"The cats watched in horror as the Twoleg worked its way around the clearing until the last oak had fallen. Fourtrees, the place where the four Clans had met for many, many generations, was no more. The four giant oaks lay sprawled on the ground, their branches quivering into stillness. Twoleg monsters snarled at the edge of the clearing, ready to move in to carve up the fresh-kill, but the cats stayed frozen at the top of the slope, unable to move."
— Narrator in Dawn, page 4
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Chapter Number: Prologue (of 25)
Page Numbers: 1-4

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Two cats are softly prowling the forest at night, because that is the only time the Twoleg monsters that are destroying the forest are sleeping. The two cats are revealed to be mates, and the she-cat matches the stride of the tom, but her stride falters, revealing hunger and deep thought. The she-cat asks if their daughters will find them when they get home. The tomcat mews that they can only pray, and the she-cat turns to a gray tom next to her and asks his opinion. The ginger tom, Firestar, growls that they should have sent out more patrols to search for their missing daughter, Leafpaw, but the gray tomcat, Graystripe, interrupts.
The she-cat, named Sandstorm, whispers something to Graystripe, and he hisses back to her. Sandstorm mews that they have lost so many cats that moon. Firestar growls that maybe the Clans will finally agree to work together. Then, a dark tabby, Dustpelt, cuts in, pointing out that WindClan especially will be hard to sway. Sandstorm argues about how Clans can be strong with no kits, but then solemnly mews that she is sorry, knowing that he himself had lost a daughter, Larchkit. The four cats continue to discuss the situation upon them. Suddenly their conversation is cut to a halt, and Graystripe yowls that something is going on at Fourtrees.
Firestar and his Clanmates follow him to the ancient Gathering place. Bright yellow lights are illuminating the hollow, especially the four oak trees. Twolegs are destroying Fourtrees. The Great Rock is noted to look tiny and rather exposed, unlike how it is usually seen. Twolegs are infesting the sacred hollow, and suddenly one jams a shiny thing into the trunk of one of the oak trees, and the trunk is sliced, slowly but surely. The tree falls to the ground. The Twolegs work with the remaining oaks until all of them had fallen. Fourtrees is no more. The four cats stay and Sandstorm murmurs that there is no hope left and the forest is dead. Firestar tries to reassure his mate that there is hope, and they need to have that and courage; ThunderClan still lives.





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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Dawn, page 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Dawn, page 2
  3. Revealed in Dawn, page 4

Dawn (book) chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret
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