This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, The Place of No Stars. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
|"Tchah! Why would you want to go to StarClan? That place is full of old weak-willed cowards who clung to the warrior code like ants to a leaf in a puddle. You will find much better company in the cats here, Tigerclaw."|
|— Mapleshade on the Place of No Stars in Tigerclaw's Fury, page 52|
The Place of No Stars (informally known as the Dark Forest) is the opposite of StarClan's hunting grounds. It is a place where cats that have committed great crimes against their Clans and the warrior code go when they die. However, cats who commit crimes but believe they are following the warrior code can usually join the ranks of StarClan instead, like Mudclaw.
As of current events, the Place of No Stars is nearly empty with nearly all Dark Forest residents having faded or killed in the Great Battle; only Snowtuft, Silverhawk, Mapleshade, and Darkstripe being the sole spirits confirmed to be still residing. Ashfur, upon leaving StarClan, took control of the Dark Forest, imprisoning the ghosts of the dead there and causing the boundaries of the Dark Forest to shrink as a result of his interference.
- 1 Description
- 2 Territory
- 3 History
- 3.1 In The New Prophecy arc
- 3.2 In the Power of Three arc
- 3.3 In the Omen of the Stars arc
- 3.4 In The Broken Code arc
- 3.5 In the Super Editions
- 3.6 In the Novellas
- 4 Known residents
- 5 Known trainees
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 Notes and references
- There is no prey and cats feel no hunger. Instead of walking the skies with friends and family like in StarClan, cats here are banished to walk through the forest in solitude, though Tigerstar seems to have found a way to overcome this. Much like in StarClan, cats of the Place of No Stars who are forgotten by all living cats fade away to little more than ghostlike spirits, who haunt the Dark Forest. Time also passes strangely, with residents often losing track of how much time has passed.
- Several cats can walk in the dreams of living cats. Usually in the dream, the cat finds themselves in the Dark Forest, with the deceased cat(s) (although this is not always the case, as with Hawkfrost visiting Ivypaw in a field she dreamed of). There seems to be no limitations on who the Dark Forest cats can visit, although if a cat consciously decides that they don't want to be visited any more, it seems to prevent it from happening again. Upon waking up from the dream, they will retain all characteristics acquired (for example, if they get wounded in the Dark Forest, they will have the same wound in reality as well. This also applies to fatigue, and skills practiced in the dream). This also includes death, as cats who are killed in the Dark Forest die in real life. At times, cats can dream themselves into the Dark Forest without a spirit guide, by harnessing on dark thoughts and being open to negative emotions, such as anger and hatred fear, anguish and hopelessness, and jealousy. Cats can enter with their physical body by being dragged by a spirit cat through the Moonpool.
- StarClan cats are able to pass into the Place of No Stars if they need to, but by doing so, they risk the chance of becoming lost and never finding their way out again. From StarClan, there is a barrier of sorts consisting of a great cloud of mist, which eventually leads to the Dark Forest. Living cats are able to visit the Dark Forest when guided by a StarClan cat, although on one occasion Leafpool was able to see it without any StarClan cat to help her.
- It is said that only Clan cats can find their way to the Place of No Stars. Though with individuals such as Darkstripe who were not part of a Clan with their death, they most likely must have some correlation with Clan life to be put in the residence post-death.
- The Dark Forest is a dark, shadowy forest with lots of tall, dank, gray trees. It is mentioned to be a dull, vast empty place—the complete opposite of StarClan's hunting grounds, which are warm and sunny and bright. The air is cold, thick, foggy and damp and it has an echoing silence. There is a pale sickly light and a chilly wind blowing. The Dark Forest also has a black and starless sky, and the trees are so tall, it is unable to see anything above them, allowing no light whatsoever to reach it. Mist is mentioned to wreathe the thick, sticky, bare forest floor. It has a sluggish river, its waters dark and lifeless with no stepping stones or fallen trees to be used to cross it, and around the river is sucking mud. Fungus sickly glows on trees, and there is no grass.
- The land also appears to shift with caves and tunnels, valleys and rocky slopes, marshes and ridges, and endless forests with dead trees. Cats can have difficulty trekking through the changing terrain. There is a large lake with black water that feels like soft pelts and ice cold water. A low, small muddy island sits in the middle of the lake with rotting trees. A slim stretch of mud leads from the shore to the island.
- The border between the Dark Forest and StarClan is a white, eerie light. Here the grass is thin, and it eventually disappears altogether. At this point, the air becomes so foggy, that any cat there finds themselves having trouble breathing.
- Since Ashfur's reign, a thick fog has surrounded the boundaries of the Dark Forest, with the land and the cats living there disappearing. The fog is thick and roiling, and obscures the land behind it, and seems to move closer every day. The fog can also advance at incredible speeds.
- Within the Dark Forest is an island that was utilized by Ashfur as his headquarters. It is surrounded by a dark lake, though the island itself is little more than a stretch of mud with decaying trees sagging at odd angles, but a narrow strip connects to the mainland within the residence. The island was the place used by Ashfur to keep his enslaved ghosts, as well as briefly the corpse of Bramblestar when it was not in use.
In The New Prophecy arc
- The Place of No Stars makes its first appearance when Tigerstar visits his sons Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw in their dreams. He admires their skill and strength and he and his kin get to meet each other. Tigerstar spits out that he does not belong and is not a part of StarClan. After Brambleclaw sees Tigerstar, he thinks about him and Hawkfrost a lot. Brambleclaw tells himself that he doesn't want to kill and fight for his ambition like his father Tigerstar, even though he wants the deputy position.
- The night before the Gathering, Brambleclaw is chosen to go. He is excited to see Hawkfrost again and ask him if he really saw Tigerstar in his dream with Brambleclaw. As ThunderClan leaves for the Gathering Brambleclaw remembers his dream very clearly. When Brambleclaw talks to Hawkfrost, they both think the reasons why they won't become deputies is because Tigerstar is their father. Leafpaw and Squirrelflight discuss Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw's trust for each other and what it might have to do with Tigerstar.
- Tigerstar continues training his two sons in the Dark Forest and teaches them the meaning of power and ambition. He advises them to work hard in their Clans to try and earn the position of deputy so that they can become the leader and rule the Clans.
- At one point, Leafpool accidentally walks in their dreams and watches Tigerstar train Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw. He persuades his sons to follow in his pawsteps and learn the meaning of power and ambition. This makes Leafpool suspicious of Brambleclaw's loyalties towards his Clan, ThunderClan, and not being able to trust Hawkfrost.
- In the prologue, Darkstripe and Tigerstar meet each other, and Darkstripe is very confused and scared about the Dark Forest. Tigerstar tells him that they are unable to walk together, as that is part of their punishment, having no allies at their side, and leaves Darkstripe to wander the Dark Forest alone.
- Tigerstar still visits and trains Hawkfrost and Brambleclaw. He teaches them how to be powerful future leaders to their Clans. He tries to get his daughter, Tawnypelt to join him too, however, she turns him down, saying that she knows he wants to use her against the Clans and she doesn't want to become leader unless StarClan wishes it and she earns it.
- Tigerstar and Hawkfrost begin to notice Brambleclaw's reluctance to manipulate cats to become leader, so Hawkfrost tries to set up a test for Brambleclaw to see if he really wants to be Clan leader badly, so he tries to get him to kill Firestar, by trapping the leader in a fox trap, but Brambleclaw refuses and fights Hawkfrost back to protect his leader. Brambleclaw manages to kill Hawkfrost by taking a stick and ripping his throat out. Hawkfrost joins his father in the Dark Forest. Brambleclaw never visits the Place of No Stars in his dreams again, as a result of Firestar's near-death.
In the Power of Three arc
- When Jaypaw, a ThunderClan apprentice, is brought to the Dark Forest, he visits Tigerstar and Hawkfrost. The two Dark Forest warriors convince Jaypaw that he can be a great warrior despite his blindness, which makes his Clan wary of him. They tell Jaypaw that they have seen him in battle earlier, and Tigerstar tells him he his glad to see that he has inherited his father's skill. They also express their disgust for Jaypaw's sister, Hollypaw, and her wasting her time and skills on doing and interfering with the medicine cat's business and jobs. Hawkfrost offers to show Jaypaw some fighting moves to try to persuade and lure Jaypaw deeper into their territory. Right before they start, Spottedleaf comes in and tells Tigerstar and Hawkfrost that she has come to bring Jaypaw back where he belongs. While walking away, Spottedleaf tells Jaypaw to never come back to the Dark Forest.
- Tigerstar and Hawkfrost approach Lionpaw, Jaypaw's brother, offering to train him, which will make him a better warrior and fighter. He eagerly accepts it, as he enjoys being a warrior and wants to be the best he can be. However, his nighttime meetings with Heatherpaw in the tunnels interfere with his training, and Tigerstar tells him he must stop meeting with her if he wishes to be a great warrior. He reluctantly stops meeting with Heatherpaw and focuses on his training with the Dark Forest warriors.
- Tigerstar and Hawkfrost continue training Lionpaw. Tigerstar sometimes comes to Lionpaw's battle training sessions and tells Lionpaw what to do next. Even if Tigerstar is not with Lionpaw, he still knows what to do thanks to Tigerstar's training. The Dark Forest cats are unable to visit him while he is with the Tribe of Rushing Water. When he fights the rogues, he is surprised at his ability, and thinks that his Dark Forest mentors will be proud of how well he fought. He wonders if they were really watching and helping him fight, even though they weren't.
- Tigerstar and Hawkfrost keep on training Lionpaw in the Dark Forest. Lionpaw tells Tigerstar and Hawkfrost about how powerfully and strongly he fought in the mountains. When he tells them about the prophecy, and says that is probably why he fights so well, they declare it nonsense, saying that it was only a dream. They fight Lionpaw and still go against what he thinks. Tigerstar says that Lionpaw fights so well because of the training they give him, and that he should put any thoughts about a ridiculous prophecy out of his head, so that he won't be distracted. They comment that Lionpaw still needs more training from them.
- Tigerstar taunts and teases Lionblaze about his fears of going to WindClan and seeing Heathertail, and of the prophecy.
- Lionblaze confronts Tigerstar, now that he knows Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw aren't his real parents, asking why Tigerstar would train him if he wasn't his kin. Tigerstar says that he knew all along that Lionblaze was not his kin, and that this also proves that Lionblaze isn't a part of the prophecy, so he should keep training with them to hone his skills further. Lionblaze angrily attacks Tigerstar, and they fight intensely. Lionblaze gets his claws at Tigerstar's throat, but lets him go, and he tells Tigerstar that he is already dead. He vows to never return to the Dark Forest.
In the Omen of the Stars arc
- When Jayfeather goes searching for Poppyfrost and finds her at the Moonpool, they are soon confronted by Breezepelt, who attacks them. He is helped by a Dark Forest cat who appears, although Jayfeather does not know who it is. He is helpless against them, until Honeyfern appears from StarClan to save him, and she fights them both off.
- At Poppyfrost's kitting, Tigerstar, Hawkfrost, and the dark forest cat appear and look at the kits. Jayfeather and Lionblaze tell them that they will never have the kits. The spirits disappear, but Jayfeather and Lionblaze grow worried that the Dark Forest is recruiting new cats, like Breezepelt, and perhaps Tigerheart, and maybe the Dark Forest is even planning a war on StarClan. The Clans start to break up and stand alone.
- In the prologue, Tigerstar, Hawkfrost, Brokenstar, Darkstripe, and Breezepelt are all practicing battle moves on each other. The Dark Forest cats aren't impressed by Breezepelt's strength, and doubt it because Jayfeather beat him in a battle. Tigerstar persuades Breezepelt that Leafpool and Crowfeather's kits should have never been born. Tigerstar tells Hawkfrost to visit the next apprentice, who he states as powerful and will make the battle even.
- Hawkfrost appears to Ivypaw in a field in a dream of hers. He casually offers to train her so she will be as good at hunting as Dovepaw, which will give her more attention, and she accepts. She believes him to be a StarClan cat, so she continues to let him train her, and learns some new and helpful skills and moves to use in battles and hunting patrols.
- Jayfeather and Lionblaze talk about who Tigerstar might be training. They say that Breezepelt is definitely one, and maybe Tigerheart. Jayfeather suspects of Flametail too, but says no because he is a medicine cat.
- Jayfeather, Spottedleaf, and Yellowfang visit the Place of No Stars in search of answers to the prophecy and the big battle against the Clans. Yellowfang is too overcome with nervousness when she sees Brokenstar, her kit, so she goes back to StarClan and leave Spottedleaf and Jayfeather there. They stay, and witness fierce battle training between Darkstripe, and two other Dark Forest cats, Snowtuft and Shredtail, in which Shredtail is commanded to slash open Snowtuft's belly. Jayfeather is angered by the cruelty, but is powerless to stop it, even though he wants to.
- Hawkfrost finally takes Ivypaw to the Dark Forest itself, and introduces her to the rest of the cats, which he refers to as "Clanmates." This results to Ivypaw getting Hawkfrost as a Dark Forest mentor. She is nervous when meeting Tigerstar, as she has heard tales of his wickedness, but he convinces her that he didn't mean any harm, and was cruelly banished from ThunderClan for mere ambition. He then tells her that ShadowClan is supposedly planning to attack ThunderClan, and that she must convince Firestar to attack them first to protect their territory, which she does. When Ivypaw manages to convince Firestar, she is eager to tell Tigerstar that she succeeded in persuading him.
- In the prologue, some StarClan cats are discussing the big battle between ThunderClan and ShadowClan. They think that the Dark Forest was behind it and if it wasn't for them, Firestar wouldn't have lost a life and Russetfur wouldn't be dead, even though she was at old age.
- Hawkfrost continues to visit Ivypaw. She looks around, and sees Antpelt, Minnowtail , and Breezepelt are all being trained like Tigerheart by the Dark Forest, each with their own mentor. Hawkfrost introduces Mapleshade when Ivypaw runs into her, along with Snowtuft, Sparrowfeather and Shredtail, some more Dark Forest cats.
- Dovepaw suspects that Ivypaw has been visiting and training in the Dark Forest, due to her injuries she wakes up with, and has no excuse for them and what Jayfeather sees in her dreams. Dovepaw tries to tell Ivypaw that Tigerstar is an evil cat and they can't trust him.
- Jayfeather, Lionblaze and Dovepaw persuade Ivypaw that the Dark Forest is a group of bad cats and that she must become a spy and help them. When Ivypaw visits the Dark Forest, Tigerstar announces that the Clans must be ready because the day of the battle is getting closer. Ivypaw realizes that the other Dark Forest visitors are enjoying their time here, and hope to destroy the Clans.
- Flametail wanders into the Dark Forest territory, where Brokenstar orders Ivypaw to kill him. Ivypaw hesitates but then agrees to kill and springs at him. Tigerheart appears and stops her. Tigerstar asks if it is worth killing him because he is only a medicine cat and is no harm. Brokenstar eventually lets him go. The Dark Forest warriors believe Ivypaw is ready to fight on their side of the big battle, and she is a loyal member.
- Ivypool continues visiting the Dark Forest, now as a spy for Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovewing, but wishes she could give up visiting there, but she knows she can't. She finds out that they have recruited many new members, including Icewing, Sunstrike, Furzepaw, Redwillow, and Ratscar. She, Antpelt, and Thistleclaw train together and Antpelt receives brutal injuries.
- At the next Gathering, Onestar announces that Antpelt is dying from wounds that he received in the Dark Forest, although the WindClan cats don't know that. Ivypool tells Dovewing that Antpelt got the injuries from Thistleclaw, and that she can't give up visiting the forest now when she's so close to finding out when the big battle will be.
- Jayfeather tells Firestar that he needs to visit the Tribe of Rushing Water in order to find out his, Lionblaze's and Dovewing's destiny and what it has to do with the Dark Forest. Lionblaze stays behind, so he can protect ThunderClan from the Dark Forest if he needs to.
- While Ivypool trains in the Dark Forest, she wonders what some cats are doing there. Blossomfall and Hollowpaw join, and Ivypool is shocked to see Blossomfall there. Antpelt is killed by the injuries he received, revealing how brutal training in the Dark Forest can be. Antpelt goes to join the Dark Forest cats as a resident. Ivypool trains with Hollowpaw, and teaches him some moves. Ivypool wonders if Blossomfall knows what the Dark Forest cats are planning to do. She doesn't tell Lionblaze that Blossomfall joined the Dark Forest.
- Ivypool goes on a night patrol exercise. She feels used to night stalking because of the training she received in the Dark Forest. Ivypool admits to Lionblaze that she feels bad using the Dark Forest skills as a ThunderClan cat, and she would never use them against her Clan.
- Blossomfall explains to Ivypool why she went to join the Dark Forest and that she wants to get as much attention as her sister, Briarlight. Ivypool suspects that this is how Brokenstar won her over, like Hawkfrost did with Ivypool. Blossomfall goes on and says that she thinks when she dies she will join the Dark Forest for hating her sister.
- During a visit to the Dark Forest, Ivypool asks to be a full warrior of the Dark Forest to Hawkfrost. Impressed by her request, Hawkfrost talks it over with Brokenstar and several other cats. To become a warrior, Ivypool must kill Antpelt. She doesn't want to, but has a long fight with Antpelt, and manages to kill him. Impressed by Ivypool's battle, the Dark Forest cats make her a full warrior.
- Bluestar, Owl Feather, Broken Shadow, Half Moon and Slant discuss the upcoming battle with the Dark Forest, with Bluestar stating that they are preparing for the end. Midnight and Rock join in, and Midnight says that darkness will fight against light, and now all must stand and fight. Rock thanks the cats for safeguarding the prophecies, and passing them down. Midnight states that it is light against dark, the last sunrise. Rock tells her that it is what they have been waiting for.
- Ivypool is training Birchfall and Redwillow, but she stops when she scents blood. She orders them to be careful, but Hawkfrost steps up, saying that there was a war coming and it would not be won with sheathed claws. He turns to the gray and white she-cat and asks if she was training them to fight like warriors, and not soft Clan cats. Hawkfrost orders Redwillow to attack Birchfall, and says to not stop at the first scent of blood.
- Terrified that she had given herself away - due to the fact that no cat knew she was spying for Dovewing, Jayfeather, and Lionblaze - she attacks Redwillow, to demonstrate how the move should be done. Ivypool then asks Hawkfrost why they are not training with other Dark Forest warriors, and he explains that he wants them to know how other Clan cats fight, saying that they might be fighting side by side one day. Ivypool listens to him as he lies as he adds that they need to know their moves to fight with them, and Ivypool knows that the real reason is so that they could attack each other.
- Tigerstar emerges from the shadows, and tells them that "four Clans will unite when it matters most," saying that it is the law of the Dark Forest, and they will need that in the final battle. Blossomfall asks him if they are training for something special, and Ivypool quickly answers for him, saying not yet. She mentions that there may be more battles, alluding to the one with Sol a while back, who had tried to rip ThunderClan apart. Applefur says that she will fight with ThunderClan, not against them, if a rogue tried to drive them apart. Ivypool shudders as she realizes that these cats think their loyalty to their Clan is being strengthened.
- Tigerstar orders the trainees back to their nests, as the senior warriors have a meeting. Ivypool asks to attend the meeting, but is shot down by Hawkfrost. However, she stays and spies on them. She sees Brokenstar drawing out maps for the final battle, in which they will strike. Tigerstar and Mapleshade include their suggestions in, which Brokenstar accepts. Before Ivypool can see any more, she is woken up.
- Jayfeather is met by Yellowfang and she reminds him of his destiny to find the fourth cat of the prophecy and defeat the Dark Forest. The two medicine cats argue about it, but, Yellowfang pushes him to find the fourth cat for the extra help against the rising threat. As he meets with StarClan at the Moonpool, a voice catches him off guard with threats. He realises that the voice is Brokenstar, and in the distance, he can hear cats being trained by the evil spirits. Jayfeather recognises a few of his Clanmate's voices and other warriors he is familiar with. The tom has a worrying thought about the Dark Forest's army and how it was ruining the unity that the Clan's needed to destroy the undead spirits. As his dream continues, Jayfeather sees the eyes of the warriors in the Dark Forest and unsheathes his claws, ready to defend himself. Before he is attacked though, he wakes up again at the Moonpool. He tells the other medicine cats about what the Dark Forest is doing.
- Lionblaze has his doubts about his Clanmates, thinking that those he trusts could be training in the Dark Forest. His thoughts come to Cinderheart, but, quickly dart around the camp as he finds everyone's familiar faces suddenly strange and cold.
- Ivypool wakes up from a night of training in the Dark Forest, mentoring both Birchfall and Redwillow. Later, Molepaw and Cherrypaw ask her if they can train fight. She tells Molepaw and Cherrypaw that they can't risk injuries when the two apprentices complain that they weren't allowed to practice tree climbing. Ivypool mentally adds that the reason is due to the inevitable Dark Forest attack approaching. Dovewing allows them to do this anyway. Later on, Ivypool, Birchfall, and Mousewhisker all talk. The two toms tell her their plan to meet with the other trainees from the other Clans to practice their skills. Ivypool is taken aback by the plan, but, she tells them she'll join them at the border after.
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In The Broken Code arc
- When Bramblestar's impostor claims his codebreaking agenda is in the name of StarClan, Tree argues against him. The impostor mocks Tree's beliefs that dead cats wander the living world, countering they only live in StarClan, though Crowfeather points out StarClan and the Dark Forest fought in the living world during the Great Battle.
- When Bristlefrost is worried about StarClan's silence, Thornclaw assures her they will return, just like they did during the Great Battle despite several Clan cats training in the Dark Forest.
- When Shadowsight is severely injured by Bramblestar's impostor, his spirit is able to wander the afterlife while his body is in a coma. He's able to confront the spirit possessing Bramblestar, asking if he's from StarClan or the Dark Forest. The impostor brushes off the question, vaguely mentioning there's ways to travel through the different afterlives. In a later debate on the impostor’s identity, Crowfeather dismisses the Dark Forest cats who faded in the Great Battle, including Tigerstar of the old forest. Following this up, Squirrelflight explains she discovered the Dark Forest is nearly empty when she temporarily joined StarClan.
- While searching for Bramblestar's real spirit through the Moonpool, a revived Shadowsight awakens in the Place of No Stars. Like Squirrelflight testified, the young medicine cat finds the area deserted, continuing his search untroubled. He discovers a mysterious pool hidden in a den, reflecting the only star-light within the whole Dark Forest. Shadowsight realizes that the den around the pool is a barrier and wonders if a cat built it to somehow silence StarClan. Then, he overhears Bramblestar's spirit calling for help, trapped within a hollow tree. Shadowsight gets Bramblestar out of the tree, but before the large tabby can explain who imprisoned him within the Dark Forest, Shadowsight is forced to return to his body.
- Realizing he will never have Squirrelflight in the real world, Ashfur, still possessing Bramblestar's body, attacks and kidnaps Squirrelflight, dragging her into the Moonpool and bringing her to the Place of No Stars. Rootspring, who witnessed it, realizes in horror where Ashfur has taken her.
- Squirrelflight is trapped in the Dark Forest by Ashfur.
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In the Super Editions
- After leaving RiverClan, Crookedkit tries to travel to the Moonstone to find out about his destiny. In his dreams, he meets Mapleshade, a Dark Forest cat who pretends to be a StarClan cat. The she-cat takes Crookedkit under her wing, and gets him to make a vow: that he must always be loyal to his Clan above all else. Mapleshade also tells Crookedkit that he has a great destiny before him, and once he becomes an apprentice, the Dark Forest warrior starts to train Crookedpaw in his dreams, visiting him night after night.
- Crookedpaw is taught many battle moves, and he credits Mapleshade with his skills and great courage. The young apprentice feels very special to be given such training, although his loyalty is often tested, this is Mapleshade's way of seeing if Crookedpaw intends on keeping his promise. He does, and Mapleshade offers her assistance while Crookedpaw is in battle, including when he faces Bluepaw and Snowpaw in the battle for Sunningrocks, or when Crookedpaw is attacking a dog loose in RiverClan territory.
- Whenever Crookedpaw believes he is selfish or feels guilty, Mapleshade's voice rings in his ears, reminding him of the promise that he made to her as a kit.
- Mapleshade is angry at Crookedjaw for showing feelings towards Willowpaw, and Crookedjaw argues with her, saying that they were nothing more than denmates. When Willowpaw becomes a warrior; Willowbreeze, Mapleshade leads the Twolegs to her, therefore capturing her and keeping her in a pelt-den. Crookedjaw rescues her, but Mapleshade believes he is being disloyal, when Hailstar told him to wait, and his Clanmates are injured at camp.
- Crookedjaw wanders into the Dark Forest one night in his dreams, where he sees Thistleclaw training with Shredtail. They fight viciously with claws unsheathed and Crookedjaw stares in horror, but the two cats make it out as if it were just a training session when Thistleclaw asks if he can do it again. Crookedjaw thinks that those cats think that playing with blood is a game. They talk about Sunstar's choice for his deputy, and how he wouldn't go soft and choose Bluefur. Thistleclaw complains that Bluefur should've been hit by a monster, not Snowfur, his mate.
- When Rainflower, Crookedjaw's mother, is dying, Mapleshade tells him to stop worrying about her, thus killing her. Mapleshade makes an omen of a crooked-jawed squirrel, which Crookedjaw catches. Hailstar thinks that this is the meaning of Crookedjaw to be the new deputy of RiverClan. Mapleshade tells Crookedjaw that she made a sacrifice when she told him to let Rainflower die, and when Crookedjaw did, Mapleshade rewarded him with the position of deputy. Crookedjaw starts to regret his promise.
- Crookedjaw visits the Dark Forest again with Mapleshade, where he meets Thistleclaw and Silverhawk, his Dark Forest mentor. They have a training session, where they fight viciously again. When Thistleclaw asks if he can try the killing bite on Crookedjaw, Crookedjaw argues saying that it's against the the warrior Code to kill. The Dark Forest cats say that victory is everything, and Mapleshade reminds Crookedjaw of his promise. Crookedjaw finds out that Mapleshade is not a StarClan cat, she is a Dark Forest warrior.
- When Hailstar dies, Mapleshade makes another one of her sacrifices so Crookedjaw can become leader. After Crookedstar's travel to the Moonstone, Mapleshade becomes even more furious with his loyalties and his feelings for Willowbreeze who is now his mate. She tells Crookedstar that Mistykit and Stonekit's parents are Oakheart and Bluefur.
- After Willowbreeze has Crookedstar's kits, Willowkit, Minnowkit and Silverkit, Willowbreeze dies along with Minnowkit and Willowkit. He yowls at Mapleshade, saying that he didn't want a life like this and wants no power. He tries to persuade her to take back his promise. He and Mapleshade fight, but Mapleshade doesn't kill him, saying that making him live life in revenge is better. Mapleshade starts talking about her life and how she was kicked out of her Clan when she tried to love. She tells Crookedstar that they are kin, because Shellheart who is Crookedstar's father is Mapleshade's former mate's daughter's kit.
- In the manga at the end of the book, Mapleshade haunts Crookedstar after he loses Silverstream, his kit when she dies having her kits, Featherkit and Stormkit. Mapleshade believes he has lost everything and she has destroyed Crookedstar, but when Crookedstar joins StarClan, he sees his family, friends, and Clanmates.
- Brokenstar, a Dark Forest Member, is mentioned by Dewpaw to have killed Ferncloud during The Great Battle.
In the Novellas
- After Mapleshade uncovers Ravenwing's grave, she sees a hawk circling overhead, knowing it would eat him. She hopes to herself that her kits never have to see Ravenwing in StarClan, and that he should be in the Place of No Stars for all eternity.
- When Mapleshade dies in Myler's barn, she wakes up in an unfamiliar place. She finds herself surrounded by gray tree-trunks. When she asks if she's in StarClan, her meows echo between the trees. She finds that there are no stars in the sky, and instead, the only lights are coming from the fleshy fungus growing on the trees, and from the slimy trunks themselves. An unknown Dark Forest cat tells her that she isn't in StarClan, but in the Dark Forest. Mapleshade asks the Dark Forest cat to reveal themselves, but they instead hiss back that she's here to walk alone in her blood-soaked memories. Instead of dread, Mapleshade feels a surge of triumph, knowing that the cats there would understand her pain.
- Thistleclaw leads Spottedpaw into a dark forest, all the while insuring that she is safe. He takes her to a cat named Mapleshade, who orders Thistleclaw and another cat named Houndleap to fight, bewildering Spottedpaw. Mapleshade watches the fight and yells out orders to Thistleclaw and Houndleap to help them fight each other. After the fight, she protests that the battle and the Place of No Stars is evil, but to her anger Thistleclaw disagrees, sending himself and Spottedpaw back into the looming forest.
- Spottedpaw dreams herself back into the Place of No Stars to find Thistleclaw.
- Tigerclaw dreams many times after his banishment from ThunderClan, all of which are in the Dark Forest with a cat named Mapleshade. She reveals that she has been the voice in his head, rebuking and advising him when he was awake. She turns him further from StarClan, dissuading him from helping his former Clanmates in ThunderClan when a fire ravages their territory. She leads him towards becoming ShadowClan's new leader.
- Dovewing is thinking about the recent battle against the Dark Forest, and the devastating impact it had on the Clans.
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- Hawkfrost (faded)
- Dappletuft (prisoner)
- Softpelt (prisoner)
- Willowshine (prisoner)
Cats of unknown origins or Clans
Cats of unknown origins or Clans
The Place of No Stars likely hosts more spirits, but only the presence of the aforementioned ones was confirmed in the books.
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- Kate thinks that the Dark Forest only exists because warriors invented them.[blog 1]
The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.
- (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 392
- Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 5
- Revealed in Sunset, page 1
- Revealed in Sunset, page 3
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 224
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 145
- Revealed in Starlight, page 208
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 123
- Revealed in Sunrise, page 9
- Revealed in Twilight, page 208
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 97
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 77
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 99
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 113
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 194
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 237
- Revealed in Darkness Within, page 238
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 149
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 217
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 221
- Revealed in Twilight, page 204
- Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 70
- Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 276
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 100
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 75
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 229
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 223
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 115
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 146
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 181
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 180
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 157
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 190
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 159
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 222
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 144
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 156
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 263
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, chapter 15
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, chapter 22
- Revealed in Darkness Within, page 328
- Revealed in Sunset, page 2
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 78
- Revealed in Night Whispers, page 80
- Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 245
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 160
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 143
- Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
- Revealed in Spottedleaf's Heart, chapter 5
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, chapter 23
- Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 134
- Revealed in The Sight, page 227
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 199
- Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 230
- Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 390
- Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 225
- Revealed in The Place of No Stars, chapter 9
- Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 220
- Revealed in The Last Hope, page 62
- Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 221
- Revealed in The Last Hope, page 38
- Revealed in Sunset, page 87
- Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 327
- Revealed in Dark River, page 172
- Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 129
- Revealed in The Last Hope, page 7
- Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 76
- Revealed in The Last Hope, page 108
- Revealed in The Last Hope, page 63
- Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 1
- Revealed in Night Whispers, chapter 15
- Revealed in The Last Hope, pages 310-311
- Revealed in The Last Hope, page 274
- Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 73