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"If we can't trust StarClan, then we are lost."
— Dappletail when Goosefeather finds a sign in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 99

Dappletail is a dappled tortoiseshell[2]-and-white[10] she-cat with white patches,[11] and amber eyes.[12]

Dapplepelt was a ThunderClan warrior under Pinestar's and Sunstar's leaderships in the forest territories. Dapplekit is born to Windflight and Rainfur alongside Tawnykit and Thrushkit. She becomes Dapplepaw, mentored by her father. She becomes a warrior named Dappletail. She is a good fighter, and is also encouraging to other cats. She also mentors Goldenpaw. She and Stormtail develop romantic feelings for each other, though she never has kits with him. After having two kits, Cricketkit and Featherkit, with Runningwind, Dappletail becomes an elder. When the Clan learns of the poisoned rabbits, Leafpaw is about to bury them when Dappletail rushes and eats one, dying shortly later.

History

The Prophecies Begin

"Your kin is very efficient, Fireheart."
—Dappletail to Fireheart about Cloudkit Forest of Secrets, page chapter 9
Dappletail is an elder of ThunderClan. She had two kits with Runningwind, Featherkit and Cricketkit. However, Featherkit died when he was three moons old, and it is unknown what occurred with Cricketkit. Dappletail often excuses the other elders' behavior, particularly Smallear. She shows friendliness to Fireheart, and even more affection towards Cloudkit and is one of the few cats to stand up for Fireheart when he brings his nephew into the Clan. However, she believes that Fireheart's deputy ceremony was making a bad impression.
When Cinderpelt realizes that Speckletail's kit, Snowkit, is deaf, Dappletail explains how her own son, Featherkit, was also deaf and the Clan assumed he was eaten by a fox when he wandered off. She evacuates the camp when a fire rages through their territory and when dogs arrive. She shares tongues with Bluestar during her vigil.

The New Prophecy

"The old cat's eyes burned into his, her gaze full of hostility. Seeing her skinny body, her tortoiseshell pelt dull and patchy, Leafpaw could understand her desperation. The old cat was usually one of the gentlest queens; only starvation could have driven her to this."
—Narration after Dappletail devours a poisoned rabbit Moonrise, page 198
After One-eye dies, Dappletail is now the oldest cat in the Clan. When Twolegs destroy the forest, the Clans starves. Leafpaw discovers the Twolegs were poisoning rabbits in WindClan and Firestar orders her to remove the prey from the fresh-kill pile. Dappletail refuses for the prey to go to waste and ridicules Firestar and Leafpaw as she ravages the rabbit. The next day, Dappletail dies from the poison. Later, when Leafpaw discovers the Moonpool, she spots Dappletail, now young and healthy, in StarClan.

Super Editions

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

"She passed Stormtail and Dappletail in their usual spot beside the nettle patch, sharing a squirrel. They spent so much time together now that most of the Clan were waiting for an announcement about kits, but Bluefur had heard Poppydawn tell Swiftbreeze that some she-cats never had kits, however much they wanted them."
—The Narrator Bluestar's Prophecy, page 392
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Dapplepaw is an apprentice mentored by her father, Windflight. He has a new litter of kits with Poppydawn: Thistlekit, Rosekit and Sweetkit. She earns her warrior name, Dappletail, and the eve before a raid on WindClan, Stormtail teaches her a few battle moves. During the battle, Stormtail rescues Dappletail while his own mate, Moonflower, is killed by Hawkheart. She mentors Goldenpaw, and despite their obvious romantic feelings for each other, she and Stormtail do not have any kits. Her brother, Tawnyspots, retires from his deputy position and later dies. Moons later, she retires to the elders' den.

Novellas

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

In Goosefeather's Curse, Dapplekit is born to Windflight and Rainfur alongside Tawnykit and Thrushkit. During the Great Hunger, Harepounce dies and Rainfur fosters Whitekit and Specklekit.

Field Guides

This section summarizes Dappletail's significant appearances in the Field Guides. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Code of the Clans, she and White-eye decide to steal fish from RiverClan out of curiosity. White-eye falls into the river, and Dappletail cries for help. Owlfur of RiverClan rescues her, and Pinestar and Sunfall scold them. Owlfur suggests the two young warriors should eat the fish White-eye had caught, since it would be wasting prey. However, the two she-cats immediately discover how horrible fish tastes and promise to never do it again.

Detailed description

Dappletail is a broad-shouldered,[13] dappled tortoiseshell[2]-and-white[10] she-cat with white patches,[11] a patchy,[14] thick, shiny pelt,[15] amber eyes,[12] and a muzzle gray with age.[16]

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Quotes

"What will StarClan think of a Clan whose deputy turns against it, and whose new deputy was named after moonhigh? It looks as if we can't keep our cats loyal, or even carry out the proper ceremonies."
—Dappletail about Fireheart being named deputy late Rising Storm, page 17


Dappletail: "White cats with blue eyes are often deaf. I remember one of my first litter..."
Fireheart: "What happened to him?"
Dappletail: "No cat knows. He disappeared when he was three moons old. We thought a fox must have gotten him."
—Dappletail about Featherkit A Dangerous Path, pages 81-82


"Most of the warriors were unfamiliar to her, but in one of the front rows, she saw Dappletail, the ThunderClan elder who died from eating a rabbit poisoned by the Twolegs. The she-cat looked graceful and beautiful, not thin and desperate as she had been when Leafpaw last saw her."
—Leafpaw observing Dappletail in StarClan Starlight, page 265

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Starlight, page 265
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Moonrise, page 211
  5. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 96
  8. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 81
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 335
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 117
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, chapter 8
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 5
  13. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 165
  14. Revealed in Midnight, page 36
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 15
  16. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 49
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