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A Thunderpath is the Clan term for roads, streets, and highways. They have an extremely acrid smell and a hard, gray surface; monsters use it to travel on. It is dangerous to the cats, as they are sometimes injured or killed by the monsters when they wander or cross on it.[1] The Thunderpaths are something cats hate so much because monsters go on them and kill cats.

Description

Thunderpaths are oily[1] paths that monsters continually go on. They are usually hard, gray, and smell acrid or tangy.[2] Many cats are injured or die on it, and it is feared by most cats.[1] In the Forest Territories, cats had to cross the Thunderpath in order to get to the Moonstone.[3] ShadowClan cats used a tunnel underneath to get to every Gathering.[4] The sour tang of Thunderpaths are usually associated with Twolegplace, as they lead between the Twoleg Nests.[5] Animals can get killed on the Thunderpath, too (i.e. rabbits) and cats make references to them ("flat as a Thunderpath rabbit").[6] There are some Thunderpaths busier than others, such as the commonly known Windover Road.[2]

Location

In the Forest

A Thunderpath called "Windover Road" by Twolegs separates ThunderClan and ShadowClan grounds, making up the border between them. It is heavily featured in the Original Series; many cats getting injured or killed on it (i.e. Snowfur,[1] Whitethroat,[7] and Cinderpelt[8]). It was later enlarged into a freeway, the construction works ultimately destroying the Clans' homes. Though the preparations are seen in the first three books of the New Prophecy, the finished freeway is only seen by Graystripe in Warrior's Refuge[source?] and by Jaypaw in Eclipse.[source?] It is described as being wide as the Lake.[source?]
Another Thunderpath is "North Allerton Road," west from ShadowClan grounds, separating it from Highstones. It was also enlarged in a freeway and extended, as seen by Graystripe.[source?]
West of the territories, there is a tangle of Thunderpaths, which is an intersection of freeways. This was where WindClan retreated after being driven out by ShadowClan.[source?] It is also where ThunderClan warriors Fireheart and Graystripe went to retrieve WindClan and bring them back to the forest.[source?]

By the Lake

Four Thunderpaths are located by the lake. These include Small Thunderpath (Littlepine Road), Thunderpath (Harehill Road), Whitchurch Road (unnamed by the Clans), and the Old Thunderpath (Quarry Road). The latter was used by trucks carrying stone from the mine that is now ThunderClan's camp.[source?]


Appearances

In the Super Edition Arc

Moth Flight's Vision

Moth Flight follows a moth onto the Thunderpath, and tries to reach out for the moth. However, Gorse Fur slams into her to get her out of the way of a monster. Wind Runner is furious with Moth Flight for this, and this causes Moth Flight to leave WindClan temporarily. She then hears a monster on a Thunderpath upon her departure.
When Moth Flight returns to WindClan to announce the establishment of medicine cats, they cross a Thunderpath and a monster nearly crashes into Moth Flight.
Towards the end of the book, Moth Flight helps Wind Runner go past a Thunderpath in order to get to Highstones.

Tallstar's Revenge

Coming Soon

Yellowfang's Secret

On Yellowpaw's tour around the territory she and Deerleap approach the Thunderpath. Yellowpaw, not knowing what the Thunderpath is, reaches out a paw to touch it, causing Deerleap to immediately flick her tail in front of Yellowpaw and tell her to keep back. At the same moment, the roaring sound Yellowpaw had heard earlier starts. The shape of a monster appears and roars past them in a few heartbeats. When Yellowpaw mews in relief that the monster hadn't seen them Deerleap tells her that they keep to the Thunderpath, and don't bother cats for the most parts. She adds that cats had died trying to cross, and warns Yellowpaw not to think about trying to. Her words cause Yellowpaw to exclaim that the thing roaring past them moments ago must have been a monster. She says that Brackenfoot had told her about them in the nursery, but she had thought they were a kit's tale. Deerleap tells her that the tales about them were her true, but when she tries to explain how Twolegs were in their belly she sounds puzzled herself.
When the monster's stink dies away Yellowpaw smells the scents of other cats and asks Deerleap what the smell was. Deerleap waves her tail towards across the Thunderpath and tells her it was ThunderClan, who's territory was in the trees across the Thunderpath. Yellowpaw imagines a patrol of enemy cats charging across the Thunderpath, and she feels slightly disappointed when there are no signs of a ThunderClan patrol.
More Coming Soon

Crookedstar's Promise

As Crookedkit runs away from RiverClan camp to go see the Moonstone, he lands on WindClan territory where a patrol spots him. He runs, terrified, and lands on a Thunderpath where a monster rages towards him. The patrol is gone, and Crookedkit steps off the Thunderpath to let the monster pass. When the monster leaves, he sees that it had killed a rabbit on the Thunderpath, and Crookedkit passes shakily to get to the other side, wondering if he should drag the rabbit with him. He decides not to, and continues on his journey.
When at the farm, Fleck teaches Crookedkit how to stay away from the monsters that don't stick to the Thunderpaths but storm over the grass and mud. On his way back, Crookedkit crosses the same Thunderpath without getting caught.
Crookedjaw finds out in Dark Forest that Snowfur died on the Thunderpath, and when he is back in RiverClan, he blurts out that Snowfur had died on the Thunderpath not so long ago. Oakheart feels sorry for Bluefur, and Crookedjaw says that he agrees, but they don't have to worry, as there are no Thunderpaths on RiverClan territory.

Bluestar's Prophecy

When traveling to the Moonstone with Pinestar, Bluefur sees a Thunderpath bordering between ThunderClan and ShadowClan. She can even taste the acid tang. Soon they reach the Thunderpath. The roar of monsters driving by makes Bluefur's belly turn, and the foul hot wind from the monsters buffets her fur. Pinestar orders her to stay behind, and another monster comes. Bluefur, terrified, jumps back. Soon, Pinestar yells the cry, and the two race across, Bluefur's paws slipping. A monster hurtles towards them, and they race with terror. Soon, they are free from the Thunderpath.
Later, three ShadowClan warriors chase a squirrel across the Thunderpath. Bluefur and Snowfur jump out, attacking. The three cats try to fight, but pelt in terror over the Thunderpath. Snowfur streaks after them yelling, when a monster slams into her body, killing her. The three ShadowClan warriors peer from their side, gaping in horror. Snowfur then dies from the attack on the Thunderpath. This causes Thistleclaw to get mad at Bluefur, as he thinks she should have never "taken" a nursing queen to the Thunderpath.

Firestar's Quest

At a Gathering, Blackstar says that they have seen more Twolegs in their territory, and that sometimes they even let their monsters leave the Thunderpaths and crash through the woods. Mistyfoot asks if they are chasing his cats, and Blackstar replies that they didn't even know they were there, and that they wouldn't be a problem as long as everyone stayed away from them. Tallstar mutters to Firestar that they had to be frightening the prey, and that he definitely wouldn't want any on his territory.
After Thornclaw and Ashfur return from chasing away the badger that killed Willowpelt, Thornclaw tells Firestar that it went off in the direction of the Thunderpath, and he remarks that he hoped a monster killed it. When they return to camp Firestar tells Cloudtail that the badger headed for the Thunderpath, and tells him to take a patrol and follow it, but not to attack it. Later, he explains to the entire Clan what happened, and that the badger had run off towards the Thunderpath. He also mentions sending Cloudtail's patrol to find it.
On the third day of Firestar and Sandstorm's journey Firestar catches the scent of a Thunderpath on the wind. Sandstorm says they'll have to cross it and that it was possible there wouldn't be many monsters on it at the moment. When they round a bend they see the Thunderpath, which goes over a river. Sandstorm says that since it goes over the river they would be safe underneath. Firestar gets an uneasy feeling as they approach the Thunderpath, and they both freeze as a monster picks them out in its glare and then rushes on. They run under the Thunderpath and when another monster passes over them they flee until they can no longer hear the sounds of monsters.
Firestar and Sandstorm skirt along a large Twoleg nest that's swarming with Twolegs, and in the space Firestar expects to find a garden they find a large black area made with the same stuff as the Thunderpath with several monsters on it. As they watch, one of the monsters breaks into a roar and starts onto a small Thunderpath. Sandstorm and Firestar creep to the edge of the Thunderpath and watch as another monster passes them and turns onto the black area. When the Thunderpath is quiet they make a run across it, and at the same time a monster springs to life. They watch from the bushes as the monster stops and then continues away from them.
After Sandstorm is swept away by the flood Firestar returns to the large Twoleg nest. He sneaks around to the back, hoping to cross the Thunderpath again, but finds that it is underwater. He picks his way towards it in the mud, until he finally reaches it. There are no monsters running along it, and Firestar follows it in hopes of tracing the flood back to the river.
As Firestar looks around several Twoleg nests for Sandstorm he finds a small passageway that opens up into a tangle of Twoleg nests connected by a small Thunderpath.
More Coming Soon

SkyClan's Destiny

Coming Soon

In the Dawn of the Clans Arc

The Sun Trail

A group of cats from the Tribe of Rushing Water encounter a Thunderpath after scenting its sharp odor and hearing a rumbling sound. They cross it safely due to Gray Wing and Clear Sky, and travel along it to find a Twolegplace in which they may stay temporarily.
The following day, the cats are fleeing across the Thunderpath. As Shaded Moss crosses, a monster hits him and kills him. His body is retrieved by Tall Shadow and buried in the dirt on the other side.
The group soon discovers another Thunderpath, which evokes the memory of Shaded Moss's recent death. However, they manage to cross it without any fatalities this time, though Jagged Peak comes close to being killed.
Gray Wing later creeps along the Thunderpath in search of Bumble's nest. He enters the Twolegplace with Storm's help.

The First Battle

Coming Soon

In the The Prophecies Begin Arc

Into the Wild

When Firepaw was given a tour of the territory by Lionheart and Tigerclaw, he saw the Thunderpath between ThunderClan and ShadowClan. Later, Firepaw saw a ShadowClan cat, most likely Yellowfang.
When Bluestar decides to go to speak with StarClan, she, Tigerclaw, Ravenpaw, Graypaw, and Firepaw have to cross it to get to the Moonstone.
The cats would later have to cross the Thunderpath to bring back Frostfur's stolen kits.

Fire and Ice

When Graystripe and Fireheart go to rescue WindClan, they find the Clan sheltering in a tunnel beneath a Thunderpath, and they need to cross a few Thunderpaths to return to their territory.
When ThunderClan is flooded, to get to the Gathering they had to walk on the Thunderpath and cross a bit of ShadowClan territory which Nightstar is not happy about.
Fireheart's apprentice Cinderpaw was hit by a monster on the Thunderpath and her leg was severely damaged, ending her warrior apprenticeship. Since Tigerclaw had called for Bluestar to come, Fireheart suspects it was a trap for Bluestar, which later proved true.

Rising Storm

When Fireheart escorts Whitethroat and Littlecloud home to ShadowClan, he discovers a tunnel under the Thunderpath which will make it easy to get to Gatherings. Later Fireheart sees Runningwind's dead body by the Thunderpath and he thinks Whitethroat killed him. Fireheart chases Whitethroat, who gets hit by a monster and dies. Fireheart soon finds out that Tigerclaw killed Runningwind.

In the New Prophecy Arc

Midnight

When the six questing cats go on their journey to find a new home they cross many Thunderpaths. Back at the forest, Ravenpaw comes to ThunderClan warning them of Twoleg activity (they are building a new Thunderpath), but Firestar sends him away saying there is no danger.

"Twilight"

When Leafpool and Crowfeather are running away, they cross a huge Thunderpath.

Dawn

By the time the six cats get back from their quest, there is hardly any prey in the forest as the workfolk scared them away. A ThunderClan apprentice, Shrewpaw is killed by a monster while chasing a pheasant. When the Clans leave to find a new home, they cross many Thunderpaths.

In the Power of Three Arc

Outcast

When the cats journeying to the mountains reach the ridge that overlooks the lake, he can see flat green stretches like grass at the horseplace, which is sliced through by Thunderpath and dotted with Twoleg nests. Lionpaw is excited, and thinks that the biggest Thunderpath looks only as thin as a strand of bramble.

Sunrise

When the cats looking for Sol are leaving the territories to go to the sun-drown-place looking for him, they need to cross a Thunderpath. The younger warriors, Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, Hazeltail, and Birchfall accidentally run out onto the Thunderpath without looking and come close to being injured.


In the Vision Of Shadows Arc

The Apprentice's Quest

Alderpaw and his companions cross a Thunderpath when they start their journey. Then, after Sandstorm dies and visits Alderpaw's dreams, they cross a seemingly 'huge' Thunderpath.
When Needlepaw and Alderpaw return to the lake, the have to cross the same thunderpath as when started.

Shattered Sky

Coming Soon

In the Lost Warrior Arc

Warrior's Refuge

Graystripe and Millie must cross a large Thunderpath, and Millie becomes scared, but crosses eventually.

Warrior's Return

Graystripe and Millie cross several Thunderpaths on their quest to find the Clans' new home. Graystripe, while arguing with Millie, is hit by a monster, and is wounded. They stay at Mac's Truckstop while he heals, then they ride on a monster to sun-drown-place.

Trivia

  • The Clan cats will never really understand what monsters and Thunderpaths really are.[9]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 351
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 236
  3. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 238
  4. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 49
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 195
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 218
  7. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 182
  8. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 18
  9. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 1

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