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"Emberkit may have been spared of future suffering. We live in the wild. Life is tough. Maybe it's best only the strongest kits survive."
Gray Wing's attempt to comfort Wind Runner over Emberkit in The First Battle, page 195

Emberkit is a brown-and-white tabby[blog 1] tom-kit[4] with a white underbelly[blog 1] and feather-soft fur.[2]

Emberkit was born to Wind Runner and Gorse Fur of the Early Settlers, along with his siblings Morning Whisker, Moth Flight, and Dust Muzzle. Emberkit later died of the mysterious sickness and went to StarClan.

History

In the Dawn of the Clans arc

The First Battle

Emberkit is born to Wind Runner and Gorse Fur, with three other kits. He is born a moon early, and is therefore small and weak. Along with his siblings, he suckles from his mother as she is congratulated by the group. Some time after, Gray Wing returns to camp, and notices that something is wrong. Gorse Fur reveals that Emberkit has died. Shocked and distraught, Gray Wing goes to see Wind Runner, who is grieving over Emberkit's body. Gray Wing notices that there are flecks of spittle at the kit's mouth, hinting that he struggled as he died.
After he notices this, he asks if Emberkit suffered, and Wind Runner angrily confirms, showing Gray Wing Emberkit's matted fur and clouded eyes. Gray Wing attempts to comfort Wind Runner by saying he may have been spared of a bleak future, and he is in a better place, but this infuriates her. Wind Runner accuses him of not caring for their weak, and tells him to go away.
The next day, Wind Runner apologizes to Gray Wing for her outburst. Rainswept Flower suggests burying Emberkit, and Gorse Fur digs a grave for him. Wind Runner leads Gray Wing to his body, and when Gray Wing picks up Emberkit, he is shocked by how light he is, comparing him to a bunch of feathers. Sparrow Fur says that he was too young to die as Gray Wing carries Emberkit. Gray Wing drops the body into the grave, and Wind Runner stares into it. Pebble Heart drops some burnet leaves into the grave so Emberkit has strength for his journey, and Gorse Fur states that they would have shown Emberkit so much love, and that they will remember him with pride, as he could have grown into a fine cat.
As Thunder begins to bury Emberkit, Wind Runner races forward, protesting that he can't be buried. Gorse Fur pulls her back, gently convincing her to focus on looking after the surviving kits. As they leave, Thunder, Shattered Ice and Lightning Tail finish burying Emberkit.
After the battle at Fourtrees, spirits rise from the bodies of the dead. Other spirits from those who died before the battle then appear, one of which is Emberkit. Emberkit asks where Wind Runner is, and she rushes over to him, joyous that he is safe. He tells her that Turtle Tail is looking after him. As Turtle Tail tells the cats that she would like to speak to Gray Wing alone, Emberkit, Wind Runner and Gorse Fur go to the side of the clearing. As the spirits depart, Wind Runner gazes after Emberkit, who is trotting at Turtle Tail's heels.

The Blazing Star

Wind Runner is mentioned by Gray Wing as having changed, being extra careful with her remaining kits since Emberkit had died soon after being born, wondering who could possibly blame her.

A Forest Divided

Wind Runner is seen after the battle wrapping herself around her lost kits, which include Emberkit and Morning Whisker. She tells her kits to come closer, as they won't be together for long. He is also briefly mentioned by Moth Flight when she remembers Gray Wing as the cat who dug her brother and sister's grave.

In the Super Editions

Moth Flight's Vision

Emberkit appears in StarClan when Moth Flight finds the Moonstone for the first time. He helps Moth Flight understand that she must convince the other Clans that she met with the spirit cats, and that some of their cats must become medicine cats. He states that he, Morning Whisker, and Moth Flight share three things: a history and a future, and Moth Flight finishes, saying they also share a mother.
Emberkit then encourages Moth Flight, saying she will please her mother, promising that in time she will understand everything, and until then she will continue to support her. He explains that Wind Runner just wants to protect Moth Flight, because it's a mother's instinct, and that when Moth Flight becomes a medicine cat, she will feel the same way.
Later after Moth Flight tells the Clans about the medicine cats, Gorse Fur comes up to congratulate her, saying that he is very proud. Moth flight purrs loudly and then remembers Emberkit, and Morning Whisker. She tells Wind Runner and Gorse Fur that she had seen her littermates, and they were the ones who had spoke to her. Wind Runner asks if they are okay, and Moth Flight then assures her that while they are still kits, they are happy and have grown wise. Wind Runner then looks at Gorse Fur, their voices filled with joy as they realize their two kits are safe and happy.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Although not mentioned by name, it is mentioned on Wind Runner's page that when Wind realized she was expecting kits and asked if she and Gorse could become part of the group, eager for her kits to have the protection of this larger group.

Trivia

Author statements

  • Emberkit's name being a single word compared to the two-word names of the Tribe cats was a mistake on Kate's part. She believes that due to dying so young, it was hard to give him a name, and thought she was thinking of dying embers when she named him.[blog 2]
  • If he were still alive, Kate thinks he would have been called Ember Heart and likes the idea of the -kit suffix tradition originating from his name.[blog 3]

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

Character pixels

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Official art

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Windstar:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Gorsestar:[6] Deceased, residence unknown

Sister:

Moth Flight:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morning Whisker:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brother:

Dust Muzzle:[7] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
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Nephews:
Spider Paw:[8] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Honey Pelt:[8] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)

Nieces:

Bubbling Stream:[8] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Blue Whisker:[8] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)

Grandnieces/nephews:

Three unnamed kits:[9] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)

Grandmothers:

Windstar's mother:[10] Deceased, residence unknown
Gorsestar's mother:[11] Status unknown

Aunt:

Windstar's sister:[10] Deceased, residence unknown

Tree

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances

Quotes

Gray Wing: "We can't save every cat. Emberkit might be in a better place now, playing with other kits. It might make your loss easier if you—"
Wind Runner: "How would you know? You're not a mother. You're not even a father!"
—Gray Wing's failed comfort attempts and Wind Runner arguing with him The First Battle, page 195


Wind Runner: "I'm here! You're safe!"
Emberkit: "I have Turtle Tail."
—Emberkit reuniting with Wind Runner The First Battle, page 280

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 280
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The First Battle, page 194
  3. Revealed in The First Battle, page 130
  4. Revealed in The First Battle, page 195
  5. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 139
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 11
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 318
  9. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, manga
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene, page 2
  11. Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene, page 15
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