When a new Clan Leader is appointed, they visit StarClan to have a special ceremony where along with their Leader's name with the 'star' suffix, are given nine lives so they can use them to protect their Clan for as long as possible.
Each life is given by a member of StarClan that has been important to the new Leader during their life or was just a significant member of their Clan in the past. Each life is also given a meaning, which will represent a certain way in which they can protect their Clan. The meaning of each life usually relates to the cat who gives the life, such as a mate might give a life of love.
Most leader's nine lives ceremonies are never revealed in the books as it is forbidden to discuss the ceremony outside of StarClan. However there has been a few ceremonies that have been revealed, below is a list of these.
Pinestar's Nine Lives
Only some of the meanings of Pinestar's lives have been revealed.
Survival, stretch to rebuild after hardship
Knowing when to fight and when to choose peace
Trusting the wisdom of the Leader's closest companion (referring to Goosefeather who they knew tread a hard path)
Strength of a nursing queen defending her young
Understanding you must live with your choices and knowing it was the right one
Compassion for weaker cats
Bluestar's Nine Lives
Firestar's Nine Lives
Nobility, Certainty and Faith
Bramblestar's Nine Lives
Courage to make the hardest decisions
Understanding the love of a mother
Clear judgment of character
Listening to your elders
To have the greatest pride in your Clan, to honor the lagacy that has been left by the leaders who have walked this path before and to have the courage to lay down your own paw prints over theirs.
Honor the mother-cats
Offering second chances
Exploring beyond the borders of your Clan
Speaking out against injustice
Crookedstar's Nine Lives
Mistystar's Nine Lives
Loving your Clanmates
Treating every cat as equals
Wisdom and strength to carry the burden of leadership
Courage to follow your heart
Doing what is right
Raggedstar's Nine Lives
Only part of Raggedstar's nine lives ceremony has been revealed.
Cedarstar, Lizardfang, Sagewhisker and a unnamed plump black-and-white tom gave him a life each, but the meaning of these is unknown. Only one of the other lives was described (the final life given to him by Dawnstar), the other four were not mentioned:
Putting ShadowClan above all others
Brokenstar's Nine Lives
Brokenstar's Nine life ceremony was a little different to other Clan Leader Ceremonies. StarClan were reluctant to give Brokenstar his nine lives as they knew what he had done and what he may come to do (Although how much they knew of this is unknown). However they had no choice but to follow the way of the Clans and make him Leader as he had been the former ShadowClan Leader Raggedstar's Deputy.
Because of this the lives StarClan gave Brokenstar were given as a sort of warning that he must find the right path to truly protect the Clan. Each life had a meaning which tried to warn Brokenstar to makes the right choices.
To live by the Warrior Code
A skinny gray tom (Name never mentioned)
Brokenstar's sister (Name never mentioned)
Love of kin
A small brown tabby she-cat (Name never mentioned)
A plump black-and-white tom (Name never mentioned, but was the same tom who gave a life to Raggedstar)
Tigerstar's Nine Lives
Training your young cats wisely
Being aware of what goes on beyond Clan borders
Understanding size isn't everything
Pride in ShadowClan
Placing all your faith in StarClan
Trusting your own instincts
Windstar's Nine Lives
Only seven of WindStar's nine lives ceremony have been revealed.
Determination to bring unity to the Clans
To love friendship and loyalty above all things
Stubbornness to keep going in the face of future troubles
Confidence to open your heart to other cats, trust.
The grace to forgive all cats, however weak or wrong they may be
Resilience to keep going, whatever troubles life brings
Heatherstar's Nine Lives
Only part of Heatherstar's nine lives ceremony has been revealed.
Thrustpelt (eight life)
The courage to trust your instincts
Daisytail (ninth life)
The force of a mother's love
Tallstar's Nine Lives
~The courage to do what you believe to be right
The love of a mother for her kits
The ability to seize every opportunity, to act without fear or hesitation
A sense of adventure to embrace even the greatest challenge without hesitation
The power to judge wisely
Honoring old traditions on behalf of the future
Upholding the warrior code
Cloudstar's Nine Lives
Only two of Cloudstar's lives is known. One was by Maplestar, however it was not specified what it was for. Another was by Duskstar / Darkstar:
Duskstar (He is called Darkstar in Code of the Clans, but Duskstar in Cloudstar's Journey)
To have faith in your instincts and that your word is law
Leafstar's Nine Lives
Leafstar's Mother (Name never mentioned)
Sympathy and Understanding
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