"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 is a light brown tabby tom with green eyes and a twisted jaw.
Crookedstar was the leader of RiverClan before Leopardstar. As a kit, he was originally named Stormkit but after he broke his jaw, his mother Rainflower requested that his name be changed to Crookedkit. Rainflower then disowned him and favored his brother, Oakkit. Crookedkit was apprenticed to Cedarpelt as Crookedpaw moons late, and also met Mapleshade, who he believed was from StarClan. Mapleshade promised to make him a great warrior one day if he promised to put his Clan above everything else. Crookedpaw eventually became a warrior named Crookedjaw, and later succeeded his father, Shellheart, as deputy. Crookedjaw broke off his relationship with Mapleshade when she revealed she was from the Dark Forest. However, Mapleshade promised to continue to ruin his life like his kin did to her many moons ago.
Crookedjaw succeeded Hailstar as leader as Crookedstar, and became mates with his childhood friend, Willowbreeze. She gave birth to three kits: Willowkit, Minnowkit, and Silverkit. Unfortunately, Willowbreeze, Willowkit, and Minnowkit died from greencough, and Crookedstar raised Silverkit alone. Moons later, Silverstream died giving birth to Stormkit and Featherkit. Mapleshade appeared, approaching her final vengeance, but Crookedstar insisted she could no longer hurt him. Crookedstar, after a lifetime defined by loss and persistence, succumbed to greencough and joined StarClan, and was reunited with his family.
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 agrees for Brokenstar and ShadowClan to hunt in the river, fearing the ShadowClan leader 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 driving them out.
The river floods with ice-melt, and his Clan is forced to evacuate their camp. Fireheart and Graystripe save two of Mistyfoot's kits, and his deputy, Leopardfur, is hesitant on 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 stay in RiverClan's camp. He loses his last life to greencough, and Leopardfur succeeds him as leader.
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In Crookedstar's Promise, Stormkit is born to Rainflower and Shellheart along with his brother, Oakkit. When he and Oakkit attempt to reach Sunningrocks, he slips into the river, breaking his jaw. Disgusted by his new appearance, Rainflower rejects him, and though Hailstar is reluctant, he allows her to rename him Crookedkit. Because of his injuries, he remains in the nursery alone while his brother begins his apprenticeship. After some time, he is apprenticed to Cedarpelt. Crookedpaw begins training under Mapleshade, whom he believes to be a StarClan cat. In exchange for making him a great warrior — potentially even leader of RiverClan, she makes him promise to put his Clan over everything else, to which Crookedpaw enthusiastically agrees. He earns his warrior name of Crookedjaw. In the meantime, Crookedjaw is appointed mentor to Sedgepaw. Rainflower dies, and Crookedjaw feels that despite her resentment of him, he could have saved her.
Shellheart eventually retires from deputyship, and Crookedjaw is chosen to succeed him after Hailstar interprets the broken jaw of the squirrel caught by Crookedjaw as an omen. However, it is revealed that Mapleshade was the one who broke the squirrel's jaw. He promptly ends his training with her when it is revealed that she was not of StarClan, but of the Place of No Stars. Mapleshade admits that she approached Crookedjaw because he was the great-grandson of her former mate, Appledusk, who broke his promise to love only her when he took a RiverClan mate and let her own kits drown. In revenge, she vowed to make Appledusk's lineage suffer. Crookedjaw cuts all communication with her.
Hailstar is killed during a battle with rats, and Crookedjaw takes up leadership as Crookedstar. He becomes mates with Willowbreeze, and the two have three daughters: Willowkit, Minnowkit, and Silverkit. Tragically, Willowbreeze, Willowkit and Minnowkit die of greencough, leaving Silverkit as the sole survivor. Mapleshade jeers at Crookedstar, proclaiming that she will make him forever suffer. He remains RiverClan's leader for many moons. In the manga, Crookedstar succumbs to greencough, joining StarClan, reunited with his family, finally rid of Mapleshade.
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.
Crookedstar is a huge, glossy, thick-furred, lean light brown tabby tom with a pale brown belly, and green eyes. He has a nick in his ear and a twisted jaw.
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.
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.
Yesterday an apprentice saved the life of a Clanmate.
I'm guessing he means you.
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!
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.
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?"
Mapleshade: "Very good. That is all I ask. Everything I do, Crookedjaw, I do with your best interests at heart."
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."