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"I tried as long as I could, licking and licking her, but her breathing only got shallower and shallower, until finally it stopped altogether. [...] I buried my nose in her fur, feeling grief crash down on me. It was a clear sign from StarClan. These kits should never have been born."
Yellowfang's feeling after her kits are born in Secrets of the Clans, page 68

Hopekit is a tiny[1] she-cat.[2]

History

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Fire and Ice

Yellowfang confesses to Fireheart she had kits. She explains there were three kits in her litter, and all but Brokenstar died. She believed her punishment was losing her two kits for breaking the warrior code, but in the end, her punishment wasn't her two kits died, it was that Brokenstar survived.

In the Super Editions

Yellowfang's Secret

"These are the kits I saw in the pool, when I was in StarClan with Silverflame. But they should never have been born."
—Yellowfang thoughts Yellowfang's Secret, page 321
Yellowfang gives birth to three kits in the hollow of a dead tree, two she-kits and a tom. While the tom lets out an angry wail when his mother touches him, one of the she-kits is utterly still, born dead. Yellowfang's other she-kit was born weak and soon died. Yellowfang buries her two dead daughters deep in the ground, so no fox, badger, or cat would ever find them.
At the half-moon gathering of the medicine cats, Silverflame comes to Yellowfang. Yellowfang asks if she knew about the kits, and Silverflame replies that she did, on the night Yellowfang was made a medicine cat, three kits appeared behind her. As Silverflame is about to leave, Yellowfang asks about her daughters and looks around, finally spotting them. She tries to run towards them, but her legs are useless, and she soon wakes up back at the Moonstone.

The Ultimate Guide

Although not mentioned by name, Hopekit appears briefly on Raggedstar's page. Yellowfang decided to become a medicine cat, which means she had to separate her relationship with Raggedpelt. It was too late to untangle their paths though, as Yellowfang soon found out she was expecting kits. Raggedpelt was overjoyed at the prospect at becoming a father but outraged when Yellowfang said their kits will never know who their mother was. Only one kit survived.
She is also mentioned not by name on Sagewhisker's page. Sagewhisker realized that Yellowfang was expecting Raggedstar’s kits and wondered if she made a terrible mistake. She persuaded Yellowfang to tell Raggedstar that their kits will have at least one parent in the Clan and Yellowfang took her mentor's advice.

Trivia

Author statements

Interesting facts

Continuity

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

  • On the Warriors website family tree, Hopekit is shown as cream and gray.[6]
  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Yellowfang gives birth to three kits, with their father being Raggedstar. One of the kits is stillborn, and the other barely takes a breath before succumbing to death. Yellowfang is remorseful, musing that the kits should never have been born and recalls that their birth breaks the warrior code. Yellowfang soon buries her daughters deep into the ground where no cat could ever find them.[7]

Official art

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Yellowfang:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Raggedstar:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Sister:

Wishkit:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brother:

Brokenstar:[2] Deceased, no residence
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Grandmothers:
Brightflower:[9] Living (As of Into the Wild)
Featherstorm:[9] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)

Grandfathers:

Brackenfoot:[9] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Hal:[5] Deceased, residence unknown

Great-Grandmother:

Silverflame:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Uncles:

Nutwhisker:[9] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)
Mintkit:[10] Deceased, residence unknown
Scorchwind:[9] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)

Half-Uncles:

Mosspaw:[11] Deceased, residence unknown
Volepaw:[11] Deceased, residence unknown

Aunts:

Rowanberry:[9] Living (As of Tigerclaw's Fury)
Marigoldkit:[10] Deceased, residence unknown

Half-Aunts:

Dawncloud:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Russetfur:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member

First cousins:

Cinderfur:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stumpytail:[13] Living (As of Tigerclaw's Fury)

Tree

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 339
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 320
  3. Revealed in a letter from Victoria Holmes
  4. Revealed on Victoria Holmes Letter 2
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 197
  6. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  7. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 67-69
  8. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 316
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 473
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 418
  12. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 205
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 396
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