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"I just want to be left in peace. All that I was proud of has gone. The time of the Tribe is over. When I die, my Tribemates will leave the mountains and find other homes where they will be safe."
— Stoneteller to Jayfeather, admitting how the Tribe has changed in Sign of the Moon, page 181

Teller of the Pointed Stones, more commonly known as Stoneteller, is a dark brown tabby tom[7] with a white muzzle,[8] patchy fur,[9] and amber eyes.[7]

Teller of the Pointed Stones was a former Stoneteller of the Tribe of Rushing Water. He was born to Cloud along with a sister. He was chosen by the prior Stoneteller as a kit to become the next Healer. During his leadership, Stoneteller oversaw his Tribe terrorized by Sharptooth, the fulfillment of the silver cat prophecy, and exposure to the Clans. After Stormfur's plan to deal with the rogues failed, Stoneteller banished him. He was convinced by Brambleclaw to allows his Tribe to fight and defeat the rogues. However, his faith in the Tribe of Endless Hunting was shaken and refused to name a successor. After he died, Jayfeather named Crag the new Stoneteller.

History

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The New Prophecy

"Do not be troubled. Not all cats believe as we do, and we must respect that which we do not know. Ignorance is nothing to be afraid of."
—Stoneteller calming down Mist, when she expresses shock at the thought of StarClan Moonrise, page 119
Stoneteller is the Healer of the Tribe of Rushing Water. He sends Talon, Night, Rock and three others to defeat Sharptooth, who has been terrorizing the Tribe, but they fail. During a Telling, Stoneteller receives word from the Tribe of Endless Hunting that a silver cat will save them from Sharptooth. Crag and Brook bring him Brambleclaw and the other Clan cats while on their return journey from the sun-drown-place. He allows them to rest in their cave but forbids Stormfur from leaving, believing he is the silver cat their ancestors spoke of. His friends, along with Talon and the others, arrive to rescue Stormfur and defeat Sharptooth. Stoneteller allows them to carry through with their plan and after Feathertail's sacrifice, he affirms her name will be remembered by the Tribe for generations.
He allows the Clans to rest in the cave during their Great Journey. He attempts to ease Tallstar's discomfort and introduces Cinderpelt and Leafpaw to the Cave of Pointed Stones and different types of herbs found in the mountains. He grants Tallstar permission to perform a warrior ceremony for Crowfeather and wishes the Clans well on the remainder of their journey.

Power of Three

"But perhaps the time is right to break with some of our traditions, so that we can preserve the rest. I will come with you."
—Stoneteller to Brambleclaw Outcast, pages 270-271
Stripes and his rogues launch several attacks on the Tribe and steal their prey. He refuses to confront violence with violence, but briefly allows Stormfur to launch an attack on the rogues. Stormfur's plan fails and results in Jag's death. Stoneteller banishes Stormfur and Brook as a result. Knowing the Tribe needs the Clans' help, Talon and Night leave to fetch Stormfur, Brook, and some Clan cats. Stoneteller is furious by their return. He tries to speak with the Tribe of Endless Hunting and is troubled by their silence. Nonetheless, the allows the Clan cats to help them but is hesitant when the Clans introduce their lifestyles into the Tribe.

Omen of the Stars

"I will never listen to you again! We trusted the Tribe of Endless Hunting, but you deserted us when we most needed your help. I hate what the Tribe has become! I hate how we have taken on Clan ways. Why could we not survive alone? Why did you bring us here if we were doomed to fail?"
—Stoneteller turning his back on the Tribe of Endless Hunting Sign of the Moon, page 7
Stoneteller's distrust in the Tribe of Endless Hunting has spiraled and has not chosen a successor despite his failing health. He refuses to listen to his ancestors and firmly believes his Tribe will die out. Jayfeather, Squirrelflight, Dovewing, and Foxleap arrive in the mountains, and Jayfeather attempts to convince the aging Healer to pick a successor. However, Cloud confirms her son's time is almost done, and Stoneteller's faith is reignited before he dies. Jayfeather falsifies that Stoneteller named a successor before he passed, and names Crag Where Eagles Nest as the new Stoneteller.

Detailed description

Teller of the Pointed Stones, more commonly known as Stoneteller, is a scarred,[10] wiry,[11] long-bodied, dark brown tabby tom with a white muzzle[8] grizzled with age,[12] patchy fur,[9] bony haunches,[9] and amber eyes.[7]

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Stoneteller has killed:

Family

Members

Mother:

Cloud With Storm in Belly:[3] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting member

Sister:

Unnamed she-cat:[5] Deceased, residence unknown

Niece:

Bird That Rides the Wind:[5] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)

Tree

Cloud ♀
Stoneteller ♂Unnamed ♀
Bird ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Appearances

Trivia

Mistakes

  • He has been mentioned with deep green eyes,[8] and depicted with blue eyes.[14][15]
  • He has also been described as stone-gray.[16]
  • He has been described with a muzzle gray with age.[17]
  • In The Ultimate Guide, on Stoneteller's page, it is said that he banished the Clan cats and Brook Where Small Fish Swim when Stormfur's battle tactics against Sharptooth didn't work.[18] However, one Clan cat, Stormfur, was kept a prisoner in the cave and the other Clan cats were exiled.[19]

Continuity

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

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Stoneteller explains the prophecy that revolves around the silver cat, and how he will save them from Sharptooth. He says that the Tribe of Endless Hunting has sent him a sign that a silver cat, not from the Tribe, will save his Tribe from the danger. Upon meeting the Clan cats, he assumes that the silver cat is Stormfur, and describes the color of his fur in comparison to the night. He also wonders if Feathertail could be the silver cat, instead of her brother, but instantly dismisses the thought.[20]

Quotes

"Stormfur did what he thought was best. So did Talon and Night. There's nothing to be ashamed of in asking for help. Or would you rather let the Tribe die because you were too proud?"
—Squirrelflight to Stoneteller about his decision Outcast, page 219


Jayfeather: "You haven't chosen a successor. Is that because you don't believe your Tribe will survive without you?"
Stoneteller: "Their survival doesn't depend on me. Even while I'm alive, I can do nothing. Nor can our ancestors."
Jayfeather: "The Tribe has to be given a chance to survive! It would be too easy to give up the first time something goes wrong."
Stoneteller: "It's not the first time! Have you forgotten how many of us were hunted like prey by Sharptooth? Our endless struggle against the cold and snow? The danger from eagles that means half the Tribe must stand guard while the other half hunts? We could catch twice as much prey if there were no eagles. Queens can't even nurse their kits in peace; they have to go straight out on patrol again. Cats don't belong here!"
—Stoneteller and Jayfeather Sign of the Moon, pages 179-180


"I see them now! My ancestors! They have not abandoned us! I am so sorry...."
—Stoneteller struggling for words before his death Sign of the Moon, page 293


"[...] I am the mother of the present Stoneteller. Now it is time for my son to join the Tribe of Endless Hunting."
—Cloud Sign of the Moon, page 293

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Moonrise, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 293
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 292
  4. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 181
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 6
  6. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 295
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Dawn, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Moonrise, page 113
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 147
  10. Revealed in Moonrise, pages 260-261
  11. Revealed in Outcast, page 3
  12. Revealed in Outcast, page 216
  13. Revealed in Moonrise, page 230
  14. Revealed in Cats of the Clans, page 84
  15. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 152
  16. Revealed in Outcast, pages 93-94
  17. Revealed in Outcast, page 2
  18. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 153
  19. Revealed in Moonrise, page 179
  20. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
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