"When I lead ShadowClan, I'll be better than either of them, he promised himself. [...] Whatever he did, he wouldn't make Tigerstar's or Brokenstar's mistakes."
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"You knew what the cats from the Dark Forest were doing. There was no need for Firestar to challenge Blackstar over that worthless stretch of grass. Did you want cats to die?"
— Fernshade arguing with Yellowfang in Night Whispers, page 2

Fernshade is a slender[5] tortoiseshell she-cat[1] with yellow eyes.[6]

Fernshade was a ShadowClan warrior under Raggedstar’s, Brokenstar’s, and Nightstar’s leaderships in the forest territories. She was born as Fernkit under Cedarstar’s leadership to Hollyflower and Blizzardwing, along with Flintfang and Blackstar. However, the identity of their father was kept a secret since Blizzardwing was already mates with Featherstorm. She was apprenticed as Fernpaw. Fernpaw later became a warrior, taking on the name of Fernshade, and had Wolfstep's kit, Badgerkit. Many seasons later, Fernshade was seen in StarClan to welcome Russetfur after the ginger deputy’s death.


In the Omen of the Stars arc

Night Whispers

"Not every cat breaks the warrior code!"
―Fernshade meowing angrily Night Whispers, page 3
In StarClan, she, Yellowfang, Sagewhisker, Bluestar, and several other cats are talking about Russetfur, the ShadowClan deputy's death during a battle between her Clan and ThunderClan over a grassy clearing. Fernshade is quite upset over Russetfur's death, constantly stating that ShadowClan had suffered the most because of this. She blames Yellowfang for not sending a sign to ThunderClan about the Dark Forest's intentions. Fernshade then leaves to lead Russetfur to StarClan. When Flametail sits by the Moonpool and speaks with Sagewhisker and Palefoot, he names the StarClan cats he sees. He lists Fernshade among them.

In the Super Editions

Yellowfang's Secret

Fernpaw is born to Hollyflower of ShadowClan, along with her brothers Flintpaw and Blackpaw. The three, along with Nightpaw, Clawpaw, and their mentors, charge past Yellowfang and Cloudpelt. A few days later, she helps clean out bedding with the other apprentices, and ends up joining in the wrestling after Nightpaw and Flintpaw start. Hollyflower ends it, threatening to tell their mentors to not have them do any battle training, and they all scurry off to gather the displaced moss.
Brightflower mentions to Yellowfang that Nutwhisker has been spending a lot of time with Fernpaw recently, even though she isn't his apprentice, saying it would be wonderful for them to have kits. She tells Brokenpaw he will be made a warrior soon, when Tangleburr tells him that she doesn't think Raggedstar will want him to be a warrior so he could be his deputy. Fernshade tells Brokentail that the hunting patrol was attacked by rats. When Brokentail tells the Clan the plan he came up with to get rid of the rats, she says it may be worth a try. She goes with the patrol to hold back the rats so that they may see the other cats killing their denmates.
As Yellowfang walks out of Raggedstar's den, Fernshade bounds up to her, and announces she is going to have Wolfstep's kits. She admits it is isn't the best time to have them, and she's a bit old to be having her first litter, but continues on saying the Clan needs new blood. Yellowfang takes her to the medicine den, and Runningnose has her lie down so he can check on her kits. He tells them to grow big and strong, and Fernshade purrs that they would be fine with the two cats to look after them. Yellowfang gives her burnet leaves, and Runningnose tells her to come back for more and to eat as much as possible for her kits, and leaves soon after.
When Fernshade goes into labor and gives birth to her kit, it's noted that the kit is stubborn and is having trouble coming out. When she finishes the birth, Fernshade begins licking him, and names him Badgerkit when Yellowfang observes that his face is striped. She presses her muzzle into her mate's fur when he comes in, saying that their son's name is Badgerkit.
When Yellowfang asks the kits why they're outside the camp, they reply that Brokenstar let them out to give Fernshade some peace and quiet. She walks beside Yellowfang after the Gathering where her son was announced as a new ShadowClan apprentice. She looks fondly at her eager son, saying she'd never thought she'd have given birth to him, and how he was going to be a true ShadowClan warrior, and how proud of him she is. After the battle against WindClan, Flintfang goes to inform her that her son died in the battle.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

"We have been sick from the rats before, Runningnose hasn't slept for a quarter moon, trying to find enough herbs for us all."
―Fernshade about ShadowClan's sickness Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 3
Tigerclaw sees Fernshade, Deerfoot, and Boulder come into his view. When Fernshade pads to speak up, Tigerclaw considers her older than he remembers, as her fur is clumped and patched, and one of her eyes is stuck shut with a yellow ooze. Fernshade explains that the Clan had been struck ill by the rats previous times, but it wasn't nearly as devastating as the current one. She adds that Runningnose hadn't slept for a quarter moon, as he was trying to search for herbs for all the cats. Tangleburr then rests her nose against Fernshade's flank, and offers to hunt for her. Once they leave, Fernshade wishes for StarClan to light their path.
When Tigerclaw calls for Blackfoot, the latter is seen speaking with Fernshade. When Mowgli and Snag are about to be renamed, Fernshade dryly remarks that they could cope with the new cats. As she speaks to Rowanberry, Fernshade remarks that the following night would be the Gathering, and inquires if Runningnose had told her what he was to say to the other Clans.

Blackfoot's Reckoning

Coming Soon

In the Field Guides

Code of the Clans

Although not formally appearing, Fernshade is mentioned by her son, Badgerpaw. As the young cat lay dying from wounds given to him by a WindClan warrior, Badgerpaw says that he hopes Brokenstar and Fernshade are proud of him. Flintfang promises the young apprentice that his mother would be proud of him, although the older ShadowClan cat has no idea how he's going to tell Fernshade that her kit was killed in battle because he was forced to fight when he was too small and weak to handle it.

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Wolfstep:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Badgerfang:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Hollyflower:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Blizzardwing:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Flintfang:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Blackstar:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown




  • She is mistakenly said to be Russetfur's mentor.[8]


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

  • In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook, after Badgerfang's death, Wolfstep and Fernshade had another litter of Whitewater and Ivytail.[9]


Fernshade: "Tomorrow is the night of the Gathering. Has Runningnose told you what he’s going to tell the other Clans?"
Russetfur: "I don’t think he’ll need to tell them anything. It’s going to be pretty obvious that Nightstar has died and we don’t have a leader."
—Fernshade and Russetfur discussing the Gathering Tigerclaw's Fury, page chapter 10

Fernshade: "The whole of StarClan has been talking. Every cat thinks you should have stopped it."
Yellowfang: "The battle between ThunderClan and ShadowClan? Do you think I have that much power, Fernshade?"
Sagewhisker: "You could have sent a message to ThunderClan."
Fernshade: "If you had, Russetfur might not have died. I trained her, you know."
Yellowfang: "I hadn't forgotten."
Fernshade: "I'm the one who's going to have to fetch her."
—Fernshade, Yellowfang, and Sagewhisker discussing the battle Night Whispers, pages 1-2

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 55
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 308
  5. Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter1
  6. Revealed in Blackfoot's Reckoning, chapter 4
  7. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 433
  8. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 2
  9. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
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