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A leader is a warrior who is highest in the Clan hierarchy.[1] The leader is responsible for everything that goes on in a Clan.[2]


Description

Leaders are the head of their Clan.[3] Their personality is the same as their Clan's and describes how their Clanmates treat others.[4] The word of the Clan leader is law, proclaimed by the warrior code, and all other Clan cats must obey them.[5] They have their own den, and are assisted by a deputy in their tasks.[6] They are responsible for the whole Clan, calling Clan meetings, appointing cats to new ranks, and making the toughest decisions.[7] Each Clan has one leader, and their names end with the suffix -star.[8] (Examples: Bluestar, Tallstar, Raggedstar) At some times, they can have their warrior suffix, but are still recognized as leader. However, this cat must be waiting to receive nine lives, and cannot properly lead without them.[9]

Qualifications

In order to become leader, a cat must meet these qualifications:

In order for a cat to become leader, the previous leader must also be deceased, have retired, have left, or been banished.[15]

Tasks

A leader has various tasks and privileges:

  • Oversee the daily operations of the Clan and give them orders[16]
  • Speak on behalf of their Clan at Gatherings[17]
  • Lead the Clan in battles[18]
  • Appoint new apprentices and assign them to mentors[19]
  • Appoint new warriors once they've finished their training[20]
  • Appoint a new deputy if the former deputy has died, resigned, or been banished[21]
  • Counsel with the deputy and the senior warriors and listen to their reports[22]
  • Discuss prophecies and omens with their Clan's medicine cat, and listen to their advice[23]
  • Solve conflicts between members of the Clan[24]
  • Dealing with politics/conflicts that happen out of the Clan, but can still threaten the Clan[25]
  • Decide if a non-Clan cat can join the Clan[26]
  • Exile Clan members who severely broke the warrior code or who present a danger to the Clan[27]
  • A leader is also expected to occasionally carry out warrior tasks, such as going on patrols or mentoring apprentices should they assign one to themselves[28]
  • Call Clan meetings if necessary for the good of the Clan[29]

If the leader cannot carry out their tasks (for instance, because of illness or injury), the Clan deputy will substitute for them.[30]

Appointment

When the former Clan leader dies or willingly retires, the current Clan deputy is appointed as the new leader. They make a journey to the Clans' sacred place (such as the Moonstone or Moonpool), escorted by the Clan's medicine cat, to share tongues with their ancestors, receive their nine lives, and get their leader name.[31]

In some cases, deputies become the de facto leader with their predecessor's death even when it's not directly stated, such as Raven Pelt when Shadowstar was killed or Squirrelflight when Bramblestar became too ill and died.[32][33]

The ancestors greet the new leader with the following words: Your old life is no more. You have now received the nine lives of a leader and StarClan grants to you the guardianship of your Clan. Defend it well, care for young and old, honor your ancestors and the traditions of the warrior code; live each life with pride and dignity.[34]

Nine lives

Upon sharing tongues with StarClan at their leadership ceremony, the new leader is granted nine lives by the ancestors. This does not necessarily mean they will live longer, but they can survive accidents or injuries that would claim the life of any other cat, at the cost of one of their nine lives.[31] Each of the lives are granted by a single ancestor, usually from the same Clan and whose life was meaningful to the cat,[35] and a gift of an attribute. This process can be surprising and painful, but it is important for the leader to fight fiercely for the Clan.[31] See for example Firestar's Nine Lives.

When the leader loses one of these lives, they black out and are taken to StarClan. There, a warrior ancestor speaks with the leader.[35] The cat sees a pale outline of themselves that was their lost life.[36] When the cat is revived back to consciousness, the wound or illness is removed to the best of StarClan's ability.[37] If StarClan can't fix the ailment, each of the nine lives are ripped away, such as when Tigerstar was killed by Scourge in The Darkest Hour.[38]

Demotion

Leaders usually serve until the end of their lives, but there are some exceptions:

Retirement

A Clan leader may resign if they wish to do so (such as Pinestar did).[39] This is approved by StarClan, and the current deputy can be appointed as the new leader.[40] The former leader loses their leader name and the lives granted by the ancestors.[39] If the leader doesn't give up all of their remaining lives then the amount they have left will be subtracted from the next leader's nine lives.[41]

Banishment

A Clan can demote a leader if they consider them unfit for the position (such as when ShadowClan banished Brokenstar).[42] However, this is not approved by StarClan, and the ancestors won't recognize a new leader and give them their nine lives as long as the former leader is alive.[43] (As Nightstar was not recognized as succeeding Brokenstar— therefore he was not given nine lives) But in cases such as Pinestar, he was still alive with one life left. When Sunstar was granted nine lives, usually Pinestar would have given him one of the lives, but was not in StarClan, as well as not having gone to the Moonstone directly and stepped down. Therefore Sunstar was only granted eight lives.[41]

Day-to-day life

The Clan leader will take part in patrols and hunting, but usually leaves the actual organization of the patrols to the deputy.[44] Most leaders take interest in all aspects of Clan life, kits, elders, warriors, etc. They also listen to cats' personal problems and attempt to help, most likely to keep their Clan tension-free. Their main job is to keep the Clan running smoothly.[24] When something is wrong in the Clan, cats are to immediately tell the leader first. The leader also listens to recounts of patrols, making sure nothing threatens the Clan.[45]

History of ranks

ThunderClan
Name Gained rank in... Left rank in... Deputies... Medicine cats...
Thunderstar Path of Stars Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Lightning Tail, Owl Eyes Cloudspots
Owlstar Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Unknown Unknown
Whitestar Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Before "The Vanishing Moon" Vinetail Unknown
Finchstar Before "The Vanishing Moon" Before "Poppycloud's Rule" Daisyheart Unknown
Lionstar Before "Poppycloud's Rule" Before "Darkstar's Law" Greeneyes Unknown
Vinestar Before "Darkstar's Law" Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Unknown Unknown
Morningstar Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Before "The Victorious Clan" Leafstorm Unknown
Redstar Before "The Victorious Clan" Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Seedpelt Kestrelwing
Oakstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Goosefeather's Curse Beetail, Doefeather Ravenwing, Cloudberry
Doestar Before Goosefeather's Curse Goosefeather's Curse Pineheart Cloudberry
Pinestar Goosefeather's Curse Bluestar's Prophecy Mumblefoot, Sunfall Goosefeather
Sunstar Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy Tawnyspots, Adderfang (temporarily), Bluefur Goosefeather, Featherwhisker
Bluestar Bluestar's Prophecy A Dangerous Path Redtail, Lionheart, Tigerclaw, Fireheart Featherwhisker, Spottedleaf, Yellowfang, Cinderpelt
Firestar The Darkest Hour The Last Hope Whitestorm, Graystripe, Brambleclaw Cinderpelt, Leafpool, Jayfeather
Bramblestar The Last Hope Lost Stars Squirrelflight Leafpool, Jayfeather, Alderheart
Squirrelflight (de facto) Lost Stars Lost Stars None Jayfeather, Alderheart
Bramblestar Lost Stars - Squirrelflight Jayfeather, Alderheart
Owlstar's succession is unknown, but he appears in "Rules That Did Not Become Part of the Code" of Code of the Clans[46].
ShadowClan
Name Gained rank in... Left rank in... Deputies... Medicine cats...
Shadowstar Path of Stars Shadowstar's Life Sun Shadow, Raven Pelt Pebble Heart
Raven Pelt Shadowstar's Life Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Unknown Pebble Heart
Hollystar "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" "Finders Keepers" Unknown Unknown
Brindlestar Before "Finders Keepers" Before "Mouse Games" Lakestorm Unknown
Lilystar Before "Mouse Games" Before "The Queens Unite" Sunnytail Unknown
Blizzardstar Before "The Queens Unite" Before "A Sign from StarClan" Unknown Unknown
Snowstar Before "A Sign from StarClan" Before "A Sign from StarClan" Brightwhisker Unknown
Brightwhisker Before "A Sign from StarClan" "A Sign from StarClan" Unknown Unknown
Flowerstar Before "Darkstar's Law" Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Unknown Unknown
Ripplestar efore "The Vanishing Moon" "The Vanishing Moon" Unknown Unknown
Marshscar "The Vanishing Moon" Before "Darkstar's Law" Unknown Unknown
Yellowstar Before "Darkstar's Law" Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Unknown Unknown
Sedgestar Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Unknown Unknown
Dawnstar Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Yellowfang's Secret Snaketail Molepelt
Houndstar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Tallstar's Revenge Cedarpelt Redthistle
Cedarstar Before Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret Stonetooth, Raggedpelt Sagewhisker
Raggedstar Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret Foxheart, Cloudpelt, Brokentail Sagewhisker, Yellowfang
Brokenstar Yellowfang's Secret Into the Wild Blackfoot Yellowfang, Runningnose
Nightstar Into the Wild Rising Storm Cinderfur Runningnose
Runningnose (temporarily) Rising Storm Rising Storm Himself Himself
Tigerstar A Dangerous Path The Darkest Hour Blackfoot Runningnose
Blackstar The Darkest Hour Bramblestar's Storm Russetfur, Rowanclaw Runningnose, Littlecloud
Rowanstar Bramblestar's Storm Darkest Night Crowfrost, Tigerheart, Tawnypelt Littlecloud, Leafpool (temporarily), Puddleshine
Tigerstar Tigerheart's Shadow - Tawnypelt, Juniperclaw, Cloverfoot Puddleshine


WindClan
Name Gained rank in... Left rank in... Deputies... Medicine cats...
Windstar Path of Stars Before "Webfoot Speaks: The Story of the Lost Tunneler" Gorsefur Moth Flight
Gorsestar Before "Webfoot Speaks: The Story of the Lost Tunneler" Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Unknown Unknown
Duststar "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" "Finders Keepers" Stonetail Unknown
Stonestar Before "Finders Keepers" Before "The Queens Unite" Mudpuddle Unknown
Hazelstar Before "The Queens Unite" Before "The Vanishing Moon" Unknown Unknown
Featherstar Before "Second in Command" Before "The Vanishing Moon" Pebblefur, Acorntail Unknown
Dovestar Before "The Vanishing Moon" Before "A Loss for All Clans" Unknown Unknown
Fallowstar Before "A Loss for All Clans" Before "Darkstar's Law" Unknown Unknown
Birchstar Before "Darkstar's Law" Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Unknown Unknown
Rabbitstar Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Unknown Unknown
Swiftstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Milkfur Larkwing
Heatherstar Before Goosefeather's Curse Tallstar's Revenge Gorsefoot, Reedfeather Chiveclaw, Hawkheart
Tallstar Tallstar's Revenge Starlight Deadfoot, Mudclaw, Onewhisker Barkface
Onestar Starlight Shattered Sky Ashfoot, Harespring Barkface, Kestrelflight
Harestar Shattered Sky - Crowfeather Kestrelflight


RiverClan
Name Gained rank in... Left rank in... Deputies... Medicine cats...
Riverstar Path of Stars Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Night Dapplepelt
Emberstar Before "The Beginning of the Warrior Code" Before "A Mystical Battle" Unknown Unknown
Darkstar Before "A Mystical Battle" Before "A Night for Listening" Unknown Unknown
Splashheart Before "A Night for Listening" Before "A Night for Listening" Unknown Unknown
Troutstar Before "A Night for Listening" Before "The Vanishing Moon" Unknown Meadowpelt
Reedstar Before "The Vanishing Moon" Before "A Loss for All Clans" Unknown Unknown
Ivystar Before "A Loss for All Clans" Before "Darkstar's Law" Unknown Graywing
Talonstar Before "Darkstar's Law" Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Unknown Unknown
Willowstar Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Before Goosefeather's Curse Unknown Unknown
Birchstar Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Sloefur Icewhisker
Darkstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Goosefeather's Curse Spiketail Unknown
Volestar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Hailstep Echosnout, Cloudberry
Hailstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Crookedstar's Promise Shellheart, Crookedjaw Milkfur, Brambleberry
Crookedstar Crookedstar's Promise A Dangerous Path Timberfur, Oakheart, Leopardfur Brambleberry, Mudfur
Leopardstar A Dangerous Path Fading Echoes Stonefur, Mistyfoot, Hawkfrost (temporarily) Mudfur, Mothwing, Willowshine
Mistystar Fading Echoes - Reedwhisker Mothwing, Willowshine
Dovestar's succession is unknown, but they appears in "Rules That Did Not Become Part of the Code" of Code of the Clans[47].
SkyClan
Name Gained rank in... Left rank in... Deputies... Medicine cats...
Skystar Moth Flight's Vision Before "Finders Keepers" Sparrow Fur Micah, Acorn Fur
Birchstar Before "Finders Keepers" Before "Follow My Leader" Rainsplash Unknown
Beechstar Before "Follow My Leader" "Follow My Leader" Maplewhisker Unknown
Mothpelt "Follow My Leader" "Follow My Leader" Unknown Unknown
Dewstar Before "The Vanishing Moon" Before "The Vanishing Moon" Unknown Unknown
Hawkstar Before "The Vanishing Moon" Before "Poppycloud's Rule" Robinstar Unknown
Robinstar Before "Poppycloud's Rule" Before "Poppycloud's Rule" Unknown Unknown
Rowanstar Before "Poppycloud's Rule" Before "Darkstar's Law" Unknown Unknown
Darkstar Before "Darkstar's Law" Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Raincloud Unknown
Fennelstar Before "The Leader Who Sought Peace" Before "A Lesson to Kittypet Thieves" Unknown Unknown
Flystar Before "A Lesson to Kittypet Thieves" Before Cloudstar's Journey Petalfall, Cloudstorm Unknown
Cloudstar Before Cloudstar's Journey Before Firestar's Quest Buzzardtail Fawnstep
Buzzardstar Before Firestar's Quest Before Firestar's Quest Unknown Unknown
Spiderstar Before Firestar's Quest Before Firestar's Quest Honeyleaf Brackenheart
Firestar (unofficially) Firestar's Quest Firestar's Quest None Sandstorm (unofficially)
Leafstar Firestar's Quest - Sharpclaw, Waspwhisker, Hawkwing Echosong, Frecklewish, Fidgetflake, Leafpool (temporarily), Puddleshine
Maplestar's succession is unknown, but she appears in Cloudstar's Journey[48].

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External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 17
  2. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 510
  3. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 101
  4. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 248
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 59
  6. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 24
  7. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 114
  8. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 64
  9. Revealed in Starlight, page 168
  10. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 68
  11. Revealed in Sunset, page 261
  12. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 238
  13. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 92
  14. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 35
  15. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 316
  16. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 58
  17. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 162
  18. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 193
  19. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 98
  20. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 5
  21. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 297
  22. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 75
  23. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 383
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 48
  25. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 94
  26. Revealed in Starlight, page 137
  27. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 287
  28. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 249
  29. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 44
  30. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 259
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 103
  32. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, page 295
  33. Revealed in Lost Stars, chapter 22
  34. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 76
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 104
  36. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 302
  37. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 243
  38. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 233
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 308
  40. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 314
  41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 496
  42. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 276
  43. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 57
  44. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 19
  45. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 64
  46. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 159
  47. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 155
  48. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 2
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