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I've made a terrible mistake, haven't I? Our son wants to do nothing but lead ShadowClan into battle. I should never have made him deputy! What can we do to stop him?
— Raggedstar's confession to Yellowfang about Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret, page 432-433

Raggedstar is a dark brown tabby tom[2] with ragged fur[9] and amber eyes.[14]

Raggedstar was a ShadowClan leader, the former mate of the medicine cat, Yellowfang. He was born as Raggedkit to Featherstorm along with his brother, Scorchwind, their father a kittypet named Hal. He is apprenticed as Raggedpaw to Brackenfoot, and earns the warrior name Raggedpelt. After becoming a warrior, he searches for the identity of his father, but is dissatisfied with what he finds, ultimately killing Hal. After the birth of Brokenkit, Raggedpelt ignores Yellowfang, raising his son to be a fierce warrior. As Raggedstar, he appoints Brokentail as his third deputy, who kills him and lies to the Clan about his death.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"When Raggedstar led ShadowClan, we were feared for our strength. But in those days our strength came from the warrior code and Clan loyalty, not from fear and bloodlust. If only Raggedstar had lived longer."
—Yellowfang about ShadowClan under Raggedstar Into the Wild, page 256
Raggedstar is mentioned as the recently deceased leader of ShadowClan, succeeded by his son, Brokenstar; however, the cause of his death remains a mystery among the Clans. When ThunderClan and the exiled ShadowClan elders invade ShadowClan, Brokenstar, pinned down by Yellowfang, admits to the murder of his father. Later, Yellowfang reveals to Fireheart that she was Raggedstar's mate, and Brokenstar's mother.

Power of Three

"Sol’s time in ShadowClan must come to an end. He is like the darkness that covered the sun."
—Raggedstar to Blackfoot and Littlecloud Long Shadows, pages 119-120
When ShadowClan is persuaded by Sol to give up their belief in StarClan, Raggedstar and Runningnose seek Jaypaw's assistance. Jaypaw, along with Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, Tigerpaw, Dawnpaw, and Flamepaw, create a fake sign for Blackfoot, which is made real when Raggedstar and Runningnose appear, successfully convincing the ShadowClan leader to restore his Clan's belief in StarClan and his leader name.

Omen of the Stars

"You must burn as brightly as this fire to protect your Clan. Survival is more important than the code of the medicine cats. You must forget your allegiance to them and pledge yourself only to our Clan. From now on, ShadowClan has no allies. Remember this: A time of war is coming, and your warrior ancestors will stand alongside you. No one else."
—Raggedstar to Flametail Night Whispers, page 86
Raggedstar appears among other ShadowClan ancestors when Flametail is dreaming. He insists that ShadowClan must stand alone if it is to survive what will befall the Clans, referring to the rise of the Place of No Stars. Though the old ShadowClan leader wishes to tell him more, he is stopped by Sagewhisker.

Super Editions

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"Very well, but on one condition. You must promise to never tell these kits the truth. It is better that they grow up without a mother than knowing that their mother chose to abandon them."
—Raggedpelt to Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, page 318
In Yellowfang's Secret, Raggedkit is born to Featherstorm along with his brother Scorchkit, though the identity of their father is unknown. However, the Clan suspects that Featherstorm, who had often spent time in Twolegplace, mated with a kittypet. Eventually, he is apprenticed as Raggedpaw to Brackenfoot. As an apprentice, Raggedpaw excels at battle training, earning his warrior name Raggedpelt after a battle with WindClan. He grows close with Yellowpaw, confiding in her about his hatred of cats' gossip about his heritage. They search for his father, revealed to be a kittypet named Hal, who has no interest in his son. After kittypets invade, Raggedpelt confronts Hal and Featherstorm, ultimately killing his father.
When Yellowfang shows interest in medicine, Raggedpelt mocks her, and is furious when she decides to become Sagewhisker's apprentice. Later, Raggedpelt receives an apprentice, Cloudpaw and becomes deputy. After the birth of their son, Brokenkit, Raggedpelt forces Yellowfang to forget giving birth to him. He has Lizardstripe nurse Brokenkit and his true mother is unknown to the Clan. Raggedpelt often brags about his son, and defends him whenever the young apprentice, Brokenpaw, causes trouble. After the death of Cedarstar, Raggedpelt becomes Raggedstar, makes Brokentail a warrior early, and appointing him as his deputy after the deaths of Foxheart and Cloudpelt. However, Raggedstar has a shared nightmare with Yellowfang about the future of ShadowClan, and admits regretting appointing Brokentail. Later, Brokentail rushes into camp, claiming that his father was killed by a WindClan patrol.
In Tigerheart's Shadow, Raggedstar appears at Tigerheart's leader ceremony, giving him a life for loyalty. He urges the new leader to unite ShadowClan once again.

Detailed description

Raggedstar is a large,[2] broad-shouldered,[15] dark brown tabby tom[2] with ragged, patchy fur,[9] scars on his nose,[16] amber eyes,[14] and a shredded ear.[17]

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • He has kittypet blood through Hal.[18]

Mistakes

  • Although Raggedstar is said to be Clawface's mentor in Secrets of the Clans,[9] Crowtail is Clawface's mentor in Yellowfang's Secret.[19]
  • He is mistakenly called Raggedpelt in The Last Hope.[20]
  • He is mistakenly addressed as Raggedstar four times in Yellowfang's Secret before he gains his leader name.[21][22][23][24]
  • He is shown with white stripes on the family tree.[25]

Character pixels

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Official art

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Raggedstar has killed:

Ceremonies

Raggedkit's apprentice ceremony
Cedarstar: Raggedkit, come forward. Brackenfoot, you are ready for another apprentice, and you will be mentor to Raggedpaw. I trust you will pass on to him your warrior skills and your loyalty to your Clan.
Brackenfoot: You can trust me, Cedarstar.
Everyone: Raggedpaw! Scorchpaw!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret pages 16-17


Raggedpaw's warrior ceremony
Cedarstar: Raggedpaw, from this time on you will be known as Raggedpelt. StarClan honors your courage and your skill in battle.
Everyone: Raggedpelt! Raggedpelt! Raggedpelt!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 80


Raggedpelt's deputy ceremony
Cedarstar: It is with sadness that I must announce our deputy, Stonetooth, is moving to the elder's den. Raggedpelt will take his place.
Everyone: Raggedpelt! Raggedpelt!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 277-278

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Cedarstar
Lizardfang
Sagewhisker
Plump black-and-white tom
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Dawnstar
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown

Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Putting ShadowClan above all others

Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Killed by Brokentail in Yellowfang's Secret
Deputies
Name From To
Foxheart
Cloudpelt
Brokentail
Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's Secret
Yellowfang's Secret
Medicine cats
Name From To
Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret

Quotes

"I will never be proud of defeat!"
—Raggedpelt Yellowfang's Secret, page 273


Yellowfang: "This is my destiny. You cannot change it."
Raggedpelt: "No. But you could."
—Raggedpelt to Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, page 297


Yellowfang: "Lizardstripe is also expecting kits. She can care for ours until they are old enough to feed alone. Every cat can know they are yours, but no cats must know they are also mine. I'm sorry, Raggedpelt. I cannot be their mother."
Raggedpelt: "You mean, you'd choose to be a medicine cat for Clanmates that have no kinship with you, over caring for your own kits? Our own kits? What kind of she-cat are you? Do you care for nothing beyond yourself?"
Yellowfang: "I have to do this. Our kits will not suffer because of it."
Raggedpelt: "What do you know about growing up with only one parent?"
Yellowfang: "This will be different! These kits will be cared for by Lizardstripe in the nursery, and they will have you as their father, to love and be proud of them! Please, you have to do this for them!"
Raggedpelt: "Very well, but on one condition. You must promise to never tell these kits the truth. It is better that they grow up without a mother than knowing that their mother chose to abandon them."
—Raggedpelt and Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, pages 317 - 318


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"He is not unwanted. He is my son, and I will always claim him as my own. You are being given a great honor, you unworthy cat. Who wouldn't want to be mother to the Clan deputy's son - and perhaps the future leader of the Clan himself?"
—Raggedpelt to Lizardstripe Yellowfang's Secret, page 324


"Great StarClan! Why would we both have this vision? I would never send kits into battle! It's against the warrior code!"
—Raggedstar to Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, page 432


Jaypaw: "Why have you come to speak to me?"
Raggedstar: "For the sake of our Clan. If no cat helps them, then Sol will tear them apart. They will scatter and become rogues. All their pride and honor will be gone!"
—Raggedstar to Jaypaw in a dream Long Shadows, page 54


"There used to be no borders in StarClan. But times have changed."
—Raggedstar to Flametail Night Whispers, page 85


"I, Raggedstar, give you this life for loyalty. A leader’s loyalty belongs only to his Clan. Let loyalty be your heartbeat, for when it stops, so will you."
—Raggedstar giving Tigerheart a life Tigerheart's Shadow, page 405

External links

  • Clan or Kin? on the Warriors official website (Mentioned only)

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 65
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 261
  4. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 17
  6. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 80
  7. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 277-278
  8. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 378
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 63
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 166
  11. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 71
  12. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 376
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 98
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 200
  15. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 217
  16. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 271
  17. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 64
  18. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 100-101
  19. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 285
  20. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 178
  21. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 272
  22. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 323
  23. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 324
  24. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 374
  25. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  26. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 204
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