If you get offended by religion easily, I ask that you not view this.
Has anyone ever thought that StarClan and the Dark Forest are kinda like the Warriors world versions of Heaven and Hell? Yeah, it's a children's book series, but, may there be another message embedded into the series? I'm not trying to offend anyone, don't get me wrong, but, this is meant to be serious. I mean, think about it. They worship StarClan like we worship God. They ask StarClan to guide their paws, just like those of us who believe as God to help us with the tough stuff. The Dark Forest is like their version of Hell. If you do bad (*cough* Tigerstar *cough*), that's where you go. You're punished for your actions and rewarded for your loyality. The leaders and medicine cats are like Pastors and other important people of the church. They're closer to StarClan then the ordinary warrior.
I'm rambling. And I'm sorry if I offended anyone by bringing this up.