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Chapter Number: Prologue (of 30)
Page Numbers: 1-5

Chapter description

A groan filled with agony echoes through a clearing in a forest. Two cats are there, one of them writhing and the other sitting up. The latter had been a medicine cat for many moons, but is helpless since his medicines will not help his leader, who is suffering the illness that is killing cats throughout the Clan. The medicine cat is pained when he sees his leader convulse and lay still again. The medicine cat sniffs his leader nervously, and knows that he is still alive, but barely, with foul, shallow breathing. The tense silence is broken by the screech of an owl. The medicine cat is even more panicked; owls naturally bring death to the Clans by stealing prey and sometimes even kits. The medicine cat lifts his head to the sky and prays to the stars that the owl is not a bad omen.
He looks up but the stars are obscured by branches and leaves. He wonders gravely if their warrior ancestors had abandoned them. Up above, the wind stirs leaves and one beam of light from a star falls onto the medicine cat's frail leader, who takes in a long, steady breath. The medicine cat is relieved, because the stars may be on their side after all. Suddenly, the medicine cat hears voices inside his head, of greatness, wonderful battles, and a greater Clan rising from ashes of the old. After a few moments, a large gray wing covers the opening that brought the glorious star. The cat is panicked and throws himself against the ground as talons rake the den roof. Out of luck, the den is too dense for the owl to break through.
The owl then disappears into the night sky. A tom then calls through the den, asking if the medicine cat heard it. The healer steps outside into the huddle of his brave Clanmates. A mottled warrior is anxious, as is an elder. Another warrior wonders if it took any kits. A silver queen replies that it didn't, but is still worried because she had already lost three of her beloved kits to the ravaging sickness. A tabby warrior enters the camp after burying the cats that were lost. He asks about their leader. The mottled warrior and the queen are frightened and frantic for their medicine cat.
The medicine cat is watching and knows the Clan needs to be calmed down, but how, he wonders. Another elder croaks that owls always bring death and ill omens. The mottled warrior and the queen disagree with the elder. The medicine cat admits to his Clan that StarClan spoke to him. The elder and the tabby warrior are the first to ask questions. The queen exclaims that their leader can't die. The medicine cat explains his sign. A high-pitched moan comes from one side of the camp, and a tortoiseshell queen runs towards it. A young warrior asks if it spoke of rain, and the medicine cat says that it was predicting a great new dawn. The silver queen wonders about survival, and the medicine cat promises that they'll rule the forest.




  • Unnamed ShadowClan warriors[2][3]
  • Unnamed ShadowClan elders[2][4]
  • Unnamed ShadowClan queen[2]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 3
  3. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 5
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 4

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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