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A warrior ceremony is a ceremony in which an apprentice finally gets their warrior name and becomes a full fledged warrior of their Clan.


Process

An apprenticeship usually lasts six moons or more. Once a mentor is satisfied with their apprentice's progress and skills, they recommend them to the leader of the Clan. Then, the apprentice must pass an assessment, in which their abilities as a warrior are checked.[1] In cases when the apprentice has just made an important contribution to the Clan, the leader may decide that there is no need for an assessment (i.e. Firepaw after saving the kits,[2] Brackenpaw after fighting courageously in a battle[3] or Thistlepaw after fighting a dog[4]).

If the Clan Leader is satisfied, they call a Clan Meeting and call the apprentice forward.[5] The following words are used,[6] by tradition:

Leader: I, (Leader), leader of (Clan), call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. (He/she) has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend (him/her) to you as a warrior in (his/her) turn.
Leader: (Apprentice), do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?
Apprentice: I do.
Leader: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. (Apprentice), from this moment on you will be known as (new warrior name). StarClan honors your (virtues), and we welcome you as a full warrior of (Clan).

The leader rests their muzzle on the apprentice's head, and the former apprentice licks the leader's shoulder.[7] The rest of the Clan then greets the new warrior by calling them by their new name.[8] The warrior will sit a silent vigil guarding the camp that night,[9] unless that is not possible (such as Squirrelflight's ceremony, when the Clan did not have a camp, and the task of exploring the lake was assigned)[10] or if the cat is injured (such as Cloudmist's ceremony). [11]

Virtues

During the apprentice's warrior ceremony, two major virtues of the apprentice are listed; the first is usually (but not always) courage. Some examples of virtues (and the warriors they described):

Dying Apprentice Ceremony

When an apprentice is on the verge of death and has proven themself to be worthy of a warrior name, there is a special ceremony used so that the apprentice may take a warrior name to StarClan.[45]

Leader: I ask my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. (He/She) has learned the warrior code and given up (his/her) life in the service of (his/her) Clan. Let StarClan receive (him/her) as a warrior. (He/She) will be known as (new name).

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Outcast, page 15
  2. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 269
  3. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 213
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 286
  5. Revealed in Outcast, page 19
  6. Revealed in Outcast, pages 19-20
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Outcast, page 20
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Starlight, page 27
  9. Revealed in Eclipse, page 79
  10. Revealed in Starlight, page 30
  11. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 28
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 215
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 503
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Revealed in Eclipse, page 318
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 280
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 270
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 282
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 451
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 20
  20. 20.0 20.1 Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 176
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 383
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 209
  23. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 33
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Pinestar's Choice, chapter 3
  25. Revealed in Eclipse, page 290
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 80
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 21
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 279
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 333
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 369
  31. Revealed in Midnight, page 21
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 504
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed in Starlight, page 219
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 214
  35. 35.0 35.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 122
  36. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 282
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 214
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 34
  39. 39.0 39.1 Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 22
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Revealed in Eclipse, page 90
  41. 41.0 41.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 334
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 105
  43. 43.0 43.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 402
  44. Revealed in Moonrise, page 21
  45. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 223


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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