"Once I thought to set my paws on the way of a medicine cat, but that was not the path StarClan laid down for me. Now I will do all I can to help those in need. Whichever Clan they belong to— or Tribe."
— Brightspirit to the newly named Jayfeather in Long Shadows, page 255

Brightspirit is a silver tabby she-cat with green eyes.[4]

Brightspirit was a cat formerly from SkyClan, who now resides in StarClan with her parents, Braveheart and Shiningheart. She assisted Jaypaw in finding catmint to cure ThunderClan's greencough outbreak by giving him a prophecy. She later appeared during Jayfeather's medicine cat ceremony, congratulating him on earning his full name.


In the Power of Three arc

Long Shadows

Brightspirit comes to visit Bluestar, Whitestorm, and Jaypaw while they are discussing the sick ThunderClan cats. She and her parents, Braveheart and Shiningheart, are treated with great respect within StarClan. Bluestar welcomes them and says that their presence honors them and it has been a long time, implying that StarClan holds great respect for the three cats.
Brightspirit speaks to Jaypaw and tells him to seek for the wind, as it holds what he wants. Although Jaypaw doesn't understand what she means at first, he eventually finds out that she is referring to the catmint growing on the very edge of WindClan territory. He notes that she is unlike any other StarClan cats he has seen and they smell like Clan cats, but there is a different scent there as well that smells like something carried by wind and starlight. He thinks about her and her words multiple times throughout the book after this encounter.
Brightspirit also appears to Jayfeather when he becomes a full medicine cat and she seems quite happy that he is now a true medicine cat. The gray medicine cat thanks her for telling him where to find catmint when his Clan needed it very badly, and she replies that she was glad to help. She notes that she had once thought to set her paws on the way of a medicine cat, but then says that it is not the path StarClan laid down for her; she says she now will do all she can to help those in need, belonging to Clan or Tribe. As she is about ready to depart, Jayfeather hesitantly asks her if he will see her again. She answers that that is in the paws of the stars.

In the Short stories and plays

Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy

Brightspirit first appears when Jaypaw is confronted by his siblings about the stick, and what it is used for. Hollyleaf and Jaypaw have a small quarrel, to which Brightspirit tells the medicine cat apprentice not to fight, because the season is cruel enough. Jaypaw originally thinks that it's Hollyleaf talking, but Brightspirit's mother replies that it's actually her daughter, to which Jaypaw is surprised.
Brightspirit and her parents tell Jaypaw that ThunderClan has to share prey with the other Clans, because they are starving. The three StarClan cats tell Jaypaw to tell his siblings this, and he does, although both Lionblaze and Hollyleaf are confused. This implies that only Jaypaw can see Brightspirit and her family, whereas Lionblaze and Hollyleaf cannot.
After Jaypaw and his siblings give prey to WindClan, Brightspirit is praised by her mother. She says that Jaypaw is a good cat, and her father agrees, but says there is a difficult path ahead of him. Brightspirit says that she will be with him every step of the way. The three cats fade, but not before Brightspirit casts one final glance over to ThunderClan territory.


Interesting facts

  • Brightspirit is dedicated to a Warriors fan named Emmy Grace Cherry[5] who died when a tornado struck her home in Atkins, Arkansas. The Erins decided to give the young fan and her parents special Warrior names in their honor. Brightspirit is the girl's name, and her mother and father are Shiningheart and Braveheart, respectively.[5]
  • A rank for Brightspirit cannot officially be substantiated based on information known about the character, which is somewhat slim. The only verifiable fact we have in regards to her rank is that it's one of the "Adult" ranks, indicated by the fact that her suffix is not 'kit' or 'paw.[1] She is also not a medicine cat, because she tells Jayfeather that she thought her paws were once set on the path of becoming a medicine cat, but that wasn't the right way for her.[6]

Author statements

  • In response to a statement about Rootpaw's warrior name being Rootspirit and how some thought it would be offensive to Emmy, Kate responded that Emmy had a character named after her to remember her in the first place. The "-spirit" suffix was meant to keep Emmy's memory alive.[blog 1]

Emmy Grace Cherry

Emmy Cherry was a ten year old girl whose parents were Jimmy and Dana Cherry.[5] They were killed when a tornado hit their house in Atkins, Arkansas on February 5th, 2008. Emmy was described as a bright, generous, and beautiful girl who loved animals. Lynn[5] of Vintage Books, who knew Emmy, quoted;

"Erin Hunter has no greater fan than Emmy Cherry. She has not only read every book, but insisted that we all read them. I am 50 years old, and reading them. Her grandparents are reading them. Her aunts are reading them. Every child in the Middle School is going to read them. Because they are Emmy's favorite authors."

It is also revealed that Emmy's cat, Shasta, survived the tornado, but consequently lost the use of one leg. Emmy Cherry is Brightspirit's real name, and she survives in the Warriors series for books to come.[5]

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Shiningheart:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Braveheart:[3] Deceased, verified StarClan member


Braveheart ♂Shiningheart ♀
Brightspirit ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



"Seek for the wind. The wind holds what you seek."
—Brightspirit telling Jaypaw where to find catmint during the greencough outbreak Long Shadows, page 145

"Don't quarrel. Leaf-bare is cruel enough."
—Brightspirit telling Jaypaw not to argue with his siblings Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy, page 4

"It takes great strength to have mercy— more strength than it takes to win a battle."
—Brightspirit to Jaypaw Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy, page 10

Shiningheart: "You did well, Brightspirit. I'm very proud of you."
Brightspirit: "Jaypaw is a good cat. He just needs to trust himself more."
Braveheart: "He has a difficult path ahead of him."
Brightspirit: "But I will be with him, every step of the way."
—Brightspirit and her parents, discussing her idea to help the Clans survive Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy, page 10

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 144
  2. Revealed in Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy, page 6
  4. Revealed in Long Shadows, pages 144-145
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Revealed on Silverpelt
  6. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 255
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