"Firestar, I didn't ever think you'd saved my son for this. What has StarClan done to us?"
— Morningflower after Gorsepaw is killed in The Darkest Hour, page 208



Morningflower is a tortoiseshell she-cat[7] with amber eyes.[8]

Morningflower was a WindClan warrior under Tallstar's leadership in the forest territories. She was born to Stagleap and Wrenflight with her siblings, Ashfoot and Onewhisker. As an apprentice, Morningpaw was mentored by Tallstar. After earning her warrior name, Morningflower, she and the rest of her Clan were exiled by Brokenstar and ShadowClan. While in exile, she gave birth to Cloudrunner's kits: Gorsekit, Storkkit, and Quailkit. Fireheart and Graystripe bring WindClan home and Morningflower allowed Fireheart to carry Gorsekit.

Because of her friendship with Fireheart, she spared him when WindClan attacked ThunderClan for harboring Brokenstar. Gorsepaw soon became an apprentice with Morningflower's brother, Onewhisker, as his mentor. However, Gorsepaw was murdered by Tigerstar when TigerClan attacked their camp. Morningflower avenged her son's death in the battle against BloodClan. Afterwards, she retired to the elders' den and participated on the Great Journey. She fell ill when Mothwing accidentally gave the elders tainted water, but recovered and spent the rest of her days in the elders' den.

History

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Fire and Ice

"What is it, Barkface? Has StarClan spoken to you?"
―Morningflower, after Barkface receives a vision Fire and Ice, page 76
Morningflower is a heavily pregnant queen, and needs to rest. When WindClan makes the return journey home, she had since given birth to a kit. Morningflower is still exhausted from her kitting and from being so far away from home, so she needs constant help from her Clanmates and Fireheart. When she gets tired from carrying her newborn, Fireheart offers to help. She is suspicious, but soon softens after she sees the compassion in his eyes. Fireheart stays close to her so she can see her son. This is the beginning of a bond between the two.
As they cross the Thunderpath, Morningflower carries her kit across, with Fireheart by her side. Later, when Barkface sees a sign from StarClan in the clouds, he yells, and Morningflower calls out, worried. When WindClan gets home, she thanks Fireheart and is overjoyed at being home. She immediately heads to the nursery to start making a nest for her kit and herself.

Forest of Secrets

"Morningflower's eyes were filled with sorrow, and Fireheart could see that she too remembered what they had endured together. He could not bring himself to strike her, and after a moment she backed away from him and disappeared into the heaving mass of cats."
―Narrator describing Morningflower and Fireheart's encounter during the fight over Brokenstar Forest of Secrets, page 204
Along with the rest of WindClan, Morningflower is outraged when she finds out that ThunderClan is harboring Brokenstar. She takes part in the surprise attack on ThunderClan, and is seen fighting with Longtail. Then, she attacks Fireheart, not realizing at first who he is, but then recognizes him and stops, remembering their friendship. Morningflower leaves Fireheart alone and continues fighting.

Rising Storm

When Onewhisker greets Firestar at a Gathering, he mentions that Morningflower's kit, Gorsepaw, is now an apprentice and is attending his first Gathering.

A Dangerous Path

Fireheart recognizes Gorsepaw, Morningflower's son, at a Gathering, and Onewhisker introduces his apprentice to the ThunderClan warrior. Gorsepaw shyly tells Fireheart that Morningflower had told him about he had carried him across the Thunderpath when WindClan returned home. Morningflower is in the battle line during the confrontation between WindClan and ThunderClan, standing next to Onewhisker and Gorsepaw.

The Darkest Hour

When the ThunderClan cats arrive after TigerClan attack WindClan, Morningflower is in the center of the clearing, wailing. She keeps nosing Gorsepaw's dead body. Onewhisker tells Firestar that Tigerstar held the young apprentice down and killed him to make an example of what would happen to every WindClan cat if they did not join him. Firestar pads over to the grieving queen, touching his nose to her shoulder to get her attention. Morningflower looks up at him, saying that she couldn't believe StarClan had done this to them, and that she never thought Firestar would save her son for this. Graystripe also touches his nose to Gorsepaw's body, before murmuring a few comforting words to her.
Morningflower attends the meeting of LionClan and TigerClan, her eyes cold with the longing to avenge her kit. In the battle with BloodClan, Morningflower bursts out of the bushes beside Ravenpaw and Barley, attacking a white BloodClan tom. She slashes fiercely at his haunches while yowling her dead son's name, taking all of her grief of her son's murder out on the BloodClan cats. She leaps onto his back, clawing out pawfuls of fur. After the battle, Firestar sees her emerge from the bushes with Tallstar, Mudclaw, and some WindClan apprentices. Firestar sees a glow of satisfaction in her eyes, noting she now feels avenged for the death of Gorsepaw.

In The New Prophecy arc

Midnight

Morningflower is now an elder. Feathertail pauses to briefly speak with her at the Gathering, and though the exchange is polite, it is not friendly, as WindClan cats are still drinking water from RiverClan territory though the drought is over.

Dawn

During the journey to the new territory, the Clans cross a Thunderpath. Morningflower falls behind and is in danger of being hit by a monster. Leafpaw and Firestar yell encouragement, and she makes it safely across.
Later, one of her paw pads wears raw from walking. Leafpaw takes a look at it while Barkface examines an unfamiliar herb brought by Russetfur. Barkface is skeptical about the herbs, but Morningflower gives her approval saying that if it works, they can use it on others. With Morningflower's consent, Leafpaw chews and washes the green juice into Morningflower's paw. She winces but shrugs it off as a small sting. Once Leafpaw is finished with the unknown herb juice, she swaths Morningflower's paw in cobwebs reminding her if it starts to throb. Morningflower then gingerly presses her paw to the ground and tells Leafpaw that it works.
As they get further into the mountains, Morningflower's paw has improved even though the terrain has been getting more difficult to walk on.

Starlight

Morningflower has been growing weaker with coming old age. She and Darkfoot, another WindClan elder, become very sick from being given poisoned water by Mothwing to drink before coming to the camp. Leafpaw brings watermint when she hears the news, and is able to help Barkface keep them from getting any worse.

In the Power of Three arc

Dark River

Jaypaw listens to the other medicine cats on the way to the Moonpool, and Barkface confides that Morningflower has recovered from greencough and lives to see another newleaf. Jaypaw can tell that Barkface fears that it might be her last newleaf.

In the Novellas

Blackfoot's Reckoning

At the end of the battle against BloodClan, Morningflower runs alongside Blackfoot as they chase the remaining BloodClan cats away.
During his nine lives ceremony, Blackfoot relives his memory of the battle where WindClan was driven out of their camp, and he sees Morningflower and Ashfoot defending the nursery. Morningflower has blood running down her chest as Clawface hisses at her to move aside.

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Official art

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Kin

Members

Mate:

Cloudrunner:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Son:

Gorsepaw:[10] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Kits:

Storkkit:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Quailkit:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Mother:

Wrenflight:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Stagleap:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Sister:

Ashfoot:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brother:

Onestar:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Grandmothers:
Palebird:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mistmouse:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Grandfathers:

Woollytail:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hareflight:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Uncles:

Bristlekit:[13] Status unknown
Flykit:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Aunts:

Rabbitkit:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Doespring:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ryestalk:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-uncle:

Tallstar:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-aunt:

Finchkit:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Nephews:

Crowfeather:[16] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Darktail:[17] Deceased, residence unknown

Niece:

Heathertail:[18] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

Nephews/Nieces:

Eaglekit:[19][20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hillkit:[21][20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Downkit:[21][20] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Smoke's kits:[22] Deceased, residence unknown

Grandnephews:

Breezepelt:[23] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Jayfeather:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Lionblaze:[24] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

Grandniece:

Hollyleaf:[24] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Grandnephews/nieces

Crowfeather and Nightcloud's kits:[25] Deceased, residence unknown

Great-great-nieces:

Hollytuft:[26] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Sorrelstripe:[26] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Smokehaze:[27] Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
Brindlewing:[27] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Appleshine:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Woodsong:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Spotfur:[29] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Flywhisker:[29] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)

Great-great-nephews:

Fernsong:[26] Living (As of Daisy's Kin)
Snaptooth:[29] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)

Great-great-great-nephews:

Flipclaw:[30] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Baypaw:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

Great-great-great-nieces

Thriftear:[30] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Bristlefrost:[30] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Myrtlepaw:[28] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

Cousins:

Tornear:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mudclaw:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Distant ancestors:

Windstar:[31][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Gorsestar:[31][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dust Muzzle:[31][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Emberkit:[31][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morning Whisker:[31][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Moth Flight:[31][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Micah:[33][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Honey Pelt:[34][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Spider Paw:[34][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Bubbling Stream:[34][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Blue Whisker:[34][32] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Three unnamed kits:[35][32] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision manga section)

Tree

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances


Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Morningflower's mate was not Tallstar.[blog 1]

Mistakes

  • Although listed as an elder in the allegiances of Leafpool's Wish, her description states her as a tortoiseshell queen,[36] similar to when she was listed as a queen.[2]

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • On Vicky's Facebook, Morningflower died between the third and fourth arc of old age and went to StarClan.[37]
  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, it is revealed that her apprentice name was Morningpaw and Tallstar was her mentor.[38] When ShadowClan attacks the WindClan camp, Ashfoot tells Morningflower to protect Ashfoot's kit. When WindClan decides to leave the camp, Morningflower and Eaglekit are first to break through the bracken to escape and start running.[39]

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  5. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 162
  6. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 65
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  10. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 208
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 26
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 274
  14. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 6
  15. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 21
  16. Revealed in Starlight, page 131
  17. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 259
  18. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  19. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 2
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
  22. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 258
  23. Revealed in The Sight, page 118
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 290
  25. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 406
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  27. 27.0 27.1 Kate's Blog
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 Revealed in The First Battle, page 139
  32. 32.00 32.01 32.02 32.03 32.04 32.05 32.06 32.07 32.08 32.09 32.10 32.11 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  33. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 318
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 321
  35. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, manga
  36. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, allegiances
  37. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  38. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 38
  39. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans

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