|“||Oh yes. Blood is everything. But the only blood I'm interested in flows from my enemies. Look around you! These cats are bathed in blood. It soaks their fur and laps at their paws. This is why we survive! We are BLOODCLAN!||„|
|~ Scourge to his littermates.|
|“||How…I killed you.||„|
|~ Scourge upon seeing Firestar coming back from the dead - also his last words before death.|
Scourge is a major antagonist in Erin Hunter's Warriors book series.
He is the founder and former leader of BloodClan who debuted as the final antagonist of the first Warriors book series "The Prophecy Begins", appearing as the main antagonist in "The Darkest Hour". He also appears as the main protagonist of the manga "The Rise of Scourge", a cameo character in "Bluestar's Prophecy" as an unnamed kit, a posthumous antagonist in the manga "A Shadow in Riverclan", "The New Prophecy" arc and super edition "Graystripe's Vow" and the overarching antagonist of the super edition "Leopardstar's Honor".
The Rise of Scourge
Tiny is born to Jake and Quince alongside his sister, Ruby, and brother, Socks. His brother and sister dislike him because of his small size along with their belief of Quince favoring him, mocking him about his small size and refusing to let him join their games. One day, when their Housefolk takes them outside, she puts collars around the three kits before they explore the backyard. Tiny finds a hole in the fence that shows the forest he heard his mother talk about.
He gets called away to see Socks and Ruby playing with a toy a kid has, and thinking that they are not playing with it right, Tiny ends up taking it from the kid to his siblings' annoyance. Later on, Tiny asks his mother about the forest, and she tells him, based on what his father told her since he explored it a couple times, that wild cats live there, and are a scourge upon the name of all good cats that live there. The next day, after Socks and Ruby refuse to let him play with them again, Tiny decides to show he is big and strong by going through the hole in the fence. He is fascinated by the actual height of the trees. He sees a tree stump and climbs onto it. A crow then flits over Tiny, and he is proud that he held his ground. Tiny then returns to his family and exaggerates his adventure a bit, which leads to his family not believing him.
A couple of days later, a family of Twolegs comes to look at the litter for adoption, and Tiny sits away, having no interest in the Twoleg family and not wanting to be near his mean siblings. Ruby sees this, and cruelly mocks Tiny by telling him that unwanted kits are thrown into the river. This horrifies Tiny so much that he runs away through the hole in the fence the next day when the Twoleg kid ignores him.
Tiny walks along the side of the fence until two unnamed kittypets get his attention. They tell him he's a long way from home and he should go back. Tiny objects, and they tell them about the wild cats of the forest, and how they would easily eat a small cat like him, which causes Tiny to lash out.
He then smells something good, and follows the scent into the forest, and ends up coming upon a ThunderClan patrol of Bluefur, Thistleclaw, and Tigerpaw. Bluefur defends Tiny's venture into their territory by saying he's just a kit, but Thistleclaw brushes her comment off, and tells his apprentice, Tigerpaw, to decide how to deal with the "kittypet." When the Tigerpaw says Tiny should be taught a lesson, Thistleclaw approves, and Tigerpaw attacks and almost kills Tiny; however, he is stopped by Bluefur. The apprentice tells Tiny, "You'll never forget me, will you?" and the patrol leaves.
A hurt Tiny goes back home at first, but then remembers what Ruby told him about unwanted kits. Hence, he makes the choice to run away from his home and never come back.
Tiny then makes his way to Twolegplace, where an old she-cat gives him food. When Tiny asks what a "kittypet" is (since Thistleclaw and Tigerpaw called him that), she explains that it's a cat that lives with Twolegs, which his collar gives away. Seeing as he no longer lives with Twolegs, Tiny tries to take off his collar, but is unable to, and the she-cat and some other rogues laugh at him.
Tiny then comes across an old dog whose teeth are falling out. He tries to use one of the fallen teeth to cut his collar off, but it gets stuck in it instead. When taking a nap, he has a dream of Tigerpaw asking him if he will ever forget him, and after waking up from it, Tiny vows he will never forget. The next day, he comes across some rogues eating, and Tiny asks them if they could share their food. Seeing the dog tooth, one of them asks Tiny how he got it, so in a desperate attempt to get food, he lies that he killed a dog and wears the tooth as a trophy. The rogues are somewhat skeptical, but let him eat.
The story spreads, and two rogues named Bone and Brick ask him to defeat a dog that is keeping many cats from food. They give Tiny until moon high to decide, and threaten that he should leave if he decides not to fight. Later, Tiny climbs to the top of a Twoleg den to see more of what Twoleg place is like, and sees many hungry cats that he thinks are worse than the forest cats. He then sees the dog, and is terrified to find that it's huge. Nonetheless, Tiny decides that Twolegplace is his home now, and that he will fight the dog.
Cats gather around to watch Tiny fight with the dog, and Tiny soon sees that the dog is scared by his large shadow and runs away. Tiny claws its tail in an attempt to get another trophy, only to get a few pieces of its fur. Despite Tiny not really beating the dog in a fight, all of the cats are amazed and grateful, and one of them asks Tiny for his name, and not wanting to admit his name is "Tiny", he remembers what his mother told him about the wild cats being a scourge upon the name of all good cats, and tells them his name is Scourge.
Afterwards, cats begin to treat Scourge with respect and come to him with their problems along with offerings of food after Brick and Bone spread word about the new leader. Scourge simply uses either common sense or tells the cats who come to him to stand up for themselves which effectively secures his reputation. Although they respect him, Scourge notes to himself that they do not like him; they fear him instead, which he thinks is just as good, if not better.
Some time after, Bone and Brick tell Scourge about a group of rogues causing trouble in their territory. While they are approaching the group of cats, Scourge smells their forest scent and thinks it might be Tigerpaw, but instead it turns out to be just a small group of rogues. Scourge tells them to leave, but they laugh at and mock him for his size, and his own cats start to doubt him. Furious, Scourge decides that all cats must respect him, and slashes one of the rogue's throat open, which kills him. The rogues are stunned by this and quickly leave. Soon after, cats start to bring Scourge tributes consisting of teeth, bones, and claws of other animals. At this point, Scourge had control of virtually every cat in the city, knows of every kit born in the area, and no one comes, goes, or has a say in the food without his permission. The rest of his collar was also lined with teeth.
Days later, Scourge is visited by Ruby and Socks, now grown up and severely underfed and emaciated. They beg him for help, telling him that they were abandoned by their Twolegs. Scourge is disgusted by the fact that they would come to him after how they treated him as a kit. When Ruby tries to appeal to the fact that they are kin and asks if blood means anything to him, Scourge responds that the only blood that matters is the blood of his enemies; however, he lets them eat before banishing them from his territory.
The Darkest Hour
Much time passes, and Scourge gets visitors in the form of Boulder, an ex-BloodClan member, and his escort, the new ShadowClan leader, Tigerstar, to present a proposal to Scourge. Scourge immediately recognizes Tigerstar as Tigerpaw, having never forgotten the other tom's attack on him when he was a kit. Tigerstar proposes that BloodClan help his Clan take over the forest, promising a section of it to BloodClan. Scourge agrees and goes to the forest with Tigerstar. Secretly, Scourge still harbors intentions of revenge against Tigerstar and decides to be patient a little longer before "settling [their]... differences."
Tigerstar calls WindClan, ThunderClan, and TigerClan together to have WindClan and ThunderClan join TigerClan. Firestar and Tallstar, leaders of ThunderClan and WindClan respectively, refuse. Tigerstar signals for BloodClan and they appear along with Scourge. But when Tigerstar calls for BloodClan to attack, they do not. Scourge says that BloodClan serves him and him alone. Firestar takes this moment to explain to BloodClan Tigerstar's history, from killing Redtail and framing RiverClan for it, to the attempted murder of Bluestar, and setting a pack of dogs on ThunderClan, saying that if Tigerstar's history shows anything, it's that he will do anything for power, and that all the land he promised to BloodClan would never be given to them.
Everyone but BloodClan and Scourge are horrified by Tigerstar's long history of betrayal. However, Scourge says he will take more consideration on the matter, and that there will be no battle today. Enraged by Scourge's refusal to cooperate, Tigerstar calls him a traitor, and lunges at him in attack. Scourge dodges the attack and slashes Tigerstar's shoulder, causing him to fall on his side. Sensing that "the time is right" to gain his long-awaited revenge, Scourge then reveals his dog teeth-reinforced claws and stabs Tigerstar, running his claws from his neck to his tail. This destroys all of Tigerstar's nine lives, all in one horrific blow.
Firestar apologizes for Tigerstar's lies, and tells Scourge that BloodClan can hunt as they please on their way home. Scourge laughs and says that the forest is much better than the Twolegplace where there is little food, and says they will stay. Scourge tells all four Clans that they have three days to decide whether to leave, or meet BloodClan in battle for dominance, and they will meet on the fourth day.
Firestar, already having WindClan on his side, asks what remains of TigerClan for help. Leopardstar and Blackfoot agree, and they form LionClan in order to defeat BloodClan. On the fourth day, BloodClan and LionClan face against each other, with many casualties occurring on both sides, including Whitestorm, the ThunderClan deputy, and Bone.
In the chaos, Firestar finds Scourge and they battle. Scourge takes Firestar's first life and leaves to fight Cloudtail, Firestar's nephew and former apprentice. Firestar is revived by StarClan to face Scourge once again. Scourge is shocked by Firestar's reappearance, and says that he killed him. Firestar responds by saying that StarClan has gifted him with nine lives as the leader of ThunderClan, and realizes that Scourge only has one life to lose because he doesn't believe in Starclan.
Firestar lunges onto Scourge and bites his throat. Scourge looks Firestar in the eyes with hatred, but then becomes panicked as he realizes he is dying. Eventually, sparing one last hateful look at Firestar, he stops, dead. Another member of BloodClan lunges at Firestar, but then recognizes the body at his feet, and declares that Scourge is dead. Everyone stops fighting, and the BloodClan cats now appear as they really are, confused rogues that were rallied by fear, and are chased off by LionClan. All known attempts of reviving BloodClan afterwards have failed.
Scourge died as he was treated in his early life: with hate. He never went to StarClan or the Dark Forest when he died, as he has no belief in such things. If he did ever go to an afterlife, we do not know. His story as the Clans knew it, however, was told many times from old to young, and most likely will survive as long as there are four Clans.
Scourge is a small black tom with icy-blue eyes, one white forepaw, a torn left ear, and an eerie, high-pitched voice that sounds like the splintering of ice. He wears a dark purple collar studded with the teeth of cats and dogs he has killed, and his claws are reinforced with dogs' teeth.
As a kit, Scourge (then, Tiny) was a curious and innocent kit, only wanting his siblings to like him. He was adventurous and playful.
But later on in his life, Scourge had a great personality change. He became a cold, calculating, vengeful, and extremely bloodthirsty tyrant, ruthlessly and brutally killing any cat who opposed him and his rules, which were cruel. He was described as having "no sense of right or wrong" by Rock. A good example of this is when Scourge ordered Ice and Snake to kill Violet (who happens to be Ice's, Snake's and Barley's sister) in front of Barley because they disobeyed one of his rules, resulting in Violet becoming severely wounded. He had absolute power over every cat in his group and had subordinates, such as Bone, who would obey him and do the dirty work in his place.
Being feared and having power over every cat in BloodClan was rather important to Scourge, as he mentioned in The Rise of Scourge that being feared was as good as being liked within his Clan, or even better.
Despite his small size, Scourge is one of the deadliest fighters in the Warriors universe. A prime example of his fighting skills is shown when he slays Tigerstar, an exceptionally large, strong and dangerous Warrior, with a single blow. Scourge was also able to overpower the WindClan Warrior Onewhisker and the young ThunderClan Warrior Cloudtail in single combat with relative ease, and left both his opponents with gruesome injuries. He also held his own very well against Firestar, a larger tom and an exceptionally skilled fighter in his own right, in two rounds. Although Scourge won the first round, he ultimately lost the second.
In addition to his surprising prowess as a fighter, Scourge is also quite intelligent; he is a cunning and patient strategist and opportunist.
- Scourge is revealed to be the half-brother of Firestar since they both share the same father in Jake.
- Scourge took all nine of Tigerstar's lives in one blow because he hit nine vital organs.