*Spoilers: Crookedstar’s Promise, Mapleshade Vengeance and The Omen Of The Stars*
In the Omen Of The Stars, Mapleshade is one of the eldest Dark Forest cats, which means she was fading away. That scares a lot of cats when they first meet her. Mapleshade trains cats to kill, and has always wanted to have vengeance on the kin of her former mate, Appledusk.
Was there a reason Mapleshade killed Spottedleaf? Was Spottedleaf related to Appledusk in any way? I did some research on it, and it looked like no. What was the reason? Or was there no reason? Did she do it because Spottedleaf was on the side of StarClan and the living clans? The reason was: she was going to kill Sandstorm, but Spottedleaf got in the way.
In Mapleshade’s Vengeance, I didn’t see her as bad. She was treated badly by her clan, and had to try to survive when she was exiled. She was exiled because she lied that the father of her kits was the leader’s son who had passed to StarClan, but he wasn’t.
Then, she decided that maybe her mate, Appledusk, would be willing to let her into his clan and so would their leader. Mapleshade’s kits were half RiverClan, but, on her way, she had to cross the river, when it was storming. Mapleshade must have forgot that there was a bridge! She forgot the bridge, and Mapleshade and her kits had to cross the stepping stones. It was a sad story, as all her kits drowned.
They where rescued by Appledusk, but didn’t survive or were already dead. Then, Mapleshade found out Appledusk had another mate who was expecting kits. Mapleshade was angry and furious when Appledusk blamed her for the death of her own kits. Mapleshade decided to get revenge on all the cats who had done her wrong, including the kits (and their kits and so on..) of Appledusk’s other mate.
Here are the cats she killed to avenge her kits and why:
Ravenwing: He was the one to tell ThunderClan that Mapleshade’s kits where half clan, and that Birchface was not their father, Appledusk of RiverClan was.
Frecklewish: Frecklewish was at the river when Mapleshade’s kits died. But she didn’t do anything to save them, she just watched, you could say she was blinded by grief because she had thought that Mapleshade was mates with Frecklewish’s brother, Birchface, and she thought Birchface would live on through Mapleshade’s kits.
Appledusk: For Appledusk, Mapleshade was furious that Appledusk had turned his back on Mapleshade and broke up with her. Mapleshade tried to kill Appledusk’s new mate and her unborn kits. She was unsuccessful but did kill Appledusk.
In Crookedstar’s Promise, Crookedstar (when he was Crookedpaw) made a promise. He was just an apprentice at that time, so he didn’t know what he would have to sacrifice. Mapleshade made sure that Crookpaw always kept his promise, and Crookedstar sadly sacrificed his whole family one by one, including Shellheart, because Shellheart was one of Willownose’s kits. And Willownose was the daughter of Appledusk and his mate.
Names: Maplekit, Maplepaw and Mapleshade.
Death: Excessive blood loss caused by Perchpaw.
Kits: Petalkit, Larchkit and Patchkit.
Former mate: Appledusk.
Dark Forest apprentices: Crookedstar, Goosefeather and Ivypool.
Current place: The Dark Forest.
I hope you enjoyed this post!