"I've unsheathed my claws too many times. I want to save lives, not destroy them."
— Mudfur deciding to be a medicine cat in Crookedstar's Promise, page 374

Mudfur is a lean,[12] long-haired light brown tom[2] with a pale belly[13] and wide shoulders.[14]

Mudfur was a former medicine cat of RiverClan under Crookedstar's and Leopardstar's leaderships in the forest territories. He originally started out as a warrior, but after losing his mate Brightsky and three of their kits, Mudfur started to question his path. After securing Sunningrocks, Mudfur decided to train as a medicine cat under Brambleberry. He served as RiverClan's medicine cat for many moons, and watched his surviving daughter, Leopardstar, rise to become RiverClan's leader. He trained Mothwing as his apprentice after receiving a sign from StarClan and died before the Clans left for their journey.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Do you think they can manage a little honey?"
—Mudfur to Willowpelt about her kits to treat their smoke inhalation Rising Storm, page 267
Mudfur is the RiverClan medicine cat. When ThunderClan seeks shelter in RiverClan after a fire destroyed their camp, Mudfur aids Cinderpelt to treat their injuries. His Clan is annexed into TigerClan, and he joins Cinderpelt, Barkface and Littlecloud treating the wounded during the battle against BloodClan.

The New Prophecy

"Mothwing is a talented young cat. But because she was born a rogue, I am waiting for a sign from StarClan that she is the right medicine cat for RiverClan. Once I have received that sign, I will take her to Mothermouth at the half-moon time. If I act without the blessing of StarClan, then you can all complain—but not until then."
—Mudfur at the Gathering to the other Clans Midnight, page 51
Mothwing, a former rogue, wishes to become Mudfur's apprentice. The choice creates controversy when announced at the Gathering, and Mudfur insists he'll wait for a sign from StarClan before appointing her. He discovers a moth's wing outside his den and believes it to be StarClan's approval of Mothwing. However, the sign was faked by Hawkfrost, Mothwing's brother, so he could use her rank to his advantage.
A few days before the Clans leave on the Great Journey, Mudfur is dying. Leopardstar refuses to let her Clan leave without staying with him as he dies. Cinderpelt gives him some poppy seeds to ease his pain, and Mudfur succumbs to his illness. A few of the elders to weak to make the journey sit vigil as the Clans leave the forest.

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In Crookedstar's Promise, Mudfur is a RiverClan warrior. He rescues Stormkit from the river when he slips on the stepping-stones. He gains an apprentice, Petalpaw, Hailstar's daughter, to mentor. His mate, Brightsky, moves into the nursery, expecting his kits. However, she becomes sick and she and three of their kits die. Mudfur names their surviving daughter Leopardkit in hopes it would provide her the strength to survive, and spoils her endlessly. During a battle patrol to reclaim Sunningrocks, Mudfur questions the continuous bloodshed and challenges Adderfang to a one-on-one fight. He wins, and asks to train as Brambleberry's apprentice, losing his taste for fighting and still grieving over Brightsky.

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"Is it worth risking our lives yet again for these rocks?"
—Mudfur Crookedstar's Promise, page 364

"Mudfur was known for his strength and bravery. He could hold a warrior underwater till he surrendered. The other Clans whispered to their apprentices at Gatherings not to take him on in battle."
—Crookedjaw's thoughts about Mudfur Crookedstar's Promise, page 365

"Why risk hurting more warriors? Too much blood has been spilled for those rocks already. Battles only seem to lead to more battles. It is bad enough we fight, but we teach our kits to fight and then we watch them get hurt."
—Mudfur to Rippleclaw Crookedstar's Promise, page 371

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Mudfur: "I've lost the taste for battle. I'm no use to my Clan as a warrior now."
Hailstar: "But you fought for the whole Clan this morning."
Mudfur: "I fought to save them from fighting. But they want to fight. I've unsheathed my claws too many times. I want to save lives, not destroy them."
—Mudfur deciding not to be a warrior anymore Crookedstar's Promise, page 374

"Mudfur just told me to be patient. He may be good at that, but I'm not."
—Mothwing to Leafpaw about her training Midnight, page 180

"Mudfur was dying. We waited until he had gone to StarClan."
—Leopardstar to Mudclaw why RiverClan was late for the journey Dawn, page 233

"I've had a long time to think about this. Faith is not just about believing in warrior ancestors. It means being loyal to whatever is most important to you."
—Mudfur to Mistystar about what faith is Mistystar's Omen, page chapter 10

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Sunset, page 126
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  3. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  4. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 161
  5. Revealed in Dawn, page 224
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 374
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 375
  9. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 131
  10. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Starlight, allegiances
  12. Revealed in Moonrise, page 54
  13. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 369
  14. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 370
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