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"It's true, then? Only a rogue would use poison! Have you not learned anything after Darktail?"
— Strikestone to Juniperclaw after he admits to using poison in The Raging Storm, page 290

Strikestone is a brown tabby tom[9] with a white belly and paws, and amber eyes.[blog 1] One of his ears is shredded, and he has completely lost his hearing in that ear.[10]

Strikestone is a ShadowClan warrior under Rowanstar's and Tigerstar's leaderships in the lake territories. He was born to Dawnpelt and Crowfrost, and was an apprentice under the name of Strikepaw, along with his siblings, Juniperpaw and Sleekpaw, with his mentor being Wasptail. Although he agreed with Needlepaw's rebellion, he stayed in ShadowClan rather than joining Darktail. He became a warrior named Strikestone. Eventually, Darktail took over ShadowClan, and Strikestone reluctantly stayed with him. He eventually escaped to ThunderClan and rejoined ShadowClan when the Kin was defeated. He briefly became apart of SkyClan when ShadowClan was annexed into them, but rejoind ShadowClan under the leadership of Tigerstar. Strikestone was given Blazefire as his apprentice.

History

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A Vision of Shadows

Dawnpelt: "Are you staying?"
Strikestone: "Where else can I go? Where can you go? This is our home."
—Strikestone opting to stay in ShadowClan with the rogues Thunder and Shadow, page 348
Strikepaw is a young apprentice and the son of Dawnpelt and Crowfrost, the Clan deputy, under the mentorship of Wasptail. Strikepaw begins to rebel with his fellow apprentices against ShadowClan's leadership, but when Needlepaw, Juniperpaw, Sleekpaw and Violetkit decide to leave to join Darktail, Strikepaw stays with his family, and later on, becomes Strikestone. He grieves for Crowfrost when he dies from sickness and reluctantly joins the Kin with Dawnpelt when they commandeer the Clan. He leaves with Juniperclaw after Dawnpelt encourages them to escape, though the two never see Dawnpelt again.
He refuses to listen to Rowanstar as he struggles to rebuild ShadowClan, and eventually becomes part of SkyClan when ShadowClan is annexed into it. During this time, he shelters Sleekwhisker and Yarrowleaf after Leafstar turns them away, and rejoins ShadowClan when his uncle Tigerheart, now Tigerstar, rejuvenates the Clan. Tigerstar gives Strikestone Blazepaw as an apprentice, and when Juniperclaw, the recently appointed deputy, is accused of poisoning SkyClan's fresh-kill, Strikestone defends his brother, but is horrified when Juniperclaw admits to it. Strikestone disowns his littermate, claiming that only a rogue would use poison.

The Broken Code

"Shadowpaw is unusual. But he’s ours—and in my mind, there’s no doubt that a ShadowClan cat could be singled out by StarClan."
—Strikestone advocating for Shadowpaw Lost Stars, page 224
Blazefire has become a warrior, and Strikestone is troubled when StarClan has seemingly cut off connection with the Clans. When Shadowsight is revealed to be able to connect with their ancestors, Strikestone admits that while Shadowpaw is unusual, he has no doubt that a ShadowClan could be singled out by StarClan, and Shadowpaw is happy for his cousin's support.

Super Editions

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In Squirrelflight's Hope, Strikestone and Stonewing encounter the Sisters when they trespass on ShadowClan territory. The two warriors try to chase them off, but Sunrise shreds Strikestone's ear, to which Stonewing slices open Sunrise's flank in retaliation. When the toms return to ShadowClan, Puddleshine is unable to properly treat Strikestone's shredded ear, and it gets infected, resulting in him completely losing his hearing in that ear. Strikestone's maiming is one of the reasons Tigerstar is livid about the Sisters and wants them out.

Trivia

Author statements

  • Kate has said that she likes Strikestone, and believes he would be a great mentor.[blog 2]

Interesting facts

Mistakes

  • He is called white.[15]
  • He is mistakenly shown without white on the family tree.[16][17]
  • Strikestone mistakenly replaces Scorchfur while leading Squirrelflight, Alderheart, and Jayfeather to ThunderClan territory.[18]

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Quotes

"If you treated us better, we might try harder. Don't forget there are nearly as many of us as there are of you. You'd be wise to give us a little more respect."
—Strikepaw to Crowfrost Thunder and Shadow, page 142


Rowanstar: "Do you want war with the other Clans?"
Strikepaw: "We want to choose our own path, not follow the path of other Clans."
—Strikepaw after Rowanstar denies the rogues joining ShadowClan Thunder and Shadow, page 174


"I hope Tigerheart organizes the hunting patrols soon. I'm hungry for fresh prey."
—Strikestone on the major lack of prey Thunder and Shadow, page 338


Strikestone: "I suppose we do get a rabbit, and no bloodshed."
Juniperclaw: "I still wish we could have left them with a scratch or two."
—Strikestone and Juniperclaw after a battle is prevented Tigerheart's Shadow, page 66


Snaketooth: "Isn’t the storm keeping you busy? We thought you’d be preparing for a flood."
Blazepaw: "Perhaps the sun is shining in ThunderClan territory."
Strikestone: "The sun always shines on ThunderClan."
—Snaketooth, Strikestone and Blazepaw to Bramblestar and Alderheart The Raging Storm, pages 284-285

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  2. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 20
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Shattered Sky, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 10
  5. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 269
  6. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 50
  7. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 181
  8. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 6
  9. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 151
  11. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 20
  12. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 150
  13. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 124
  14. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 319
  15. Revealed in Lost Stars, page 225
  16. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  17. File:Strikestone.Icon.png
  18. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 230
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