"This was his home now. He was a member of ThunderClan."
— The narrator on Firepaw joining ThunderClan in Into the Wild, page 54
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Chapter Number: 4 (of 25)
Page Numbers: 41-54

Chapter description

Ravenpaw stands on the Highrock, staggering and bleeding from a wound on his shoulder. He says that they had met RiverClan by Sunningrocks. Graypaw gasps when Ravenpaw comments that Oakheart had been there, and says he wishes he had been there. He is silenced by Smallear, and Ravenpaw goes on to explain how Redtail had challenged Oakheart for Sunningrocks and they had started fighting.
Before he can finish, he collapses off the Highrock and Spottedleaf tends to him. Tigerclaw returns with Redtail's body, depositing it in the center of the clearing. He tells the Clan that Oakheart had killed the ThunderClan deputy, and that he managed to kill Oakheart, as the RiverClan deputy was boasting.
As the Clan pays their respects to Redtail, Firepaw asks Graypaw what was going on. Graypaw explains that his spirit was going to StarClan, and that each star in the night sky, Silverpelt, is a warrior ancestor. Bluestar is the last to approach the dead tom. She crouches beside him and comments that he was a brave warrior and would have made a fine leader, and describes some qualities that would make him such.
Other cats go to sit vigil beside the fallen deputy, and Graypaw comments that Dustpaw, Redtail's apprentice, would be sad. Firepaw asks how long the Clan would stay beside Redtail, and Graypaw explains that Redtail had been deputy a long time and that they would probably sit vigil the whole night.
Tigerclaw gets up and approaches Spottedleaf and Ravenpaw. Graypaw explains to Firepaw that the cobwebs she is using stop bleeding and suggests they go over to him. Tigerclaw asks Spottedleaf if the young cat will be fine. She says that it would be a pity for his training to go to waste and that he will live. Tigerclaw tries to get Ravenpaw to get up, but Spottedleaf shoos him away, saying that even he wouldn't argue with a medicine cat.
Tigerclaw catches sight of Firepaw, asking who he is. Graypaw explains that he's a new apprentice. Firepaw mews that he was a house cat at Tigerclaw's comment about his smell, and the warrior says Bluestar mentioned him and that he will watch his progress. Firepaw hopes that Tigerclaw likes him. Ravenpaw opens his eyes, asking if Tigerclaw has left. Firepaw starts to introduce himself, but Spottedleaf shoos them away also.
Graypaw offers to show Firepaw around the camp. He points out the Highrock, Bluestar's den, the warriors' den, the nursery, and brings him to the elders' den. The elders warmly greet the apprentices, offering them some mouse. They eat and the elders discuss who the next ThunderClan deputy will be, Halftail saying that the choice was obvious. Firepaw wonders if he means Tigerclaw.
Bluestar stands up from her vigil and calls for a Clan meeting. Firepaw notes the hunger in Tigerclaw's eyes. She appoints Lionheart as deputy, however, and Tigerclaw cheers as loud as the rest of the Clan. Graypaw says she probably picked Lionheart for experience when Firepaw asks. Bluestar also assigns Darkstripe as Dustpaw's new mentor before the cats resume their vigil for Redtail.
Firepaw asks if they need to sit with him, but Graypaw tells him no and shows him to the apprentices' den. Sandpaw is in the den and greets him rudely, telling him he is stinking up the nest. Whitestorm comes up and scolds her, and she responds that she didn't think she'd be training with a kittypet. Whitestorm tells her she'll get used to it and sends them to their nests.
Sandpaw rushes into the den, and Firepaw and Graypaw follow. Sandpaw tells him not to sleep anywhere near her. Firepaw makes himself a nest and curls up to sleep, thinking that ThunderClan was his home now.





Important events


Lionheart's deputy ceremony
Bluestar: I say these words before the body of Redtail, so that his spirit may hear and approve my choice. Lionheart will be the new deputy of ThunderClan
Reference: Into the Wild, page 51
Dustpaw's apprentice ceremony
Bluestar: Redtail was also mentor to young Dustpaw. Since there must be no delay in the training of our apprentices, I shall appoint Dustpaw's new mentor immediately. Darkstripe, you are ready for your first apprentice, so you will continue Dustpaw's training. You had a fine mentor in Tigerclaw, and I expect you to pass on some of the excellent skills you were taught.
Reference: Into the Wild, page 53


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 41
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 42
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 43
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 44
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 49
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 50
  7. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 51
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 52
  9. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 63
  10. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 54
  11. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 53
  12. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 14

Into the Wild 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 25
Warriors cliffnotes
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
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
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 LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret
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