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"I'm not sure what a rogue is. I told Violetpaw last night—I travel alone. I was born in the wild. My mother left me as soon as I was old enough to hunt. I've spent most of my life trying to stay away from Twolegs. They are obsessed with trying to tempt me into their nests with food, but I don't want to live in a Twoleg nest. Twolegs are noisy, and they smell weird."
— Tree to Hawkwing about his way of life in Darkest Night, page 246

Tree is a muscular,[6] yellow tom[7] with a thick pelt, amber eyes,[8] and six toes on one of his hind paws.[9]

He was born to an unnamed she-cat with one unnamed sister. He is initially not given a name, but decides to name himself Tree when he is older because he likes trees. Tree reveals that his mother hardly cared for him as a kit, and as soon as he was old enough to catch his own prey, his mother left with his sickly sister. As a loner, Tree is nomadic and wanders wherever he pleases, as long as the hunting is good. His first noted encounter with Clan cats was with the ShadowClan apprentice, Needlepaw. He finds her alone in the forest and keeps her company, and eventually accompanies her back to the ShadowClan border.

After the Clan medicine cats have a vision about a six-toed cat coming to save them, they begin actively searching. Eventually Tree is found, and it is noted that he has six toes on one foot and a unique ability to speak to cats who are stuck between life and death as ghosts. The leaders and medicine cats gather together to see Tree's ability, and they are shocked when their lost loved ones appear. The ghosts are able to explain what happened to them at the paws of Darktail and make peace with their loved ones, and eventually transcend to StarClan.

Due to Tree's incredible abilities, he is accepted into SkyClan by Leafstar. However, he is shown to be lazy and unskilled, and he finds that the warrior life is not suitable for him. Tree is then encouraged to be a medicine cat apprentice under Frecklewish, but it is obvious that he is not cut out to be a medicine cat either. Due to the fact that he is good at solving problems within the Clan, Leafstar names Tree as the first Clan mediator. He helps resolve several arguments within the Clan and even between other Clans.

Tree becomes mates with the SkyClan warrior Violetshine, and she reveals she is expecting his kits on the journey home after SkyClan is found and brought back to the lake.

History

In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene

"Your Clanmates are right, Needlepaw. I like to be free to roam wherever I wish. Besides, I was heading away from the lake when I found you. I only came back to make sure you returned to your Clan safely."
—Tree to the ShadowClan cats Thunder and Shadow, page 24
Tree finds Needlepaw sleeping in a hollow with a vole tucked between her paws and he steals the prey. Needlepaw wakes up and demands he return the stolen food. Tree lays it on the ground and asks why she wants it, questioning if it helps her sleep. Needlepaw responds that she is saving it for her Clanmates by the lake. Tree comments that it would go bad by the time she returned there.
Needlepaw changes the subject by asking who he is. Tree introduces himself and Needlepaw speculates on what a strange name he has. He responds by asking what she is called, and she informs him that her name is Needlepaw. Tree's eyes flash with amusement, offending her. The yellow tom remarks that it is strange how someone called Needlepaw can find the name Tree weird. She announces that her Clanmates named her, and asks who named him.
He tells her that he named himself when he was old enough to want a name, and since he liked trees, he chose Tree. Needlepaw appears confused with this logic, but before she can criticize further, he tells her to eat the vole. They decide to share the vole and hunt more later. He asks her why she is so far away and Needlepaw tells him about what happened the previous night. Tree exclaims that he knew Clan cats were brave but she is even braver. Needlepaw wonders aloud how he knows about the Clans and Tree informs her that he has traveled there and back before. He jokes that it is funny he finds a Clan cat taking prey here as well and Needlepaw snaps that she offered to share the vole. Tree assures he that he was only teasing.
Needlepaw says that she would like to travel back to the Clans but since it is already near sunset, the pair decide to hunt instead. They start to talk about Tree's past and he tells her that his mother, sister, and himself lived in an old fox burrow. He says that his sibling had always been sickly, so his mother showed him how to hunt a mouse and then left with his sister. Tree recalls that a big tom chased him away from that den and that he never found another place worth staying at. He says that he then began his travels to the lake and back.
By nightfall, the Tree and Needlepaw are crossing the moor. They make their way towards ShadowClan territory until they reach the marsh. As Needlepaw and Tree travel deeper into ShadowClan territory, Needlepaw recognizes Tawnypelt, Cloverfoot, and Scorchfur on a patrol. Tawnypelt says that she is glad Needlepaw is alive, and that the Clan thought she was dead and sat vigil for her. Needlepaw is disheartened, but she remembers Tree and asks if he could join ShadowClan.
Tawnypelt turns him away, but as they are leaving, Needlepaw rushes back and tells him how grateful she is, and that he would have been a great Clanmate. She promises that she will always be his friend before being taken back to camp.

Darkest Night

Tree is relaxing on a rock and notices Needletail moving in the shadows. She tells him that she trusted the wrong cat and many have suffered from her actions. She asks Tree for help and he eagerly agrees. He then notices that a glow is coming from her and realizes that she is dead. He asks how she died.
Tree is sleeping when he is discovered by Violetpaw, after being led to him by the spirit of Needletail. Needletail explains that he is a cat that she had met when she was alive and now she sees him whenever she returns. When Tree wakes up, he asks who Violetpaw is. She explains that Needletail brought her and Tree asks if Violetpaw can see her too. Violetpaw says she can and explains that Needletail was her friend. Tree says he met her when she was an apprentice, but he didn’t see her again after. Violetpaw asks why he keeps following her, and he looks indignant, stating she keeps following him. Violetpaw tells him Needletail led her to him, his eyes sparkle with mischief, mewing that was kind, maybe they’re soul mates, adding it’s kind of romantic with the moonlight and heather. Violetpaw bristles, asking if he flirts with every cat he meets, and he answers only the ones who show up in the middle of the night, claiming a ghost brought them. Violetpaw snaps, then goes on that Needletail thinks he might be a help to the Clans. He sounds disappointed upon learning Violetpaw is a Clan cat, then says the only thing he knows about Clan cats is that they don’t like strangers on their land and take everything way too seriously.
Violetpaw turns away and begins marching off, but he blocks her way. They introduce themselves, and Violetpaw tells him to come to the hollow at dawn, where she and her Clanmates are camping. He agrees, and that morning, Tree arrives, then gets surrounded and questioned by the SkyClan cats. Violetpaw explains Needletail led her to him the night before. Tree asks them if he’s joining them. Hawkwing and Frecklewish exchange a look, then agree to let him tag along.
Upon reaching SkyClan’s camp, Tree backs away as Sandynose and Plumwillow leap to their paws to greet the patrol. After a moment, Sandynose notices Tree and asks who he is. Violetpaw steps forward, explaining she found him and thought he should join them, and Hawkwing adds Needletail visited her in a dream and led her to him, telling her he was important. Tawnypelt expresses her distrust in Tree and Violetpaw, and Leafstar is skeptical, but Puddleshine points out that he has six toes on one paw, and he must be the cat the prophecy has spoken of. Leafstar decides to let him stay with SkyClan, for now.

River of Fire

Violetshine spots Tree lounging in a patch of sunshine and grows annoyed. She notes how he always sleeps in the sun and barely helps, causing her to hiss at him, saying whenever he wants to help he's more than welcome. This wakes Tree, who turns his head toward her, eyes fraught, and she feels guilty for snapping at him. As she begins to apologize, Leafstar calls him over, a relief to Violetshine.
Leafstar beckons Tree forward, so he approaches her, while Violetshine tags along, hanging back to listen to their conversation. Leafstar reminds Tree how much time he's had to chose where he belongs, then asks if he's made his mind up yet.
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The Raging Storm

"I liked the freedom. The only thing I worried about was my next meal. I liked having no responsibilities. But then I met Violetshine. For the first time, I started thinking about having a family. I wanted repsonsibilities. I miss her so much. But we're going to find her and I'm going to tell her how I feel."
—Tree The Raging Storm, page 261
Tree is first mentioned by Mintfur, who complains about him not helping as a warrior should. Violetshine sticks up for him. Mintfur can tell Violetshine likes him a lot.
The border patrol scents lots of ShadowClan markers. They report to Leafstar, who states what she thinks to the Clan. They argue until Leafstar askes Tree what to do. He tells her to be cautious, and that Tigerstar is already a strong leader, so the amount of border markers is probably ShadowClan hoping to provoke them. He and Violetshine wait at the border, permitted by Leafstar, to leisurely pry some information. They find that the new cats are fitting in well, making ShadowClan strong.
They are next seen going to the Gathering. Violetshine asks Tree if he is nervous about possibly mediating between the Clans, and he says he isn't. Tigerstar and Leafstar get into an argument, but Tree stops them. Bramblestar suggests Tree meeting with Tigerstar and Leafstar privately. Leafstar continues to argue. Tree offers to help, and agrees to both Clans meeting. SkyClan arrives to the place of meeting, a long way from both camps. Tree paces in the meadow before Juniperclaw comes and tells them that Tigerstar has more important issues than this. Fighting ensues. No one listens to Tree, and it is obvious he is upset. Violetshine comforts him.
At the emergency gathering, ShadowClan and SkyClan start arguing. Bramblestar asks Tree if he can do anything, but Tree says he can't, because no cat will listen. Afterwards, ShadowClan attacks SkyClan in their sleep, and Tree says he can't fight, because he can't mediate then. At the next Gathering, Leafstar and Tigerstar fight. Bramblestar asks Tree if he can do anything, but he says he can't, because they won't listen, and they won't compromise. Leafstar declares SkyClan will leave, to the protest of Bramblestar, Harestar, and the medicine cats.
SkyClan returns to their camp. Tree sees a dead cat, who says that she must remind SkyClan of Echosong's vision, since it led them to the lake, and they must stay here. Leafstar doesn't listen. Again, Tree is upset, and again, Violetshine comforts him. Tree wants her to stay with him, but she refuses. Later, Twigbranch finds Tree in the woods. She is surprised he didn't leave with Violetshine. Twigbranch has come up with a plan to bring SkyClan back, and Tree agrees to go with her to find them. They gather cats from ThunderClan, WindClan, and RiverClan to find them.
On the journey, they reach a cave, and learn from a loner that SkyClan passed through only a day ago. Tree and Twigbranch eat together, and Finleap accuses Twigbranch and Tree of loving each other, even though Twigbranch loves Finleap and Tree loves Violetshine. Tree learns that SkyClan is in danger, and they must go help them. They find SkyClan cats trapped in a tree, with floods surrounding them, though the branches of another tree almost reach them. Twigbranch's patrol rescues the SkyClan cats. Tree sees Pebbleshine, who informs them that Violetshine is having Tree's kits. On the journey home, they have to cross a tree across a river. Violetshine slips and grabs onto a tree root with her paws as she struggles to stay afloat. Shadowkit falls in the water too, having had a vision that he had to do this to bring ShadowClan and SkyClan together. Juniperclaw had followed him, and saves Shadowkit and Violetshine, but dies in the river. SkyClan rejoins the Clans around the lake, and Tree is a SkyClan cat once more.

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Tree has the power to bring dead cats from the darkness so the living cats can see them.[10]
  • Tree is a polydactyl cat, meaning he has a sixth toe.[10]

Mistakes

  • He was mistakenly called a rogue.[11]

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Unnamed she-cat:[3] Status unknown

Sister:

Unnamed she-cat:[3] Status unknown

Mate:

Violetshine:[12] Living (As of The Raging Storm)

Tree

See MoreUnnamed
VioletshineTreeUnnamed

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Quotes

Needlepaw: "Give it back!"
Tree: "What do you want it for?"
Needlepaw: "It's mine!"
Tree: "Does it help you sleep?"
—Needlepaw and Tree about her vole Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 10


Needlepaw: "Who are you?"
Tree: "I'm Tree."
Needlepaw: "Tree? What kind of name is that?"
—Needlepaw and Tree about his name Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 11


"I've just traveled from the lake. It was too hard to hunt. Clan cats don't like strangers on their territory. So I came here where I can hunt wherever I like. It's funny that I should find a Clan cat hogging the prey here too."
—Tree to Needlepaw about his travels Thunder and Shadow, page 14


Needlepaw: "Didn't your mother name you? You said you named yourself, but your mother must have given you a name when you were born."
Tree: "If she did, I forgot it."
—Needlepaw and Tree about his name Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16


Needlepaw: "Tree! Wait!"
Needlepaw: "Thanks, Tree. You've been a really good friend. I'm sorry they wouldn't let you join the Clan. I know you'd have been a great Clanmate."
Tree: "Your friends are probably right [...] I'm glad I met you, though. You're the first real friend I've had."
Needlepaw: "I will always be your friend."
—Needlepaw and Tree saying goodbye Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 25


Tree: "I met [Needletail] when she was an apprentice. I didn't see her again until after she died."
Violetpaw: "Why do you keep following her?"
Tree: "She keeps following me."
Violetpaw: "She just left. She brought me here to meet you."
Tree: "That was kind of her. Perhaps she thinks we're soul mates."
Violetpaw: "Soul mates?"
Tree: "It is kind of romantic, don't you think? The moonlight? The heather?"
Violetpaw: "Do you flirt with every strange cat you meet?"
Tree: "Only the ones who appear in the middle of the night claiming a ghost brought them."
—Violetpaw meeting Tree Darkest Night, page 241


Violetpaw: "Stop it! Needletail brought me to you for a reason. She thinks you might help the Clans."
Tree: "You're a Clan cat."
Violetpaw: "So?"
Tree: "There are two things I know about Clan cats. They don't like strangers on their land, and they take everything way too seriously."
Violetpaw: "I don't!"
Tree: "You seem to be taking this very seriously."
Violetpaw: "That's because it is serious!"
Tree: "Hey, wait! I thought you and Needletail wanted me to help the Clans."
Violetpaw: "I doubt that you've ever helped anyone but yourself."
Tree: "That's not fair. You don't even know me. My name is Tree. I didn't mean to tease. I didn't realize it would upset you."
—Violetpaw and Tree Darkest Night, pages 241-242


Violetpaw: "Are you a rogue?"
Tree: "I don't know what I am. I travel alone and I hunt and sleep where I like."
Violetpaw: "A loner."
Tree: "Is that what Clan cats call me?"
Violetpaw: "I guess it's better than being a rogue."
—Violetpaw and Tree Darkest Night, pages 242-243


"I can't make all dead cats appear. Needletail told me about StarClan. I've never seen a StarClan cat. I think I can only sense cats who are still tied to the living. They've stuck close to us. They can't move on until they've done what they feel they need to do. Like Needletail. She will only find her way to StarClan when she has finished what she started here."
—Tree Darkest Night, page 298


Leafstar: "Tree is not exactly a rogue, or even a loner. He has been living with SkyClan for more than a moon now. Remember how he helped ShadowClan's cats speak with their dead Clanmates? Now I have more news. Tree and I have discussed his staying with us in SkyClan, and creating a new Clan role. He will be a mediator—just as the medicine cats cure wounds and illnesses, Tree's job will be to cure disagreements."
Unknown: "But he's not a Clan cat!"
Unknown: "Yeah, he doesn't know how Clans work. What's his advice worth?"
Leafstar: "True, he's not a Clan cat. But I believe that might actually help him work out differences. He sees to the heart of an issue, without the fixed ideas we Clan cats have about one another."
Hawkwing: "I've seen him in action. He's good at working out problems. He sees solutions Clan cats might not."
—Leafstar about Tree River of Fire, pages 196-197

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 11
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 196
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16
  4. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 2
  5. Revealed in River of Fire, page 29
  6. Revealed in River of Fire, page 77
  7. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 9
  8. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 18
  9. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 280
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 297
  11. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 15
  12. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 23


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