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"Don't take any notice of Featherwhisker...He teases all the cats. It's one of the privileges of being medicine cat."
Larksong to Bluekit and Snowkit in Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 22-23

Featherwhisker is a pale[10] silver-gray[11] tom with long whiskers, a plumy tail and amber eyes.[10]

Featherwhisker was medicine cat of ThunderClan who served under Pinestar and Sunstar, and Bluestar. He was born as Featherkit to Larksong and Flamenose, along with his littermate Sunkit, and Featherkit becomes the medicine cat apprentice to Goosefeather, taking the name Featherpaw, and later a full medicine cat named Featherwhisker. He shows himself to be competent and slowly takes over as ThunderClan's lead medicine cat when Goosefeather proves himself to be lazy, while Featherwhisker is well respected by his Clanmates.

As medicine cat, he saw the birth of many kits, and even implied he knew the true sire of Bluestar's kits. He trained Spottedleaf, and eventually died due to greencough after putting his patients before himself, joining StarClan.

History

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Super Editions

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

"Thistleclaw will teach them how to be a fierce warrior. But who will teach him that softness and strength can exist together? And that loyalty to the Clan comes from the heart, not through teeth and claws?"
—Featherwhisker to Bluefur about Thistleclaw Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Featherwhisker is the cat ThunderClan turns to when they need medical help, as Goosefeather is lazy. Featherwhisker is friendly towards Bluekit and Snowkit, and defends his Clanmates' complaints against Goosefeather, though he knows they're right. He later encourages Bluefur to take up a motherly role for Whitekit, as Thistleclaw won't teach him kindness and compassion. He later becomes the head medicine cat of ThunderClan with Goosefeather's retirement, and goes with Sunfall to help his brother receive his nine lives. He later becomes Spottedpaw's mentor and oversees the birth of Bluefur's kits, and finds it odd that she didn't let Thrushpelt name any of them, hinting he knows of Bluefur's true mate. He later goes with Bluefur to receive her nine lives, and dies due to greencough after exhausting himself putting his patients first, and his remembered fondly by Bluestar for his friendliness and compassion.

Novellas

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"Warriors face many challenges, but the warrior code protects them, Spottedpaw. No cat should ever be killed, even in the heat of battle. We fight to defend our borders, not maim the cats on the other side. [...] Battles are just a very small part of our lives. A true warrior has more love in her heart than hatred. Love for her Clanmates, for the forest that shelters her, for the prey that feeds us all."
—Featherwhisker to Spottedpaw Spottedleaf's Heart, page chapter 7
In Goosefeather's Curse, Featherkit and Sunkit are born to Larksong and Flamenose. Goosefeather uses his powers to see the kits' future and sees that Featherkit will become a medicine cat, and Sunkit the future ThunderClan leader. Though he wishes to share this with Doestar, Cloudberry urges him to keep the secret for the kits' sake.
In Spottedleaf's Heart, Spottedpaw, a young apprentice, takes an interest in the path of medicine and Featherwhisker is delighted to help teach her, and Spottedpaw enjoys helping him out with his duties. He eventually becomes her mentor when she decides to switch from being a warrior.

Detailed description

Featherwhisker is a thick-furred,[12] pale[10] silver-gray[11] tom with bright amber eyes.[10] He has smooth fur,[13] long, feathery[8] whiskers, and a sweeping, plumy tail.[10]

Trivia

Author statements

  • It was revealed on Vicky's Facebook page that Sunstar and Featherwhisker's parents were Larksong and Flamenose.[14]

Mistakes

  • Despite already having his full medicine cat name while Patchpelt and Leopardfoot are still kits in Bluestar's Prophecy, he is still called Featherpaw at the beginning of Yellowfang's Secret, when Patchpelt and Leopardfoot are already apprentices.[5]

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Official art

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Ceremonies

Featherpaw's medicine cat apprentice ceremony
Goosefeather: Featherpaw, is it your wish to share the deepest knowledge of StarClan as a ThunderClan medicine cat?
Featherpaw: Yes, it is.
Goosefeather: Then follow me. Warriors of StarClan, I present to you this apprentice. He has chosen the path of a medicine cat. Grant him your wisdom and insight so that he may understand your ways and heal his Clan in accordance with your will.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, pages 2-3

Quotes

"One kit's scent will smell like curiosity. Two kit's scents will smell like nosiness."
—Featherwhisker telling Bluekit and Snowkit to stay out of Pinestar's den Bluestar's Prophecy, page 21


"So you're not letting the father decide on any of the names? You always were determined, Bluefur."
—Featherwhisker to Bluefur Bluestar's Prophecy, page 466


Spottedpaw: "But we won't always be fighting our Clanmates, will we? One day I'll be fighting a real enemy, and I'll have to use my claws and my teeth and everything I've learned just to survive..."
Featherwhisker: "Warriors face many challenges, but the warrior code protects them, Spottedpaw. No cat should ever be killed, even in the heat of battle. We fight to defend our borders, not maim the cats on the other side."
Spottedpaw: "Some cats seem to enjoy fighting, whoever their opponent is."
Featherwhisker: "Battles are just a very small part of our lives. A true warrior has more love in her heart than hatred. Love for her Clanmates, for the forest that shelters her, for the prey that feeds us all."
—Featherwhisker to Spottedpaw Spottedleaf's Heart, page chapter 7

Notes and references

  1. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 507
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 22-23
  7. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 25
  9. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 463
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 4
  12. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 1
  13. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 332
  14. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
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