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"It wasn't them! All the visions came from somewhere else. The voice that told me to take Bramblestar to the moor wasn't StarClan. Neither was the message about the codebreakers. Some cat is trying to control the Clans."
— Shadowsight to his father in The Silent Thaw, page 249

Shadowsight is a dark[10] gray tabby tom with wide, dark stripes along his flanks[2] and amber eyes.[11]

Shadowsight is a ShadowClan medicine cat under Tigerstar's leadership in the lake territories. He was born as Shadowkit to Dovewing and Tigerheart alongside Pouncekit and Lightkit in the guardian cats' territory. Shadowkit experienced violent seizures followed by visions usually warning him of something to happen, and they progressed throughout his apprenticeship. He became a medicine cat apprentice named Shadowpaw under Puddleshine. When contact with StarClan was severed, Shadowpaw began hearing a voice, and after following his orders to save Bramblestar, became the sole remaining connection to StarClan. He later earned his full name, Shadowsight, and learned of Bramblestar's impostor, realizing the voice he heard was using him. After the impostor attempted to kill him, Shadowsight became a ghost and freed Bramblestar's ghost from the Dark Forest. He returned to his body in ShadowClan.

History

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A Vision of Shadows

"I did it! I did what my vision told me and I brought the Clans together!"
—Shadowkit The Raging Storm, page 314
While staying in ShadowClan temporarily, Alderheart treats Shadowkit during his seizure, which usually signifies him receiving a vision. Alderheart interprets the kit's vision of him drowning. After he heals, Shadowkit spends time in the medicine cat's den which solidifies his ambitions to become a medicine cat. In order to fulfill his vision, Shadowkit throws himself into the flood so the Clans could work together to rescue him. Juniperclaw sacrifices himself to save Shadowkit, and the young kit excitedly exclaims he did what his visions told him to do.

The Broken Code

"I always knew you were special. We don't know yet what your destiny is among the five Clans, but what I do know is that you will change things."
—Tigerstar to his son Lost Stars, page 259
Shadowpaw is now a medicine cat apprentice mentored by Puddleshine. During a harsh leaf-bare, StarClan's connection is severed, and Shadowpaw believes his unusual visions are to blame. He receives a vision of Tigerstar and Bramblestar viciously fighting in a blaze. An unidentified spirit warns Shadowpaw about codebreakers and provides Shadowpaw instructions to heal Bramblestar's illness. However, Bramblestar dies, and Shadowpaw blames himself. Luckily, the ThunderClan leader is revived, and ShadowClan begins to trust Shadowpaw. He earns his full name, Shadowsight. After ShadowClan is plagued by numerous injuries, Shadowsight decides to tell the other Clans about his vision of the codebreakers. Bramblestar, whose body is now inhabited by an impostor, uses this knowledge to severely punish the codebreakers. Shadowsight realizes that the voice he heard before tricked him, and Rootpaw and Tree reveal the true Bramblestar's spirit to ShadowClan.
Shadowsight is attacked by the impostor while on the way to the Moonpool, and is on the brink of death. Spiresight's ghost fetches Rootpaw to save Shadowsight, and Shadowsight's ghost confronts the impostor in ThunderClan's camp where he is threatened by the his true form. After he regains consciousness, Shadowsight uses deathberries to travel to the Dark Forest and rescue Bramblestar's ghost. He recovers and the impostor is taken prisoner following a battle between the Clans. However, the impostor warns Shadowsight that his plans aren't foiled yet.

Super Editions

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"This one will see into the shadows."
—Spire's thoughts on Shadowkit Tigerheart's Shadow, page 360
In Tigerheart's Shadow, Shadowkit is born to Tigerheart and Dovewing along with Pouncekit and Lightkit in a large Twolegplace with the guardian cats. Once he and his littermates are old enough, he and his family travel back to the Clans. During the journey, Shadowkit dreams of the way to lake. His parents are unsure of how he knows this, but trusts him to lead the way after Tigerheart is mortally injured. He witnesses his father's revival as Tigerstar, and joins ShadowClan.

Novellas

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"I believe you will show us the way to a new ShadowClan, little one."
—Tawnypelt to Shadowkit Tawnypelt's Clan, page 194
In Tawnypelt's Clan, Shadowkit continues to suffer violent seizures. When his vision depicts a tree destroying a cave, Tawnypelt believes he is meant to go to the Tribe of Rushing Water. Tigerstar disagrees sending his young son on a journey to the mountains, but Dovewing and Tawnypelt do so anyway. When they reach the Tribe, Stoneteller teaches Shadowkit how to control his seizures, and is impressed that Shadowkit's powers can reach both the Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan, and beyond. After Shadowkit successfully saves the Tribe's home, the three head back home.

Trivia

Interesting facts

Author statements

  • Shadowkit was named after his father's Clan, thought of by Dovewing who was trying to celebrate hers and Tigerstar's differences.[blog 1]

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Killed victims

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Ceremonies

Shadowsight's medicine cat ceremony
Puddleshine: I, Puddleshine of ShadowClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. Shadowpaw has trained hard to understand the ways of a medicine cat, and with your help he will serve his Clan for many moons. Do you promise to uphold the ways of a medicine cat, to stand apart from rivalry between Clan and Clan...
Shadowpaw: I do!
Puddleshine: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your true name as a medicine cat. Shadowpaw, from this moment you will be known as Shadowsight. StarClan honors your insight, your courage, and your kindness, and we welcome you as a full medicine cat of ShadowClan.
Everyone: Shadowsight! Shadowsight!
Reference: The Silent Thaw, pages 36-37

Appearances


Quotes

"I dreamed it. I dreamed about the Twolegplace Spiresight said was at the end of the Thunderpath, and then I saw beyond. There was a valley with birch trees edging a small stretch of water and then a hill rising to the moorland."
—Shadowkit Tigerheart's Shadow, page 378


"Yes. That's why I had the dream. I knew it while I was dreaming. It was to show you the way home."
—Shadowkit Tigerheart's Shadow, page 379


Shadowkit: "I had a dream. I was playing with my father, in a place not far from here, and I know it was a true dream."
Violetshine: "What makes you think so, little one?"
Shadowkit: "I just do. We were in this big hollow, with boulders and bushes at the top and pine trees all around. Their branches hung really low. At the bottom of the hollow there were ferns and bramble thickets, and I lived in one of them with Dovewing and Pouncekit and Lightkit. We all played mossball with Tigerheart."
—Shadowkit and Violetshine River of Fire, pages 254-255


Stoneteller: "Shadowkit and I had a long discussion with our ancestors. I think we've read their signs correctly, and they should help Shadowkit."
Tawnypelt: "Which ancestors? StarClan or the Tribe of Endless Hunting?"
Stoneteller: "Both. Shadowkit is very unusual. His powers stretch beyond borders, beyond the world that one cat can see."
—Stoneteller and Tawnypelt discussing Shadowkit's powers Tawnypelt's Clan, page 193


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"There is no cat like you in all the five Clans, Shadowpaw. Now great events are coming, and the Clans will experience far-reaching changes. And you, young apprentice—you will have an important part to play."
—Unidentified StarClan spirit Lost Stars, page 2


"The young tom had always been aware that there was something different about him. Since he was a kit, before he was apprenticed to Puddleshine, he had received odd, unusually strong visions, ones even medicine cats couldn't explain. Often these visions were accompanied by seizures. And sometimes they were about cats who had nothing to do with ShadowClan. It wasn't a bad thing...but it was strange. It wasn't how medicine cats' visions usually worked. Did that make him somehow unsuitable to follow the ways of a medicine cat? And worse...was it upsetting StarClan enough to turn them away?"
—Shadowpaw's thoughts about his visions Lost Stars, page 41


"I don't want to hurt any of you. Even I don't know if my visions are real. I wish I did."
—Shadowpaw Lost Stars, page 227


"What if the voice I've been hearing was wrong? What if the older medicine cats were right to doubt me this whole time? What if I don't have a connection to StarClan at all, but am just a foolish, strange cat...a foolish cat who has led darkness into the Clans?"
—Shadowpaw's thoughts after Bramblestar dies Lost Stars, page 244


"He'd gone to the Moonpool to find clarity. And he had, but not in the way he'd expected. Certainty sat like a rock in his belly. The voice, which had told him to cure Bramblestar by letting him die and had shown him the codebreakers, belonged to a spirit that knew the Clans. But he knew now, with a sureness that filled him with horror, that the voice had never been the voice of StarClan."
—Shadowsight's thoughts when he learns of the truth The Silent Thaw, page 217


Cloverfoot: "Do you think Shadowsight is behind this?"
Frecklewish: "He's very young. I was surprised that StarClan put so much trust in him. But if he is involved, I don't think he realizes what he's doing. It's strange that he's the only medicine cat StarClan has shared with all leaf-bare. There might be more to their messages than he thinks. Can you ask him about his vision?"
Cloverfoot: "He's Tigerstar's son. How would it look if the ShadowClan deputy questioned him? ShadowClan is still fragile after Darktail. I don't want to cause doubt. Besides, it might scare him into trying to cover his tracks."
Stemleaf: "So you think he has been up to something?"
Cloverfoot: "I don't think Shadowsight is capable of doing anything dishonest, but he might have made a mistake."
—Cats discussing Bramblestar's behavior and Shadowsight The Silent Thaw, pages 231-232


"I felt it. Tonight I realized—I haven't seen any StarClan cats in my visions. I haven't been to their hunting grounds. I just hear a voice. And see shadows. I can't really explain, but I felt a presence while I was at the Moonpool. It was watching me. It made my fur crawl. I don't know what it was, but it felt too...Too evil to be StarClan. And I've let it guide me. It's been guiding me all along."
—Shadowsight to Tigerstar and Puddleshine The Silent Thaw, page 250


"I think [Bramblestar's impostor] chose me to pass on their messages because I’m not as experienced as the other medicine cats. I shouldn’t have been so eager to listen."
—Shadowsight to Tigerstar The Silent Thaw, page 252


"I want to stay alive! I'm sorry. I'm grateful to you for guiding me through this, but there's still so much I have to do, and I need to be alive to do it."
—Shadowsight to Spiresight Veil of Shadows, page 93


The impostor: "Wouldn't you agree, Shadowsight? That's right...I can see you. I knew you were trespassing in our territory the minute you appeared in camp."
Shadowsight: "But how?"
The impostor: "Maybe it's because I've been to StarClan and come back more powerful than you can imagine. Maybe it's because I have a connection to those I've killed. Or maybe, it's because spirits can always recognize other spirits."
Shadowsight: "What have you done to Bramblestar?"
The impostor: "All I did was take advantage of an opportunity. You would think Bramblestar would be grateful. I'm living his life so much better than he ever could. But all he could do was moan about wanting his body back."
Shadowsight: "Do you mean you've seen Bramblestar? Have you spoken to him?"
The impostor: "I don't want to give myself away by letting the Clan cats know I can speak to to the dead. So I just ignore Bramblestar and all his bitter muttering. Well, I used to. Before Bramblestar..."
Shadowsight: "What did you do to him? Where is Bramblestar?"
The impostor: "You shouldn't ask what became of Bramblestar. Not unless you want the same thing to happen to you. That cat won't ruin my plans again...and neither will you."
—The impostor threatening Shadowsight Veil of Shadows, pages 166-168

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 35
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 187
  3. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 301
  4. Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 89
  6. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 231
  7. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 198
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  9. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 36
  10. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 189
  11. Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, chapter 1
  12. Revealed in Sunrise, page 317
  13. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 220
  14. Revealed in River of Fire, page 251
  15. Revealed in The Raging Storm, page 48
  16. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 37
  17. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, chapter 32
  18. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 245
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