|"Then reason with me. Don't quote words given to you by someone else. You're my son. I hope I taught you to have a mind of your own."|
|— Moonlight to Tree in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 291|
Moonlight was the former leader of the Sisters. She took several mates per the Sisters' custom. In one litter, she had a son named Earth and two daughters named Ice and Sunrise with a loner named Root. In the moons that passed, she met a kittypet named Jack and became pregnant with his kits. After coming close to Clan territory, Moonlight refused to let the Sisters move because the Clans wanted them to and reunited with Tree, but her son condemned her for abandoning him. When a war broke out to drive out the Sisters, Moonlight went into labor and gave birth to Leaf, Squirrel, and Moon, but died due to injuries sustained during the battle.
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- "One day my mother brought a mouse back to the den. It was injured, but not dead. She told me how to kill it. So I killed it, and when I did, she said, "You're grown now". The next morning, when I woke, she was gone. My sister was too."
- —Tree about his mother leaving him Thunder and Shadow, page Bonus Scene, page 17
- "Do you think like a Clan cat too? Dividing land out like prey to be given to others. Have you forgotten that as a tom, you are a protector of the land? You should wander it, not own it!"
- —Moonlight to Tree about the roles of toms Squirrelflight's Hope, page 292
- Eventually, tensions between the Clans grow to a point where they are willing to force out the Sisters, but Moonlight, long overdue for her kits, goes into labor, giving birth to two she-cats and a tom. However, as soon as they are born, she leaves her kits and goes to fight in the battle instigated by the Clans, but later dies from her injuries.
- In Tree's Roots, Moonlight leads the Sisters in the ceremonies to send toms away and the mourning ceremony for Haze. She asserts to her son Earth that toms must be sent away, and refuses to let him to stay, insisting that he is ready. At night, Earth is sent away. Later, Earth meets his father Root, who reveals that Moonlight abandoned him without giving him a chance to know his kits.
- Moonlight is a huge, long-furred, thickly-pelted well-muscled and broad-shouldered, gray she-cat with wide paws and a bushy tail.
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Personality and Relationships
- Moonlight can be peaceful and wise, but stubborn and prideful to a fault. Much like the other Sisters, Moonlight prefers her daughters over her sons, something Tree resents her for. For more of Moonlight's personality and relationships, click here!
- Moonlight had several mates and litters of kits throughout her life. With Root, she had Tree, Ice, and Sunrise, and she had Leaf, Moon, and Squirrel with Jack. For more of Moonlight's family, click here!
- Tree's Roots
- Thunder and Shadow (First appearance; mentioned only)
- Darkest Night (Indirect mention only)
- The Raging Storm (Indirect mention only)
- Squirrelflight's Hope †
- The Silent Thaw (Mentioned only)
- Her kit, Moon, is named after her.
- Needlepaw: "Didn't your mother name you? You said you named yourself, but your mother must have given you a name when you were born."
- Tree: "If she did, I forgot it."
- Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Indirect mention only)
Notes and references
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 408
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 59
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 404
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 321 and 407
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 60
- Revealed in the blurb for Squirrelflight's Hope
- Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 3
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 57
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 308
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 61
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 94
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 409
|Members||Snow • Tempest • Hawk • Furze • Sunrise • Flurry • Sparrow • Ice • Petal • Creek • Moon • Squirrel • Leaf|
|Former members||Moonlight • Tree • Stone • Grass • Haze • Stream • Snail • Chestnut • Mud • Spider • Cloud|