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The Dark Forest’s Goals in Bonefall OotS
Still planning! Feel free to weigh in!
In Canon OotS, Tigerstar seems to have no plan beyond wanting to cause as much carnage as possible. For Bonefall OotS, I want to give him an actual plan. He has a goal in mind which he tries to accomplish from beyond the grave.
The day of the Great Battle is the REAL eclipse, with the one back in Po3 only being a preview for what was to come. Sol is now a god possessing Harry as his vessel; he conjured an illusion of the eclipse because he likes to play games.
The Dark Forest now has a mix of different characters, most of them with completely different and even contradictory motivations. Cats like Ryewhisker and Cloudberry would never support his true vision, where others like Thistleclaw would hate working with soft people like them. Tigerstar needs to create a coalition of as many of them as possible, tricking certain Denizens into working with him just as much as his Trainees.
Motivations of Dark Forest Trainees: Still Planning
The Reduxed Morality of the Dark Forest and StarClan
Everyone Currently Associated with the Dark Forest: Still Shuffling
The first goal is to see “TigerClan” reborn, one Clan to rule them all enforcing a standard of ‘purity’, fulfilling his political goals in life. The second goal is to make the Dark Forest into the new StarClan, the primary pantheon of ancestor spirits. Because of how he’s the one ruling them, Tigerstar thinks this means he would become the God of the Clans.
Goal 1: TigerClan... 2!!
Goal 2: Become God
Goal 3: grocery shopping
Tigerstar plans to achieve these goals by replacing the leadership in each Clan with Dark Forest trainees (medcats, deputies, leaders), to enforce the change in religion and the standards of Clan purity he wants. To this end, he calls for ambitious and disgruntled cats.
Like canon, they will be attacking the Clans during the Great Battle. Unlike canon, this is the only day they’ll ever be able to do this. The tactics and purpose of this battle are still being worked out; but the current version is;
This battle is a last-ditch push to invade the Clans and subjugate them, killing as much leadership as possible and removing strong warriors who could resist Dark Forest Trainee control. The DF Cats are able to use the tunnels during this night only to hop between territories, attacking as one large unit instead of divided ‘battle patrols.‘
If it weren’t for the spying and Jayfeather’s plane-walking abilities, it may have been successful.
Accomplishments so far
Confirmed things they are able to do over the course of OotS. This list is short but still growing as OotS isn’t a super solidified arc yet;
-1. Make Thornclaw the deputy.
Through killing Brackenfur and Firestar, they were able to bump Bramblestar up to leadership. After Squirrelflight’s secret was revealed, he demoted her and picked Thornclaw as his deputy.
-2. Further destabilize ShadowClan
Russetfur’s death and the battle over the border now leads to Blackstar being open to Sol’s influence. In this meanwhile, Ratscar, Applefur, and Redwillow are able to grab the power Blackstar refuses to wield.
Note: Hollyleaf returns from her Tunnel Adventure to put an end to this, so this event will chronologically be shuffled to be very close to the Great Battle.
In addition; the Dark Forest is now capable of doing many of the things that StarClan Warriors can do. They are capable of causing sickness, making plants grow... perhaps, even, cracking the ice under the paws of an unsuspecting warrior.