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"A prophecy, and a promise too. A time of great change is coming for all the Clans. Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky."
Firestar to Jayfeather and the other medicine cats in The Apprentice's Quest, page 6
The Apprentice's Quest
General
Chapter Number: Prologue (of 24)
Page Numbers: 1-7
Point of View: Jayfeather
Chronology
Preceded: N/A
Next: Chapter 1


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Chapter Number: Prologue (of 24)
Page Numbers: 1-7

Chapter Summary

Jayfeather's PoV

Jayfeather and Leafpool are arguing about catmint while walking to the Moonpool together. Leafpool states that they should collect some for the elders and Jayfeather exclaims that they have enough catmint for leaf-bare. Mothwing and Willowshine, RiverClan's medicine cats, reach them. Jayfeather then urges the small group to catch up with Kestrelflight and Littlecloud. They reach the Moonpool and greet the other two medicine cats. Jayfeather whispers about how long it has been since he has shared tongues with Half Moon before he settles himself by the water's edge. Jayfeather is reminded of how old Littlecloud is when he picks up the sound of his raspy breathing. He thinks about how there should be a suitable apprentice for the ShadowClan medicine cat.
Jayfeather falls asleep and wakes in the middle of lush grass. He sees the other medicine cats around him, save for Mothwing, and realizes they are in the same dream. Apprehensive, Jayfeather wonders how they could be together and thinks about his former power. He then wonders if StarClan had an important message for all of them. The group of healers then spot a group of StarClan cats approaching. Firestar is in the lead and Leafpool happily rushes to touch noses with her father. Kestrelflight joins her to meet Barkface, Willowshine greets Leopardstar, and Littlecloud reunites with Flametail while Blackstar watches them. Jayfeather walks toward the group and notices another group of cats, albeit barely visible, in the shade of the trees. He doesn't recognize any of them and tries drawing in their scent, which is unrecognizable to him. Jayfeather asks Firestar who those cats are and Firestar greets him. Jayfeather waits for an answer and Firestar clears his throat and glances at the other StarClan cats. Leopardstar tells the former leader of ThunderClan that he could speak for all of them this time.
The other medicine cats gather around Jayfeather, with Kestrelflight shifting his paws. Jayfeather prods him and Kestrelflight suggests that the medicine cats of StarClan should speak with their own former Clanmates in private. Barkface answers that it is a prophecy that concerns all of the Clans, so they should be together. Jayfeather's heart beats faster as he wonders if their seasons of peace are coming to an end. Firestar tells them the prophecy was also a promise and says that "a time of great change is coming for all the Clans. Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky." The StarClan cats gaze at the medicine cats in silence, and after several heartbeats, Jayfeather lashes his tail and demands from Firestar what those words mean then asks if he could be any more obscure. Firestar is both affectionate and irritated at Jayfeather. The vision then starts to disappear and the shapes of the StarClan cats shine in starlight and the sky darkens as if clouds are racing to cover the light from the sun. Before the vision leaves Jayfeather, he spots a very young tom standing a pace or two back from the circle of medicine cats. When Jayfeather tries to face him, the cat bounds away and all he could get of the unknown cat was a white-tipped tail. Jayfeather catches his scent and realizes that it was a living ThunderClan cat.

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Important Events

Prophecies

  • "Embrace what you find in the shadows for only they can clear the sky."[7]

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 1
  2. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 2
  4. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 3
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 5
  6. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 7
  7. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 6



The Apprentice's Quest chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Bonus Scene
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Arc Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
New Prophecy Arc MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three Arc The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars Arc The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
Dawn of the Clans Arc The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
A Vision of Shadows Arc The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of Fire
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's Shadow
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Arc Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Arc Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger Arc The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's Echo

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