feathered tribe

“I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.”

– Red Cloud, Maȟpíya Lúta

If Crowfeather Had Died Instead of Feathertail

Let’s say Crowfeather had taken the leap instead of Feathertail.

Feathertail and Stormfur would have stayed in the mountains after the Great Journey. Their dead mother and missing father (and the death of Feathertail’s lover) would cause them to want to stay with the Tribe Of Rushing Water.

Stormfur would take the Tribe name Storm That Rolls Over Mountain (Storm). He would be mates with Brook Where Small Fish Swim (Brook) and they would have kits like they did in the books.

Feathertail would take the Tribe name Feather Drifting In Cold Breeze (Feather). She and Crag Where Eagles Nest (Crag) would develop a relationship and would eventually have kits around “Twilight”. Their kits would be a white she-cat with blue eyes named Snow Falling Onto Cliff (Snow), a dark gray tabby tomcat with yellow eyes named Sharp Talons Of Diving Owl (Sharp) and a silver tabby she-cat with hazel eyes named Silver Mist Under Waterfall (Silver).

With Crowfeather dead, Lionblaze, Jayfeather and Hollyleaf would never be born. The Three would instead be born to Cloudtail and Brightheart and would be Icebite (a white she-cat with green eyes; she’d have Lionblaze’s power), Vixenheart (a ginger tabby she-cat with bright yellow eyes; she’d have Dovewing’s power) and Lightningeyes (a white tomcat with long fur, one blue eye and one green eye; he’d be deaf in the side with the blue eye and would have Jayfeather’s power).

Breezepelt would also never be born. Nightcloud would have soon retired after moving to the lake.


After receiving ominous prophecies surrounding Patchclan’s acceptance gathering, the Tribes and the Clan met under the full moon to find a dreadful sight. Cold Sun, the leader of the Tribe of Sharp Stones, missing after an afternoon walk earlier that day, lay dead with a slit throat and her left eye gouged out. The clearing dissolved into vicious accusations, then into a full blown battle.

The murderer remains unknown, but four more take their ranks among the stars with Cold Sun after such a battle: Tiny Puddle and Ashen Gaze from the Tribe of Green Cliffs, as well as Half Night and Blue Rivers from the Tribe of Sharp Stones. Three cats escaped with their lives, but were severely injured: Tinyhop and Fawnstep from Patchclan, and Buzzard Feathers from the Tribe of Green Cliffs.

Tensions in the mountains explode monumentally as bitterness floods the injured cats, and the Tribe of Sharp Stones mourns the dead- but not for long, as they will quickly take to the slopes to find and execute whatever cat has dared commit such a crime against their tribe.