"I am no cat's friend. I know too much for friendship. Be glad that you will never be burdened with the knowledge that I have. My curse is to live forever, knowing what has been and what has yet to be, powerless to change anything."
— Rock to Jayfeather in The Fourth Apprentice, page 278

Rock is nearly furless tom [1] with blind,[3] gray eyes.[3]


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Detailed description

Rock is a scrawny,[4] furless tom with only a few tufts of fur along his spine,[1] and blind,[3] egg-like, bulging[1] gray eyes.[3] He has long, twisted claws,[1] a rat-like tail,[5] and a sagging,[6] scarred,[7] lumpy body.[8]

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"This creature's pelt was like moleskin, the fur gone except for a few tufts and his sightless eyes bulged like eggs. His long twisted claws flexed at the smooth branch that lay at his paws."
—The Narrator about Rock Dark River, page 3

Rock: "I can feel your surprise. It pricks my pelt like gorse."
Fallen Leaves: "I-I'm sorry. It's just I did not expect-"
Rock: "You did not expect a cat could grow so ugly. A cat needs wind and sun to shine his fur and good hunting to trim his claws. But I must stay close to our warrior ancestors, those who have taken their place beneath the earth."
Fallen Leaves: "And for that we thank you."
Rock: "Don't thank me. It was a destiny I was bound to follow. Besides, you may not feel so grateful to me once your initiation has begun. The uncrossed lines mark the cats who went into the tunnels but did not return."
Fallen Leaves: "Which tunnels did they go into?"
Rock: "I cannot help you. To become a sharpclaw, you must find your own way out. I can only send you on your way with the blessing of our ancestors."
Fallen Leaves: "Can't you give me any advice?"
Rock: "Without light, you will have only your instincts. Follow them and if they are true, you will be safe."
Fallen Leaves: "What if they are not true?"
Rock: "Then you will die in darkness."
—Fallen Leaves and Rock Dark River, pages 3-4

Rock: "You wanted to speak with me?"
Jaypaw: "Why did you stop talking to me? I tried and I tried, but you wouldn't answer."
Rock: "Say what you have to say."
Jaypaw: "Are you a part of StarClan?"
Rock: "No. I share tongues with the ones who came before."
—Jaypaw and Rock talking Outcast, pages 59-60

"Make your own future, Jayfeather. Don't expect it to be dropped at your paws like a piece of fresh-kill."
—Rock to Jayfeather Sunrise, page 82

"It was never my duty to save anyone! What is the point of a life held in the paws of another? There must be choice. There must be freedom. I can point the way but every cat walks on its own paws."
—Rock to Broken Shadow about Fallen Leaves The Last Hope, page 4

Midnight: "Since the dawn of time, we have known each other. Since first cat put paw beside water."
Rock: "We watched the first sunrise over the lake."
Midnight: "It burst water into flame. And in fiery reflection, we see future of all cats: Tribe of Rushing Water, five Clan, four Clan, forest, and lake."
Rock: "We saw your whole journey, from lake to forest and back. The prophecies all came from that first reflected sunrise-the cat with a pelt of flame that would save the Clans, the silver cat that would save the Tribe of Rushing Water, and finally the four who would carry the last hope, not just of the Clans, but of light itself."
Midnight: "Now we fear we see a final sunset that ends your story."
Half Moon: "But the four? They will save us, surely?"
Midnight: "They came as we saw they would and, when they came, they lit the darkest fires. So you and all long-dead cats burn like stars once more."
Rock: "But evil is coming."
Midnight: "Darkness we saw born like littermate alongside the light. Now all must stand and fight."
—Midnight, Half Moon, and Rock discussing "the four", and the fate of the Clans The Last Hope, page 3

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Revealed in Dark River, page 3
  2. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 181
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 55
  4. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 257
  5. Revealed in Outcast, page 59
  6. Revealed in Outcast, page 313
  7. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 282
  8. Revealed in Outcast, page 192
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