"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."
Windstar, also known as Wind, is a wiry brown tabby she-cat with yellow eyes.
Originally known as Wind, she learns to become independent living on the moor and befriends Gorse, who later becomes her mate. She meets Gray Wing, and she and Gorse join Tall Shadow's group. Her devotion to lead does not go unnoticed, and she is welcomed to the group as Wind Runner. She gives birth to Gorse Fur's kits, Emberkit, Morning Whisker, Moth Flight and Dust Muzzle. However, two of her kits die, and Wind Runner decides to form her own group on the moor. Her group is later renamed WindClan.
Tensions rise between WindClan and SkyClan resulting in a battle that severely wounds Wind Runner. Moth Flight takes her to the Moonstone, and Wind Runner becomes the first leader to receive their nine lives, and earns the name Windstar. She is later succeeded by her mate, Gorsestar, and Windstar is remembered by her fierce determination and resilience to keep her Clan safe. Her descendants continue to live in WindClan.
"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 have 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. She teaches Gray Wing how to hunt rabbits and to tunnel. 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 became 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. She is renamed as Wind Runner and officially becomes a member of the camp.
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'sformer members. Her group is renamed into WindClan by Gray Wing shortly before he dies.
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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."
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's body to the Moonstone where she receives her nine lives and the name Windstar.
Windstar, also known as Wind, is a small and wiry brown she-cat with narrow tabby stripes, a thin, striped face, and yellow eyes.
While originally stated to have not taken -star as a suffix of her name, this is later contradicted by Moth Flight's Vision, and further supported by Secrets of the Clans, both of which address her as Windstar.
She is the first Clan leader ever to receive nine lives and also the first to lose one.
Wind Runner, with this life I give you determination to bring unity to all the Clans.
With this life may you learn to love friendship and loyalty of all things.
Don’t be afraid, Wind Runner. We are giving you a gift. A gift for all the Clans. With this life, I give you stubbornness to keep going in the face of future troubles.
What are you doing here?
I know you hate me for leaving you.
You’re a coward, Branch! You abandoned me before I could hunt properly! There’s nothing I want from you!
I didn’t mean to leave you.
Yet you left me all the same! It was the kindest thing you ever did for me. If you hadn’t disappeared, I’ve never met Gorse Fur. He’s a better cat than you could ever be! He has given me love and loyalty, and kits that I’m proud of.
You deserve a cat like Gorse Fur far more than you deserve me. With this life, I give you the confidence to open your heart to other cats. I give you trust.
You lied to me.
I know. I led my Clanmates into battle for no good reason. I’m sorry. With this life, I give your heart the grace to forgive all cats, however weak or wrong they may be.
Hi, Wind Runner. […] Not yet.
Are you well? Are you happy?
Yes. Half Moon and Gray Wing have taught me how to hunt.
We hunt, and warm our pelts in sunshine and share tongues, like you.
Is Emberkit with you?
With this life, I give you resilience, to keep going, whatever troubles life brings.
Hello, Wind Runner. I wish I could have stayed with you longer. But I’m happy to be with StarClan. There are moors for me to play on. One day I’ll show them to you. With this life I give you love.
Who are you?
Are you Stoneteller? Gray Wing and Jagged Peak have spoken of you often. Moth Flight too, I am honored to meet you.
You are the first. May you carry StarClan in your heart always.
The first? […]
No! You killed her! I brought her here to be saved!
Have faith, Moth Flight.
[...] I don’t understand.
Remember your dreams. You are the first of the stars that will rise. We have given you the gift we will give all leaders: the gift of nine lives. From now on, you shall be known as Windstar.