"A prophecy, and a promise too. A time of great change is coming for all the Clans. Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky."
Firestar to Jayfeather and the other medicine cats in The Apprentice's Quest, page 6
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Chapter Number: Prologue (of 24)
Page Numbers: 1-7

Chapter description

Jayfeather and Leafpool are arguing about catmint while walking to the Moonpool together. Leafpool states that they should collect some for the elders and Jayfeather exclaims that they have enough catmint for leaf-bare. Mothwing and Willowshine, RiverClan's medicine cats, reach them. Jayfeather then urges the small group to catch up with Kestrelflight and Littlecloud. They reach the Moonpool and greet the other two medicine cats. Jayfeather whispers about how long it has been since he has shared tongues with Half Moon before he settles himself by the water's edge. Jayfeather is reminded of how old Littlecloud is when he picks up the sound of his raspy breathing. He thinks about how there should be a suitable apprentice for the ShadowClan medicine cat.
Jayfeather falls asleep and wakes in the middle of lush grass. He sees the other medicine cats around him, save for Mothwing, and realizes they are in the same dream. Apprehensive, Jayfeather wonders how they could be together and thinks about his former power. He then wonders if StarClan had an important message for all of them. The group of healers then spot a group of StarClan cats approaching. Firestar is in the lead and Leafpool happily rushes to touch noses with her father. Kestrelflight joins her to meet Barkface, Willowshine greets Leopardstar, and Littlecloud reunites with Flametail while Blackstar watches them. Jayfeather walks toward the group and notices another group of cats, albeit barely visible, in the shade of the trees. He doesn't recognize any of them and tries drawing in their scent, which is unrecognizable to him. Jayfeather asks Firestar who those cats are and Firestar greets him. Jayfeather waits for an answer and Firestar clears his throat and glances at the other StarClan cats. Leopardstar tells the former leader of ThunderClan that he could speak for all of them this time.
The other medicine cats gather around Jayfeather, with Kestrelflight shifting his paws. Jayfeather prods him and Kestrelflight suggests that the medicine cats of StarClan should speak with their own former Clanmates in private. Barkface answers that it is a prophecy that concerns all of the Clans, so they should be together. Jayfeather's heart beats faster as he wonders if their seasons of peace are coming to an end. Firestar tells them the prophecy was also a promise and says that "a time of great change is coming for all the Clans. Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky." The StarClan cats gaze at the medicine cats in silence, and after several heartbeats, Jayfeather lashes his tail and demands from Firestar what those words mean then asks if he could be any more obscure. Firestar is both affectionate and irritated at Jayfeather. The vision then starts to disappear and the shapes of the StarClan cats shine in starlight and the sky darkens as if clouds are racing to cover the light from the sun. Before the vision leaves Jayfeather, he spots a very young tom standing a pace or two back from the circle of medicine cats. When Jayfeather tries to face him, the cat bounds away and all he could get of the unknown cat was a white-tipped tail. Jayfeather catches his scent and realizes that it was a living ThunderClan cat.





Important events


  • "Embrace what you find in the shadows for only they can clear the sky."[7]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 1
  2. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 2
  4. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 3
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 5
  6. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 7
  7. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 6

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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