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A deputy is a warrior who is second in command to the leader,[1] aiding them in their tasks and replacing them immediately after their death or retirement.[2] Also, when the leader is ill, injured, or unable to perform their duties for another reason, the deputy will take the leader's place until they recover, and they will take their place at Gatherings if the leader is absent and cannot attend.[3]

Description

Deputies are second in command of a Clan.[1] A deputy is chosen by the leader to be their successor.[4] Deputies sleep in the warriors' den; they do not have their own den like leaders do.[5] Deputies are responsible for organizing daily patrols for the Clan, such as hunting patrols and border patrols.[6] If a Clan leader is unable to lead a Clan temporarily due to sickness, being away from the Clan, etc., then the deputy would take over for that time.[3] If a deputy is sick or injured, then a warrior will temporarily take their place[7], or senior warriors will distribute the tasks among themselves. If the leader dies, the deputy would travel to Moonstone, or Moonpool with the medicine cat to share tongues with StarClan and receive their nine lives. If a deputy dies, the leader must appoint a new deputy before moonhigh.[4] The deputy will still keep their warrior name, at least until they become leader.

Qualifications

Appointment

The leader of a Clan must decide on a new deputy before moonhigh[4] on the night that the old deputy has died, retired, been banished, or become leader, and also must state his or her name before the body of the old deputy (if the previous deputy was deceased - if not, they say the new deputy's name before StarClan) so the spirit of the old deputy or other regular spirits will hear and approve of the leader's choice of the new deputy.[4] One exception to this rule is Fireheart, as Bluestar did not follow through with the ceremony right away, making him deputy after moonhigh. This lead to widespread rumors that Fireheart was unfit to be deputy.

When the leader dies or retires, the current deputy will become the new leader,[2] unless a rebellion starts (like the one Mudclaw started) or the leader changes the deputy before death (Ex: Tallstar making Onewhisker deputy instead of Mudclaw, the current deputy).[9]

A warrior may not become deputy unless they have mentored at least one apprentice.[8] This is not always followed, as StarClan may give the leader or medicine cat an omen to choose a warrior who has not had an apprentice, such as Leafpool having a dream from Starclan that caused Firestar to appoint Bramblestar, although he had not ever been a mentor at the time.[10] The main law's condition of being a mentor first was added to the warrior code after Acorntail of WindClan was appointed deputy under Featherstar. However, he was convinced he was the wrong cat and Featherstar suggested that he should mentor an apprentice to get used to giving orders and having authority. She later proposed this to add to the warrior code and the rest of the Clans gave their agreement.

Deputy ceremony

Usually, when a leader appoints a new deputy, it is because of the death of their previous deputy. If this is the case, this is how the ceremony words usually go:

Leader: "I say these words before the body of (name of former deputy), that the spirits of our warrior ancestors may hear and approve of my choice. The new deputy of (name of Clan) will be (warrior's name)!"[4]

Retirement

A deputy can resign from their position if they wish to do so, for instance to retire as an elder (depending on age),[11] or an injury that doesn't heal well (Ex: Tawnyspots of Thunderclan, who retired from constant bouts of sickness). They can also be deposed by the leader if considered unfit for the position.[9] In either of the cases, a new deputy will be named before moonhigh. A deputy can also be banished (Ex: Tigerclaw, who was banished from Thunderclan after an attempt to take Bluestar's life).[12]

Tasks

Tasks of a Clan deputy include:

  • Assisting the leader in their tasks; they are a sort of "apprentice leader"[1]
  • Assigning border patrols, listening to their reports and assigning hunting patrols[6]
  • Organizing warrior trainings to keep up their skills (like Brambleclaw did in Twilight)[13]
  • Making reports to the Clan leader[14]
  • Substitute for the Clan leader on Gatherings and in battles if they are unavailable (like Fireheart did for Bluestar after the fire that blazed through the forest in Rising Storm)[15]
  • As a deputy is also a warrior, they are expected to carry out warrior tasks as well (patrolling, hunting, mentoring etc.). They do not have a den of their own, but sleep with the other warriors.[5]

If the deputy is unavailable for a span of time, the senior warriors will distribute the deputy's tasks between them (like the ThunderClan senior warriors did when Graystripe was captured or when Tawnyspots was sick during Bluestar's Prophecy).[7]

History of ranks

ThunderClan

Deputies
Name Gained rank in... Left rank in...
Lightning Tail "The Dawn of the Clans" Thunderstar's Echo
Owl Eyes Thunderstar's Echo Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code"
Vinetail Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Before "The Vanishing Moon"
Daisyheart Before "The Vanishing Moon" Before "Poppycloud's Rule"
Greeneyes Before "Poppycloud's Rule" Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace"
Leafstorm Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" "The Leader Who Sought Peace"
Seedpelt Before "The Victorious Clan" Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Beetail Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Goosefeather's Curse
Doefeather Before Pinestar's Choice Before Pinestar's Choice
Pineheart Before Pinestar's Choice Pinestar's Choice
Mumblefoot Pinestar's Choice Before Bluestar's Prophecy
Sunfall Before Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Tawnyspots Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Adderfang Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluefur Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Redtail Bluestar's Prophecy Into the Wild
Lionheart Into the Wild Into the Wild
Tigerclaw Into the Wild Forest of Secrets
Fireheart Forest of Secrets A Dangerous Path
Whitestorm The Darkest Hour The Darkest Hour
Graystripe The Darkest Hour Sunset
Brambleclaw Sunset The Last Hope
Squirrelflight The Last Hope -

WindClan

Deputies
Name Gained rank in... Left rank in...
Gorse Fur Moth Flight's Vision Before "Webfoot Speaks: The Story of the Lost Tunneler"
Stonetail Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Before "Finders Keepers"
Mudpuddle Before "Finders Keepers" Before "Second in Command"
Pebblefur Before "Second in Command" Before "Second in Command"
Acorntail "Second in Command" Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Milkfur Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Heatherstar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Tallstar's Revenge
Gorsefoot Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Tallstar's Revenge
Reedfeather Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Tallstar's Revenge
Deadfoot Bluestar's Prophecy The Darkest Hour
Mudclaw Firestar's Quest Starlight
Onewhisker Starlight Starlight
Ashfoot Starlight Before Crowfeather's Trial
Harespring Before Bramblestar's Storm Shattered Sky
Crowfeather Tigerheart's Shadow -

RiverClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Night[16] None Thunderstar's Echo Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Sloefur[17] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Hailstep[18][19] Hailstar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Tallstar's Revenge
Shellheart[20] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Bluestar's Prophecy
Crookedjaw[21] Crookedstar Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Timberfur[20] None Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Oakheart[22] None Bluestar's Prophecy Into the Wild
Leopardfur[23] Leopardstar Into the Wild A Dangerous Path
Stonefur[24] None A Dangerous Path The Darkest Hour
Mistyfoot[25] Mistystar The Darkest Hour Moonrise
Hawkfrost (temporary)[26] None Moonrise Dawn
Mistyfoot[27] Mistystar Dawn Fading Echoes
Reedwhisker[28] None Fading Echoes ---

ShadowClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Sun Shadow[16] Unknown Before Thunderstar's Echo Shadowstar's Life
Raven Pelt[29] Unknown Shadowstar's Life Shadowstar's Life
Lakestorm[30] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Sunnytail[31] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Brightwhisker[32] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Marshscar[33] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Silvermask[34] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Snaketail[17] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Cedarpelt[35] Cedarstar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Bluestar's Prophecy
Stonetooth[20] None Before Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret
Raggedpelt[36] Raggedstar Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret
Foxheart[37] None Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret
Cloudpelt[37] None Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret
Brokentail[37] Brokenstar Yellowfang's Secret Into the Wild
Blackfoot[38] None Bluestar's Prophecy Into the Wild
Cinderfur[38] None Fire and Ice Rising Storm
Blackfoot[39] Blackstar Rising Storm The Darkest Hour
Russetfur[39] None Before Firestar's Quest Fading Echoes
Rowanclaw[28] Rowanstar Night Whispers Bramblestar's Storm
Crowfrost[40] None Bramblestar's Storm Thunder and Shadow
Tigerheart[41] Tigerstar Thunder and Shadow Darkest Night
Tawnypelt[42] None Darkest Night Darkest Night
Tawnypelt[43] None River of Fire The Raging Storm
Juniperclaw[44] None The Raging Storm The Raging Storm
Cloverfoot[45] None The Raging Storm ---

SkyClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Sparrow Fur[16] Unknown Before Thunderstar's Echo Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Maplewhisker[46] Maplestar Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Cloudstar's Journey
Raincloud[47] Unknown Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Cloudstar's Journey
Petalfall[48] None Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Cloudstar's Journey
Cloudstorm[49] Cloudstar Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Cloudstar's Journey
Buzzardtail[50] Buzzardstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Honeyleaf[51] None Before SkyClan's Destiny (prologue) SkyClan's Destiny (prologue)
Sharpclaw[51] None Firestar's Quest Hawkwing's Journey
Waspwhisker[52] None Hawkwing's Journey Hawkwing's Journey
Hawkwing[53] None Hawkwing's Journey ---

Trivia

  • Before the eighth rule of the warrior code came into existence, Clan leaders were originally chosen by their blood relation to the previous leader and not the deputy.[54]
    • However, before this was even established, Thunderstar had picked Owl Eyes to be his deputy despite them having no relation, and Shadowstar picking Raven Pelt. Though it can be argued that Thunderstar's kin were too young to fill the role, and Shadowstar had no family in ShadowClan with the death of Sun Shadow. [55][56]

See also

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 75
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 311
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 112
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 51
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 272
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 270
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 387
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 68
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Starlight, page 119
  10. Revealed in Sunset
  11. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 494
  12. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 287
  13. Revealed in Twilight, page 53
  14. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 133
  15. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 303
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, allegiances
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  18. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  19. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  21. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 388
  22. Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  23. Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  24. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 110
  25. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  26. Revealed in Dawn, page 80
  27. Revealed in Dawn, page 178
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, allegiances
  29. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 264
  30. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 20
  31. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 45
  32. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 85
  33. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 98
  34. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 136
  35. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  36. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 167
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 63
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 64
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 65
  40. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 290
  41. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 406
  42. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 10
  43. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  44. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 6
  45. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 25
  46. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 77
  47. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 124
  48. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 76
  49. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  50. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 154
  51. 51.0 51.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  52. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 216
  53. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 379
  54. Revealed in Code of the Clans, pages 76-77
  55. Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 10
  56. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 5


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