|"I can't believe you said that! Breezepelt is just as loyal to WindClan as any of you—maybe more. Like you said, he was with [Nightcloud] in the tunnels, putting his life on the line for all of us—and where were you?"|
|— Heathertail standing up for Breezepelt against Crouchfoot in Crowfeather's Trial, chapter 9|
Heathertail is a WindClan warrior under Onestar's and Harestar's leaderships in the lake territories. She was born as the sole kit of Whitetail and Onestar, and she was apprenticed as Heatherpaw to Crowfeather. She formed a close bond with a ThunderClan apprentice, Lionpaw, and they often met in the tunnels, but ultimately, Lionpaw ended his meetings with her. To prevent a battle amongst their Clans, Breezepaw, Lionpaw, and his siblings rescued Gorsetail's kits from the flooding tunnels, and afterwards, Heatherpaw ended things with Lionpaw, only being loyal to her Clan. After earning her warrior name, Heathertail mentored Furzepelt, and following the Great Battle, she defended Breezepelt from her Clanmates. Heathertail became mates with Breezepelt and had two kits, Smokekit and Brindlekit, and later had Applekit and Woodkit.
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- "Go, and don't come back, you can take the catmint. I've no quarrel with ThunderClan; I don't want to see cats suffer, whatever you might think. Just be careful you don't end up a bully like your kin, Tigerstar."
- ―Heathertail to Lionblaze Long Shadows, page 248
- Whitetail is assigned her temporary mentor when Crowfeather and Breezepaw leave for the mountains. During a battle between the Clans, WindClan attacks from the tunnels, and Lionpaw accuses Heatherpaw of breaking their secret. She is horrified when he almost kills Crowfeather, and Lionpaw begins to dream of killing her much to his horror. She earns her warrior name, Heathertail, and confronts Lionblaze when he sneaks into WindClan territory to gather catmint. She sternly allows him to pass and warns him about becoming like Tigerstar.
- "And Jayfeather murdered Flametail! And you've been crossing our boundaries and stealing our prey!"
- ―Heathertail during the battle in the tunnels The Forgotten Warrior, page chapter 25
- Heathertail and Breezepelt are now mates, and she has given birth to their daughters, Smokekit and Brindlekit. They become apprentices, and her former apprentice, Furzepelt, dies from an attack by Darktail's group. Heathertail, with the rest of WindClan, learns of Onestar's former affair with a kittypet named Smoke and the truth about Darktail, a ruthless rogue that was terrorizing the Clans, as well as her half-brother. Her daughters later become warriors with the names Smokehaze and Brindlewing.
- She and Breezepelt have another litter, Applekit and Woodkit, who once are apprenticed, are mentored by their older sisters, Smokehaze and Brindlewing. During a battle against the Clans instigated by Bramblestar's impostor, her daughter, Smokehaze, is killed, and becomes a ghost.
- "Crowfeather caught a questioning look from Nightcloud, and responded with a nod. Yes, this will be the mother of our son's kits. Breezepelt was lucky, he reflected, to have such a strong warrior in his life, so loyal to him and to their Clan."
- ―Crowfeather's thoughts about Heathertail Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 32
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- Smokehaze: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Brindlewing: Living (As of River)
- Appleshine: Living (As of River)
- Woodsong: Living (As of River)
- Ashfoot: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Morningflower: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Woollytail: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Hareflight: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Rabbitear: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Doespring: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Ryestalk: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Gorsepaw: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Storkkit: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Quailkit: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Crowfeather: Living (As of River)
- Eaglekit: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Hillkit: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Downkit: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Tornear: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Mudclaw: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Breezepelt: Living (As of River)
- Jayfeather: Living (As of River)
- Lionblaze: Living (As of River)
- Hollyleaf: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Windstar: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Gorsestar: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Dust Muzzle: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Emberkit: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Morning Whisker: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Moth Flight: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Micah: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Honey Pelt: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Spider Paw: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Bubbling Stream: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Blue Whisker: Deceased, verified StarClan member
- Three unnamed kits: Living (As of Moth Flight's Vision comic)
= Gender unknown
- The Sight (First appearance)
- Dark River
- Long Shadows
- Hollyleaf's Story (Allegiance only)
- The Fourth Apprentice (Allegiance only)
- Mistystar's Omen (Allegiance only)
- Fading Echoes
- Night Whispers (Allegiance only)
- Sign of the Moon (Mentioned only)
- The Forgotten Warrior
- The Last Hope
- Dovewing's Silence (Allegiance only)
- Crowfeather's Trial
- Bramblestar's Storm
- The Apprentice's Quest (Allegiance only)
- Thunder and Shadow (Allegiance only)
- Shattered Sky (Allegiance only)
- Darkest Night (Allegiance only)
- Tigerheart's Shadow (Allegiance only)
- River of Fire (Allegiance only)
- Tawnypelt's Clan (Allegiance only)
- Spotfur's Rebellion (Allegiance only)
- The Raging Storm (Allegiance only)
- Squirrelflight's Hope (Allegiance only)
- Lost Stars
- The Silent Thaw (Allegiance only)
- Veil of Shadows (Allegiance only)
- Darkness Within
- Graystripe's Vow (Allegiance only)
- Daisy's Kin (Allegiance only)
- The Place of No Stars (Allegiance only)
- A Light in the Mist (Allegiance only)
- Cats of the Clans
- Battles of the Clans
- The Ultimate Guide
- Prior to the release of The Fourth Apprentice, Heathertail was still in love with Lionblaze. At the time, she harbored no romantic feelings towards Breezepelt, but their relationship was more complex than just friends. However, after Fading Echoes was released, it was revealed that Heathertail no longer cares for Lionblaze.
- After the release of Bramblestar's Storm, it was revealed that during the gap between that book and The Apprentice's Quest, Heathertail and Breezepelt had become mates,[blog 1] and Kate believes that it is because they wanted to redeem Breezepelt, and help him become the happy, loyal, and true warrior that he should have been.[blog 2]
- Kate thinks that Heathertail was lying about Sedgekit boasting about the tunnels,[blog 3] although Vicky believes she was telling the truth.
- Heathertail was mistakenly described as gray.
The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.
- In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook, Heathertail's older siblings are Willowclaw, Emberfoot, Rustlepaw, a golden tabby tom with a white belly and chest and green eyes, and Drizzlepaw, a speckled brown-and-white she-cat with amber eyes.
- "This is Breezepaw. He's our newest apprentice though you couldn't tell it from his manner. He's been trying to boss the other apprentices since he went from a 'kit to a 'paw. Don't worry, Breezepaw, you'll be a warrior before you know it, and then you can boss all of the apprentices around. He thinks I have to do what he says because his father, Crowfeather, is my mentor."
- ―Heatherpaw introducing Breezepaw at a Gathering The Sight, page 137
- Heatherpaw: "Isn't it brilliant? It'll be like our own camp! We could be DarkClan. I'll be the leader and you can be my deputy!"
- Lionpaw: "Deputy? What if I want to be leader?"
- Dark River, pages 77-78
- Heatherpaw: "I name you Lionclaw, warrior of DarkClan! Congratulations. But first you have to prove yourself a warrior by outrunning me!"
- Lionpaw: "That's not fair! WindClan cats are really fast; everyone knows that."
- Dark River, page 114
- "Under all those trees and closed in by stone walls? No, thanks! Besides, we don't need to live in the same Clan when we've got this cave all to ourselves."
- ―Heatherpaw to Lionpaw when she's asked to join ThunderClan Dark River, page 115
- "I think you're great, Heatherpaw. But you need to find someone in your own Clan. I need to be the best warrior I can be, and I can't do that if I'm here every night."
- ―Lionpaw to Heatherpaw Dark River, page 241
- "Oh, Lionpaw, what have we done?"
- ―Heatherpaw to Lionpaw Dark River, page 290
- Heathertail: "Will you stop making that noise!"
- Breezepelt: "Do you want to make them feel welcome?"
- Fading Echoes, pages 67-68
- "They're fleabags who are trespassing on our territory. Leave now, or fight."
- ―Heathertail to Ivypool The Forgotten Warrior, page chapter 2
- Crowfeather: "You know, Heathertail isn't listening. You don't have to act tough."
- Breezepelt: "Are you trying to tell me you’ve never done the same?"
- Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 16
- Crowfeather: "I'm sorry for the way I behaved before, Heathertail. I'm sure you're figuring out...I'm not always the easiest cat."
- Heathertail: "Well, I enjoy a challenge sometimes. Breezepelt isn't always easy, either."
- Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 22
- Onestar: "Heathertail, when I couldn't find you after the battle, I thought the stoats had gotten you. How do you think I felt then?"
- Heathertail: "I'm sorry. But I had to go. I wanted to help."
- Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 25
- "Some of us have explored and played and battled for our lives in the web of tunnels coiled below our new home. Cats in other Clans know our secret—Lionblaze, Jayfeather, and Hollyleaf. But it was all a terrible mistake. I never should've followed my curiosity belowground, out of the safety of daylight and fresh, clean air. I risked everything because I was in love with Lionblaze. But my discovery nearly carried us to StarClan—and the games we played ended up breaking our hearts."
- ―Heathertail about her time in the tunnels Battles of the Clans, page 68
- "I don't think Heatherpaw was guilty for anything but selfishness; she stayed loyal to her Clan, although luckily she never had to face her friend on the other side of a battle."
- ―Rock about Heathertail Cats of the Clans, page 56
- (Warrior of the Week #128)
- Heathertail's kit name, Heatherkit, has only ever been revealed on the Warrior Cats website.
Notes and references
- Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
- Revealed on the screenshot) (
- Revealed in Long Shadows, page 248
- Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, allegiances
- Revealed in Outcast, page 140
- Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
- Revealed in Dark River, page 42
- Revealed in The Sight, page 135
- Revealed in Crowfeather's Trial, page 417
- Revealed in Dark River, page 11
- Revealed in The Sight, page 136
- Revealed in The Sight, page 348
- Revealed in Dark River, page 115
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 259
- Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 258
- Revealed in Lost Stars, allegiances
- Revealed on the
- Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
- Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
- Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 26
- Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 274
- Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 6
- Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 21
- Revealed in Rising Storm, page 208
- Revealed on the screenshot) (
- Revealed in Starlight, page 131
- Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 2
- Revealed on the screenshot) (
- Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
- Revealed in The Sight, page 118
- Revealed in Sunrise, page 290
- Revealed in The First Battle, page 139
- Revealed on the screenshot) (
- Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 318
- Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 321
- Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision comic
- Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
- Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
- Revealed on Vicky's Facebook (screenshot)
- Revealed in Long Shadows, page 161
- Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
|Medicine cats||Kestrelflight (Whistlepaw)|
|Warriors||Nightcloud • Emberfoot • Leaftail • Breezepelt • Heathertail • Sedgewhisker • Slightfoot • Oatclaw • Crouchfoot • Hootwhisker • Featherpelt • Brindlewing • Woodsong • Appleshine • Songleap • Flutterfoot|
|Kits||Brookkit • Stripekit|
|Elders||Whiskernose • Gorsetail|