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A Teller of the Pointed Stones, Stoneteller, or Healer is both the leader and medicine cat of the Tribe of Rushing Water.[1] They occupy the highest position in the Tribe's hierarchy. [2]

Description

Stonetellers are the head of the Tribe. They almost never leave the cave, because unlike Clan leaders they do not have nine lives and it's easier for them to be killed.[3] Usually, the only times they come out of the cave is for ceremonies above the waterfall, such as a to-be's acceptance as a cave-guard or prey-hunter.[4] Every Healer changes their name to Teller of the Pointed Stones, or Stoneteller, once they become the Tribe's official Healer.[5] The new Healer is appointed by the previous Healer.[6] Most Stonetellers are chosen at kithood, being trained for the task until becoming Healer.[7] The Healer to-be can choose to become something else, but most do not.[8]

Qualifications

In order to become Stoneteller, a cat must:

  • be chosen by the previous Stoneteller[6]

Tasks

The Stoneteller has various tasks and privileges:

  • cure wounds and sickness.[9]
  • receive signs from their tribe ancestors in the Cave of Pointed Stones.[10]
  • interpret the signs of rock, leaf, and water to read messages from the Tribe of Endless Hunting.[11]
  • pick a Healer to-be that will take their place once they pass.[7]
  • lead the Tribe[1]

Appointment

Becoming a Stoneteller in the Tribe is much simpler than becoming leader in the Clans. The current Stoneteller will choose a kit at birth to be the next healer and will train the kit.[12] When the previous Stoneteller dies, his Stoneteller to-be takes on the name of Stoneteller and assumes his new position.[13] Stonetellers do not receive nine lives,[3] and do not have to go anywhere to share with their ancestors.[14]

Ceremony

The ceremony that appoints a new Stoneteller as leader is performed by another cat.[15] After they are appointed, the new Stoneteller usually makes a promise to their Tribe, and the rest of the Tribe greets them and congratulates them.[16] The cat appoints the Stoneteller by using the following words:

Cat: From this moment on, you will be known as the Teller of the Pointed Stones. Others will come after you, moon upon moon upon moon. Choose them well, train them well, and trust the future of your Tribe to them. [15][16]

The ceremony originated from the time of the first Stoneteller, where Jay's Wing recites the ceremony from a voice in his head, appointing the first Stoneteller of the Tribe.[15]

See also

References and Citations:

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 52
  2. Revealed in Outcast, pages 52-53
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 270
  4. Revealed in Outcast, pages 270-271
  5. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 295
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 289
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 172
  8. Revealed in The Sight, pages 234-235
  9. Revealed in Outcast, page 225
  10. Revealed in Outcast, page 294
  11. Revealed in Dawn, page 305
  12. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 5
  13. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, pages 294-295
  14. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 53
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 268
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 295


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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