"Do you think we'd hurt one hair on their pelts? Kits are the most special part of a Clan. They are the warriors who will defend their Clanmates in moons to come, the hunters who will find food even in the coldest leaf-bare, the cats who will have kits of their own to pass on everything they have learned. A Clan that has no kits might as well be dead."
— Smallstar to Graywing in Code of the Clans, page 116

Smallstar is a black-and-white tom with sleek fur, a tiny frame, and blue eyes.[1]

He is born as Smallkit in WindClan along with his siblings, Wolfkit and Runningkit. 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 Smallstar 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

Code of the Clans

Smallkit, an ancient WindClan kit, along with his siblings Wolfkit and Runningkit, are seen hanging from the edge of the gorge in RiverClan territory, about to fall into the river.
A patrol of RiverClan cats, consisting of Graywing, Brindleclaw, and Foxwhisker, see the kits from their territory. Brindleclaw tries to save them, but is stopped by Foxwhisker and Graywing. The gray she-cat says that the fall probably killed the kits, but then a tiny paw popping out of the water and a squeak tells the RiverClan cats that the kits are still alive. Brindleclaw tries to save them again, but Graywing still tells Brindleclaw that she can't risk her life to save kits from another Clan, and stops her from saving the kits once more.
In the RiverClan camp, Minnowkit and Wildkit ask horrid questions about the kits that died, such as if their eyes fell out. When their mother, Hayberry, hears this, she scolds them and takes them back to the nursery.
That night, Graywing is visited in her dreams by the kits that had died earlier in the day, but they appear to her looking much older. Smallstar is introduced to Graywing by Runningstorm and Wolfheart, and he is noted to have a friendly look to his eyes. Smallstar tells Graywing that they are the cats those kits would have become, and she realizes that Smallstar would have been the leader of WindClan one day. When the StarClan cats walk into the nursery, Graywing fears that they had come to punish RiverClan by hurting the youngest members of the Clan. Smallstar is surprised that she would even have thought of it, and he reminds Graywing that kits are the most special part of a Clan. He makes her realize that letting those kits drown was wrong. She apologizes, and the StarClan cats fade away.
The next day, Graywing takes Brindleclaw and Foxwhisker out to where the kits drowned in the river. 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 then honors the dead kits and declares a new law, in which every Clan is responsible for the safety of kits, even if the kit is from a different Clan. They then take the kits back to WindClan, Foxwhisker carrying Runningkit, Brindleclaw carrying Wolfkit, and Graywing carrying Smallkit.


Interesting facts

  • 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.[3]

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Runningstorm:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Wolfheart:[4] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Smallstar ♂Wolfheart ♀Runningstorm ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Smallstar: "We have traveled far to see you."
Graywing: "I don't understand. Has something happened to Fallowstar?"
Smallstar: "Fallowstar is fine. We are the cats who would have been."
—Smallstar being introduced to Graywing Code of the Clans, page 115

"Precious kits, walk safely among the stars."
—Graywing blessing the drowned kits Code of the Clans, page 118

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 115
  2. Revealed in Code of the Clans, pages 115-116
  3. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 118