"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[13] with green eyes.[14] She has short,[blog 1] fluffy,[15] glossy fur,[16] and her ear-tip is sliced.[17]

Twigbranch is a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Bramblestar's, the impostor's, and Squirrelflight's leaderships in the lake territories. As orphaned kits, she and her sister were taken to the Clans after being found by Alderheart and Needletail, who suspected that they could be the subject of a prophecy. Twigkit and Violetkit were separated, with Twigkit staying in ThunderClan while Violetkit went to ShadowClan. Though Lilyheart raised her with love, Twigkit yearned to find her own kin.

After becoming an apprentice with Ivypool as her mentor, Twigpaw left ThunderClan to find her family, discovering SkyClan and her father, Hawkwing. She led them to the lake, joined SkyClan with Violetpaw, and trained under Sandynose; however, Twigpaw discovered that her heart still laid with ThunderClan and decided to return, accompanied by her future mate, Finleap. While Bramblestar allowed her return, he extended her apprenticeship under Sparkpelt. Finally a warrior, Twigbranch mentored Flywhisker and led a patrol to rescue SkyClan when they fled the lake. She was named as a codebreaker by the impostor and was exiled, taking refuge in ShadowClan. She returned to ThunderClan under Squirrelflight's leadership.


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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 an important 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 at night.
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.
Twigbranch, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather were exiled by the impostor and all three took refuge in ShadowClan, but the impostor allowed Twigbranch to atone and be allowed back to ThunderClan. She was forced to catch twenty pieces of prey for the Clan as a punishment for a quarter moon exile. After her exile was done, the impostor refused her entry back into ThunderClan, whereas Finleap and Alderheart decided to be exiled with her and she took them to the rebel group. After the impostor was deposed of, she returned to ThunderClan under Squirrelflight's temporary leadership along with the other exiles.

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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


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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in River of Fire, page 18
  2. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 39
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 27
  4. Revealed in Pebbleshine's Kits, chapter 7
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 34
  6. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 80
  7. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 269
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 188
  9. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 19
  10. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 134
  11. Revealed in River of Fire, page 21
  12. Revealed in The Raging Storm, allegiances
  13. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 267
  14. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 17
  16. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 279
  17. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 366

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