A Starless Clan protagonists
My overall thoughts on them? I could anticipate one of the new RiverClan kits or Sparkpelt's kits having a chance to become next main characters, but Sunbeam came completely as a surprise. I don't know how to feel about a third ShadowClan protagonist in a row, but I guess there has to be a good reason to choose Sunbeam, nice to have a bit older protag too since she's gonna be at least 2 years old at the beginning of ASC.
Anyway, on to the design choices!
Flamepaw is canonically black, but on the River cover he looks like tabby which tempted me to make an alt version with some ginger too hehe. (although the cover artist often tends to give black cats stripes and white muzzles.) I like to imagine he resembles Firestar a lot. On the cover it also looks a bit like he has a nick on his ear? Idk of its intentional but I dig it. It's also funny that this guy is the same age as Rootspring but is still an apprentice tho I'd suppose he becomes a warrior in River. He's my favorite of the three so far and my only wish is that he won't be just another anxious boi under his family's legacy's pressure trying his best to prove himself, but instead feels annoyed that he's SUPPOSED to be somewhat special. Make him cool with some serious attitude🙏
Frostpaw's design is actually based almost entirely on a theory/headcanon, being that Reedwhisker is her father and therefore being Mistystar's granddaughter. So I made her blue-gray, with a nearly black upside from Reedwhisker. And Mistystar's ice blue eyes and body&fur features :D I don't know if I like the silver flecks but I wanted to add something! A little brown from her mother as well. :) Again if my theory happens to be wrong then I prolly gotta redesign her completely, but I'd LOVE Reedwhisker to continue Bluestar's family tree. Bc think, she would be Bluestars great-g.daughter and Flamepaw is Firestar's great-g.son and they're probably gonna have a romance going on (I'm not a fan of waca protagonist romances but maybe these two have a chance being good??)
Sunbeam gives me bossgirl vibes and god I hope she'll be similar to her big sister Needletail :'3 What I like about her the most is that she's BROWN AND WHITE TABBY! IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS. I can't tell if her eyes are amber or green on the cover, but I made them green in honor of Needletail lol, and so all the 3 have different eye colors. I imagine her big and stocky cuz damn we need this kind of female protagonist :•) Again I'm not very interested in ShadowClan pov but Sunbeam herself fascinates me.
Looking forward to what this arc has in store for us, even though I was a little disappointed at the first sight.
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