"They had a daughter, and she had a son, and do you know who that son was? Shellheart, your father."
Mapleshade to Crookedstar about Willownose in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480

Willownose is a gray tabby[3] she-cat.[4]


In the Super Editions

Crookedstar's Promise

Mapleshade mentions to Crookedstar that Appledusk had a daughter, who in turn had a son, Shellheart.

In the Novellas

Mapleshade's Vengeance

Mapleshade watches as Appledusk trains his apprentice Perchpaw. Reedshine, Appledusk's mate, arrives and offers to pounce to show how it's done. Appledusk mews she's not doing anything, and reminds her to think of their kits. Reedshine looks at her belly that’s barely swollen from her unborn kits. She complains she’s not sick. Appledusk meows he knows she's not, but their kits are too precious to risk Perchpaw injuring her by mistake. Mapleshade wonders how Reedshine could be expecting kits already.
Later on, after Mapleshade confronts Appledusk, Reedshine arrives, wondering what's going on. Mapleshade hurls herself at her, screeching that she and her kits must die. Appledusk jumps in the way and takes the blow, protecting Reedshine and their unborn kits. Reedshine tells Mapleshade that Appledusk will live on in their kits, and in their kits and so on. Mapleshade decides to watch over all her kin and punish each one for what she did. She thinks later that Appledusk's kin will mourn the day he destroyed her life.


Author statements

  • Victoria Holmes revealed Willownose's name on a personal letter to a fan, along with the names of Willownose's mother, her siblings, and her half-siblings.[2]
  • Vicky has said that she has given permission to the fans to make their own description and gender for Willownose.[5]

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Shellheart: Deceased, verified StarClan member


Appledusk:[6] Deceased, residence unknown


Reedshine:[6] Living (As of Mapleshade's Vengeance)


Shyheart:[6] Status unknown
Applefrost:[6] Status unknown


Petalkit:[6] Deceased, residence unknown


Larchkit:[6] Deceased, residence unknown
Patchkit:[6] Deceased, residence unknown
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Oakheart:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Crookedstar:[7] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Stonefur:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Mistystar:[8] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Mosskit:[8] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Minnowkit:[9] Deceased, residence unknown
Willowkit:[9] Deceased, residence unknown
Silverstream:[9] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Reedwhisker:[10] Living (As of Veil of Shadows)
Stormfur:[11] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Perchkit:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Pikepaw:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Feathertail:[11] Deceased, verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member
Primrosepaw:[12] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Pine That Clings to Rock:[13] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)


Lark That Sings at Dawn:[13] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Feather of Flying Hawk:[14] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)
Breeze That Rustles the Leaves:[14] Living (As of Tawnypelt's Clan)


    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Appledusk: "I’m not letting you do anything. Think of our kits!"
Reedshine: "I’m not sick!"
Appledusk: "I know you’re not. But our kits are too precious to risk Perchpaw injuring you by mistake!"
—Appledusk and Reedshine about their kits Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 8

"You and your kits must die!"
—Mapleshade to Reedshine Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 9

Reedshine: "Appledusk will live on in his kits, and in their kits, and their kits in turn. His spirit will not die. He will be part of RiverClan forever!"
Mapleshade: "Then I will watch over all your kin and punish each one for what you did to me."
—Reedshine and Mapleshade about Appledusk's kin Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 9

"And yet that vengeance is not over, because Appledusk will live on in Reedshine’s kits."
—Mapleshade about Reedshine's kits Mapleshade's Vengeance, page chapter 9

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, page 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed on Victoria Holmes Letter 2
  3. Revealed on the Warriors website family tree
  4. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  5. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 8
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 8
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 465
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 474
  10. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 251
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 2
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Tawnypelt's Clan, page 166
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