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"It's all my fault! I left him...and now he's gone. The hawk should have taken me instead!"
— Speckletail after Snowkit's death in A Dangerous Path, pages 95-96

Speckletail is a pale[2] golden[8] tabby she-cat with amber eyes.[9]

Speckletail was a ThunderClan warrior under Pinestar's, Sunstar's and Bluestar's leaderships in the forest territories. She was born as Specklekit to Harepounce and Stagleap along with her sister Whitekit. After Harepounce died in the Great Hunger, she and Whitekit were fostered by Rainfur. After she received her warrior name, Speckletail became Smallear's mate and had two litters: Goldenflower and Lionheart, and Mistlekit and Snowkit, the latter being deaf. Fireheart and Cinderpelt informed Speckletail of Snowkit's inability to become a warrior and she went into denial, claiming that she would teach Snowkit herself. Snowkit was later carried off by a hawk, which pushed Speckletail to retire as an elder. She chose to remain behind in the forest while the rest of the Clans journeyed to find a new home.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

Speckletail is an aged queen in the nursery raising an unnamed tabby kit. The kit falls ill with Greencough, but recovers. Later, Fireheart and Cinderpelt discover that Speckletail’s other kit, Snowkit, is deaf. Speckletail doesn’t care and is still adamant that he should be a warrior, even attempting to mentor him herself. However, Snowkit’s deafness eventually leads to his death, as he doesn’t hear the warnings called out by the other cats of ThunderClan when a hawk swoops down into camp and carries him off. Speckletail is devastated and retires to the elder’s den.

The New Prophecy

Speckletail decides to stay behind in the old forest rather than make the journey to the lake, saying that she is too old to travel far. Frostfur, another ThunderClan elder, Mudfur, a dying RiverClan medicine cat, and Loudbelly and Shadepelt, two RiverClan elders, also stay behind, and they all eventually die of hunger and thirst and join StarClan.

Super Editions

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In Bluestar's Prophecy, Speckletail is a warrior of ThunderClan. She moves to the nursery and gives birth to her first litter, Lionkit and Goldenkit. Her kits eventually become apprentices, and Speckletail returns to her warrior duties.

Novellas

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In Goosefeather's Curse, Specklekit and her sister Whitekit are born to Harepounce and Stagleap of ThunderClan. When both her parents die in The Great Hunger, Specklekit and her sister are fostered by Rainfur.

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Family

Speckletail's parents are Harepounce and Stagleap. She is the mother of Lionheart, Goldenflower, Mistlekit, and Snowkit. For more of Speckletail's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Author statements

  • Snowkit was killed to give Speckletail an extra nudge to move into the elders' den.[10]
  • In an Erin Hunter chat, Vicky Holmes confirmed that Speckletail, Loudbelly, Frostfur, Shadepelt, and any other elders left behind may have died up to a few moons after the Clans left. Their confirmed cause of death is unknown, however.[3]

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • On the Warriors website family tree, Speckletail's mate is Smallear.[11] Her grandkits through Lionheart are also Brackenfur, Cinderpelt, Thornclaw and Brightheart.[12] Speckletail also resides in StarClan.[13]

Quotes

"Why can't he be a warrior? There's nothing else wrong with him. He's a good, strong kit. He gets along just fine if you signal what he has to do."
—Speckletail to Cinderpelt arguing about Snowkit A Dangerous Path, page 82


"I know he's deaf! I'm his mother. Do you think I wouldn't know?"
—Speckletail ranting on to Cinderpelt A Dangerous Path, page 81


Firestar: "We'll be leaving soon...but you're not coming with us Speckletail."
Speckletail: "What? Why not? We may be elders, but we're not useless. Do you really think we're going to sit back and-"
Firestar: "Speckletail, listen. This is important. If you're honest, you know that Smallear and One-eye would barely make it to Fourtrees, never mind fight when they got there. And Dappletail's getting very frail. I can't lead them into battle against Scourge."
Speckletail: "And what about me?"
Firestar: "I know you're a fighter, Speckletail. That's why I need you here. There'll be the other three elders here, and Willowpelt's kits. They've learned some defensive moves but they're not ready for battle. I'm putting you in charge of the camp while the rest of us are away."
Speckletail: "But I- Oh. I see. All right, Firestar. You can count on me."
—Speckletail and Firestar before the BloodClan battle The Darkest Hour, pages 281-282

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Dawn, page 223
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed on [1]
  4. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, chapter 8
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  6. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 101
  7. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 89
  8. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  9. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  11. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  12. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  13. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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