"Fox dung to all that! I don't want to be a SkyClan cat! I've always been ShadowClan, and I always will be."
— Slatefur after hearing of ShadowClan's annexation in River of Fire, page 256

Slatefur is a sleek gray tom.[5]

Slatefur is a ShadowClan warrior under the leadership of Tigerstar in the lake territories. He was born to Pinenose and Spikefur alongside Lionkit, Birchkit, and Puddlekit as Slatekit, raised with Violetkit as a foster sibling. He became Slatepaw and joined the Kin when Darktail took over ShadowClan, taking on the name Slatefur. After escaping with Berryheart, Sparrowtail, and Cloverfoot, he was reunited with Tigerheart, and joined his patrol back to ShadowClan. Upon his return, Slatefur trained Frondwhisker.

History

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Slatekit is a ShadowClan kit, and Pinenose is his mother.

Thunder and Shadow

Violetkit notices that Slatekit and his siblings have moved into their own nests in the nursery. Slatekit and the others argue that they are almost apprentices and much too old to share their mother's nest. With her chin over the edge of her and Pinenose's nest, Violetkit watches the cats of the nursery sleeping around her. Slatekit stirs slightly in his sleep, but he doesn't wake up, and Violetkit wonders if he and his siblings ever feel that they don't belong.

Shattered Sky

Slatepaw has joined the Kin with the name Slatefur.

Darkest Night

Slatefur is mentioned by Rowanstar, alongside his other missing Clanmates. While Rowanstar is unsure of where they have gone, many are shocked that they have not returned to their ShadowClan kin. When Leafpool reveals that Tree, a loner, is able to raise the spirits of ShadowClan's fallen, ShadowClan learns more about Slatefur's residence. Puddleshine asks Lioneye, Mistcloud, and Dawnpelt if they know where Slatefur is. They reply that if Slatefur is not among the fallen cats present or in StarClan, then it is likely that he is still alive.

River of Fire

Slatefur is one of the four ShadowClan warriors that are at the Moonpool when Violetshine, Alderheart, and others arrive to check on Tigerheart. Violetshine breathes out their names, exclaiming that everyone thought they were dead.
As the night crawls on, Cloverfoot murmurs that it'll be good to go back to ShadowClan, which prompts Violetshine to explain miserably that ShadowClan doesn't exist anymore. After she informs them of everything that had happened since they ran away, making Slatefur loudly declare that he doesn't want to be a SkyClan cat, and he's always been ShadowClan and always will be. His loud tone catches the attention of Leafstar and Hawkwing, who look at him in annoyance. Slatefur witnesses Tigerheart become resurrected as Tigerstar and listens to Tigerstar's speech. Although Slatefur is silent, he joins his Clanmates in cheering his new name. Afterward, Leafstar tells him to take his Clan home. He calls to his cats to follow him, and ShadowClan follows him as he heads down the moorland.

The Raging Storm

Slatefur begins training his first apprentice, Frondpaw.

In The Broken Code arc

Lost Stars

His apprentice Frondpaw has now become a warrior named Frondwhisker.

Veil of Shadows

"What, more of you?"
―Slatefur upon seeing more ThunderClan refugees Veil of Shadows, page 32
Slatefur is on patrol with Snowbird and Whorlpelt when they come across Bristlefrost and ThunderClan's exiles. He questions the cats and is then told by Snowbird to continue their patrol while she escorts the exiles to ShadowClan camp.

Darkness Within

When Shadowsight returns from his second hunting patrol after being demoted to apprentice duties, he shamefully recalls how the other cats in the patrol, including Slatefur, had all caught something. Slatefur had reassured Shadowsight that it was only his second attempt at hunting. He is then seen laying his catch down on the fresh-kill pile.

In the Super Editions

Tigerheart's Shadow

Warning: Rippletail's appearances in Tigerheart's Shadow are a mistake as confirmed by Kate Cary and further installments in the canon. Slatefur was meant to be in the patrol traveling with Tigerheart.
"I don't know, Berryheart ... this is awfully sudden. Just abandon everything? All the other cats?"
―Slatefur hesitant to escape with Berryheart Tigerheart's Shadow, page manga
When Berryheart survives being drowned by Darktail, she runs into Slatefur on her way to escape from the Clans. Slatefur asks where she has been, and Berryheart replies that she doesn't have time to explain, but urges him to join her in fleeing the lake. However, Slatefur remarks that her demands were too sudden, and questions if they could just abandon their Clanmates. Berryheart concedes, instead asking Slatefur to send a message to her mate, Sparrowtail, and daughter, Needletail. Slatefur agrees to tell them where she has gone, but mentions that Darktail likes Needletail, and it may be best to stay put. Still, Berryheart insists on leaving, and Slatefur promises to deliver her message.

In the Novellas

Tawnypelt's Clan

Tawnypelt spots him sharpening his claws against a rock in ShadowClan's camp, and recalls when he and many other cats betrayed ShadowClan for Darktail. Later, Cloverfoot asks him if he remembers when they, along with Sparrowtail and Berryheart, slept away from each other during their stay in the Twoleg den, noting that she misses it. Before Slatefur can respond, Tawnypelt spits an insult at Cloverfoot.
When Tawnypelt tries to sneak away with Shadowkit, Tigerstar finds her and stops her. Slatefur comes out of the warriors den, his eyes wide in shock at the deputy. He watches the confrontation between Tigerstar and Tawnypelt before heading back to his nest afterwards.

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Official art

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Family

Members

Mother:

Pinenose:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Father:

Spikefur:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Sister:

Lioneye:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member

Brothers:

Birchbark:[5] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Puddleshine:[5] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

Half-sibling:

Weaselkit:[10] Deceased, residence unknown

Foster sister:

Violetshine:[11] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)

Trees

Genetic

Pinenose ♀Spikefur ♂
WeaselkitBirchbark ♂Lioneye ♀Puddleshine ♂Slatefur ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Foster

Pinenose ♀
Violetshine ♀Birchbark ♂Lioneye ♀Puddleshine ♂Slatefur ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances


Trivia

Mistakes

  • Kate mistakenly believed him to have died of yellowcough.[blog 2]
  • Despite not being in the patrol back to ShadowClan in Tigerheart's Shadow, he replaces Rippletail in the aforementioned patrol in River of Fire, while Rippletail appears as a kittypet named Buster.[12]
    • When asked about the inconsistency, Kate has revealed that Slatefur is indeed the one who is meant to be on the patrol, and Rippletail appearing in Tigerheart's Shadow was a mistake.[blog 3]

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 252
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  3. Revealed in River of Fire, page 251
  4. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 150
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  6. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 20
  7. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 23
  8. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 347
  10. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 272
  11. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances
  12. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 21

Author references

Logo-shadowclan.png ShadowClan cats
Leader Tigerstar
Deputy Cloverfoot
Medicine cats PuddleshineShadowsightMothwing
Warriors SnowbirdTawnypeltScorchfurIcewingDovewingBerryheartSparrowtailGrassheartStonewingYarrowleafSlatefurWhorlpeltSnaketoothFlowerstemHarelightCinnamontailBlazefireGullswoopPouncestepLightleapSpireclawHollowspringSunbeamFlaxfootHopwhisker
Apprentices N/A
Queens N/A
Kits N/A
Elders Oakfur
Kin cats
Leader Darktail
Members RainRavenNettleRoachDragonflyFlameSiltThistle
ShadowClan defectors NeedletailJuniperclawSleekwhiskerVioletshineBerryheartCloverfootBeenoseSparrowtailMistcloudBusterBirchbarkLioneyeSlatefurPuddleshineStrikestoneDawnpeltStonewingGrassheartWhorlpeltSnaketoothFlowerstemSnowbirdScorchfurYarrowleafConefootFrondwhiskerGullswoopRatscarOakfurPinenoseSpikefur
Kittypet recruits MaxZeldaLoki
RiverClan prisoners ReedwhiskerMintfurIcewingBrackenpelt
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