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"But it's not stealing if you catch it and give it to us. Can't you just give us permission and make it easier for every cat?"
— Whitetail in The Fourth Apprentice, page 134

Whitetail is a small white she-cat.[5]

Whitetail was a WindClan elder who served under Tallstar's and Onestar's leaderships in the forest and lake territories. As an apprentice, Whitepaw was mentored by Onewhisker, and after earning her warrior name, Whitetail gained a reputation for being patient and understanding. She mentored Breezepelt and was chosen to go on the journey to the beaver dam. After the Great Battle, Whitetail retired to the elders' den, later dying of unspecified causes.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

Whitepaw is an apprentice with Onewhisker as her mentor. Her Clan is forced out of their territory by Brokenstar and ShadowClan, but are guided home by Fireheart and Graystripe of ThunderClan. She eventually earns her warrior name, Whitetail.

The New Prophecy

"Calm down. Can't you scent the kits? He's only defending his nursery."
—Whitetail to the others when Smoky confronts them Starlight, page 227
Now a queen, Whitetail makes the Great Journey with the other Clans to the lake. Whitetail asks Leafpaw for herbs to cure their elders' bellyaches, and stops Mudclaw from attacking Smoky when she detects the scent of kits at the horseplace. She aids ThunderClan in the battle against the badgers.

Power of Three

"We have woodland in our territory. It makes sense to use it. And we don’t want to be dependent on one sort of prey anymore. The elders still speak of the hunger WindClan suffered when Twolegs started poisoning the rabbits before the Great Journey."
—Whitetail explaining why WindClan hunted wood-land prey Dark River, page 123
Whitetail has been appointed mentor to Breezepaw. She grows constantly exasperated by her apprentice's lack of manners, and vocalizes her displeasure to Crowfeather. When she, Crowfeather, and their apprentices rescue Jaypaw from the stream, Whitetail gently comforts him during his shock. She also befriends Millie during the daylight-Gathering. Whitetail temporarily mentors her daughter when Crowfeather and Breezepaw journey to the mountains.

Omen of the Stars

"She spoke with conviction, her air of authority reminding Lionblaze that she was the most senior warrior, even though she was so small."
—Lionblaze's thoughts about Whitetail The Fourth Apprentice, page 139
Whitetail and Sedgewhisker are chosen as representatives from WindClan to go on a journey to free the lake water. She is the most experienced warrior there, and together with Lionblaze, they lead the group. Whitetail gently encourages Petalfur and Dovepaw, and helps to distract the beavers as the rest of the group tears down the dam. Later, when Dovepaw and Ivypaw sneak into WindClan's camp to check on Sedgewhisker, Whitetail politely chastises them and reminds Dovepaw that their journey is over.

A Vision of Shadows

"I never knew that! Our Clan leader going off to make friends with kittypets!"
—Whitetail outraged when Onestar reveals the truth about Darktail Shattered Sky, page 255
She has retired to the elder's den. When Onestar reveals that he fathered Darktail with a kittypet named Smoke, Whitetail angrily rebukes him for doing such a thing.

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Vicky thinks that Whitetail and Onestar were mates.[10]

Mistakes

  • She has been mistakenly called Whitewing.[11]
  • She has been mistakenly described as a ShadowClan warrior.[12]

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • On the Warriors website family tree, she is listed as the mate of Onestar, with Heathertail being their daughter.[13]

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Appearances


Quotes

"Back off, Crowfeather. I asked Leafpaw to come."
—Whitetail to Crowfeather when he confronts Leafpaw Starlight, page 195


Whitetail: "Be gentle, Crowfeather. He's had a bad shock. (to Jaypaw) You're safe now, little one. I'm Whitetail. This is Crowfeather, and these are our apprentices, Heatherpaw and Breezepaw. We won't hurt you."
Breezepaw: "I think he might have guessed that by the way we just saved his life!"
Whitetail: "I wish you’d teach your son some manners, Crowfeather! (to Jaypaw) What were you doing out here alone? Did you know you were heading for WindClan territory? Are you in trouble?"
—Whitetail to Jaypaw after she, Crowfeather, Heatherpaw and Breezepaw rescue him from the stream The Sight, pages 118-119


Whitetail: "Hey! Kittypet! Hi, Millie! Thanks for the rabbit you gave us at the contest. You share like a Clan cat."
Millie: "It was a day for sharing."
—Whitetail and Millie at a Gathering Dark River, page 16


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"Good choice—Whitetail especially. She's an experienced warrior."
—Lionblaze about Onestar's choice in cats going to find the beavers The Fourth Apprentice, page 122


"I think you're wrong. Okay, we had a narrow escape, but that doesn't mean we have to give up. We're not helping out the Clans by staying in our own territories and watching the lake shrink even further."
—Whitetail to Toadfoot The Fourth Apprentice, page 131


"The quest is over. You must respect boundaries. Your loyalty should be with your own Clan."
—Whitetail to Dovepaw and Ivypaw Fading Echoes, page 66


Larkwing: "But just suppose our Clanmates did return as ghosts. What would we say to them, do you think?"
Whitetail: "I’d say we were sorry. Sorry that they never got to live out their lives as members of their Clan."
Leaftail: "I’d tell them we loved them."
Onestar: "That’s enough. We must not look back, or we could drown in our grief. Perhaps that is what Kestrelflight’s vision is about."
Whitetail: "But how do we avoid grief? Our loss is all around us."
Onestar: "We look forward. First we figure out what is really in the tunnels."
—WindClan discussing ghosts Crowfeather's Trial, page 45


"I thought things would get better with the rogues gone. But now I wonder."
—Whitetail at a Gathering with only ThunderClan, SkyClan, and WindClan attending River of Fire, page 125

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 8
  3. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Outcast, page 135
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
  6. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  8. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Outcast, page 140
  10. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  11. Revealed in Starlight, page 14
  12. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 103
  13. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
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