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"Because we are one Clan and we forgive our Clanmates—even when they’ve made terrible mistakes."
— Gorsetail on why the Dark Forest trainees weren't exiled in Crowfeather's Trial, page 124

Gorsetail is a very pale gray-and-white she-cat with blue eyes.[7]

Gorsetail is a WindClan elder who has served under Onestar and Harestar's leaderships in the lake territories. She bore three kits with the RiverClan warrior, Beechfur: Sedgewhisker, Swallowtail, and Thistleheart. After Swallowtail and Thistleheart were killed in the Great Battle, Gorsetail resented that the Dark Forest trainees were forgiven, particularly Breezepelt. As a warrior, she mentored two apprentices: Crouchfoot and Hootwhisker.

History

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Power of Three

"I left them in the nursery and went to stretch my legs. They weren't there when I came back, so I went looking for them. They’ve wandered out before, but not far. But this time there’s no sign of them. Their trail heads toward the RiverClan border and then just disappears. A hawk’s carried them off, I know it!"
—Gorsetail when her kits vanish Dark River, page 273
She is a queen nursing three kits: Sedgekit, Thistlekit, and Swallowkit. When they go missing, she follows their trail until it disappears. Gorsetail frantically concludes that a hawk had taken them, but Onestar insists on sending out a search party. The cats believe that the kits were taken by RiverClan and prepare for battle when rabbit blood is found near the border. However, the kits were actually in the tunnels, and are rescued before they flood by Breezepaw, Heatherpaw, Lionpaw, Jaypaw, and Hollypaw.

Omen of the Stars

"Be quiet! This is a Clan cat who needs our help."
—Gorsetail on helping Jayfeather The Last Hope, page 79
When a WindClan patrol encounters ThunderClan's blind medicine cat, Jayfeather, stuck in a thornbursh, Gorsetail frees him, defending him when Nightcloud and Crouchpaw accuse him of murdering Flametail. During the battle against the Dark Forest, Gorsetail is sent on a patrol to aid ShadowClan.

A Vision of Shadows

Gorsetail: "Mouse-brained yourself, Crowfeather. Bramblestar wouldn't be here if this weren't something Onestar needed to know. I’ll take responsibility, if it bothers you so much."
Crowfeather: "Suit yourself. If Onestar claws your ears off, don't come crying to me."
Gorsetail: "I'll take the risk."
—Gorsetail arguing with Crowfeather Shattered Sky, page 32
Onestar orders Gorsetail and Sedgewhisker to escort Kestrelflight to the medicine cat meeting, much to the other medicine cat's displeasure. Kestrelflight defends his Clanmates, revealing that Onestar has been being harsh on his cats lately. After Onestar closes WindClan's borders, Gorsetail allows Bramblestar's patrol to speak with him, despite her orders not to let any cats in. She travels to RiverClan when fire breaks out in their territory, and later joins Twigbranch's patrol to bring back SkyClan.

The Broken Code

Gorsetail has retired from her warrior duties and joined the elder's den.

Super Editions

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"I know what you mean. It doesn't seem right that Breezepelt is still here. I know Onestar thinks he isn't a traitor because he didn't try to kill a WindClan cat, but isn't fighting on the side of the Dark Forest just as bad? How can we ever trust him again?"
—Gorsetail questioning Breezepelt's loyalty Crowfeather's Trial, page 13
In Crowfeather's Trial, Gorsetail complains about Onestar's handling of the Dark Forest trainees after the Great Battle. She wonders why Breezepelt was allowed to stay in WindClan, as he had fought with the Dark Forest til the end, and that the Clan would be better off without him. She becomes mentor to Hootpaw after his former mentor, Nightcloud, disappears after fighting the stoats. However, when Crowfeather discovers that she is alive, Gorsetail joins his patrol to rescue her from Twolegplace.

Detailed description

Gorsetail is a mottled,[8] very pale[7] gray-and-white[7] tabby she-cat[8] with blue eyes[7], a gray-and-white paw,[9] and tail.[10]

Trivia

Interesting Facts

  • As of Crowfeather's Trial, she and Leaftail have not forgiven Breezepelt for his actions during the Great Battle. [5]

Mistakes

  • There are some inconsistencies with Gorsetail's gender. She has been listed as male, female, or no gender at all. These mistakes begin in Dark River, and continue into more recent books, including Bramblestar's Storm and Dovewing's Silence. The following list shows which books have Gorsetail as which gender:
    • Male: The Fourth Apprentice,[11] Fading Echoes,[12] Sign of the Moon,[13] The Forgotten Warrior,[14] The Last Hope,[15] Hollyleaf's Story,[16] Dovewing's Silence,[17] and Bramblestar's Storm.[18]
    • Female: Mistystar's Omen,[19] Dark River,[2] Outcast,[7] Eclipse,[20] Night Whispers,[21] Crowfeather's Trial,[22] The Apprentice's Quest,[23]Thunder and Shadow,[24] Shattered Sky,[25] Darkest Night,[26] Tigerheart's Shadow,[27] River of Fire,[28] The Raging Storm,[29] Squirrelflight's Hope,[30] and Lost Stars.[4]
    • No Gender Specified: Long Shadows,[3] and Sunrise[31]

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Quotes

Gorsetail: "My kits are gone! [...] Sedgekit, Thistlekit, and Swallowkit! All of them! Disappeared!"
Onestar: "When did you last see them?"
Gorsetail: "I left them in the nursery and went to stretch my legs. They weren't there when I came back, so I went looking for them. They’ve wandered out before, but not far. But this time there’s no sign of them. Their trail heads toward the RiverClan border and then just disappears. A hawk’s carried them off, I know it!"
Onestar: "You can't be sure. No hawk's ever taken more than a single kit before. We must send out a search party."
Breezepaw: "[...] [RiverClan's] been on our land!"
Heatherpaw: "And there was rabbit blood where they'd been."
Gorsetail: "Are you sure it was rabbit blood?"
Heatherpaw: "What?"
Gorsetail: "My kits have disappeared!"
—Gorsetail after her kits disappear Dark River, pages 273-274
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"Yeah, get back into your own territory, or we'll tear your fur off."
—Gorsetail threatening Lionblaze and Jayfeather Sunrise, page 294


Nightcloud: "Murderer!"
Gorsetail: "Be quiet! This is a Clan cat who needs our help."
Owlwhisker: "[...] We'll escort you to the border."
Gorsetail: "Can you walk that far?"
—Gorsetail after the patrol finds Jayfeather The Last Hope, pages 79-80


Gorsetail: "I can’t believe it! Onestar tells us all to remember the fallen warriors, but he’s fine with the traitors who killed them staying in the Clan."
Crouchfoot: "Hey, that’s not fair, WindClan cats didn’t kill their Clanmates. Most of the cats who trained with the Dark Forest turned against them when they found out what was really going on."
Leaftail: "Most, not all."
Gorsetail: "I know what you mean. It doesn't seem right that Breezepelt is still here. I know Onestar thinks he isn't a traitor because he didn't try to kill a WindClan cat, but isn't fighting on the side of the Dark Forest just as bad? How can we ever trust him again?"
Leaftail: "I never will."
Gorsetail: "The Clan would almost be better off if something happened to Breezepelt. Like a badger to care of him or something."
—Gorsetail, Crouchfoot, and Leaftail Crowfeather's Trial, page 13


Bramblestar: "I'm not Firestar. We caught this fairly, so it belongs to us."
Gorsetail: "Absolutely right, you're not Firestar."
—Gorsetail to Bramblestar Bramblestar's Storm, page 77


"Oh yes. We've seen the latest additions to your hunting patrols. Very effective - not!"
—Gorsetail mocking a ThunderClan patrol Bramblestar's Storm, page 348


Gorsetail: "What's going on? What do these cats want?"
Crowfeather: "They say they have to speak to Onestar. But Onestar won't want to speak to them."
Bramblestar: "We have important information for him."
Gorsetail: "Maybe Onestar will want to hear what another Clan leader has to tell him. We’d better escort them to the camp."
Crowfeather: "Are you mouse-brained? You were standing right next to me when Onestar told us to keep all other cats out."
Gorsetail: "Mouse-brained yourself, Crowfeather. Bramblestar wouldn't be here if this weren't something Onestar needed to know. I’ll take responsibility, if it bothers you so much."
Crowfeather: "Suit yourself. If Onestar claws your ears off, don't come crying to me."
Gorsetail: "I'll take the risk. [...] Come on, ThunderClan cats. This had better be good."
—Gorsetail, Crowfeather and Bramblestar Shattered Sky, pages 31-32


Whitetail: "Our Clan leader going off to make friends with kittypets!"
Gorsetail: "Well, he wasn't leader then."
—Whitetail and Gorsetail about Onestar Shattered Sky, page 255

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 1
  6. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 120
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 293
  9. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 32
  10. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 44
  11. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Fading Echoes, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  14. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, allegiances
  15. Revealed in The Last Hope, allegiances
  16. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, allegiances
  17. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, allegiances
  18. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  19. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, allegiances
  20. Revealed in Eclipse, allegiances
  21. Revealed in Night Whispers, allegiances
  22. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, allegiances
  23. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  24. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances
  25. Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  26. Revealed in Darkest Night, allegiances
  27. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  28. Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  29. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  30. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
  31. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
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Leader Harestar
Deputy Crowfeather
Medicine cat Kestrelflight
Warriors NightcloudEmberfootLeaftailBreezepeltHeathertailSedgewhisker (Flutterpaw)SlightfootOatclawLarkwingCrouchfoot (Songpaw)Hootwhisker (Whistlepaw)FernstripeFeatherpeltSmokehaze (Woodpaw)Brindlewing (Applepaw)
Apprentices WoodpawApplepawWhistlepawSongpawFlutterpaw
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Elders WhiskernoseGorsetail
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