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"All warriors are nervous before battle—if not for themselves, then for their denmates and their whole Clan. It makes their senses sharper and their claws fiercer, and it gives them hunger for victory."
— Moonflower to Bluepaw and Snowpaw in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 108

Moonflower is a silver-gray she-cat[9] with dark stripes[10] and pale yellow eyes.[9]

Moonflower was a ThunderClan warrior, the mother of Bluestar and Snowfur and sister of Goosefeather. She was born as Moonkit to Daisytoe and Rooktail and apprenticed to Windflight as Moonpaw. Even as a kit, Moonflower was infatuated with Stormtail, though her romance with the tom was much to her brother's displeasure. Moonflower was killed by Hawkheart in the raid on WindClan soon after her kits were apprenticed, and this event became a recurring source of grief for her children.

History

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Super Editions

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

"I don't want to think about anything else! Moonflower's not a thorn in my paw to be plucked out and forgotten!"
—Bluepaw grieving for Moonflower Bluestar's Prophecy, page 150
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Moonflower has given birth to Stormtail's kits: Bluekit and Snowkit. After her kits are apprenticed, Goosefeather interprets an omen, declaring that WindClan is going to attack, and that ThunderClan must destroy their medicine supply if they are to survive. Moonflower is chosen to infiltrate the WindClan medicine den, but is killed by their medicine cat, Hawkheart. Bluepaw blames Goosefeather for her mother's death, and because of her grief, grows distant with her family and Clan. In StarClan, Moonflower is saddened for her daughter as Bluefur develops a romance with Oakheart, a RiverClan tom, but nevertheless gives her the gift of love during her leadership ceremony.

Novellas

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"[...] I don't believe you, Goosefeather. You put all our lives in danger today. I won't always be here to save you. Try living in the real world for a while, and learn how to look after yourself!"
—Moonpaw when Goosefeather accuses Stormtail Goosefeather's Curse, page chapter 7
In Goosefeather's Curse, Moonkit and Goosekit are born to Daisytoe and Rooktail. While Moonkit is very close with Stormpaw, she has trouble understanding her brother. When Goosekit is apprenticed two moons early, Moonkit is visibly jealous, and grows distant with him. She is eventually apprenticed to Windflight and her relationship with Stormtail furthers. When Stormtail accidentally leads a badger to Goosefeather, Moonpaw defends her brother from the badger, though she is frustrated by his blaming of Stormtail. She eventually earns her warrior name, Moonflower.

Detailed description

Moonflower is a sleek,[10] silver-gray she-cat[2] with dark stripes,[10] pale yellow eyes,[2] a face that narrows towards her muzzle, and gently tapered ears.[10]

Trivia

Author statements

  • In an Erin Hunter chat, a question was brought up about the two different names of Bluestar's mother: Moonflower and Duskflower. It was revealed in the Warriors website Q&A that Vicky tried to change Moonflower's name to Duskflower because the Erins felt that by using the prefix "Moon-", it would imply that a particular cat had more beauty and significance than its Clanmates, likely because the prefix "Moon-" is used in areas with connection to StarClan, such as the Moonstone or the Moonpool. However, because many references to Bluestar's mother being called Moonflower came up while working on Bluestar's Prophecy, particularly in Secrets of the Clans, the Erins had a general feeling that they should go with the name that had appeared in the previous books.[11]
  • Vicky doesn't think Moonflower blamed Goosefeather for her death.[12]

Mistakes

  • She has been mistakenly described as blue-gray[13] and mentioned with pale blue eyes,[7] blue eyes,[14] and amber eyes.[15]
  • Although she appears as an apprentice in Tallstar's Revenge,[7] she is listed as a queen in the allegiances.[16]
    • Despite being made a warrior after the Great Hunger in Pinestar's Choice,[17] she is seen as an apprentice in Tallstar's Revenge, which takes place afterwards.[7]

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Ceremonies

Moonflower’s warrior ceremony
Doestar: They have fought hunger alongside us, with the courage of lions and the loyalty of true warriors. Moonflower, Poppydawn, Heronwing, and Rabbitleap, your Clan welcomes you.
Reference: Goosefeather's Curse, Chapter 10

Quotes

Moonpaw: "Goosefeather! Are you there?"
Goosefeather: "I'm here! You saved my life, Moonpaw! Thank you!"
Moonpaw: "You shouldn't be out on your own if you can't defend yourself! I can't believe you've been given a full name when you don't even know how to fight."
Goosefeather: "Wait, it's not my fault the badger attacked me. It was Stormtail—"
Moonpaw: "Really? You're going to blame Stormtail for this? Who do you think found the patrol and told them what was happening? I don't believe you, Goosefeather. You put all our lives in danger today. I won't always be here to save you. Try living in the real world for a while, and learn how to look after yourself!"
—Moonpaw and Goosefeather after a badger attack Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 7


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Moonpaw: "I've been looking for you! I'm really sorry for running off like that. I was frightened for you, that's all. We drove the badger off the territory, so you'll be safe now."
Goosefeather: "You were right. I do need to learn how to take care of myself."
Moonpaw: "But you're a medicine cat. It's the duty of the warriors to keep you safe. I could show you some moves, if you like. Windflight says I'm doing really well."
Goosefeather: "Don't worry. I'll figure something out on my own."
Moonpaw: "But you can't be on your own all the time! Don't you get lonely? It's not normal, not having friends."
—Moonpaw and Goosefeather Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 7


Moonflower: "What did you see, little one?"
Bluekit: "Everything."
Moonflower: "Not everything, my darling. There's a whole forest for you to explore. And even that is just a part of the Clans' territories. There are lands beyond—Mothermouth, Highstones, and even farther."
Snowkit: "How far does the world stretch?"
Moonflower: "Only StarClan knows."
Bluekit: "But my legs aren't long enough to travel that far."
Moonflower: "They'll grow, my sweet, until one day they'll be strong enough to walk the whole world."
—Moonflower talking to Snowkit and Bluekit Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 25-26


"You're Moonflower's kit, and she's the smartest cat I know...About most things, anyway."
—Goosefeather to Snowkit Bluestar's Prophecy, page 35


Bluepaw: "Are you nervous?"
Snowpaw: "Of course she's not nervous! She's a ThunderClan warrior."
Moonflower: "All warriors are nervous before battle—if not for themselves, then for their denmates and their whole Clan. It makes their senses sharper and their claws fiercer, and it gives them hunger for victory."
—Moonflower talking to her kits before the battle with WindClan Bluestar's Prophecy, page 108


Stormtail: "Not allowed in the fighting, eh? Next time, perhaps."
Moonflower: "This is going to be a dangerous battle. We've never attacked a Clan's camp before. We'll be fighting the whole Clan in a place they know and we don't."
Stormtail: "But we'll have the element of surprise. And we'll be fighting in close quarters."
Moonflower: "That's what worries me."
—Moonflower and Stormtail before the raid on WindClan Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 114-115


"This kit did not have to die. It is Bluefur's fault for falling in love outside the Clan in the first place. And now she is dragging her three helpless kits out into the snow with her! Of course one of them is going to die. I'm amazed the other two will make it as far as RiverClan."
—Moonflower on Mosskit's death Secrets of the Clans, page 76


"You're as puffed up as the sheep that live on your dumb moor."
—Moonpaw insulting Shrewpaw Tallstar's Revenge, page 129

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 499
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 4
  4. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 134
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 156
  6. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 129
  8. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 62
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 10
  11. Revealed on Wands and Worlds chat
  12. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  13. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 6
  14. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 5
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, chapter 1
  16. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, allegiances
  17. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 5
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