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"We all make mistakes. Some have echoes that last forever."
— Littlecloud in Fading Echoes, page 213
Littlecloud
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Affiliations
Current: StarClan[1]
Past: ShadowClan[2]
Age
Age: Approx. 121 moons (10.1 years)[3] at death[4]
Cause of Death
Cause of Death: Old age[5]
Names
Kit:
Apprentice:
Warrior:
Medicine Cat Apprentice:
Medicine Cat:
StarClan Resident:
Littlekit[6]
Littlepaw[2]
Littlecloud[7]
Littlecloud[8]
Littlecloud[9]
Littlecloud[1]
Kin
Mother:
Brothers:
Newtspeck
Wetfoot, Brownpaw
Education
Mentor(s): Clawface,[2] Runningnose[8]
Apprentice(s): Flametail[10]
Medicine Cat Position
Preceded by: Runningnose[9]
Succeeded by: Leafpool,[5] Puddleshine[5]
Book Appearances
Living: Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, The Ultimate Guide, Yellowfang's Secret, Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, Tigerclaw's Fury, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Firestar's Quest, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset, Leafpool's Wish, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, The Clans Decide, Hollyleaf's Story, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Mistystar's Omen, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Last Hope, Dovewing's Silence, Bramblestar's Storm, The Apprentice's Quest, Thunder and Shadow
Dead: Tigerheart's Shadow

Littlecloud is a very small,[11] thin,[12] brown tabby tom.[13] He has light blue eyes,[14] and a brown nose.[15]

History

In the Super Edition Arc

Yellowfang's Secret

Littlekit is born to Newtspeck, along with his brothers Wetkit and Brownkit. He is mentioned to have only been recently born.
He follows his mother and littermates out of the nursery when Brokenstar calls a Clan meeting and Mosskit is made an apprentice.
Littlekit participates in the training session with the other four kits and Mosspaw, and are seen stalking and swiping one another, while Brokenstar watches. After Yellowfang and Brokenstar argue, Brokenstar tells Littlekit to use his hind paws in the attack he is practicing.
When Yellowfang discovers that Mosspaw is dead, she sends all five kits back to the camp. Brokenstar ends up making the rest of the kits apprentices, and gives him Clawface as his mentor. The newly named Littlepaw scampers up to his mentor to touch noses with him.
After the battle with WindClan, Littlepaw is seen creeping into Yellowfang's den, holding up a paw that has a claw torn out. He asks if Badgerfang is really dead, and when Yellowfang confirms that he is indeed dead, he exclaims that he's a true warrior now and hopes he's watching him from StarClan. Yellowfang sadly thinks that the tiny cats were far too accepting of death in battle.

Firestar's Quest

Littlecloud does not formally appear in Firestar's Quest, but is listed in the allegiances.
Littlecloud's mentor, Runningnose, has joined the elders, making him the sole medicine cat of ShadowClan.

Bramblestar's Storm

As Bramblestar and his patrol arrives at ShadowClan camp, Littlecloud sits to the side, looking worried. As the patrol leaves, there’s a thump of pawsteps. Bramblestar turns around to see that it is Littlecloud. The medicine cat pants as he halts beside the patrol, greeting Bramblestar and asking how Jayfeather and Leafpool are. Squirrelflight tries to explain, but Bramblestar snaps at her and the deputy apologizes to Littlecloud. They walk away and Littlecloud watches them in disappointment. Squirrelflight asks Bramblestar why he snapped as Littlecloud was asking a good and genuine question. Bramblestar explains they are not medicine cats. Later, Rowanclaw and Littlecloud arrive in ThunderClan camp. Littlecloud greets Bramblestar, glancing at Rowanclaw. He explains they are on their way to the Moonpool. He doesn’t know if the floods have affected it, but it’s high up so should be okay. He sighs and says that if it’s been flooded too, he fears for the Clans. After they leave, Jayfeather asks if Rowanclaw and Littlecloud were present before. He realizes that Blackstar has lost his last life and they are going for Rowanclaw’s nine lives ceremony.
Leafpool goes to ShadowClan camp and asks to talk to Littlecloud. Rowanstar agrees and Littlecloud emerges from a thicket. He looks very frail and old, eyes fixed in the distance as his haunches quiver before he sits down. Leafpool touches noses and asks Littlecloud how he is. The tabby replies he is fine and reports the apprentices are searching for medicine to replenish his stores. He also notes that everyone here is healthy. Leafpool offers to check his supplies as she might have something to spare. Littlecloud’s eyes glimmer with appeasement as he thanks Leafpool, saying it will be helpful. He leads Leafpool into the thicket to sort the supplies. They emerge later with Leafpool asking to stay. She says that Littlecloud’s stores are small and she can really help him. Littlecloud admits he could have help only for a few days. Cinderheart wonders if Leafpool will stay as Littlecloud hasn’t had an apprentice since Flametail’s death. When the patrol returns to camp, Jayfeather asks where Leafpool is and Bramblestar explains she is staying behind to help out Littlecloud. Later, Bramblestar asks about Crowfrost as he was badly hurt. Pouncetail reassures he is being taken to Littlecloud.

In the The Prophecies Begin Arc

Into the Wild

Littlepaw is a kit who is forced into an early apprenticeship by the cruel leader of ShadowClan, Brokenstar. His mentor is listed in the allegiances as Clawface.
At Firepaw and Graypaw's first Gathering, he speaks with the two ThunderClan apprentices, as well as Lionheart, and they tell him about the three great Clans of ancient times, LionClan, TigerClan, and LeopardClan. When Lionheart becomes suspicous and asks him how old he is, Littlepaw's mood changes. He uncomfortably states he is six moons old. When Lionheart points out his small size, he says that his mother is also small, then hurries off, as if nervous about something. As ShadowClan gathers to leave, Firepaw notices that Littlepaw isn't unusually small compared to the other ShadowClan apprentices.

Fire and Ice

Littlecloud does not formally appear in Fire and Ice, but is listed in the allegiances. Littlepaw is now a warrior, Littlecloud.

Forest of Secrets

Littlecloud does not formally appear in Forest of Secrets, but is listed in the allegiances.

Rising Storm

Littlecloud is recognized by Fireheart at once when a ThunderClan patrol captures him and Whitethroat sleeping on ThunderClan territory on the roots of a tree. They are dirty, weak and starving. Yellowfang recognizes the disease that comes from the rats in Carrionplace they carry, and orders them to leave at once. Littlecloud protests, saying that Runningnose was with Nightstar, who became gravely ill after returning from the Gathering, all night, and let a kit die at its mother's belly without one poppy seed to ease its way to StarClan. He expresses his fear that Runningnose will let them die, too.
Despite Cinderpelt's desire to help them, Fireheart and Sandstorm are ordered to escort the ill cats to the Thunderpath. Fireheart catches a mouse for them, but they don't eat much of it due to a loss of appetite. What they do eat, they vomit soon after. Once they say farewell, Fireheart offers to see them across, but Littlecloud insists on crossing alone. Once they leave, Fireheart and Sandstorm follow them, discovering that the two cats use a tunnel leading under the Thunderpath to get back home, a passage ShadowClan most likely wants to remain a secret.
Fireheart discovers the two sick cats later being treated by Cinderpelt in a root cave. She had felt too badly for them to let them go back to ShadowClan to die. Fireheart insists on sending the cats home before the sickness is spread, but Cinderpelt won't let them leave until they are fully healed. Fireheart's pity gets the best of him, and he allows the two to stay.

A Dangerous Path

He travels with the other medicine cats to the Moonstone, and he greets Cinderpelt, the ThunderClan medicine cat, cordially, touching noses with her, and sharing the news that he is Runningnose's apprentice now. He enthusiastically goes on to say that when he and Whitethroat were ill, Cinderpelt knew just what to do: she gave them healing herbs to take back to the Clan, and they worked, inspiring him to become a medicine cat. The ShadowClan medicine cat apprentice also explains that Whitethroat would not come back with him to camp because he was scared of catching the sickness again, even though they had the healing herbs with them. He concludes by saying that he found Whitethroat's body beside the Thunderpath a few days later, and Cinderpelt presses her muzzle comfortingly against Littlecloud's flank to cheer him up. He is last seen going to Highstones with Cinderpelt limping beside him.

The Darkest Hour

Littlecloud does not formally appear in The Darkest Hour, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the New Prophecy Arc

Midnight

Littlecloud travels to the Moonstone with the other medicine cats, Cinderpelt, her apprentice Leafpaw, Mudfur of RiverClan and his new apprentice, Mothwing, and Barkface of WindClan. When Leafpaw begins to pick up the scent of ShadowClan, she murmurs that she recognizes Littlecloud. Cinderpelt answers that the ShadowClan medicine cat usually waits for her, and Leafpaw remembers that Cinderpelt had saved Littlecloud's life when sickness raged through ShadowClan. Because of that, Littlecloud had chosen to follow the path of a medicine cat. Ever since then, there had been a bond of friendship between him and Cinderpelt, beyond even the common loyalty shared by all medicine cats.
Leafpaw and the other medicine cats spot him sitting alone at the base of the Great Rock, and the ThunderClan medicine cat apprentice notes that he is alone, as he has no apprentice. When he spots them, he leaps to his paws and calls out a greeting. Later, when he joins the other medicine cats at the Moonstone, he asks his warrior ancestors to show the medicine cats the destiny of their Clans.

Moonrise

Littlecloud speaks out against Blackstar and agrees with Cinderpelt that eating rats from Carrionplace is dangerous and can result in fatal sickness when the cats from ThunderClan arrive at the ShadowClan camp to talk to Blackstar. Littlecloud states that he was ill himself and he would have died if it Cinderpelt hadn't been there. Blackstar silences him angrily and argues that the sickness was just a punishment from StarClan because Nightstar wasn't a properly chosen leader, and that there's no danger in eating food from Carrionplace now. Cinderpelt retorts tartly that there is danger if a leader silences his medicine cat or pretends to know more than they do about the will of StarClan.
Later, at a half-moon Gathering of the medicine cats, when the RiverClan and WindClan medicine cats are late, he assures Leafpaw and Cinderpelt that they will be along soon. Littlecloud also shoots Leafpaw a sympathetic glance when her belly rumbles loudly due to hunger. He tells Cinderpelt that Blackstar has been sending warriors to fetch crowfood from the Carrionplace and how they haven't had any sickness yet, but it's only a matter of time. He also mentions that he has tried telling his Clan not to touch any carrion, but that it's hard since Blackstar gives all the orders and most of his Clanmates are too hungry to care about what they're eating, anyway.

Dawn

Littlecloud is first seen when the Clans are awaiting the sign from the dying warrior showing them to their new home. ShadowClan however, does not want to wait, so they head back to their territory as Blackstar suggests that every Clan fends for themselves.
He walks from cat to cat, helpless and without his supplies. His Clan barely makes it out alive as their camp is destroyed right before their eyes. They lie, exhausted, beside an abandoned Thunderpath. He and his Clan then accept shelter on Sunningrocks from Firestar. Once they reach Sunningrocks, Blackstar orders Littlecloud to do what he can to help his Clanmates. After some persuasion, Blackstar allows Cody, Cinderpelt, and Leafpaw to assist him in treating the injured cats. After treating most of the cats, RiverClan announces that they will travel with WindClan and ThunderClan. Blackstar also has no choice but to travel with the other Clans, as their camp is completely destroyed. The Clans plan to leave at dawn. Right before the Clans leave, the medicine cats make sure all the cats have had traveling herbs.
Once on the journey, Littlecloud is seen with Tallpoppy and her kit, Marshkit, after he is injured by an eagle. Later, after Talon, Jag and Night, three cave-guards of the Tribe of Rushing Water, offer the Clans shelter, Blackstar consults Littlecloud on what is best for his Clan. Littlecloud encourages Blackstar to accept the offer, as the elders and kits will not make it much farther without food and shelter. Blackstar accepts the offer, and the Clans shelter in the caves of the Tribe's.

Starlight

Littlecloud arrives at the medicine cats' meeting along with Mothwing, the RiverClan medicine cat. He immediately demands to know how Tallstar's condition is when Barkface, the WindClan medicine cat, comes to join the other medicine cats at the half-moon. Littlecloud questions if the Clans are sure this is the right place, the place that StarClan had meant for them to settle, and he notes that without the Moonstone, the only way the Clans can reach StarClan is through dreams and signs, and he has seen nothing to reassure himself that this is where the Clans are supposed to be. He also adds that he supposes the medicine cats could start restocking their supplies while they wait for StarClan to speak to them. He says that the medicine cats will need horsetail because the Clan cats have picked up all kinds of scratches and scrapes on the Great Journey.
When the medicine cats are exploring the island, Littlecloud repeatedly tries to convince the Clan medicine cats against Mothwing's idea that the island would be perfect for Gatherings.
Littlecloud appears at another meeting of the Clan medicine cats. He says that StarClan knows what the Clans need and perhaps they're trying to tell the medicine cats, even though the Clan cats aren't recognizing their signs. Barkface retorts back that Littlecloud's thought is preposterous, and eventually Littlecloud ventures to the idea that perhaps the lake isn't where StarClan means the Clans to be after all. When Littlecloud asks Mothwing about having sick elders, she reluctantly answers yes, with a glance at Leafpaw.
He is also mentioned when Firestar asks Brambleclaw and Sandstorm, along with Cinderpelt, to send him the news that Leafpaw and Sorreltail have found a new place to connect with StarClan, the Moonpool. Later on, when the medicine cats are meeting at the Moonpool, both he and the WindClan medicine cat, Barkface, look very troubled, and Leafpaw wonders if the two medicine cats had received warnings like hers. He is also seen cheering with the other medicine cats when Leafpaw receives her full medicine cat name, Leafpool.

Twilight

Littlecloud is at a Gathering, padding over to join the other medicine cats at the roots of the Great Oak. Later, at the half-moon, he joins Cinderpelt and Leafpool to journey to the Moonpool. He greets them cordially, but when Cinderpelt asks if his Clan is doing well, he seems distracted as he answers. Also, when Leafpool asks where Mothwing, the RiverClan medicine cat, is, and if she came with him, he answers that he expects she's coming through WindClan territory.
After the medicine cats' dreams, Littlecloud suggests they should discuss them, because they are much more confusing than usual. He shudders as he explains about a voice foretelling death and danger in the dream. As they are leaving, he again suggests they should discuss the dream next time they meet, if they have more information.
At a later Gathering, he tells the other medicine cats he's been having the same dream over and over, and that it always foretells danger. He asks the others if they have a clearer sign, and also says it couldn't have been ShadowClan's trouble with the kittypets, since it was quickly dealt with.

Sunset

Littlecloud is at the medicine cat Moonpool meeting, shocked when Leafpool reports that Cinderpelt is dead. He states that he owes Cinderpelt his life, and Leafpool remembers the story of how Cinderpelt helped the ShadowClan medicine cat and one of his Clanmates when sickness struck ShadowClan, and that Littlecloud always said that was what inspired him to become a medicine cat. At the end of the meeting, he gives his thanks to StarClan that ShadowClan haven't seen the badgers in their territory and he offers Leafpool his help, which she refuses.
Later, when ShadowClan thinks ThunderClan is weak because they were attacked by badgers, Brambleclaw blames Leafpool for telling Littlecloud about the badger attack and Cinderpelt's death. Later it is revealed that Littlecloud did not tell ShadowClan, but instead it was Hawkfrost who did when passing a ShadowClan patrol. Later, Brambleclaw remembers he told Hawkfrost about the badgers during one of their meetings with Tigerstar, and realizes that he was wrong to accuse Leafpool.

In the Power of Three Arc

The Sight

He is shown at the half-moon meeting at the Moonpool, greeted by Leafpool cordially, to Jaypaw's surprise. He asks Leafpool if her Clanmates have recovered from the injuries from the battle between ThunderClan and ShadowClan, and though Jaypaw searches his voice for a hint of triumph, he only finds concern. He confesses that Oakfur, one of his Clanmates, is still limping, and when Leafpool advises a remedy with comfrey, he says that he's run out and Blackstar wouldn't let him go to any of the other Clan medicine cats for more. Leafpool answers by promising that she will leave some comfrey at the ThunderClan and ShadowClan border the next day.
Littlecloud also asks Jaypaw if he enjoys being an apprentice when Leafpool introduces him for the first time to the other medicine cats. When Leafpool mentions that Jaypaw knows all the herbs already, he is very impressed. He also greets Barkface, the WindClan medicine cat, and asks where Kestrelpaw, Barkface's apprentice, is. He is shown pacing around the Moonpool with Barkface later on towards the end of the meeting, and when the medicine cats leave, he departs with Mothwing and Willowpaw, giving thanks to Leafpool when she says she'll remember to leave the herbs for him. He joins Leafpool and Barkface when they go to RiverClan to ask Mothwing for catmint.
At the following Gathering, Littlecloud makes an announcement that he had had a dream that a cat had brought strange prey into the camp, and then when he bit into it, it was writhing with maggots. Although Blackstar claimed that strangers were poisoning the Clans, Leafpool objected, arguing that it could have been a sign to be wary of unusual prey. Blackstar then proceeds to accuse Firestar that his taking-in of rogues and loners had angered StarClan, and made them all suffer from greencough because of it. Thus, to amend the situation, Squirrelflight proposes the daylight-Gathering.

Dark River

Littlecloud, along with Barkface, is shown leading the other medicine cats to the Moonpool for the meeting. When Jaypaw looks into his thoughts, he discovers that Littlecloud blames the apprentices for not keeping their pelts clean in the first place when the ShadowClan medicine cat tells Barkface that he's tried comfrey for the apprentices' itching. When Jaypaw asks if the other medicine cats if they heard 'that' (which refers to the voices Jaypaw heard), Littlecloud explains that it's just the wind.

Outcast

He is late for the Moonpool Gathering, and panted that he had thought he'd be too late. Leafpool reassures him that they would have waited for him. When Kestrelpaw starts to annoy Jaypaw, Jaypaw catches up to Littlecloud to avoid Kestrelpaw.

Eclipse

Littlecloud is seen at the half-moon meeting at the Moonpool with the other medicine cats. He states that it has been a fine greenleaf, but that the halfbridge has been crowded with noisy Twolegs. He agrees with Mothwing, the RiverClan medicine cat, that one comfort of the cold seasons is that the Twolegs will quit coming due to leaf-fall. He also congratulates Willowpaw when she receives her full medicine cat name, Willowshine, saying that StarClan will be eager to share tongues with her. When Jayfeather enters his dream, Runningnose, his mentor and the previous ShadowClan medicine cat, is seen approaching him and asking him questions. Littlecloud blurts out that Blackstar, his leader, asks Russetfur, the ShadowClan deputy, to do everything for him, and is saying that he wonders if StarClan meant to bring them to the lake at all. Runningnose warns Littlecloud that Blackstar is losing his faith in StarClan and Littlecloud must help him regain his faith.
Later, when Sol visits ShadowClan, he leans forward as if finding it hard to believe the loner's words when Sol challenges StarClan's existence.

Long Shadows

It is revealed that Flamepaw is the cat that Littlecloud wants as an apprentice.
He first formally appears in this book when Sol is trying to convince ShadowClan that StarClan doesn't exist. At this, Littlecloud speaks out that he has shared tongues with StarClan and he can't believe that his warrior ancestors are powerless. Sol replies that StarClan is good at deceiving and that they didn't warn the Clan that the sun would vanish. After this answer, Littlecloud doesn't protest again.
When Jaypaw arrives at the medicine cat meeting with the other medicine cats at the half-moon, he notices Littlecloud isn't present. Barkface, the WindClan medicine cat, notes that it doesn't look as if the ShadowClan medicine cat is coming anytime soon, and he thought at least Littlecloud would stay faithful to StarClan. Willowshine, the RiverClan medicine cat apprentice, adds that perhaps he can share tongues with StarClan from his own territory. Later, when Jaypaw dreams at the Moonpool, Runningnose, once a ShadowClan medicine cat, says that he has spoken to Littlecloud in his dreams, and that he keeps faith, but few cats will listen to him, and now Blackstar has forbidden him to speak of StarClan. He also adds that Littlecloud isn't allowed to leave the camp to share tongues with StarClan at the Moonpool, and that Jaypaw must help ShadowClan regain their faith in their warrior ancestors.
Later, when Hollyleaf, Jaypaw, Lionblaze, and Tawnypelt's three kits are finished setting up the fake sign from StarClan, Hollyleaf and Tigerpaw go to ShadowClan to fetch Littlecloud and Blackstar, who is Blackfoot now due to losing his faith in StarClan. Tigerpaw asks Littlecloud to help, and the medicine cat agrees. When all the cats come to the site of the fake sign and the tree falls, Littlecloud's eyes widen with awe when he hears Jaypaw's voice pretending to be a StarClan warrior, and also when Raggedstar and Runningnose appear. When Blackfoot later admits that Littlecloud was right about their warrior ancestors all along, the medicine cat answers that the warrior code lives within every one of the cats born in ShadowClan, and that one cat alone cannot quench that flame.

Sunrise

On a half-moon meeting of the Clan medicine cats, Littlecloud is seen with an excited, bouncy new medicine cat apprentice, Flamepaw. He announces that he has taken Flamepaw as his new apprentice and that he will introduce him to StarClan that night. Jayfeather congratulates Flamepaw by touching the young cat on the shoulder with his tail, and he remembers how crushed Flamepaw had been when he and his littermates came to ThunderClan, because Blackstar had been convinced by Sol that ShadowClan didn't need a medicine cat. Littlecloud advises Mothwing celandine for damaged eyes later on the journey when the RiverClan medicine cat arrives to the meeting late due to Petalkit, a RiverClan kit, getting a thorn poked in her eye.
When the time comes, Littlecloud presents Flamepaw to the spirits of his warrior ancestors, speaking the words of that ritual. When the medicine cats wake up from speaking with StarClan at the Moonpool, Littlecloud notes that he thinks Flamepaw managed very well for his first time.
Later, when Jayfeather is asking about an herb, Littlecloud says that it might be parsley, an herb taken to stop a queen's flow of milk when her kits die. He also notes proudly that Flamepaw already knows a number of herbs, which reminds Jayfeather to ask his question about the mysterious herb. When Jayfeather stops dead when he realizes what happened with his siblings, Littlecloud asks him anxiously if he is alright.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Littlecloud appears at a Gathering when the Clans are planning out what they will do about the extreme heat and lack of water. The ShadowClan medicine cat speaks up that the situation now (the consent of the Clan leaders to the patrol and the cats who will be on the patrol) isn't quite the same as it was last time, and that the cats who went on the first quest were summoned by a prophecy. Littlecloud goes on to say that StarClan deliberately chose the cats that went on the journey to find Midnight the badger, one from each Clan, and inquiries who will be the cat to choose the cats for this patrol when the other medicine cats admit to not having received any hints StarCan has given them about who should go. Firestar, the ThunderClan leader, then denies him, dipping his head to the medicine cat and stating that although Littlecloud has an important point, StarClan would have sent the Clans signs by now if they were going to.

Fading Echoes

Jayfeather comes to visit him and consult him for help about Briarpaw and her broken backbone, and Littlecloud tells him about Wildfur, a cat who had the same condition as Briarpaw. The ShadowClan medicine cat tells Jayfeather that Wildfur died, and that he was Runningnose's apprentice when it happened. At the Moonpool, he asked Jayfeather how Briarpaw is doing, and Jayfeather tells him that she is Briarlight now. Littlecloud is surprised that Firestar made her a warrior. He then asks how Leafpool is, which annoys Jayfeather. Kestrelflight, the WindClan medicine cat, tells Littlecloud, that he sounds like a elder when he grumbles about how cold it is and it maybe around the Moonpool it will be warmer. Littlecloud's apprentice, Flametail, joins in and says that he almost is one.

Night Whispers

When ShadowClan are saying their final goodbyes to Russetfur, Flametail asks where Littlecloud is. Rowanclaw tells him that Littlecloud was exhausted from treating battle wounds all night, and that he would be sharing tongues with Russetfur at the Moonpool that night.
Littlecloud wakes up when Flametail enters the den. His pelt is warmer than usual, and his eyes were wide, but he insists that he is just tired.
Blackstar calls Flametail and Littlecloud into his den. He asks if either of them had a dream warning them about the previous battle, but neither of them had. When Blackstar says that ThunderClan was too close to their camp, Littlecloud points out, in ThunderClan's defense, that they hadn't stolen any territory since the Great Journey. He easily gave in when Flametail said that he would go to the Moonpool instead of Littlecloud. This is because Flametail is uneasy about letting Littlecloud go in his unhealthy and feverish condition.
After returning from the Moonpool, Flametail tells Blackstar and Littlecloud about his dream. When he says that the Clans can't trust each other any longer, Littlecloud disagrees. He says they can't simply turn their backs on the other medicine cats after many moons of sharing troubles and helping each other. Flametail doesn't understand why Littlecloud won't accept what the dream is saying.
The ShadowClan medicine cats did not go to the Moonpool at half moon, although the others did. Their absence is noticed and the other medicine cats worry.
Littlecloud becomes sick with greencough, worrying all of ShadowClan, particularly his apprentice, Flametail. When Flametail talks to him about it, Flametail realizes that his friendship with ThunderClan was only because of Cinderpelt, a past ThunderClan medicine cat who had saved him from sickness before, and that he will never stop helping ThunderClan until the favor was repaid. Littlecloud seems stricken when Flametail says that Cinderpelt was dead now, although Littlecloud had known for many seasons. Littlecloud said that when Cinderpelt saved his life, and it had bonded them closer than friends, and he would not abandon the Clan she loved.
Later in the book, Littlecloud's apprentice, Flametail, dies from falling through the frozen ice on the lake.

Sign of the Moon

Littlecloud does not formally appear in Sign of the Moon, but is listed in the allegiances. He is, however, mentioned at a Gathering; Blackstar reports that Littlecloud suffered from whitecough. ThunderClan, though, know that he's lying, and Littlecloud had suffered from greencough.

The Forgotten Warrior

At a Gathering, when Dawnpelt accuses Jayfeather of drowning his former apprentice, he is unsure whether he thinks it is true or not. Blackstar, Onestar, and Mistystar suggest keeping him from his duties until he is proven innocent. He and the other medicine cats agree after talking. Jayfeather then retorts that he thought every Clan walks alone now, and that they had no place to tell him what to do, and says he will keep being ThunderClan's medicine cat.

The Last Hope

He is seen in StarClan when Flametail tells the medicine cats that Jayfeather did not kill him. While they were gathering he asked why Flametail wasn't in StarClan and he was looking for him. He is relieved when he sees his former apprentice. After the StarClan gathering, Littlecloud promises he'll bring Blackstar to the island at sunhigh.
In the battle against the Dark Forest, Littlecloud is panicking over losing more warriors and running out of supplies. Blackstar has lost a life and he is trying to stop the bleeding. Graystripe orders a couple of cats to find moss and cobweb for Littlecloud. When asked about the ThunderClan patrol that arrived at ShadowClan's camp, he replies that the patrol must have chased Dark Forest warriors out into the forest. When Kinkfur returns with cobweb, he thanks her and puts it on Scorchfur's wound.

In A Vision of Shadows Arc

The Apprentice's Quest

As Jayfeather, Leafpool, Mothwing, and Willowshine walk to the Moonpool, Jayfeather urges them to walk faster as Littlecloud and Kestrelflight are ahead of them, since he can scent their trail. They soon reach the hollow of the Moonpool and Littlecloud warmly greets the medicine cats, saying that he and Kestrelflight had thought that they would never come. Jayfeather descends down the spiral path that leads into the pool and joins Littlecloud and Kestrelflight beside the pool, waiting for the other medicine cats to pad down the path.
When the medicine cats are all by the Moonpool and settle themselves by the water's edge, Jayfeather can hear the sound of Littlecloud's breathing, and he notes that there is a faint rasp in it, with an occasional hitch that reminds Jayfeather uncomfortably of how old the ShadowClan medicine cat is getting. He remembers that Littlecloud hasn't taken an apprentice since Flametail's death, and thinks that with ShadowClan's many young cats, one of them must be suitable. However, Jayfeather banishes his worries, determined to focus on what is good in the Clans now.
However all of the medicine cats wake to find themselves together in a stretch of lush grass, bordered by leaf-laden trees. Kestrelflight asks what is happening, but Littlecloud simply shakes his head in bewilderment, mewing that it is very odd. Suddenly, a group of StarClan cats approach from beyond the trees, and Littlecloud and Flamtetail settle down together on the grass, sharing tongues and purring in delight, while ShadowClan's former leader, Blackstar, looks on approvingly.
During the Gathering, when Rowanstar announces that the medicine cats have something to say to all of the Clans, each of the healing cats gather in front of the Great Oak, and Alderpaw guesses that the old tom must be Littlecloud from ShadowClan. The medicine cats confer together rapidly before Kestrelflight shares that they all received a prophecy that is vital to all their Clans. He goes on that Firestar had said to 'embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky.', and many cats wonder what it might mean and begin making predictions. Cloudtail rises and faces thae medicine cats, asking if the prophecy applies to all the Clans or if it was meant just for Jayfeather, and Littlecloud responds that it is a good question, before Jayfeather explains that it is meant for all of them.
Later, when Alderpaw sorts through herbs in ThunderClan camp, Squirrelflight asks for Leafpool, but Jayfeather grumbles that she isn't there, and expresses his annoyance and inability to understand why she trekks across ShadowClan because Littlecloud isn't feeling well. Squirrelflight meows that she only wants to help him, but Jayfeather snorts that he could use an apprentice. He says that since ShadowClan is overflowing with young cats, they should be able to find one for Littlecloud, but they have to borrow a ThunderClan medicine cat instead. However, Squirrelflight reminds him that a medicine cat apprentice has to be just the right cat.
The next day, Alderpaw sees that Leafpool has returned, and he asks her how Littlecloud is. She replies that he is better, and explains that he just had a touch of whitecough. However, Leafpool admits that she is still worried about him, since he is getting older, and there is no cat in ShadowClan to help him. Alderpaw murmurs that StarClan must have surely sent some sign, but Jayfeather snorts that ShadowClan cats are too keen to be warriors to pay any attention to signs. Leafpool goes on to Alderpaw that he will meet Littlecloud and the other medicine cats that night for the half-moon meeting at the Moonpool. Leafpool and Jayfeather begin to discuss herbs, and when Jayfeather mentions that they will have to cross ShadowClan territory to get catmint, Alderpaw is surprised. Leafpool tells him that rules are different for medicine cats, and adds that she just spend time in ShadowClan helping Littlecloud, so they shouldn't bother her.
Later, when Alderpaw makes the journey to the Moonpool for the half-moon Gathering, he manages to pick out and recognizes each of the other cats, and it is noted that Littlecloud comes last, and he had obviously found the climb strenuous, since he stands panting when he reaches the place where Alderpaw and the others are waiting. Leafpool introduces Alderpaw as their new apprentice, and Littlecloud says nothing, though Alderpaw thinks that he looks slightly envious, and he hopes that StarClan will send the old tom an apprentice soon.
Later, as Alderpaw and Needlepaw return to the Clan territories after their quest, they meet a ThunderClan patrol who are looking for them, and begin to discuss what will happen with Twigkit and Violetkit. Needlepaw says that they can be cared for just as well in ShadowClan, but Alderpaw is privately doubtful, since ThunderClan has three medicine cats including him, but ShadowClan only has Littlecloud, who is getting old.

Thunder and Shadow

Littlecloud is mentioned to be frail and dying, and that Rowanstar has requested help from ThunderClan to care for their ailing medicine cat. Leafpool agrees to help Littlecloud in his last days, and stays with ShadowClan to assist them. While Dawnpelt does everything she can to help Littlecloud, her efforts, along with Leafpool's, are for naught, as Littlecloud dies of his illnesses, leaving ShadowClan without a proper medicine cat.
Leafpool stays as temporary medicine cat in his steed, as Littlecloud had not taken a proper apprentice since the death of his previous one, Flametail. While annoyed with ShadowClan's inability to pick a proper medicine cat, she agrees to train Puddlekit.
Two days later, despite Leafpool's efforts, Littlecloud dies. His Clanmates sit vigil for him as Grassheart gives birth. Later, Leafpool realizes why Littlecloud didn't choose an apprentice because the others are only interested in hunting and fighting.

In the Field Guide Arc

Secrets of the Clans

Littlecloud is described as an undersized brown tabby tom with light blue eyes. He is said to be compassionate and devoted to this calling. It states that he is close friends with the ThunderClan medicine cat Cinderpelt ever since she saved his life. As a warrior, he sought help from ThunderClan during time of terrible disease, and returned with a remedy that saved ShadowClan. He is also listed as Runningnose's apprentice.

Cats of the Clans

Rock explains that Littlecloud was Runningnose's apprentice. He was inspired to follow this path by the ThunderClan medicine cat, Cinderpelt. She rescued him during ShadowClan's Great Sickness, when disease from the rats at the Carrionplace sliced through the warriors sharper than a badger's claw. Cinderpelt was punished for raiding ThunderClan's store of herbs to cure two ShadowClan warriors, but ThunderClan has been rewarded by the presence of a fair and peaceful medicine cat in their rival Clan, who will never forget the debt he owes.

The Ultimate Guide

He makes an appearance on Cinderpelt's page. Cinderpelt tried to made amends after losing Silverstream under her care by helping two sickly ShadowClan cats who sought refuge in ThunderClan territory. This forged a strong friendship between one of them named Littlecloud, who went on to become ShadowClan's medicine cat.
Littlecloud shares a page with Runningnose. Littlecloud is Runningnose’s apprentice. He was born during Brokenstar’s rule and was forced into warrior training at three moons old. He was inspired to become a medicine cat by Cinderpelt’s care after he and Whitethroat caught a disease from rats at the Carrionplace. They eventually returned to ShadowClan where Littlecloud became a medicine cat. Littlecloud was always willing to share herbs and experiences with ThunderClan and watch out for Jayfeather. He didn’t blame Jayfeather for Flametail’s death. To Littlecloud, everything was a test of his faith to StarClan, and that never faltered throughout his life.
It is mentioned on Blackstar’s page that when Littlecloud didn’t get reassurance from StarClan, Blackstar began to question why StarClan brought the Clans to the Lake. He also appears on Flametail’s page. Flametail was angry he and his siblings moved to ThunderClan because he could not be apprenticed to Littlecloud but when he returned, Littlecloud became his mentor. Although not mentioned by name, it is mentioned on Sol's page that when Blackstar fell under Sol's influence, Blackstar forbade Littlecloud from going to the Moonpool.

In the Short Stories and Plays

Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar

He, along with Jayfeather, Barkface and Mothwing, measures the length of the lines on either side of the stick.

In the Novellas

Tigerclaw's Fury

Clawface notes that there had been rumors of Whitethroat and Littlecloud seeking shelter during the ShadowClan sickness. Tigerstar then looks at Littlecloud, who shuffles some herbs for Runningnose, and it is noted that since he was a medicine cat apprentice, it is harder to test his loyalty, and Tigerclaw would have to watch him. When he becomes leader, Tigerclaw imagines Littlecloud and Runningnose watching for any signs StarClan would send to him.

Leafpool's Wish

Littlecloud does not formally appear in Leafpool's Wish, but is listed in the allegiances.

Hollyleaf's Story

Littlecloud does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story, but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

Littlecloud does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen, but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

Littlecloud joins Blackstar as the ShadowClan cats attend a meeting, agreed upon by the Clan leaders, to discuss what happens to the cats who trained in the Dark Forest. Both medicine cat and leader look frail and thin compared to the tree trunks around them. They are joined by Tigerheart and Ratscar, who sat no more than a tail-length from them.
During the greencough outbreak, Littlecloud visits ThunderClan to ask if Jayfeather and Leafpool could spare any extra catmint for ShadowClan, as their cats had gotten the same sickness that made its way through ThunderClan's ranks.

Trivia

Interesting Facts

  • When asked if he loved Cinderpelt when he was sick, Vicky answered that she doesn't think Littlecloud ever loved Cinderpelt because she was much older than him, but that he was always very fond of her, like an older sister.[16]

Mistakes

  • He has mistakenly been called a gray tabby.[17]

Character Pixels

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Kin

Members

Mother:

Newtspeck:[6] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Brothers:

Wetfoot:[6] Deceased, Verified StarClan member
Brownpaw:[6] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Uncle:

Frogtail:[18] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Aunt:

Ashheart:[18] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newtspeck
 
Frogtail
 
Ashheart
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Littlecloud
 
Wetfoot
 
Brownpaw

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Quotes

"The warrior code lives within every cat born in ShadowClan. One cat alone cannot quench that flame."
—Littlecloud to Blackstar Long Shadows, page 121


"StarClan has warned us that trouble is coming, and we must be ready for it. But why must we destroy friendships that have seen us through the most difficult times? It is too soon to forget the Great Journey, or the role medicine cats have played in helping all four Clans to settle here."
—Littlecloud Night Whispers, page 102


Littlecloud: "Why are you so sure you interepeted your vision correctly?"
Flametail: "There was nothing to interpret! Raggedstar was clear. War is coming. We must rely on our ancestors to guide us through it. No one else!"
Littlecloud: "But Blackstar agrees with me. We must be cautious."
Flametail: "I'm a medicine cat. I answer to StarClan!"
Littlecloud: "If war is coming, alliances may be our only hope! Joining forces kept us alive on the Great Journey, and before it helped us to defeat Scourge and BloodClan."
Flametail: "That was then. This is now. Times have changed."
Littlecloud: "The warrior code never changes."
—Littlecloud and Flametail arguing about StarClan's warning Night Whispers, pages 187-188


"Cinderpelt saved my life once. That act bonded us closer than friends. I will not abandon the Clan she loved until that debt is repaid."
—Littlecloud to Flametail Night Whispers, page 189


Ceremonies

Littlepaw's Apprentice Ceremony
Brokenstar: Volepaw, you will be my apprentice. Clawface, I know I promised him to you, but you can have Littlepaw instead. I owe it to Mosspaw to train his brother in his place. Blackfoot, you take Dawnpaw. Boulder, you will have Wetpaw, and Stumpytail will have Brownpaw.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 466


References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 402
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  4. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page 34
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, chapter 2
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 418
  7. Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 55
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, allegiances
  10. Revealed in Sunrise, page 241
  11. Revealed in Midnight, page 178
  12. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 33
  13. Revealed in Rising Storm, chapter 8
  14. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 55
  15. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 73
  16. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  17. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, page 58
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 136

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