"You will choose a new leader, and that cat must choose a deputy at once. A Clan must never be left like this again, a headless creature that wades into blood because it cannot see. At the next Gathering, the new leader must introduce a new rule to the warrior code: Deputies must be replaced by moonhigh, so a leader will never be alone for more than half a day. Now tell me, who would you choose as your next leader?"
Shortly before the story begins, Snowstar had died from deadly greencough. His deputy, Brightwhisker, was also killed by greencough before she could receive her new name and nine lives.
After the deaths of Mossfire and Jumpfoot, Snowstar comes to the medicine cat, Redscar, in a dream. He tells Redscar that a Clan must never be left without a leader again. He also says that he grieved for all of his fallen Clanmates, especially Brightwhisker. He mentions Jumpfoot and Mossfire, who let their ambition cloud their senses. Snowstar demands that Redscar makes sure the new leader adds a new rule to the warrior code, that a deputy must be chosen before moonhigh. He tells Redscar that he has to choose a new leader for ShadowClan, and then fades away.
Thinking about Snowstar's words, Redscar decides to take Snowstar's advice. He fakes a sign to his Clanmates and appoints Flowerstem as ShadowClan's new leader, making sure to uphold what his former leader had told him.
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"I have been watching my Clan, and I grieve for every one of my cats. Most of all, for Brightwhisker, who would have been a great leader, and for Jumpfoot and Mossfire who let ambition cloud their senses, and sharpen their claws. You have to make this right, my friend."