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A deputy is a warrior who is second in command to the leader,[1] aiding them in their tasks and replacing them immediately after their death or retirement.[2] Also, when the leader is ill or unable to perform their duties, the deputy will take the leader's place until they recover, and they will take their place at Gatherings if the leader is absent and cannot attend.[3]


Description

Deputies are second in command of a Clan.[1] A deputy is chosen by the leader to be their successor.[4] Deputies sleep in the warriors' den; they do not have their own den like leaders do.[5] Deputies are responsible for organizing daily patrols for the Clan, such as hunting patrols and border patrols.[6] If a Clan leader is unable to lead a Clan temporarily due to sickness, being away from the Clan, etc., then the deputy would take over for that time.[3] If a deputy is sick or injured, then a warrior will temporarily take their place.[7] If the leader dies, the deputy would travel to Moonstone, or Moonpool with the medicine cat to share tongues with StarClan and receive their nine lives. If a deputy dies, the leader must appoint a new deputy before moonhigh.[4]

Qualifications

  • Must be a warrior.[4]
  • Trained at least one apprentice.[8]
  • Must be chosen by the Clan leader.[4]

Appointment

The leader of a Clan must decide on a new deputy before moonhigh[4] on the night that the old deputy has either died or become leader, and also must state his or her name before the body of the old deputy (if the previous deputy was deceased - if not, they say the new deputy's name before StarClan) so the spirit of the old deputy or other regular spirits will hear and approve of the leader's choice of the new deputy.[4] One exception to this rule is Fireheart, as Bluestar did not follow through with the ceremony right away. This lead to widespread rumors that Fireheart was unfit to be deputy.

When the leader dies or retires, the current deputy will become the new leader,[2] unless a rebellion starts (like the one Mudclaw started) or the leader changes the deputy before death.[9]

A warrior may not become deputy unless they have mentored at least one apprentice.[8] This is not always followed, as StarClan may give the leader or medicine cat an omen to choose a warrior who has not had an apprentice, such as Leafpool having a dream that caused Firestar to appoint Bramblestar, although he had not ever been a mentor at the time.[10] The main law's condition of being a mentor first was added to the warrior code after Acorntail of WindClan was appointed deputy under Featherstar. However, he was convinced he was the wrong cat and Featherstar suggested that he should mentor an apprentice to get used to giving orders and having authority. She later proposed this to add to the warrior code and the rest of the Clans gave their agreement.

Deputy Ceremony

Usually, when a leader appoints a new deputy, it is because of the death of their previous deputy. If this is the case, this is how the ceremony words usually go:

Leader: "I say these words before the body of (name of former deputy), that the spirits of our warrior ancestors may hear and approve of my choice. The new deputy of (name of Clan) will be (warrior's name)!"[4]

Retirement

A deputy can resign from their position if they wish to do so, for instance to retire as an elder (depending on age),[11] or an injury that doesn't heal well. They can also be deposed by the leader if considered unfit for the position.[9] In either of the cases, a new deputy will be named before moonhigh. A deputy can also be banished.[12]

Tasks

Tasks of a Clan deputy include:

  • Assisting the leader in their tasks; they are a sort of "apprentice leader"[1]
  • Assigning border patrols, listening to their reports and assigning hunting patrols[6]
  • Organizing warrior trainings to keep up their skills (like Brambleclaw did in Twilight)[13]
  • Making reports to the Clan leader[14]
  • Substitute for the Clan leader on Gatherings and in battles if they are unavailable (like Fireheart did for Bluestar after the fire that blazed through the forest in Rising Storm)[15]
  • As a deputy is also a warrior, they are expected to carry out warrior tasks as well (patrolling, hunting, mentoring etc.). They do not have a den of their own, but sleep with the other warriors.[5]

If the deputy is unavailable for a span of time, the senior warriors will distribute the deputy's tasks between them (like the ThunderClan senior warriors did when Graystripe was captured or when Tawnyspots was sick during Bluestar's Prophecy).[7]

List of Deputies by Clan

ThunderClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Lightningtail[16] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Owleyes[16] Owlstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Vinetail[17] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Leafstorm[18][19] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Daisyheart[20] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Greeneyes[21] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Seedpelt[22] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Beetail[23] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Goosefeather's Curse
Doefeather[24] Doestar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Goosefeather's Curse
Pineheart[25] Pinestar Before Goosefeather's Curse Goosefeather's Curse
Mumblefoot[26] None Before Bluestar's Prophecy Before Bluestar's Prophecy
Sunfall[27] Sunstar Before Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Tawnyspots[28] None Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Adderfang (temporary)[7] None Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Bluefur[29] Bluestar Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Redtail[30] None Bluestar's Prophecy Into the Wild
Lionheart[4] None Into the Wild Into the Wild
Tigerclaw[31] Tigerstar (ShadowClan) Into the Wild Forest of Secrets
Fireheart[32] Firestar Forest of Secrets The Darkest Hour
Whitestorm[33] None The Darkest Hour The Darkest Hour
Graystripe[34] None The Darkest Hour Sunset
Brambleclaw[35] Bramblestar Sunset Outcast
Graystripe (temporary)[36] None Outcast Eclipse
Brambleclaw[37] Bramblestar Eclipse The Last Hope
Squirrelflight[38] None The Last Hope ---

WindClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Gorsefur[39] Gorsestar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Stonetail[40] Stonestar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Mudpuddle[41] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Pebblefur[8] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Acorntail[42] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Milkfur[43] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Heatherstep[44] Heatherstar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Tallstar's Revenge
Gorsefoot[45][25] None Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Tallstar's Revenge
Reedfeather[46] None Before Tallstar's Revenge Bluestar's Prophecy
Talltail[47] Tallstar Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Deadfoot[48] None Bluestar's Prophecy The Darkest Hour
Mudclaw[43] None Before Firestar's Quest Starlight
Onewhisker[9] Onestar Starlight Starlight (technically Twilight)
Ashfoot[49] None Starlight (technically Twilight) Before Bramblestar's Storm
Harespring[50] None Before Bramblestar's Storm ----

RiverClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Sloefur[43] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Hailstep[43][51] Hailstar Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Tallstar's Revenge
Shellheart[46] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Bluestar's Prophecy
Crookedjaw[52] Crookedstar Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Timberfur[27] None Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Oakheart[53] None Bluestar's Prophecy Into the Wild
Leopardfur[48] Leopardstar Into the Wild A Dangerous Path
Stonefur[54] None A Dangerous Path The Darkest Hour
Mistyfoot[55] Mistystar The Darkest Hour Moonrise
Hawkfrost (temporary)[56] None Moonrise Dawn
Mistyfoot[57] Mistystar Dawn Fading Echoes
Reedwhisker[58] None Fading Echoes ---

ShadowClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Lakestorm[17] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Sunnytail[59] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Brightwhisker[60] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Marshscar[61] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Silvermask[62][63] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Snaketail[43] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Cedarpelt[64] None Before Goosefeather's Curse Before Bluestar's Prophecy
Stonetooth[46] None Before Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Raggedpelt[65] Raggedstar Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Foxheart[66] None Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Cloudpelt[66] None Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Brokentail[66] Brokenstar Bluestar's Prophecy Bluestar's Prophecy
Blackfoot[67] None Bluestar's Prophecy Into the Wild
Cinderfur[67] None Fire and Ice Rising Storm
Blackfoot[68] Blackstar Rising Storm The Darkest Hour
Russetfur[68] None Before Firestar's Quest Fading Echoes
Rowanclaw[58] Rowanstar Night Whispers Bramblestar's Storm
Crowfrost[69] None Bramblestar's Storm Thunder and Shadow
Tigerheart[70] None Thunder and Shadow ----

SkyClan

Deputy Later Name Entered Rank In Left Rank In
Maplewhisker[71] Maplestar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Raincloud[72] Unknown Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Petalfall[73] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Cloudstorm[74] Cloudstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Buzzardtail[75] Buzzardstar Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Honeyleaf[76] None Before Mapleshade's Vengeance Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Sharpclaw[76] None Firestar's Quest Hawkwing's Journey
Waspwhisker[77] None Hawkwing's Journey Hawkwing's Journey
Hawkwing[78] None Hawkwing's Journey ---

Trivia

  • Before the eighth rule of the warrior code came into existence, Clan leaders were originally chosen by their blood relation to the previous leader and not the deputy.[79] *Female deputies and leaders are not normally supposed to have kits. [80]

See Also

References & Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 75
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 311
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 112
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 51
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 272
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 270
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 387
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 68
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Starlight, page 119
  10. Revealed in Sunset
  11. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 494
  12. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 287
  13. Revealed in Twilight, page 53
  14. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 133
  15. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 303
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 22
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 20
  18. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 138
  19. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  20. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 94
  21. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 103
  22. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 151
  23. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, allegiances
  24. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  26. Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 5
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  28. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 314
  29. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 496
  30. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 504
  31. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 199
  32. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 297
  33. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 77
  34. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 297
  35. Revealed in Sunset, page 257
  36. Revealed in Outcast, page 146
  37. Revealed in Eclipse, page 41
  38. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 328
  39. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  40. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 13
  41. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 21
  42. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 69
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 43.4 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  44. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  45. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  47. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 101
  48. 48.0 48.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  49. Revealed in Starlight, page 131
  50. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, allegiances
  51. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  52. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 388
  53. Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  54. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 110
  55. Revealed in Midnight, allegiances
  56. Revealed in Dawn, page 80
  57. Revealed in Dawn, page 178
  58. 58.0 58.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, allegiances
  59. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 45
  60. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 85
  61. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 98
  62. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 136
  63. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  64. Revealed on Vicky' Facebook
  65. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 167
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 63
  67. 67.0 67.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 64
  68. 68.0 68.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 65
  69. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 290
  70. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 22
  71. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 77
  72. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 124
  73. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 76
  74. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  75. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 154
  76. 76.0 76.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  77. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 216
  78. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 379
  79. Revealed in Code of the Clans, pages 76-77
  80. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook


Hierarchy and Groups in the Warriors World
Clan Hierarchy KitsApprenticesWarriorsDeputiesLeadersQueensEldersMedicine Cats
Ceremonies VigilApprenticeWarriorDeputyLeaderElderMedicine CatName Changing
Tribe Hierarchy To-BesCave-GuardsPrey Hunters‎Kit MothersHealer/Stoneteller
Miscellaneous General Clan InformationGeneral Tribe InformationCat Names
Other Groups LonersRoguesBloodClanCats of the ParkThe Early SettlersClear Sky's GroupTall Shadow's Group

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