|"We have developed our own code. After we left the other Clans, SkyClan realized our members were becoming weak, and we decided to make up some new rules. SkyClan rules reward the strong and aggressive—the cats who will best defend the Clan."|
|— Darktail lying to Sparkpaw about being SkyClan in The Apprentice's Quest, page 204|
Darktail's group were a group of rogues, led by Darktail, who are responsible for exiling SkyClan from their home in the gorge as well as taking over ShadowClan for a short amount of time. When taking over ShadowClan, Darktail renamed the now Clan-sized group The Kin.
- Darktail's group is a band of rogues who don't believe in the warrior code and are not considered a Clan. They appear to have no medicine cat but know what several herbs are and what they do. They are ruthless and attempt to copy the Clans' ways of life. They lived near the ShadowClan border, and while they are close to the Clans, their way of life is vastly different. They live off fear, and only the strongest cats can survive. Weakness is not tolerated in any way, and those they consider weak do not last long.
- After driving SkyClan out of their territory, Darktail and his rogues live in the gorge for several moons. When Alderpaw's patrol to find SkyClan returned to the lake territories, they are unknowingly followed by Darktail's group, who take up residence near the border. They later overrun ShadowClan, taking over their camp, just as they did SkyClan's.
In the Super Editions
- Darktail first meets Hawkwing while the SkyClan warrior is out of camp. The two talks, and Hawkwing offers to bring Darktail back to camp, possibly to stay with SkyClan. Rogues start appearing more often in SkyClan's territory, causing fear. Later on, the white tom brings Rain, a member of his group, to the camp. Several cats are wary of the two cats but do not hesitate to welcome them both. Hawkwing wakes up to the rustling of branches and leaves the den to investigate. He smells the scent of foreign cats, and is shocked as rogues begin to attack the cats.
- During the battle, Darktail betrays SkyClan, revealing himself as the leader of the rogue groups who ambush SkyClan. This vicious assault on SkyClan and its members results in the death of many cats, including Sharpclaw, SkyClan's deputy. SkyClan is driven from their camp, and Darktail's group of rogues take over.
In the A Vision of Shadows arc
- While Alderpaw, Molewhisker, Sparkpaw, Cherryfall, and Needlepaw are on a patrol in search of SkyClan when they discover Darktail's group residing in SkyClan's home. The patrol is brought back to camp, unaware that they are not SkyClan. After the arrival of the Clan cats, the hunters come back and let Darktail chose a plump pigeon from the line of prey. The rest of the group begins to fight for the prey, shoving the weaker cats away. The patrol watches, horrified, but Needlepaw joins in and fights for a mouse.
- Sparkpaw confronts Darktail over what they're doing and provokes him, causing him to growl at her. Molewhisker leads her away and Alderpaw is shocked that the SkyClan cats had become so ruthless and had strayed so far from the Warrior Code. Cherryfall suspects that they aren't the cats that Alderpaw thought they were and thinks they should just go back home. Alderpaw runs into a former SkyClan warrior named Mistfeather, and discovers the truth about the group. Darktail comes across Alderpaw during his conversation with Mistfeather, killing the gray loner. Alderpaw and his friends are taken as prisoners, but manage to sneak out of the camp during the night time, fleeing back to the Clans.
- Darktail and his rogues attack a WindClan patrol, causing Furzepelt to die, and Onestar to lose a life. Alderpaw considers the rogue group all traveling to the lake from the gorge. Later on, Needlepaw takes Violetkit to meet Darktail, with Sleekpaw, and there they scorn the Clans' way of life. After Needlepaw convinces Violetkit to go tell Rain she can't meet him, she is saved from an owl by the rogues, who allow her to stay the night in their camp. Violetkit is watched closely, but notices how the younger cats take interest in her, even asking what the rogues were like. After Rowanstar turns down some of the rogues, Needlepaw takes most of the apprentices, including Violetkit, and joins the group. Needletail renames herself, along with Sleekwhisker, with the former being interested in Rain. However, Rain and Darktail have a fight over the group leadership, resulting in the gray tom losing an eye. Shocked, Violetpaw leaves the group and rejoins ShadowClan. Darktail takes his rogues to the pine forest Clan, fights Rowanstar, and takes over the camp, forcing Rowanstar, Tigerheart, and Tawnypelt out.
- Violetpaw mentions to Oakfur that Darktail calls his rogues 'Kin' now.
- Unnamed black tom
- Unnamed tabby she-cat with yellow eyes
- Unnamed white she-cat
- Unnamed huge tabby tom
- At least two or three elders
- A she-cat with three kits
Notes and references
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 220
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 210
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 207
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 99
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 202
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 203
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 65
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 64
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 153
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 350
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 15
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, chapter 16
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 8
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 16
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 5
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 11
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 10
- Revealed in Darkest Night: Bonus Scene, chapter 1
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 3
|Clans & Groups in the Warriors universe|
|Clans||RiverClan • ShadowClan • SkyClan • ThunderClan • WindClan|
|Other||BloodClan • Cats of the Park • The Ancients • The Early Settlers • Clear Sky's group • Tall Shadow's Group • Slash's group • Darktail's group • The Kin • The guardian cats|