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"But it was my mistake and I had to live with it. And there was a part of me that still remembered him as a newborn kit-the tiny scrap of fur I had nursed in the hollow of a dead tree. When I had to kill him to protect my new adopted Clan, I knew I was finally at the end of my punishment. I had brought him into this world; I had to send him out, as painful as it was. But by then I had found a truer son than Brokentail ever could have been. I only hope that Fireheart will rise to be the great leader that Brokenstar never was and that, in some small way, I have helped to set him on that path. Then, perhaps, StarClan will forgive me at last."
— Yellowfang about her feelings for Brokenstar in Secrets of the Clans, page 71

Yellowfang is a dark gray she-cat with[22] orange eyes,[23] a broad, flattened face,[21] and matted fur.[24]

Yellowfang was a medicine cat of the forest territories. She was born as Yellowkit to Brightflower and Brackenfoot in ShadowClan along with her littermates, Nutkit and Rowankit. She became an apprentice to Deerleap, taking the name of Yellowpaw. After she earned her warrior name, Yellowfang, her supernatural telepathic abilities and natural knowledge for herbs attracted Sagewhisker's attention, and she persuaded Yellowfang to become her apprentice.

Despite being a medicine cat, Yellowfang became mates with Raggedpelt in secret and gave birth to Brokenkit, Wishkit, and Hopekit. She decided to surrender her surviving kit, Brokenkit, to the only queen in ShadowClan, Lizardstripe, to maintain her position. After Raggedstar is murdered, her son became ShadowClan's tyrannical leader. Yellowfang was eventually accused of killing her younger siblings, Mintkit and Marigoldkit, and was exiled from ShadowClan. After meeting Firepaw, Yellowfang was taken prisoner by ThunderClan and became their next medicine cat after Spottedleaf was murdered. She took on an apprentice, Cinderpaw. Yellowfang was killed in a fire trying to save her new Clanmates, and she oversaw many prophecies from StarClan.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"A medicine cat has no time for doubt. Put your energy into today and stop worrying about the past. You have a duty to your Clan. Stop dithering and get on with it!"
—Yellowfang scolding Cinderpelt Rising Storm, page 53
Yellowfang, injured and starving after being exiled from ShadowClan, attacks Firepaw on ThunderClan territory. She insists the young apprentice should kill her, but Firepaw takes pity on her and provides her fresh-kill. Yellowfang is taken prisoner, and Firepaw is tasked with taking care of her. At a Gathering, Brokenstar warns the Clans of ShadowClan's former medicine cat who killed some of their kits. When ShadowClan attacks the camp, Spottedleaf, ThunderClan's medicine cat, is killed and Frostfur's kits are missing. The Clan believes Yellowfang committed the crimes, but she actually left to rescue the kits. She recruits her old Clanmates in ShadowClan to drive out Brokenstar and his followers, and Bluestar grants Yellowfang the position of ThunderClan's medicine cat.
After treating Cinderpaw's leg injury, Yellowfang takes Cinderpaw as her apprentice and the two form a close bond. When former members of ShadowClan attack the camp, Yellowfang blinds Brokenstar and reveals to Fireheart that Brokenstar is her son. She asks Bluestar to take Brokenstar as a prisoner but later convinces him to eat deathberries after Brokentail plots with Tigerclaw against ThunderClan. She discloses the truth about Brokentail's parents, but he refuses to believe her as he dies.
She gives Cinderpaw her full name, Cinderpelt, and rebukes her for lingering on Silverstream's death. During a fire, Yellowfang and Fireheart go back to the camp to rescue Patchpelt, Halftail, and Bramblekit. Yellowfang is separated from Fireheart, and she drags Halftail to her den. However, both become weak by smoke inhalation and Yellowfang collapses in her den. Fireheart finds her dying, and Yellowfang insists she wished Fireheart was her son instead of Brokentail and apologizes for not living long enough to see him fulfill his destiny. She goes to StarClan and grants Firestar one of his nine lives.

The New Prophecy

"You will tread a path that few medicine cats have walked before you."
—Yellowfang to Leafpool Sunset, page 102
Yellowfang presents Leafpaw a prophecy about how blood will spill blood. Later, Yellowfang, Bluestar and Lionheart comfort Leafpool and vow to be with her through the path few medicine cats have traveled.

Power of Three

"Curiosity must be tempered with patience. Knowledge is wasted on those without the wisdom to know how to use it. And wisdom comes only with time."
—Yellowfang to Jaypaw Eclipse, page 283
In StarClan, Yellowfang scolds Jaypaw for using his powers to spy on other medicine cats' dreams, although Jaypaw insists even StarClan cannot do anything to stop him. She senses the eclipse coming, and insists StarClan should tell Jaypaw, Lionpaw, and Hollypaw the "truth". When Hollyleaf reveals the truth about their parentage at a Gathering, Yellowfang attacks Bluestar for withholding the truth for so long. She later provides Jayfeather a crow's feather to give a hint about the identity of his biological father.

Omen of the Stars

Yellowfang: "I will send an Omen. An Omen of the Stars."
Bluestar: "Which cat will you send it to? Lionblaze or Jayfeather?"
Yellowfang: "Neither. I will send it to the third cat."
—Yellowfang and Bluestar about the prophecy The Fourth Apprentice, page prologue
Frustrated by the lack of progress made by the Three, Yellowfang sends the third cat an omen of the stars. She shares Jayfeather's suspicions of the Dark Forest, so she, Spottedleaf, and Jayfeather go to there to speak to Tigerstar. However, they run into Brokenstar who prevents them from continuing on. Yellowfang argues with Sagewhisker and Fernshade about Russetfur's death, and adamantly insists ThunderClan must stand alone in the coming fight with the Dark Forest to survive.
When Jayfeather wishes to return to the mountains, Yellowfang tries to convince him otherwise by showing how important he is for securing the peace. She also attempts to convince Jayfeather that ThunderClan needs another fully trained medicine cat, possibly hinting at Leafpool. Despite hinting Jayfeather should reveal Cinderheart's past life as Cinderpelt, Yellowfang later admonishes Jayfeather for doing so.
When the medicine cats confront StarClan, Yellowfang continues to insist they must stand alone, but quietens when Whitestorm snaps at her. She argues again at the other later attempt to unify StarClan, but Sunstar silences her. She participates in the battle against the Dark Forest and kills Brokenstar after he murders Ferncloud. She comforts Firestar after Spottedleaf's second death and welcomes Brambleclaw as ThunderClan's new leader.

A Vision of Shadows

"I'd forgotten the impatience of youth. I came only to praise you for speaking out. [...] I wondered at first if you had what it takes to be a medicine cat, but now that I see that you are willing to say what you believe, I trust that StarClan made the right choice after all."
—Yellowfang praising Alderpaw Thunder and Shadow, page 327
She praises Alderpaw for finding his voice at the half-moon meetings and urges him to continue to speak out for what he believes in. Yellowfang mentors Puddleshine in his dreams and agrees that ShadowClan should reclaim their land from Darktail. When Needletail criticizes Rowanclaw solely for ShadowClan's downfall, Yellowfang shines a light on Needletail and several other apprentices who joined Darktail.

Super Editions

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"I know my path will cross with Brokenstar again. And one day I will do something to stop this tide of fire and blood that he has unleashed on the forest."
—Yellowfang vowing to stop Brokenstar Yellowfang's Secret, page 501
In Yellowfang's Secret, Yellowkit is born to Brackenfoot and Brightflower alongside Nutkit and Rowankit. Yellowpaw trains as a warrior with Deerleap as her mentor and grows angry at Sagewhisker when her grandmother, Silverflame, died despite Sagewhisker's treatments. When she becomes a warrior, Yellowfang and Raggedpelt become close despite their arguments as kits. However, during battles, Yellowfang becomes immobilized with pain despite not being injured. Sagewhisker reveals that Yellowfang has the power to feel other's pain, and insists she must become her apprentice. Yellowfang doesn't want to give up her life with Raggedpelt, but eventually agrees and Raggedpelt isn't fond of her decision. However, they agree to be mates in secret.
Yellowfang gives birth to three kits alone in the forest, though her two daughters die shortly after. She names the surviving kit Brokenkit and gives him reluctantly to Lizardstripe to raise. She tells Raggedpelt the truth and he forces her to forget about their son. Despite this, Yellowfang attempts to befriend Brokenkit but he isolates himself after being teased by his foster littermates. Yellowfang also befriends Nightpelt and Cloudpelt, and takes Runningkit as her apprentice after Sagewhisker's death.
When Brokentail becomes deputy, Yellowfang warns Raggedstar of their son's violent nature that would ruin the Clan. Raggedstar, who had been blinded by his pride for his son, finally realizes the truth in Yellowfang's words. However, Brokentail kills Raggedstar and Yellowfang accompanies Brokentail to receive his nine lives. Later, Brightflower's newest litter goes missing, and Yellowfang finds the kits' bodies with Brokenstar. He convinces the Clan that Yellowfang killed them and he exiles her. Yellowfang wanders into ThunderClan territory and vows to stop Brokenstar.

Detailed description

Yellowfang is a skinny,[25] battle-scarred,[14] grizzled,[4] dark gray she-cat with wide-set,[22] rheumy,[26] bright orange eyes.[23] She has a broad, flattened face,[21] a snub nose,[22] bony haunches,[27] and long,[14] dull,[24] patchy,[27] thick,[28] and matted fur.[24] Her ears are torn,[14] and she has cracked,[29] blackened,[30] yellow teeth.[31]

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Killed victims

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Ceremonies

Yellowpaw's apprentice ceremony
Cedarstar: This is going to be a hard leaf-bare. With snow on the ground, we need all the hunters we can get, and border patrols to defend our territory when other Clans get hungry. So this is a good time to strengthen ShadowClan by making new apprentices.
Cedarstar: Deerleap, you are a wise and experienced cat. I know you will pass on your qualities to Yellowpaw.
Yellowkit: I'll do the best I can, I promise!
Everyone: Nutpaw! Yellowpaw! Rowanpaw!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, pages 40-42


Yellowfang's warrior ceremony
Cedarstar: Yellowpaw, from this time on, you shall be known as Yellowfang. StarClan honors your courage and your intelligence, and we welcome you as a warrior of ShadowClan.
Everyone: Yellowfang! Nutwhisker! Rowanberry!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 122


Yellowfang's medicine cat apprentice ceremony
Sagewhisker: Yellowfang, is it your wish to share the deepest knowledge of StarClan as a ShadowClan medicine cat?
Yellowfang: It is.
Sagewhisker: Warriors of StarClan, I present to you this cat. She has shown great courage in turning aside from the path of a warrior. My pride in her could not be greater. Grant her your wisdom and insight so that she may understand your ways and heal her Clan in accordance with your will.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 249


Yellowfang's medicine cat ceremony
Sagewhisker: I, Sagewhisker, medicine cat of ShadowClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the way of a medicine cat, and with your help she will serve her Clan for many moons. Yellowfang, do you promise to uphold the ways of a medicine cat, to stand apart from rivalry between Clan and Clan, and to protect all cats equally, even at the cost of your life?
Yellowfang: I do.
Sagewhisker: Then by the powers of StarClan I declare that you are a full medicine cat. StarClan honors your courage and your diligence. Now come, touch your nose to the Moonstone, and may all your dreams be good ones.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, pages 300-301

Quotes

Yellowfang: "I'm going to become Sagewhisker's apprentice. I'm so sorry."
Raggedpelt: "Not funny."
Yellowfang: "I'm not joking."
Raggedpelt: "Is it because you're a coward? Did the fight with WindClan scare you too much?"
Yellowfang: "Never! I just cannot inflict pain on other cats, not anymore. Sagewhisker says this is my destiny."
Raggedpelt: "You'll lose me as well as your life as a warrior. I thought you cared! I thought you wanted to spend your life with me. I-I even thought we might have kits one day."
Yellowfang: "I thought the same. I care for you so much! But I don't have a choice."
Raggedpelt: "You always have a choice. And I thought you had chosen me."
—Yellowfang to Raggedpelt about she's going to become medicine cat Yellowfang's Secret, pages 238-239


Raggedstar: "I've made a terrible mistake, haven't I? Our son wants to do nothing but lead ShadowClan into battle. I should never have made him deputy! What can we do to stop him?"
Yellowfang: "He's our son now, is he? I have never been allowed to be his mother! You said you would only keep my secret if I never called him my son. What can I possibly do to change him? Brokentail is your problem, Raggedstar."
—Yellowfang to Raggedstar shortly before his death Yellowfang's Secret, pages 432 - 433


"Runningnose. You have been a dear and loyal friend, but I cannot stay here. Not as long as Brokenstar rules. This is not the ShadowClan I pledged to serve. They are lucky to have you. May StarClan light your path, always."
—Yellowfang to Runningnose Yellowfang's Secret, page 492


"I have no Clan now, no destiny, no place to be, and no duties to tend to. Let the future bring what it will."
—Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, page 501
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"Thank you for bringing me to ThunderClan. Tell Bluestar I have always been grateful for the home she gave me. This is a good place to die. I only regret that I will miss watching you become what StarClan has destined you to be."
—Yellowfang to Fireheart before her death Rising Storm, page 282


"I wished you'd been my son, but I could not have borne a cat like you. StarClan gave me Brokentail to teach me a lesson."
—Yellowfang to Fireheart Rising Storm, page 282


Leafpool: "But medicine cats are forbidden to have kits. What I have done is wrong."
Yellowfang: "Wrong according to one code, but there are other ways to judge what we do. We are not allowed to have kits because we are supposed to love all our Clanmates equally, and the first Clan cats were afraid that we could treat our own kin ahead of any others. But when your kits are born, Leafpool, you will learn that your heart has space in it to love more than you could possibly imagine. Loving your kits does not mean you have less love for your Clan."
—Yellowfang comforting Leafpool Leafpool's Wish, page 134


"Have a safe journey. And tell Russetfur that I'm sorry."
—Yellowfang Night Whispers, page 5


"Beautiful, isn't it? All this depends on you, Jayfeather. You're not just protecting ThunderClan now but all the Clans including this one...Sometimes the right choice can be the hardest one."
—Yellowfang to Jayfeather Sign of the Moon, page 95


"Brave, loyal Yellowfang, who fought enough battles for nine lifetimes."
—Rock Cats of the Clans, page 14


"She was cranky, stubborn, impatient---and the most loyal cat you could ever meet. Her whole life was a quest for loyalty---first to ShadowClan, to her role as their medicine cat, to the son she bore in secret."
—Rock describing Yellowfang Cats of the Clans, page 14

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 284
  2. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 90
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, chapter 12
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 91
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 268
  6. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 283
  8. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, allegiances
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 41
  10. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 122
  11. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 249
  12. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 71
  13. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 300-301
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 81
  15. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 99
  16. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 364
  17. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 12
  18. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 176
  19. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 10
  20. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 352
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 13
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 25
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 33
  25. Revealed in Sunrise, page 290
  26. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, page 25
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 157
  28. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 24
  29. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 4
  30. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 112
  31. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 87
  32. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 294


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The Prophecies Begin FirestarGraystripeYellowfangCinderpeltSpottedleafSandstormCloudtailBluestarTigerstar
The New Prophecy BrambleclawFeathertailStormfurSquirrelflightCrowfeatherTawnypeltLeafpoolHawkfrostMothwing
Power of Three LionblazeJayfeatherHollyleafBreezepeltRockSolAshfur
Omen of the Stars DovewingIvypoolLionblazeJayfeatherCinderheartHawkfrostTigerstarFirestarFlametail
Dawn of the Clans Gray WingClear SkyThunderTall ShadowWind RunnerRiver RippleTurtle TailJagged PeakStormBright Stream
A Vision of Shadows AlderheartNeedletailTwigbranchVioletshineDarktailTreeRowanclawTigerstarLeafstarFinleap
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Ravenpaw's Path RavenpawBarley
SkyClan and the Stranger LeafstarBillystormSol
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