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Little Fires is a Warriors fanfic by TheJaguar. It stars an OC named Emberpaw.

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.

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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