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Swiftpaw

"I don't know when the end came for Swiftpaw. I only remember him fighting like all of LionClan. That's how I will always remember him."

— Brightheart about Swiftpaw in Secrets of the Clans, page 14

Swiftpaw

Clan(s)
Highest Rank
Apprentice
Parents
Litter-Mate(s)
Lynxkit, half-siblings are Bramblekit, Tawnykit and Graypaw
Mate(s)
No information
Children
No information
Mentor(s)
Apprentice(s)
No information
Previous Name(s)
Swiftkit

Swiftpaw is a black-and-white tom with pale[1] amber eyes.[2]

Kit

Almost nothing is known, because he was never shown as a kit.

Apprentice

Swiftkit is apprenticed to Longtail, and receives his new name, Swiftpaw. He is shown to be very nervous and shaky as he approaches his new mentor.

To Fireheart's annoyance, Longtail treats Swiftpaw much better than he treated him when he first joined the Clan.

Swiftpaw is shown to have gradually adopted Longtail's personality when he jeers along with his mentor when Cloudkit is brought to ThunderClan.

When Fireheart struggles to organize patrols in his new position as deputy, he suggests that Longtail leads the sunhigh patrol, but Runningwind replies with exasperation that Longtail was out training with Swiftpaw.

However, Whitestorm helps Fireheart sort out the patrols and suggests that when Longtail and Swiftpaw return they can go on the evening patrol with him instead.

He is seen briefly chatting with the other apprentices before Ashpaw and Fernpaw's apprentice ceremony.

After the forest fire that ravages ThunderClan's camp, he replaces Mousefur on guard duty, and helps out with the rebuilding of the camp.

Swiftpaw goes out on patrol with Bluestar, Fireheart, Cloudpaw, and his mentor, Longtail. They find a RiverClan patrol, led by Leopardstar, invading Sunningrocks, and Fireheart orders him to go back to camp and bring reinforcements.

After the battle, Longtail blames Fireheart for his apprentice not being made into a warrior, because when he was sent back to camp to fetch more warriors, what he called an "apprentice task", he did not get a chance to participate in the fight very much. This lost Swiftpaw the opportunity to show off his battle skills in front of Bluestar.

He is ready to become a warrior, but Bluestar is thoroughly convinced that every cat in her Clan is a traitor, especially Tigerstar's old allies, Darkstripe and Longtail, with the exception of Fireheart. She refuses to let Swiftpaw become a warrior because of who his mentor is, even after persuasion from Fireheart. She agrees to make Cloudpaw a warrior, partly because of his disbelief in StarClan, even though Swiftpaw had trained for longer than him.

Cloudpaw becomes a warrior, Cloudtail, leaving Swiftpaw, Thornpaw, and Brightpaw as apprentices. Swiftpaw now grows frustrated which compels him to prove himself to Bluestar.

Swiftpaw convinces the apprentices that if they do something really brave, Bluestar will have to make them warriors. He plans to attack Snakerocks and drive out whatever was killing their prey and living there. Only Brightpaw goes with him to the Snakerocks.

They are then met by a pack of vicious dogs, much larger than they had expected. Brightpaw clings to one of the dogs as it joins its pack mates in dragging Swiftpaw out of the tree.

StarClan

He is pulled to the ground, where Swiftpaw is brutally killed by the dogs. His body, along with Brightpaw, is later found and brought back to camp by Fireheart and his patrol.

During Firestar's leadership ceremony, Swiftpaw appears as a member of StarClan to give Firestar a life. Firestar apologizes to Swiftpaw for not trying harder to convince Bluestar to make him a warrior, but Swiftpaw isn't angry anymore and is more forgiving.

He gives Firestar his sixth life, with the gift of mentoring, so he can pass on his knowledge and skills to all the young cats of ThunderClan. When Firestar is given the life, he feels a pang of sheer terror, pain, and a flash of red. He thinks that was what Swiftpaw experienced at the end of his life.

At his former denmate, Thornpaw's, warrior ceremony, Firestar mentions Swiftpaw and how he died in honor fighting the dog pack. His former mentor, Longtail, is seen sitting among the ThunderClan cats with pride and grief on his face at the honorable mention of his apprentice.

Swiftpaw is seen briefly at Firestar's death along with the rest of the cats that gave him his nine lives. Jayfeather notes that he gave Firestar the life of mentoring, to which Brambleclaw comments that Firestar was the best mentor he could have hoped for. Swiftpaw says sorry for being very rude to him when he first came to the Clan.

Trivia

  • On her Facebook page, Vicky does believe that Patchpelt may be Swiftpaw's father.[3]
    • This is later proven to be true, as Su Susann and Vicky came up with the missing kits' names, saying that Swiftkit and Lynxkit were the kits of Goldenflower and Patchpelt.[4]

Family

Mother: Goldenflower

Father: Patchpelt

Brother: Lynxkit

Half-Brother: Bramblestar, Graystripe

Half-Sister: Tawnypelt

Grandmother: Speckletail

Uncle: Lionheart

Half-Uncle: Snowkit

Half-Aunt: Mistlekit

Half-Nephews: Tigerheart, Flametail

Half-Niece: Dawnpelt

Cousins: Cinderpelt, Brackenfur, Thornclaw, Brightheart, Lilyheart, Seedpaw, Cinderheart, Poppyfrost, Honeyfern, Molepaw, Ambermoon, Snowbush, Dewnose, Whitewing, Dovewing, Ivypool, Fernsong, Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Molewhisker, Cherryfall, Leafpaw, Honeypaw, Larkpaw, Sparkpelt, Alderheart, Dandelionkit, Juniperkit, Strikestone, Sleekwhisker and Juniperclaw

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 13
  2. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 14
  3. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook page
  4. Vicky's Facebook page

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