclaw by saying Graystripe was rescuing her in the deep part of the ThunderClan stream and slipped instead of admitting that they had been in RiverClan territory. Fireheart asks her if Tigerclaw frightens her at all, and Cinderpaw replies that she admires Tigerclaw. Fireheart is uneasy, wondering how easily his other Clanmates could lie.
- Later, when Tigerclaw asks for Bluestar to meet him at the Thunderpath so he can give her a message, Fireheart knows that she cannot go because she is sick with greencough, and Fireheart is too busy collecting catmint for her. Cinderpaw asks if she can go get the message from Tigerclaw, but Fireheart forbids her, realizing that it could be dangerous. Against Fireheart's orders, Cinderpaw goes to the Thunderpath, and she strays into the path of a monster, which breaks her leg and causes bleeding inside. Fireheart finds her after he hears a blood-curdling cry and brings her back to Yellowfang, who slowly heals her leg, very well despite the fact that the injury is still bad enough to prevent Cinderpaw from becoming a warrior. She is saddened by this news, and stays in the medicine den with Yellowfang.
- When Brokenstar and his rogues attack the ThunderClan camp, Cinderpaw hurries out to help fight, but Dustpaw hisses at her to get back. After the battle, Cinderpaw asks Fireheart if she is really useless because of her injury. Yellowfang cuts in and tells Fireheart that Cinderpaw is a great help to her, because her time in the medicine den has caused her to learn many herbs. Cinderpaw then proceeds to help the Clan heal after the battle, becoming Yellowfang's apprentice. Cinderpaw believes she is a burden, but Yellowfang states that Cinderpaw is the only cat who she can get along well with and can get along well with her.
- Cinderpaw has grown a closer bond with Yellowfang from her time spent in the medicine den, and since she cannot become a warrior, she has chosen to become a medicine cat apprentice when Yellowfang tells her she is good with sick cats. It is mentioned by Fireheart that she will get new powers, but she says she will be the same old Cinderpaw. When Fireheart walks her to Fourtrees, she says he will always be her best friend.
- When Graystripe's mate, Silverstream, gives birth at Sunningrocks, something goes wrong with the birthing process, so Fireheart runs to camp to fetch Yellowfang, but she is out collecting herbs near Snakerocks. Fireheart quickly gets Cinderpaw to help instead. While trying to help Silverstream at Sunningrocks, Tigerclaw appears, furious. When one of the kits are born, Cinderpaw tells him to lick it. Tigerclaw responds that he isn't a medicine cat, so Cinderpaw snarls back and asks if he wants the kit to die. Tigerclaw licks the kit obediently. Cinderpaw tries to help Silverstream, but she loses too much blood and dies. Fortunately, both of her kits survive; they are named Stormkit and Featherkit. Cinderpaw blames herself for Silverstream's death, and despite the fact that Fireheart and Yellowfang try to make her see that there was nothing more she could have done, she still feels ashamed, although she gradually overcomes it.
- She later goes looking for berries with Fireheart, telling him to let Cloudkit come along after he tries to follow them out of camp. She notices Cloudkit about to eat some scarlet berries, and frantically stops him, explaining that they are deathberries and eating them would have killed him. Cloudkit runs off and calls her again making her remark that perhaps he has found deadly nightshade now. Cloudkit puts them down and later warns the other kits about them as well.
- When the battle with Brokentail's rogues had finished and Tigerclaw is wounded, Cinderpaw brings him herbs to heal his pain. After Tigerclaw's treachery is exposed and he is exiled, Cinderpaw goes to fetch some fresh-kill for Bluestar. She picks out a magpie, but when she picks it up, she sees that it is rotting and is covered in maggots. She says that this must be a sign from StarClan that Bluestar's leadership is deteriorating from the inside out.
- In the time between Forest of Secrets and Rising Storm, Cinderpaw earns her full medicine cat name, and is now called Cinderpelt.
- Her failure to save Silverstream during her kitting yet still distresses her, and she tends to get mixed up with herbs. But, Yellowfang and Fireheart's support together help her to feel better.
- Soon, two sick ShadowClan cats, Whitethroat and Littlecloud, come to the ThunderClan camp asking for help because a sickness has ravaged ShadowClan and Runningnose is unable to heal them. Yellowfang tells ThunderClan that they are carrying an unnamed sickness from Carrionplace that is known to come from rats and is very contagious and deadly. When Bluestar rejects them, afraid for her own Clan, Cinderpelt feels strongly about wanting to help them.
- When Fireheart finds out that Cinderpelt has been sheltering them in a hollow tree near the RiverClan border, and giving them food and herbs against Bluestar's orders, he becomes worried that she may catch the sickness, but she remains defiant. Littlecloud and Whitethroat tell Fireheart that they are feeling a whole lot better, thanks to Cinderpelt, and reluctantly, Fireheart agrees to hunt for them, and let them stay in ThunderClan territory until they're better.
- When a fire breaks out in ThunderClan camp, Fireheart asks for a cat to help him save Patchpelt, Halftail, and Bramblekit, who are all trapped in the camp. First Sandstorm yowls for him to let her go. Next, Yellowfang does, because she is still powerful and strong despite her age. Fireheart refuses to let them go. Then, to Fireheart's horror, Cinderpelt volunteers to go, saying that she can die because she is no use to the Clan because of her injured leg. However, Fireheart refuses to let her and brings Yellowfang instead. Yellowfang gets trapped inside the camp when a burning tree falls across the entrance to camp. When Fireheart tells the Clan this, Cinderpelt grows worried about her mentor's safety.
- Fireheart later returns to the camp after the fire is out and finds Yellowfang dying, who confesses to Fireheart that Brokenstar was her son, and that she killed him. She expresses worry that StarClan will not take her because she had kits, then killed her surviving kit. Cinderpelt grieves for her mentor after she dies, soon after her confession. She is now the full medicine cat of ThunderClan, which makes her nervous. Fireheart assures her that she will be a great medicine cat. When Fireheart is worried about the forest being burned, Cinderpelt assures him that it will heal "like a broken bone that heals twice as well." Cinderpelt is seen several more times trying to convince Bluestar to eat healing herbs.
- Cinderpelt seems to be growing more used to her duties as the only medicine cat.
- She has a dream in which she sees a group of fierce dogs panting "Pack pack, kill kill." She is worried that it might be a sign of coming danger from StarClan, and asks Fireheart to help her interpret it. Fireheart stays for a minute, but doesn't seem to think the dream is very important, and is anxious to get back to Sandstorm. Cinderpelt seems to be irritated by this, but lets him go and eat with her.
- When Fireheart notices something seems off with Speckletail's kit, Snowkit, he asks Cinderpelt if she will take a look at him. She agrees, and comes to look at him. She asks Fireheart to call out Snowkit's name, and when he does so, Snowkit hesitates, but comes forward when Speckletail encourages him with a wave of her tail. Cinderpelt then tells Fireheart not to move, and asks him to call the kit's name again, but Snowkit does not respond. Cinderpelt grimly tells Fireheart and Speckletail that Snowkit is deaf. When Sandstorm was comforting Speckletail after Snowkit's death and Fireheart was looking at Sandstorm, Cinderpelt was talking to Fireheart and seemed annoyed that he was looking at her like that. Sandstorm politely said she was done and Cinderpelt thanked her, but Fireheart noticed there was tension between them and that it wouldn't take much for them to attack each other, though he doesn't understand why.
- Cinderpelt is the first cat to notice that Bluestar is not in camp when the leader travels to Highstones alone, and quickly wakes Fireheart after searching the camp. She is seen as very anxious about where Bluestar may be. She is among the few cats that does not mind Graystripe coming back in the Clan, and when he first returns, she licks his shoulder telling him that she was glad to see him back again.
- When Brightpaw is brought back to camp after being horribly injured in a fight with the dog pack, Cinderpelt works hard to heal her wounds and manages to save the apprentice, although Brightpaw bears the terrible scars for the rest of her life. Cinderpelt hears her crying out in her sleep and becomes worried.
- During Bluestar's vigil, Fireheart falls asleep between her and Whitestorm. Cinderpelt wakes Fireheart up after he dozes off, and assures him no one noticed.
- Cinderpelt accompanies Fireheart to the Moonstone to receive his leader name and nine lives from StarClan. After the ceremony, she is there when Firestar wakes up. She tells him that she knows something went wrong because she could smell blood.
- When Sorrelkit is fed deathberries by Darkstripe, Cinderpelt manages to save her just in time by making her swallow yarrow leaves, which causes her to be sick and cough up the poisonous berries. She has Sorrelkit stay in the medicine den for a few days afterward to recover from the strain. Sorrelkit tells Cinderpelt how Darkstripe had fed her the deathberries.
- Cinderpelt prepares for healing many wounded cats when the battle with BloodClan draws near, and she asks Firestar if she could have an apprentice helping her. Firestar gives her Fernpaw to help her assist cats wounded in the battle, rather than fighting, since the young apprentice is good with sick cats. Dustpelt is shown to be very relieved when she is chosen to help Cinderpelt.
In The New Prophecy arc
- Firestar's daughter, Leafpaw, becomes Cinderpelt's new medicine cat apprentice.
- When she is out collecting herbs with Leafpaw, she sees an omen from StarClan: a piece of Twoleg rubbish catches on fire when the sunlight gleams on it, and in the fire she sees a vision of a leaping tiger right before the fire dies out. She tells Firestar about this omen, and also her interpretation of it: that it includes fire, tiger, and danger to the forest, which can mean the daughter of Firestar and the son of Tigerstar might bring danger to the forest together. At first Leafpaw thinks that Firestar's daughter means her, but Cinderpelt tells her apprentice not to worry and that she will keep an eye on her; she thinks it is more likely to be Squirrelpaw due to the fact that she shares Firestar's dark ginger flame colored pelt, and Firestar agrees with this theory, so the two of them do their best to try to keep Squirrelpaw and Brambleclaw apart in case the prophecy comes true.
- Cinderpelt later goes to meet the other medicine cats at the Moonstone at the half moon, and welcomes Mudfur's new apprentice, Mothwing, into the ways of a medicine cat.
- When Leafpaw asks Cinderpelt what herb is good for curing rat bites, she responds that it is burdock root and allows Leafpaw to eat some to help Squirrelpaw because the stocks are high, but she is very puzzled.
- Cinderpelt struggles to take care of the Clan as prey becomes scarcer because of leaf-bare and the Twolegs destroying the forest. Ferncloud especially is affected by the hunger, and needs to take borage to produce more milk to feed her kits. Despite Cinderpelt's best attempts to help the queen, Ferncloud's daughter Larchkit dies of starvation.
- Cinderpelt, including Firestar, Graystripe, Brackenfur, and Leafpaw, are on the patrol to ShadowClan territory to speak with Blackstar, but a fight is started by Russetfur since she thinks ThunderClan is trespassing on their territory.
- Despite her bad leg, she gives Leafpaw battle training. Cinderpelt is included on yet another patrol, including Firestar, Graystripe, Sandstorm, Dustpelt, Thornclaw, and Ashfur, which go to WindClan territory. Leafpaw wants to come, but Firestar disagrees. However, Cinderpelt takes a stand for her and eventually Leafpaw is included in the patrol.
- When Leafpaw tries to tell Cinderpelt about Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw, the medicine cat can't help wondering if StarClan had abandoned them.
- When Twolegs begin poisoning rabbits, Cinderpelt orders all of ThunderClan not to eat them, but Dappletail is so hungry that she eats one anyway, despite Firestar's attempts to stop her. During that time, Cinderpelt is out looking for herbs, and rushes back to help the elder. Dappletail begins having horrible stomach cramps until she dies from the poison. Leafpaw comes to Cinderpelt, and the apprentice learns that Dappletail had died, and that Cloudtail and Brightheart were missing.
- Cinderpelt helps Mousefur with her dislocated leg and shows Leafpaw how to fix it.
- Cinderpelt is the first cat to meet Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw when they return from their journey, and at first, she thought they were intruders trying to steal the herbs from her den when she saw Squirrelpaw in her den and attacked her, but stopped as she recognized them. She then leads them to Sunningrocks, where ThunderClan is sheltering. When the two ThunderClan cats explain that StarClan had called them away, Cinderpelt is surprised, and tells them that she had thought that they had been silent ever since the fire and tiger prophecy. However, when Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw ask what she is talking about, she doesn't explain about the prophecy to them.
- She still struggles to help the Clan from starvation, and is worried about Ferncloud, who can't feed her kits much milk. Ferncloud's other daughter, Hollykit, dies despite Cinderpelt's efforts.
- When Leafpaw's kittypet friend Cody, who is also captured by the Twolegs, is temporarily staying with the Clan, she helps Cinderpelt by tending to wounds and caring for Ferncloud's remaining kit, Birchkit.
- After helping to save ShadowClan from the Twolegs, Cinderpelt and the other medicine cats are busy healing wounds and preparing traveling herbs for all the Clans. ShadowClan does not have very much food or medicine supplies, so Cinderpelt offers their leftover herbs to Blackstar in a way that he'll be able to accept them with dignity. The ShadowClan leader accepts.
- Her mother, Frostfur, stays behind with the other elders, as they are too old to make the journey to their new home. Cinderpelt accompanies ThunderClan and the other Clans on the journey to find a new home, and helps the other medicine cats heal the traveling Clans. While the Clans are staying with the Tribe of Rushing Water, she speaks to Stoneteller, and when Leafpaw tells him that her mentor is teaching her how to interpret signs, Cinderpelt says that she has a natural talent for it.
- Once the Clans arrive at the lake, Cinderpelt meets with the other medicine cats to discuss settling into the new territories, finding herbs, and most importantly, how they will converse with StarClan when they can no longer reach the Moonstone. They agree that they will be wary of any signs from StarClan of where a new Moonstone like location could be, and they will meet by the lake shore at the half moon until they find another place to gather.
- When they reach ThunderClan's new camp, Cinderpelt and Leafpaw find a nice cave in the side of the hollow that they decide to use for the new medicine den. Cinderpelt especially likes the new den.
- Soon, several elders complain of bellyaches in the night, and Leafpaw tells Cinderpelt how Mothwing accidentally gave many elders tainted water. Cinderpelt is sympathetic to the young medicine cat's mistake, but grimly says that Mothwing can't afford many mistakes since she is now RiverClan's only medicine cat. She feeds Mousefur juniper berries to help her bellyache. She later goes out with Leafpaw and Thornclaw to go looking for herbs in their new territory. She lets Leafpaw bring some water mint to WindClan to help the sick elders there. She at first hesitates, because she knows that the Clans need to get used to being separate again.
- She sees Leafpaw speaking with Crowfeather at a Gathering, and warns her apprentice to be careful where her affections lie. Leafpaw indignantly declares that she has no feelings for Crowfeather, but Cinderpelt still seems wary.
- After Leafpaw discovers the Moonpool as a replacement for the Moonstone, Cinderpelt is overjoyed that they can now communicate with StarClan again, and honors her apprentice's accomplishment by giving her a full medicine cat name, Leafpool.
- After Mudclaw's rebellion, she helps heal the cats that are wounded in the battle.
- She receives troubling news from StarClan in the prologue: Bluestar told her that she would die sometime soon, although StarClan did not know when. Knowing that there is no way to change this, Cinderpelt submits to Bluestar's words, and she is comforted by the words of the other StarClan cats, who assure her that she had lived a good life.
- At one point, Cinderpelt tells Leafpool that ThunderClan is lucky they have two medicine cats, and Leafpool notices a haunted look in Cinderpelt's eyes, but ignores it.
- Throughout the book, Leafpool is very distracted and begins to forget her herbs, and Cinderpelt grows irritated with her apprentice and seems to suspect her apprentice's source of distraction – her love for Crowfeather – but does not say anything.
- When Leafpool decides to run away with Crowfeather, Cinderpelt confronts her directly, telling her not to make a mistake like this. An argument ensues, and Leafpool accuses Cinderpelt of not understanding since she has never been in love, not knowing, like other cats, about her feelings for Firestar. Cinderpelt just looks at Leafpool with a strange look in her eyes. She becomes so angry that in the end, she leaps at Leafpool, trying to claw her. Leafpool seems determined to rebel and leaves with Crowfeather.
- During their absence, Sorreltail begins to have her kits, and while she is kitting, badgers begin to attack the camp. She defends them as well as she can, but it is useless. Cinderpelt is severely wounded when she is trying to help Sorreltail with her kitting, and Leafpool runs in just as she is about to die. Leafpool and Crowfeather arrive and drive the badger back out of the nursery to prevent further injury and Leafpool then returns to her old mentor. In her last moments, Cinderpelt tells Leafpool that she knew she was going to die, and that she's okay with it, because she knows that the Clan will be well cared for, though Leafpool wondered why she didn't tell her and forced her to stay.
- Cinderpelt is carried out by the elders, Longtail and Mousefur, after her vigil with Sootfur, who was also killed in the badger attack.
- Leafpool is very upset that she has not seen Cinderpelt in StarClan, worried that she is angry that Leafpool left, which resulted in her death.
- Leafpool finds out in this book from Spottedleaf of StarClan that Cinderpelt has been reincarnated as one of Sorreltail's kits, Cinderkit, and that is why she has not seen the former medicine cat in StarClan. Spottedleaf shows Leafpool in a dream that Cinderpelt is still alive with a second chance to become a warrior like she wanted when she was Firestar's apprentice.
- At the Gathering, Firestar announces her death and all the cats show genuine grief, as Cinderpelt was popular with every Clan. Littlecloud, in particular was upset, as Cinderpelt had saved his life, been his friend, and set him on the path to becoming a medicine cat.
In the Power of Three arc
- She is mentioned when Leafpool reminisces about her and how she taught her a lot of important ideas for medicine cats. Graystripe also mentions that Cinderpelt would be proud of Hollypaw and Leafpool.
- When Cinderpaw trains with Hollypaw, she does a little paw flick while washing her ears. Leafpool is shocked since the paw flick is exactly what her old mentor, Cinderpelt, used to do.
- When Cinderpaw falls out of the Sky Oak, Jaypaw goes into her memories and he is told that she will recover from her injuries this time, unlike Cinderpelt.
In the Omen of the Stars arc
- She is only mentioned by Littlecloud and Flametail. When Flametail asks his mentor about his friendship with ThunderClan, he realizes that it is all because of Cinderpelt. When Flametail reminds him that she is dead, Littlecloud seems stricken, although he had already known for seasons about it. Littlecloud said that when Cinderpelt saved his life, it bonded them closer than friends and that he would not abandon the Clan she loved until his debt to her is repaid.
- Jayfeather walks in Cinderheart's dream, acting on Yellowfang's advice to reveal to Cinderheart her past life. The two walk into a memory where they see Cinderpaw in the old forest gathering herbs and talking with Fireheart, Sandstorm, and Graystripe. Jayfeather and Cinderheart follow Cinderpaw back to the old ThunderClan camp and watch Cinderpaw in the medicine cat's den with Yellowfang treating Whitestorm's paw, which has a thorn implanted in it.
- In another memory, the two see Cinderpelt on the great journey to the lake, talking to Applekit who has burrs in her fur. A final memory shows Cinderpelt's last moments defending the nursery and Sorreltail. Cinderheart watches Cinderpelt die as she is born, and Jayfeather explains that Cinderpelt was only dead for a heartbeat before being given a second chance by StarClan.
- Cinderheart then realizes that she is Cinderpelt reborn, and regains all of her medicine cat knowledge and Cinderpelt's memories, twitching and muttering about important events in Cinderpelt's life as if reliving them. Cinderheart is initially and emotionally distressed and suffers an identity crisis throughout the rest of the book, not knowing if she is Cinderpelt or Cinderheart. As she leaves the dream, she thanks Cinderpelt for living her first life, promising to never forget who she was.
- When Lionblaze tries to comfort Cinderheart, she says that she's lived it all before, that she once loved a cat she couldn't have, referring to Cinderpelt's secret love for Firestar throughout the series up until she died.
- When Cinderheart makes the final decision to be a warrior and a mate to Lionblaze, Cinderpelt's spirit separates from Cinderheart, thanking Cinderheart. She then loses all of Cinderpelt's memories, though she never forgets seeing Cinderpelt's spirit separate from hers. She then vows to always fight by Lionblaze's side.
In the A Vision of Shadows arc
- Cinderpelt appears when Alderheart, one of ThunderClan's medicine cats, visits the Moonpool. She introduces herself, and Alderheart is shocked and surprised at being visited by such an important and special cat, having finally remembered that Cinderheart reminds him of the spirit cat who stands before him.
- She explains that she was once Firestar's apprentice back when she was alive. She tells Alderheart about how she was injured on the Thunderpath, and that she could never live the life that she had wanted, the life of a warrior. She then became a medicine cat, and her leg never healed properly.
- She brushes her tail along Alderheart's side as she goes on to explain that she once loved Firestar, but she chose her duties as a medicine cat over the slim chance that Firestar would show the same emotion back to her. She says that she is glad she made that choice, as ThunderClan needed her, just as Alderheart is needed now by his Clan. Alderheart says that he knows ThunderClan needs him, but it is a hard pain to deal with.
- Cinderpelt says that she knows how Alderheart feels, but the rewards that they would gain from their Clanmates would be much better. She briskly changes the topic, saying that now that all five Clans are together once more, there will be more challenges that they face. Cinderpelt tells Alderheart that the Clans must come together in order to grow, and her warm gaze rests upon Alderheart as she fades from his view. Alderheart is left wondering just what Cinderpelt's words mean, and what challenges the five Clans will face in the future.
In the Ravenpaw's Path arc
- Cinderpelt is briefly seen treating the bleeding wounds of a warrior with moss after they arrive back from a patrol, which was ambushed by BloodClan rogues.
In the Field Guides
- Cinderpelt is listed as one of ThunderClan's significant medicine cats. She was described as bright, energetic, enthusiastic, and a quick learner. It also stated she would've been an agile warrior if not for her permanently injured hind leg.
- Rock explains how Cinderpelt was meant to be a warrior, but her fate was cruelly twisted off her path when she was hit by the monster. There is no doubt that she was a good medicine cat, but it was not the role she was meant to play. Rock explains to the kits that Cinderpelt was never destined to be a medicine cat and StarClan was shocked when she fell into Tigerclaw's trap for it was truly meant to be for Bluestar. He says that even though she was a loyal and good medicine cat, she had difficulty, like misinterpreting the 'Fire and Tiger' sign. But StarClan did not blame her for that; it was not her fault. He explains how StarClan tested her by telling her she was going to die, while she also had to deal with Leafpool's love for Crowfeather. By resisting the urge to plead Leafpool to stay in the Clan, and also not trying to run from her death, she proved herself deserving of a second chance, and was reincarnated as Cinderkit.
- Cinderpelt was later mentioned on Littlecloud's page, saying she saved his life from the Carrionplace sickness and found a cure for the other sick cats. Rock states that because of Cinderpelt's caring actions and kind heart towards him back then, ThunderClan was rewarded by a kind ShadowClan medicine cat in their rival Clan who will never forget the debt he owes to her as well as her Clan.
- Cinderpelt doesn't appear, but is mentioned when Whitewing recalls the story of the badger attack, she tells the reader that Cinderpelt was killed during the attack.
- Cinderpelt has her own page. Meant to be a warrior first, Cinderpelt was hit by a Twoleg monster; her injury didn't heal properly, thus she could not become a warrior. Instead, she trained as Yellowfang's apprentice until she became a full medicine cat. She failed to save Silverstream during her kitting. Later, she also tried to refuge two sick ShadowClan cats, which led to a strong friendship with ShadowClan's medicine cat, Littlecloud. Cinderpelt wasn't as good of a medicine cat as others--she misinterpreted StarClan's sign that the six cats on the journey to sun-drown-place would harm the Clans, when really they found a new home for them. To test her for worthiness of a second chance, StarClan let Cinderpelt know that she would die soon, while she also knew that Leafpool wanted to run away with Crowfeather. She did not ask Leafpool to stay and lived with the knowledge of her coming death, and was reincarnated as Sorreltail's daughter, Cinderheart. Cinderpelt is also very briefly mentioned on her apprentice, Leafpool's page that, unlike her, Leafpool was called to be a medicine cat.
- Her reincarnation is further explained on Cinderheart's page. Cinderpelt entered Cinderheart's body just as Cinderheart was born and Cinderpelt was killed. Cinderheart, not knowing of her connection to the medicine cat, later learned from Jayfeather that she was experiencing Cinderpelt's memories, and she felt trapped from the option of choosing from two destinies. Lionblaze convinced her that she could live however she wished, and Cinderheart released Cinderpelt by choosing the life of a warrior, the life Cinderpelt was meant to have at first.
- Cinderpelt is in StarClan with Brambleclaw as he is about to get his nine lives. She says it took her a while to reach StarClan, but she is there now. Brambleclaw wants to ask her what she means, but Cinderpelt gives him a life for offering second chances before he can speak. After giving Brambleclaw that life to help him become leader, Cinderpelt brushes her tail lightly along his flank, stares at Firestar, and then pads back to her StarClan Clanmates.
- On the page shared between Runningnose and Littlecloud of ShadowClan, it is told that Cinderpelt hid Littlecloud and Whitethroat during a time of severe illness in their Clan and took care of them. This resulted in Littlecloud being fair and willing to be peaceful with ThunderClan. It is also mentioned on Tigerstar's page that Tigerclaw tried to lure Bluestar to the Thunderpath but Cinderpaw came in her place and was badly injured by a monster. Cinderpelt is last mentioned on Crowfeather's section to have died just as he and Leafpool returned.
In the Novellas
- As ThunderClan cats argue over who will go back to the forest fire to find some left behind Clanmates, Cinderpelt offers herself to go, staggering back to the edge of the ravine. She looks exhausted as her eyes stream from smoke. Cinderpelt says she is no warrior, and will be no use anyway if they met an enemy patrol. Fireheart hisses no way, and Yellowfang lurches at them. She says she is steadier on her paws than her apprentice, and tells Cinderpelt the Clan need her healing knowledge. She’ll go with Fireheart and Cinderpelt will stay with the Clan. Cinderpelt is going to say something but Fireheart insists they have no time.
- Leafpool remembers the badger attack, how Cinderpelt died protecting Sorreltail as she gave birth. Leafpool feels grief when she thinks that her mentor died without her, she must have been terrified of her Clan’s future without a medicine cat, but she still refused to leave Sorreltail. Leafpool whispers she came back and stayed, hoping Cinderpelt can hear. The medicine den still seems empty to Leafpool without Cinderpelt beside her. Leafpool thinks she already betrayed her Clan by leaving with Crowfeather when Cinderpelt died. Leafpool silently promises to Cinderpelt that she will never leave ThunderClan again. As Leafpool treats Whitepaw, she remembers the skeletons of prey Cinderpelt used to show how bones inside bodies work.
- In an Erin Hunter chat, Vicky Holmes revealed that Cinderpelt had always been in love with Firestar, but Firestar had never known. This is again stated in the Warriors App, saying that Cinderpelt had always loved Firestar from the moment she was made his apprentice, and she never stopped dreaming about what might have happened with Firestar if things had been different.
- Cinderpelt was reincarnated as Cinderheart.
- However, it can be noted that, because Cinderpelt's spirit was able to leave Cinderheart's body without Cinderheart dying in The Last Hope, it appears that it is more likely that Cinderpelt was not, in fact, reincarnated, but was simply possessing Cinderheart, as the two do not share the same spirit.
- When Cinderpelt went to StarClan, her leg was repaired.
- Cinderpelt, along with Brackenfur, was apprenticed before she was six moons old.
- It has been mentioned by Kate Cary that Whitestorm may be her father.
- On Vicky's Facebook page she has noted that Cinderpelt's prologue in Twilight is very personal to her.
- Kate has said that the Erins left Cinderpelt's reincarnation of Cinderheart blurry on purpose to let readers use their own imaginations to "fill in the gaps".
- When asked if Littlecloud loved Cinderpelt when he was sick, Vicky answered that she doesn't think he ever loved her because she was much older than him, but that he was always very fond of her, like an older sister.
- She was mistakenly described as a pale gray tabby, pale gray, and depicted as white with stripes on her head.
- She was mistakenly called by her apprentice name, Cinderpaw, even though her name was Cinderpelt, and she has been mistakenly shown as Cinderpelt even though she had not earned her full medicine cat name yet.
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- Molepaw: Status unknown
- Dewnose: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Snowbush: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Stempaw: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Shellpaw: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Cinderheart: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Poppyfrost: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Honeyfern: Deceased, Verified StarClan Member
- Whitewing: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Ambermoon: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Lilyheart: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Seedpaw: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Eaglepaw: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Plumpaw: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Molewhisker: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Fernsong: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Larksong: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Snapkit: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Dovewing: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Ivypool: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Cherryfall: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Hollytuft: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Sorrelstripe: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Leafshade: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Honeyfur: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Spotkit: Status unknown
- Flykit: Status unknown
- Pouncekit: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Lightkit: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Thriftkit: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Bristlekit: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Sandstorm: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Ferncloud: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Ashfur: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Elderkit: Deceased, residence unknown
- Tulipkit: Deceased, residence unknown
- Spiderleg: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Shrewpaw: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Larchkit: Status unknown
- Hollykit: Status unknown
- Birchfall: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Foxleap: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Icecloud: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Squirrelflight: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Leafpool: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Jayfeather: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Hollyleaf: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Lionblaze: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Toadstep: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Rosepetal: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Alderheart: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Sparkpelt: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Dandelionkit: Deceased, residence unknown
- Juniperkit: Deceased, residence unknown
- Fernsong: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Hollytuft: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
- Sorrelstripe: Living (As of The Raging Storm)
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- "It's just sometimes I dream about being in the forest, hunting with Brackenpaw, and then I wake up and the pain in my leg reminds me that I'll never hunt again. It feels too much to bear. I have to pretend that maybe, one day, I'll be able to hunt."
- —Cinderpaw to Fireheart Fire and Ice, page 234
- "Why can't you let her rest in StarClan? I know she was special to you, but remember what Yellowfang said to me when I couldn't stop thinking about Silverstream: Put your energy into today. Stop worrying about the past."
- —Cinderpelt to Fireheart Rising Storm, page 154
- "I can tell how much this means to you. And if it is really your destiny, then you must go wherever your paws lead you. But be careful- StarClan may not be able to watch over you. Our warrior ancestors do not walk in all skies."
- —Cinderpelt to Firestar Firestar's Quest, page 110
- Cinderpelt: "It's not just about rules. Your sympathy for other Clans and your willingness to see that sometimes rules have to be ignored will make you a great medicine cat in the end."
- Leafpaw: "Really?"
- Moonrise, page 107
- Cinderpelt: "So do I. But I can pass on to you what she taught me. To truly be a medicine cat lies in a cat's heart, and all its five senses. You must be braver than warriors, wiser than a Clan leader, humbler than the tiniest kit, more willing to learn than any apprentice..."
- Leafpaw: "I'm not sure I can be all of that..."
- Moonrise, page 108
- Cinderpelt: "I know they spoke to me, but I couldn't tell what they were saying. It was as if their voices were drowned by the roaring wind."
- Leafpaw: "You couldn't make out anything?"
- Dawn, pages 259-260
- "Don't grieve, Bluestar. I know my Clan will be well cared for after I am gone."
- —Cinderpelt to Bluestar in StarClan Twilight, page 3
- Cinderpelt: "Of course you have. But a medicine cat has to control those feelings for the good of the Clan. The path we follow has its own rewards. I've never felt cheated by the destiny StarClan sent me."
- Leafpool: "You can't possibly understand! You've never been in love! It's easy for you. You never wanted anything else."
- Twilight, pages 246-247
- "We cannot change our destiny. We just have to have the courage to know what it is, and accept it."
- —Cinderpelt to Leafpool Twilight, page 309
- Cinderpelt: "I loved Firestar, but I chose my duty over the hope that he would love me, and it was the right choice. ThunderClan needs you, Alderheart, just as it needed me. For the future to remain unclouded, medicine cats must choose their duty to their Clan over anything else."
- Alderheart: "I understand, but it's hard."
- River of Fire, page 281
|Cinderkit's apprentice ceremony|
|Cinderpaw's medicine cat ceremony|
References and citations
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 97
- ↑ Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 279
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Twilight, page 308
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Revealed in the Warriors App
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 176
- ↑ Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Rising Storm, page 28
- ↑ Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 283
- ↑ Revealed in Twilight, page 309
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 45
- ↑ Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 26
- ↑ Revealed in Starlight, page 238
- ↑ Revealed in Sunset, page 129
- ↑ Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 3, undefined
- ↑ Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 217
- ↑ As explained in the definitions of both reincarnation and possession
- ↑ Revealed on Kate Cary's Blog
- ↑ Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 93
- ↑ Screenshot:
- ↑ Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
- ↑ Revealed on Warriors Wish
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's Facebook
- ↑ Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
- ↑ Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
- ↑ Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 9
- ↑ Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 10
- ↑ Revealed in Rising Storm, page 29
- ↑ Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 21
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, allegiances
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 95-97
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 62-63
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 329
- ↑ Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
- ↑ Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
- ↑ Revealed in Sunset, page 27
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 40.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 42.2 Revealed in Sunset, page 227
- ↑ 43.0 43.1 43.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
- ↑ 44.0 44.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 146
- ↑ 45.0 45.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 299
- ↑ 46.0 46.1 46.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
- ↑ 47.0 47.1 47.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
- ↑ 48.0 48.1 48.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
- ↑ 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 49.4 Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
- ↑ 50.0 50.1 50.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 18
- ↑ 51.0 51.1 51.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
- ↑ 52.0 52.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 42
- ↑ 53.0 53.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 19
- ↑ 54.0 54.1 54.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 84
- ↑ 55.0 55.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 5
- ↑ 56.0 56.1 Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
- ↑ 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 9
- ↑ 58.0 58.1 58.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page manga