Dawn of the Clans shows the origins of the five Clans of Warrior Cats. Much speculation for the series has been made, and you can add yours here. Beware of unmarked spoilers! As this is a WMG page, there will be no spoiler tags for any of the events of the series. If you are not completely up to date on The Sun Trail, Thunder Rising, and The First Battle, you have been warned.
Shaded Moss will dieGiven his role as the leader of the "New Territory Crew", he's pretty much guaranteed to bite it. My bet is that he doesn't even make it through The Sun Trail.
River is in what will become RiverClan territorySeveral people have noticed the absence of River in The Sun Trail. My theory is that he's across the river from the characters, and since nobody swims across to check the other side, they haven't seen him. So either Nightheart will mention him, Falling Feather or Dappled Pelt will swim over and meet him, or he'll come to the other side for whatever reason.
Lightningtail will be a kit of Hawk SwoopThere have been no cats seen with a name similar to Lightningtailís, which could mean that he hasnít been born yet. It makes sense that Thunderís first deputy would be a cat he considered his brother]. Also works because Hawk Swoop mentions that she does want to live in the forest, but she didnít go with because she didnít want the group to split. That means that she will probably end up in ThunderClan, and her kits and foster kit might follow.
Lightningtail will be a she-kitAnd she will either be Thunder's foster sister, or his mate. Or both.
Petal is going to be SkyClan's first medicine catNow that Fox is dead, maybe she's going to stop fighting and decide to take up medicine? You never know.
Lionblaze is his own Grandpaw!One of the Followers of the Sun Trail is the kit, or grandkit, of Lion's Roar. They will have kits with another cat, and their kit will have kits with one of Wind's kits. Maybe it's Hawk Swoop who is a kit of Lion's Roar? If Wind's kit and a descendant of Lion's Roar have kits, then one day their descendants will give birth to Ashfoot, who will have Crowfeather, who will father Lionblaze, thereby making Lionblaze descended from himself.
Possible Clans for the characters
Wind will move in with the moor group because she's pregnantWind has to join up with the other cats of the moor to earn their trust if she's going to be the leader of the WindClan ones, and she also has to have kits at some point because Ashfoot is her descendant. I can't see Wind being pregnant as a leader, but I can see her having kits before the founding of the Clans. I imagine that Thunder Rising will have the Followers of the Sun Trail bring in Wind and Gorse because they don't just want to leave a pregnant queen out there on the moor. Also, Thunder isn't yet old enough to reasonably lead a Clan, so there will probably be enough time between her pregnancy and the founding of the Clans for Wind's kits to not need her any more.
The final villain of Dawn Of The ClansClear Sky is a great antagonist, but he's pretty sympathetic and will have to work with the other founders after the Clans are made. The true villain could be:
Alternatively, Frost will be the main villain of Dawn of the ClansThe main villain of a given Warriors arc will usually appear in the first book, and Frost seems to be the biggest jerk in The Sun Trail. Therefore, he will be the villain.
There will be a sixth Clan, but it will get destroyed early onIt will exist just to bring about some sort of Mass "Oh, Crap!" from the readers. I can see the Erins doing this.
The reason for the title of The First BattleI think we all know that it will be the battle mentioned in the Secrets of the Clans origin story. However, it's called that because after it's done River insists it was "The First Battle". Someone else will point out that there have been plenty of battles already, but River will protest because he wasn't a part of them, and then keep bugging the other Clan Founders about it until they give up and just let it him dub it The First Battle.
Unknown positionsThere are still a few positions whose holders are still unknown.
Mothflight will have a point of view in The Blazing Star or Dawn of the Clans 5It's pretty clear that the Clans will be founded at the end of The First Battle, and Tallstar's Revenge shows that Mothflight is still the first medicine cat. Therefore, she's still going to discover the Moonstone. And since she'll do it after leaving WindClan, wouldn't it be logical to have her point of view showing her journey and the awe she feels at discovering the Moonstone? She could still have a P.O.V. in Dawn of the Clans 6, but I doubt that she'll discover the Moonstone there simply because it's the climax and the story wouldn't have enough time to set things up.
The Clans will each have about 10 cats to begin withYes, the Clans in the main series are much larger. But that can come with time. At the end of The Sun Trail, we have 22 characters hanging around the forest. If the Erins want to avoid having too many characters and losing focus, then they shouldn't introduce too many more. This way, they could introduce, say, 20 characters in each of the next two books, leaving them room for more deaths and characters not joining the Clans.
Mothflight will discover the Moonstone in Dawn of the Clans, but it will be offscreenThe Erins want to do a Mothflight Super Edition, and it's likely to be the 2015 Super Edition that Kate is writing. However, if the release schedule's pattern stays consistent, then the 2015 Super Edition will come out between Dawn of the Clans 5 and Dawn of the Clans 6. Cloudspots and Dapplepelt were set up in The Sun Trail, and if the Mothflight Super Edition takes place after Dawn of the Clans 6, it will contain spoilers. Therefore, one of the books will probably have Wind exile Mothflight, only for her to return later, having found the Moonstone. This will become a plot point, but Mothflight's story will only be told in full in the Super Edition.
The "bad thing" Pebble Heart dreams about is a horde of foxesIt's already been established that there are foxes lurking around the forest, and they have had an impact on both books in the series so far. There has to be a final battle where the Clans prove that they can survive, and foxes seem to be an appropriate enemy. Foxes just seem like an appropriate major threat for this arc.
Gray Wing and Turtle Tail will die in The First BattleIt's confirmed the book where the Clans are founded, but Gray Wing isn't going to be a leader. As well, there's been foreshadowing of this throughout both The Sun Trail and Thunder Rising. And in The First Battle, Gray Wing seems to be the only reason Thunder is still on the moor. If Gray Wing dies, Thunder will leave. Plus, Pebble Heart's dreams ("Kin shouldn't fight!" and "You and Turtle Tail were both gone") imply that they will die. One more thing: In The Ultimate Guide, every "Early Settler" profile mentions what they did after the battle (Thunder, Clear Sky, Tall Shadow, River Ripple, and Wind Runner founded a Clan, Jagged Peak raised a family on the moor, Frost lived out his life on the moor, Dappled Pelt joined RiverClan, Cloud Spots joined ThunderClan, Gorse Fur lived life on the moor with Wind Runner). However, Gray Wing's profile uses ambiguous wording ("Although he never became a leader, Gray Wing would be known to later generations as Graywing the Wise") to avoid telling us if he survives the battle, and Turtle Tail's profile ends with Gray Wing becoming her mate, never even mentioning the battle.
Wind is pregnant in The First BattleThe preview chapters repeatedly refer to her as "plump", when she's usually wiry. Plus, she has to have Moth Flight sometime.
Rabbittail will appear in the seriesWith Mothflight confirmed, the lost tunneler is one of the few early days cats that isn't known to be in the series. The Erins are putting basically everyone in, so why not him? He could possibly be Moth Flight's brother.
Thunder and Lightning Tail will come into conflict with each other at some pointLightning Tail is going to be Thunder's deputy, but he won't be leader. Him becoming some kind of enemy to Thunder could explain it. As well, it would nicely mirror Gray Wing and Clear Sky's relationship.
Tall Shadow is a Point of View Character in The First BattleYes, with four point of views it could lead to a cramped affair like Night Whispers, but she is on the cover.
Gray Wing's mate is Tall ShadowKate confirmed that Gray Wing will be getting another mate and will have kits with her, and the only mateless she-cats that are around his age are Tall Shadow, Quick Water, Dappled Pelt, and Petal. Since Petal hates him and has Unresolved Sexual Tension with Clear Sky, Dappled Pelt is a medicine cat and probably won't be taking a mate, and Quick Water is a bit player who is part of the Forest Group, Tall Shadow seems like the logical choice. As well, Gray Wing is one of the few cats that Tall Shadow is comfortable opening up to, and he's been praising her since The Sun Trail. Also, Tall Shadow is the only one of the five Clan Founders who doesn't have a love interest (Clear Sky has Petal, Wind Runner has Gorse Fur, Thunder has Acorn Fur, and River Ripple has Nightheart), so it seems likely that she could get one.