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"I promise you all that I will lead WindClan with the fierce devotion of a father and the pure love of a mother. Nothing matters more to me than making WindClan strong so that future generations may live with dignity and peace. Every cat I have known— Every cat I have loved has taught me the meaning of friendship and the unbending power of the warrior code."
— Tallstar to StarClan in Tallstar's Revenge, page 502

Tallstar is a black-and-white tom with a very long tail,[19] and amber eyes.[20]

Tallstar was a leader of WindClan in the forest territories. Tallkit was born to Palebird and Sandgorse, along with Finchkit, who died shortly after birth. With the new name Tallpaw, he was apprenticed to the moor-runner Dawnstripe, much to Sandgorse's dismay. Later, Sandgorse showed Sparrow the unstable tunnels when they collapsed and Sandgorse died. Tallpaw blamed Sparrow for his father's death. He became a warrior, receiving the name Talltail. His thirst for vengeance made him leave WindClan to find Sparrow. On his journey to find Sparrow, he met a kittypet named Jake, who he forms a strong bond with.

Talltail returned to WindClan and went on to be their deputy, and after Heatherstar's passing, became their leader with the new name Tallstar. He led WindClan to the lake after Twolegs destroyed the forest, but was very weak. Before his death, he made Onewhisker his deputy, believing he would be a more peaceful leader than Mudclaw.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"Spoken like a true warrior. Having traveled with you, I wasn't surprised when Bluestar made you her deputy. There are those who thought such a young cat would never carry off such a great responsibility. I was not among them."
—Tallstar to Fireheart Rising Storm, page 311
Tallstar is the leader of WindClan. His Clan is forced into exile by Brokenstar and ShadowClan. Fireheart and Graystripe, two warriors from ThunderClan, are sent to return them to the forest. Tallstar is grateful for ThunderClan's assistance, and even more so when they unite once more to stop RiverClan and ShadowClan attempting to drive WindClan out again. However, Tallstar joins forces with ShadowClan when he and the other Clans learn of ThunderClan harboring Brokenstar, now Brokentail. In order to stop an impending and unnecessary fight between ThunderClan and WindClan, Fireheart appeals to his friendship with Tallstar and asks him to meet with Bluestar instead. Tallstar is supportive of Firestar's new leadership. The two refuse to join TigerClan and form an alliance, LionClan. Together with the other Clans, Tallstar and the others drive BloodClan out of the forest.

The New Prophecy

"Before I go to StarClan, there is something I must do. Firestar, Onewhisker, listen. Mudclaw is a brave warrior. but he is not the right cat to lead WindClan. In these last moons we have learned that the future of our Clans lies in friendship. I want no rivalry between WindClan and ThunderClan after I am gone. We must have no enemies. But this will not happen if Mudclaw rules the Clan. I can still choose the cat who will lead WindClan after me. From this moment Mudclaw is no longer deputy of WindClan."
—Tallstar appointing a new deputy before his death Starlight, pages 118-119
Tallstar grows frailer as the moons pass. His deputy, Deadfoot passes on sometime, and Mudclaw is chosen to succeed him. He asks Leopardstar for permission for his cats to cross into RiverClan territory to drink water, though Leopardstar begrudgingly agrees until Hawkfrost accuses them of stealing prey. As Twolegs continue to destroy their territory, Tallstar's Clan begins to starve. When Crowpaw and the others return from journey to find Midnight with news of the Clans exodus, Tallstar wishes to partner with ThunderClan for the impending journey. Firestar refuses to leave until all the Clans agree to leave, and they begin their Great Journey.
Tallstar continues to weaken as the journey progresses. Onewhisker assists his leader throughout the journey while Mudclaw takes over much of the leadership duties. When the Clans finally arrive at the lake, Tallstar is close to joining StarClan. Surrounded by Firestar, Brambleclaw, and Onewhisker, Tallstar thanks Firestar for their enduring friendship. Inspired by their bond, Tallstar appoints Onewhisker as deputy. However, Tallstar's unorthodox appointment causes a rift within the Clan and Mudclaw rebels against Onewhisker's leadership.

Super Editions

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In Tallstar's Revenge, Tallkit is born to Sandgorse and Palebird, two tunnelers who are gifted at hunting in the cramped, dark tunnels underneath WindClan's territory. His sister, Finchkit, is born stillborn, causing Palebird to go into depression. Tallkit grows up distant from his mother and idolizes his father who wishes for his son to become a tunneler. However, Tallkit doesn't have the natural talent for tunneling, and is instead apprenticed to Dawnstripe as a moor-runner. When visiting rogues return to the camp, Sandgorse shows Sparrow the tunnels when they collapse, killing Sandgorse. As a result, Tallpaw wishes to train as a tunneler to honor his father's memory, but Heatherstar revokes their ancient tradition for fear of her Clan's safety.
As Tallpaw grows up and becomes a warrior, Talltail, his vengeance for Sparrow grows, who he believes killed his father. Feeling distant from WindClan, Talltail leaves to find Sparrow. He meets a kittypet named Jake who joins him on his journey. When the pair finds the rogues, Jake begs Talltail to not kill Sparrow and how it will not bring any justice. When Talltail finally confronts Sparrow, the brown tom revealed Sandgorse saved his life in the tunnels. Jake is relieved when he doesn't kill Sparrow, and the two journey back. Talltail and Jake bid an emotional farewell, knowing their true paths were in their respective homes, and Talltail returns to WindClan. He later becomes Heatherstar's deputy and succeeds her as leader. In the manga, as Tallstar journeys to StarClan, he is reunited with Jake.

Detailed description

Tallstar is a large,[20] black-and-white tom with a very long,[19] thin,[21] black tail. He has a white muzzle,[7] short,[22] thick fur,[23] and amber eyes.[20]

Trivia

Author statements

  • Tallstar never took a mate or had kits,[24] and Kate has said that his heart always belonged "to his Jake".[blog 1] Kate has also said that in her head she sees Tallstar and Jake as mates. However, inside the publisher's head, they are "Good Friends".[blog 2][blog 3]
  • Kate thinks Tallstar goes out of StarClan to visit Jake.[blog 4]

Interesting facts

  • Tallstar was named for his tail.[25]

Mistakes

  • Tallstar appears as WindClan's leader at a Gathering in Warrior's Return despite having died a few books before.[26]
  • He has been described with a white tail-tip and paws.[7]

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Official art

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Ceremonies

Tallpaw's apprentice ceremony
Heatherstar: Tallpaw. I have thought long and hard about who should mentor you.
Plumclaw: She'll choose Woollytail, surely?
Heatherstar: I have chosen Dawnstripe. Come forward, Dawnstripe.
Heatherstar: I decide the future of my warriors. Share your speed and courage with Tallpaw. Make him a warrior the whole of WindClan can be proud of.
Everyone: Tallpaw!
Reference: Tallstar's Revenge, pages 52-54


Talltail's warrior ceremony
Heatherstar: Tallpaw. Your father always meant to name you for your long tail, and so I give you your warrior name in honor of him. Talltail, one day you will be a greater warrior than even you can imagine. Sandgorse would be proud of you.
Everyone: Talltail!
Reference: Tallstar's Revenge, page 255


Tallstar's leader ceremony
Mole: Welcome, Talltail.
With this life, I give you courage, Talltail. The courage to do what you believe to be right.
Talltail: Where is he?
Palebird: He is where he belongs. I give you the love of a mother for her kits.
Finchkit: You will know me one day. I give you this life so that you may seize every opportunity that comes before you, like a rabbit waiting to be hunted. I give you the strength to act without fear or hesitation.
Talltail: Thank you!
Mothflight: With your fourth life I give you a sense of adventure so that you may embrace even the greatest challenge with determination.
Heatherstar: I'm so proud of you and I know you will lead WindClan well. With this life I give you the power to judge wisely. You above all know how to see through the clouds that trouble our Clan, and you will always choose the best path forward.
Talltail: Woollytail!
Woollytail: It is good to see you again, Talltail. You know how the tunnelers have shaped WindClan's history. We may not tunnel anymore, but you must never let the skills that once protected and fed your Clan be forgotten. WindClan must never be afraid to seek out new places to shelter and to hunt. I give you this life for honoring old traditions on behalf of the future.
Dawnstripe: With this life I give you patience. Training the young takes kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. They are small gifts, but they will be rewarded many times.
Talltail: Thank you. For your kindness and patience and everything you taught me. It meant a lot.
Shrewclaw: But loyalty isn't rooted in friendship. It is much stronger than that. It comes from being born and raised under the same sky, from walking the same path as our ancestors, and from sharing the warrior code. With this life I commit you to upholding the warrior code, whatever challenges you might face. This is the wisdom of our ancestors, all our traditions distilled. Trust the code to lead you along the right path.
Sandgorse: I give you this life for forgiveness. No death need ever be avenged. Forgiveness brings peace far more surely than vengeance. I'm sorry you had to learn the hard way, Tallstar.
Tallstar: I promise you all that I will lead WindClan with the fierce devotion of a father and the pure love of a mother. Nothing matters more to me than making WindClan strong so that future generations may live with dignity and peace. Every cat I have known--Every cat I have loved has taught me the meaning of friendship and the unbending power of the warrior code.
Sandgorse: I couldn't be more proud of you, Tallstar. Go well, lead strongly, and protect WindClan from the storms that lie ahead. For they will come, no matter what StarClan does. And there will be a kit, kin of your dearest friend, who will need your help more than he knows. Watch over him, guide his paws, for he is important to all the Clans.
I can say no more, but you will know this cat when you see him. Just remember, there is no need to be afraid of every flame. Fire can bring life, warmth, new growth, as well as death.
Tallstar: I will remember. I will always remember.
Reference: Tallstar's Revenge, pages 494-503

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Mole
Palebird
Finchkit
Mothflight
Heatherstar
Woollytail
Dawnstripe
Shrewclaw
Sandgorse
Courage to do what he believes to be right
A mother's love
The strength to act without fear or hesitation
A sense of adventure
The power to judge wisely
Honoring old traditions
Patience
Commitment to upholding the warrior code
Forgiveness
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unspecified causes
Deputies
Name From To
Deadfoot
Mudclaw
Onewhisker
Bluestar's Prophecy
Firestar's Quest
Starlight
The Darkest Hour
Starlight
Starlight
Medicine cats
Name From To
Barkface Tallstar's Revenge Starlight

Quotes

"I know you're hungry. But we'll be safer here than back in our old territory, or Twoleg woods. Look at this place! Even ShadowClan won't follow us here. There's no scent of dog, and these Twolegs can hardly stand."
—Tallstar to his Clan Fire and Ice, page 3


"WindClan has traveled a long time. It's nearly a moon since ShadowClan drove us from our home. The weather is turning colder, and leaf-bare will be here soon. We have no choice but to stay."
—Tallstar to his Clan, WindClan Fire and Ice, page 4


Tallstar: "We've been seeing a lot of you lately, Fireheart. Just because you once led us home doesn't give you the freedom to wander around our territory."
Fireheart: "So I've been warned. However, I must put the needs of my Clan first."
Tallstar: "Spoken like a true warrior. Having traveled with you, I wasn't surprised when Bluestar made you her deputy. There are those who thought such a young cat would never carry off such a great responsibility. I was not among them."
—Tallstar to Fireheart at a Gathering Rising Storm, page 311


Tigerstar: "We have come to invite you to be joint leaders of a greater Clan, to be known as TigerClan."
Tallstar: "TigerClan was the name of one of the great Clans of ancient times. Tigerstar has no right to use it now. Nor does he have the right to change the number of Clans in the forest. We have lived as four Clans for innumerable seasons, following the warrior code laid down for us by StarClan. To throw aside our ancient ways would bring disaster. I'll die before I join my Clan to yours!"
Tigerstar: "Tallstar, I understand. These are important matters, and an older cat like yourself will need time to see that what I'm suggesting is for the good of all our Clans."
Tallstar: "I'm not so old that I've lost my wits, you piece of fox dung!"
—Tallstar refusing to join TigerClan The Darkest Hour, pages 136-137
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"Perhaps it's my age that grants me this clarity...perhaps it's how close I've come to StarClan. But I can see our Clan's future. I see Onewhisker—no, Onestar—leading the cats of WindClan in harmony. With Firestar at his side. An equal. A friend. WindClan and ThunderClan working together, just as our two Clans have done on this journey."
—Tallstar envisioning the future Tallstar's Revenge, page 507


"He spent nine long lives fighting for his Clan, defending the borders, forging alliances that would grant his Clanmates one more moon of peace, and battling creatures within his territory that wanted to harm his kits."
—Rock describing Tallstar Cats of the Clans, page 46


"A tabby can't change his stripes. Shrewpaw was born with a burr in his fur. I'll just have to put up with it."
—Tallpaw to Dawnstripe Tallstar's Revenge, page 87


"I learned a lot. Friendship and kinship matter more than adventure. Boundaries only exist in our minds. A heart can travel to the horizon without moving a paw step. And I made the best friend any cat ever had."
—Talltail explaining to Heatherstar what he had learned Tallstar's Revenge, page 444


"I’ll help you kill him."
—Talltail helping Shrewclaw taking revenge on Cedarstar Tallstar's Revenge, page 480



"We all have our flaws, but we overcome them. And sometimes, it's our flaws that make us who we are."
—Talltail explaining why he wants to mentor Hopkit Tallstar's Revenge, page 487

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Twilight, page 2
  2. Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 321
  4. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 390
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 491
  6. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 210
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 6
  8. Revealed in Starlight, page 119
  9. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 52
  10. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 255
  11. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 290
  12. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 101
  13. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 501
  14. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 36
  16. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 490
  17. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 1
  18. Revealed in Twilight, page 27
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 1
  21. Revealed in The Sight, page 184
  22. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 53
  23. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 357
  24. Revealed on Kate's Facebook
  25. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 67
  26. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 90

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