Bramblestar's impostor.Template.png "I won't be thwarted. You saved my life, and because of that, you have ensured my success. Because once I'm back to full health, I'll be able to bend any cat to my will..."

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"There aren't enough cats left in ShadowClan to patrol our borders. If we join SkyClan, at least we can train our apprentices so that they can become better warriors than we have."
— Stonewing about joining SkyClan in Darkest Night, page 268

Stonewing is a white tom[1] with a kinked tail,[9] and dark blue eyes.[10]

Stonewing is a warrior of ShadowClan under Rowanstar's, briefly Leafstar's, and Tigerstar's leaderships in the lake territories. He mentored Juniperclaw, which sparked doubts in other Clans given that Stonewing was a new warrior. He also became mates with Grassheart and she gave birth to his kits: Whorlkit, Snakekit, and Flowerkit. He was disappointed in Juniperpaw when he opted to join Darktail, and when the tyrant took over ShadowClan from Rowanstar, Stonewing joined him, becoming part of Darktail's group. However, he rejoined ShadowClan when Darktail was killed. He struggled to support ShadowClan, and reluctantly agreed with the annexation of ShadowClan to SkyClan, but rejoined ShadowClan under Tigerstar, who revitalized the Clan. Stonewing gained another apprentice, Antfur, and later, Tigerstar's daughter Lightleap. During a harsh leaf-bare, Stonewing's tail is injured when a tree branch falls on him and his patrol, and it results in a permanent kink.


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Stonewing is a new ShadowClan warrior. Rowanstar announces his and Wasptail's new names at a Gathering, and the new warriors stand up straighter, eyes gleaming, as their Clanmates yowl their names, most other cats joining in. Rowanstar also notes that there are four new apprentices, and mentions that both of the new warriors have received one of them, with Stonewing's being Juniperpaw. However, instead of a yowl calling out the new apprentices, the cats below let out murmurs of surprise. Onestar asks Rowanstar if ShadowClan is really giving apprentices to brand-new warriors. The ginger tom retorts that by the time ShadowClan cats are warriors, they are ready for anything.

Thunder and Shadow

Stonewing: "How could you embarrass me like this? Haven't I been a good mentor to you? I've taught you everything you know."
Juniperpaw: "Cats are born knowing how to hunt and fight. Why do I need you telling me what I already know?"
Stonewing (to Rowanstar): "I warned you the apprentices were getting too big for their pelts."
—Stonewing and Juniperpaw arguing before Stonewing talks to Rowanstar Thunder and Shadow, page 144
When Leafpool and Alderpaw travel to ShadowClan, a patrol led by Tawnypelt welcomes them. Stonewing is with them and helps carry some herbs back to camp. He pads beside Tawnypelt, and jumps over a fallen tree trunk. Once in camp, Stonewing drops his herb bundle outside of Littlecloud's den. He goes back into the clearing and is seen standing beside Tawnypelt. When Littlecloud dies, Stonewing sits vigil with his body alongside other cats. Later, Grassheart gives birth to his kits: Whorlkit, Snakekit, and Flowerkit.
Later, ThunderClan cats led by Bramblestar go to ShadowClan to warn them of the rogues' attack on WindClan. Stonewing, Tigerheart, Tawnypelt, and Juniperpaw meet them at the border and ask why they're here. Once they explain, Tawnypelt orders her son to escort them to camp while she and the other patrol members track the rogue scent. When ShadowClan's younger cats speak up against Rowanstar, Stonewing glares at Juniperpaw. The tom asks his apprentice why he'd embarrass him like this, questioning if he's a good mentor. Juniperpaw says he doesn't need a teacher, as all cats are born knowing how to hunt and fight. Stonewing looks at Rowanstar and reminds the leader that he'd said the apprentices were getting too big for their pelts.
Later, Darktail and his rogues bring Violetkit back to ShadowClan's camp. Hisses sound around the clearing, and Stonewing arches his back. Afterward, the tom leads his apprentice out on a hunting patrol. As they leave, however, Darktail and his cats return once more to ask if they may join ShadowClan. Stonewing's pelt spikes and he stares at Rain as the gray rogue enters the camp. They are declined, but Needlepaw declares that if they can't join ShadowClan, then she'll go live with them. Stonewing and Ratscar flatten their ears in response. When Violetpaw returns from living with the rogues, Stonewing and Wasptail look up as she pads into camp. Many cats in ShadowClan later fall ill, and the white tom makes his nest in the elders' den to accommodate for his sick Clanmates.

Darkest Night

When Alderheart and Willowshine visit ShadowClan's camp, they see Stonewing, Scorchfur, and Grassheart watching from the edge of the clearing. They explain why they're here, and say that they're looking for a six-toed cat. There aren't any in ShadowClan, but Stonewing suggests that they could look in the Twolegplace for a cat with that many toes. Juniperclaw snorts scornfully at the suggestion, and Scorchfur agrees with him. Cats begin to belittle Rowanstar, but Tawnypelt insists that he has the blessing of StarClan. Murmurs ripple through the Clan, and Stonewing and Grassheart exchange a glance. The white tom chimes in that WindClan should send a search party for the six-toed cat since they have nothing better to do.
At a Gathering, Rowanstar decides to step down from his leadership and merge with SkyClan. Scorchfur speaks out against this vehemently, and Stonewing backs away from him, surrounding his kits along with Grassheart. He blinks slowly, saying that ShadowClan doesn't have enough cats left to patrol their borders. Stonewing suggests that if they join SkyClan, their kits can grow to become better warriors than they've been.
When ShadowClan moves into SkyClan's camp, Stonewing helps with expanding the dens. He surveys a cedar tree, saying that it'll make a natural roof. Grassheart agrees, stating that they can get supplies from their old camp. Later, Stonewing cheers during Violetshine's warrior ceremony. When Tree helps the former ShadowClan cats see their dead Clanmates, the white warrior is shocked to learn that some may still be alive, if they aren't seen here or in StarClan.

River of Fire

Although unnamed, Stonewing witnesses Tigerheart's resurrection to become Tigerstar, and after Tigerstar addresses the former ShadowClan cats to accept him and the new cats he has brought back, Stonewing joins the newly reformed ShadowClan back to their camp.

The Raging Storm

Stonewing is now the mentor to Antpaw, and his kits have become warriors.

In The Broken Code arc

Lost Stars

His apprentice, Lightpaw, is now a warrior. Shadowpaw briefly spots Stonewing guarding the entrance of ShadowClan's camp.

The Silent Thaw

"He thought of the injured she-cat, and of Scorchfur, whose pelt was still slicked with ointment to soothe his injuries, and of Dovewing's torn ear and the kink in Stonewing's tail. Antfur had been buried three days ago, and the Clan was still in mourning. He had to share his vision about the codebreakers. It was the only way to protect his Clan from StarClan's anger."
―Shadowsight's thoughts on ShadowClan's injuries The Silent Thaw, pages 159-160
While hunting with Scorchfur, Dovewing and Antfur, a tree branch falls on them, trapping Stonewing's tail. Scorchfur and Dovewing dig it out and help carry Antfur back to camp. Stonewing's tail is battered, but after treatment, Shadowsight is confident that he will not lose the tail-tip. Shadowsight later applies oak leaf and goldenrod to his injuries and Stonewing's tail is left with a permanent kink. Shadowsight wonders if the several wounded warriors in ShadowClan is StarClan's punishment.

Darkness Within

At the Gathering when Squirrelflight suggests that Bramblestar's impostor could be Ashfur, and Breezepelt says that ThunderClan should deal with the issue, Stonewing agrees. He states that Bramblestar is gone and ThunderClan is without a leader because of Squirrelflight's former mate, to which Squirrelflight replies that Ashfur was never her mate. As ShadowClan prepares to carry out the plan to determine the imposter's identity, Stonewing is seen sharing a starling with Tawnypelt. That afternoon, he nibbles on a shrew while glancing nervously at the camp entrance as he and his Clanmates wait for the plan to continue. Shadowsight wonders if the warriors are nervous. Cloverfoot bursts into the clearing to falsely announce that they are under attack, and Stonewing leaps to his feet.
Later, at a medicine cat meeting, Puddleshine mentions that Stonewing had a mild case of whitecough. Shadowsight is surprised, as he hadn't known that any ShadowClan cats were sick.
As a group approaches ShadowClan's camp with the goal of killing the imposter, Stonewing and Grassheart are standing guard. Shadowsight notes that their pelts are smooth and they seem relaxed, and he hopes that there is nothing to worry about, despite his own fear. Lionblaze enters the enclosure and tells Shadowsight that he has sent the guards away, and when Shadowsight leaves, he sees that the guards have left and the camp is empty.

In the Super Editions

Tigerheart's Shadow

Tigerheart: "Of course [Rowanstar] was firm. Why wouldn't he be?"
Stonewing: "He's not exactly decisive these days."
Tigerheart: "How dare you?"
—Stonewing and Tigerheart about Rowanstar Tigerheart's Shadow, page 54
During a hunting patrol, Tigerheart thinks how Stonewing has made it clear that they were not going to pretend to be happy giving up land to a different Clan. Stonewing returns with another hunting patrol, all carrying prey. Tigerheart notes that the patrol worked well together, remembering how Juniperclaw would warn Stonewing when prey was going to him. Stonewing and Whorlpaw stop beside Juniperclaw at the camp entrance as they smell ThunderClan scent. Entering the camp, Stonewing calls to Tawnypelt, asking what ThunderClan was there for. A member of ThunderClan as gone missing and cats are worried about Rowanstar not being firm. Tigerheart defends his father, but Stonewing drops a thrush and comments he isn't decisive these days. Tigerheart scowls at him, asking how dare he. He lectures the tom's on assuming Rowanstar's actions and to trust their leader. He glowers at Stonewing again until he drops his gaze. Tawnypelt flicks her tail towards the patrol and tells Tigerheart to take the patrol's fresh-kill into camp. The patrol obeys and disappears into the camp entrance.
Rowanstar selects Stonewing as part of the battle patrol to attack SkyClan. He follows his leader, giving approving glances with the patrol as his fur ripples in excitement. Near SkyClan's camp, Tigerheart slides between Stonewing and Juniperclaw. Rowanstar accuses Leafstar of stealing a rabbit, and Stonewing raises his hackles in aggression. A battle doesn't happen as the leaders make a deal that SkyClan will give ShadowClan the next rabbit they catch. Stonewing concedes that he guesses it shows them respect. His fur begins to flatten as he eases out of his battle stance. That night, Tigerheart doesn't wish to go to his nest as he doesn't want to listen to Stonewing snoring. When Tigerheart does settle in his nest, Stonewing breathes softly beside him as he sleeps.
After Tigerheart's return from leaving and becoming Clan leader, Stonewing is sitting with Juniperclaw and Strikestone and is among the cats watching him and eyeing him warily. Tigerstar admits he left them but he has returned with cats to make their Clan strong again. He tells them to accept them as he accepts them, be loyal to them as he is to them and he will be ready to lead them. Tigerstar watches his Clanmates as Stonewing blinks at him, before lifting his head to chant their leader's new name.

Squirrelflight's Hope

Stonewing is now the appointed mentor to Lightpaw. He and Strikestone encounter the Sisters when they trespass on ShadowClan territory. The two toms try to fight them off, but Strikestone gets wounded by Sunrise, to which Stonewing retaliates by slicing open Sunrise's flank before escaping with Strikestone. At a Gathering, Leafstar remarks what was wrong with the other Clans as she saw Stonewing almost snap at Mallownose.

In the Novellas

Tawnypelt's Clan

Stonewing helps Scorchfur try and expand the warrior's den, though neither tom listen to Tawnypelt when she tries to help. Tawnypelt orders Stonewing to bring a mass of twigs to her, but Stonewing objects that he is working on the opposite side. As Tawnypelt grows irritated with the younger tom, she begins to snap at him until Tigerstar intervenes and orders them instead.

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Grassheart:[11] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Snaketooth:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)
Flowerstem:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Whorlpelt:[12] Living (As of The Place of No Stars)


Stonewing ♂Grassheart ♀
Snaketooth ♀Flowerstem ♀Whorlpelt ♂

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts



Stonewing: "How could you embarrass me like this? Haven't I been a good mentor to you? I've taught you everything you know."
Juniperpaw: "Cats are born knowing how to hunt and fight. Why do I need you telling me what I already know?"
Stonewing (to Rowanstar): "I warned you the apprentices were getting too big for their pelts."
—Stonewing and Juniperpaw arguing before Stonewing talks to Rowanstar Thunder and Shadow, page 144

Snowbird: "I guess having [SkyClan's] next rabbit sounds reasonable."
Stonewing: "I suppose it shows respect."
—Stonewing and Snowbird about having SkyClan's next rabbit Tigerheart's Shadow, page 71

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