Emberpaw is the only daughter of two ThunderClan cats named Eelfoot and Leopardwhisker. She's a shy, sensitive young tortoiseshell and there's one thing very unusual about her: her clanmates consider her a tom. Emberpaw never saw herself as a tom but she tries her best to hide it.
Little Fires explores the concept of trans characters and gender roles in Warriors.
Little Fires provides examples of:
- Animal Gender-Bender: It's noted that tortoiseshell toms are both rare and they tend to be weaker than other cats. It's heavily implied Emberpaw is intersex.
- Big Sleep: Invoked with Duckkit, who is given poppy seeds so he won't be in pain as he dies.
- Cool Old Guy: Tornface is an elder who tells stories to the kits. Emberkit is fond of him.
- Dead Fic: Little Fires hasn't been updated since September 2013.
- Death Is a Sad Thing: In chapter 5, Emberkit's younger friend Duckkit dies of illness. The experience teaches her about life and death for the first time.
- Disappeared Dad: Emberkit's father Leopardwhisker died prior to the story.
- Ill Girl:
- Emberkit is unusually scrawny for her age.
- Duckkit is noted to have been a sickly kit who had a permanently runny nose and was always coughing. Duckkit ended up dying due to his sickness.
- Meaningful Name: Lampshaded with Tornface:Emberkit: "How come your face looks like that?"
Tornface: "My name is Tornface, son. Take a guess."
Emberkit: "It got... torn?"
Tornface: "Aha! StarClan has blessed him with a brain!"
- Meaningful Rename: Tornface was known as "Gorsefang" until he received his face injury falling out of a tree.
- Older Than They Look: At 3 moons old, Emberkit doesn't quite look that old.
- One Steve Limit: It's noted that cats from the same Clan aren't normally supposed to have the same prefix, but it happens sometimes anyway. Emberpaw's father Leopardwhisker shares one with Leopardstar because he was a WindClan deserter. Tawnypaw also worries that she'll end up with the same name as Tawnyfur (another WindClan born cat).
- Original Character: The fanfic features the four Clans but several characters are new cats.
- Parental Title Characterization: At 3 months, Emberkit is "too old" to call her mother "Mama" instead of her name. But, she still likes using it, showing off her sensitive nature.
- Transgender: Emberpaw is a trans molly, though she doesn't understand it yet.