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"Maybe some of us should travel toward the place where the sun rises, to make a new home in the brightest light of all. Somewhere they will be safe, and well fed, with room to nurture generations of kits."
Stoneteller's thoughts in The Sun Trail, page 6

The early settlers,[1] also known as the mountain cats,[2] the moor cats,[3] and the forest cats,[4] were a group of cats consisting of the group led by Shaded Moss that split off from the ancient Tribe of Rushing Water[5] and those that joined them after they settled in the forest territories.[6] Through the time span of the Dawn of the Clans arc, the group split several times and fought among themselves, which eventually led to the formation of the five Clans led by Skystar of SkyClan, Shadowstar of ShadowClan, Windstar of WindClan, Riverstar of RiverClan, and Thunderstar of ThunderClan.[7]

Description

«As they stood looking out across the land beyond, the sun broke above the far horizon, flooding the landscape below them with golden light and stretching its warm rays right up to their paws. We have reached the end of the sun trail! He looked down into the pool of sunlight and saw empty expanses of grass, broken by patches of dense woodland that would offer shelter. A winding river reflected in the sunlight.»
—Gray Wing's thoughts as they arrive at the end of the sun trail The Sun Trail, page 176
The early settlers originated from the mountains, which at the time were overcrowded and many cats were starving. A large group of cats choose to follow Shaded Moss, who was appointed leader of the group, out of the mountains after the Teller of the Pointed Stones received a sign that they should follow a trail set by the rising of the sun to a new land.[8] Gray Wing, Clear Sky, and Tall Shadow were among these cats. The journeying cats decided to head for the land beyond the distant peaks.[9] Shaded Moss led the cats out of the mountains, albeit with Bright Stream's death but before they reach the forest territories, he was killed on a Thunderpath, and Tall Shadow took charge after his death.[10]
The cats arrived to the forest territories after one moon of journeying[10] and settled on the moor.[11] A half moon after their arrival, they split into two camps with one led by Clear Sky in the forest and the other remaining in the moor under Tall Shadow's leadership.[12] Eventually Gray Wing led the moor cats,[13] followed by a coleadership between him and Tall Shadow,[14] and eventually Tall Shadow and Thunder.[15] After a great battle involving both groups, the spirits of their fallen kin rose and informed them to unite or die.[16] They also urged the living cats to grow and spread like the Blazing Star.[17] Eventually, Wind Runner left Tall Shadow's group to live elsewhere on the moor,[18] and the moor cats befriend a strange tom named River Ripple who formed a group by the river.[19] Following a great sickness and One Eye's defeat, Tall Shadow's group, urged by the mysterious spirit cats' message to grow and spread, decided to resettle into the current groups with Tall Shadow deciding to live in the pine forest[20] and Thunder setting up a camp elsewhere in the forest.[21] On his deathbed, Gray Wing proposed the idea of naming the five camps "Clans" and named them each with his kits, an idea which was quickly adopted by the newly formed Clans.[22][23]

Tall Shadow's camp

"But there are flowers growing there, and trees. I loved the misty air. It felt special, somehow. As if it was a secret place, just inviting me to explore it. I can't explain it. I felt at home."
―Tall Shadow about the pine forest The Blazing Star (book), page 136

Tall Shadow originally led the mountain cats to settle on the moor

The early settlers originally settled on the moor in a shallow hollow lined with gorge bushes under Tall Shadow's leadership.[24] After Clear Sky's group broke off, Tall Shadow's group resettled into another hollow on the moor with interconnected tunnels to carve out dens.[25] This group came to be known as the moor cats.[3]
Tall Shadow's pragmatic and overly cautious leadership irked some of her campmates and others begin to call for Gray Wing to lead them instead.[26] Following a fire that resulted in her brother Moon Shadow's death, Tall Shadow stepped down to grieve and Gray Wing became leader of the moor cats.[27] However, Gray Wing developed asthma following the fire and he grew too weak to properly lead. Gray Wing and Tall Shadow became co-leaders then.[28] After the first battle, Gray Wing stepped down and Thunder took leadership alongside Tall Shadow.[29] Tall Shadow felt a calling to the pine forest,[30] and others began to grow unsettled by living on the moor with the cold weather.[31] The group casted stones again to decide where to live, with the cats splitting up between the pine forest with Tall Shadow, the forest with Clear Sky, and besides the river with River Ripple. Tall Shadow's moor camp was then abandoned by the moor cats.[20]
Tall Shadow led her new group to settle in the pine forest.[32] When Slash and his cats threatened the groups, Tall Shadow's group was the first to implement individual training pairs between young cats and more experienced members.[33] When Gray Wing decided to name the groups Clans, White Tail named Tall Shadow's group ShadowClan after their leader.[22] After Tall Shadow received her nine lives, she was renamed Shadowstar.[7]

Clear Sky's camp

Gray Wing: "Come down! You're not a squirrel!"
Clear Sky: "There's no reason cats can't live in the trees."
—Gray Wing and Clear Sky while climbing trees The Sun Trail, page 197

Clear Sky led a group to live in the forest and began enforcing strict borders

A portion of the journeying cats split off to form the forest group under Clear Sky's leadership, preferring to hunt in the forest than on the moor.[34] This group eventually became known as the forest cats.[4]
Clear Sky allowed the local rogues to join his group and began enforcing boundaries to protect his territory. His group was also the first to coin the term "camp" for their home.[35] Due to his fear of losing those he loves, Clear Sky began aggressively expanding and defending his territory from outsiders, including the moor cats,[36][37] and wasn't afraid to resort to violence.[38] His group ranked members of the camp according to their worth, place, and reputation with Clear Sky, instead of family ties and personal relationships.[37] Those who couldn't contribute to the group were exiled.[39][40] After the first battle and One Eye commandeering his group, Clear Sky learned from this mistake and gained a much softer and caring leadership style,[41][20] though it was not smooth enough to keep Thunder in his group.[21] When Gray Wing decided to name the groups Clans, he named Clear Sky's group SkyClan after his brother's determined gaze towards the horizon.[22] After Clear Sky received nine lives, he was renamed Skystar.[7]

River Ripple's camp

"I don't live in either camp. But any cat is welcome to come with me to my island home."
―River Ripple after the first battle The Blazing Star (book), page 15

River Ripple lived alone by the river for many seasons until the mountain cats arrived

River Ripple lived by the river for moons before the mountain cats arrived.[42] He was originally from a group called the Cats of the Park, though he was exiled when Twolegs destroyed his home. Ripple dedicated his life to the river that saved him and renamed himself River Ripple.[43] River Ripple assisted the moor and forest cats in escaping a fire and earned their trust with his patience and wisdom.[44] River Ripple lived alone,[44] though frequently hunted in the area with Night.[45][43] After witnessing the massacre at the first battle, the spirit cats encouraged the other leaders to listen to River Ripple's wisdom,[46] and he was usually the first to decipher the spirit cats' messages.[17] He created an open invitation for cats to join him on his island by the river,[19] and warmly welcomed those who enjoyed swimming.[47] When the groups took in former members of Slash's group of rogues, River Ripple suggested a formal ceremony for the newcomers to swear oaths of loyalty to their new homes.[48] When Gray Wing decided to name the groups Clans, Black Ear named River Ripple's group RiverClan after its leader.[22] After River Ripple received his nine lives, he was renamed Riverstar.[7]

Wind Runner's camp

"Okay, maybe now I'm making a home for my family. But I'm doing something that's more than wandering around like a rogue cat, without a real home or friends. I've learned a lot from living with others, and now I want to put that to use here. The hollow and the forest aren't the only places a group of cats could live."
―Wind Runner to Gray Wing The Blazing Star (book), page 153

Wind Runner independence and resilience made her a formidable leader on the moor

Wind and her mate Gorse lived on the moor before the mountain cats arrived.[10][37] They befriended Gray Wing and taught him how to hunt rabbits on the moor and explore the tunnels thaw crawled beneath the land.[49] The pair grow curious of the moor cats and their unified group,[35] and requested to join them,[50] though it took some time for Tall Shadow to trust them and fulfil their request.[28] Wind was renamed Wind Runner to assimilate with the moor cats.[51] Wind Runner quickly demonstrated leadership capabilities,[52] and cats began to suspect if she wanted to lead the moor cats.[53][54][28] Wind Runner and her family left Tall Shadow's camp after the death of her kits Emberkit and Morning Whisker.[55] Instead of leaving as a rogue, Wind Runner decided to use what she learned about the value of a strong and supportive group to create her own. She settled her camp near the middle of the moor in a shallow hollow.[18] While initially wary of strangers, Wind Runner opened her home to others once she learned to trust them.[56][57][22] When Gray Wing decided to name the groups Clans, he named Wind Runner's group WindClan after its leader.[22] After Wind Runner received her nine lives, she was renamed Windstar.[58]

Thunder's camp

"You're right. Cats should only be here if they want to be. So I should leave. [...] I won't disturb you, or hunt near your camp. I'll live somewhere else in the forest—but I can't be a part of your group anymore."
―Thunder to Clear Sky A Forest Divided, page 174

Thunder, the youngest of the founders, settled a group in the forest

Thunder was born in the new land to Storm and Clear Sky, though his father disowned him and Thunder was raised by Gray Wing on the moor.[59] Despite living on the moor, Thunder's heart belonged in the forest.[60] Thunder joined his father in the forest after proving his courage and leadership during the fire.[27] However, Thunder left Clear Sky's group after witnessing his father's cruelty towards cats he deemed as weak.[40] Thunder earned leadership of the moor cats alongside Tall Shadow following the first battle,[29][61] but chose to rejoin his father in the forest when Tall Shadow's group split.[20] However, Thunder grew frustrated with his father's irrational orders and he decided to form his own group in the forest away from his father.[21] Several members of Clear Sky's group joined him, urged by Thunder's compassion and dedication to others. His group settled in a sandy ravine in the forest.[62] When Gray Wing decided to name the groups Clans, Silver Stripe named Thunder's group ThunderClan after its leader.[22] After Thunder received his nine lives, he was renamed Thunderstar.[7]

Territory

Tall Shadow's camp

Tall Shadow's groups settled in three different camps: two on the moor and one in the pine forest. The traveling cats first settled in a shallow hollow on the moor lined with gorse bushes and small rocks. A pool of brown water lied in the bottom of the hollow.[24]
The group later relocated to another hollow with tunnels connecting to it. The moor cats used the tunnels to travel across the moor and dug out dens to sleep in.[25] The new hollow was also lined with heather,[63] brambles on one side,[3] and gorse bushes throughout[64] that cats slept under.[65] Nursing cats often slept in carved out dens along the hollow,[66] or underneath the brambles.[67] In the sandy[68] clearing there are rocks[69] On the far end of the camp is a large rock used to hold meetings by the leaders.[70] Cloud Spots and Dappled Pelt stored herbs underneath a gorse bush lined with heather.[71] Tall Shadow originally led the group until she stepped down following her brother's death and others questioning her leadership. Gray Wing took her place.[13] However, he stepped down to co-lead with Tall Shadow following his persistent coughing.[14] Following the first battle, Thunder and Tall Shadow led the moor cats.[15] This second camp is not the WindClan camp as Wind Runner eventually created her camp elsewhere.[72]
Tall Shadow later led a group to the pine forest, where the future ShadowClan reside. It lies in the heart of the forest between two thick brambles walls and the cats weaved the brambles to surround the whole clearing.[73] The entrance is through a bramble tunnel.[74] They make their dens by hollowing out a den under a bramble bush, and weave stems into the bush to strengthen it.[75] Their nests are made of twigs lined with moss.[74] The cats store their prey by the bramble wall.[76] Pebble Heart stores his herbs in a bramble den at the far end of the camp.[77]

Clear Sky's camp

Clear Sky's camp is located in the forest, where the future SkyClan camp lies.[78] It is a sheltered hollow[79] in the middle of the forest[78] surrounded by deep banks of fern and bramble.[79] To exit and enter the camp, cats must go through a bramble opening.[80] There is a steep bank edging one side of the clearing with the tangled roots of an oak on the opposite side.[81] A smooth rock juts out of one side of the clearing.[82] An elder bush,[83] a holly bush,[84] ferns[85] and a low-spreading yew[86] serve as dens in the camp. Clear Sky's nest is in a hollow on the slope,[87] but he tends to sit in the branches of the oak.[88][89] The cats make their nests out of twigs lined with moss.[79] A shallow pool in the center is where the cats drink from.[79] There are two prey heaps; one at the roots of the oak, and the other on an edge of the clearing.[88] Clear Sky addresses the group from a tree stump.[90]

River Ripple's camp

River Ripple's camp lies on a well-drained island on the river, where the future RiverClan reside.[91][92] Reeds and bushes surround the camp,[93] and all the dens are made of reeds. The island is situated in a basin in the river. To get there one must swim through a small canal or cross the stepping stones.[94] The reeds open up onto where the clearing dips into the river.

Wind Runner's camp

Wind Runner's camp is located near the center of the moor,[72] hidden between the dips,[95] and located where the future WindClan camp lies. It is surrounded by thick gorse,[96] heather,[95] and a narrow tunnel leads into the camp.[97][98] A tall boulder lies at the head of the camp.[99] The cats make their dens by weaving heather stems into the gorse along the edges of the camp.[100][101] Reed stores his herbs in his den and the edge of the camp wall that he shares with his mate Minnow.[102]

Thunder's camp

Thunder's camp is located at the bottom of a sandy ravine, where the future ThunderClan camp lies. The clearing is ringed by bracken, brambles, and trees. The cliff walls are steep but cats can climb down using ledges.[103] The clearing is surrounded by gorse with a gorse tunnel leading to the camp.[103] A large smooth boulder lies on a wide grass circled clearing.[103] A fallen tree crowded by bracken is situated on the edge of the clearing.[104] Dens are created using brambles and among the bracken and underneath hazel bushes.[105][106][107] Cloud Spots's den is in a fern tunnel that leads to a small clearing in the bracken next to the boulder.[108]

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History of ranks

Group Name Gained Rank In... Left Rank In...
The journeying cats (mountain cats) Shaded Moss[8] The Sun Trail The Sun Trail
Tall Shadow[109] The Sun Trail The Sun Trail
Tall Shadow's group (moor cats) Tall Shadow[24] The Sun Trail Thunder Rising
Gray Wing[13] Thunder Rising Thunder Rising
Gray Wing and Tall Shadow[14] Thunder Rising The Blazing Star
Tall Shadow and Thunder[15] The Blazing Star A Forest Divided
Clear Sky's group (forest cats) Clear Sky[110] The Sun Trail -
River Ripple's group River Ripple[111] The Blazing Star -
Wind Runner's group Wind Runner[112] The Blazing Star -
Tall Shadow's group Tall Shadow[113] A Forest Divided Shadowstar's Life
Thunder's group Thunder[114] A Forest Divided -

See also

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 160
  2. Revealed in The First Battle, page 59
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in The First Battle, page 21
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 53
  5. Revealed in The Sun Trail, pages 40-41
  6. Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 18
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, chapter 35
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 14
  9. Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 11
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 12
  11. Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 13
  12. Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 17
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 168
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 285
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 129
  16. Revealed in The First Battle, chapter 23
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 4
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 16
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 2
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Revealed in A Forest Divided, chapter 3
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in A Forest Divided, chapter 12
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 Revealed in Path of Stars, chapter 24
  23. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, chapter 1
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 184
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 282
  26. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 7
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 14
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 26
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 1
  30. Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 9
  31. Revealed in A Forest Divided, chapter 2
  32. Revealed in A Forest Divided, chapter 6
  33. Revealed in Path of Stars, chapter 6
  34. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 226
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 20
  36. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 2
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 23
  38. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 24
  39. Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 24
  40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 27
  41. Revealed in A Forest Divided, chapter 1
  42. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 3
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising: Bonus Scene
  44. 44.0 44.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 12
  45. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 18
  46. Revealed in The First Battle, chapter 22
  47. Revealed in Path of Stars, chapter 15
  48. Revealed in Path of Stars, chapter 20
  49. Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 15
  50. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 6
  51. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 19
  52. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 9
  53. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 15
  54. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter25
  55. Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 13
  56. Revealed in A Forest Divided, chapter 7
  57. Revealed in Path of Stars, chapter 14
  58. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, chapter 34
  59. Revealed in The Sun Trail, chapter 26
  60. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 4
  61. Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 3
  62. Revealed in A Forest Divided, chapter 13
  63. Revealed in The First Battle, page 27
  64. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 310
  65. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 123
  66. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 198
  67. Revealed in The First Battle, page 131
  68. Revealed in The First Battle, page 28
  69. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 23
  70. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 206
  71. Revealed in The First Battle, page 29
  72. 72.0 72.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 152
  73. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 84
  74. 74.0 74.1 Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 87
  75. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 89
  76. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 210
  77. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 214
  78. 78.0 78.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 84
  79. 79.0 79.1 79.2 79.3 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 233
  80. Revealed in The First Battle, page 81
  81. Revealed in The First Battle, page 11
  82. Revealed in The First Battle, page 12
  83. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 270
  84. Revealed in The First Battle, page 151
  85. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 275
  86. Revealed in The First Battle, page 233
  87. Revealed in The First Battle, page 80
  88. 88.0 88.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 97
  89. Revealed in The First Battle, page 105
  90. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 253
  91. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 15
  92. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 146
  93. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 212
  94. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 147
  95. 95.0 95.1 Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 100
  96. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 246
  97. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 220
  98. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 89
  99. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 193
  100. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 37
  101. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 125
  102. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 40
  103. 103.0 103.1 103.2 Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 185
  104. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 23
  105. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 188
  106. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 310
  107. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 218
  108. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 24
  109. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 191
  110. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 253
  111. Revealed in The Blazing Star, allegiances
  112. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 153
  113. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 94
  114. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 174
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