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"I know what it's like to have a power no other cat understands. It's the loneliest feeling in the world."
— Lionblaze thinking about his power in The Fourth Apprentice, page 148

Lionblaze is a golden tabby tom[7] with amber eyes[8] and thick fluff ringing around his neck.[9]

Lionblaze is a ThunderClan warrior that has served under Firestar and Bramblestar's leaderships in the lake territories. He was born as Lionkit to Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight alongside Hollykit and Jaykit. He was a courageous and strong-willed young tom, and discovered his natural talent in battle. He was apprenticed to Ashfur as Lionpaw, and later learned he and his siblings were destined to be more powerful than StarClan. As a warrior, Lionblaze and his siblings were trapped by Ashfur, and Squirrelflight revealed they were not her kits. The siblings uncovered their true parents were Crowfeather of WindClan and Leafpool, the ThunderClan medicine cat, and Hollyleaf died after fleeing into the tunnels once the truth was revealed. He mentored Dovepaw and taught her how to control her powers. Together with Jayfeather and Dovewing, the Three participated in the Great Battle and defeated the Dark Forest.

He and Cinderheart became mates and had two litters of kits: Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe, Fernsong, Flywhisker, Spotfur, and Snaptooth. Shorty after Bramblestar's revival, he was adamant about punishing the codebreakers. Lionblaze was one of them, and after he was reported for breaking the warrior code, Bramblestar exiled him. Lionblaze became a rogue for a quarter moon before returning to ThunderClan and swearing an oath of loyalty.

History

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Power of Three

"If you want to be remembered for your strengths, you must work on them. And if that means proving yourself to those who doubt you, then do it. You can't force Hollypaw to believe in you. You have to show her that you are worth believing in."
—Brambleclaw to Lionpaw Dark River, page 72
Lionkit is born to Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, along with his two siblings, Jaykit and Hollykit. He is a strong-willed fighter, who is apprenticed to Ashfur, becoming Lionpaw. As an apprentice, he grows very close with Heatherpaw of WindClan, often sneaking off to go meet with her. He also begins to train with Tigerstar and Hawkfrost, unaware of them being in the Dark Forest. After traveling to the mountains, Jaypaw informs him and Hollypaw that they are a part of a Kin of Your Kin prophecy, and are destined to be more powerful than StarClan themselves. Lionpaw's power is to be undefeated in battle.
Shortly after earning his warrior name, Lionblaze, a fire erupts in ThunderClan's camp, it is forced out by Ashfur that Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw are not his true parents. After hunting for clues, it comes out that his parents are Leafpool and Crowfeather, causing a strain on the family. Hollyleaf reveals the truth during a Gathering and vanishes in the tunnels. In their grief, he and Jayfeather realize that she is not one of the Three, and that the prophecy is predicting the Dark Forest's rising.

Omen of the Stars

"Destiny isn't a path that any cat follows blindly. It is a matter of choice, and sometimes the heart speaks loudest. Deep down, I always knew what I had to do, and that's why I came back to the Clan. Lionblaze, whatever else happens, I trust you to know the right thing to do as well. Listen to your heart, because that's where your true destiny lies."
—Leafpool to Lionblaze Sign of the Moon, page 108
Lionblaze is given Dovepaw as his first apprentice, who he later discovers is the third cat in the prophecy. He and Dovepaw journey to save the lake water from beavers. He develops feelings for Cinderheart, but is unsure how she feels. During a border fight with ShadowClan, Lionblaze accidentally kills Russetfur, the ShadowClan deputy. When Cinderheart comforts him, he shares his wishes of becoming mates with her, but she is distraught. Confused by Cinderheart's emotions, he grows frustrated and depressed that Cinderheart chooses their destinies over their shared happiness. He decides to shape his own destiny, and urges Cinderheart to let Cinderpelt free. She does, and the two become mates. Fulfilling the prophecy, he, Jayfeather, and Dovewing help the Clans fight off the Dark Forest in the Great Battle.

A Vision of Shadows

"Yesterday, Cinderheart and I found out that we're expecting our second litter of kits. I can't have my kits born when every moment we're expecting to be driven out of our territory. Will the Clans even be here by then? For the first time, it seems possible that they won't."
—Lionblaze about defeating the Kin Shattered Sky, page chapter 12
Lionblaze and Cinderheart's first litter have received their warrior names: Hollytuft, Sorrelstripe and Fernsong. He participates in the rescue to save Twigpaw from ShadowClan when she is held prisoner, and in the several battles against Darktail. When Bramblestar asks for ideas how to defeat the Kin, Lionblaze proudly announces Cinderheart is expecting his second litter. Cinderheart gives birth to Spotfur, Flywhisker and Snaptooth, and the grandfather to Bristlekit, Flipkit and Thriftkit. He leads a patrol with cats from the other Clans to rescue SkyClan when they leave the lake, and together they convince Leafstar and the others to return home.

The Broken Code

Lionblaze: "Why should StarClan drag that up now? And what has it got to do with me and Jayfeather? Did we break the code by being born?"
impostor: "It's pointless arguing. StarClan has spoken. We must obey them."
Lionblaze: "How? Am I supposed to apologize for being born?"
—Lionblaze snapping at the impostor The Silent Thaw, page 201
Lionblaze is now among ThunderClan's eldest warriors, and his litter with Cinderheart have become warriors; and is also now Baykit's and Myrtlekit's grandfather. He is also mentioned by an unknown StarClan cat to Shadowpaw of one of the codebreakers within the Clans. When Bramblestar dies, Lionblaze speaks fondly of his adopted father at his funeral, mentioning him as the best father a cat could have. When Bramblestar comes back to life, Lionblaze is the one to inform ShadowClan that whatever Shadowpaw did, it worked, and is overjoyed.
He comes at odds with Bramblestar's impostor when his leader twists the code for his own benefit. When out on patrol with Spotfur and Bristlefrost, he accidentally crosses the WindClan border, which is reported to Bramblestar and Lionblaze is banished from ThunderClan for a quarter moon, much to the disdain of several of ThunderClan's members. He later returns and is angry when he has to swear an oath of loyalty for being listed a codebreaker, something he had no control over.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Lionblaze's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Every cat knows that those cats were tricked. They thought they were becoming stronger warriors to protect their Clans. They’ve taken an oath of loyalty, and have proved themselves since then. Breezepelt saved my life when the stoats swarmed over me. If I can forgive Breezepelt for his part in the Great Battle, then you, Rowanclaw, have no excuse. I, for one, think the past should be left in the past."
—Lionblaze advocating for Breezepelt at a gathering Crowfeather's Trial, page chapter 34
In Crowfeather's Trial, tensions are still high between the half-brothers Breezepelt and Lionblaze since Breezepelt tried to kill him during the Great Battle. Lionblaze protests when Bramblestar ponders about the two Clans working together, insisting they cannot trust a Clan that harbors Breezepelt. During the battle against the stoats, Lionblaze is overwhelmed by the number of stoats, and Crowfeather tries to save his son. However, Breezepelt saves Lionblaze and the two brothers form a mutual respect for each other. Crowfeather apologizes to Lionblaze, and he forgives him.
In Bramblestar's Storm, he and Cinderheart enjoy their early care-free days as mates, and Cinderheart has to remind Lionblaze that he is no longer invincible, and Lionblaze struggles to adjust to being able to get hurt. Bramblestar reflects on raising him and his siblings, believing them to be his kits. Jessy encourages Bramblestar to never forget his bond as a father with them, including his bond with Squirrelflight. In the manga, his and Cinderheart's kits become apprentices, Hollypaw, Sorrelpaw, and Fernpaw, each named after a cat that perished during the Great Battle.
In Squirrelflight's Hope, Squirrelflight fondly remembers raising him and Jayfeather, and knows she will always love them even though they weren't her own kits. Lionblaze voices his disapproval of the Sisters, believing they should leave as soon as possible. When Leafpool dies, and Squirrelflight nearly does, Lionblaze admits he wishes he had loved his birth mother more, and she deserved to be loved.

Novellas

This section summarizes Lionblaze's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

In Leafpool's Wish, Leafpool and Squirrelflight flee ThunderClan so Leafpool could give birth. She has trouble with him because of his size, but Yellowfang helps her, and the kit is born with a loud yowl. He is named Lionkit due to his thick-furred neck like a lion's mane. Leafpool fondly thinks of Lionkit as brave and strong, and he is eager to become a warrior.
In Dovewing's Silence, the Three have lost their powers since the battle with the Dark Forest. He grows angered when he discovers he can get injured, such as tripping over roots. Cinderheart festers over him, though Dovewing insists he is still the strongest and bravest warrior in ThunderClan. When a fox attacks the patrol, Lionblaze kills it. Jayfeather brings him and Dovewing to the Moonpool, where Rock and Midnight explain their powers are no longer needed, and encourage Lionblaze that true courage is fighting knowing he could get injured.

Detailed description

Lionblaze is a broad-shouldered,[10] muscular,[11] bright,[12] golden tabby tom[7] with amber eyes[8] the color of the sun.[13] He has thick fur,[14] thick fluff ringing around his neck,[9] a nicked ear,[15] and massive,[16] pale paws[17] with fur that bunches at his claws.[18]

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Ceremonies

Lionpaw's apprentice ceremony
Firestar: Lionkit! From this day until you receive your warrior name, you will be Lionpaw. Ashfur. You mentored Birchfall, and he is all the credit to his Clan. Now ThunderClan asks you to prove yourself once more a great mentor.
Ashfur: I won't let ThunderClan down.
Everyone: Lionpaw! Lionpaw!
Reference: The Sight, pages 86-87


Lionblaze's warrior ceremony
Firestar: I, Firestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these three apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Hollypaw, Lionpaw, and Cinderpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your lives?
Hollypaw, Lionpaw and Cinderpaw: I do.
Firestar: Lionpaw, from this moment you will be known as Lionblaze. StarClan honors your courage and skill in battle.
Everyone: Lionblaze! Hollyleaf! Cinderheart!
Reference: Eclipse, pages 317-318

Quotes

"Meanwhile you'd better think about whether you want to be a warrior or whether you plan to live your life as a loner. Because if your Clanmates find out that you've kept the tunnels a secret from them, that's what you'll become!"
—Hawkfrost to Lionpaw Dark River, page 228


"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


Hollypaw: "You've been meeting Heatherpaw! You told me you'd stopped seeing her! You lied to me and your Clanmates! I always thought that you were the most loyal of us. And now you've betrayed your Clan!"
Lionpaw: "I haven't betrayed them! I've stopped meeting Heatherpaw now. We were just playing, but then I realized that—"
Hollypaw: "That an enemy Clan knows a secret way into our territory! Were you ever going to tell anyone, or were you just going to sit and watch while your little friend led her Clanmates to our camp?"
Lionpaw: "I would never let that happen!"
—Lionpaw and Hollypaw Dark River, page 283
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"A good warrior will always do as much as he can to feed his Clan."
—Lionpaw to Jaypaw Outcast, page 13


"I could run farther than a hare! I could fight the fiercest fox that ever lived...I could climb the highest mountain faster than an eagle could fly."
—Lionpaw dreaming about his powers Outcast, page 159


"I thought I was special, I thought that's why he visited me. Because we were kin and he thought I'd make the best warrior."
—Lionblaze to Jayfeather about when Tigerstar visited him Fading Echoes, page 206


"You learned a good lesson about fighting as a team. Remember that no warrior needs to be a hero. The most heroic actions take more than one cat."
—Lionblaze to Toadstep Sign of the Moon, page 170


Cinderheart: "Lionblaze! I told you to rest today! You can’t go out on patrol until your claw heals."
Lionblaze: "It's fine. Stop bugging me about it."
Cinderheart: "Don't take it out on me. You should see Jayfeather if it's infected."
Lionblaze: "I don't have time now. We have to hunt while the weather holds."
—Cinderheart and Lionblaze about his injury Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 5


"The Great Battle took a lot out of us. None of us know how long it will take to recover."
—Lionblaze about the Great Battle Dovewing's Silence, page chapter 5


Crowfeather: "I'm sorry I didn't accept you and your littermates when I found out about you. I'm sorry that I said I had only one kit, and that anything else was a lie. If I'd known...If I'd only known when you were kits, when you needed me, surely things would have been different. I have no excuses, but...I hope you can forgive me for the way I acted."
Lionblaze: "It doesn't matter. I was a full-grown warrior by the time I found out that you and Leafpool were my parents. I don't need to be your kit. Bramblestar was the only father we knew, and he was a great one. He'll always be my father, no matter what. [...] I'm not angry with you. I accept your apology, and I'm grateful for the way it all turned out."
—Crowfeather and Lionblaze on their relationship Crowfeather's Trial, page 392


"No, he won't. He'll adjust in time. He'll have to find a different kind of courage, that's all. One that takes account of all limitations. He can't fight alone now; he must stay within his Clanmates. That might feel like failure to him, even though it's not."
—Bramblestar to Cinderheart about Lionblaze Bramblestar's Storm, page 344


"Lionblaze met her gaze. She saw conflict there, as though he wasn't sure how to feel. How hard it must be not to know which mother was his true mother. One had kitted him and one had raised him. Which one should he love? Surely there was a place in his heart for both of them."
—Squirrelflight's thoughts about Lionblaze Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 28


Jayfeather: "She was a good medicine cat. She trained me well and I loved her for it. Then I discovered she was my mother and that she'd lied to me since I was born. Hollyleaf died defending her lie even though Leafpool abandoned us."
Lionblaze: "What else could she do?"
Jayfeather: "Tell the truth?"
Lionblaze: ""Then" what? Did you want her to give up being a medicine cat for you? Would you give up being a medicine cat for anyone? No. I thought so."
Jayfeather: "You didn't give me a chance to finish. I was about to say that I forgave her eventually. Even though I could never love her as a mother after what she'd done, I respected her as a medicine cat and loved her as a Clanmate. Don't pretend you loved her anymore than I did."
Lionblaze: "I'd wished I'd loved her more. She deserved to be loved. She was loyal and good and kind."
—Lionblaze and Jayfeather at Leafpool's vigil Squirrelflight's Hope, page chapter 28


"I wish I loved her more. She deserved to be loved. She was good and loyal and kind."
—Lionblaze to Jayfeather and Squirrelflight Squirrelflight's Hope, page 396


"I remember how much Bramblestar taught me when I was a kit and an apprentice. I believed he was my father then. He was the best father a cat could have."
—Lionblaze at Bramblestar's funeral Lost Stars, page 250


Bramblestar's impostor: "You know StarClan has been silent these past moons. We’re supposed to be following the warrior code so that they’ll come back. How do you think they’ll feel about warriors crossing borders without permission? Do you think they’ll come back if we can’t even obey such a simple rule?"
Lionblaze: "StarClan isn’t going to abandon us just because I crossed the WindClan border."
Bramblestar's impostor: "Did they tell you that? Are you our new link with StarClan?"
Lionblaze: "Of course not."
Bramblestar's impostor: "Then don’t tell me what StarClan is thinking. You broke the code even though I’ve told you it must be followed!"
—Lionblaze and Bramblestar's impostor The Silent Thaw, pages 112-113


"Lionblaze’s gaze cleared. He blinked in disbelief but didn’t speak. [...] Lionblaze squared his shoulders. He looked around at his Clanmates, his gaze furious. Then he walked to the entrance and padded out of camp."
—Narrator as Lionblaze begrudgingly leaves camp The Silent Thaw, pages 115-116


"You believe the word of a ShadowClan cat over your own Clanmate's honor? I haven't broken any code!"
—Lionblaze to the impostor The Silent Thaw, pages 201-202


Jayfeather, purring: "Lionblaze! Are you well? Have you had enough to eat?"
Lionblaze: "I'm fine."
Jayfeather: "I want you to come to the medicine den so I can check you over properly, you smell a bit sour."
—Brotherly love The Silent Thaw, pages 202-203


"Next time, I'll check who my parents are before I'm born."
—Lionblaze angry at the impostor The Silent Thaw, page 203


"Lionpaw is the warrior, a hunter and fighter as brave as Tigerstar. But then, he should be, since Firestar's old enemy has walked beside him in the forest, training him and encouraging him to be ever more fearless. Would Lionpaw have been so strong and skillful without this cat of shadows?"
—Rock questioning Lionpaw's abilities Cats of the Clans, page 28

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Sight, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 115
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 87
  4. Revealed in Eclipse, page 318
  5. Revealed in Outcast, page 171
  6. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 38
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Dark River, allegiances
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 61
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, page 79
  10. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 45
  11. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 174
  12. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 95
  13. Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 11
  14. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 168
  15. Revealed in Dark River, page 234
  16. Revealed in Dovewing's Silence, page 42
  17. Revealed in The Sight, page 346
  18. Revealed in The Sight, page 347
  19. Revealed in Fading Echoes, page 295
  20. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 282
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