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"I know what it's like to lose kits, Oakheart, I wouldn't wish that kind of grief on any cat."
— Graypool to Oakheart sadly remembering her lost kits in Forest of Secrets, page 4
Graypool

StarClanAlt. StarClan

Graypool.star
Affiliations
Current: StarClan[1]
Past: RiverClan,[2] WindClan[3]
Age
Age: Approx. 72 moons (6 years)[2] at death[4]
Cause of Death
Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma[5]
Names
Kit:
Apprentice:
Warrior:
Queen:
Elder:
StarClan Resident:
Graykit[2]
Graypaw[6]
Graypool[7]
Graypool[8]
Graypool[9]
Graypool[1]
Kin
Mate:
Son:
Daughter:
Kit:
Foster Daughter:
Foster Son:
Mother:
Father:
Sister:
Rippleclaw
Splashkit
Morningkit
Unnamed kit
Mistystar
Stonefur
Fallowtail
Reedfeather
Willowbreeze
Education
Mentor(s): Brightsky,[6] Piketooth[10]
Book Appearances
Living: Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Battles of the Clans, Forest of Secrets, Tigerclaw's Fury, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path
Dead: Night Whispers, Mistystar's Omen

Graypool is a skinny,[11] dark[12] gray she-cat[13] with soft,[14] patchy fur, a scarred muzzle turning white with age,[11] a small head,[4] broken teeth,[15] and pale[16] yellow eyes.[11]

History

In the Super Edition Arc

Crookedstar's Promise

Graykit is born to Fallowtail of RiverClan and Reedfeather of WindClan along with her sister, Willowkit, though at that time, it is unknown that Reedfeather is their father.
Crookedkit takes Graykit and her sister out to play, and while watching the two play, he sees a heron circling high above the RiverClan camp. The heron dives down and attempts to attack RiverClan, so Crookedkit protects her and her littermate. Afterwards, Graykit ungratefully claims that she did not see the heron because Crookedkit was sitting on top of her, not realizing Crookedkit saved her life.
Reedfeather comes to claim his kits after a big quarrel happened between Fallowtail and Reedfeather. He wins the fight and gets the kits while Fallowtail sinks into deep depression and sorrow. Some time later, Hailstar comes into camp with two bundles of fur which are the kits. Fallowtail runs to her kits, licks them, and cries.
Graykit and Willowkit become apprentices, and Graypaw receives Brightsky as her mentor. She is excited to be going to the Moonstone with Cedarpelt and Crookedpaw, along with her sister and her mentor, Owlfur. As Willowpaw worries that WindClan might steal them back, she fluffs out her fur and reminds Willowpaw that WindClan followed the warrior code, and would never stop them from traveling to the Moonstone, and exchanges a glance with her sister, reliving memories of their moon in the other Clan. She screws up her nose when Cedarpelt tells them to get traveling herbs from Brambleberry, and complains at the taste when she swallows hers.
As the group travels to the Moonstone, Cedarpelt tells Graypaw that there's no need to stir up memories by marching them right past WindClan's camp. When they reach Mothermouth, Graypaw gasps. When Crookedpaw catches a rabbit while they are waiting, Graypaw finishes first, and Brightsky gives her the rest of her share. Brightsky teases her that nothing ruins her appetite, and asks her if she realized they were about to meet StarClan. When she sees the Moonstone for the first time, she is amazed.
When Oakheart is teasing Crookedpaw about Willowpaw liking him, he mentions that Graypaw had said that Willowpaw was going to move her nest next to Crookedpaw's. She is seen beside her sister during Hailstar's speech to reclaim Sunningrocks. The day after, she and Brightsky go out to mark the borders.
At a Gathering, Willowpaw remarks that Graypaw was a show-off, glancing back at a knot of apprentices and seeing Graypaw twisting in the air. Crookedjaw suggests teasingly that she should show them how Graypaw snores, and Willowpaw says she's not sure if they're ready for that.
Shellheart puts Crookedjaw in charge of a patrol consisting of Oakheart, Mudfur, Brightsky, and Voleclaw to check for WindClan scent at the Twoleg bridge. Brightsky asks if Graypaw can come, and Crookedjaw replies that she can. Graypaw scampers in the shallows, asking if they could fish. Oakheart tells her she can if she wants to carry it for the rest of the morning. She wonders if eating a tiny minnow would be breaking the warrior code, but Mudfur tells her it would still be breaking the warrior code.
Brightsky calls for Graypaw to come back, as she had crossed the bridge and was sniffing the bank on the other side. She calls back that it was their territory right up to the waterfall, and Brightsky growls that Fallowtail should have raised her to do as she was told. Oakheart is growling during the banter, and Crookedjaw sees Twolegs a few tail-lengths from Graypaw. The warriors tell her to run, but she is rooted to the ground, and Brightsky grabs her scruff as the other warriors distract the Twoleg kits. Brightsky tells her to run again, and she does, sprinting across the bridge and into the river, back to the camp.
Graypaw returns with Hailstar and Echomist, leading them out of the grass. Hailstar says she had told them what happened, and Fallowtail thanks Crookedjaw for saving her. As they head back, Crookedjaw notes that it was obvious she had told the whole Clan about her near-capture.
A half moon later, her mentor has moved into the nursery, expecting Mudfur's kits, although she is now sick. Graypaw is huddled under the shade of the fallen tree. She tells Crookedjaw that she would have listened to Brightsky if she knew she was expecting kits, and Crookedjaw tells her it wasn't her fault she was ill. Rippleclaw wakes up and asks if Piketooth, her new mentor, couldn't take her training to take her mind off things. Seeing that he's busy with the kits, he teaches her some moves at the edge of the clearing. When Rippleclaw says he wants to be in the patrol that marks Sunningrocks, Piketooth tells the kits he has to train Graypaw, and asks if she wants to fish as they leave camp.
After Brightsky dies, Willowpaw and Graypaw race into camp, declaring that they passed their assessments. Graypaw paces around her sister, and says that Willowpaw caught a blackbird, and Willowpaw says that Graypaw had caught the biggest trout Owlfur had ever seen. When their warriors name are announced, Graypaw receives the name of Graypool.
A moon after they become warriors, Graypool and Willowbreeze go on patrol with Crookedjaw, Voleclaw, Oakheart, and Petaldust. When Mapleshade rolls the Twoleg ball closer, she hides under a bramble from an adult Twoleg. When Willowbreeze is captured by a Twoleg, Graypool stares after her sister in horror.
When Crookedjaw plans to save Willowbreeze, Graypool asks if she can come, but Fallowtail won't let her. Graypool follows him anyway. Crookedjaw tells her to go home, but Graypool refuses. The two sniff around the Twoleg pelt-dens, and wait until the Twolegs fall asleep, and free Willowbreeze from the cage. The cage falls on top of Graypool, who squawks, and she and Crookedjaw pull at the trap, freeing her sister and escaping back out into the field.
Far away from the pelt-dens, Crookedjaw sees Mapleshade. She asks what the holdup was, and asks if he needs help. Crookedjaw flicks his tail impatiently and tells her to get Willowbreeze back safely, as she'd gone through a lot in one day. She nods and steers her sister down the path.
She is seen while Shellheart is organizing the day's patrols, Rippleclaw murmuring in her ear. She is seen expecting Rippleclaw's kits, having recently moved from her den to the nursery. She is sick, having felt nauseous for days and having little appetite. Oakheart asks if they should move Graypool and Softwing up to the elders' den, but Hailstar tells him not yet.
She gives birth to her kits, and names them Morningkit and Splashkit, but they die as sick and weak kits, less than a moon after they were kitted. She was said to have been very ill afterwards, and the medicine cats had sat with her until she could go out of camp occasionally, yowling her heartbreak out loud.
She grieves for a very long time until two "stray" kits suddenly turn up. Oakheart states that he found them abandoned by the border. She looks up with defiance in her eyes, saying that she was going to keep them and raise them as her own. A moon later, the kits are now known as Stonekit and Mistykit. Stonekit complains to Graypool, as Mistykit had pounced on the bulrush Willowbreeze was dragging around for them. Graypool gently tells Mistykit to let her brother have a turn. When Stonekit complains that the carp Oakheart had caught smells fishy, she tells him it's because it's a fish. She promises him that they can have mouse another time when he asks.
Moons later, her fostered kits are now warriors, Mistyfoot and Stonefur. She chides Stonefur after hearing that he chased off a Twoleg, saying that she wished he wouldn't take so many chances.

Bluestar's Prophecy

Graykit does not formally appear in Bluestar's Prophecy, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the The Prophecies Begin Arc

Forest of Secrets

When Oakheart takes his and Bluestar's kits to RiverClan to become RiverClan kits, he gives them to Graypool, whom is then the oldest nursing queen, to nurse and raise them. He tells her that they were abandoned in the forest, not revealing his and Bluestar's secret love. Since she had just recently lost her kits, Graypool agrees to nurse them, though she refuses to believe that a mother would abandon her kits in the middle of the forest, especially during the middle of a cold leaf-bare. She questions Oakheart a little bit saying that she's known the loss of kits to a mother, but when he refuses, she doesn't push it. She then smells ThunderClan scent on them. The kits grow up to be Mistyfoot and Stonefur. They know Graypool as their mother, not Bluestar, and since they have the same colored pelt they never questioned that she was their mother.
Graypool later tells Fireheart about their heritage, because he wants to know why Oakheart had told Redtail, that no ThunderClan cat would ever harm Stonefur at the battle at Sunningrocks. Graypool says to Fireheart that she is proud of her two foster kits, mentioning that she likes to think they kind of look like her. Graypool also earns Fireheart's respect, and she gets him to promise he will never tell Mistyfoot and Stonefur of their divided heritage because she likes that they think that she's their mother and sees them as her own kits.

Rising Storm

Graypool does not formally appear in Rising Storm, but is listed in the allegiances.

A Dangerous Path

Due to her age, Graypool's mind starts to give way and she starts to wander around aimlessly by herself.
She finds the ShadowClan leader, Tigerstar, at Fourtrees, and mistakes him for Oakheart. She accidentally reveals the truth about some ThunderClan kits in RiverClan. Fireheart watches in horror as she realizes Tigerstar isn't Oakheart, and she begins to back up as Tigerstar walks forward, trying to learn more. She tries to escape, then slips off the slope, hits her head on a rock, and instantly dies. Tigerstar crouches to sniff her body, then bounds back up the slope toward his own territory.
A short while later, Graystripe and Mistyfoot come by and bring her body back to the RiverClan camp after Fireheart explains that she had slipped, not mentioning Tigerstar, although he is worried that because he is nearby, he will be thought partly responsible for her death. Fireheart then asks if he can help bury Graypool, but Mistyfoot says that he has done enough.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

Night Whispers

Graypool is seen with Mudfur at the Moonpool in StarClan when Jayfeather walks in Willowshine's dream. Her paws are mentioned to be rooted to the stone, and she stares intently at Willowshine, while saying that their ancestors will walk with them.

In the Field Guide Arc

Cats of the Clans

Rock tells the StarClan kits about how Oakheart gave his kits to Graypool to raise. He knew that she would smell their ThunderClan scent, but trusted her to keep quiet, as she would not purposely let two helpless kits die. No cat, including Mistyfoot and Stonefur themselves, questioned that she was their mother, because of their similarly colored fur, and she treated them like any other RiverClan kits. Other than Bluestar, and Oakheart, Graypool is the only cat who knew Mistyfoot and Stonefur's true heritage (although it is revealed in Crookedstar's Promise that Crookedstar knew of their heritage as well).

Battles of the Clans

She and her sister, Willowkit, are given to their WindClan father, Reedfeather, by Fallowtail. Later, Hailstar secretly leads a raiding party to steal the two kits back. He finds them, along with Timberfur and Ottersplash, and they threaten to kill two WindClan warriors to get away alive. They get back to RiverClan after a fight.
At the end of their apprenticeship, their mother, Fallowtail, comes to Hailstar asking that Graypaw be named Graypool and Willowpaw be named Willowbreeze, so they will forever remember that they carry the strength of both the wind and the water within them.

The Ultimate Guide

It mentions of Crookedstar’s page that Willowbreeze was captured by Twolegs and Crookedjaw, along with Graypool, rescued her. It is also mentioned on Oakheart’s page that he gave Mistykit and Stonekit to Graypool to care for. It is also mentioned on Mistystar’s and Stonefur’s page that they were raised by Graypool after the death of her own litter. Graypool did guess where they were from but kept Oakheart’s secret and raised the kits to be loyal, RiverClan warriors.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

Graypool does not formally appear in Tigerclaw's Fury, but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

At the end of the vigil for Leopardstar's death, Mistystar leans into her ear and whispers "May the sun warm your back and the fish leap into your paws". Pouncetail overhears and says that he hasn't heard that saying since before the Clans left the old forest. Mistystar tells him that Graypool used to say it to Stonefur and her as a way of wishing them good dreams.
When Mistystar wakes up in StarClan during her nine lives ceremony, Graypool is the first StarClan cat she meets. Graypool enters through bushes behind Mistystar, and Mistystar recognizes her by scent before sight. The two she cats greet each other with purring, nuzzling, and licking. Mistyfoot buries her face in Graypool's fur and confesses that she is scared of making a mistake during the ceremony. Graypool reassures her that there is nothing to mess up or get wrong. While they talk, the other StarClan cats gather around them. Graypool is the first to give Mistystar one of her new lives. Graypool gives her a life to use for loving her Clanmates 'as if each cat were your kit, borne of your body and your pain.' Although receiving the life hurts, Mistystar draws strength from the warmth she sees in Graypool's eyes and remains standing. Mistyfoot thanks her, and Graypool steps back.

Trivia

Interesting Facts

  • Graypool suffered a form of dementia toward the end of her life.[17]
  • She has WindClan blood through Reedfeather.[18]

Mistakes

  • She was mistakenly called Graypool when she was still an apprentice.[19]
  • In Forest of Secrets, she is said to have one remaining kit when Mistykit and Stonekit are brought to her, but in Crookedstar's Promise she has no remaining kits at that point.[20]
  • She is mistakenly mentioned as Crookedstar's apprentice.[21][22]
  • She was mistakenly described as pale gray.[23]

Character Pixels

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Kin

Members

Mate:

Rippleclaw:[8] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)

Son:

Splashkit:[24] Deceased, Residence Unknown

Daughter:

Morningkit:[24] Deceased, Residence Unknown

Kit:

Unnamed tabby kit:[20] Status Unknown

Foster Son:

Stonefur:[20] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Foster Daughter:

Mistystar:[20] Living (As of Tigerheart's Shadow)

Father:

Reedfeather:[18] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)

Mother:

Fallowtail:[25] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)

Sister:

Willowbreeze:[25] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
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Uncles:
Cedarpelt:[26] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)
Marshcloud:[27] Living (As of Tallstar's Revenge)

Nieces:

Minnowkit:[28] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Willowkit:[28] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Silverstream:[28] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Grandnephew:

Stormfur:[29] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)

Grandniece:

Feathertail:[29] Deceased, Verified Tribe of Endless Hunting and StarClan member

Great-Grandnephew:

Pine That Clings to Rock:[30] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)

Great-Grandniece:

Lark That Sings at Dawn:[30] Living (As of Sign of the Moon)

Cousins:

Frogleap:[31] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)
Sunfish:[31] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)
Grasskit:[32] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)
Vixenkit:[32] Living (As of Crookedstar's Promise)

Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Reedfeather
 
Fallowtail
 
Marshcloud
 
Cedarpelt
 
Lakeshine
 
 
 
Hailstar
 
Echomist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Crookedstar
 
Willowbreeze
 
 
 
Graypool
 
Rippleclaw
 
Frogleap
 
Sunfish
 
Beetlenose
 
Voleclaw
 
Petaldust
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graystripe
 
Silverstream
 
Willowkit
 
Minnowkit
 
Unnamed
 
Splashkit
 
Morningkit
 
Grasskit
 
Vixenkit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feathertail
 
Stormfur
 
Brook
 
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Pine
 
Lark

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Quotes

"Doesn't anything ruin your appetite? You do realize you're about to meet StarClan, don't you?"
—Brightsky purring to Graypaw Crookedstar's Promise, page 201


Graypool: "Oakheart? What have you got there?"
Oakheart: "Kits, Graypool. Will you take them? They need a mother to look after them."
Graypool: "But... Whose kits are these? They're not RiverClan's. Where did you get them?"
Oakheart: "I found them in the forest. They're lucky a fox didn't find them first."
Graypool: "In the forest? Oakheart, don't talk to me as if I'm mouse-brained. What cat would abandon her kits in the forest, especially in weather like this?"
Oakheart: "Rogues, maybe, or Twolegs. How would I know? I couldn't leave them there, could I? Graypool, please... Your other kits died, and these will too, unless you help them."
Graypool: "I have plenty of milk. Of course I'll take them."
—Graypool accepting care of Stonekit and Mistykit Forest of Secrets, pages 2-3


Graypool: "I still don't understand. Why would two kits be alone in the forest in the middle of leaf-bare? Their mother must be frantic."
Oakheart: "I didn't steal them, if that's what you're thinking."
Graypool: "No, I don't think you did. But you're not telling me the whole truth, are you?"
Oakheart: "I've told you all you need to know."
Graypool: "No, you haven't! What about their mother? I know what it's like to lose kits, Oakheart. I wouldn't wish that kind of grief on any cat."
Oakheart: "Their mother is probably some rogue cat. This is not the weather to go looking for her."
Graypool: "But Oakheart—"
Oakheart: "Just take care of the kits, please! I'll bring you some fresh-kill."
—Graypool demanding to know the origin of the kits Forest of Secrets, pages 3-4


"Don't be such a fool. You're too proud for your own good. How can we feed ourselves, even with the thaw? There are no fish to eat. The river's practically poisoned; you know it is."
—Graypool to Crookedstar Forest of Secrets, page 133


References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Night Whispers, page 155
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 119
  3. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 142
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 76
  5. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 75
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 191
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 282
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 419
  9. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 258
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 66
  12. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, allegiances
  13. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 2
  14. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 53
  15. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 67
  16. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 72
  17. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 139
  19. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 209
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 3
  21. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 52
  22. Revealed in The Warriors Guide, page 34
  23. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 3
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 447
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  26. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 138
  27. Revealed on Kate's Facebook
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 474
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 2
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 222
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 486

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