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"But we have more important things to discuss. Some cats have been questioning my decision to expand our boundaries. I want to put your minds at rest. It's for your own good. Can't you see that? The fire destroyed much of our territory and it will take time for the forest to recover and prey to return. We need more land to hunt until it does. And with Thunder and Frost gone and small mouths to feed... We need to claim as much territory as we can."
Clear Sky pointing out the fire-damaged trees and defending his decisions in The First Battle, page 16


The First Battle
General
Chapter Number: 1 (of 23)
Page Numbers: 7-20
Point of View: Clear Sky
Chronology
Preceded: Prologue
Next: Chapter 2


Below contains in-depth information for chapter one of The First Battle. If you are looking for a shorter summary of the entire book, please check the main article.
Chapter Number: 1 (of 23)
Page Numbers: 7-20

Chapter Summary

Clear Sky's PoV

Clear Sky narrows his eyes at Thunder, who is climbing the slope to the moor with Frost, leaving the forest. He feels a pang of regret gnawing in his belly. He recalls that Thunder left the forest willingly, while Frost was forced to leave due to an injury. He stops his thoughts when he thinks of his group as a Tribe. The leader thinks to himself that his group is stronger than the Tribe, as they are safe and well-fed. Turning to go back to camp, he notices a flash of white at the edge of his vision and sees Falling Feather creeping through tall grass. He becomes irritable when he remembers her parting words to Thunder: that she wished she could leave with him. Angered that she'd considered leaving his group, Clear Sky calls her over to him. Falling Feather tries to sound innocent, but the leader can see guilt rippling around her neck fur. She explains to him she was just saying goodbye to them, but the gray tom accuses her of wanting to leave his group. Falling Feather's gaze sharpens and she tells him she decided to stay and can go where she likes.
Clear Sky thinks of her as dumb, as she doesn't realize how much she needs him. He explains to her that they are a Tribe and if he can't depend on her loyalty, then she could leave. Falling Feather is shocked that he called the group a Tribe and says that half of their Tribemates are on the moorland or the mountains, and they have no Stoneteller. The gray tom becomes humiliated and snaps at her that they're better than a Tribe and they have him for a leader. Clear Sky continues, saying that she should be grateful to him for finding this place. The young cat points out his arrogance by stating they all worked together on the journey and Stoneteller will always be wiser than him. The gray tom criticizes Stoneteller's decision to stay in the mountains, if she was so wise. Stoneteller is stated to be staying in the mountains to look after her cats. Indignant, the leader says that's what he's doing for his own group. The white cat accuses him of caring only about boundaries and says they have enough prey in the forest. Clear Sky points out they have kits back at camp and reminisces about Fluttering Bird and her death. The pale tom stays he never wants to see a kit starve again and Falling Feather hisses that he is just being greedy. Enraged, Clear Sky lashes out to claw the white cat's muzzle. Falling Feather backs off as if she hardly recognized him, and he shows his teeth as blood wells on her nose. He states that he is sorry for hurting her but notes that any cat who questions his loyalty puts the whole group in danger. Clear Sky turns and heads deeper in the forest.
Back at camp, Falling Feather heads across the clearing to the base of an oak tree. Clear Sky watches Quick Water approach her and put their heads close together. The leader feels uneasy they are discussing him, but lets it go, as he doesn't want to cause a scene. Clear Sky glances at Fircone and Nettle, the two toms who have persuaded Thunder to convince the leader to not expand the territory. Deciding to call a meeting to strengthen his cats' commitment, he leaps into the clearing. Leaf looks up and asks if Thunder really did leave. The gray tom flicks his tail and states he he already left, then asks for the cats to gather around him. Petal looks out from a yew bush with Alder and Birch. She orders the gray-and-white kit to not allow her brother to leave the den. Clear Sky feels guilty about killing their mother, and pushes the thoughts out of his head. He thinks how starvation would stalk his cats in the cold season, but Petal calls him back back to reality. Clear Sky announces that Thunder and Frost have left and turns his gaze toward Falling Feather. The leader states there isn't any room in the forest for traitors. He cuts off the she-cat's protest and is pleased to see guilt flashing in her eyes.
Quick Water challenges him about not trusting Falling Feather. Leaf jumps in, asking if the rest of the group could trust her, as the rest of them didn't come from the mountains. Petal agrees with him and Clear Sky feels triumphant. As a punishment for Falling Feather, he decides that any cat could give her orders and take her prey if they feel like it. Turning to Nettle and Fircone, he states the some cats have been questioning his decisions. Nettle unsheathes his claws in defense. The leader decides to put their minds to rest about the territory. The fire had destroyed much of their forest and they needed more prey to fill their bellies. Because of their vulnerability, they need to claim more land. Leaf asks how they can keep territory after they claim it. He is told by his leader they should patrol their boundaries and off fight any trespassers. His cats chant that they work together after he states these are dark times.
Feeling proud, Clear Sky orders his group to battle train, and he urges Nettle to fight Fircone. They hesitate and are told to keep their claws sheathed. It is suggested the mountain cats and forest cats share their own skills for each other. The kits are allowed to watch just as the two toms begin. Fircone's tail swishes and he leaps toward his friend. They clash together and Nettle lands on the tortoiseshell tom. He is kicked back and the leader goads Fircone on. The friends continue fighting and the gray tom is prepared to give him the finishing blow to the throat. He is tugged back by Clear Sky and he praises them both. Fircone demonstrates to the group how he used his tail to twist in the air. The chapter ends with Clear Sky satisfied that his cats are skilled battlers.

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References and Citations

  1. Revealed in The First Battle, page 7
  2. Revealed in The First Battle, page 8
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The First Battle, page 6
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The First Battle, page 12
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Revealed in The First Battle, page 13
  6. Revealed in The First Battle, page 9
  7. Revealed in The First Battle, page 10



The First Battle chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Bonus 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 Journey
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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