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A leadership ceremony is the ceremony in which, when the leader dies or retires, the deputy receives their nine lives and their leader name with the suffix -star.


How the Ceremony Originated

Secrets of the Clans tells that when the early warrior ancestors promised Shadowstar, Riverstar, Windstar, Thunderstar, and Skystar that if they found other cats like themselves, chose a home in the forest, and set down borders in the forest, they would reward the five cats with eight more lives, so that they may lead their Clans for many more moons to come.[1]

However, in Moth Flight's Vision, Moth Flight receives a vision to take Wind Runner to the Moonstone as the leader is severely injured.[2] Wind Runner loses her first life, but by then StarClan has already given her extra lives, also renaming her Windstar.[3] After this, Moth Flight tells the other medicine cats to take their leaders to the Moonstone for their own Leadership Ceremonies.[4] All four other leaders are given new leader names as well.[5]

Process

The new leader goes to the Moonstone (or Moonpool) with the Clan's medicine cat. After touching the stone (or drinking from the pool), the new leader cannot move for a short period of time, because their old life is being ripped away so they can receive nine new ones.[6] Upon awakening, cats of StarClan come down from Silverpelt.[7] Nine cats, normally ones who were significant during the new leader's life, although this is not always the case,[8] give them their nine lives with these words:

Life-Giver: (Touches nose to the top of the new leader's head) With this life I give you (gift). Use it well (to, in, as, for, etc.) (use of gift).[9]

When all of the lives have been given, normally the previous leader says these words:

Previous Leader: I hail you by your new name, _____star. Your old life is no more. You have now received the nine lives of a leader, and StarClan grants you the guardianship of ____Clan. Defend it well; care for young and old; honor your ancestors and the traditions of the warrior code; live each life with pride and dignity.[10]

Often, after all the lives are given, the previous leader usually conducts the coronation for the new leader. However, sometimes the previous leader does not speak at the ceremony, or it is unknown if they are actually present, and another cat will conduct the coronation for the new leader - often the last cat to give them a life, but it also can be performed by the entirety of the amount of StarClan cats known to be present in the ceremony.[11]

Just as the forest-cats would call a warrior by their new name, the StarClan cats acclaim the new leader.[10] After the ceremony, the new leader is not allowed to tell any cat what happened during the ceremony.[12]

Each of the lives normally give the new leader a great deal of pain as a sign to ready them for the hard work it normally will be to lead their Clan. However, certain lives, depending on the gift, such as Spottedleaf's life with the gift of love to Firestar, do not and instead give the warrior a much better feeling.[13]

Getting nine lives does not necessarily mean that a leader will live longer, but they can survive certain accidents or injuries that would claim the life of a cat.[14] However, they cannot survive if they have major injuries such as the injuries Scourge gave Tigerstar.[15]

If a leader no longer wishes to be the leader, they must go to the Moonstone/Moonpool to revoke all but one life, so their deputy may have their full nine lives. Sunstar only had eight lives because Pinestar never officially retired at the Moonstone.[16]

Lives

During the Leadership Ceremony, nine lives are given to the new leader. Those lives are virtues or traits that the leader might lack in and aims towards making their leadership fair to all cats they lead.[17]

Notes

  • Bluestar gives Firestar a life that has three virtues: Nobility, Certainty and Faith.[20]
  • Crookedstar gives Mistystar a life that has two virtues: Wisdom and Strength.[11]
  • Mistystar is given the life of justice twice, just worded differently. Stonefur gives the life of equality and battling injustice and Bluestar gives the life of doing what is right however hard that may be.[11]
  • Windstar receives a few lives that has two virtues: Petal gives her the life of Friendship and Loyalty,[42] Branch gives her the life of Confidence and Trust,[70] and Willow Tail gives her the life of Grace and Forgiveness.[41]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 5
  2. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 421
  3. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, pages 446-447
  4. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, pages 450-451
  5. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 454
  6. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 45
  7. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 46
  8. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 442-443
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 47
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 54
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, page Chapter 3
  12. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 67
  13. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, pages 52-53
  14. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 302
  15. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 234
  16. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 96
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page Chapter 10
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 498
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 53
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 52
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 448
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 500
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 442
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 52
  26. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 91
  27. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 442
  28. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 51
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 501
  30. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 441
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 495
  32. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 487
  33. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, pages 55-56
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 92
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 493
  36. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 440
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 446
  38. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 497
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 94
  40. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 501
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 443
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 441
  43. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 490
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 443
  45. 45.0 45.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 489
  46. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, page Chapter 2
  47. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 1
  48. 48.0 48.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 95
  49. 49.0 49.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 447
  50. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 57
  51. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 48
  52. 52.0 52.1 Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 53
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 502
  54. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 445
  55. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 444
  56. 56.0 56.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 49
  57. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 51
  58. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 2
  59. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 55
  60. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 499
  61. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 503
  62. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 50
  63. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 378
  64. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 444
  65. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 496
  66. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 54
  67. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 93
  68. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 445
  69. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 500
  70. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, pages 442-443


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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