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"Tomorrow we'll begin - and in three days we'll be ready to show Scourge and his Clan that our forest will never be theirs for the taking."
Firestar to ThunderClan in The Darkest Hour, chapter 23


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Chapter Number: 22 (of 30)
Page Numbers: 236-244

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Firestar stares in shock as Scourge pads away, just after killing Tigerstar, with his cats following after him. The ThunderClan leader pads warily up to Tigerstar's body, feeling unsettled. He thinks he should be happy, but had always imagined his enemy would be struck down differently. Graystripe comes up next to Firestar, asking if he's okay. The leader shakes himself and says he will be, and goes to meet Tallstar. The WindClan tom is shocked as well, but insists his Clan will fight to keep their home. Firestar agrees, and they concur to meet here at Fourtrees again in three days.
WindClan leaves up the slope, and Firestar turns to his own warriors. He says he's proud of them, and Sandstorm promises they can do anything with him as leader. Firestar orders his warriors back to camp, leaving Dustpelt at the back of the patrol to keep watch. His thoughts spin as he thinks about an old enemy being replaced with a new one. Firestar notices that his apprentice Bramblepaw is lagging behind, and asks what's wrong. The younger tom mews quietly that he hated his father, but didn't want him to die in such a horrifying way. Firestar comforts him, saying that it's over now.
However, Bramblepaw murmurs that he'll never be free of him, nor will Tawnypaw, even though she'd followed him. Firestar says they'll find a way to talk to her once this is over, if she wishes to return. Bramblepaw thanks him, saying that's more than she deserves. Firestar calls a Clan meeting, but notices that the news he has to share has already spread. Cats mill about below Highrock, their expressions showing a dull horror. The leader thinks about whether BloodClan can be defeated, but knows ThunderClan will try.
Firestar addresses the Clan, repeating the news about BloodClan and Tigerstar's death. He adds that their Clan will stand with WindClan to drive out this threat, and several cats yowl in agreement. Whitestorm questions whether ShadowClan and RiverClan will fight, and what side they will take. Mistyfoot offers to investigate, but Firestar insists she stay safe. The leader orders extra patrols to gather information, and also adds that every cat must be ready to fight. Firestar assigns Sandstorm to train the kits in some battle moves, for emergencies.
The leader agrees that Brightheart and the visiting RiverClan cats can come with the battle patrol, as well. Firestar calls Graystripe to organize a training program, to rotate around Whitestorm's patrol schedule. He asks Cinderpelt if she's stocked for the wounded, and she replies that she is, but needs an apprentice to help. The leader tells Fernpaw to assist, which the medicine cat agrees to. Firestar announces that they will begin tomorrow, so that they can drive Scourge out of the forest.

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The Darkest Hour 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 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30
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 Stars
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 Hope
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 Life
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