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"Redtail was a brave warrior. His loyalty to ThunderClan could never be doubted. I always relied on his judgement, for it bore witness to the needs of the Clan, and was never swayed by self-interest or pride. He would have made a fine leader."
Bluestar in Into the Wild, page 44

Redtail is a dark tortoiseshell tom with a bushy[1] ginger tail.[2]

He was a deputy of ThunderClan under Bluestar's leadership. He is born as Redkit to Adderfang and Swiftbreeze, along with Spottedkit and Willowkit. Redpaw is given Sparrowpelt as his mentor, and upon completing his training, he is given his warrior name, Redtail. After the death of Sunstar, he is made deputy under Bluestar. He and Bluestar share a close friendship, providing a strong foundation for their Clan. Redtail is noted to be much more quick and clever than the majority of ThunderClan's warriors. However, he is murdered by Tigerclaw, who wishes to become ThunderClan deputy himself. Fireheart reveals the truth to the Clan, to which Redtail is eternally grateful. At Firestar's leader ceremony, Redtail gives him a life for justice.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"Thank you. You revealed the truth when no other cat could."
—Redtail thanking Fireheart for revealing Tigerstar's actions The Darkest Hour, page 48
Redtail is the deputy of ThunderClan and his apprentice is Dustpaw. During a RiverClan attack on Sunningrocks, Redtail's patrol is overwhelmed, and knowing they cannot win, he orders a retreat. A second battle takes place some time later, when Redtail is killed. Tigerclaw tells ThunderClan that Redtail had died at the paws of Oakheart, RiverClan's deputy, before he was also killed. However, Tigerclaw's apprentice, Ravenpaw, witnessed Tigerclaw murdering Redtail and reveals the truth to Firepaw and Graypaw. Fireheart shares his concerns about Tigerclaw with Bluestar, and although the leader initially does not believe him, Fireheart brings the truth about Tigerclaw's treachery to light after Tigerclaw attempts to kill Bluestar. Redtail appears in StarClan, giving Firestar his second life, the life of justice, and thanks Fireheart for revealing Tigerclaw's treachery and giving him peace.

Omen of the Stars

Redtail partakes in the Great Battle, and helps the Clans fight back the Place of No Stars, reuniting with his friends from when he was alive. He witnesses Firestar's death, and helps bring him to StarClan.

Super Editions

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In Bluestar's Prophecy, Redkit is born to Adderfang and Swiftbreeze's second litter along with his sisters, Willowkit and Spottedkit. He is apprenticed to Sparrowpelt, and trains along with Willowpaw to become a warrior, while their other sister, Spottedpaw, becomes a medicine cat apprentice. He later becomes Bluestar's deputy when she becomes leader.

Novellas

This section summarizes Redtail's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"I am worried about Bluefur. Your stupid grudge almost got her killed. And I don't owe you anything anymore."
—Redtail to Tigerclaw about why he ordered the retreat Redtail's Debt, page 74
In Redtail's Debt, Tigerclaw saves Redpaw from being killed by a hawk, and as the latter frantically thanks his Clanmate, Tigerclaw insists Redpaw owes him his life in return. Now a warrior, Redtail and Tigerclaw discover Sorrelpaw, a WindClan apprentice, accidentally trespassing on ThunderClan territory. Tigerclaw manipulates the incident to Sunstar, who agrees to launch an attack on WindClan's camp. Redtail struggles between staying loyal to Tigerclaw and speaking out against the injustice. He finds his courage during the raid when Bluefur is gravely injured and Redtail calls a retreat. He and Tigerclaw begin a bitter rivalry which heightens when Redtail becomes Bluestar's deputy. During a patrol to Sunningrocks, RiverClan attacks, and once it subsides, Tigerclaw murders Redtail in order to become deputy.

Detailed description

Redtail is a small,[2] dark, dappled[1] tortoiseshell tom. He has a distinctive,[2] bushy[1] ginger tail[2] as red as fox fur,[12] and feathered ears.[13]

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • He has SkyClan blood, because he and his sisters, Spottedleaf and Willowpelt, are SkyClan descendants.[14]

Mistakes

  • He has been mistakenly described as russet[15] and red.[16]
  • In The Last Hope, it is said that he gave Firestar a life of courage,[17] when he really gave him a life of justice,[1] and Lionheart gave him courage.[18]
  • In Redtail's Debt, Redtail kills Oakheart, but Oakheart actually died from a rockfall.[19]
  • In Redtail's Debt, he is hinted to be a young apprentice[20] when at the time, he is about twelve moons old.[21]
    • This could be due to him not becoming an apprentice until later on rather than the traditional six moons,[22] but this is not touched upon.

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Ceremonies

Redtail's warrior ceremony
Sunstar: Redpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your own life?
Redpaw: I do.
Sunstar: Then, by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Redpaw, from now on you will be known as Redtail. StarClan honors your bravery and your loyalty. We welcome you as a full member of ThunderClan. Serve your Clan well. You'll be a fine warrior.
Everyone: Willowpelt! Redtail! Willowpelt! Redtail!
Reference: Redtail's Debt, page 39

Quotes

Redpaw: "D-do we have to tell Sunstar what I did?"
Tigerclaw: "Of course we do. Sunstar's our leader and he needs to know why his plan failed. But I'll stick up for you, no matter what the others say. After all, every warrior in the Clan did some dumb things as a 'paw. I mean, those things don't usually have such awful effects, but that was just bad luck, really."
Redpaw: "Thanks, Tigerclaw. I really owe you one."
Tigerclaw: "You owe me more than one. You owe me your life!"
—Tigerclaw comforting Redpaw after he saves Redpaw Redtail's Debt, page chapter three


Redtail: "Was Sorrelpaw too hurt to come to the Gathering?"
Stagleap: "She's sore, but she'll be all right. No thanks to you."
Redtail: "I didn't want to hurt her. I was just doing my duty."
Stagleap: "Your duty? You haven't been a warrior very long, have you, Redtail? Warriors are supposed to teach apprentices, not hurt them."
—Stagleap scolding Redtail for his actions Redtail's Debt, page chapter five


Tigerclaw: "Nice move."
Redtail: "What do you mean?"
Tigerclaw: "Trying to make it look like you're worried about Bluefur. You're just a coward. You always had been-ever since you were a 'paw and I had to save you on that bridge. So much for loyalty. So much for the life you owe me."
Redtail: "I am worried about Bluefur. Your stupid grudge almost got her killed. And I don't owe you anything anymore."
—Tigerclaw and Redtail arguing after Redtail called a retreat Redtail's Debt, page chapter six


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Redtail: "Ravenpaw! Ravenpaw, run! You'll get hurt!"
Ravenpaw: "Warriors don't run."
Redtail: "Go back to camp and get help. That's an order!"
Tigerclaw: "Don't you go anywhere, Ravenpaw! We're already outnumbered; we need you in this fight. Are you a warrior or a mouse-hearted kit?"
—Redtail urging Ravenpaw to run during a battle at Sunningrocks Redtail's Debt, page chapter nine


Redtail: "Why?"
Tigerclaw: "You were in my way, Redtail. It's nothing personal, but ThunderClan needs a real deputy. I'm just doing what I should have let that hawk do back when you were a 'paw."
Redtail: "But...you saved my life."
Tigerclaw: "And you should have been loyal from then on. But you weren't. So, better for me, better for the Clan, if you're not here."
—Redtail as Tigerclaw delivers a fatal blow to him Redtail's Debt, page chapter ten


"Redtail was her deputy for many, many, moons. She won't want to let him go too quickly. He was one of the best warriors. Not as big and powerful as Tigerclaw or Lionheart, but quick and clever."
—Graypaw about Redtail Into the Wild, page 45


"With this life I give you justice. Use it well as you judge the actions of others."
—Redtail to Fireheart The Darkest Hour, page 48

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 48
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 362
  4. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 40
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 241
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 364
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 403
  8. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 44
  9. Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 2
  10. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 504
  11. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 51
  12. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 2
  13. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 39
  14. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  15. Revealed to be 329 in The Last Hope, pages 328-329
  16. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 265
  17. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 329
  18. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 47
  19. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 56
  20. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 1
  21. According to Bluestar's Prophecy, Redtail is born in leaf-fall (as revealed on pages 334 + 362), and he is mentioned to be an apprentice in the leaf-fall the year after (as revealed on page 403). Redtail's Debt reveals it takes place in that particular leaf-fall, (as revealed in chapter 1, as well as events such as Whitestorm and Tigerclaw revealing to be new warriors syncing up to Bluestar's Prophecy events), so he is twelve moons old at that period.
  22. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 7-8
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