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"They can have a father if you want. I'll be here if you need me. I love you, Bluefur. Whatever happens, they'll always be my kits, too!"
— Oakheart after Bluefur decides to raise their kits alone in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 454

Oakheart is a dark[13] reddish-brown tom[8] with amber eyes.[14]

Oakheart was a deputy of RiverClan under Hailstar’s and Crookedstar's leaderships in the forest territories. He was born as Oakkit to Rainflower and Shellheart, along with his brother, Stormkit. He and his brother were very close, but when Stormkit broke his jaw, Oakkit was suddenly favored by their mother. Oakkit became an apprentice known as Oakpaw with his father as his mentor, and later earned his warrior name, Oakheart. Oakheart grew very close to a ThunderClan warrior, Bluefur, and they met at Fourtrees one night. Bluefur ended up pregnant with his kits, and when she decided to give them to RiverClan, he supported her lovingly and took Mistykit and Stonekit to Graypool to foster, and mourned the loss of his third kit, Mosskit.

During a battle between RiverClan and ThunderClan over Sunningrocks, he was crushed by a rockfall, but ended up in a conspiracy that Tigerclaw made up, where Oakheart killed Redtail and Tigerclaw killed Oakheart to get revenge. Oakheart went to StarClan, and when Bluestar died, he guided her to StarClan where they became mates again.

History

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The Prophecies Begin

Mistyfoot: "Oakheart? Oakheart was my father; did you know that?"
Fireheart: "No, I didn't. I'm sorry. I never met him, but they say he was a brave warrior."
Mistyfoot: "He was the best and the bravest."
—Mistyfoot telling Fireheart about her father Forest of Secrets, page 56
Oakheart is the deputy of RiverClan. He leads his Clan into battle against ThunderClan over Sunningrocks. When Redtail attacks Oakheart's son, Stonefur, Oakheart snarls that no ThunderClan cat would harm him. While fighting with Redtail, Oakheart is killed in a rockfall. Redtail realizes that ThunderClan is outnumbered and calls a retreat. Tigerclaw forces Ravenpaw to lie about what occurred, and he says that Oakheart killed Redtail and Tigerclaw killed Oakheart in revenge. Later, Fireheart asks Ravenpaw to retell the story, and he amends that Oakheart was killed by a rockfall but Redtail was not.
In a flashback, Oakheart brings two unknown kits to RiverClan on a snowy night. He brings them to the nursery for Graypool to nurse. Oakheart insists he found them in the forest abandoned, and Graypool agrees to take care of them but detects a familiar scent. In the present, Graypool confirms to Fireheart the she scented ThunderClan on the kits, but didn't tell any cat. Fireheart speaks to Mistyfoot who tells him how her father was a brave warrior, and their medicine cat confirmed that he was killed in a rockfall, solidifying Ravenpaw's story. Bluestar also reveals that Mistyfoot and Stonefur are her and Oakheart's kits but she gave them up to become deputy instead of Thistleclaw.

The New Prophecy

"I thought that choice would please you, Bluestar. Do you not think she was well mentored?"
—Oakheart to Bluestar about choosing Feathertail Midnight, page 3
In StarClan, Oakheart chooses Feathertail as the representative of RiverClan to go on a journey to the sun-drown-place. He teases Bluestar if he approves because she was mentored by their daughter, Mistyfoot. He speaks with Bluestar once again when the Clans arrive at the lake and insists the Clans are strong enough to face whatever challenges ahead.

Super Editions

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

"Thank you. I hope we get to train together soon. You're my littermate and I'll always be there for you."
—Oakpaw to Crookedkit Crookedstar's Promise, page 61
In Crookedstar's Promise, he is born in a storm to Shellheart, the Clan deputy, and Rainflower alongside his brother, Stormkit. When he and Stormkit sneak out of camp to Sunningrocks, they disturb Goosefeather who is out collecting herbs. Goosefeather chases them back to the stepping stones, and along the way, Stormkit slips and falls, breaking his jaw. Oakkit stays very close to his brother during his recovery, but when Hailstar renames Stormkit to Crookedkit, Oakkit gets named an apprentice Oakpaw, and receives his father, Shellheart, as a mentor.
When Crookedkit returns from living away from RiverClan with loners, Oakpaw receives his warrior name, Oakheart, for defeating dogs on a patrol. He tells Crookedpaw that he'll get his name next, and Rainflower pulls Oakheart aside, cruelly telling him that Crookedpaw will never be as good as him due to his injury. When Crookedjaw receives his warrior name, Oakheart congratulates him, and says that it's Rainflower's loss if she can't be proud of Crookedjaw. He also gains an apprentice, Loudpaw. Crookedstar offers the position of deputy to him, but Oakheart turns it down.
He becomes close with the ThunderClan warrior Bluefur, and she later becomes pregnant with his kits. Bluefur gives her kits to Oakheart to raise in RiverClan. Oakheart gives the kits to Graypool to nurse, and Crookedstar confronts Oakheart about the truth about the kits. Oakheart doesn't hide his identity from them. After Willowkit and Minnowkit die, Oakheart accuses Crookedstar of behaving distant like Rainflower to Silverkit.
In Bluestar's Prophecy, Bluefur finds Oakheart resting on Sunningrocks and he flirts with her. She agrees to meet in secret with him at Fourtrees resulting in Bluefur becoming pregnant with his kits. Oakheart insists he could join ThunderClan, but Bluefur wants to raise their kits as pure ThunderClan cats. She gives birth to Stonekit, Mistykit, and Mosskit. When Tawnyspots falls ill and Thistleclaw poised as the next deputy, Bluefur gives up her kits to Oakheart but Mosskit dies in the cold. The two mates never speak again at Gatherings out of fear of some cat piecing it together.

Detailed description

Oakheart is a large,[15] thick[16] and sleek-furred,[17] plump,[18] dark[13] reddish-brown tom.[8] He has a broad head[19] and shoulders,[1] massive paws,[20] and clear[21] amber eyes.[14]

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Ceremonies

Oakpaw's apprentice ceremony
Hailstar: Shellheart and Oakkit share courage, strength, and loyalty. Strengthen those talents in your apprentice, Shellheart, and make Oakpaw a warrior who will lead RiverClan to greatness.
Everyone: Oakpaw! Oakpaw!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 5


Oakheart's warrior ceremony
Hailstar: Oakpaw. From this moment on you shall be known as Oakheart. StarClan honors your courage and your quick wits, and we welcome you as a full warrior of RiverClan.
Everyone: Oakheart! Oakheart!
Reference: Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 12

Personality and Relationships

Oakheart is charming, charismatic, and dedicated to his Clan and family. He supported Bluefur's decision to give up her kits, and played an active role in his children's kithood. For more of Oakheart's personality and relationships, click here!

Family

Oakheart's parents are Shellheart and Rainflower, and his brother is Crookedstar. His mate is Bluestar, and Mistystar, Stonefur and Mosskit are their children. For more of Oakheart's family, click here!

Appearances


Trivia

Did you know Oakheart's mother was originally a she-cat named Lilystem? However, this could have been changed to prevent an inconsistency in a scene in Crookedstar's Promise where Lilystem appears in the camp after Oakheart's mother is supposed to have died. For more trivia about Oakheart, click here!

Quotes

"We are a Clan and when one cat fights, he fights for the whole Clan."
—Oakheart talking to Beetlenose and Crookedjaw Crookedstar's Promise, page 265


Oakheart: "Why don't you go in and see her?"
Crookedstar: "I've got other things to worry about."
Oakheart: "Really? You can't avoid her forever, you know. She's going to be racing around camp playing hunt the frog before you know it. Don't you want her to know who her father is?"
Crookedstar: "What? Like your kits knew who their father was?"
Oakheart: "That was different. I was always there for them, hunting for them, playing with them. Silverkit hardly knows you exist."
Crookedstar: "Leave me alone. It's none of your business."
Oakheart: "Actually it is my business. You're my littermate! Silverkit is my kin, too! You're being a fish-brain and every cat knows it. I'm just the only cat brave enough to tell you!"
Crookedstar: "Brave? You? You couldn't even tell me that Bluestar was expecting your kits. If she hadn't dumped them on you so she could be deputy, it'd still be a secret. [...] Don't pretend you understand how I feel, because you don't!"
Oakheart: "No, I don't! But I do understand there's a kit in there whose father doesn't want anything to do with her. How can you lead a Clan when you won't even take responsibility for your own kit?"
Crookedstar: "Like you did?"
Oakheart: "Like I've done! I don't know how you can let her grow up thinking you don't love her. You, more than anyone, should know how terrible that feels. But you're doing it to your own kit."
Crookedstar: "How dare you accuse me of that? [...] How can I love her when every cat I love dies?"
Oakheart: "I'm still here."
Crookedstar: "You're here for now."
Oakheart: "It's a risk every cat has to take. Would you rather have no feelings at all? Do you wish you'd never loved Willowbreeze? Where's your courage, Crookedstar?"
—Oakheart and Crookedstar about Silverkit Crookedstar's Promise, pages 488-490
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Oakheart: "But I want to know you. Everything about you-your favorite fresh-kill, your earliest memory, what you dream of..."
Bluefur: "You can't! The warrior code!"
Oakheart: "This isn't about the code. This is about us. Meet me tomorrow at moonhigh at Fourtrees."
Bluefur: "I can't!"
Oakheart: "Just meet me. Give me a chance!"
—Oakheart to Bluefur Bluestar's Prophecy, pages 420-421


Oakheart: "Bluefur! Crookedstar is about to send a patrol."
Bluefur: "Oakheart, I'm going to have kits."
Oakheart: "It'll be all right. Our kits will be great. Brave and strong and clever, good at swimming and climbing trees!"
—Bluefur tells Oakheart that she is going to have his kits Bluestar's Prophecy, page 452


Bluefur: "It's not that. My Clan needs me."
Oakheart: "I need you, too."
Bluefur: "No, you don't. I'm going to raise these kits as ThunderClan. My Clanmates will assume that a ThunderClan cat is the father."
Oakheart: "Any cat in particular?"
Bluefur: "No! But this is the only way it can be. Don't you see that? To give our kits the best chance, I must raise them as if they were pure ThunderClan."
Oakheart: "What about me?"
Bluefur: "It's my problem. I'm the one having these kits. I'll be the one raising them without a father!"
Oakheart: "They can have a father if you want. I'll be here if you need me. I love you, Bluefur. Whatever happens, they'll always be my kits, too!"
—Bluefur telling Oakheart about her decision Bluestar's Prophecy, page 454


Tigerclaw: "Oakheart! How dare you hunt in our territory? The Sunningrocks belong to ThunderClan!"
Oakheart: "After tonight, Tigerclaw, this will just be another RiverClan hunting ground!"
—Oakheart to Tigerclaw, fighting at Sunningrocks Into the Wild, page 1


Mistyfoot: "Oakheart? Oakheart was my father; did you know that?"
Fireheart: "No, I didn't. I'm sorry. I never met him, but they say he was a brave warrior."
Mistyfoot: "He was the best and the bravest. And he should never have died. It was an accident."
Fireheart: "Are you sure? No cat killed him?"
Mistyfoot: "He was wounded in the battle, but not enough to kill him. Afterward, we found his body under some fallen rocks. Our medicine cat said that was what killed him."
Fireheart: "So no cat was responsible...Ravenpaw was right."
—Mistyfoot telling Fireheart about Oakheart Forest of Secrets, pages 56-57


Oakheart: "I will begin. Crookedstar, do I have your permission to speak for RiverClan?
Then I invite you all to see and approve my choice.
"
Bluestar: "That one? Are you sure, Oakheart?"
Oakheart: "I thought that choice would please you, Bluestar. Do you not think she was well mentored?"
Bluestar: "She was excellently mentored."
—Oakheart chooses Feathertail to go on the journey to the sun-drown-place Midnight, pages 2-3

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Midnight, page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 8
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 40
  4. Revealed in Redtail's Debt, chapter 10
  5. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 57
  6. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 61
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 153
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  9. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 60-61
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 338
  11. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 454
  12. Revealed in Fire and Ice, allegiances
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 74
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 408
  15. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 1
  16. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 338
  17. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 336
  18. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 83
  19. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 337
  20. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 4
  21. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 458

Notes

  1. Redtail's Debt depicts Oakheart's death being caused by Redtail.[4] However, one of the foundational aspects of The Prophecies Begin was that he did not die that way, and instead was confirmed to be killed by a rockfall.[5]
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