"Back in the old forest—it was about the time that I became a warrior—Firestar was visited by the spirit of the SkyClan leader who had led his Clan out of the forest. He charged Firestar with a quest to find the remnants of SkyClan and restore it."
Bramblestar to Alderpaw in The Apprentice's Quest, page 96
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Chapter Number: 8 (of 24)
Page Numbers: 101-109

Chapter description

Alderpaw is alone in the medicine den, sorting herbs into piles. He's curious about what his mentors are telling Bramblestar, due to his vision. Cherryfall comes rushing into the den, announcing that Sparkpaw has been hurt and he needs to come quickly. The medicine cat apprentice follows her out of camp, heading towards the ShadowClan border. As they draw closer, Alderpaw can recognize his sister's agonized yowling. He and Cherryfall stop just outside of the greenleaf Twolegplace, where Ivypool and Hollytuft are waiting with Sparkpaw. The warriors take a step back when Alderpaw approaches, and he asks what happened. Cherryfall answers that the apprentice fell out of a tree, and the tom prays the damage isn't that bad.
Alderpaw examines his sister's leg, noticing that it's dislocated. He remembers how to fix it, thinking about when he'd watched Leafpool help Berrynose recently. Alderpaw reassures his sister that she'll feel better soon, but both Ivypool and Hollytuft seem skeptical of his capabilities. The medicine cat apprentice directs each warrior to hold Sparkpaw down, and forcefully pushes on Sparkpaw's leg, snapping it back into place. The she-cat jerks in pain, letting out a shriek. Hollytuft and Ivypool look in horror, but Alderpaw asks his sister to try standing up. She tries, and is able to stand, though slightly shaky. Sparkpaw thanks him, and the surrounding cats are impressed, saying he'll be a good medicine cat.
Alderpaw feels happy with the praise, and decides to walk back to camp and finish sorting herbs. However, as Alderpaw nears camp, he realizes that he'd left without permission. He wonders if he can sneak back in, but sees Bramblestar waiting at the camp entrance. Alderpaw feels dread, and immediately apologizes, but his father is confused, wanting to talk to him about the vision. The leader explains that the vision means he may need to go on a very important quest, and that both Jayfeather and Leafpool agree. Alderpaw protests that he can't, but Bramblestar counters that StarClan wouldn't have chosen him if he wasn't ready. The leader continues that there was once a fifth Clan, SkyClan, but they were forgotten after being driven out of the forest.
Bramblestar meows that SkyClan was restored by Firestar and Sandstorm, and now live by the warrior code. He says this quest is to find them, but not to tell any cat what it's really about. Alderpaw is shocked, but reluctantly agrees that it is best to keep it to themselves for the meanwhile. Bramblestar leaves, and the medicine cat apprentice starts to think. Alderpaw wonders if SkyClan really does need their help, and whether he can complete the quest.





Notes and references

The Apprentice's Quest chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Bonus Scene
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret
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