|"Fire alone will save our Clan."|
|— Spottedleaf to Bluestar about a prophecy in Into the Wild, page 5|
- The concept for Warriors began development when HarperCollins asked Victoria Holmes to write a fantasy series about feral cats. Holmes was initially not enthusiastic, saying she "couldn't imagine coming up with enough ideas". However, she played with some story concepts, developing a fictional world with the added elements of war, politics, revenge, doomed love, and religious conflict. While initially supposed to be a one-shot, it was decided that they'd make a 6 book series. This six book series, first known as the Original arc but later renamed The Prophecies Begin arc, is the first written.
- The Warriors series is written under the pseudonym of Erin Hunter. The authors that work on The Prophecies Begin arc are Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry, with Victoria Holmes working on the storyline.
- Rusty, a kittypet, meets ThunderClan cats in the forest and joins them, taking the name Firepaw. Bluestar suspects he may be the fire who will save the Clan, like Spottedleaf predicts. He aids in the demise of Brokenstar's leadership, and earns his warrior name, Fireheart. After the battle, Fireheart and his best friend, Graystripe, receive their first apprentices. Fireheart's suspicions of Tigerclaw continue to grow, and he now hides his best friend's secret relationship as he navigates being a warrior. He searches for information, and finds that Redtail was murdered by Tigerclaw. Fireheart and his apprentice manage to thwart an attempt to take ThunderClan's camp made by Brokenstar and some of his rogues. Due to Tigerclaw's treachery, he is exiled, and Fireheart becomes the deputy of ThunderClan. Graystripe leaves to be in RiverClan with his kits, and the new deputy feels overwhelmed with everything going on. He struggles to keep the Clan together as Bluestar's mental state deteriorates.
- A fire tears through ThunderClan's territory, and they are forced to shelter with RiverClan. Leopardstar then assumes that ThunderClan is in debt to her, and the Clan has a hard time recovering. Tigerstar is made the new leader of ShadowClan when it was revealed that Nightstar actually was not accepted by StarClan and was not granted nine lives, so after he dies, ShadowClan is left without a leader. They are forced to choose the exiled rogue, Tigerclaw, who presents himself as a strong and worthy candidate. Tigerstar becoming leader of ShadowClan causes Bluestar to slip further away from sanity. Fireheart avoids an unjust battle with WindClan by arranging a meeting with Tallstar, but ends up losing his leader's trust. Secrets continue to reveal themselves as Fireheart reveals to Mistyfoot and Stonefur that Bluestar is their mother to prevent them from attacking her in battle. Meanwhile, scraps of prey that patrols find reveal a pack of dogs that are being led to ThunderClan's camp. Fireheart and the other warriors devise a plan to lead the dogs over the gorge to their deaths, but during its execution, Bluestar drowns when she helps Fireheart break free from a dog, and as a result falls into the gorge herself.
- Firestar is now the leader of ThunderClan, and struggles to fill his position. Tigerstar and Leopardstar form an alliance to form TigerClan, but ThunderClan and WindClan do not join them. Firestar joins with Tallstar against TigerClan to form LionClan, but Tigerstar is killed by Scourge before they can fight. Scourge announces that the Clans have three days to leave the forest, or they'll be driven out. The Clans decide to stay, all joining together as LionClan to fight against BloodClan, and manage to drive them off once Firestar kills Scourge. The Clans disband LionClan, and settle to the way they were before.
- Rusty, a kittypet, ventures out of his Twoleg's nest and meets Clan cats. He joins their Clan, ThunderClan as an apprentice named Firepaw. Bluestar has a suspicion that he may be the fire who will save the Clan, as Spottedleaf had mentioned to her. Firepaw makes friends with Graypaw and Ravenpaw, though scorned for his upbringing by others. The ginger tom deals with the kittypet taunts, and earns a grudging respect when he takes a chunk out of Longtail's ear. He settles into Clan life, and is mentored by Lionheart and Tigerclaw. Ravenpaw, meanwhile, suffers under Tigerclaw's harsh mentorship and the knowledge that the he murdered Redtail. Firepaw and his friends piece together this knowledge, and with Yellowfang's help, form a plan. Together with his friends, he aids in forcing Brokenstar out of ShadowClan along with his closest followers. This earns him his warrior name of Fireheart, and he Graystripe have their ceremonies together.
- Fireheart goes with his friend Graystripe go on a journey and return WindClan to the forest, since they'd been beaten away by Brokenstar. Their mission is successful. On their way home, they take a shortcut back to camp by the RiverClan gorge, and after a skirmish, Whiteclaw dies. This ends it, and tensions stay high. Fireheart and Graystripe both receive apprentices, and while out on patrol together, the gray warrior falls through the ice on the river. A RiverClan warrior named Silverstream saves him, and they continue meeting romantically after that. Fireheart tells them to stop, but they don't. Cinderpaw's leg is permanently injured on the Thunderpath by a Twoleg monster.
- As whitecough breaks out in camp, and Fireheart visits his sister Princess in the Twolegplace to fetch catmint. At the next Gathering, ThunderClan accuses ShadowClan of stealing prey, but soon finds that Brokenstar's rogues are the real thieves. They attack the camp when there are few warriors there, but are beaten off and Brokentail is kept prisoner. Onewhisker comes with news that WindClan has been attacked by both RiverClan and ShadowClan, so ThunderClan comes to help and saves WindClan. However, Tigerclaw distrusts Fireheart, because he shows mercy to Silverstream during the battle upon recognizing her as Graystripe's mate.
- Fireheart searches for answers about Redtail's death, and gathers information from both Ravenpaw and Mistyfoot. He thinks about it, and concludes that Cinderpaw's accident was actually a trap set for Bluestar by Tigerclaw. Fireheart begins to trust Tigerclaw less, and Graypool reveals to him that Mistyfoot and Stonefur aren't her kits, but are from ThunderClan. In the midst of these investigations, Fireheart carries out his warrior duties, help keep Graystripe and Silverstream's meetings a secret, supervise Brackenpaw's training, put up with his disobedient nephew Cloudkit, and face Tigerclaw's continuous hostility.
- After he and Graystripe rescue a pair of RiverClan kits, they offer to hunt for the rival Clan, and are punished when found out. ShadowClan finds out that ThunderClan is sheltering Brokentail, which sends WindClan into an uproar, and alliances begin to form. Meanwhile, Silverstream is now expecting Graystripe's kits, but she dies during the birth. Two kits survive, however, and RiverClan demands to have them. Cloudpaw is now apprenticed to Fireheart, and while on a hunting mission, they see Tigerclaw leading a band of rogues to attack ThunderClan's camp. They are beaten off with help from a RiverClan patrol, but Bluestar is badly shaken by her deputy's betrayal. She banishes him from the Clan, and announces that Fireheart will be the new deputy. The leader also surrenders Silverstream's kits to RiverClan, and Graystripe goes with them.
- Fireheart settles into his role as ThunderClan's deputy, but the Clan is still shocked over Tigerclaw's betrayal. Bluestar is the most affected, and when denied access to Highstones by WindClan, she thinks that StarClan has abandoned them. As a result, Bluestar slips into further paranoia, especially when ShadowClan scents are found on ThunderClan territory. It turns out to be Littlecloud and Whitethroat, who are very ill. Cinderpelt helps them against orders, and Fireheart keeps it a secret. The new deputy also struggles with his nephew and apprentice, Cloudpaw, who has taken to getting kittypet food from a Twoleg den and doesn't take to the warrior code or believe in StarClan.
- However, one day, the white tom is taken away in a Twoleg monster, and is later rescued with Ravenpaw's help. Tigerclaw and a group of Brokentail's old rogues attack a ThunderClan patrol near the Thunderpath, killing Runningwind. They almost kill the other ThunderClan warriors, but a RiverClan patrol arrives with Graystripe and helps fight them off. Fireheart is alert for danger now, knowing the former deputy wants revenge. As the weather gets drier, a fire rips through ThunderClan's territory, forcing the Clan to flee over to RiverClan's territory. After the fire is out, Fireheart and Graystripe go out to inspect the damage, and Fireheart finds Yellowfang alive and witnesses her death. At the next Gathering, the ThunderClan cats learn that due to the death of Nightstar with no deputy in line, Tigerclaw is now Tigerstar, the leader of ShadowClan.
- During a Gathering, the Clans learn that Tigerstar is the new leader of ShadowClan. Fireheart is shocked, and his Clanmates feel the same when he relays the news. ThunderClan is faring well, but every cat is overstretched by recovering from the fire damage. Cinderpelt receives a warning and keeps hearing 'pack, pack' and 'kill, kill', but is unable to decipher it's meaning. Bluestar slips deeper into paranoia, and refuses to appoint new warriors. Her misgivings are enhanced by the various hardships they meet, and Fireheart tries to fill her place. Patrols find scraps of prey, and Bluestar thinks WindClan is guilty, even with no proof. A battle is narrowly avoided by Fireheart setting up a meeting between Bluestar and Tallstar, but he loses her trust.
- At the next Gathering, it's revealed that Leopardstar is now the leader of RiverClan, her first act is to try and take back Sunningrocks. RiverClan loses to ThunderClan, and Graystripe returns to his birth Clan because he sided with Fireheart. Bluestar reveals to Mistyfoot and Stonefur that she is their mother, but they do not believe her. Cloudtail is made a warrior, but no other apprentices are, and it leads to Brightpaw and Swiftpaw's accident in which dogs maul them both. Tigerclaw's kits are apprenticed, and Longtail finds out about a plot for dogs to come and kill ThunderClan. The plan is thwarted by Fireheart leading them off the gorge, but Bluestar dies from drowning after saving her deputy when a dog grabbed him. She reconciles with her kits and with StarClan, appointing Fireheart leader after her.
- Tigerstar meets with Scourge, the leader of BloodClan, trying to make a deal to enlist his help in taking over the Clans. Meanwhile, Firestar is the new leader of ThunderClan, and receives a disturbing dream during his leadership ceremony about blood and a bone hill. Upon his return, he becomes more suspicious of Darkstripe, and when the dark warrior tries to murder Sorrelkit to keep her quiet about his meeting with Tigerstar's deputy Blackfoot, he is exiled. At the next Gathering, Tigerstar proposes making all four Clans merge into one, and announces that Leopardstar has agreed already to joining their Clans as TigerClan. However, Firestar and Tallstar say no, and the ThunderClan tom tries to tell all of Tigerstar's treachery. A storm breaks while he's talking, and the dark tabby claims it as sign from StarClan.
- Graystripe worries about his kits in RiverClan, and they go to check on them along with Ravenpaw. They witness the murder of Stonefur, and manage to escape with Featherpaw, Stormpaw, and Mistyfoot. Later that day, WindClan is attacked by TigerClan, and Gorsepaw is killed in cold blood as a warning. When Firestar and Tallstar still say no to TigerClan, they prepare to fight together as LionClan, but Tigerstar is brutally killed by his supposed ally, Scourge. Scourge gives the Clans three days to get out or fight, but they choose to stay and fight. During the battle, Whitestorm is killed, and Graystripe is appointed the next deputy of ThunderClan. BloodClan is driven off once Scourge is slain, and the Clans settle back to the way it was before.
|Into the Wild||Rusty joins ThunderClan and becomes an apprentice named Firepaw.|
After driving Brokenstar out of ShadowClan, Firepaw gets his warrior name of Fireheart.
|Fire and Ice||Fireheart and Graystripe help WindClan return to their territory after Brokenstar's leaderships ends.|
ShadowClan and RiverClan try to drive WindClan from their territory, but fail when ThunderClan comes to help.
|Forest of Secrets||Tigerclaw is exiled from ThunderClan.|
Fireheart becomes deputy.
|Rising Storm||Tigerclaw and some ShadowClan cats attack a ThunderClan patrol, killing Runningwind.|
A fire burns the majority of ThunderClan territory.
|A Dangerous Path||Tigerstar becomes leader of ShadowClan.|
Bluestar dies from drowning, after falling over the gorge.
|The Darkest Hour||Firestar becomes the leader of ThunderClan.|
LionClan beats off BloodClan, and keeps the forest as their home.
- The Prophecies Begin (EN), HarperCollins (paperback box set), 9 October 2007
- The Prophecies Begin (EN), HarperCollins (paperback box set; reprint), 17 March 2015
- According to Vicky, the series was always intended to end in a climatic fight between Firestar and Tigerstar; however, one of her colleagues insisted Tigerstar should be killed by another cat and Vicky liked the questions his version left for the characters.
- The Prophecies Begin is one of Kate's favorite arcs.[blog 1]
Notes and references
- ↑ Information from HarperCollins.com
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Revealed on HarperCollins
- ↑ Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
- ↑ Revealed on warriorcats.comScreenshot
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, allegiances
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in The Darkest Hour, allegiances
- ↑ Revealed in Into the Wild, page 37
- ↑ Revealed in Into the Wild, page 270
- ↑ Revealed in Fire and Ice, chapter 7
- ↑ Revealed in Fire and Ice, chapter 30
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, chapter 28
- ↑ Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 297
- ↑ Revealed in Rising Storm, page 183
- ↑ Revealed in Rising Storm, chapter 23
- ↑ Revealed in A Dangerous Path, chapter 1
- ↑ Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 311
- ↑ Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 54
- ↑ Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 307
- ↑ Revealed on Amazon
- ↑ Revealed on Amazon
|Warriors arcs||Dawn of the Clans • The Prophecies Begin • The New Prophecy • Power of Three • Omen of the Stars • A Vision of Shadows • The Broken Code • Novellas • Super Editions • Field Guides • Graystripe's Adventure • Tigerstar and Sasha • Ravenpaw's Path • SkyClan and the Stranger|
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