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"The housefolk cub wants us. Not you. And you know what happens to unwanted kittens? They get thrown in the river."
— Ruby to Tiny about unwanted kits in The Rise of Scourge, page 25

Ruby is a pale-colored she-cat.[2]

Ruby was the sister of Scourge, born a kittypet to Quince and Jake along with their brother, Socks. She and Socks bullied Scourge in their kithood, but after being abandoned by their Housefolk years later, Ruby and Socks begged for their brother's help to survive. Scourge allowed them one meal before banishing them from BloodClan territory.

History

In the Stand-Alone Manga

The Rise of Scourge

Ruby is first seen when she is introduced by her brother, Tiny. She is playing hide-and-seek with their other brother, Socks. As Ruby is playing, she shoves Tiny out of the way. Their mother, Quince, calls Ruby and Socks away, and scolds them for playing so roughly with Tiny. Ruby retorts that it's never ever fun to play with him. Later on, Quince takes the kits outside and Ruby is seen staring wide-eyed at her surroundings. Then their housefolk put a collar on her.
Tiny sees Ruby and Socks playing with a plaything, or a cat toy, when he returns from looking at a hole in the fence. He sees that Ruby and Socks are just batting at it with their paws, and wonders why they don't grab it. When he asks if he can play too, Ruby reluctantly agrees. Tiny grabs the toy and runs away with it; Ruby yells at him that he wasn't playing with it right and it is no fun to play with him. Much later, she is shown play-fighting with Socks with Quince watching them. Tiny is watching them further off in the background, thinking to himself about how Ruby and Socks always excluded him from their games, and how he thought Quince liked them more than him. Quince reminds Ruby to use her back claws.
When Tiny asks his siblings to teach him how to fight, they mock him and run away, although they receive another scolding from Quince about it. After he journeys into the forest, Ruby listens to him tell his story, but she and Socks don't believe him. As she and her brother tease and laugh at Tiny he vows to get revenge on them for laughing, teasing, and excluding him from their games.
Later, a group of Twolegs come to think about adopting Ruby and Socks, and their mother tells them to act cute with a ball of yarn to get the Twolegs to like them, but Tiny knows this is an act. The Twolegs only choose to take Ruby and Socks, not Tiny. Ruby then taunts Tiny cruelly, telling him that unwanted kits get thrown into the river. The next day, he promises himself that when the Twolegs come back he will act cute, but the Twoleg kit runs straight to Socks and Ruby. He remembers the light colored she-cat's lie and runs away to avoid being thrown in the river.
Socks' and Ruby's Twolegs move, and abandon them on the streets. They have become extremely skinny and underfed, but manage to find their brother. Tiny is now named Scourge, and is the leader of a vicious group of rogues named BloodClan. She and Socks beg Scourge for help. But Scourge snarls at them, asking why he should help them. Ruby reminds him that they were littermates, and asks if blood means anything to him. Scourge replies that blood is everything, but not the kind that Ruby speaks of - not of kinship-blood, but of the blood that flowed from the enemies that he had killed. He lets his siblings have some food before he orders his cats to chase them off BloodClan territory, saying that they are not allowed in his territory. Ruby is seen looking back at Scourge sadly, as Bone and Brick escort them away.

In the Field Guides

The Ultimate Guide

Ruby is only briefly mentioned on her brother, Scourge's page. Ruby and Socks both scorned their littermate, often bullying him. In an attempt to prove himself equal to Ruby and Socks, he left their home through the backyard fence and went off into the woods beyond.

Trivia

Author statements

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

Character pixels

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Official art

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Quince:[7] Living (As of The Rise of Scourge)

Father:

Jake:[8] Deceased, residence unknown

Brothers:

Scourge:[2] Deceased, no residence
Socks:[2] Living (As of The Rise of Scourge)

Half-brother:

Firestar:[2] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-sister:

Princess:[2] Living (As of Dawn)

Half-siblings:

Unnamed kits:[9] Status unknown
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Grandmother:
Crystal:[10] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)

Uncles/Aunts:

Ferris:[10] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)
Whiskers:[10] Living (As of Pinestar's Choice)

Half-nieces:

Leafpool:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Squirrelflight:[11] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Half-nephew:

Cloudtail:[12] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Half-nieces/Nephews:

Four unnamed kits:[12] Status unknown

Half-grandnephews:

Jayfeather:[13] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Lionblaze:[13] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Dewnose:[14] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Snowbush:[14] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Alderheart:[15] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Juniperkit:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Half-grandnieces:

Hollyleaf:[13] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Whitewing:[11] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Ambermoon:[14] Deceased, residence unknown
Sparkpelt:[15] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Dandelionkit:[15] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Great-great-half-nieces:

Dovewing:[16] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Ivypool:[16] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Leafshade:[17] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Honeyfur:[17] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Hollytuft:[18] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Sorrelstripe:[18] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Spotfur:[19] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Flywhisker:[19] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Great-great-half-nephews:

Larksong:[17] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Fernsong:[18] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Snaptooth:[19] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Great-great-great-half-nieces:

Pouncestep:[20] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Lightleap:[20] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Bristlefrost:[21] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Thriftear:[21] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Great-great-great-half-nephews:

Shadowsight:[20] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Flipclaw:[21] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)

Tree

Crystal ♀
FerrisWhiskersNutmeg ♀Jake ♂Quince ♀
Unnamed kitsPrincess ♀Firestar ♂Sandstorm ♀Scourge ♂Socks ♂Ruby ♀
See MoreSquirrelflight ♀Leafpool ♀
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    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances

(The Rise of Scourge (First appearance)

Quotes

Ruby: "We know you're lying, Tiny."
Socks: "Yeah. You're just a little liar."
—Ruby and Socks to Tiny The Rise of Scourge, page 22


Quince: "I thought I told you about how to treat your brother!"
Socks: "But Mom, he's such a little pipsqueak!"
Ruby: "We don't like him!"
—Quince, Socks, and Ruby about Tiny The Rise of Scourge, page 16


"You're no fun. You don't play right."
—Ruby complaining to Tiny The Rise of Scourge, page 9


"But... but Scourge...! We're your littermates! Doesn't blood mean anything?"
—Ruby whining to Scourge when her and Socks are hungry The Rise of Scourge, page 73

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 73
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 3
  3. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 5
  4. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  5. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  6. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  7. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 4
  8. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 197
  9. Revealed in Fire and Ice, pages 116-117
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 5
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 230
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 217
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in The Last Hope, page 216
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 9
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Sunset, page 317
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 The allegiances of The Apprentice's Quest establish that Leafshade, Honeyfur, and Larksong are born to Lilyheart. While never outright stated that Snowbush is the father of this litter, Snowbush is confirmed to be Lilyheart's mate on page 74 of River of Fire.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
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