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"We all make mistakes. Some have echoes that last forever."
— Littlecloud in Fading Echoes, page 213

Littlecloud is a very small,[12] thin,[13] brown tabby tom.[14] He has bright[15] blue eyes,[16] a light brown tail[17] and a brown nose.[18]

Littlecloud was a ShadowClan medicine cat that served under Blackstar's and Rowanstar's leaderships in the forest and lake territories. He was born as Littlekit to Newtspeck alongside his brothers, Brownpaw and Wetfoot. As an apprentice, Littlepaw was mentored by Clawface and was apprenticed at three moons old. After becoming a warrior, Littlecloud became ill with the Carrionplace sickness, seeking help from ThunderClan, where he and Whitethroat were nursed back to health in secret by Cinderpelt. This inspired Littlecloud to the path of a medicine cat and was apprenticed under Runningnose. He became a mentor to Flametail, although he drowned before Littlecloud could retire. Littlecloud died from unspecified causes after serving his Clan for many moons; however, he was left with no successor, and ThunderClan's medicine cat, Leafpool, succeeded him. Littlecloud ascended to StarClan and gave Tigerstar one of his nine lives.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"When we were ill, you knew just what to do. And then you gave us healing herbs to take back to the Clan—and they worked! I want to do more stuff like that."
—Littlecloud to Cinderpelt about medicine cats A Dangerous Path, page 55
Littlepaw is an apprentice of ShadowClan with Clawface as his mentor. He is first seen as a warrior, Littlecloud, along with Whitethroat, sick and asleep on ThunderClan territory. They beg for help to cure their sickness, as ShadowClan's medicine cat, Runningnose, was too busy with Nightstar to care for other cats. Though they are ordered to leave, Cinderpelt treats the two in secret. After his recovery, Littlecloud returns to ShadowClan with healing herbs, though Whitethroat is killed on the Thunderpath. Because of the courage Cinderpelt showed him, Littlecloud decides to become a medicine cat.

The New Prophecy

"I’ve had the same dream again and again. Warnings of danger to come . . . yet StarClan never tell me what the danger is."
—Littlecloud to the other medicine cats Twilight, page 223
During the destruction of the forest territories, Littlecloud struggles as the sole medicine cat after Runningnose's retirement. He disagrees with Blackstar when the leader orders his cats to eat carrion, but later takes part on the Great Journey after ShadowClan's camp is destroyed. After arriving at the lake, Littlecloud is skeptical about the new land, given that there was no Moonstone with which to communicate with StarClan. He has repeated dreams warning of death and danger, mourning when he discovers that his friend, Cinderpelt, had been killed.

Power of Three

"The warrior code lives within every cat born in ShadowClan. One cat alone cannot quench that flame."
—Littlecloud to Blackstar about Sol Long Shadows, page 121
When Blackstar is influenced by Sol to lose faith in StarClan, Littlecloud is barred from attending half-moon meetings. Though he tries to convince his leader to change his mind, Littlecloud alone is unsuccessful, until a sign is created, and after Flamepaw returns from ThunderClan, Littlecloud receives him as his apprentice. As Jayfeather is investigating who his true parents may be, Littlecloud identifies parsley as the herb recalled by Jayfeather used to stop a mother's milk.

Omen of the Stars

"Cinderpelt saved my life once. That act bonded us closer than friends. I will not abandon the Clan she loved until that debt is repaid."
—Littlecloud to Flametail about abandoning the other Clans Night Whispers, page 189
When it is decided that a patrol will be sent to investigate the cause of the drought, Littlecloud is conflicted, citing lack of guidance from StarClan. His help is later sought by Jayfeather after Briarlight's spine is broken, as Littlecloud had a similar patient, Wildfur. Eventually, Littlecloud catches greencough, worrying all of ShadowClan. He quarrels with his apprentice, Flametail, after he reveals that Raggedstar ordered ShadowClan to stand alone in the coming battle. However, after Flametail suddenly drowns, Littlecloud grieves heavily for him, though he is hesitant to blame his death on Jayfeather. He serves his Clan during the the battle against the Dark Forest.

A Vision of Shadows

"He hasn’t taken an apprentice since Flametail’s death. ShadowClan is crawling with young cats. Surely one of them must be suitable?"
—Jayfeather's thoughts on Littlecloud's age The Apprentice's Quest, page 2
Littlecloud has grown old, and without an apprentice, the other medicine cats worry how ShadowClan will fare without him. Leafpool is sent to help him, but he dies even so. Rowanstar has Puddlekit selected as the cat to succeed him, despite the kit desiring to become a warrior.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Littlecloud's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Yellowfang's Secret, Littlekit is born to Newtspeck along with Brownkit and Wetkit. He and his brothers participate in Brokenstar's training session, where Mosspaw is accidentally killed by Brownkit and Wetkit. Afterwards, the kits are apprenticed despite only being three moons old, with Littlepaw being apprenticed to Clawface.
In Firestar's Quest, Runningnose retires, leaving Littlecloud as the sole medicine cat of ShadowClan
In Tigerheart's Shadow, Littlecloud gives Tigerstar a life for acceptance, explaining that fear of failure had kept him from leadership too long.

Trivia

Mistakes

  • In the aforementioned statement, Vicky says that Cinderpelt is "much older" than Littlecloud, though he is slightly older, if not the same age as her.[2][19]
  • Littlecloud has mistakenly been called a gray tabby.[20]

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Ceremonies

Littlepaw's apprentice ceremony
Brokenstar: Volepaw, you will be my apprentice. Clawface, I know I promised him to you, but you can have Littlepaw instead. I owe it to Mosspaw to train his brother in his place. Blackfoot, you take Dawnpaw. Boulder, you will have Wetpaw, and Stumpytail will have Brownpaw.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 466

Appearances


Quotes

Cinderpelt: "I hope you remember the herbs and berries I gave you when you were ill. I’ve been collecting them. I know I’ll need them soon. And tell your Clan not to touch any crowfood. Fresh rats might be okay, but not carrion."
Littlecloud: "I’ve tried, but what can I do when Blackstar gives the orders? Most of our cats are too hungry to care what they’re eating."
—Littlecloud about ShadowClan's condition during the destruction of the forest Moonrise, page 162


"Are we sure this is the right place? Without the Moonstone, the only way we can reach StarClan is through dreams and signs, and I’ve seen nothing to reassure me that this is where we are supposed to be."
—Littlecloud about setting by the lake Starlight, page 38


Littlecloud: "It’s Blackstar! He’s so . . . so . . . distant."
Runningnose: "Distant? Do you mean he’s left the Clan?"
Littlecloud: "No! Distant, as in distracted. He lets Russetfur organize all the patrols, and he’s started to say things."
Runningnose: "What sorts of things?"
Littlecloud: "He says he wonders if StarClan meant to bring us to the lake at all!"
Runningnose: "Then you’re right to be worried."
Littlecloud: "I am?"
Runningnose: "Blackstar is losing his faith."
—Littlecloud confessing his worries to Runningnose Eclipse, pages 143-144


"StarClan has warned us that trouble is coming, and we must be ready for it. But why must we destroy friendships that have seen us through the most difficult times? It is too soon to forget the Great Journey, or the role medicine cats have played in helping all four Clans to settle here."
—Littlecloud Night Whispers, page 102


Littlecloud: "Why are you so sure you interepeted your vision correctly?"
Flametail: "There was nothing to interpret! Raggedstar was clear. War is coming. We must rely on our ancestors to guide us through it. No one else!"
Littlecloud: "But Blackstar agrees with me. We must be cautious."
Flametail: "I'm a medicine cat. I answer to StarClan!"
Littlecloud: "If war is coming, alliances may be our only hope! Joining forces kept us alive on the Great Journey, and before it helped us to defeat Scourge and BloodClan."
Flametail: "That was then. This is now. Times have changed."
Littlecloud: "The warrior code never changes."
—Littlecloud and Flametail arguing about StarClan's warning Night Whispers, pages 187-188


"Fear of failure has kept you too long from leadership. But leadership is your destiny, and one you must embrace if you are to save your Clan. So with this life I give you acceptence. Accept with all of your heart what you cannot change and fear will vanish."
—Littlecloud giving Tigerheart the life of acceptence. Tigerheart's Shadow, page 404

Kin

Members

Mother:

Newtspeck:[6] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)

Brothers:

Wetfoot:[6] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brownpaw:[6] Living (As of Rising Storm)

Uncle:

Frogtail:[21] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)

Aunt:

Ashheart:[21] Living (As of Redtail's Debt)

Tree

Unknown
Newtspeck ♀Frogtail ♂Ashheart ♀
Littlecloud ♂Wetfoot ♂Brownpaw ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 402
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. On page 148 of Yellowfang's Secret, Yellowfang mentions Littlecloud and his littermates to be newborn at the end of leaf-fall
  4. On page 4 of Thunder and Shadow, it is mentioned to be the beginning of leaf-fall when Littlecloud passes away.
  5. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 35
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 418
  7. Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 55
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Sunrise, page 241
  11. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 34
  12. Revealed in Midnight, page 178
  13. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 33
  14. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 89
  15. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 404
  16. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 64
  17. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 146
  18. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 273
  19. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 97
  20. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, page 58
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 136
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