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Swallowtail

"Kestrelflight, do something!"

— Swallowtail to Kestrelflight when Antpelt is dying in Sign of the Moon, page 111

Swallowtail (WC)

Clan(s)
Highest Rank
Warrior
Parents
Litter-Mate(s)
Mate(s)
No information
Children
No information
Mentor(s)
Willowclaw
Apprentice(s)
No information
Previous Name(s)
Swallowkit, Swallowpaw

Swallowtail is a dark gray she-cat.[1]

Kit

Swallowkit, along with her siblings, Thistlekit and Sedgekit, wander into the secret tunnels under WindClan and ThunderClan, while their mother is absent from the nursery. They had followed Heatherpaw to one of her secret meetings with Lionpaw, and that is where the apprentices suspected they headed to

Lionpaw, Hollypaw, Jaypaw, Heatherpaw, and Breezepaw, find that they got trapped behind a boulder while they were exploring when they came to rescue them. Breezepaw is the one who carries her when they make their escape through the underground river.

The kits' disappearance almost causes a WindClan to fight against RiverClan and ThunderClan, until the five apprentices bring them back to WindClan, and the three kits then promised not to tell anybody about the tunnels.

Apprentice

In Long Shadows, she becomes an apprentice and her mentor is Willowclaw. It is noted that she is apprenticed earlier than her other siblings.

Warrior

In The Fourth Apprentice, Swallowpaw has become a warrior known as Swallowtail.

She asks where Whitetail is and another cat tells Swallowtail that she was using Onestar's den for the night.

When Dovewing accidentally uses her special senses, she ends up seeing WindClan's camp, where Antpelt is dying. Swallowtail is hysterical upon Antpelt's death and is seen screeching and yowling at Kestrelflight, wanting him to help Antpelt in any way. Kestrelflight tries to save Antpelt, but states that he has gone to hunt with his ancestors now and Swallowtail lets out a last, devastated cry. Dovewing then mentions that she remembered seeing her at the Gathering with Antpelt, and assumes that they had been mates.

Trivia

  • Vicky doesn't think that Swallowtail and Antpelt were mates.[2]
  • While one of her nieces was listed as 'Ferntail' in the allegiance list preview for The Apprentice's Quest on Kate's blog,[3] no such character exists in the final printing of the book.[4]

Family

Members

Father:

Beechfur

Mother:

Gorsetail

Sisters:

Sedgewhisker
Thistleheart

Nieces:

Larkwing
Fernpaw

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Fading Echoes
  2. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  3. Revealed in Kate's Blog
  4. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest

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