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"Okay, maybe now I'm making a home for my family. But I'm doing something that's more than wandering around like a rogue cat, without a real home or friends. I've learned a lot from living with the others, and now I want to put that to use here. The hollow and the forest aren't the only places a group of cats could live."
— Wind Runner telling Gray Wing she's setting up her own group in The Blazing Star, page 153

Windstar, also known as Wind or Wind Runner, is a wiry[14] brown she-cat with narrow tabby stripes,[15] a thin, striped face,[16] and yellow eyes.[14]

Windstar was the founder and first leader of WindClan. Originally a rogue named Wind, she learned to become independent living on the moor and befriended Gorse after Branch left her to fend for herself, and the former later became her mate. Not long after Wind met Gray Wing, and she and Gorse joined Tall Shadow's group. Wind's devotion to lead did not go unnoticed, and she was welcomed to the group as Wind Runner. She later gave birth to Gorse Fur's kits, Emberkit, Morning Whisker, Moth Flight and Dust Muzzle. However, two of her kits died, and Wind Runner decided to form her own group on the moor, where she stayed to raise her two surviving kits, Dust Muzzle and Moth Flight. Her group was later renamed WindClan.

When tensions rose between WindClan and SkyClan when Willow Tail accused them of stealing prey, this resulted in a battle that severely wounded Wind Runner and blinded Willow Tail indefinitely. Moth Flight took her to the Moonstone in hopes of healing her injury, and there Wind Runner became the first leader to receive her nine lives, and earned the name Windstar. She was later succeeded by her mate, Gorsestar, after her final death. Windstar is remembered by her fierce determination and resilience to keep her Clan safe. In StarClan, Windstar granted Onestar and Harestar one of their nine lives. Her descendants continue to live in WindClan.


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Dawn of the Clans[]

"Don't try and stop me. I want my kits to grow up somewhere safe, and the moor will never be safe as long as Clear Sky thinks he can tell any cat what to do!"
―Wind Runner convincing the others to let her join in the Great Battle The First Battle, page 255
As a young cat, Wind hunts with her companion and caretaker, Branch. She is resilient and determined, two traits that help her survive the challenging environment of the moor. After she becomes injured, Branch abandons her and Wind is left alone to fend for herself. Fueled by her strong desire to survive, Wind manages to build a successful life on the moor. She meets a young tom named Gorse, and, despite her initial wariness, she grows to enjoy his company.
Wind and Gorse live on the moor for many moons until they meet Gray Wing, a cat from the mountains, along with the other former Tribe cats. She teaches Gray Wing how to hunt rabbits and to tunnel underground. Gray Wing wants to invite them to their camp, but both Wind and Tall Shadow are hesitant. Wind prefers her freedom on the moor, but she and Gorse become regular visitors to the camp. Her leadership skills shine when a fire rages through the forest, and when she saves Jagged Peak from suffocating in a tunnel collapse. She is later renamed Wind Runner and officially becomes a member of the group.
While living in the hollow, Wind Runner gives birth to her and Gorse Fur's kits, Emberkit, Morning Whisker, Dust Muzzle, and Moth Flight. Shortly after, Emberkit dies and Wind Runner mourns heavily. She participates in the deadly fight between Clear Sky and the moor cats at Fourtrees. After the fight, she and the other leaders are visited by spirit cats of their fallen friends, including Emberkit, who warns the cats to unite or die. During a sickness that spreads throughout the groups, Morning Whisker falls ill and dies as well.
After Morning Whisker's death, she and Gorse Fur start their own camp on the moor, wanting to utilize everything she learned about living in a group and create safe haven for their family. There, she and her mate raise their two surviving kits. She welcomes several other cats such as Slate, Spotted Fur, and Gray Wing, but grows distrustful of Slash's former companions, including Bee. Her group is renamed WindClan by Gray Wing shortly before he dies.

Super Editions[]

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«Suddenly Wind Runner moved. Moth Flight jerked her nose up, shock sparking through every hair. She stared as her mother pushed herself to her paws. Wind Runner lifted her chin and shook the comfrey from her hind leg. The once-bloody fur around her throat was clean and soft. Her injured paw pressed against the stone, as strong as the others.»
—Narrator as Wind Runner is revived Moth Flight's Vision, page 446
In Moth Flight's Vision, Wind Runner gets frustrated with Moth Flight's fumbling antics and banishes her when she accidentally strays on a Thunderpath. When Moth Flight comes back with news from StarClan about being the first medicine cat, Wind Runner is hesitant about this news, but trusts her ancestors. Tensions between WindClan and SkyClan rise, and Wind Runner sides with Willow Tail, her Clanmate, about SkyClan stealing prey. The conflict leads to a fight in SkyClan's camp and Wind Runner is critically injured. Following her intuition, Moth Flight carries her mother to the Moonstone where she receives her nine lives and the name Windstar.
In Onestar's Confession, Windstar grants Onewhisker a life for survival and gives Harespring an unknown life.

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Lives granted[]

The following is a list of gifts Windstar has granted during nine lives ceremonies:

Leader info[]



Branch and Wind stuck together as loners, hunting and fighting for each other. After Wind was injured, Branch ran away, and Wind was left alone.[27] While receiving her nine lives, Wind Runner expressed anger at Branch for leaving her, but also gratitude because she wouldn't have found Gorse Fur, and received a life for trust.[28]

Gorse Fur[]

Gorse Fur and Wind Runner, then Gorse and Wind are companions living on the moor when the mountain cats arrive. Wind formerly was accompanied by Branch, who unexpectedly left her before she could hunt for herself, and later met Gorse.[27] After they both joined the moor cats in the hollow, they gained new names[8] and even ended up becoming mates having four kits together: Emberkit, Morning Whisker, Dust Muzzle, and Moth Flight,[29] although Emberkit and Morning Whisker untimely died due to the sickness spread by the rotten prey.[30][29] Wind Runner and Gorse Fur eventually gathered cats in another moor group, this time WindClan, and Wind Runner set herself forward as leader with her mate as deputy under the name of Windstar.[10][31] After her death, Gorse Fur took over as leader.[32]

Emberkit and Morning Whisker[]

Emberkit dies during Wind Runner's kitting, and Morning Whisker is later claimed by the sickness.[33][34] Wind Runner is scared for her remaining kits, and this causes her to take her family and the group to start her own camp on the moor. During her nine lives ceremony, Wind Runner sees her kits in StarClan. Morning Whisker gives Wind Runner a life for resilience.[24]




Gorsestar:[11] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Unnamed she-cat:[7] Deceased, residence unknown


Unnamed she-cat:[7] Deceased, residence unknown


Moth Flight:[35] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morning Whisker:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Emberkit:[37] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Dust Muzzle:[36] Deceased, verified StarClan member
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Spider Paw:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Honey Pelt:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Bubbling Stream:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Blue Whisker:[38] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Three unnamed kits:[39] Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision comic)

Distant descendants:

Mistmouse:[note 1] [41][40] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Stagleap:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Doespring:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ryestalk:[41] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Onestar:[42] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Tornear:[43] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Mudclaw:[44] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Morningflower:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Ashfoot:[45] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Gorsepaw:[46] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Crowfeather:[47] Living (As of Wind)
Darktail:[48] Deceased, no residence
Heathertail:[49] Living (As of Wind)
Galekit:[49] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Eaglekit:[50][51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Hillkit:[52][51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Downkit:[52][51] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Storkkit:[53] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Quailkit:[53] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Smoke's kits:[54] Deceased, residence unknown
Breezepelt:[55] Living (As of Wind)
Jayfeather:[56] Living (As of Wind)
Lionblaze:[56] Living (As of Wind)
Hollyleaf:[56] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Crowfeather and Nightcloud's kits:[57] Deceased, residence unknown
Hollytuft:[58] Living (As of Wind)
Sorrelstripe:[58] Living (As of Wind)
Spotfur:[59] Living (As of Wind)
Flywhisker:[59] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Smokehaze:[60] Deceased, verified StarClan member
Brindlewing:[60] Living (As of Wind)
Appleshine:[61] Living (As of Wind)
Woodsong:[61] Living (As of Wind)
Fernsong:[58] Living (As of Wind)
Snaptooth:[59] Living (As of Graystripe's Vow)
Thriftear:[62] Living (As of Wind)
Bristlefrost:[62] Deceased, no residence
Myrtlebloom:[63] Living (As of Wind)
Flipclaw:[62] Living (As of Wind)
Bayshine:[63] Living (As of Wind)
Graypaw:[64] Living (As of Wind)
Stempaw:[64] Living (As of Wind)
Bristlepaw:[64] Living (As of Wind)


    = Tom

    = She-cat

    = Gender unknown



Interesting facts[]

  • While originally stated to have not taken -star as a suffix of her name,[9] this is later contradicted by Moth Flight's Vision.[65]
  • She is the first Clan leader ever to receive nine lives[20] and also the first to lose one.[26]
  • On the Warriors website family tree, Windstar's descendants live on through Mistmouse.[40]


  • She was mistakenly described with amber eyes.[66]
  • She was mistakenly called Wind Runner despite receiving her leader name.[10]
  • She was mistakenly called Windstar before receiving her leader name.[35]
  • She was mistakenly called Gorse Fur.[67][68]


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

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, Wind was the founder and first leader of WindClan. She worked with the other founders to develop the warrior code. She is described as proud, wily, and stubborn. Wind is also described as one of the fastest cats in the forest. Her mate was Gorsefur, who became her deputy, and later the second leader of WindClan, Gorsestar. Her descendants live on in WindClan through Ashfoot and Crowfeather.[69]
    • Later, Windstar banished Mothflight after she almost got killed when she was chasing a feather onto the Thunderpath. When Mothflight discovers the Moonstone, Mothflight protests that Windstar wouldn't let her return. One of the StarClan cats asks Windstar if that was true, and, turning around, Mothflight sees her leader. Another StarClan cat tells Windstar that Mothflight is to be her new medicine cat. Windstar merely nods before vanishing.[70]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 189
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 183
  4. Revealed in The First Battle, page 63
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 84
  6. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 304
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene, page 2
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 204
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 447
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 59
  12. Revealed in Onestar's Confession, page 240
  13. Revealed in Onestar's Confession, page 242
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 188
  15. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, pages 119-120
  16. Revealed in Shadowstar's Life, chapter 7
  17. Revealed in Onestar's Confession, page 241
  18. Revealed in Onestar's Confession comic
  19. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 450
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 440
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 441
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, pages 442-443
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 443
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 444
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 445
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 446
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in The First Battle: Bonus Scene
  28. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 442
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 194
  30. Revealed in The First Battle, page 130
  31. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 184
  32. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 62
  33. Revealed in The First Battle, chapter 14
  34. Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 13
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 189
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 139
  37. Revealed in The First Battle, page 195
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 318
  39. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision comic
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 26
  42. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 493
  43. Revealed in Winds of Change, page 41
  44. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 6
  45. 45.0 45.1 Revealed in Onestar's Confession, page 21
  46. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 208
  47. Revealed in Starlight, page 131
  48. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 259
  49. 49.0 49.1 Revealed in Onestar's Confession, page 245
  50. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 2
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  52. 52.0 52.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
  53. 53.0 53.1 Revealed on the Warriors website family tree (screenshot)
  54. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 258
  55. Revealed in The Sight, page 118
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Revealed in Sunrise, page 305
  57. Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 406
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 478
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 Revealed in River of Fire, allegiances
  60. 60.0 60.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
  61. 61.0 61.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 203
  63. 63.0 63.1 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, allegiances
  64. 64.0 64.1 64.2 Revealed in River, allegiances
  65. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 454
  66. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 433
  67. Revealed in Riverstar's Home, page 189
  68. Revealed in The First Battle, page 287
  69. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  70. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 95
  1. All of Windstar's distant descendants are through Mistmouse's bloodline as revealed on the Warriors family tree.[40]