"My mate was killed in the battle. I decided that I'd rather live as a loner in the place where she died than leave to look for new territory."
— Mistfeather on why he stayed in SkyClan's territory in The Apprentice's Quest, page 221

Mistfeather is a mangy,[2] ragged, and skinny gray tom with amber eyes.[1]

Mistfeather was a SkyClan warrior under Leafstar’s leadership in the gorge. When Darktail and his rogues invaded SkyClan’s camp, Mistfeather’s mate was killed, and he was separated from the rest of his Clan and became a loner. When Alderpaw arrived at the gorge, Mistfeather told him the truth about the group of cats living there. Darktail killed Mistfeather shortly afterward for spilling the Kin’s secrets.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

After accidentally causing a thrush to fly away, Alderpaw runs into a ragged gray tom, who accuses Alderpaw of trying to steal his prey. Recognizing the cat from his vision, Alderpaw asks the gray cat's name. He introduces himself as Mistfeather, and Alderpaw is certain that this gray, ragged, and mangy cat was clearly the same glossy-furred warrior he had seen during a warrior ceremony. Alderpaw introduces himself, saying that he was from ThunderClan. Upon hearing the Clan's name, Mistfeather's eyes open in a state of shock and disbelief, and he says that he had only heard the name in stories passed down from his Clanmates.
When Alderpaw asks Mistfeather if he had been exiled from SkyClan, the loner gets hostile and explains that it wasn't him that was cast out, but the whole of SkyClan. Alderpaw is shocked, and asks what Mistfeather means. With a flick of his tail, Mistfeather tries to get Alderpaw to come closer, so he can explain SkyClan's fate. Mistfeather says to Alderpaw that the rogues in the gorge have probably lead the young cat on, into believing that they are SkyClan. Mistfeather continues, saying that the cats in the gorge are vicious rogues who drove SkyClan out and claimed their territory for themselves.
Alderpaw asks Mistfeather where the rogues came from, and the loner replies that he doesn't know. He also has no idea what rules they follow, if any at all, and says that they are evil cats. When Alderpaw protests, saying that an entire Clan should have been able to fight them off, Mistfeather's whiskers droop, saying that times had been hard, and at least half of their cats had been daylight warriors. After a question from Alderpaw, Mistfeather explains that the daylight warriors are kittypets; they come and train, fight, and live with the Clan during the day, but then leave to go with their Twolegs at night. Although shocked that SkyClan accepted Twolegs, Alderpaw silences his views when Mistfeather defends his former Clanmates, saying that they were as brave and loyal as any other SkyClan cat.
Mistfeather explains to Alderpaw that they were beat due to their lack of numbers, as the rogues attacked at night, when half of their Clan were away. Mistfeather says that they were trying to protect one another, and it's easy to beat cats who weren't trying to kill one another. He tells Alderpaw that he doesn't know where the rest of his Clan is, or if they even exist anymore, as he is the only one left in the area. He sadly mews that his mate had been killed in that battle, and he decided to keep her memory alive by living in the area near the gorge as a loner.
Alderpaw says that the rogue cats are thieves, and their discussion is soon interrupted by Darktail, the leader of the rogues. He tells Alderpaw that Mistfeather is one of the dregs of the gorge, and seems surprised that Mistfeather is still alive. Mistfeather hisses and lurches to his paws, calling Darktail a filthy, territory-stealing, rogue. Darktail offers to fight Mistfeather for it, and Mistfeather tells Darktail to do his worst. Alderpaw tries to go in between the two cats, but Mistfeather holds him back, saying that a fight is a fight.
Lunging forward, Mistfeather aims Darktail, but the rogue leader easily steps aside and lands a hit on Mistfeather's head. Darktail taunts Mistfeather, telling the weaker cat that he'll need to be much faster than that. Mistfeather spins around and aims another blow at Darktail, but the rogue dodges that one just as easily as he did the first, and Mistfeather's breath comes out in ragged and wheezing gasps, even though it was a one-sided fight. Darktail easily shoves Mistfeather aside, and Alderpaw admires his courage.
After dodging multiple attacks from Mistfeather, Darktail lands a blow of his own, and soon, Alderpaw could see blood trickling down Mistfeather's body and his gray fur littering the forest floor. Darktail stands over Mistfeather, and as the weakened cat tries to raise a paw towards him, Darktail swats him aside and watches Mistfeather sink down to the ground, completely and totally beaten. Laying on the ground, Mistfeather's chest rises and falls rapidly, his energy spent and strength slowly being sapped from him. Rearing up, Darktail takes one last swipe at Mistfeather's throat, and kills him instantly.
After the murder of Mistfeather, Darktail takes Alderpaw back to camp, although he protests the entire way, saying that Darktail didn't need to kill Mistfeather. He defends the deceased SkyClan cat, saying that he was already weak and defenseless. He asks what harm Mistfeather could have truly done, and is shocked when Darktail doesn't even bury him. Darktail says that he would never bury such a devious cat.
Alderpaw mentions Mistfeather to Cherryfall, Needlepaw, and the others, and explains to them that the rogues they were with are the ones that drove out SkyClan, and afterwards, the former warrior didn't know where they went. Needlepaw tells Alderpaw that with Mistfeather's wounds, there was no way this could have just happened, and tries to assure Alderpaw that what happened to SkyClan wasn't his fault, and his vision has another meaning.

In the Super Editions

Hawkwing's Journey

When Hawkwing accuses Darktail of being responsible for Billystorm's death, Mistfeather agrees with Sandynose that if it was a mistake then Billystorm's death was because of fate. Mistfeather reminds Hawkwing that Darktail fought very bravely against the raccoons that attacked their camp. He asks why he would do that then if he wished to hurt the Clan.
After the second attack by the raccoons, Mistfeather's shoulder is being patched up by Frecklewish with a thick wad of cobweb. He flinches from the pain of the dressing being pressed very firmly into his wound.
The second patrol that attempts to find Firestar's kin returns and Darktail is blamed for the failure this time. Darktail apologizes, but Mistfeather snaps sorry doesn't help SkyClan. Snorting in contempt, he reminds everyone that they are no closer to finding what the prophecy means. Still glaring at the rogue, Mistfeather announces that as far as he could guess, SkyClan would be better if Darktail and Rain never came. Sharpclaw points out there's been two journeys and no prophecy fulfilled. Mistfeather adds in they also have Billystorm's death, causing Hawkwing to question mentally if Mistfeather would have done any better to protect the warrior. Leafstar stops the commotion and Hawkwing realizes the mention of Billystorm is more than she can cope with.
The next day, Hawkwing notices how hostile the Clan is to Darktail and Rain, but remembers that it is probably because of the hostile attitudes of Sharpclaw and Mistfeather. Hawkwing later sees Mistfeather heading up the cliff to join a patrol, and wonders if he should join the group, but decides not to.
After a border patrol is attacked by rogues, the Clan starts to worry about their safety, with Bouncefire questioning if they can defend their territory. Mistfeather threateningly asks who says they cannot protect their own territory. After SkyClan is driven out of the gorge and Leafstar decides to leave, Rabbitleap protests about Frecklewish and Mistfeather and asks where they are.

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Unnamed she-cat:[5] Deceased, residence unknown



Sandynose: "Hawkwing, don’t be too hard on [Darktail]. If he made an honest mistake, then we have to put Billystorm's death down to fate."
Mistfeather: "Sandynose is right. Darktail fought so bravely when the strange creatures attacked our camp. Why would he do that if he wanted to hurt us?"
—Mistfeather and Sandynose Hawkwing's Journey, page 100

Darktail: "I was wrong. I’m sorry."
Mistfeather: "Sorry’ doesn’t help us. We’re no nearer to finding out what StarClan’s prophecy means."
Sharpclaw: "And yet more darkness seems to be gathering, with all these attacks. We need to follow StarClan’s advice as soon as we can."
Mistfeather: "As far as I can see, we’d have been far better off if you and your rogue friend had never set paw in our camp."
—Mistfeather, Darktail, and Sharpclaw after the second quest to find ThunderClan Hawkwing's Journey, page 139

"ThunderClan! Then you must know Firestar. I wasn't born when he came to restore my Clan, but his story was told at every full moon upon the Skyrock. We honored him above all cats."
—Mistfeather to Alderpaw The Apprentice's Quest, page 219

Alderpaw: "Were you exiled from your Clan?"
Mistfeather: "Was I exiled? No, I wasn't. It was the whole Clan!"
Alderpaw: "What do you mean?"
Mistfeather: "You've met those cats in the gorge, right? I bet they let you think they were SkyClan, but they're not. They're vicious rogues who attacked the real SkyClan and took our territory for themselves."
—Mistfeather to Alderpaw The Apprentice's Quest, pages 219-220

"I have no idea what rules they follow— if they follow any at all. They're evil!"
—Mistfeather on the rogue cats living in SkyClan's old gorge The Apprentice's Quest, page 220

Mistfeather: "Times had been hard for us, and to tell you the truth, we had as many daylight-warriors as we did cats who lived all the time in the gorge."
Alderpaw: "Daylight-warriors?"
Mistfeather: "Cats who came to hunt and train with us warriors during the day. Then at night they would go back to their Twolegs."
Alderpaw: "You mean they were kittypets? You let kittypets into your Clan?"
Mistfeather: "It worked for us, and the daylight-warriors were brave and worthy Clanmates, but the rogues attacked at night when they were with their housefolk, so we were terribly outnumbered."
Alderpaw: "And the rogues won."
Mistfeather: "We were trying to protect one another, not kill our enemies, and it's easy to defeat cats who do that."
Alderpaw: "So where did the rest of your Clan go?"
Mistfeather: "I don't know. We all scattered. I'm the only one left here, and I have no idea how many of the others survived, or where they might be."
—Mistfeather on SkyClan's downfall The Apprentice's Quest, pages 220-221

"You're a filthy rogue who stole territory!"
—Mistfeather insulting Darktail The Apprentice's Quest, page 222

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 218
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 219
  3. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 224
  4. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, allegiances
  5. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 221
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