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"This one is for Ferncloud. She was killed by Brokenstar when she was defending the kits in the nursery."
Dewpaw about the marks on the Stick of the Fallen in Bramblestar's Storm, page 18

Ferncloud is a little,[10] short-furred,[11] pale gray she-cat with darker flecks,[2] and pale[2] leaf[12]-green eyes.[2]

Ferncloud was a ThunderClan queen under Firestar's leadership in the forest and lake territories. She was born to Brindleface along with her brother, Ashfur, and two unnamed kits. She soon gained Cloudkit as a foster brother after two of her siblings died. During her apprenticeship, Fernpaw was mentored by Darkstripe, and after he was exiled, Longtail became her new mentor. She fell in love with Dustpelt, and after receiving her warrior name of Ferncloud, had three litters of kits with him: Spiderleg, Shrewpaw, Birchfall, Larchkit, Hollykit, Foxleap and Icecloud. Ferncloud's passion for raising kits led her to assist other queens through motherhood as a permanent resident of the nursery. Though she spent most of her time in the nursery, she was as brave as any ThunderClan warrior, leading away the dog pack as an apprentice, assisting Cinderpelt during the battle against BloodClan, and fighting in the Great Battle, in which she died a warrior's death, being killed by Brokenstar. She ascended to StarClan, and her memory was preserved on the Stick of the Fallen. She also appeared at Bramblestar’s nine lives ceremony and gave him a life for protecting his Clan.

History

The Prophecies Begin

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"[Fireheart] looked down at the two apprentices. Their eyes gleamed with fury, grief for their mother momentarily forgotten in their desire to avenge her death."
—Fernpaw and Ashpaw before leading away the pack A Dangerous Path, page 298
She is born to Brindleface along with three littermates, though two kits die soon after birth. However, Brindleface agrees to foster Cloudkit, who grows up with the two remaining kits. Eventually, Fernpaw is apprenticed to Darkstripe and Ashpaw to Dustpelt, who Fernpaw soon develops feelings for. She reveals to Dustpelt Swiftpaw's plan for the apprentices to drive out what is eating prey at Snakerocks, allowing the Clan to save Brightpaw, though Swiftpaw is killed by the dog pack.
After Brindleface is killed by Tigerstar as prey for the pack, Fireheart allows Cloudtail, Ashpaw, and Fernpaw a pivotal role in diverting the dogs away from ThunderClan camp. When Darkstripe is banished for feeding Sorrelkit deathberries, Fernpaw is horrified, and Longtail takes over her mentorship. During the battle against BloodClan, Fernpaw is assigned to help Cinderpelt treat injuries.

The New Prophecy

"I can’t remember the last time I was full-fed . . . or any other cat in the Clan. Look at Ferncloud. She blames herself because Larchkit died, but it’s not her fault at all."
—Sorreltail to Leafpaw about Ferncloud's grief Moonrise, page 249
Ferncloud nurses her and Dustpelt's second litter of kits, Hollykit, Larchkit, and Birchkit, after Spiderpaw and Shrewpaw are made apprentices. When the forest territories are being destroyed by Twolegs, prey becomes scarce, leading Hollykit and Larchkit to starve. Their parents's grief thickens after Shrewpaw is killed on the Thunderpath, attempting to catch prey for the weakening Clan. She participates on the Great Journey, becoming close to a ShadowClan queen, Tallpoppy, whose kits befriend Birchkit in the absence of his littermates. Upon their arrival in the lake, Ferncloud returns to her warrior duties after Birchpaw is apprenticed, but helps care for her Daisy's kits, protecting them during the battle against the badgers.

Power of Three

Dustpelt: "This is ridiculous. I'm perfectly able to go out on patrol."
Ferncloud: "No, you're not. You're staying here if I have to hold you down."
—Ferncloud to Dustpelt when he is sick with greencough Long Shadows, page 152
Because Squirrelflight's milk doesn't come, Ferncloud is revealed to have suckled Lionkit, Hollykit, and Jaykit, and has given birth to her final litter: Icekit and Foxkit. Before Icepaw and Foxpaw are apprenticed, she catches greencough, but quickly recovers and returns to her warrior duties. However, she decides to return to the nursery to help Daisy raise Toadkit and Rosekit. During the greencough epidemic, Dustpelt is among the diseased cats, and Ferncloud regrets that she cannot be close to him. Though Dustpelt recovers, Ferncloud mourns heavily after her brother, Ashfur, is found murdered. She refuses to believe that a ThunderClan cat could have killed him.

Omen of the Stars

"Ferncloud thrust Brightheart and the kits deep into their nest as a Dark Forest tom reached through the tattered den wall. She slashed his muzzle, then spun around and grabbed a bunch of bramble stems in her teeth. She dragged them across the top of the nest, covering the she-cat."
—Ferncloud protecting Brightheart and her kits The Last Hope, page 302
Ferncloud and Daisy remain in the nursery, caring for Whitewing and Poppyfrost's kits. When RiverClan makes claim to all the fish in the lake, Ferncloud is among the few who agree, sympathizing with their struggle during the drought, though is suspicious when Sol returns to the Clans. She helps Sorreltail give birth when her kits come early, welcoming her old friend back into the nursery, and further cares for Brightheart's litter. During the battle against the Dark Forest, Ferncloud protects the nursery, but she is killed by Brokenstar, striking Dustpelt hard with bitter grief.

Super Editions

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

In Firestar's Quest, Ferncloud has become mates with Dustpelt, nursing their kits, Spiderkit and Shrewkit. When a badger is scented on ThunderClan territory, Ferncloud frets for the safety of her kits, doubtful of Firestar's decision to temporarily leave the Clan.
In Bramblestar's Storm, Ferncloud's memory is preserved on the Stick of the Fallen. Dustpelt remains pained by her death, refusing to retire so he can keep his mind off the memory. When he is killed by badgers, Ferncloud and their deceased kits greet him in StarClan.

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Ceremonies

Fernpaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: Darkstripe. You will be mentor to Fernpaw. Darkstripe, you are intelligent and bold. Pass on all you can to this young apprentice.
Reference: Rising Storm, page 42


Fernpaw's second apprentice ceremony
Firestar: Longtail, you are without an apprentice since Swiftpaw died. You were an excellent mentor to him, and I expect you to pass on your skills to Fernpaw for the rest of her apprenticeship.
Reference: The Darkest Hour, page 119

Personality

Ferncloud is a very kind and caring she-cat,[13] and loves being in the nursery as a permanent queen.[14] She is also very brave and loyal, as shown when she sacrificed herself defending Brightheart and the kits in the battle against the Dark Forest.[15]

Relationships

Dustpelt

Ferncloud and Dustpelt have been mates for a very long time, and they love each other very much. Ferncloud is kind and caring, and she and Dustpelt have had feelings for each other since she was an apprentice.[16] They have many kits together, and Dustpelt is devastated when Ferncloud dies in the battle with the Dark Forest.[17] When Dustpelt is dying after being gravely injured by a badger, he says that he never wanted to retire as an elder, and is glad to be reunited with Ferncloud.[18]

Birchfall, Shrewpaw, Hollykit, Larchkit, Spiderleg, Icecloud and Foxleap

Ferncloud loves her kits, and grieves for Shrewpaw, Hollykit, and Larchkit when they die.[19]

Brindleface and Ashfur

Ferncloud has a good relationship with her mother and brother, and she and Ashfur mourn greatly when their mother is found dead. They swear revenge on the dogs to avenge Brindleface, and help lead the pack to their deaths.[16]

Cloudtail

Cloudkit was Ferncloud’s foster brother. Cloudkit plays with his siblings, but sometimes gets them into trouble.[16]

Family

Ferncloud's mother is Brindleface. Her mate is Dustpelt, and Spiderleg, Shrewpaw, Birchfall, Hollykit, Larchkit, Foxleap, and Icecloud are their children. For more of Ferncloud's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Interesting facts

Author statements

  • Vicky has said that Ferncloud's death was the result of fan complaints. Ferncloud was placed into battle, due to Vicky believing that she was capable of fighting just as well as any warrior. Her fierce protection of young Clan cats is what put her in the thick of battle, in the defense of the nursery.[21]

Mistakes

  • Either she or her brother, Ashfur, were mistakenly called tawny.[22]
  • Ferncloud and Ashfur were mistakenly said to be Cloudtail's adopted littermates, though Brindleface only fostered him.[23]
  • Ferncloud was mistakenly described as dark gray,[24] mottled,[25] and with blue eyes.[26]

Continuity

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

Quotes

"I didn’t know what to do. I knew it was wrong, but I didn’t want to give them away. Only I’ve been feeling worse and worse, and so when I saw Dustpelt, I went to tell him."
—Fernpaw to Fireheart about Swiftpaw and Brightpaw A Dangerous Path, page 213


Fernpaw: "Fireheart, we want to help."
Fireheart: "I said warriors."
Ashpaw: "But Brindleface was our mother. Please, Fireheart. We want to do it for her."
Whitestorm: "Yes, take them with you. Their anger will make them fearless."
Fireheart: "All right."
—Fernpaw and Ashpaw convincing Fireheart to let them distract the dog pack A Dangerous Path, pages 291-292


"How do we know you didn't just desert the Clan because you couldn't face a hungry leaf-bare with the rest of us?"
—Ferncloud when Brambleclaw and Squirrelpaw return from the sun-drown-place Dawn, page 49


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Ferncloud: "Dustpelt, where are you? Brambleclaw, have you seen Dustpelt?"
Brambleclaw: "No, not yet. Come on, I’ll help you look."
Ferncloud: "I should have stayed with him! I never should have left the camp!"
Brambleclaw: "But Daisy needed you. She couldn’t have coped without a warrior to look after her, and it was much safer for you both to stay hidden outside the camp. Remember, Daisy hasn’t been in the Clan long, and she can’t fight well enough yet to defend herself and her kits."
Ferncloud: "Dustpelt can’t be dead."
—Ferncloud looking for Dustpelt after the battle with the badgers Sunset, page 17


"That’s not true. Even if it was, we can’t go back. There’ll be nothing left of the old forest by now. Here we have to learn new things. StarClan wouldn’t have brought us somewhere that’s too dangerous for us to live."
—Ferncloud to Goldenflower about the lake territories Sunset, page 76


"What should we do? We can't let the forest be overrun by foxes! What about my kits?"
—Ferncloud frets about her kits' safety The Sight, page 17


Ferncloud: "Ashfur? Be careful."
Ashfur: "Don't forget I've outrun a dog pack before."
Ferncloud: "You had me at your side then."
Ashfur: "And now I have you and your kits to protect. I won't let you down."
—Ferncloud worrying about Ashfur's safety The Sight, page 285


Ferncloud: "I can’t stand hearing it and doing nothing."
Jaypaw: "We need you here in case the camp is attacked again."
Ferncloud: "Waiting is worse than fighting."
—Ferncloud during the battle of the eclipse Eclipse, page 200

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 327
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 316
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 227
  6. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 42
  7. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Sunset, page 79
  9. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 119
  10. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page Chapter 2
  11. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 235
  12. Revealed in Dawn, page 98
  13. Revealed in Power of Three
  14. Revealed in Omen of the Stars
  15. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 302
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in The Prophecies Begin
  17. Revealed in The Last Hope
  18. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm
  19. Revealed in The New Prophecy
  20. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, manga
  21. Revealed in Erin Hunter's Confidential Notes: Choosing Which Cats Would Die.
  22. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 225
  23. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 12
  24. Revealed in The Sight, page 52
  25. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 41
  26. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 427
  27. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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