This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, The Place of No Stars. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
|"Softpelt fought for the impostor, not against him."|
|— Icewing to Rootspring and Harelight about Softpelt in Darkness Within, page 44|
Softpelt was a RiverClan warrior under Mistystar's leadership in the lake territories. She was born as Softkit to to Lakeheart and Lizardtail alongside her littermates, Dapplekit, Harekit, and Gorsekit. She was apprenticed as Softpaw to Mintfur, and when RiverClan's camp was caught on fire, Softpaw was rescued by a ThunderClan apprentice, Twigpaw. After becoming a warrior, Softpelt mentored Splashpaw. During a battle instigated by the impostor, Softpelt was killed, and became a ghost, unable to find StarClan. Ashfur imprisoned her ghost in the Dark Forest.
- 1 History
- 1.1 In the A Vision of Shadows arc
- 1.2 In The Broken Code arc
- 1.3 In the Super Editions
- 2 Character pixels
- 3 Kin
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Quotes
- 7 External links
- 8 Notes and references
In the A Vision of Shadows arc
- During a Gathering, Softkit and her siblings are mentioned by Mistystar to have been born to Lakeheart as healthy kits.
- Softpaw is now an apprentice, along with her siblings, with Mintfur as her mentor.
- "Softpaw and Havenpelt ought to have another dose now, but I think I'll have to delay it until sunhigh."
- ―Willowshine's thoughts on Softpaw and Havenpelt River of Fire, page 3, Bonus scene
- A horrified RiverClan cat shrieks out Softpaw's name, and Twigpaw darts back across the log. The ThunderClan she-cat jumps across the flames at the far end, her paws landing on hot ash. Twigpaw approaches Softpaw, who is crouching in front of her with her eyes closed and ears flattened. The ThunderClan she-cat reassures her that she'll get out and grabs the young cat by the scruff. Twigpaw carries her to the burning end of the log and swings her backward. This momentum launches Softpaw high above the flames, and she lets out a squeal of alarm. Softpaw lands on the log, her paws skidding on the slick surface. Twigpaw cringes, expecting her to fall into the stream, but the apprentice regains her balance and scurries across the log. Shimmerpelt and Mistystar meet her on the other side, covering her ears with licks.
- Later, Alderheart mentions how Twigpaw had saved Softpaw, and Violetshine is surprised, stating that's great. She turns and looks at the RiverClan apprentice crouching by the stream, noting that she's battered, but out of danger. She notices that Softpaw gazes at Twigpaw, her eyes full of gratitude.
- In the bonus scene, Softpaw is one of the cats who have become ill from a vomiting sickness. Willowshine thinks that she and Havenpelt need another dose of watermint, but will have to delay it until sunhigh. Curled under a thorn tree in moss filled nests, Softpaw keeps moving around in her sleep as if she's having a nightmare, moaning in pain. After Willowshine has a vision of the RiverClan camp burning, she returns to the real world, hearing only the gray apprentice's groans of pain instead of fire.
- The day after as Willowshine worries about the supplies of watermint, she notes that while Havenpelt has recovered, both Curlfeather and Softpaw are still in their nests in the medicine cats' den.
- "RiverClan is well. Softpaw got caught in a strong current that carried her close to the rapids. Dapplepaw managed to drag her out in time, but she swallowed a lot of water."
- ―Willowshine describing how Dapplepaw saved his sister The Raging Storm, page chapter 13
In The Broken Code arc
- Softpelt has now become the mentor of Splashpaw.
- "[…] Dappletuft's kin huddled together at the back of the crowd; every one of them looked ashamed and miserable."
- ―Dappletuft's kin when his treachery is revealed Veil of Shadows, page 220
- "We can ask no more of our warriors than that. We come to honor those who gave their lives to defend the way of life they believed in."
- ―Leafstar about the fallen warriors at Gathering Darkness Within, page 45
- Mothwing advises Willowshine to call on Softpelt's spirit to guide her into the Dark Forest. However, Willowshine dies, and Mothwing blames herself, fearing that Ashfur may have intercepted Willowshine's call to Softpelt to kill her. Softpelt's spirit is one of the many trapped in the Dark Forest and under Ashfur's control.
In the Super Editions
- She becomes a warrior named Softpelt.
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- Harelight: Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
- Gorseclaw: Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
- Dappletuft: Deceased, verified Place of No Stars member
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- The Apprentice's Quest (First appearance; mentioned only)
- Thunder and Shadow (Allegiance only)
- Shattered Sky (Allegiance only)
- Darkest Night (Allegiance only)
- River of Fire
- Tigerheart's Shadow (Allegiance only)
- Tawnypelt's Clan (Allegiance only)
- The Raging Storm (Mentioned only)
- Squirrelflight's Hope (Allegiance only)
- Lost Stars (Allegiance only)
- The Silent Thaw (Allegiance only)
- Veil of Shadows †
- Darkness Within (Mentioned only)
- The Place of No Stars (Mentioned only)
- Softpelt has been mistakenly mentioned with pale gray paws.
- "Help me! I can't get on!"
- ―Softpaw when the log catches fire River of Fire, page 170
- "Mistystar had to send some cat so she wouldn't offend the other Clans. And to honor Softpelt."
- ―Harelight about his sister when RiverClan comes to the Gathering Darkness Within, page 170
- Harelight: "[Mistystar] might forgive us eventually and ask us back too?"
- Rootspring: "Mistystar let Softpelt's kin come to the vigil. That's close to forgiveness, isn't it?"
- Darkness Within, page 44
- (Allegiance only)
Notes and references
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 160
- While not specifically mentioned, Willowshine mentions that every cat who died since the Clans lost contact with StarClan was in the Dark Forest.
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances
- Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 281
- Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 276
- Revealed in Darkest Night, allegiances
- Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
- Revealed in The Silent Thaw, allegiances
- Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 14
- Revealed in Darkness Within, page 44
- Revealed in River of Fire: Bonus Scene, chapter 1