"I think Tigerclaw has the strength of ambition to become whatever he wants to be."
Yellowfang in Rising Storm, page 196
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Chapter Number: 17 (of 30)
Page Numbers: 190-196

Chapter description

Fireheart walks beside the Thunderpath and notes that the scent of Tigerclaw and his rogues is still heavy in the air. The ginger warrior wonders if there'd been other ShadowClan cats, like Whitethroat, who had chosen to band with the outcasts for protection. Fireheart lifts his head to stare at the body of the black-and-white warrior, and is confused about why he'd looked so scared when Tigerclaw appeared the day before. He decides not to leave Whitethroat's body on the Thunderpath and drags the black-and-white cat to a verge where his Clanmates will find him.
When Fireheart returns to ThunderClan's camp, Runningwind's body is in the clearing. The fallen warrior looks like he's peacefully asleep, while Bluestar restlessly paces the clearing. The rest of the Clan hangs back, glancing anxiously at their leader. Fireheart sees that the blue-gray she-cat isn't trying to hide her grief, as she once would have done. The ginger deputy slowly approaches his leader, and is surprised by the fear and shock in her eyes. Bluestar rasps that Tigerclaw did this, and when prompted, Fireheart reports that there are many rogues in his group. The blue-gray she-cat shakes her head as he continues to say that the former deputy wants vengeance against ThunderClan. The Clan explodes into horrified yowls, and everyone waits for Bluestar to speak. She finally does lift her head, and murmurs that Tigerclaw only wants her dead, when Fireheart interrupts her. The ginger deputy spits that he craves revenge on the whole Clan, not just one cat. Bluestar drops her head and hisses that this is such vicious betrayal, and she berates herself for being a fool. Fireheart trembles, and realizes that he has to take charge.
The ginger tom orders the camp to be guarded day and night, assigning Longtail and Frostfur for the first shifts. He then meows that Brackenfur and Mousefur will bury Runningwind's body at dawn, with Bluestar sitting vigil until then. Fireheart glances at the she-cat, wondering if she heard what he said, so Whitestorm offers to join her. One by one, the Clan comes forward to pay their last respects. Brindleface and Goldenflower both sadly mourn the loss of their friend. Fireheart steps forward and promises Runningwind he'll avenge his death, before spotting Darkstripe sitting near the Highrock. The ginger warrior is unsettled by the brooding thoughtfulness in the tom's gaze as he slowly pads to Yellowfang's den. He sees Thornpaw sitting in the clearing as Cinderpelt and her mentor fix his paw. They discuss how to stop the bleeding, and the younger gray she-cat meows that horsetail might help. Yellowfang leaves to fetch some when she notices Fireheart at the entrance. She asks if the warrior is okay, and he replies that he only has a scratch or two.
Thornpaw asks the ginger tom if it is really Tigerclaw and his rogues who attacked them, and he tells him it's true. The apprentice then holds some herbs to his paw while Cinderpelt mews quietly that Bluestar should've killed the former deputy when she had the chance. Fireheart shakes his head and answers that the leader wouldn't ever do that, and the medicine cat apprentice doesn't argue. He then darkly says that Tigerclaw plans to kill as many of them as he can, which shocks the she-cat. She questions why, and the tom replies that it's because ThunderClan didn't give him what he wanted: to be leader. Cinderpelt confidently states that he'll never be a leader the way he's going, but Yellowfang counters that the dark tabby may have the ambition to become whatever he wants to be.





Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 190
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 191
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 193
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 194

Rising Storm chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret
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