"Why not? Apart from food, all kits need is love and some cat to play with them. I can't think of a better way to spend my days."
— Fernsong to Ivypool about kits in Darkest Night, page 73

Fernsong is a pale[5] yellow tabby tom.[2]

Fernsong is a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Bramblestar's, the impostor's, and Squirrelflight's leaderships in the lake territories. He was born as Fernkit to Cinderheart and Lionblaze along with Hollytuft and Sorrelstripe, and was named in honor of Ferncloud. Eventually, he became an apprentice under Rosepetal with the name of Fernpaw, and later earned his warrior name of Fernsong. He formed a close bond with Ivypool and eventually became her mate, fathering Flipclaw, Thriftear, and Bristlefrost with her. Despite being a tom, he moved onto the nursery with her to help her raise their kits. At the same time, he became the older brother to Snaptooth, Spotfur and Flywhisker; his parents' second litter.


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A Vision of Shadows

Fernsong: "Traveling herbs are the worst!"
Ivypool: "Hopefully they'll give you enough strength to protect us. That is why you're coming, isn’t it?"
Fernsong: "I was hoping you'd protect me."
Ivypool: "If you're nice to me, I might."
—Fernsong and Ivypool about travelling herbs Thunder and Shadow, page 251
Fernsong is a warrior of ThunderClan. He is a gentle and caring tom, and spends plenty of time in the nursery with the kits. He takes Honeykit to Jayfeather and Alderpaw and is concerned about the kit's bellyache. He and Ivypool become close friends and gently tease each other. Squirrelflight asks him to journey with Ivypool, Alderpaw and Twigpaw to find Twigpaw's mother. However, they fail to find Twigpaw's mother and assume she died on the Thunderpath.
He and Ivypool become mates, and Fernsong is eager to start a family. Ivypool is hesitant to give up her life as a warrior for moons in the nursery, but Fernsong insists he will take her place once the kits were weaned. The pair later journey to SkyClan's camp to look for Dovewing, and Fernsong comforts his mate and assures her of Dovewing's loyalty. His mother, Cinderheart, gives birth to his younger littermates, Spotkit, Snapkit, and Flykit, and Ivypool gives birth to Bristlekit, Flipkit, and Thriftkit. Fernsong moves into the nursery and helps to care for his kits.
Fernsong greets Dovewing and her kits when she briefly visits ThunderClan, and Ivypool introduces their kits to Dovewing. Fernsong joins the patrol to escort Dovewing and her family to ShadowClan, and Ivypool adamantly questions her mate about everything Dovewing may have said. He later meets Dovewing again when she joins a patrol to bring Puddleshine back to ShadowClan.

The Broken Code

"We’re so sorry for doubting you. Maybe you can see things other cats can’t, or maybe StarClan sent you these weird messages so you would have the courage to try something no other medicine cat would have dared. We want you to know that ThunderClan doesn’t bear you any ill will."
—Fernsong thanking Shadowpaw after Bramblestar is revived Lost Stars, page 257
His kits are now apprentices, and he is very proud and supportive of Bristlepaw when she finally passes her warrior assessment. Bristlefrost finds comfort in her father after being heartbroken by Stemleaf and Bramblestar's apparent death. When Bramblestar's impostor exiles Graystripe and Sparkpelt, both Fernsong and Ivypool wish to leave ThunderClan with them, but stay for the sake of their kits.

Super Editions

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In Bramblestar's Storm, Fernkit is born to Lionblaze and Cinderheart alongside his sisters Sorrelkit and Hollykit. Like his littermates, Fernkit is named after fallen Clanmates who died during the battle against the Dark Forest. Moons after the Great Storm, Fernpaw is apprenticed to Rosepetal, and is very enthusiastic when Bramblestar and Squirrelflight train with them.


Interesting facts

Author statements


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

  • On the Warriors website family tree, Fernsong is mistakenly listed separately from his lineage.[8] However, he appears back when the ThunderClan button is toggled.[9]

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"Fernkit becomes Fernpaw, and Sorrelkit becomes Sorrelpaw. Their names come from warriors who fell in the Great Battle: Ferncloud and Sorreltail."
—Squirrelflight narrating Bramblestar's Storm, page manga

Fernsong: "Lilyheart asked me to bring her to you."
Jayfeather: "I know. She has a belly ache. You already told us."
Fernsong: "Lilyheart was busy with the other kits, and Honeykit has been miserable all morning. I was going to go hunting with Ivypool, but Lilyheart asked me—"
Jayfeather: "To bring her here. Yes! We know. Alderpaw, come and check whether she has a fever."
Briarlight: "Come over here, Fernsong, and let them examine her properly."
Fernsong: "I just want to make sure she’s okay."
—Fernsong, Jayfeather and Briarlight about Honeykit Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 3

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Fernsong: "Can I go too? I haven’t been on a border patrol for days."
Squirrelflight: "I want you to travel with Ivypool and Twigpaw. Will you go?"
Fernsong: "On their mission to find Twigpaw’s mother? Of course!"
—Fernsong and Squirrelflight about the mission Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 16

Fernsong: "We’ve come this far. We might as well go all the way."
Ivypool: "But the monsters. What if they leave the path?"
Fernsong: "They never leave the path. Monsters may be big and loud, but they are bee-brained."
—Fernsong and Ivypool about monsters Thunder and Shadow, page chapter 16

"Bramblestar says they are one of the original Clans. Are you doubting your leader?"
—Fernsong to Cherryfall and Molewhisker about SkyClan Darkest Night, page 9

Ivypool: "I'm not ready to have kits yet. Kits mean endless moons in the nursery. Daisy's getting too old to look after another litter, and I want to be out in the forest hunting and patrolling, not stuck in camp all the time."
Fernsong: "Why do you have to be in the nursery with them?"
Ivypool: "What do you mean? I have to nurse them, don't I? Who else can do that?"
Fernsong: "But the nursing is over soon enough. Then you'd be able to go back to your warrior duties."
Ivypool: "And leave our kits to raise themselves until they're six moons old?"
Fernsong: "Of course not. Once the kits are eating prey, I can move into the nursery. I can move in before that, if you like, so you can go on patrols between feedings."
Ivypool: "But you're a tom! Toms don't live in the nursery."
Fernsong: "Why not? Apart from food, all kits need is love and some cat to play with them. I can't think of a better way to spend my days."
Ivypool: "I'll think about it. Maybe after Leaf-bare is over."
—Ivypool and Fernsong discussing kits Darkest Night, pages 72-73

Ivypool: "Fernsong's great. He wants kits. He's even offered to move into the nursery and raise them."
Twigpaw: "A tom in the nursery? I guess that could work. Fernsong would make a great father."
—Ivypool and Twigpaw about Fernsong Darkest Night, page 185

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm manga
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Measure of a Father on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  4. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 10
  5. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 20
  6. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 9
  7. Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  8. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  9. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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