The cats of TCE are far removed from the cats from the books, and as such their Warrior Code has evolved from its original form. Most of the canonical codes still exists in spirit, but the majority have changed in small to significant ways, and some codes have been abandoned entirely. There are also some new codes that have risen over time.

This page holds a complete list of Treeclan’s version of the Warrior Code, and displays amendments to canonical codes directly beneath the original forms. The codes are arranged according to the area of clan life they regulate, and are currently grouped into four categories. We have also included a list of the canonical codes that TCE does not use at the bottom of the page.


Rᴇʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ Pᴀɢᴇs

Lᴇᴀᴅᴇʀs ᴀɴᴅ Dᴇᴘᴜᴛɪᴇs

The word of the Leader is law and must be obeyed without question.

Should the Leader of the clan die or retire, they shall immediately be replaced by the clan’s Deputy.

Should a Deputy die, retire, or be named Leader, the Leader must choose a successor before moonhigh (midnight).

No cat can be named Deputy without first having mentored at least one apprentice.
Amendment: No cat can be named Deputy unless they also belong to the opposite branch to the clan Leader. A Boar may not serve under a fellow Boar, and Bird may not serve under a fellow Bird.

All female Deputies and Leaders must dedicate their lives to the clan. As such, they forfeit their right to bear or raise kits once they take these positions.

Dᴇꜰᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴏꜰ Cʟᴀɴ ᴀɴᴅ Tᴇʀʀɪᴛᴏʀʏ

Every cat should defend their clan, even at the cost of their life.
Amendment: Birds should keep out of the way of Boars when it comes time to fight.

Patrols must inspect and mark all clan boarders daily, and regularly inspect Treeclan territory for anything that might threaten the clan. Should a patrol encounter a trespasser they must chase him or her out of their territory.
Amendment: Foreign cats can be brought before the clan Leader for judgement. However, all trespassers who are deigned threats must be chased from the Valley.

Border patrols are the sole responsibility of the clan’s Boar Warriors, but Birds may be permitted to accompany them if given permission by a given patrol’s most senior warrior.

No Bird is to leave camp without first informing a Boar of their destination and expected return time.
Plot-introduced. See Testing the Waters.

Kɪᴛs ᴀɴᴅ Aᴘᴘʀᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴇs

No warrior can ever ignore a kit in pain or danger, regardless of whether that kit is known to Treeclan.

Kits and queens should be fed first, and their care is the responsibility of the whole clan. Apprentices cannot eat until all kits have been fed.

Kits must be six moons old before they are made an apprentice.

Amendment: Kits should not be made apprentices until they show the identifying traits of their branch (Bird or Boar), and a suitable mentor from that branch is available to train them.

Apprentices must spend their first night as warriors in a solitary vigil, and watch over camp while all others sleep. They must not speak for the duration of this vigil, and must remain outside regardless of the weather.


Prey is not killed for sport. Cats should not kill anything unless someone plans on eating it.

Hunting is primarily the responsibility of Birds. Boars may assist in hunting prey for Treeclan if they wish, but they do so entirely at their own discretion.

Aʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ Cᴏᴅᴇs

Clan cats should not trespass or hunt on another clan’s territory. If a patrol catches you, they have permission to chase you off their land.
Note: This code was abandoned following the fall of Stoneclan, as there are no other clans within the Valley.

Kits and elders should be fed first, and, unless they have special permission, apprentices cannot eat until all elders have been fed.
Note: This code now applies only to kits and queens. It’s application to elders has been displaced by Treeclan’s elder-care customs.

The clans must hold a peaceful Gathering once ever full moon. Fighting is forbidden during these Gatherings.
Note: This code was abandoned following the fall of Stoneclan.

An honourable cat does not kill in battle unless the opposing cats are outside the Warrior Code, or they are forced to kill in self-defence.
Note: This code was abandoned following the fall of Stoneclan, though most cats still avoid killing other cats unless absolutely necessary.

A warrior rejects the soft life of a kittypet
Notes: No two-leg settlements exist within range of the Valley, so this code is irrelevant and has largely been forgotten.


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