|"And if one Clan dies, the survival of all the Clans is threatened. We may be rivals, but we are linked by StarClan, stronger than rock, stronger than tree roots, stronger than the water in the river."|
|— Runningstorm on the Clans in Code of the Clans, page 116|
Runningstorm is a hard-muscled brown tabby tom.
He is born as Runningkit in WindClan along with his siblings, Wolfkit and Smallkit. When he playing along the river, he and his siblings accidentally fall in. A RiverClan patrol of Graywing, Brindleclaw and Foxwhisker stumble upon them, but Graywing stops them from saving the kits, saying that they can't risk their lives for kits from another Clan.
Now as Runningstorm in StarClan, he visits Graywing in a dream, showing her what the kits would've been, and reminding Graywing that kits are the most precious part of Clan life. The next morning, Graywing brings the kits' bodies to shore and declares a new addition to the warrior code, that every Clan is responsible for keeping all kits safe, regardless of the kits bloodline.
In the Field Guides
- A patrol of RiverClan cats, Graywing, Brindleclaw, and Foxwhisker, see Runningkit and his siblings, Wolfkit and Smallkit, though they are all unnamed at the time. They are hanging from the edge of the gorge, so Brindleclaw almost goes to save them, but Graywing and Foxwhisker stop her from doing so. Graywing says that Brindleclaw couldn't risk her own life over those of kits from another Clan, because RiverClan needs her.
- In the RiverClan camp, Minnowkit and Wildkit ask horrible questions about the kits that fell, wondering if the kits' eyes fell out and if they were wet and horrid-looking, but their mother, Hayberry scolds them for their horrid questions.
- That night, Graywing, RiverClan's medicine cat, is visited by the kits in her dreams, but they are now full grown StarClan warriors. Runningkit is now Runningstorm, and he introduces himself and his siblings, now Wolfheart and Smallstar, to Graywing, and Smallstar explains that they were the cats who the kits would have been. Runningstorm shows a nursery to Graywing, explaining just how precious the youngest members of the Clan are. He tells her that if one Clan dies, they all do. Graywing apologizes, and when she looks back up, the three StarClan cats fade away.
- The next day, Graywing takes Brindleclaw and Foxwhisker out to where the kits drowned. They find the kits' bodies washed up on the bank against a tree. The three RiverClan cats swim over to the kits and carry their bodies back to the opposite shore, Graywing carrying Smallkit, Foxwhisker with Runningkit, and Brindleclaw with Wolfkit. Graywing then honors the dead kits and declares a new law, in which every Clan is responsible for the safety of kits. Graywing and her companions then take the kits back to their family in WindClan.
- Vicky has revealed that Smallstar, Wolfheart, and Runningstorm were considered a special case when they were given new names in StarClan, and that most kits do not go through this change when they die.
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- "Greetings, Graywing. My name is Runningstorm of WindClan. This is Wolfheart, and our leader, Smallstar."
- —Runningstorm greeting Graywing in her dream Code of the Clans, page 115
- "Precious kits, walk safely among the stars."
- —Graywing blessing the kits Code of the Clans, page 118