"We have to do something! StarClan can't really want us to turn our backs on one another. If Bramblestar wants to banish cats, I say we should banish him!"
— Stemleaf at the secret meeting in The Silent Thaw, page 226

Stemleaf is a sleek,[7] white-and-orange tom.[8]

Stemleaf was a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Bramblestar's and the impostor's leaderships in the lake territories. He was born as Stemkit to Thornclaw and Blossomfall alongside his littermates, Plumkit, Eaglekit, and Shellkit. He became an apprentice as Stempaw with Rosepetal as his mentor, and once he earned his warrior name, Stemleaf was in love with Spotfur and politely declined to be mates with Bristlepaw, whom had a crush on him. When Bramblestar revived, he began punishing codebreakers, and Stemleaf and his mate, Spotfur, organized a secret meeting of rebel cats in order to overthrow him. However, Stemleaf was killed in a skirmish against the impostor, causing him to become a ghost, unable to find StarClan.


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A Vision of Shadows

Stemkit is born to Thornclaw and Blossomfall alongside his siblings, Plumkit, Eaglekit and Shellkit. He briefly shares the nursery with Snowbird and her kits, Conekit, Gullkit and Frondkit, and he and his siblings play frequently with Graystripe and Millie. He soon becomes an apprentice and is mentored by Rosepetal.

The Broken Code

"We have to have faith in our Clanmates. They’ll recognize the truth when they hear it, just like Squirrelflight did. And the more Clans that know the truth, the less power he’ll have."
—Stemleaf to Sneezecloud about Bramblestar's impostor The Silent Thaw, page 239
He is now a warrior named Stemleaf and befriends Bristlepaw, his former mentor's newest apprentice, and she mistakenly believes he has feelings for her. After her warrior ceremony, Bristlefrost confesses she wishes to be mates with him, but Stemleaf reveals he never knew about her feelings for him, only seeing her as a friend and also admitting that he likes Spotfur instead. After a few awkward interactions, the two rekindle their friendship, and Bristlefrost grows to respect Spotfur.
Stemleaf becomes suspicious of Bramblestar's behavior and meets up with several other cats between the Clans to discuss how to deal with his leader, later discovering that he is an impostor of the real Bramblestar. After becoming mates with Spotfur, he, his mate, and Bristlefrost help out the exiled cats, and Stemleaf eventually decides to try and kill Bramblestar with the assistance of Spotfur, Kitescratch, Dappletuft, and Conefoot. However, Stemleaf and the latter two are killed in the attempt. He becomes a ghost, sorrowfully watching over Spotfur and the other Clan cats, unable to ascend to StarClan.


Interesting facts


  • He was mistakenly referred to as a senior warrior, though not being old enough to be called one.[10]


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

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Bristlefrost: "Stemleaf, I really—really—like you. I've always felt that we might be mates someday. And now that I'm a warrior, maybe this is the time for us to start thinking of each other in a new way?"
Stemleaf: "I'm sorry. I had no idea you felt like this, Bristlefrost. I like you a lot, but I always thought of you as a friend—a really good friend, almost like another littermate. I've never felt…that way about you."
Bristlefrost: "But now that you know how I feel…do you think that in time, Stemleaf, you might feel the same way?"
Stemleaf: "I don't think so. Actually…I like another cat. I'm so sorry, Bristlefrost."
—Stemleaf rejecting Bristlefrost Lost Stars, page 141

Bristlefrost: "Not just that. It's lots of things. I never realized how much we break the code without thinking. Every cat has to obey orders."
Stemleaf: "And you're going to make sure that we do?"
Bristlefrost: "I'm just trying to stop you from getting into trouble like Spotfur. You don't want Bramblestar to stop your Clanmates from talking to you too."
Stemleaf: "You don't get it, do you? There's more at stake here than whether we're allowed to talk to each other. Something is very wrong. I always thought you were a good cat. Soon we're going to have to make choices. I just hope you'll be ready to make the right ones."
—Stemleaf challenging Bristlefrost's place The Silent Thaw, page 118

"Bramblestar is trying to make us act like Darktail's Kin. He wants us to turn on one another. But warriors aren’t cruel. They never have been. Bramblestar must have bees in his brain. We have to get rid of him before he spoils the Clans forever."
—Stemleaf comparing Bramblestar to Darktail The Silent Thaw, page 226

"She remembered her time as an apprentice, when she had filled her mind with pictures of what her life would be like with Stemleaf as her mate. Everything would have been so different if he could have loved her back, and if Bramblestar had never died and come back as whoever or whatever he was now…"
—Bristlefrost's thoughts after Stemleaf's death Veil of Shadows, page 193

"I'm sick of all the arguing! I don't want Stemleaf to have died for nothing! […] Some cat is going to pay for what has happened. And I want that cat to be whoever is inside Bramblestar."
—Spotfur at the rebels' meeting, grieving for Stemleaf Veil of Shadows, page 211

"At that moment, Rootspring caught a glimmer in the corner of his eye and turned his head to see Stemleaf's ghost staring at Spotfur, his gaze full of love and sadness. He stood close to her for a heartbeat, then turned away and was lost among the ferns."
—Rootspring seeing Stemleaf as a ghost Veil of Shadows, page 211

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 211
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 47
  3. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 78
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 193
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 192
  6. Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 30
  8. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Eclipse, page 159
  10. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 189
  11. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
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