"I say these words before StarClan." [...] "that the spirits of my ancestors approve my choice. Waspwhisker will be the new deputy of SkyClan."
Leafstar making Waspwhisker deputy in Hawkwing's Journey, page 316
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Chapter Number: 18 (of 35)
Page Numbers: 203-217

Chapter description

Hawkwing, Pebblepaw, and Echosong awaken, wanting to find the rest of the Clan and Snipkit. The group follow the river, but there is no sign of the black she-kit's body. Curlykit and Fidgetkit express their desire to find their sister, making Hawkwing ask when they last saw their parents. After the kits are comforted by Pebblepaw, they continue down the riverbank. Suddenly, a creature appears from the bushes, which Pebblepaw exclaims is a raccoon. The raccoon lunges at Echosong and bites at her shoulder.
Pebblepaw bats at the raccoon, and Hawkwing assists her in driving it back. Echosong states she's not too badly wounded. As she is checked by the speckled apprentice, Hawkwing takes Curlykit and Fidgetkit to gather cobwebs. After that task is done, the kits request to search for Snipkit again, but Echosong tells them they need to hunt to keep their strength up. Hawkwing and Pebblepaw go out to hunt. As they walk, the dark gray tabby admits he saw Darktail placing food scraps onto the ground, wondering if he was trying to lure predators to the gorge. He continues, and says he probably didn't even have a clue to the whereabouts of Firestar's kin, and only participated in the quests just to make SkyClan weak. Hawkwing confesses it's his fault that SkyClan lost their home, but Pebblepaw comforts him and tells him he didn't know what Darktail was capable of. By sunhigh, the two return to Echosong and the kits with prey. The kits ask again to find Snipkit, but Echosong says no. The cats shift the discussion to finding their Clanmates, which they suspect to be in Twolegplace.
As the cats travel to Twolegplace, Hawkwing remembers going there with Ebonyclaw. Echosong reveals she was originally a kittypet before joining SkyClan. A powerful scent of cat fills Hawkwing's throat, but his relief turns to sadness as he thinks about the remains of his family. Suddenly, Ebonyclaw appears, and welcomes them to her den, where all of the remaining SkyClan cats are staying. Pebblepaw reunites with her family, along with Curlykit and Fidgetkit. Birdwing and Sagenose are happy to see their kits, but then sad to learn of Snipkit's demise. Hawkwing spots more of his Clanmates while he listens to a conversation between Ebonyclaw and Leafstar.
Sparrowpelt suggests to attack the rogues, but Leafstar states it is not the time for battle. Several members of the Clan protest, but they are silenced when Pebblepaw suggests that StarClan could be punishing them. Leafstar moves on from the idea and announces it is time to pick a new deputy. She appoints Waspwhisker to be the new SkyClan deputy, and the gray-and-white tom is stunned at the announcement. Hawkwing misses Sharpclaw, but respects his leader's choice.





Important events


Waspwhisker's deputy ceremony
Leafstar: I say these words before StarClan, that the spirits of our ancestors may hear and approve my choice. Waspwhisker will be the new deputy of SkyClan.
Waspwhisker: Leafstar, I never expected this honor. I can never be as noble a cat as Sharpclaw was, but I swear by StarClan that I will be a loyal and faithful deputy.
Everyone: Waspwhisker! Waspwhisker!
Reference: Hawkwing's Journey, page 216

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 212
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 213
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 208

Hawkwing's Journey chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30Chapter 31Chapter 32Chapter 33Chapter 34Chapter 35Manga
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The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
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Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's Life
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