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"StarClan will do nothing to stop me, old cat. I have made their Clan glorious! Let them try!"
— Brokenstar taunting Yellowfang in Yellowfang's Secret, page 476

Brokenstar is a matted,[25] dark brown tabby[4] tom[23] with a broad, flat face,[18] a bent tail[18] and orange eyes.[26]

Brokenstar was a former leader of ShadowClan. He was born as Brokenkit in secret to Yellowfang, the medicine cat, and Raggedpelt, the ShadowClan deputy, as the only surviving kit in his litter. He is given up by his mother, and raised by Lizardstripe who neglected him. As an apprentice, Brokenpaw was mentored by Nightpelt and constantly disobeyed him. He became a warrior early, receiving the name Brokentail, and later becomes deputy under his father's leadership.

He murders his father and rises as leader of ShadowClan, taking the name Brokenstar. Under his reign, ShadowClan terrorizes the forest. They drive out WindClan, and send apprentices under six moons old into battle. Brokenstar is driven out by ThunderClan and ShadowClan, and taken prisoner by ThunderClan. Yellowfang tricks him into eating deathberries to free the forest from his cruelty.

In the Dark Forest, Brokenstar helps plan the battle against the Clans and trains living warriors to aid their schemes. He is later killed in the battle by Yellowfang once again.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

"Don't waste your time, apprentice! I've shared dreams with StarClan. You will have to kill me nine times over before I join them. Do you really think you're strong enough to do that?"
—Brokenstar to Firepaw during the battle between ThunderClan and ShadowClan Into the Wild, page 262
Brokenstar is the leader of ShadowClan. Under his leadership, ShadowClan drives fear into every Clan. He and his Clan chase out WindClan for their territory, and pressure RiverClan and ThunderClan for theirs. He is also notorious for apprenticing kits before they are six moons old and sending them to die in battle. He sends Clawface to ThunderClan, who steals Frostfur's kits to fuel Brokenstar's army, and murders Spottedleaf, ThunderClan's only medicine cat. Firepaw, Graypaw and Yellowfang, ShadowClan's former medicine cat, hurry to rescue them. Yellowfang recruits ShadowClan elders who were ousted by their leader, and together with a ThunderClan patrol, drive Brokenstar out of the Clan.
The exiled rogue and his followers launch an attack on ThunderClan in revenge, but they are defeated and Brokenstar is blinded by Yellowfang. He is kept prisoner in ThunderClan, demoted to Brokentail. The other Clans insist ThunderClan should get rid Brokentail for he is a dangerous cat. This is proven true; even as a blind and injured prisoner, Brokentail plots with Tigerclaw and takes part in a battle when Tigerclaw leads Brokentail's rogues to attack ThunderClan's camp in an attempt to kill Bluestar. Eventually, Brokentail is tricked into eating deathberries by his biological mother, Yellowfang, who reveals her identity to him at last. He doesn't believe her, but loses his last life regardless.

Omen of the Stars

"Pride is not important. Power is important, and the willingness to use it."
—Brokenstar to Mapleshade The Last Hope, page 157
Brokenstar becomes one of the unofficial leaders of the Dark Forest, organizing the Great Battle. He assists Breezepelt in attempting to kill Poppyfrost and Jayfeather, but are driven back by Honeyfern. During this time, he mentors Tigerheart and Blossomfall within the Place of No Stars. He runs into Spottedleaf, Jayfeather, and Yellowfang in the Dark Forest and mocks them as they try to find information about the future conflict. To test Ivypaw's loyalty, he demands her to kill Flametail, who had recently joined StarClan. He continues to doubt Ivypool's commitment, and has her kill Antpelt's spirit. During the Great Battle, he murders Ferncloud while raiding the nursery. Afterwards, Yellowfang kills him a second time and wipes out his existence. After Brokenstar's second death, the Dark Forest cats flee, giving the Clans the victory.

Super Editions

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In Yellowfang's Secret, Brokenkit is born to Yellowfang and Raggedpelt, and was named after the bend in his tail, as well as the feeling Yellowfang felt in her heart at the time of his birth. He is the only surviving kit of his litter and is surrendered by his biological mother and fostered by the only queen in the nursery, Lizardstripe. The young kit suffers emotional neglect from Lizardstripe, and is constantly bullied by his foster siblings, Tanglekit, Deerkit, and Runningkit. He is also spoiled by his father, Raggedpelt, who later becomes leader.
He becomes an apprentice and is mentored by Nightpelt, but often refuses to listen to his mentor, who is frail and sickly, and instigates fights with other cats, including those of his own Clan. He is promoted to a warrior, Brokentail, early and becomes the deputy after Cloudpelt dies in battle, despite his young age. He is given his own apprentice, Stumpypaw. Yellowfang finally makes Raggedstar see the truth in their son; his violent and aggressive nature that will ruin the Clan, but Brokentail proceeds to murder his own father to become the leader of ShadowClan, taking the name Brokenstar. He names Blackfoot his deputy. Brokenstar apprentices kits before the age of six moons and forces them to train for battle, such as his own apprentices Mosspaw and Volepaw, and excludes elders from the "safety" of the camp. He exiles his biological mother, Yellowfang, after accusing her of killing Marigoldkit and Mintkit, most likely because he saw her as a threat to his reign as well.

Detailed description

Brokenstar is a lean,[27] massive,[28] scarred,[29] dark brown tabby[4] tom[23] with orange eyes.[26][31] He has unusually long,[32] thick,[33] patchy,[34] matted,[25] ragged fur,[35] a long spine,[36] broad shoulders,[37] a scarred,[34] broad, flat face,[18] and torn ears.[27] His tail is bent in the middle like a broken branch.[18]

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Killed victims

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Ceremonies

Brokenpaw's apprentice ceremony
Cedarstar: Nightpelt, you are an intelligent and dedicated warrior. I know that you will do your best to pass on these qualities to Brokenpaw.
Everyone: Brokenpaw! Brokenpaw!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 354


Brokentail's warrior ceremony
Raggedstar: I am proud of my Clan. You are all I could have hoped for as a leader. With warriors like these, I could fight any battle! And there will be a new warrior today. Brokenpaw, step forward.
Nightpelt: Raggedstar, Brokenpaw hasn't completed his final assessments yet.
Raggedstar: I know a cat who is ready to be a warrior when I see one. I, Raggedstar, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. He has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend him to you as a warrior in his turn. Brokenpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code, to protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your own life?
Brokenpaw: I do.
Raggedstar: Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Brokenpaw, from this moment you will be known as Brokentail - but let no cat see this as a sign of weakness. You are one of the strongest cats I have ever known, and I look forward to fighting alongside you! StarClan honors your courage and your fighting skills, and we welcome you as a full warrior of ShadowClan.
Everyone: Brokentail! Brokentail!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, pages 382-383


Brokentail's deputy ceremony
Raggedstar: Cats of ShadowClan! We have lost Cloudpelt and we grieve for him. But the life of the Clan must continue. It is time to appoint a new deputy. I say these words before the body of Cloudpelt, and in the presence of the spirits of my ancestors, that they may hear and approve my choice. Brokentail will be the new deputy of ShadowClan. True, Brokentail is still younger than most of you, but ShadowClan has never had a braver or more skillful warrior. He is an example to us all, and it will be a great honor to lead the Clan with him.
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, page 416


Brokenstar's leader ceremony
Cedarstar: I give you a life to live by the warrior code. Remember it well, Brokentail, and let it be your guide. Wiser cats than you or I have lost their way without it.
Stonetooth: I give you a life for duty. Remember what you owe your Clan as well as what your Clan owes to you.
Dawnstar: I give you a life for honor. Honor is expected from all cats, but most of all, from a Clan leader. Use the honor of leadership carefully.
Skinny gray tom: I give you a life for truth. Without it, kin is set against kin, Clan against Clan. Hold fast to truth in all your dealings and let it guide your words.
Lizardfang: I give you a life for judgement. ShadowClan stands at a place where the path ahead divides. choose to follow the right path, for the good of your Clan.
Brokentail's sister: I give you the life for love of kin. And as a Clan leader, remember that every Clan cat is your kin.
Small brown tabby she-cat: I give you a life for clear sight. Brokentail, know yourself and your destiny, but know too that destiny can be changed if you choose the right path.
Plump black-and-white tom: I give you a life for strength. This is the time you and your Clan will stand or fall. You need to be stronger than ever.
Sagewhisker: Brokentail, I give you a life for compassion. Use it to shelter the weakest in your Clan, the kits and the elders and the sick. Use it to show mercy to your enemies and to choose the path your paw steps will follow.
StarClan: Brokenstar! Brokenstar!
Reference: Yellowfang's Secret, pages 445-449

Leader info

Leader info
Nine Lives
Life Given by Gift How it was lost
Cedarstar
Stonetooth
Dawnstar
Skinny gray tom
Lizardfang
Brokenstar's sister
Small brown tabby she-cat
Plump black-and-white tom
Sagewhisker
Living by the warrior code
Duty
Honor
Truth
Judgement
Love of kin
Clear sight

Strength

Compassion
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Killed by Yellowfang in Fire and Ice

Died of wounds received in the battle against ThunderClan in Forest of Secrets
Died from deathberry poisoning in Forest of Secrets
Deputies
Name From To
Blackfoot Yellowfang's Secret Into the Wild

Quotes

"Why are you telling me this stuff? I'm not going to be a medicine cat! I'm going to be a warrior! Grrr! Watch me pounce!"
—Brokenkit to Yellowfang Yellowfang's Secret, page 345


"I've come to tell you not to waste your efforts with Cloudpelt. His time is over. He would never have been able to lead ShadowClan. There is only one cat who can do that after Raggedstar. I will be the next leader of ShadowClan."
—Brokentail when Yellowfang is attemping to treat Cloudpelt's wound Yellowfang's Secret, page 413


"Those kits were weak. They would have been no use to ShadowClan. If I hadn't killed them, some other warrior would have."
—Brokenstar Into the Wild, page 261


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Yellowfang: "I know you care for nothing, Brokentail. Not your own Clan, nor your honor, nor your own kin."
Brokentail: "I have no kin."
Yellowfang: "Wrong. Your kin has been closer to you than you ever dreamed. I'm your mother, Brokentail."
Brokentail: "Spiders have spun webs in your brain, old one. Medicine cats never have kits."
—Yellowfang and Brokentail Forest of Secrets, page 293


Brokenstar: "No cat stays in StarClan forever. They all fade in the end. Unless someone kills them first."
Ivypaw: "That's not true! This is where cats come for the rest of all the moons!"
Brokenstar: "Oh, it's true. It's also unimaginably painful to give up the last dying echo of one's life."
—Brokenstar and Ivypaw about killing Flametail Night Whispers, page 293


Brokenstar: "Oh, you're a Dark Forest warrior, no doubt about that."
Ivypool: "So you'll tell me when the final battle will be? And let me fight alongside you?"
Brokenstar: "Maybe."
Ivypool: "But I just proved my loyalty to you!"
Brokenstar: "You should have been loyal already."
—Brokenstar and Ivypool after Ivypool kills Antpelt The Forgotten Warrior, page 227


"Raggedstar always thought his son would make a great leader. He was blind to all of Brokentail's faults --his cunning, his ruthlessness, his violent nature."
—Yellowfang describing Brokenstar Secrets of the Clans, page 71

External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 318
  2. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  3. Revealed in Sunset, page 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  5. Revealed in Cats of the Clans, page 34
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  7. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 447
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 294
  9. Revealed in The Last Hope, chapter 26
  10. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 324
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 354
  12. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 382-383
  13. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 416
  14. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 449
  15. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 276
  16. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 10
  17. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 399
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 64
  19. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 17
  20. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 131
  21. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 63
  22. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 141
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 98
  24. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 238
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 262
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, chapter 12
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 263
  28. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 229
  29. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 290
  30. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 269
  31. Brokenstar was blinded prior to his death, and regained his sight in the Dark Forest.[30]
  32. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 140
  33. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 11
  34. 34.0 34.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 80
  35. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 3
  36. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 18
  37. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 265
  38. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 261
  39. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 463
  40. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 469
  41. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 54
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 249
  43. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 267
  44. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 160
  45. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 316
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