|"But he obviously tried to kill Shadowsight! We need to kill him before he can hurt any other cat. And if you want to prove you're really with us now, you'll go along with it."|
|— Kitescratch growling at Bristlefrost about the impostor in Veil of Shadows, page 155|
Kitescratch is a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born as Kitekit to Reedclaw alongside his sister, Turtlekit. After becoming apprenticed to Sagenose as Kitepaw, he would often tease Rootpaw about his father. Once he received his warrior name, Kitescratch assisted the rebels; however, he was briefly exiled from SkyClan by the demand of the impostor, though he returned after Leafstar opposed alliance with the impostor.
- "Maybe the reason you're having such problems with training is that you're not meant to be a warrior. Maybe you're meant to be the kind of cat who talks to dead cats. After all, your father has his 'ways', right?"
- —Kitepaw mocking Rootpaw about Tree Lost Stars, page 24
- Kitepaw and Turtlepaw are training, and their mentors leave to go hunting. Turtlepaw tells Rootpaw, who is having trouble with a battle move, that he is waiting too long. Before the young tom can reply, Kitepaw interrupts, with malicious eyes, that he could just decide to follow another path in life and maybe he's having trouble because he is not meant to be a warrior, maybe he is meant to be the kind of cat who talks to the dead. The two toms nearly fight, but Turtlepaw shoulders herself between them, saying they'll get in trouble for fighting and sneeringly adds that it's not like Rootpaw would win anyway. Rootpaw insists he will become a strong warrior, and Kitepaw suggests that if he wants to prove himself, maybe he can help them collect herbs down by the lake. Rootpaw agrees, and once they reach the lake, the two older apprentices continue jabbing at him, and Rootpaw gets furious and charges at them. However, he ends up running out onto the ice of the lake. The ice breaks and he falls in, and when Bristlepaw and a ThunderClan patrol come to help, she sees Kitepaw and Turtlepaw running up and down along the bank, yowling in terror.
- After Bristlepaw saves Rootpaw, Kitepaw apologizes, ducking his head with shame and helps him walk to the ThunderClan camp where he recovers. Bristlepaw tells Rootpaw that he needs to stay away from Kitepaw and Turtlepaw and not listen to their ideas. As Rootpaw and Dewspring head out, he sees Leafstar speaking with the two apprentices, who have their heads bowed, and Dewspring explains that she is punishing them for putting him in danger. Rootpaw runs into the pair and asks how their punishment is going, and Kitepaw turns away with a hiss, as though he is too angry to speak. Turtlepaw tells him their punishment was to scrap the earth in the dirtplace to make it soft, and Rootpaw apologizes, but is interrupted by Kitepaw who says only a foolish cat would fall into the lake like he did, then adds he is the son of the weirdest cat in the Clan so it's no surprise he is that mouse-brained.
- Rootpaw manages to catch a massive crow for SkyClan when they have a shortage of prey due to the harsh leafbare. He expects a mocking remark from Kitepaw, but the tom only gives him a respectful nod. Rootpaw is allowed to chose some cats to share the crow with and picks Needlepaw, Kitepaw, and Turtlepaw. Kitepaw looks surprised, but gives his Clanmate a nod of thanks. As they eat, Kitepaw admits he was impressed with Rootpaw when he stood up to him that day he fell through the ice. With a gleam of amusement, he says it was stupid, but brave. Rootpaw gets along better with the older apprentices, but since he brought Bristlepaw some prey as a thank you for saving him, he sometimes catches them glancing at him resentfully over the dwindling fresh-kill pile.
- "How did you fall into the lake again?"
- —Kitescratch to Rootpaw The Silent Thaw, page 51
- "But he obviously tried to kill Shadowsight! We need to kill him before he can hurt any other cat. And if you want to prove you're really with us now, you'll go along with it."
- —Kitescratch to Bristlefrost Veil of Shadows, page 155
- However, Kitescratch, Stemleaf, Spotfur, Dappletuft, and Conefoot launch a surprise attack on the impostor in hopes of killing him. Bristlefrost rushes off to find help for Bramblestar, but returns to find Stemleaf, Dappletuft, and Conefoot dead. Kitescratch and Spotfur stare in horror and flee. Kitescratch lies that an owl attacked him, but Shadowsight is dubious and wonders what really caused Kitescratch's numerous wounds.
- The impostor arrives in SkyClan's camp and singles out Kitescratch as the one who attempted to murder him. He demands Leafstar to banish Kitescratch, and Kitescratch admits he did participate in the attack. Leafstar exiles him and Kitescratch numbly leaves the camp. Tinycloud and several other SkyClan warriors yowl in protest. After the impostor leaves, Leafstar orders Hawkwing to fetch Kitescratch, stating that now was the time for SkyClan to confront Bramblestar.
In the Super Editions
- Kitekit and Turtlekit are kits in SkyClan, born to Reedclaw. When Squirrelflight arrives in the SkyClan camp, she sees him and his sister playing in the puddles with two smaller kits. She mentions that he and Turtlekit couldn't be older than three moons. Tree tells the ThunderClan deputy that he and Turtlekit are Reedclaw's kits when she asks about them.
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- Nettlesplash: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Rabbitleap: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Creekfeather: Status unknown
- Palesky: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Nectarsong: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Fringewhisker: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Gravelnose: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Curlypaw: Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
- Snipkit: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Fidgetflake: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Pebbleshine: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Parsleyseed: Living (As of Hawkwing's Journey)
- Quailfeather: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Sunnypelt: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
- Pigeonfoot: Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
= Gender Unknown
- Squirrelflight's Hope
- Lost Stars (First appearance)
- The Silent Thaw
- Veil of Shadows
- Graystripe's Vow (Allegiance only)
- "You know, I was impressed by you, that day you fell through the ice. It was a brave thing to do, standing up for yourself and attacking me like that. Stupid, but brave."
- —Kitepaw to Rootpaw Lost Stars, page 96
- (Allegiance only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Allegiance only)
- (Allegiance only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 81
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 255
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in The Silent Thaw, allegiances
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 333
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 332
- ↑ Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 15
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in The Rescue, page 10
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 279
- ↑ Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 363
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 12
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 22
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
|Medicine cats||Frecklewish • Fidgetflake|
|Warriors||Sparrowpelt • Tinycloud • Sagenose • Mintfur • Nettlesplash • Rabbitleap (Wrenpaw) • Plumwillow • Macgyver • Harrybrook • Blossomheart • Bellaleaf • Dewspring • Reedclaw • Violetshine • Fringewhisker • Palesky • Gravelnose • Nectarsong • Quailfeather • Pigeonfoot • Sunnypelt • Kitescratch • Turtlecrawl • Needleclaw • Rootspring|