"Firestar had carried Gorsepaw, then a tiny kit, back across the Thunderpath. All of that was wasted now, thanks to Tigerstar."
— Narration in The Darkest Hour, page 208

Gorsepaw is a lean, brown[5] tabby tom[6] with short, thick fur.[5]


In the The Prophecies Begin arc

Fire and Ice

He is a newborn WindClan kit living with his mother, Morningflower, and his Clan while they are living in exile after being chased out of their territory by ShadowClan.
Fireheart and Graystripe, two young ThunderClan warriors, convince Tallstar to lead WindClan back to their camp. He is too young to walk on his own, and has to be carried the whole way. Fireheart sees Morningflower is having trouble carrying him because of how exhausted she was, and takes him on instead. Morningflower is seen blinking gratefully at Fireheart.
When WindClan travels back into their camp, he and Morningflower are the first to re-enter the camp.

Rising Storm

Onewhisker tells Fireheart that Morningflower's kit had been made an apprentice, now Gorsepaw, and that this was his first Gathering. Fireheart spots Gorsepaw, and notices that, even though he hasn't been training long, his muscles were well-developed under his pelt like the other apprentices.

A Dangerous Path

Fireheart sees Onewhisker at another Gathering, who formally introduces him to Gorsepaw, who Fireheart remembers seeing before. Gorsepaw shyly tells Fireheart that Morningflower told him about how he had carried him. Fireheart teasingly says he was glad he wouldn't have to carry Gorsepaw now, and that if he grew any more, he would have to join LionClan. Gorsepaw purrs happily in response.
Gorsepaw is out hunting with his mentor and Mudclaw, carrying a rabbit, when Fireheart calls him over into the bracken, begging him to keep quiet. Fireheart wanted to speak with Tallstar, to stop a battle between ThunderClan and WindClan from happening because Bluestar had mistakenly accused WindClan of stealing prey. He tells Gorsepaw to let Onewhisker know he was here, but not Mudclaw. When Gorsepaw looks hesitant, Fireheart says it was important for both of their Clans, and he had to trust him. Gorsepaw sees how desperate Fireheart is, and goes to fetch Onewhisker.
When Bluestar and Tallstar lead patrols to talk with each other, Fireheart spots Gorsepaw standing behind his Clan leader, along with Onewhisker and Morningflower. Fireheart sadly thinks of how he didn't want to fight them. They do not, however, since Bluestar and Tallstar settled their differences, choosing not to fight the opposing Clan.

The Darkest Hour

Fireheart, now Firestar, the new leader of ThunderClan, sees Gorsepaw and Onewhisker settling down around the Great Rock to speak with Sandstorm.
When ThunderClan goes to help WindClan when they are attacked by TigerClan, Firestar sees Morningflower crouched over a dead cat with a torn ginger-and-white pelt, yowling her grief. To his horror, Firestar realizes it is Gorsepaw. Bitterly, Onewhisker tells Firestar of how Tigerstar pinned him down in the center of the clearing, with all his warriors around him so nobody could stop him, stating that he was killing Gorsepaw to show every cat what would happen to them if they refused to join him any longer. Firestar remembers how he had carried Gorsepaw across the Thunderpath, and thinks of how that was all wasted now, thanks to Tigerstar.
Gorsepaw is seen newly among the ranks of StarClan, along with Stonefur, the RiverClan deputy, who was killed by Darkstripe and Blackfoot for being half-Clan.
During the battle with BloodClan, Morningflower is seen chanting his name as she fights, taking out her grief on her enemies. After the battle was won, Firestar sees that Morningflower had avenged her son's death at last.


Interesting facts

  • Kate confirmed that Gorsepaw's father is not Tallstar.[7]
  • He is a descendant of Windstar, because Morningflower is descended from her.[8]


  • He has mistakenly been called a ginger-and-white tabby.[3]

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Morningflower:[2] Living (As of Hollyleaf's Story)


Cloudrunner:[9] Status unknown


Storkkit:[9] Deceased, residence unknown
Quailkit:[9] Status unknown
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Ashfoot:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Onestar:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Rabbitkit:[11] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Doespring:[12] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Ryestalk:[12] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Bristlekit:[11] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Flykit:[11] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Tallstar:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Finchkit:[14] Status unknown


Wrenflight:[10] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)


Stagleap:[10] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Palebird:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistmouse:[12] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Woollytail:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hareflight:[12] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)


Darktail:[15] Deceased, residence unknown
Smoke's kits:[16] Deceased, residence unknown
Crowfeather:[8] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Eaglekit:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hillkit:[18] Status unknown
Downkit:[18] Status unknown
Heathertail:[19] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Breezepelt:[20] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Crowfeather and Nightcloud's kits:[21] Deceased, residence unknown
Jayfeather:[22] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Lionblaze:[22] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollyleaf:[22] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Smokehaze:[23] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Brindlewing:[23] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Hollytuft:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Sorrelstripe:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Fernsong:[24] Living (As of Lost Stars)
Snappaw:[25] Status unknown
Spotpaw:[25] Status unknown
Flypaw:[25] Status unknown
Tornear:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mudclaw:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Distant Ancestors:

Windstar's mother:[26] Deceased, residence unknown
Gorsestar's mother:[27] Status unknown
Windstar's sister:[26] Deceased, residence unknown
Gorsestar:[8] Deceased, residence unknown
Windstar:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Micah's mother:[28] Deceased, residence unknown
Micah:[29] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moth Flight:[30] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Emberkit:[31] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morning Whisker:[32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dust Muzzle:[32] Living (As of Shadowstar's Life)
Bubbling Stream:[33] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Honey Pelt:[33] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Spider Paw:[33] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Blue Whisker:[34] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)
Blue Whisker's three unnamed kits:[9] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


"Fireheart remembered the tiny wet bundle of fur he had helped to carry through the rain, out of Twoleg territory and back to WindClan's home. He followed Onewhisker's gaze across the clearing to a young brown tom. Although small like the rest of his Clan, the apprentice's muscles were already lean and well developed beneath his short, thick fur."
—Fireheart's narration Rising Storm, page 311

Onewhisker: "Hi. Do you remember who this is? This is Morningflower's kit. He's my apprentice now—Gorsepaw. Isn't he big?"
Fireheart: "Morningflower's kit, of course! I saw you at the last Gathering."
Gorsepaw: "Mother told me about you, Fireheart. How you carried me, and everything."
—Conversation between Onewhisker, Fireheart, and Gorsepaw A Dangerous Path, pages 106-107

"Tigerstar killed him. He pinned him down in the center of the clearing, with his warriors around him so none of us could get close enough to stop him. He...he said he was going to kill him so the rest of us would know what to expect if we refused to join him."
—Onewhisker bitterly recalling Gorsepaw's death The Darkest Hour, page 207

"Firestar could not help wondering if Tigerstar had deliberately chosen Gorsepaw because he knew of Firestar's bond with the young apprentice."
—Firestar's thoughts The Darkest Hour, page 208

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 262
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 60
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 207
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 106
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 311
  6. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, chapter 10
  7. Revealed on Kate's blog
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 26
  13. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 6
  14. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 21
  15. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 259
  16. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 258
  17. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 32
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  19. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  20. Revealed in The Sight, page 118
  21. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 406
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 290
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene, page 2
  27. Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene, page 15
  28. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 72
  29. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 318
  30. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 189
  31. Revealed in The First Battle, page 194
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 139
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 321
  34. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page manga
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