"The Clans seem to make the easiest things difficult."
— Sunrise to Rootspring on her beliefs of the Clans in Darkness Within, page 270

Sunrise is a long-furred,[5] big,[2] well-muscled and broad-shouldered,[6] yellow she-cat with wide paws.[7][6]

Sunrise is a Sister under Moonlight's and Snow's leaderships. She was born to the Sisters' leader, Moonlight, along with her siblings, Ice and Earth. She remained in the Sisters and reunited with her brother again. She later fought in the battle against the Clans, fighting Harestar, and survived. She later met Needleclaw and Rootspring, her kin from Tree, and encouraged Rootspring to follow his heart and assisted him in discovering his powers as a cat with Sister blood.


In The Broken Code arc

Darkness Within

While Rootspring mingles among the Sisters' group, he recognizes Sunrise, whom he had learned was Tree's littermate, who had temporarily taken refuge in the SkyClan camp. Later, when the Sisters and the Clan cats were discussing the matter of how Moonlight and the group were driven out of Clan territory, Sunrise's eyes were dark as she says that it was probably good that Bramblestar was gone. Bristlefrost asks why, so she explains that when she was badly injured after a skirmish, Bramblestar refused to let his medicine cats treat her, and leaves Bristlefrost shaken. When Sunrise's mother, Moonlight, soon joins the Sisters' discussion, Sunrise adds that the Clans don't respect the Sisters, but Moonlight counters that they don't need the Clans' respect, and Hawk nods in agreement. Later on, the cats are all eating when Rootspring pushes a mouse toward Bristlefrost, and the she-cat takes it, resting her tail on his back. Sunrise glances warmly at their tails, so Bristlefrost is embarrassed and flicks her tail away, but Sunrise tells her there's no need to be shy about it, and that she's glad her kin has found a cat who's fond of him. Bristlefrost replies they're just friends, but Sunrise seems unconvinced.
During the way back the the Clan territories, Moon gets caught in a vine, Sunrise pads forward and suggests that it's caught on something underground, and turns to Rootspring, saying that he had to be the one to find out what it is. He reports that the vine is snared in some roots, so Sunrise tells him to try to dig it up. Later on when the Sisters arrive at the lake, Tigerstar looks at Snow and Sunrise, asking if they were really able to help with finding Bramblestar's ghost, but Sunrise dismisses him, saying that they might not be able to help, and that they can begin the ceremony when Harestar arrives. Tigerstar tells her that they don't need to contact every spirit, just Bramblestar, and afterward Sunrise suggests that they still wait for Harestar and his patrol to arrive, and swishes her tail, adding that they might need the help of a Clan cat.
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In the Super Editions

Squirrelflight's Hope

Sunrise is part of the Sisters, led by Moonlight. She is initially hostile towards Squirrelflight and Leafstar, but warms up to them. Two days later, a ThunderClan-SkyClan patrol comes to rescue their cats. Tree, SkyClan's mediator, recognizes Moonlight as his mother, who abandoned him as a kit per the Sisters' custom, and thus greets her in a hostile manner. Upon seeing Tree, Sunrise gets excited to see him, calling him by his old name, Earth, and Squirrelflight realizes that both Tree and Sunrise have the same pelt shade. However, Sunrise's excitement fades when Tree condemns his mother for abandoning him. Moonlight nonchalantly defends her actions as Sunrise stares at her paws in guilt.
Later on, Sunrise is part of a patrol with Snow, Hawk, and Tempest. They trespass onto ShadowClan territory, where Strikestone and Stonewing encounter them and try to fight them off. In the scuffle, Sunrise shreds Strikestone's ear, to which Stonewing severely wounds Sunrise's flank in retaliation before escaping with Strikestone. Due to the severity of the wound, Snow has the patrol go to ThunderClan territory to seek help from Squirrelflight. Squirrelflight encounters them while leading a patrol of her own, and decides to get Sunrise the help she needs. Bramblestar, furious that Squirrelflight has brought in strangers to the camp and went behind his back yet again, refuses to give Sunrise the treatment she needs. ThunderClan becomes divided between helping an innocent cat and fueling more fights against the other Clans. Ultimately, Bramblestar sends Jayfeather and Alderheart to the Moonpool to seek guidance from StarClan. Leafpool, however, knows that Sunrise is pressed for time and she needs treatment before the wound gets infected, and manages to convince Bramblestar to at least let her dress the wound to prevent an infection.
At the following Gathering, Tigerstar announces the Sisters' presence near Clan territory, and that they attacked Strikestone and Stonewing, and angrily reveals that Strikestone's wounded ear got infected and couldn't be saved, resulting in Strikestone losing his hearing in that ear. RiverClan and WindClan agree, though ThunderClan lies about sheltering the Sisters in their camp, while SkyClan remains neutral. After the Gathering, Bramblestar tells Squirrelflight that the Sisters need to leave ThunderClan's camp before another fight instigates. Squirrelflight runs ahead and tells the four she-cats to leave. Snow, Tempest, and Hawk fear that Sunrise isn't fit enough to travel, but Leafpool assures that they just need to watch over her for the time being and treat her wound. Snow thanks Squirrelflight for her efforts to help Sunrise before departing with her kin.
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In the Novellas

Tree's Roots

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Moonlight:[8][4] Deceased, verified ghost


Root:[9][10] Deceased, verified ghost


Ice:[11] Living (As of Tree's Roots)


Tree:[11] Living (As of Darkness Within)


Moon:[12] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Squirrel:[12] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Unnamed kits:[13] Status unknown


Leaf:[12] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Unnamed toms:[13] Status unknown
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Needleclaw:[14] Living (As of Darkness Within)


Rootspring:[14] Living (As of Darkness Within)


Tempest:[6] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Stone:[6] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)
Grass:[6] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)
Snow:[6] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Furze:[6] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Creek:[6] Living (As of Squirrelflight's Hope)
Flurry:[6] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Sparrow:[6] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Hawk:[6] Living (As of Darkness Within)
Petal:[2] Living (As of Tree's Roots)
Mud:[2] Living (As of Tree's Roots)
Spider:[13] Status unknown
Snail:[2] Living (As of Tree's Roots)
Chestnut:[2] Living (As of Tree's Roots)
Haze:[2] Deceased, verified ghost
Stream:[2] Deceased, verified ghost
Cloud:[15] Status unknown
Sunshine:[16] Living (As of Darkness Within)


Unnamed ♂
See MoreRoot ♂Moonlight ♀Jack ♂
Violetshine ♀Tree ♂Sunrise ♀Ice ♀Squirrel ♀Leaf ♂Moon ♀Unnamed ♂Unnamed
Rootspring ♂Needleclaw ♀

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown



Interesting facts

  • She has the same pelt shade as her brother, Tree,[4] and her father Root.[10]



"We heard your warning, and we're not moving."
―Sunrise to Crowfeather Squirrelflight's Hope, page 321

Sunrise: "Don't let go of Bristlefrost. You're in love with her, and she's in love with you."
Rootspring: "That's not true—"
Sunrise: "It's obvious. I don't understand why you need to lie."
—Sunrise telling Rootspring of his love for Bristlefrost Darkness Within, page 270

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 59
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Revealed in Tree's Roots, allegiances
  3. Revealed in the blurb for Squirrelflight's Hope
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 94
  5. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 83
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 61
  7. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 65
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16
  9. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 268
  10. 10.0 10.1 Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 7
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 1
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 409
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 2
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Lost Stars, page 18
  15. Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 3
  16. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 190
  17. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, chapter 29

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