"Every ThunderClan cat was a hero that day. Sometimes I think my pelt still smells of blood, and when I'm hunting alone in the woods, every rustle reminds me of badgers marching against my home. We were saved by our battle skills, and we will use them again if we must."
— Whitewing in Battles of the Clans, page 131


Whitewing is a small,[9] soft-furred,[10] snowy[11]-white she-cat with green eyes,[1] and broad shoulders.[12]

Whitewing is a ThunderClan warrior who has served under Firestar's, Bramblestar's, the impostor's, and Squirrelflight's leaderships in the lake territories. She was born as Whitekit, the sole kit in Brightheart and Cloudtail's first litter. She was mentored by Brackenfur during the destruction of the forest, though Whitepaw chose to extend her apprenticeship so Birchpaw wouldn't be alone once upon arriving at the lake. She later received her warrior name, Whitewing, and became mates with Birchfall, giving birth to Ivykit and Dovekit. She mentored three apprentices, Icecloud, Cherryfall, and Dewnose, and was shown to have strong faith in StarClan and the warrior code.

History

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The New Prophecy

"I want to be excused from training. I want to look for Cloudtail and Brightheart ... Please. I'm only an apprentice. The Clan can do without me. I’ve got to find them."
—Whitepaw to Firestar Moonrise, page 223
Whitepaw is mentored by Brackenfur, training alongside her denmates, Shrewpaw, Spiderpaw, and Squirrelpaw. When Cloudtail and Brightheart go missing, trapped by Twolegs, Whitepaw is frantic, but is overjoyed when her parents return. After the Great Journey, Whitepaw becomes ThunderClan's sole apprentice, and while the warriors help her with apprentice duties, she remains lonely and overworked. However, when Birchpaw is made an apprentice, Whitepaw becomes very close to him, even extending her apprenticeship so they can stay together.

Power of Three

"Firestar picks the best cat for the job. Whitewing is older than you. And don't forget she could have been made a warrior much sooner, but she asked to put it off so that you wouldn't be the only apprentice."
—Sandstorm to Birchfall after Whitewing is made a mentor Outcast, page 36
She is now a warrior, Whitewing. When Jaykit is made into a warrior apprentice, Whitewing is the first to question the choice to apprentice a blind cat. However, she is strongly supportive of Millie, a former kittypet, joining the Clan and retaining her name. Later, she catches greencough, but recovers and receives her first apprentice, Icepaw, a decision made by Firestar because of the cats' shared coloring of their pelts. Eventually, she becomes mates with Birchfall and gives birth to Dovekit and Ivykit. Jayfeather takes interest in them, believing one could be the third cat in the Kin of your Kin prophecy.

Omen of the Stars

"You're both a long way from fine. I know there's something troubling you. I'm not going to ask what it is, if you don't want to tell me. But remember that I'm your mother. Nothing you say could ever shock me or make me love you less."
—Whitewing to Ivypool and Dovewing The Forgotten Warrior, page 15
Whitewing and Birchfall watch proudly as their daughters are made apprentices. However, when Dovepaw begins speaking of large brown animals blocking the stream, Whitewing scolds her daughter for frightening the Clan with her imagination. Unbeknownst to her and the Clan, Dovepaw has the power to hear and see beyond her normal senses. Her other daughter, Ivypaw, begins having recurring nightmares, worrying Whitewing greatly; though her daughter is in fact training in the Dark Forest. Whitewing further cares for her daughters when Ivypool becomes lost in the tunnels, and Dovewing has recurring nightmares of Swoop's death, which occurred during the time in the mountains. Whitewing bravely partakes in the battle against the Dark Forest.

A Vision of Shadows

"It's obvious to me— SkyClan must be the sky that will clear from StarClan's prophecy. Surely we need to find them? If we learned anything from the battle against the Dark Forest, it's that living cats must listen to StarClan."
—Whitewing about finding SkyClan Shattered Sky, page 57
When Bramblestar reveals the truth about SkyClan, Whitewing firmly believes that finding the missing Clan is the solution StarClan willed for the Clan to drive out Darktail and The Kin. She later comes up with a successful plan for each Clan to use their distinct abilities in a battle against them. Later, Whitewing becomes extremely worried after Dovewing disappears, though the birth of Ivypool's kits, Thriftkit, Flipkit, and Bristlekit, eases the pain. However, when Whitewing catches a terrible belly sickness, Dovewing's disappearance leaves Whitewing with little strength to fight the illness. Nonetheless, Whitewing recovers, and Dovewing returns, which makes Whitewing overjoyed to see her daughter alive. Though, she reluctantly accepting her decision to join ShadowClan to be with her mate, Tigerstar, and kits, Pouncekit, Lightkit, and Shadowkit.

The Broken Code

"Surely StarClan will contact you, if you go to the Moonpool. We can’t know why this is StarClan's will, but if you go there and show deference—show that you accept what's happened—then surely they'll give you your nine lives and make you our leader."
—Whitewing reassuring Squirrelflight Lost Stars, page 247
Whitewing tries to encourage Squirrelflight to go and get her nine lives at the Moonpool when Bramblestar is pronounced dead, though Squirrelflight snaps at her cousin out of grief.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Whitewing's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"You worked with Dustpelt for many seasons. You know just what he would have done. And we'll all help rebuild our home. You're not alone."
—Whitewing comforting Brackenfur after Dustpelt's death Bramblestar's Storm, page chapter 32
In Firestar's Quest, Whitekit is born to Brightheart and Cloudtail. When Squirrelkit and Leafkit are born, Whitekit is ecstatic to have new denmates to play with.
In Bramblestar's Storm, Whitewing becomes mentor to Dewpaw, her younger brother, training him and quizzing him on the Stick of the Fallen. She is buried during a mudslide, but manages to break free and help Dewpaw escape. After Dustpelt's death, she comforts Brackenfur.

Novellas

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"All battles leave deep wounds, whether you can see them or not. And wounds take time to heal. You know that, Dovewing. Don't give up hope."
—Whitewing to Dovewing Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 6
In Leafpool's Wish, Whitepaw attempts to catch a large hare, but she is overpowered and knocked out, having her tail dislocated. Leafpool is able to relocate it, but the treatment causes Whitepaw severe pain, and she is watched over in the medicine den by Brightheart.
In Dovewing's Silence, Whitewing is pained by the death of Sorreltail, helping carry her body for burial. She later confronts Dovewing about her powers, expressing regret that her daughter had not confided in her. When Dovewing worries that her deceased Clanmates had died in vain, Whitewing counsels her daughter, explaining that the wounds of the battle heal with time.

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Family

Whitewing's parents are Brightheart and Cloudtail. Her mate is Birchfall, and Dovewing and Ivypool are their daughters. For more of Whitewing's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Interesting facts

  • Whitewing has kittypet blood through Cloudtail.[13]

Author statements

Mistakes

  • Although Sunrise says that Whitewing was heavily pregnant with kits at the start of the book, the allegiances still list her as a warrior, not a queen,[14] but queens are often known to continue with their warrior duties until the last possible minute.[15]
  • She is mistakenly called Whitetail[16] and said to have pale blue eyes.[17]

Quotes

"Whitekit, Brightheart and Cloudtail's daughter, was looking down at [Squirrelkit and Leafkit] with as much pride as if they were her own. She was nearly old enough to be apprenticed, and Firestar knew how protective she felt about the new arrivals."
—Narrator about Whitekit Firestar's Quest, page epilogue


Whitepaw: "Tell us what it was like. Please!"
Brambleclaw: "You'll find out for yourself soon enough."
Spiderpaw: "But if you told us, we'd be ready for anything!"
Whitepaw: "He's right. You've got to prepare us."
—Whitepaw and Spiderpaw right before the Great Journey Dawn, page 261


Whitepaw: "Let me fight. My Clanmates need me."
Cloudtail: "She's right. This is what she has trained for. We need all the warriors we can get right now."
Brightheart: "She's not a warrior!"
Whitepaw: "If I survive this, I will be."
—Whitepaw to Brightheart and Cloudtail Battles of the Clans, page 125


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"Whitewing is one of the best cats in this Clan. When she was an apprentice she always made sure we had fresh moss, and it was dry, too."
—Mousefur complimenting Whitewing Sunrise, page 289


"Whitewing? Never. Just...never."
—Lionblaze's thoughts on who could be training in the Dark Forest Fading Echoes, page 233


"It's hard enough having one daughter out of sight. I can't lose track of another one."
—Whitewing to Ivypool Sign of the Moon, page 254


Ivypool: "Get off me! I'm not a kit!"
Whitewing: "You'll always be my kit!"
—Whitewing and Ivypool The Forgotten Warrior, page 11


Whitewing: "I don't think that's a conversation for your ears. You...you said you can hear things. Even when you're not close enough to listen like other cats. That must feel very strange. Do you ever get any peace? I wish you had told me sooner. I might have been able to help."
Dovewing: "It was part of the prophecy. I was given this power to help the Clans against the Dark Forest. It's okay, I promise."
Whitewing: "If you ever want to talk to me about it, I'm always here. And I still think that even if you can hear something, it doesn't mean that you should."
Dovewing: "It's okay. I can't make out what they're saying anyway. My ears haven't stopped buzzing from the battle yet, my head hurts."
Whitewing: "Why don't you go and see if Jayfeather can give you something for that? All the injuries have been treated now. There's no need for you to be in pain."
—Whitewing and Dovewing Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 2


Whitewing: "Can you remember all the names?"
Dewpaw: "I think so. This one is for Mousefur… She was an elder, but she fought so bravely! And this one is for Hollyleaf. She had been away for a while, but she came back in time to help us when the Dark Forest attacked. And this is for Foxleap, who died of his wounds afterward… This one is for Ferncloud. She was killed by Brokenstar when she was defending the kits in the nursery. And this is Sorreltail. She hid her wounds because she wanted to take care of the kits, but she died just when we thought we had won. She was the bravest of all."
Whitewing: "And the big mark right at the top? Do you know who that stands for?"
Dewpaw: "That's our leader, Firestar. He was the best cat in the whole forest, and he gave up his last life to save us!"
—Dewpaw reciting the names of the fallen to Whitewing Bramblestar's Storm, page 19


Sparkkit: "Aren't you excited? Don't you want to know who your mentor will be? I hope I get someone fun! Not a bossy cat like Berrynose, or one like Whitewing. She sticks so close to the rules I think she must recite the warrior code in her sleep!"
Squirrelflight: "That's enough. You're not supposed to have fun with your mentors. You're supposed to learn from them. Berrynose and Whitewing are both fine warriors. You'd be very lucky to have either of them as your mentor."
—Sparkkit and Squirrelflight about Whitewing The Apprentice's Quest, page chapter 1

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  3. Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  4. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 253
  5. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 288
  6. Revealed in Outcast, page 36
  7. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, allegiances
  8. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 5
  10. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 153
  11. Revealed in Dawn, page 120
  12. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 289
  13. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 230
  14. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  15. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 239
  16. Revealed in Starlight, page 14
  17. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, chapter 2

Author references

Logo-thunderclan.png ThunderClan cats
Leader Squirrelflight
Deputy Lionblaze
Medicine cats JayfeatherAlderheart
Warriors ThornclawWhitewingBirchfallMousewhisker (Baypaw)PoppyfrostCinderheart (Finchpaw)BumblestripeBlossomfallIvypoolCherryfallMolewhiskerLilyheart (Flamepaw)DewnoseStormcloudFernsongSorrelstripeHollytuftSparkpeltHoneyfurLeafshadeTwigbranchFinleapEaglewing (Myrtlepaw)PlumstoneShellfurSnaptoothFlywhiskerSpotfurBristlefrostThriftearFlipclaw
Apprentices BaypawMyrtlepawFlamepawFinchpaw
Queens Daisy
Kits N/A
Elders GraystripeBrackenfurBrightheartCloudtail
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