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"Don't you care what I want? Having kits isn't just your choice. And just because I don't want to have kits now doesn't mean I never will. [...] You're meant to love me. Not the family I might give you. If you won't wait until I'm ready, then I guess you weren't the cat I thought you were."
— Twigbranch to Finleap in The Raging Storm, chapter 14

Twigbranch is a gray she-cat[2] with green eyes.[10]

Twigbranch is a ThunderClan warrior under Bramblestar's leadership in the lake territories. As abandoned kits, she and her sister, Violetshine, were taken to the Clans after being found by Alderheart and Needletail, who suspected that they could be what clears the sky. Twigkit and Violetkit were separated with Twigkit staying in ThunderClan while Violetkit went to ShadowClan. While Lilyheart raised her with love, Twigkit yearned to find her own kin.

After becoming an apprentice, Twigpaw left ThunderClan on a journey to find her family, discovering SkyClan and her father, Hawkwing. She led them to the lake and joined SkyClan with Violetpaw; however, Twigpaw discovered that her heart still laid with ThunderClan, and decided to return alongside Finleap. While Bramblestar allowed her return, he extended her apprenticeship. After finally becoming a warrior, Twigbranch led a patrol to rescue SkyClan when they left the lake. She was named as a codebreaker after Bramblestar's revival and forced to swear an oath of loyalty.

History

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A Vision of Shadows

"Twigpaw has not made this decision lightly. I've seen her struggling to do the right thing. Her heart has been torn in two directions since she came. I'm proud she found the courage to decide. [...] She's found where her true loyalty lies. That is not a waste of anyone's time. If she'd stayed here, with half her heart in ThunderClan, what use would she have been?"
—Sandynose about Twigpaw Darkest Night, pages 287-288
Twigkit and her sister, Violetkit, are discovered as newborns underneath a Thunderpath by Alderpaw and Needlepaw. With no trace of their mother, the kits are brought to the Clans, and thought to be part of a prophecy. At a Gathering, it is agreed that ThunderClan will take Twigkit and ShadowClan will take Violetkit, though Alderpaw and Needlepaw arrange for the sisters to meet secretly.
Twigkit is fostered and adopted by Lilyheart, while Alderpaw takes on a fatherly role. Twigpaw is apprenticed to Ivypool, and when patrols to find her mother prove unsuccessful, Twigpaw tries to find comfort in Violetpaw. Alderheart begins having visions about SkyClan, and tells Twigpaw that he may have seen her kin among them, and Twigpaw becomes determined to find them. Twigpaw rashly searches by herself, but eventually finds SkyClan. She meets Hawkwing, her father and the SkyClan deputy, and leads them back to ThunderClan.
Twigpaw decides that she wants to be a SkyClan apprentice, and is given Sandynose as her mentor. She becomes close friends with Finpaw, but decides to return to ThunderClan. Finpaw decides to follow her and Bramblestar reluctantly allows this. After being mentored by Sparkpelt, Twigpaw earns her warrior name, Twigbranch, and becomes a mentor to Flypaw. While Finleap hopes they will start a family, Twigbranch doesn't feel ready and the two argue. Meanwhile, she leads a patrol to bring SkyClan home after they decide to leave the lake, and meets her mother, Pebbleshine, when Tree summons her ghost. Soon after, Twigbranch and Finleap reconcile their relationship.

The Broken Code

"I wish I knew exactly what I’ve done wrong, I'd happily own up to it if I did. I've only ever wanted to be a loyal warrior."
—Twigbranch at the secret meeting The Silent Thaw, page 224
Twigbranch is revealed to be a codebreaker by Bramblestar, though Twigbranch is unsure of what code she broke. She attends the secret meeting between the Clans and learns that her leader is an impostor, and voices support to take action against him. She later takes an oath of loyalty to ThunderClan, alongside Lionblaze and Jayfeather. She and Finleap are punished by the impostor when they forget to thank StarClan for their prey and are forced to dig up a stubborn thorn bush.

Detailed description

Twigbranch is a gray she-cat[2] with green eyes.[10] She has short,[blog 1] fluffy,[11] glossy fur,[12] and her ear-tip is sliced.[13]

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Ceremonies

Twigbranch's warrior ceremony
Bramblestar: I, Bramblestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend her to you as a warrior in her turn. Twigpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Twigpaw: I do.
Bramblestar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Twigpaw, from this moment you will be known as Twigbranch. StarClan honors your energy and the way you have carefully thought out where you belong. You have proven over and over that your heart is in ThunderClan, but I'm also impressed by the way you care for all the Clans, and for how they function together. Having such a wide view will make you a stronger warrior. I give you the name Twigbranch in memory of the way you came to our Clan as a small, fragile kit, and have grown into a strong warrior, just as a twig grows into a branch. We welcome you as a warrior of ThunderClan.
Everyone: Twigbranch! Twigbranch!
Reference: River of Fire, chapter 19


Quotes

"I'm scared! I don't want to meet so many cats."
—Twigkit showing her nervousness about the Gathering The Apprentice's Quest, page 286


"No! No! Don't take her!"
—Twigkit to Rowanstar about Violetkit The Apprentice's Quest, page 294


Alderpaw: "Don't be sad, little one. We'll look after you. And you'll see Violetkit again, when you're old enough to come to Gatherings."
Twigkit: "But it's not the same. I want Violetkit now! And what will she do without Lilyheart?"
Sparkpaw: "A ShadowClan cat will look after her. A nice ShadowClan cat."
—Alderpaw and Sparkpaw attempting to comfort Twigkit The Apprentice's Quest, pages 294-295


"I know how to prove I'm special! I'll fetch more watermint from the lake. Then the Clan will see how clever and useful I am, and they won't want to get rid of me."
—Twigkit getting an idea to prove her specialty to ThunderClan Thunder and Shadow, page 113


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"Maybe their bond of kinship wasn't strong enough to survive their decision."
—Narrator on Violetpaw and Twigpaw choosing their separate Clans Thunder and Shadow, page 294


Twigpaw: "I didn't mean to spoil everything."
Ivypool: "You did a huge thing by bringing SkyClan here. This is where they belong. StarClan wanted them to return, and you're the one who found them. I am so proud of you. And I'm sorry that I didn't support you when you wanted to find your kin."
Twigpaw: "Thank you. But I'm worried that I may have caused more trouble for the Clans by bringing SkyClan here."
Ivypool: "If you have, it's trouble StarClan wants us to have. And it's far less trouble than we've seen in the past moons. Darktail is dead and his rogues are gone. The Clans must find their paws again, and we must find space for SkyClan. It may not be easy, but once it's finished, all the Clans will be stronger for it. I'm sorry. I wasn't thinking about you or SkyClan."
—Ivypool and Twigpaw Darkest Night, pages 10-11


"Thank you for raising me and training me. I shall always value what I have learned here. But I don't want to be a ThunderClan warrior. My place is in SkyClan - with my kin."
—Twigpaw to ThunderClan Darkest Night, page 41


Lilyheart: "I still can't believe Twigpaw left."
Alderheart: "You must miss her."
Lilyheart: "Don't you?"
Alderheart: "Very much."
Lilyheart: "It's hard to raise a kit only to watch her leave. And she was such a bright young cat."
—Lilyheart and Alderheart about Twigpaw Darkest Night, page 70


"Because you're never sad. That's why I like you."
—Finpaw telling Twigpaw why he likes her Darkest Night, page 104


Twigpaw: "You're going to be fine."
Finpaw: "Leafpool keeps telling me that I'm lucky I only lost half of it."
Twigpaw: "What happened to the other half?"
Finpaw: "Puddleshine said he was going to bury it."
Twigpaw: "Bury it?"
Finpaw: "Perhaps we should find its grave and sit vigil."
Twigpaw: "We could mark it with a stone and visit every leaf-fall to pay our respects."
Finpaw: "Here lies Finpaw's tail. It died protecting its Clan."
Twigpaw: "Perphaps it's in StarClan right now, lying in the sunshine."
Finpaw: "There must be other tails there. I hope it's made friends."
Twigpaw: "You've got bees in your brain."
Finpaw: "You started it."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw about Finpaw's tail Darkest Night, page 105


"I don't know why they can't look forward instead of backward. It's so great that SkyClan is beside the lake now. You're going to love it here. I wish I could show you around ThunderClan territory. It's so pretty and there are so many places to play. I know a place here, on SkyClan territory. At least, I think it's on SkyClan territory now. I used to play with Violetpaw there."
—Twigpaw to Finpaw Darkest Night, page 140


Twigpaw: "I'm not meant to hang out with you."
Finpaw: "Why not?"
Twigpaw: "Your father thinks that you'll learn quicker if I'm not distracting you all the time."
Finpaw: "Sandynose said that? He must have bees in his brain. You've helped me so much!"
Twigpaw: "Maybe you should just stick with Bellaleaf for now. You do have a lot of catching up to do. We can hang out when we're warriors."
Finpaw: "Yeah right. Like you'll want to hang out with me once you're a great warrior and I'm just lumbering around like a clumsy badger because I've only got a half tail."
Twigpaw: "I'll always want to hang out with you."
Finpaw: "So you think I will be like a clumsy badger?"
Twigpaw: "No! Of course not. You're going to be a great warrior, too, if you train hard."
Finpaw: "I'm never going to be the warrior Sandynose hoped I would be. He knows it and I know it. It's probably why he doesn't want me hanging out with you. He probably thinks I'll hold you back."
Twigpaw: "That's not true."
Finpaw: "Then why does he want to keep us apart? [...] It's not fair. I'm never going to be a great warrior, and now I'm not allowed to be friends with you."
Twigpaw: "No one will ever stop us being friends. You're special to me."
Finpaw: "I am?"
Twigpaw: "Of course you are. Once we're warriors, no one will be able to keep us apart. I don't care if it puts Sandynose's tail in a twist. You're going to prove to him that you're a great warrior and so am I. We'll be the best warriors in SkyClan, and he won't be able to stop us doing anything we want."
Finpaw: "You're right. He might think he knows best now, but once we can outrun, outhunt, and outfight him, he won't be able to tell us what to do."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw Darkest Night, pages 251-252


Sandynose: "You can't live with a paw in two camps."
Twigpaw: "Are you accusing me of being disloyal?"
Sandynose: "No. You will make a great warrior one day. But first you need to decide which Clan you want to fight for."
Darkest Night, page 257


Twigpaw: "I am ThunderClan. I'm so sorry. I need to go back to them. I wish I felt like a SkyClan cat. I belong with ThunderClan."
Leafstar: "You should have said something earlier. This is not the right time to change your mind."
Twigpaw: "It's better than changing it after the ceremony."
Sandynose: "Twigpaw has not made this decision lightly. I've seen her struggling to do the right thing. Her heart has been torn in two directions since she came. I'm proud she found the courage to decide."
Leafstar: "She's wasted our time."
Sandynose: "She's found where her true loyalty lies. That is not a waste of anyone's time. If she'd stayed here, with half her heart in ThunderClan, what use would she have been?"
Twigpaw: "I'm sorry."
Leafstar: "The ceremony is over."
Hawkwing: "Sandynose is right. You've been brave."
—Twigpaw deciding not to be a SkyClan warrior Darkest Night, pages 287-288


Twigpaw: "I wanted to be with you and Violetshine. But ever since I came here, I've felt guilty for leaving ThunderClan. And I've missed them."
Violetshine: "You're abandoning me again!"
Twigpaw: "No, I'm not. I'm still your sister. Nothing will change that."
Violetshine: "You left me when we were in ShadowClan. And you're leaving me now. All for your precious ThunderClan! What's so special about them? They're just a bunch of meddling know-it-alls. Why do you want to be with them instead of me?"
Twigpaw: "I'll never be happy if I stay here."
Violetshine: "I don't care! I don't care if you're not happy! What about me? Why am I never allowed to be happy? I'm sorry. I just believed that everything was finally going to be the way I dreamed it would be."
Twigpaw: "I will always love you. And Hawkwing. And the time I've spent with you will always be a special memory."
Hawkwing: "Twigpaw is right. We will always be kin. We'll miss Twigpaw, but isn't it better to know she's found where she belongs rather than to live with her knowing she wishes she was somewhere else?"
Violetshine: "I just wish she wanted to be with us."
—Twigpaw, Violetshine, and Hawkwing Darkest Night, pages 288-289


Twigpaw: "I'm sorry."
Finpaw: "Why?"
Twigpaw: "For leaving you. I will miss you."
Finpaw: "You don't have to miss me. I'm coming with you. And no one can stop me!"
Twigpaw: "But this is your Clan!"
Finpaw: "ThunderClan can be my Clan from now on."
Twigpaw: "What about Sandynose and Plumwillow, Reedpaw and Dewpaw?"
Finpaw: "They can manage without me. I don't care if I'm ThunderClan or SkyClan or even ShadowClan. Just as long as I'm with you."
—Twigpaw and Finpaw Darkest Night, pages 290-291


Twigpaw: "I feel a little restless here in ThunderClan. I don't want to leave - far from it - but I'm not sure yet what my place is. I know I'm being stupid, but [..] I guess I expected my Clanmates to be more excited to have me back."
Lilyheart: "You're not being stupid at all. But, you know, it's because we all loved you so much that we were so upset when you left. Now I'm happy, because I feel like I have all my kits back with me."
Twigpaw: "It's Violetshine too. Things are so strained between us now, and I hate it."
Lilyheart: "She'll always be your sister."
Twigpaw: "Yes, but I wish I had kin here in ThunderClan, too. They would understand me, or at least make things less difficult."
Lilyheart: "The Clan will trust you again. Maybe you need to prove to yourself that you belong here, instead of proving it to other cats."
—Lilyheart and Twigpaw River of Fire, page 75


"Larksong was lucky to have a mother like you. As a kit, I lost my own mother. I moved from one camp to another, lost and gained a sister and a father. Throughout it all, you were there for me, and Larksong was like a littermate. I will miss him like a brother."
—Twigbranch at Larksong's funeral Squirrelflight's Hope, page 262


"The Bramblestar who's leading the Clan is not the Bramblestar any of us grew up with. Since he made his new rule that he and Squirrelflight can take prey from the fresh-kill pile before the elders and queens, he's become even more strict."
—Twigbranch at the secret meeting The Silent Thaw, page 230

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in River of Fire, page 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 267
  3. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 39
  4. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 269
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 188
  6. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 19
  7. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 134
  8. Revealed in River of Fire, page 21
  9. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 17
  12. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 279
  13. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 366

Author references

Major Warriors characters
The Prophecies Begin FirestarGraystripeYellowfangCinderpeltSpottedleafSandstormCloudtailBluestarTigerstar
The New Prophecy BrambleclawFeathertailStormfurSquirrelflightCrowfeatherTawnypeltLeafpoolHawkfrostMothwing
Power of Three LionblazeJayfeatherHollyleafBreezepeltRockSolAshfur
Omen of the Stars DovewingIvypoolLionblazeJayfeatherCinderheartHawkfrostTigerstarFirestarFlametail
Dawn of the Clans Gray WingClear SkyThunderTall ShadowWind RunnerRiver RippleTurtle TailJagged PeakStormBright Stream
A Vision of Shadows AlderheartNeedletailTwigbranchVioletshineDarktailTreeRowanclawTigerstarLeafstarFinleap
The Broken Code BristlefrostRootpawShadowsightBramblestarSquirrelflightBramblestar's impostor
Graystripe's Adventure GraystripeMillie
Tigerstar and Sasha SashaKenJeanPineShnukyTigerstar
Ravenpaw's Path RavenpawBarley
SkyClan and the Stranger LeafstarBillystormSol
Super Editions FirestarSandstormLeafstarSkywatcherBluestarThistleclawSnowfurGoosefeatherCrookedstarOakheartRainflowerMapleshadeSharpclawEchosongStickYellowfangSagewhiskerBrokenstarRaggedstarTallstarJakeSparrowBramblestarSquirrelflightJessyMoth FlightMicahHawkwingTigerheartDovewingSpireCrowfeatherBreezepeltNightcloudAshfootSquirrelflightBramblestarMoonlight
Novellas HollyleafFallen LeavesMistystarMothwingCloudstarTigerclawLeafpoolSquirrelflightDovewingBumblestripeMapleshadeGoosefeatherRavenpawPinestarSpottedleafThistleclawThunderstarLightning TailRedtailTawnypeltShadowstar
Logo-thunderclan ThunderClan cats
Leader Bramblestar's impostor
Deputy Berrynose
Medicine cats JayfeatherAlderheart
Warriors ThornclawWhitewingBirchfallMousewhisker (Baypaw)PoppyfrostCinderheart (Finchpaw)LionblazeRosepetalBumblestripeBlossomfallIvypoolCherryfallMolewhiskerLilyheart (Flamepaw)DewnoseStormcloudFernsongSorrelstripeHollytuftSparkpeltHoneyfurLeafshadeTwigbranchFinleapEaglewing (Myrtlepaw)PlumstoneShellfurStemleafSnaptoothFlywhiskerSpotfurBristlefrostThriftearFlipclaw
Apprentices BaypawMyrtlepawFlamepawFinchpaw
Queens Daisy
Kits N/A
Elders GraystripeBrackenfurBrightheartCloudtail
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