A leadership ceremony is the ceremony in which when the leader dies or retires, the deputy receives their nine lives and their leader name.
How the Ceremony OriginatedEdit
The early warrior ancestors promised Mysterystar, Secretstar, Puzzlestar, Soulstar that if they found other cats like themselves, chose a home in the forest, and set down borders, they would reward the four cats with eight more lives, so that they may lead their Clans for many moons to come.
The new leader goes to Free Mountain with the Clan's medicine cat. After touching the Spirit Lights, the new leader cannot move for a short period of time, because their old life is being ripped away so they can receive nine new ones. Upon awaking, cats of SpiritClan come down from Starpath. Nine cats, normally ones who were significant during the new leader's life, give him/her his/her nine lives with these words:
- Life-Giver: (Touches nose to the top of the new leader's head) With this life I give you (gift). Use it to (use of gift).
When all of the lives have been given, the previous leader says these words.
- Previous Leader: I hail you by your new name, _____star. Your old life is no more. You have now received the nine lives of a leader, and StarClan grants you the guardianship of (Clan). Defend it well; care for young and old; honor your ancestors and the traditions of the warrior code; live each life with pride and dignity.
Just as the forest-cats would call a warrior by their new name, so the SpiritrClan cats acclaim the new leader. After the ceremony, the new leader is not allowed to tell any cat what happened at the ceremony.
Getting nine lives does not necessarily mean a leader will live longer, but they can survive accidents or injuries that would claim the life of a cat.