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A warrior ceremony is performed in which an apprentice finally gets their warrior name and becomes a full fledged warrior of their Clan.

Process

An apprenticeship usually lasts six moons or more. Once a mentor is satisfied with their apprentice's progress and skills, they recommend them to the leader of the Clan. Then, the apprentice must pass an assessment, in which their abilities as a warrior are checked.[1] In cases when the apprentice has just made an important contribution to the Clan, the leader may decide that there is no need for an assessment (e.g. Firepaw after saving the kits,[2] Brackenpaw after warning the Clan for a battle[3], Brokenpaw after his fights bravely in battle[4], or Thistlepaw after fighting a dog[5]).

If the Clan Leader is satisfied, they call a Clan meeting and call the apprentice forward.[6] The following words are used,[7] by tradition:

Leader: I, (Leader), leader of (Clan), call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as a warrior in their turn.
Leader: (Apprentice), do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Apprentice: I do.
Leader: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. (Apprentice), from this moment on you will be known as (new warrior name). StarClan honors your (virtues), and we welcome you as a full warrior of (Clan).

The leader rests their muzzle on the apprentice's head, and the former apprentice licks the leader's shoulder.[8] The rest of the Clan then greets the new warrior by calling them by their new name.[9] The warrior will sit a silent vigil guarding the camp that night,[10] unless that is not possible (such as Squirrelflight's ceremony, when the Clan did not have a camp, and the task of exploring the lake was assigned)[11] or if the cat is injured (such as Cloudmist's ceremony). [12]

Virtues

During the apprentice's warrior ceremony, two major virtues of the apprentice are listed; the first is usually (but not always) courage. Some examples of virtues (and the warriors they described):

Dying Apprentice Ceremony

When an apprentice is on the verge of death and has proven themself to be worthy of a warrior name, there is a special ceremony used so that the apprentice may take a warrior name to StarClan.[49]

Leader: I ask my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. They have learned the warrior code and given up their life in the service of their Clan. Let StarClan receive them as a warrior. They will be known as (new name).

See also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Outcast, page 15
  2. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 269
  3. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 213
  4. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 382-383
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 286
  6. Revealed in Outcast, page 19
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Outcast, pages 19-20
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 20
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Starlight, page 27
  10. Revealed in Eclipse, page 79
  11. Revealed in Starlight, page 30
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 28
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 215
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 503
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Revealed in Eclipse, page 318
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 280
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 270
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 282
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 451
  20. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 30
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 20
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 176
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 383
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 209
  25. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 33
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 3
  27. Revealed in Eclipse, page 290
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 80
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 21
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 279
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 333
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 369
  33. Revealed in Midnight, page 21
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 504
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Starlight, page 219
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 214
  37. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 29
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 122
  39. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 282
  40. 40.0 40.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 214
  41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 19
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 34
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 22
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 90
  45. 45.0 45.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 334
  46. 46.0 46.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 105
  47. 47.0 47.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 402
  48. Revealed in Moonrise, page 21
  49. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 223
Hierarchy and positions in the Warriors world
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Ceremonies VigilApprenticeWarriorDeputyLeaderElderMedicine catName changing
Tribe Hierarchy To-besCave-guardsPrey hunters‎Kit mothersHealer/Stoneteller
Miscellaneous General Clan informationGeneral Tribe informationCat names
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