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"Calm down. The Moonpool is frozen! That must be what’s keeping StarClan away. But don't worry. Newleaf will come; it always does."
— Mosspelt to the Clans in Lost Stars, page 109

Mosspelt is a tortoiseshell[7]-and-white[4] she-cat[7] with blue eyes[8] and white chest fur.[9]

Mosspelt is a RiverClan elder who has served under the leaderships of Crookedstar, Leopardstar, and Mistystar in the forest and lake territories. As Mosspaw, she trained to earn her warrior name of Mosspelt. When her Clanmate, Silverstream, died giving birth, Mosspelt raised Feathertail and Stormfur alongside their father, Graystripe, a ThunderClan warrior who joined RiverClan to be with them. Upon his return to ThunderClan, Mosspelt raised the kits as if they were her own. Mosspelt soon gave birth to Willowshine who eventually became a medicine cat. Mosspelt mentored Swallowtail, Pebblefoot, and Perchwing before retiring to the elders' den.

History

In The Prophecies Begin arc

Rising Storm

Mosspelt is a RiverClan queen caring for Graystripe and Silverstream's kits, Featherkit and Stormkit. She is one of few cats who is friendly towards Graystripe. When Graystripe calls his kits into the clearing of the camp, Mosspelt watches them proudly, as if they were her own. After playing in the clearing with their father, she calls them back into the nursery. Though sulking, they obey her.

A Dangerous Path

"Nothing to be sorry for. And you can be sure that your kits will be well cared for. I’ll keep an eye on them, and Mistyfoot and Stonefur are mentoring them."
—Mosspelt after Graystripe apologizes for returning to ThunderClan. A Dangerous Path, page 254
When Graystripe is exiled from RiverClan, Mosspelt remains friendly towards him. At a Gathering, Graystripe asks her how his kits are doing, and if they are surprised that he didn't come back. Mosspelt tells him that once they knew he wasn't dead, they coped well. Graystripe kindly thanks her for taking care of his kits. She reveals to him that they are now apprenticed to Mistyfoot and Stonefur. She promises to keep in touch with Graystripe about how his kits are doing, then walks away.

In The New Prophecy arc

Midnight

Mosspelt has returned to her warrior duties.

Dawn

Mosspelt is once again a queen. She takes part in the Great Journey to the Clans' new home.

Twilight

"The whole of RiverClan is in trouble. Mothwing’s den is full of sick cats. None have died yet, but they will die, if we don’t have help."
—Mosspelt seeking ThunderClan's help Twilight, page 149
Mosspelt rushes to the ThunderClan camp to fetch Leafpool. Startled, Leafpool confuses her with Sorreltail. Mosspelt says that there is danger in the RiverClan camp, and they need her help. Leafpool gets there just in time with Mosspelt to help Mothwing save the cats from the Twoleg poison. Mosspelt's daughter is revealed to be Willowkit.

In the Power of Three arc

The Sight

Mosspelt has begun training her second apprentice, Pebblepaw.

Dark River

Mosspelt yowls that there is an intruder in RiverClan territory when she spots Hollypaw, a ThunderClan apprentice. She escorts her and Squirrelflight to the border with Beechfur when ThunderClan reclaims their apprentice.

Eclipse

"Mosspelt. Lionpaw recognized the blue-eyed tortoiseshell from Gatherings. But this wasn’t a Gathering, and he was going to make her sorry she’d ever set paw on his land."
—Lionpaw encountering Mosspelt in battle Eclipse, page 215
Mosspelt is heard by Jaypaw sneaking through ThunderClan's territory alongside Reedwhisker during the Battle of the Eclipse. She is almost killed by Lionpaw when he corners her against a tree, but Firestar yells for the apprentice to stop, as the RiverClan cat knows she is beaten.

In the Omen of the Stars arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Her former apprentice, Pebblepaw, is now a warrior called Pebblefoot. Mosspelt returns to the nursery.

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Mosspelt's former apprentice, Perchpaw, has become a warrior named Perchwing, and Mosspelt has retired as an elder.

Shattered Sky

Mosspelt: "Don't. That's what he wants."
Mistystar: "But we can't leave our Clanmates here as if they were pieces of crow-food!"
Mosspelt: "We can sit vigil for them tonight wherever we happen to be. Not even Darktail can stop their spirits from traveling to StarClan."
Mistystar: "You're right. But it breaks my heart."
—Mosspelt and Mistystar about attacking Darktail and leaving the deceased behind Shattered Sky, pages 107-108
As ThunderClan reveals the secret about SkyClan, Mosspelt grumbles she hopes they never find the lost Clan as there are already enough cats around the lake. After the Kin defeat RiverClan in their camp, Mosspelt explains that Petalfur and Shadepelt are dead, staggering up to Mistystar with blood smearing her chest. She halts beside her leader and presses her nose into her shoulder. Violetpaw cannot watch them and looks away.
Darktail doesn't let the defeated RiverClan take the dead and this angers Mistystar. She nearly attacks the rogue, but Mosspelt steps forward and thrusts herself between the two leaders. The tortoiseshell she-cat insists to Mistystar to not attack. Meow urgent and low, she says that attacking is what he wants. Mistystar states they cannot leave their Clanmates but Mosspelt reassures they are not there. They can sit vigil for them at night where ever their spirits are, as Darktail cannot stop them from reaching StarClan. Mistystar admits that she is right but sadly states to her that it breaks her heart.

Darkest Night

While RiverClan temporarily stays in ThunderClan, Mosspelt sleeps in the elders' den. She is mentioned by Owlnose, who quarrels with Cloudtail, saying that there is nothing for Mosspelt to eat. Cloudtail says that there is more than enough left for her, but Owlnose reminds the white tom that the warrior code says the weakest cats eat first. The RiverClan warrior looks at Graystripe and Millie, who are eating a thrush, and asks why ThunderClan elders eat while theirs go hungry. Meanwhile, Mosspelt sits outside the elders' den, eyes bleary.
Graystripe asks if a cat has gone hungry, and Owlnose replies that Mosspelt has. The gray tom replies that she was sleeping and he didn't want to wake her up, and Millie invites Mosspelt to eat share the thrush with them. The RiverClan elder heads toward it self-consciously. Just then, a RiverClan patrol including Mistystar comes back, and when the leader sees the argument, she decides that her Clan should go home. Bramblestar invites them to at least eat first, and he glances at Mosspelt, who has just taken her first bite of thrush.

River of Fire

When RiverClan is attempting to escape from the fire in their camp, ThunderClan and WindClan move a log so that cats can cross the stream. Alderheart yowls to a group of stranded RiverClan cats, and Mosspelt spots him. She alerts her Clanmates, and one by one they cross the log to safety. Once Mosspelt crosses safely, she thanks Alderheart, saying that she thought they'd burn for sure.
In the bonus scene, Mothwing and Willowshine talk in the medicine den about Mistystar will opening the borders soon. They hearing a call of distress, rush outside to see Mosspelt half leap and half fall from a bank above the den. She collapses a tail length away from the stream, and Willowshine rushes to her. The elder is very sick, and the medicine cat mews that this keeps getting worse and worse.
The next day, Willowshine stands in front of the last sprig of watermint, and asks Mothwing if she should give it to Mosspelt. The golden she-cat hesitates to give it to someone so frail, as they might not recover. Willowshine is horrified, and she apologizes, saying she just wants what is best for the Clan. They both agree to go and talk to Mistystar about their dire situation. Both she-cats implore that the border should be reopened, but the leader says no, and reassures Willowshine that Mosspelt will be fine.
Willowshine watches as a storm rages in camp, sitting next to her mother Mosspelt. She apologizes that she can’t help more, but the elder says it’s okay. Willowshine promises that she’ll find a way, and tells Mothwing she’s going to talk to Mistystar again. She does, but it's to no avail, and the medicine cat panics that Mosspelt is running out of time. Willowshine says she's going to try and go to another Clan for help and try to save her mother.

In The Broken Code arc

Lost Stars

While at the Moonpool, Mosspelt urges her Clanmates to remain calm, as StarClan could very well come back when the ice melts in newleaf. Many cats agree with her, but those who disagree begin to bicker. Later, Mosspelt discusses Shadowpaw's vision with the Clans, noting that many cats don't follow the code. She amends that Bramblestar always has, but that behavior standards have fallen since she was in her youth, and that could be cause for darkness within the Clans. Bramblestar dips his head and agrees with her, saying it's a possibility.

In the Super Editions

Crookedstar's Promise

Mosspaw is seen as an apprentice in the manga at the end of the book. Crookedstar is seen giving her and Shadepaw fishing lessons. Shadepaw teases and laughs at her for falling into the water, saying that she is supposed to catch fish with her claws and not her teeth. Embarrassed, Mosspaw angrily tells her to be quiet.

In the Novellas

Mothwing's Secret

Mosspelt is mentoring Swallowpaw. She hushes Hawkfrost and Mothwing for talking too loudly in the warriors' den and reminds the two littermates they are warriors now. She, Swallowpaw, Mistyfoot, Hawkfrost and Mothwing search for watermint for Mudfur and Mosspelt sniffs even she knows what that looks like. Mosspelt rushes out of the warriors' den when Leopardstar calls a Clan meeting about Mudfur discovering a sign from StarClan approving of Mothwing's medicine cat training. She stands guard the night of Mothwing's ceremony at the Moonstone and briskly nods at her. Many moons later, Mosspelt paces outside the nursery on the eve of the Great Battle. She is gravely injured while defending the nursery and Mothwing reassures her someone else will protect the kits while she recovers.

Dovewing's Silence

Following the Great Battle, Mosspelt is now mentoring Perchpaw.

In the Stand-Alone Manga

A Shadow in RiverClan

Mosspelt congratulates Feathertail and Stormfur after their warrior ceremonies. While sitting with Sasha and Feathertail, Mosspelt warns two kits who are playing too rough that Tigerstar will get them if they are misbehaving. Later in leaf-bare, Mosspelt tries to break through the ice to catch fish but it is too solid. While standing guard, Mosspelt is attacked by a large and starving fox and her cries wake her Clanmates. In new-leaf, Mosspelt hunts with Feathertail and Hawkfrost.

In the Short stories and plays

Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar

Mosspelt asks Firestar to come back to the Daylight Gathering he called. Later, she votes for him to become the temporary leader of all the Clans.

Trivia

Mistakes

  • She was mistakenly called bracken-colored.[10]

Continuity

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

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Official art

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Kin

Members

Daughter:

Willowshine:[12] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Foster daughter:

Feathertail:[13] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member

Foster son:

Stormfur:[13] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)

Trees

Genetic

Mosspelt ♀Frogleap ♂See More
Willowshine ♀Dawnflower ♀
Pebblefoot ♂Minnowtail ♀Tumblekit ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Foster

Mosspelt ♀
Feathertail ♀Stormfur ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances


Quotes

"Not ever, I should hope. There are enough cats around the lake already."
—Mosspelt about finding SkyClan Shattered Sky, page 29


"[Mosspelt] came staggering up, with blood smeared over her white chest fur. She halted beside her Clan leader and pressed her nose into Mistystar’s shoulder fur. Violetpaw turned aside, unable to go on witnessing their grief."
—Mosspelt comforting Mistystar after RiverClan's defeat Shattered Sky, page 105


"But you brought us here because you believe we can work together. We did it before, didn't we? For the Great Journey? Will you give up so quickly this time?"
—Mosspelt to Firestar The Clans Decide, page 6

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, manga
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Mothwing's Secret, allegiances
  6. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Twilight, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 105
  10. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 252
  11. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  12. Revealed in Twilight, page 167
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 272
Logo-riverclan RiverClan cats
Leader Mistystar
Deputy Reedwhisker
Medicine cats Willowshine
Warriors DuskfurMinnowtailMallownoseSneezecloudPodlightShimmerpeltLizardtail (Fogpaw)LakeheartHavenpeltBrackenpeltJayclawOwlnoseGorseclawNightskyBreezeheart
Apprentices FogpawSplashpaw
Queen Curlfeather
Kits FrostkitMistkitGraykit
Elders Mosspelt
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