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Redtail

"Redtail was her deputy for many, many, moons. She won't want to let him go too quickly. He was one of the best warriors. Not as big and powerful as Tigerclaw or Lionheart, but quick and clever."

—Graypaw about Redtail in Into the Wild, page 45

Redtail

Clan(s)
Highest Rank
Deputy
Parents
Litter-Mate(s)
Mate(s)
Children
Mentor(s)
Apprentice(s)
Previous Name(s)
Redkit, Redpaw

Redtail is a dark, dappled,[1] tortoiseshell tom[2] with a distinctive[2] bushy[1] tail as red as fox fur,[3] and feathered ears.[4]

Kit

Redkit is born alongside his littermates, Spottedkit and Willowkit to Swiftbreeze and Adderfang. Their older siblings are Patchpelt and Leopardfoot. Redkit is seen with his littermates and mother just before the Clan meeting.

Apprentice

He is later made an apprentice, with Sparrowpelt given to him as his mentor.

He is trained by Thistleclaw along with his sister, Willowpaw. When Bluefur takes her kits to RiverClan, Stonekit brags that Redpaw has already shown him how to do the hunting crouch.

Deputy

He sits with Bluestar as Redtail. They watch the apprentices, Dustpaw, Ravenpaw, Graypaw, and his daughter, Sandpaw.

StarClan

During a fight with RiverClan over Sunningrocks, Redtail dies at the claws of Tigerclaw, an ambitious ThunderClan warrior who hopes to become the next deputy of ThunderClan. Tigerclaw lies about Redtail's death, telling the rest of ThunderClan that the RiverClan deputy, Oakheart, had killed Redtail, and that he had killed Oakheart to avenge his fallen Clanmate's death.

However, Tigerclaw's apprentice, Ravenpaw, witnessed what actually had happened. Oakheart had been killed by an accidental rockfall while he and Redtail were fighting, and then Tigerclaw killed Redtail, since Oakheart was dead.

Firepaw later discovers the truth in his investigations of Redtail's death. Ravenpaw describes Redtail as very brave, and Bluestar refers to him as a noble cat. Dustpaw is devastated when he hears that his mentor has died. Bluestar then chooses Lionheart as the next deputy of ThunderClan, instead of Tigerclaw.

Redtail appears as one of the cats who gives Firestar his nine lives. With his life he gives Firestar justice, and thanks Firestar for revealing the truth when no one else could, referring to Firestar exposing Tigerclaw's role in his death.

Later, Redtail is mentioned when Ravenpaw comes out of the barn he and Barley share. It is said that Ravenpaw was the only cat besides Tigerstar that knew of Redtail's death.

During the battle against BloodClan, Firestar sees the dark fur and bushy red tail of Redtail, along with all the other StarClan cats that gave him his nine lives.

Redtail appears when Jayfeather is going over the cats who gave Firestar his nine lives, shortly after the leader's death. Jayfeather notes that he gave Firestar courage, though Redtail actually gave him justice.

Trivia

  • It is odd to note that Redtail fathered Sandstorm, as male tortoiseshells typically cannot father kits because they are commonly born sterile.[5]
  • In The Last Hope, it is said that he gave Firestar a life of courage, when he really gave him a life of justice, and Lionheart gave him courage.[6]

Family

Members

Mate:

Brindleface

Daughter:

Sandstorm

Father:

Adderfang

Mother:

Swiftbreeze

Brother:

Patchpelt

Sisters:

Leopardfoot
Willowpelt
Spottedleaf

Nephews:

Longtail
Graystripe
Darkstripe
Rainwhisker
Sootfur
Tigerstar

Nieces:

Mistkit
Nightkit
Sorreltail

Grandnephews:

Stormfur
Bumblestripe
Bramblestar
Hawkfrost
Tadpole
Molepaw

Grandnieces:

Feathertail
Blossomfall
Briarlight
Tawnypelt
Mothwing
Cinderheart
Honeyfern
Poppyfrost
Seedpaw
Lilyheart

Great-Grandnephews:

Pine That Clings to Rock
Tigerstar
Flametail
Molewhisker

Great-Grandnieces:

Lark That Sings at Dawn
Dawnpelt
Cherryfall

Granddaughters:

Leafpool
Squirrelflight

Great-Grandsons:

Lionblaze
Jayfeather
Alderheart
Juniperkit

Great-Granddaughters:

Hollyleaf
Sparkpelt
Dandelionkit

Great-Great-Granddaughters:

Hollytuft
Sorrelstripe

Great-Great-Grandson:

Fernsong

Distant Ancestors:

Cloudstar
Birdflight
Gorseclaw
Spottedpelt

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 48
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Into the Wild
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 2
  4. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 39
  5. Explained on Wikipedia
  6. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 329

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