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"I like to remember [Pebbleshine]. And it's easier now that I have found you both. She was the kindest, sweetest cat I've ever known, and I miss her every day. But missing her doesn't have to feel so sad anymore because I have part of her with me."
— Hawkwing to Violetpaw and Twigpaw in Darkest Night, page 54

Hawkwing is a big,[7] dark gray[1] tabby[8] tom with yellow eyes.[1]

Hawkwing is the current deputy of SkyClan under the leadership of Leafstar. He is the son of Sharpclaw, a former deputy, and Cherrytail alongside his littermates, Blossomheart, Cloudmist, and Duskpaw. As an apprentice, Hawkpaw was mentored by Ebonyclaw, and blamed himself for his brother's death. He earns his warrior name, Hawkwing, and meets Darktail who he befriends. However, Darktail betrays him and he and his rogues drive SkyClan from their home. While on their journey to find the other Clans, Hawkwing becomes mates with Pebbleshine but she is captured by Twolegs. He raises Plumwillow's litter until their father, Sandynose, returns.

After his apprentice, Curlypaw, leaves the Clan to become a kittypet and Waspwhisker is captured, Hawkwing is appointed deputy and he helps lead SkyClan to the lake. Twigpaw discovers SkyClan and leads them back to the lake. Hawkwing also discovers Twigpaw and Violetpaw are his daughters. He helps Leafstar lead the Clan through the ShadowClan-SkyClan conflict and firmly establish their place at the lake.

History

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A Vision of Shadows

"I will always save you if I can. I just wish I had been around to save your mother."
—Hawkwing after saving Violetpaw on a Thunderpath Darkest Night, page 93
Hawkwing is the deputy of SkyClan as his Clan journeys to find the other Clans. Twigpaw, following the signs of Alderheart's dreams, finds the struggling Clan and brings them back to ThunderClan. Hawkwing realizes that Twigpaw and Violetpaw are his and Pebbleshine's lost daughters, and he lovingly reunites with them. Hawkwing becomes close to his daughters, as they had always desired to have a relationship with family.
After driving out Darktail, Hawkwing encourages his daughters to join SkyClan, and finds himself relating more with Violetpaw through their shared grief caused by Darktail. He leads a journey to find their missing Clanmates and return them back to SkyClan. Twigpaw leaves to return to ThunderClan, and Hawkwing promises to remain in touch. He helps settle in his Clan in their new territory and manage the growing tensions between the ShadowClan cats when the two Clans merge. Hawkwing participates in the conflict with ShadowClan, and leads his Clan briefly back to the gorge until the other Clans bring them back.

The Broken Code

"We can try countless times, but we don't know where the water begins...or whether it's frozen solid."
—Hawkwing after their attempts to break the ice at the Moonpool fail Lost Stars, page 195
His daughter has given birth to Tree's kits, Needlekit and Rootkit. He and the other deputies organize their warriors to try to push a large rock onto the ice covering the Moonpool. However, their results prove fruitless.
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Super Editions

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"As long as I'm alive, SkyClan will never be exiled. We will always survive!"
—Hawkwing thinking about SkyClan Hawkwing's Journey, page 169
In Hawkwing's Journey, Hawkpaw is a SkyClan apprentice under the mentorship of Ebonyclaw. He is son of Sharpclaw and Cherrytail, along with his littermates Duskpaw, Cloudpaw and Blossompaw. Duskpaw dies from smoke inhalation after trying to steal some Twoleg food, and Hawkpaw blames himself horribly for his brother's death, and his father's distance doesn't help him cope any better. After the vigil, Leafstar gives him his warrior name, Hawkwing, along with his siblings Cloudmist and Blossomheart. He encounters Darktail who is accepted into SkyClan, as they assume he's apart of a prophecy that Echosong received.
Hawkwing, Billystorm, Waspwhisker, Pebblepaw, and Blossomheart go on a journey to find the Clans at the lake under Darktail's instructions. Before they get very far, badgers attack on them, and Billystorm dies during the battle. Hawkwing becomes furious, exploding on Darktail for leading them to Billystorm's death. When the rogues lead a night attack on SkyClan, Darktail reveals his true nature, and SkyClan is scattered as they're driven out of the gorge. Several of Hawkwing's Clanmates are lost or are killed, including his father. The remaining cats of SkyClan begin their journey to try to find the other Clans.
Hawkwing becomes mates with Pebbleshine, and she reveals she is expecting his kits. He loses her tragically after she get trapped in a monster. Hawkwing, heartbroken, turns to other cats for comfort as they continue their travels. Plumwillow asks him to be an adoptive father to her kits, since her mate Sandynose had disappeared after a battle. He lovingly raises Finkit, Reedkit and Dewkit with her until their father returns. He also mentors Curlypaw until she leaves to become a kittypet. After Waspwhisker is taken away by Twolegs, Leafstar appoints Hawkwing as the next SkyClan deputy. He helps lead the Clan on the remainder of their journey. The meaning of Echosong's final prophecy is revealed to Hawkwing and Leafstar: streaks of "blood" across the sky, leading them to the Clans.

Trivia

Author statements

  • Kate Cary has said Hawkwing does not favor Violetshine over Twigbranch, but instead just has more of an affinity with Violetshine.[blog 1]

Interesting facts

  • He has kittypet blood through his parents. [9][10]

Mistakes

  • He was called Hawkwing before his warrior ceremony,[11] and called Hawkpaw after his warrior ceremony.[3]
  • He was mistakenly called Hawkheart.[12]
  • He was mistakenly described with amber eyes.[13]
  • He is shown as a solid-colored cat with a lighter muzzle in the manga of Hawkwing's Journey.[14]
  • He was mistakenly called Hawking.[15]

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Official art

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Hawkwing has killed:

Ceremonies

Hawkwing's warrior ceremony
Leafstar: Cats of SkyClan, today we have gathered together for one of the most important events in the life of a Clan. The making of new warriors. Plumwillow, Bouncefire, Ebonyclaw, have your apprentices learned the skills of a warrior? And do they understand the importance of the warrior code in the life of a Clan?
Plumwillow: Cloudpaw has worked hard to understand all that.
Hawkpaw: I do.
Leafstar: [...] Hawkpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Plumwillow: And Hawkpaw.
Leafstar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Hawkpaw, from this moment you will be known as Hawkwing. StarClan honors your courage and your bravery, and we welcome you as a full warrior of SkyClan.
Reference: Hawkwing's Journey, chapter 3


Hawkwing's deputy ceremony
Leafstar: I speak these words before StarClan, that the spirits of our warrior ancestors may hear and approve my choice. Hawkwing will be the new deputy of SkyClan.
Reference: Hawkwing's Journey, page 379


Quotes

Echosong: "Don't worry, you're quite safe. Hawkpaw will look after you."
Hawkpaw: "Absolutely."
Echosong: "Thank you. Let me know if Ebonyclaw arrives and needs you to do something else. Ebonyclaw is a daylight warrior, so she's not here yet. Hawkpaw is her apprentice."
Ravenpaw: "He seems very committed."
Echosong: "He is. As long as we keep him away from Billystorm's apprentice, Pebblepaw. The two of them do not get along!"
—Echosong and Ravenpaw Ravenpaw's Farewell, page chapter 9


"Leafstar, this is a bad idea. This cat is not one of SkyClan. He doesn't understand what it means to be a Clan cat."
—Hawkwing to Leafstar about Darktail's stay in SkyClan Hawkwing's Journey, page 103


Hawkwing: "Don't start complaining or arguing! Leafstar has decided, and I'm going, whether you're happy about it or not."
Sharpclaw: "I'm not happy about it, but maybe not for the reason you think. One day, Hawkwing, when you have kits of your own, you'll know what it feels to almost lose them."
Hawkwing: "Don't you think I can look after myself? You're talking like a queen in the nursery—but I'm not a kit anymore. I'm a warrior!"
Sharpclaw: "I know that. But I can still worry about you, Hawkwing. I've been talking to Cherrytail about this. Do you think you might have become too reckless since Duskpaw died?"
Hawkwing: "I don't want to hear about Duskpaw anymore!"
Sharpclaw: "How can you want to forget your own brother?"
Hawkwing: "That's not what I meant—"
—Sharpclaw and Hawkwing arguing before the second journey to find the Clans Hawkwing's Journey, pages 115-116


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Hawkwing: "I wanted to tell you something."
Pebblepaw: "Okay..."
Hawkwing: "I...I wanted to say how sorry I am, about the way I treated you after Duskpaw died. I want you to know that I never actually blamed you."
Pebblepaw: "I kind of figured that out."
—Hawkwing to Pebblepaw Hawkwing's Journey, page 176


Darktail: "Listen, I like you, Hawkwing. You're different from the other SkyClan cats. You're more like me. Surely you realize your best chance of survival will be with me and my rogues? We're going to take the gorge for ourselves. Join us! We're so good together, Hawkwing. We understand each other. I'll make you my deputy."
Hawkwing: "Even if I believed you, do you think I would join you? After you and Rain murdered my father? Never!"
Darktail: "If that's what you want, you can die along with the rest of your mange-ridden Clan!"
—Hawkwing to Darktail Hawkwing's Journey, page 189


Hawkwing: "There's something that frightens me. Darktail wanted me to join him and to stay in the camp. He thinks we're alike. What if that's true?"
Pebblepaw: "How can you believe such a pile of mouse droppings? You're brave and loyal, Hawkwing, a true SkyClan warrior. Did you fight for your Clan back there?"
Hawkwing: "Well...yes."
Pebblepaw: "And did it even occur to you to betray them?"
Hawkwing: "No!"
Pebblepaw: "Then what makes you think you're anything like Darktail? You would never plot against the cats who had been kind to you."
—Pebblepaw reassuring Hawkwing Hawkwing's Journey, page 202


"I'm going to be the best father I can be to these kits."
—Hawkwing to Pebbleshine Hawkwing's Journey, page 284


"Then...thank you, Leafstar. I swear that I will be loyal to SkyClan, and spend my last drop of blood defending it."
—Hawkwing to Leafstar after he becomes deputy Hawkwing's Journey, page 380


Hawkwing: "I had a mate, too, and she was expecting my kits. Her name was Pebbleshine, and I loved her very much. But a Twoleg monster carried her away, and I lost her."
Reedkit: "That's terrible!"
Hawkwing: "If I found my kits now, I would want a chance to be a father to them, even though nothing could make up for the time we lost. Can you understand that?"
Reedkit: "Sort of..."
Hawkwing: "And Sandynose loves all of you very much, just as I would love my kits if I could meet them. But he's only just getting to know you. You have to give him time."
—Hawkwing to Reedkit, Finkit, and Dewkit Hawkwing's Journey, page 410


"I'm not your father, but that doesn't mean I don't care for you. I'll always be here to help you if you ever need me."
—Hawkwing to Reedkit, Finkit, and Dewkit Hawkwing's Journey, page 410


Echosong: "My brave warrior, with the wings of a hawk. What do you see when you look at the horizon?"
Hawkwing: "The future."
Echosong: "That's no small task after the tragedies we've all suffered. It takes a strong cat to see the future, instead of getting lost in the past."
Hawkwing: "Do you think we'll find the other Clans?"
Echosong: "I know we will, for StarClan has told me so. And they've told me something else, too. After I went back to sleep, I had a vision of a young she-cat who looked exactly like you, Hawkwing. At her paws was a maple leaf, and she nodded down to its five points. Do you know what that means?"
Hawkwing: "She looked just like me? Then...she...could be my kin?"
Echosong: "Your kin...or perhaps even your kit. You deserve happiness, after everything you've suffered. It has been a long, difficult journey, but it has made you into a very strong cat—the very cat your Clan needs most."
—Echosong and Hawkwing Hawkwing's Journey, pages 424-425


Twigpaw: "I don't think she meant to. Some of my Clanmates and I went to look for her, and we decided that she must have died—we think that she was probably hit by a monster on the Thunderpath. Then Alderheart had another vision where he saw SkyClan again—and he saw you, Hawkwing. He said you looked...just like me. I just had to come and find you. I had to know whether there was any chance..."
Hawkwing: "You're right Twigpaw. Your mother must have died, because there's no way that Pebbleshine would ever have abandoned her kits if she were alive. I know, because...because she was my mate."
Twigpaw: "Wait! Are you saying...?"
Hawkwing: "I'm your father, Twigpaw."
—Hawkwing to Twigpaw Shattered Sky, pages 197-198


Finpaw: "I like Hawkwing. He's reassuring."
Twigpaw: "Yeah."
Finpaw: "Sandynose went missing when we were born, so Hawkwing kind of helped take care of us."
Twigpaw: "Sandynose went missing?"
Finpaw: "We thought we'd never meet our real father. But we had Hawkwing. He was nice. You're quite like him."
Twigpaw: "Violetpaw's more like him than me."
Finpaw: "Yes. But you and Hawkwing are more like Clan cats than Violetpaw. Sometimes she seems uncomfortable in her own fur and unsure of herself. You have the same confidence as Hawkwing. And you're brave and loyal like he is. And kind."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw about Hawkwing Darkest Night, pages 106-107


"You can't live for the past and hide from the future."
—Hawkwing to Cherrytail Darkest Night, page 132


"Twigpaw is right. We will always be kin. We'll miss Twigpaw, but isn't it better to know she's where she belongs than to live with her knowing she wishes she were somewhere else?"
—Hawkwing to Violetshine Darkest Night, page 289


Hawkwing: "My love. I thought I would never see you again."
Pebbleshine: "I'm so sorry I left you alone. I was trapped in the monster. I could feel it taking me farther and farther away. I fought to get out, but there was nothing I could do."
Hawkwing: "I wish I'd been able to find you."
Pebbleshine: "Losing you was unbearable, but then...then our kits came."
—Hawkwing and Pebbleshine reuniting The Raging Storm, page 302

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 21
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 30
  4. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 182
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 379
  6. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 234
  7. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 376
  8. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 151
  9. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 215
  10. Revealed in the Warriors App
  11. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 26
  12. Revealed on HarperCollins' Catalog page
  13. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 196
  14. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page manga
  15. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 125
  16. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 264
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