"Maybe some of us should travel toward the place where the sun rises, to make a new home in the brightest light of all. Somewhere they will be safe, and well fed, with room to nurture generations of kits."
Stoneteller's thoughts in The Sun Trail, page 6
The Early Settlers
In the Forest
At the Lake
Borders and Camps
Clan Information
Founder: Shaded Moss
Current Leader: Tall Shadow, Clear Sky, Wind Runner, River Ripple, Thunder
Rank Succession
Births and Deaths
Unique Skills

The Early Settlers were a group of cats consisting of the group led by Shaded Moss that split off from the Tribe of Rushing Water[1] and those that joined them after they settled in the Forest Territories. Through the time span of the Dawn of the Clans Arc, the group split several times and fought among itself, which led to the formation of the five Clans[2] led by: Skystar of SkyClan, Shadowstar of ShadowClan, Windstar of WindClan, Riverstar of RiverClan, and Thunderstar of ThunderClan.[3]


The Early Settlers originate from the mountains, which at the time were overcrowded and many cats were starving. A large group of cats choose to follow Shaded Moss[4], who was appointed leader of the group, out of the mountains after the Teller of the Pointed Stones receives a sign they should follow a trail set by the rising of the sun. Gray Wing, Clear Sky, and Tall Shadow are among these cats.[5] Shaded Moss leads the cats out of the mountains, albeit with several casualties, but before they reach the forest territories, he is killed on a Thunderpath, and Tall Shadow takes charge after his death.[6]
The cats make it to the forest territories and settle in the moor. A half moon after their arrival, they split into two camps with one led by Clear Sky in the forest, and the other remaining in the moor under Tall Shadow and Gray Wing[source?], and later Tall Shadow and Thunder.[source?] Some time later, a tom named River Ripple forms a group by the river[7], and Wind Runner splits from Tall Shadow's group but remains on the moor[8]. Tall Shadow eventually moves to the marshland[source?] and Thunder sets up a camp elsewhere in the forest[source?], and the cats pick which of the five camps they'd prefer to live in[source?] - true to the prophecy of the blazing star[source?]. On his deathbed, Gray Wing comes up with the idea of naming the five camps "Clans" and names them each with his kits, and idea which is quickly adopted by the newly formed Clans.[9]

Clear Sky's Camp

The forest cats' camp, led by Clear Sky,[10] is known for being extremely defensive against any visitors, chasing off any cats who cross their territory.[11] It ranks members of the camp according to their worth, place, and reputation with Clear Sky, instead of family ties and personal relationships.[12] After the First Battle, Clear Sky learns from this mistake and gains a much softer and caring leadership style, though it is not smooth enough to keep Thunder in his group. When Gray Wing decides to name the groups Clans, he names Clear Sky's group SkyClan. After Clear Sky receives nine lives, he takes the name of Skystar.
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Tall Shadow's Camp

The moor cats' camp, led by Tall Shadow, Gray Wing, and Wind Runner, is in the same place as the future WindClan's camp. The moor cats' camp has less cats than the forest cats', but has more kits than the forest cats', and eventually has more (known) cats than the forest cats'.[13]  Later, some of the moor cats leave to the pine forest where future ShadowClan resided. [14] When Gray Wing decides to name the groups Clans, White Tail names Tall Shadow's group ShadowClan. After Tall Shadow receives her nine lives, she takes the name of Shadowstar.

Wind Runner's Camp

Wind Runner leaves Tall Shadow's camp after her kits' death and sets up camp near the Fourtrees. [8] When Gray Wing decides to name the groups Clans, he names Wind Runner's group WindClan. After Wind Runner receives her nine lives, she takes the name of Windstar.

River Ripple's Camp

A group of cats led by River Ripple live where future RiverClan resided.[15] When Gray Wing decides to name the groups Clans, Black Ear names River Ripple's Clan RiverClan. After River Ripple receives his nine lives, he takes the name of Riverstar.

Thunder's Camp

Thunder joins Clear Sky's camp but rebels from his father, bringing Leaf, Lightning Tail, Cloud Spots, Pink Eyes, and Owl Eyes.[16] Milkweed and her kits later meet up with them and join them. Thunder then takes them to where future ThunderClan resides. When Gray Wing decides to name the group Clans, Silver Stripe names Thunder's group ThunderClan. After Thunder receives his nine lives, he takes the name of Thunderstar.


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Clear Sky's Camp

Clear Sky's camp is located in the forest, where the future SkyClan camp lies.[17] It is a sheltered hollow[18] in the middle of the forest[17] surrounded by deep banks of fern and bramble.[18] To exit and enter the camp, cats must go through a bramble opening.[19] There is a steep bank edging one side of the clearing with the tangled roots of an oak on the opposite side.[20] A smooth rock juts out of one side of the clearing.[21] An elder bush,[22] a holly bush,[23] ferns[24] and a low-spreading yew[25] serve as dens in the camp. Clear Sky's nest is in a hollow on the slope,[26] but he tends to sit in the branches of the oak.[27][28] The cats make their nests out of twigs lined with moss.[18] A shallow pool in the center[18] is where the cats drink from.[29] There are two prey heaps; one at the roots of the oak, and the other on an edge of the clearing.[27] Half-eaten carcasses sat below a hawthorne bush, when Thunder realizes that Clear Sky is wasting prey.[27]
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Thunder's Camp

Thunder's camp is located at the bottom of a sandy gully, where the future ThunderClan camp lies. It is surrounded by gorse, a gorse tunnel leading to the camp. A large smooth boulder lies on a wide grass circled clearing. A fallen tree crowded by bracken is situated on the edge of the clearing. Pink Eyes's nest is under the branches of the tree. Lightning Tail's den is in some ferns crowding a tree stump on the edge of the clearing. Cloud Spots's den is in a fern tunnel that leads to a small clearing in the bracken next to the boulder. Milkweed and the kits have a den in a bramble bush at the corner of the camp with Leaf. A hazel bush on the edge of the clearing next to the fallen tree, is a place where the whole group comes to share warmth on cold nights. Thistle and Clover will move into a nest of their own in the hazel in a few more moons. Thunder and Violet Dawn's nest is in a small cave in the boulder.

Tall Shadow's Camp

Tall Shadow's Camp is located in the pine forest, where the future ShadowClan reside. It lies in the heart of the forest, and is surrounded by thick brambles. The entrance is through a bramble tunnel. They make their dens by hollowing out a den under a bramble bush, and weave stems into the bush to strengthen it. Their nests are made of twigs lined with moss. The cats store their prey by the bramble wall. Pebble Heart stores his herbs in a bramble den at the far end of the camp. Tall Shadow has a den at the head of the camp.
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Wind Runner's Camp

Wind Runner's Camp is located on the moor, and located where the future WindClan camp lies. It is surrounded by thick gorse, and a narrow tunnel leads into the camp. A tall boulder lies at the head of the camp. The cats make their dens by weaving heather stems into the gorse. They store their prey under the boulder. Gray Wing's den is in a gorse bush near the entrance of the camp. Reed Tail keeps his herbs in a large gorse den. Wind Runner's and Gorse Fur's den is in a gorse bush behind the boulder. Moth Flight's den is right next to Wind Runner's in the gorse. Dust Muzzle's den is under a gorse bush next to Reed Tail's and Swift Minnow's. The other's dens lie in the gorse on the edges of the camp.
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River Territory

The river is full of fish and surrounded by reeds.
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River Ripple's Camp

River Ripple's Camp lies on a well drained island on the river, where the future RiverClan reside. Reeds surround the camp,and all the dens are made of reeds. The island is situated in a basin in the river. To get there you must swim through a small canal. The reeds open up onto where the clearing dips into the river. River Ripple's den is at the head of the camp. Dappled Pelt's den is in the uprooted tree on the side of the camp.They dug out under the roots to make the den. The other's dens lie on the edges of the camp. Dawn Mist and Moss Tail's den is right next to River Ripple's, and is the strongest den in the camp.
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In the Super Edition Arc

Moth Flight's Vision

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In the Dawn of the Clans Arc

The Sun Trail

Stoneteller receives a vision that prophesies that a group of cats, the Early Settlers, would travel to the place where the sun rises and live without hunger in their new home. She speaks to the Tribe, describing her vision and appointing Shaded Moss as the leader of the group. Shaded Moss accepts the position and several cats agree to go with him. He tells them no cat had to decide until the full moon. Later, a vote is held on whether the cats who wanted to leave should be able to leave. The vote is tallied and it is decided that if a cat would like to journey to the new land, they can. The next morning, the Early Settlers say their goodbyes and leave the cave.
They reach their new homes, and although they live together on the moor for a while, Clear Sky eventually leaves to live in the woods, taking a few cats with him. 

Thunder Rising

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The First Battle

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The Blazing Star

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A Forest Divided

Quiet Rain and Sun Shadow travel from the Mountains in order to see Gray Wing, Clear Sky, Jagged Peak, and Moon Shadow. When they arrive, they find out that Moon Shadow is dead and Jagged Peak is crippled. Quiet Rain is horrified at how many deaths have occurred during their time in the forest, and states that they never should've come. River Ripple assures her that prey is rich here and greenleaf is warm. When Quiet Rain dies, the Early Settlers bury her near the four trees so she can be united with her tribemates in death.

Path of Stars

Slash demands prey from the Early Settlers, yet they refuse. Slash sets out to make them pay, and kidnaps Black Ear from Wind Runner's camp. Together, all cats from each of the camps rescue Black Ear, and Slash does not threaten them afterwards. 
When Gray Wing lies on his deathbed, he realizes that the name "groups" for the Early Settlers does not reflect the kinship he feels with his campmates. He comes up with the idea of calling them Clans, and together, he and his children name each of the Clans - WindClan, ThunderClan, RiverClan, ShadowClan, and SkyClan. This marks the end of the Early Settlers, as they are now Clanmates.

History of Ranks

Name Gained Leader Rank In... Left Rank In...
Shaded Moss The Sun Trail The Sun Trail
Tall Shadow The Sun Trail Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Clear Sky The Sun Trail Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Gray Wing Thunder Rising The Blazing Star
Thunder The Blazing Star Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
River Ripple The Blazing Star Before Mapleshade's Vengeance
Wind Runner The Blazing Star Before Mapleshade's Vengeance

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in The Sun Trail, pages 40-41
  2. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 5
  3. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 500
  4. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 14
  5. The Sun Trail maps
  6. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 191
  7. Revealed in The Blazing Star, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 84
  9. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 306
  10. Revealed in Thunder Rising, allegiances
  11. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 28
  12. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 249
  13. By the end of The First Battle, the forest cats' group consists of Clear Sky, Petal, Leaf, Quick Water, Dew, Thorn, Snake, Alder, Birch, and Nettle, totaling up to ten cats (with more unnamed cats.) By the end of The First Battle, the moor cats' group consists of Tall Shadow, Gray Wing, Jagged Peak, Shattered Ice, Dappled Pelt, Cloud Spots, Sparrow Fur, Pebble Heart, Moth Flight, Morning Whisker, Dust Muzzle, Gorse Fur, Wind Runner, Thunder, Lightning Tail, Owl Eyes, and Acorn Fur, totaling seventeen cats. Therefore, the moor cats' group has seven more known cats than the forest cats' group, and has four more kits than the forest cats' group.
  14. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 56
  15. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 41
  16. Revealed in A Forest Divided
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 84
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 233
  19. Revealed in The First Battle, page 81
  20. Revealed in The First Battle, page 11
  21. Revealed in The First Battle, page 12
  22. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 270
  23. Revealed in The First Battle, page 151
  24. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 275
  25. Revealed in The First Battle, page 233
  26. Revealed in The First Battle, page 80
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Revealed in The First Battle, page 97
  28. Revealed in The First Battle, page 105
  29. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 271
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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