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"No, Mapleshade, you are wrong. I still have a Clan that I love, and am proud to lead, and now... now everything precious to me is here, in StarClan. My family is waiting here for me, when my ninth life has passed. [...] I still have the cats that I loved. I know they are watching over me. You have nothing. And no one."
— Crookedstar to Mapleshade in Crookedstar's Promise, manga

Crookedstar is a huge, light brown tabby tom[17] with green eyes[18] and a twisted jaw.[17]

Crookedstar was a RiverClan leader in the forest territories. He was born as Stormkit to Rainflower and Shellheart alongside his brother, Oakkit. Following an accident in which he broke his jaw, Stormkit was renamed Crookedkit at the request of Rainflower. She disowned him, leading to Crookedkit running away from the Clan. After returning, he was apprenticed as Crookedpaw to Cedarpelt. He was continually visited in his dreams by Mapleshade, who trained him and demanded he stay loyal to RiverClan above all else.

After becoming a warrior, Crookedjaw learned Mapleshade was from the Dark Forest and cut ties with her. However, she orchestrated an omen which allowed him to be selected as deputy, and Crookedstar succeeded Hailstar as leader. He became mates with Willowbreeze, but after the birth of their kits, she succumbed to greencough alongside Minnowkit and Willowkit. Not long after the death of their only remaining kit, Silverstream, Crookedstar himself died of greencough, ascending to StarClan.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"I feel that this is best for our Clan. For all the Clans. There are plenty of fish in the river. It is better to share our prey than to spill blood fighting over it."
—Crookedstar yielding to Brokenstar's demand for the river Into the Wild, pages 151-152
Crookedstar is the leader of RiverClan. He attends Firepaw's first Gathering where Graypaw points him out among the other leaders. For the good of his Clan, he allows for ShadowClan to hunt in the river, fearing Brokenstar would drive his Clan out like WindClan. Crookedstar's only daughter, Silverstream, begins meeting secretly with Graystripe of ThunderClan, and he knows nothing of it, except that a single ThunderClan warrior has been repeatedly scented on his territory. He forms an alliance with ShadowClan when WindClan returns in hopes of keeping their territory for themselves.
When the river floods, his Clan is forced to evacuate their camp. Fireheart and Graystripe save two of Mistyfoot's kits, and his deputy, Leopardfur, is hesitant about the validity of their story. Crookedstar believes them and reluctantly accepts their offer to bring RiverClan prey until they can recover. When he hears the news of Silverstream's death, he orders Leopardfur to retrieve Stormkit and Featherkit from ThunderClan. Graystripe, the kits' father, goes with them. When a fire rages through ThunderClan's territory, Crookedstar allows them to shelter in RiverClan's camp. He loses his last life to greencough, and Leopardfur succeeds him as leader.

Super Editions

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

"I'm sorry I can't make you proud of me. But I haven't finished yet. I'll do everything I can to make you glad I'm your son. You'll never make me ashamed of who I am or what I look like."
—Crookedjaw to Rainflower Crookedstar's Promise, pages 227-228
In Crookedstar's Promise, Stormkit is born to Rainflower and Shellheart, the RiverClan deputy, alongside his brother, Oakkit. When Stormkit breaks his jaw after slipping into the river, Rainflower rejects him and has him renamed to Crookedkit. Crookedkit remains in the nursery while Oakpaw begins his apprenticeship, and Crookedkit attempts to contact StarClan at the Moonstone, but is stopped by Mapleshade, who visits him in a dream to urge him to return to RiverClan. After spending some time as a loner, Crookedkit returns to his Clan and is apprenticed to Cedarpelt. In exchange for making him a great warrior — potentially even leader — Mapleshade makes Crookedpaw promise to put his Clan before everything else. He earns his warrior name of Crookedjaw and is appointed mentor to Sedgepaw.
When Shellheart retires, Crookedjaw is chosen to succeed him after Mapleshade fabricates an omen by breaking a squirrel's jaw. Crookedjaw ends his training with her when he learns she is of the Place of No Stars. Mapleshade reveals that Crookedjaw is the great-grandson of her former mate, Appledusk, who left her for a RiverClan she-cat and let her kits drown. In revenge, she vowed to make his lineage suffer. Crookedstar takes up leadership after the death of Hailstar. His mate, Willowbreeze, gives birth to Willowkit, Minnowkit, and Silverkit, but she, Willowkit, and Minnowkit die of greencough. Crookedstar remains RiverClan's leader for many moons, succumbing to greencough and reuniting with his family in StarClan.
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Crookedpaw meets Bluepaw, a ThunderClan apprentice, at the Gathering. The two instantly befriend each other and crack jokes during the Gathering. The two share their ambitions of becoming leaders of their Clans one day. During a battle at Sunningrocks not long after, Bluepaw is shocked by Crookedpaw's ease to confront her in battle. The two become friendly again at the next Gathering when they both have their warrior names, and Bluefur jokingly guessed if his warrior name was Crookedjaw. Bluefur develops a relationship with Crookedjaw's brother, Oakheart. Crookedjaw and Bluefur later become deputy and leader together.

Detailed description

Crookedstar is a huge,[17] glossy,[19] thick-furred,[20] lean[21] light brown tabby[17] tom with a pale brown belly,[22] and green eyes.[18] He has a nick in his ear[18] and a twisted jaw.[17]

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Ceremonies

Crookedkit's renaming ceremony
Hailstar: Stormkit, come here.
I have gathered the Clan to witness the giving of your new name. I'm sorry you have suffered so much. The whole Clan knows how brave you've been. Your new name may describe your face, young kit, but it doesn't describe your heart. I know you are as true and loyal as any warrior. Bear your name bravely as a kit and nobly when you become a warrior.
From this day forward, you shall be known as Crookedkit.
Crookedkit: Crookedkit. I am Crookedkit.
I am Crookedkit.
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, pages 54-55


Crookedpaw's apprentice ceremony
Hailstar: Cedarpelt! You distrusted Crookedkit when he returned. You will demand more of him than any other warrior.
You will mentor him to become the fine warrior I know he can be. One day I hope his honor and bravery will match yours. From this moment on, you will be known as Crookedpaw.
Everyone: Crookedpaw! Crookedpaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, pages 125-126


Crookedjaw's warrior ceremony
Hailstar: Yesterday an apprentice saved the life of a Clanmate.
Oakheart: I'm guessing he means you.
Hailstar: Crookedpaw. This apprentice has not yet completed his six moons of warrior training.
But I see no point in delaying his warrior ceremony any longer.
I want Crookedpaw to be in the patrol that resets the borders beyond Sunningrocks. No. I want
Crookedjaw!
Everyone: Crookedjaw! Crookedjaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, page 226


Crookedjaw's deputy ceremony
Hailstar: Crookedjaw. From this day forward you will be RiverClan's deputy. StarClan has given you its blessing, and I pray you live up to its hopes and to ours.
I am on my ninth life. You are young to be so close to leadership. I pray that StarClan gives you all the strength and wisdom you'll need in the coming moons.
Everyone: Crookedjaw! Crookedjaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, page 388


Crookedstar's leader ceremony
Hailstar: Welcome to StarClan. I'm proud of you, Crookedjaw. You saved your Clanmates from the rats.
Crookedjaw: But not you.
Hailstar: It was my time to die. Now it's your time to live.
With this life I give you courage. When you feel doubt, let your heart lead you forward, not back.
Crookedjaw: Thank you.
Duskwater: I died in the storm that gave birth to you. With this life I give you a mother's love.
Crookedjaw: Troutclaw!
Troutclaw: With this life I give you justice.
Mossleaf: I'm Mossleaf. With this life, I give you trust.
Lilyflower: With this life I give you compassion.
Lightningpaw: I'm Lightningpaw. With this life I give you humility.
Brightsky: With this life I give you hope. Never be afraid of the future, for it brings wonderful things.
Sparrowfeather: With this life I give you patience.
Shellheart: Crookedjaw.
She is here. But your last life is mine to give. Long ago, you lapped water at a poisoned spring. I'm sorry I didn't know until too late. I would have guided you better.
Crookedjaw: You couldn't have guided me any better.
Shellheart: With this life I give you loyalty, to your Clan and to the cats who love you. Promise you'll use it wisely.
Crookedjaw: I walk alone now.
Shellheart: No, not alone. Your ancestors will walk alongside you, always. Travel well, Crookedstar. You will make a great leader.
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, pages 440-444

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Hailstar
Duskwater
Troutclaw
Mossleaf
Lilyflower
Lightningpaw
Brightsky
Sparrowfeather
Shellheart
Courage
A mother's love
Justice
Trust
Compassion
Humility
Hope
Patience
Loyalty
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Died from greencough in A Dangerous Path
Deputies
Name From To
Timberfur
Oakheart
Leopardfur
Crookedstar's Promise
Before Into the Wild
Into the Wild
Before Into the Wild
Into the Wild
A Dangerous Path
Medicine cats
Name From To
Brambleberry
Mudfur
Crookedstar's Promise
Crookedstar's Promise
Before Into the Wild
A Dangerous Path

Personality and Relationships

Crookedstar is loyal, determined, and brave. He was neglected by his mother after he broke his jaw, but was supported by the rest of his family and friends through his hardships. For more of Crookedstar's personality and relationships, click here!

Family

Crookedstar's parents are Rainflower and Shellheart. His mate is Willowbreeze, and Silverstream, Willowkit, and Minnowkit are their children. For more of Crookedstar's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Did you know that Vicky has said Crookedstar most likely didn't have a speech problem because he broke his jaw so young and learned to speak properly with it? For more trivia about Crookedstar, click here!

Quotes

"Shut up, Oakkit! I'm a warrior!"
—Stormkit to Oakkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 9


"He was born in RiverClan and that's where he belongs."
—Hailstar about Crookedkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 110


Bluepaw: "Crookedpaw?"
Crookedpaw: "I'm guessing my warrior name will be Crookedjaw. Unless my tail goes the same way. Then Hailstar might have to rethink."
—Bluepaw and Crookedpaw's first meeting Bluestar's Prophecy, page 159
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Mapleshade: "Maybe I was a little harsh, but I was frightened that you were forgetting your destiny. I want you to be the greatest warrior RiverClan has ever known-the greatest any Clan will ever know. Willowpaw is a sweet, pretty cat and I'm not surprised you're fond of her. But the sweetest traps are often the most dangerous. She will soften you and sway you from your course. You do still want to be a great warrior, don't you?"
Crookedjaw: "Yes!"
Mapleshade: "Very good. That is all I ask. Everything I do, Crookedjaw, I do with your best interests at heart."
—Mapleshade manipulating Crookedjaw into doing what she wants Crookedstar's Promise, pages 236-237


Mapleshade: "I saw greatness in you the moment you were born. You don't remember the storm, but I saw it. I saw how the skies heaved and roared at your birth. You have a wonderful destiny, you're not just going to be the greatest leader of your Clan, you're going to be the greatest leader of any Clan. But you have to keep your promise to me."
Crookedjaw: "Of course I will."
Mapleshade: "You'll have to make sacrifices, your life is not your own; it belongs to your Clan. Don't be distracted from all the wonderful things you can achieve."
—Mapleshade lying to Crookedjaw Crookedstar's Promise, page 312


"My Clan means more to me than anything in the world. I know I'm young, but I promise to learn. I promise to grow wiser and stronger and do everything I can to help my Clan."
—Crookedjaw while accepting his position as deputy Crookedstar's Promise, page 387


Crookedstar: "Really! Don't pretend you understand how I feel, because you don't!"
Oakheart: "No, I don't! But I do understand there's a kit in there whose father doesn't want anything to do with her. How can you lead a Clan when you won't even take responsibility for your own kit?"
Crookedstar: "Like you did?"
Oakheart: "Like I've done! I don't know how you can let her grow up thinking you don't love her. You, more than anyone, should know how terrible that feels. But you're doing it to your own kit."
—Oakheart accusing Crookedstar of ignoring Silverkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 489


Silverkit: "You're really just training? Do you promise?"
Crookedstar: "I promise. I'm your father, Silverkit, and that means I will always keep my promises."
—Crookedstar making a promise to his daughter Crookedstar's Promise, page 491

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 7
  4. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 108
  6. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 55
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 8
  8. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 126
  9. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 226
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 388
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 444
  12. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 125-126
  13. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 115
  14. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 95
  15. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 338
  16. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 454
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 130
  19. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 25
  20. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 291
  21. Revealed in Starlight, page 4
  22. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 9
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