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Morningflower

"Firestar, I didn't ever think you'd saved my son for this. What has StarClan done to us?"

— Morningflower after Gorsepaw is killed in The Darkest Hour, page 208

Morningflower

Clan(s)
Highest Rank
Elder
Parents
Litter-Mate(s)
Mate(s)
No information
Children
Gorsepaw, unnamed kits
Mentor(s)
Apprentice(s)
No information
Previous Name(s)
Morningpaw

Morningflower is a light[1] tortoiseshell she-cat[2] with amber eyes.[3]

Queen

When WindClan makes the return journey home, she had since given birth to a kit. Morningflower is still exhausted from her kitting and from being so far away from home, so she needs constant help from her Clanmates and Fireheart.

When she gets tired from carrying her newborn, Fireheart offers to help. She is suspicious, but soon softens after she sees the compassion in his eyes. Fireheart stays close to her so she can see her son. This is the beginning of a bond between the two.

As they cross the Thunderpath, Morningflower carries her kit across, with Fireheart by her side. Later, when Barkface sees a sign from StarClan in the clouds, he yells, and Morningflower calls out, worried.

When WindClan gets home, she thanks Fireheart and is overjoyed at being home. She immediately heads to the nursery to start making a nest for her kit and herself. As Fireheart leaves, it is mentioned that he wanted to see Morningflower settled in the nursery.

Along with the rest of WindClan, Morningflower is outraged when she finds out that ThunderClan is harboring Brokenstar. She takes part in the surprise attack on ThunderClan, and is seen fighting with Longtail. Then, she attacks Fireheart, not realizing at first who he is, but then recognizes him and stops, remembering their friendship. Morningflower leaves Fireheart alone and continues fighting.

Morningflower is seen in the battle line during the confrontation between WindClan and ThunderClan, standing next to Onewhisker and Gorsepaw.

When the ThunderClan cats arrive after TigerClan attack WindClan, Morningflower is in the center of the clearing, wailing. She does not appear to be injured, but keeps nosing a bundle of fur that is the dead Gorsepaw.

Onewhisker tells Firestar that Tigerstar held the young apprentice down and killed him to make an example of what would happen to every WindClan cat. She shares some words with Firestar, saying that she couldn't believe StarClan had done this to them, and that she never thought Firestar would save her son for this.

In the battle with BloodClan, Morningflower is seen attacking her enemies with rage yowling, "Gorsepaw!", taking all of her anger on her son's murder out on the BloodClan cats. After the battle, she is still sad and angry, but she feels like her son's murder has been avenged.

Elder

In Midnight, she retires to the elders' den.

Feathertail pauses to briefly speak with her at the Gathering, and though the exchange is polite, it is not friendly, as WindClan cats are still drinking water from RiverClan territory though the drought is over.

During the journey to the new territory, the Clans cross the Thunderpath. Morningflower falls behind and is in danger of being hit by a monster. Leafpaw and Firestar yell encouragement, and she makes it safely across.

Later, one of her paw pads wears raw from walking. Leafpaw takes a look at it while Barkface examines an unfamiliar herb brought by Russetfur. Barkface is skeptical about the herbs, but Morningflower gives her approval saying that if it works, they can use it on others. With Morningflower's consent, Leafpaw chews and washes the green juice into Morningflower's paw.

She winces but shrugs it off as a small sting. Once Leafpaw is finished with the unknown herb juice, she swaths Morningflower's paw in cobwebs reminding her if it starts to throb. Morningflower then gingerly presses paw to the ground and tells Leafpaw that it works.

As they get further into the mountains, it is noted that Morningflower's paw has improved even though the terrain has been getting more difficult to walk on.

Morningflower has been growing weaker with coming old age. She and Darkfoot, another WindClan elder, become very sick from being given poisoned water by Mothwing to drink before coming to the camp. Leafpaw brings watermint when she hears the news, and is able to help Barkface keep them from getting any worse.

Jaypaw listens to the other medicine cats on the way to the Moonpool, and Barkface confides that Morningflower has recovered from greencough and lives to see another newleaf. Jaypaw can tell that Barkface fears that it might be her last newleaf.

Trivia

  • Morningflower's mate was not Tallstar.[4]

Family

Members

Son:

Gorsepaw

Kits:

Unnamed kits

Mother:

Wrenflight

Father:

Stagleap

Sister:

Ashfoot

Brother:

Onestar

Grandmothers:

Palebird
Mistmouse

Grandfathers:

Woollytail
Hareflight

Uncles:

Bristlekit
Flykit

Aunts:

Rabbitkit
Doespring
Ryestalk

Half-Uncle:

Tallstar

Half-Aunt:

Finchkit

Nephews:

Crowfeather
Eaglekit
Two unnamed kits

Nephews/Nieces:

Unnamed kits

Great-Nephews:

Breezepelt
Jayfeather
Lionblaze

Great-Niece:

Hollyleaf

Great-Great-Nieces:

Hollytuft
Sorrelstripe
Smokepaw
Brindlepaw

Great-Great-Nephew:

Fernsong

Cousins:

Tornear
Mudclaw

Distant Relatives:

Gorsestar
Windstar
Mothflight
Emberkit
Morning Whisker
Dust Muzzle

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 207
  2. Revealed in Sunrise
  3. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 65
  4. Revealed on Kate's blog

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