"I'm sure that's why they want me to be a medicine cat: not because I'm special and important, but because I'm no good as a warrior apprentice. Well, I'll just show them! I'm going to be the best medicine-cat apprentice I can be. I'll try really hard, and make Bramblestar and Squirrelflight proud."

—Alderpaw's thoughts after Bramblestar tells him he's going to be a medicine cat in The Apprentice's Quest, page 62


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Medicine Cat
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Previous Name(s)
Alderkit, Alderpaw

Alderheart is a short-furred,[1] dark ginger tom with amber eyes[2] and a white-tipped tail.[3]


Alderkit stands in front of the nursery, and wonders if there is some sort of assessment he must pass to become a proper apprentice. He remembers overhearing something about an assessment when Fernsong, Sorrelstripe, and Hollytuft were made warriors, and notes how small he was then. Alderkit begins to panic until Sparkkit nudges him from behind. She asks him if he is excited, and questions who will be their mentors, and that she wants someone fun. She comments that she doesn't want Berrynose, as he is bossy, or Whitewing, saying that she sticks too close to the rules and could recite the warrior code in her sleep.

Squirrelflight interrupts and comments that they aren't supposed to have fun with their mentors, but to learn. She says that she would be lucky to have Berrynose or Whitewing, as they are both fine warriors. Alderkit observes Squirrelflight and comments on how he knows she was old to have her first litter, remembering their shared grief for his lost siblings, Dandelionkit and Juniperkit. He thinks about how they must be the best cats for their parents.

Sparkkit is not cowed by Squirrelflight scolding her and she twitches her tail bushes out her fur, with Alderkit wishing he had her confidence. He hasn't wondered himself who their mentors would be, and he looks around the camp, observing the cats there. He thinks that Ivypool would be a nice mentor, as she is friendly and a good hunter, and that Lionblaze is scary after seeing the strength in his muscles.

He knows that it wouldn't be Blossomfall, because she mentored Hollytuft, and it wouldn't be Brackenfur or Rosepetal either, because they mentored Sorrelstripe and Fernsong. He watches Thornclaw scratch his ear and thinks he'd be okay, but he is a bit short-tempered.

Sparkkit breaks his thoughts when she stomps on his paw and says that the ceremony is starting. Alderkit sees that Bramblestar has emerged from his den onto the Highledge and he calls the Clan together. Alderkit is proud to be his son and thinks about how confident and strong he is. Alderkit is very nervous and is shaking, but he sees the warm gleam is his father's eyes and is reassured.

Bramblestar calls Sparkkit up and renames her Sparkpaw, giving her Cherryfall as a mentor. Alderkit joins in on calling out his sister's name, relieved there is no challenge to prove he is ready. His legs begin to wobble as he comes up to the base of the Highledge, but he raises his head and Bramblestar rests his tail on Alderkit's shoulder.


He names him Alderpaw and gives him Molewhisker as his mentor.

Alderpaw pads across the clearing to join his mentor, unsure of how he feels. He knows that Molewhisker was Cherryfall's littermate, but that he has never shown much interest in them. Alderpaw wishes that he can make his mentor proud of him and resolves to try his hardest. The chants for his name begin, and Alderpaw ducks his head and licks his chest fur in an embarrassed way. At the same time, he thinks he will burst with happiness.

After the chanting dies down and the Clan disperses, Bramblestar and Squirrelflight their kits. Bramblestar congratulates Alderpaw and adds that it wasn't so scary. Squirrelflight declares that she and Bramblestar are proud of he and Sparkpaw and licks them around the ears, adding that she's sure they'll become great warriors. Bramblestar and Squirrelflight nuzzle their kits before departing, leaving Alderpaw and Sparkpaw alone with their mentors.

Molewhisker tells Alderpaw about the responsibility of being an apprentice, and Alderpaw nods in reply, attempting to look worthy but feeling worried that he wasn't succeeding. He hears Cherryfall talking to Sparkpaw about the fun parts of being an apprentice and wishes that Molewhisker was as enthusiastic as his sister. Sparkpaw asks if they can start learning to hunt, but Molewhisker explains that apprentices have different duties to do.

Alderpaw asks what they're going to do, and Cherryfall reveals that they will be ridding the elders of ticks. Molewhisker instructs them to go get mouse bile from one of the medicine cats, and Alderpaw feels dismayed, unsure if he'll like being an apprentice. It's a sunny day, and Alderpaw is disappointed that he has to spend it clearing out the ticks in Graystripe's pelt.

Soon after that, Cherryfall and Molewhisker showed them the borders. Cherryfall points out that when they become warriors they will need to know every part of the territory. Molewhisker adds to this by saying that they need to know every tree, every rock, every stream. Alderpaw then thinks that surely no cat can know every part of the territory. They then head of to the ShadowClan border.

On the way there, Sparkpaw asks what happens if they meet ShadowClan cats. Molewhisker then replies that nothing will happen, they stay on there side, we stay on ours. Alderpaw soon after that questions a wide path leading away from the forest. Molewhisker then says that Twolegs made the path, many, many seasons ago. it leads to the old Twoleg den where Jayfeather and Leafpool grow their herbs. They begin to near the lake when Alderpaw notices a bright, silver light shining through the thinning trees.

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Father: Bramblestar

Mother: Squirrelflight

Sisters: Sparkpelt and Dandelionkit

Brother: Juniperkit

Grandfathers: Firestar and Tigerstar

Grandmothers: Sandstorm and Goldenflower

Great-Grandfathers: Pinestar, Jake, Redtail and Smallear

Great-Grandmothers: Leopardfoot, Nutmeg, Brindleface and Speckletail

Great-Great-Grandfathers: Adderfang and Fuzzypelt

Great-Great-Grandmothers: Swiftbreeze, Robinwing and Sweetbriar

Aunts: Tawnypelt and Leafpool

Great Uncle: Lionheart

Great Aunt: Nightkit, Mistkit and Princess

Great-Great Uncles: Patchpelt, Dustpelt and Ravenpaw

Great-Great Aunts: Willowpelt, Spottedleaf, Frostfur

Half-Uncles: Swiftpaw, Tadpole and Hawkfrost

Half-Aunt: Mothwing

Half-Aunt/Uncle: Unnamed kit

Great Half-Uncles: Scourge, Socks, Snowkit and Ashfur

Great Half-Aunts: Ruby, Mistlekit and Ferncloud

Great Half-Aunts/Uncles: Two unnamed kits

Great-Great Half-Uncle: Longtail

Cousins: Tigerstar, Dawnpelt, Flametail, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, Cloudtail, four unnamed kits, Graystripe, Spiderleg, Shrewpaw, Birchfall, Foxleap, Hollykit, Larchkit, Icecloud, Sootfur, Rainwhisker, Darkstripe, Sorreltail, Brightheart, Cinderpelt, Brackenfur, Thornclaw, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Fernsong, Juniperclaw, Sleekwhisker, Strikestone, Whitewing, Ambermoon, Snowbush, Dewnose, Feathertail, Stormfur, Bumblestripe, Briarlight, Blossomfall, Toadstep, Rosepetal, Ivypool, Dovewing, Molepaw, Cinderheart, Honeyfern, Poppyfrost, Seedpaw, Lilyheart, Leafshade, Honeyfur, Larksong, Pine That Clings to Rock, Lark That Sings at Dawn, Molewhisker and Cherryfall


  • Kate said that she liked Alderheart better than Sparkpelt, because she prefers a worrier.[4]

References and Citations

  1. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  2. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest
  3. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 7
  4. Revealed on Kate's Blog

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