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"The biggest battle the Clans ever face is with what lies outside their territories. For that, you need one another."
— Braveheart to Jaypaw in Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy, page 6


Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy
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Details
Author: Cherith Baldry[1]
Publish Date: January 2009[1]
Type: Play
Details: A play written to commemorate a Warriors fan, Emmy Cherry, and her parents who died when a tornado struck her house.
Summary
Jaypaw, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf struggle between choosing between what is right and loyalty to their Clan when other Clans are starving, but ThunderClan has prey to spare...


Brightspirit's Mercy is a play enacted by various high school drama students during a fundraiser in Russellville, Arkansas.[2]

Inspiration

The character Brightspirit was originally created as a memorial to a girl named Emmy Cherry, who had died on February 5, 2008, along with her parents, when a tornado struck her home.[3] She was said to be the greatest fan of Warriors and made all of her family read the books.[4] When Vicky heard the tragic news, she decided that Emmy deserved to have a place in the books she loved so much, thus creating the character Brightspirit to honor the deceased girl along with her parents.[5]

Cast

The cast is as follows.[6]

ThunderClan

Firestar: a ginger tom with a flame-colored pelt, leader of ThunderClan
Brambleclaw: dark brown tabby tom, deputy of ThunderClan
Lionblaze: golden tabby tom with amber eyes, warrior
Hollyleaf: black she-cat with green eyes, warrior
Jaypaw: gray tabby tom with blue eyes, apprentice medicine cat

Lionblaze, Hollyleaf and Jaypaw are littermates; Jaypaw is blind.

ShadowClan

Blackstar: large white tom with huge jet-black paws, leader of ShadowClan
Russetfur: dark ginger she-cat, deputy of ShadowClan

WindClan

Onestar: brown tabby tom, leader of WindClan
Ashfoot: gray she-cat, deputy of WindClan
Whitetail: small white she-cat, warrior (non-speaking part)
Breezepaw: black tom, Whitetail’s apprentice

RiverClan

Leopardstar: spotted golden tabby she-cat, leader of RiverClan
Mistyfoot: gray she-cat, deputy of RiverClan

StarClan

Brightspirit: a silver tabby she-cat
Shiningheart: a silver tabby she-cat, Brightspirit’s mother
Braveheart: a dark tabby tom, Brightspirit’s father


Plot

"Brightspirit's Mercy" is a small play written by Cherith Baldry. It revolves around three StarClan spirits, and how they teach Jaypaw, Hollyleaf and Lionblaze that the Warrior Code isn't everything.
The play begins on an extremely cold night, during a Gathering in leaf-bare. After Leopardstar remarks that they should finish before they freeze to death, Blackstar admits severe weakness by saying ShadowClan is starving to death. The other Clans all agree that they are starving, with the exception of ThunderClan who wisely say they are being challenged to find food when in reality, they are not. Hollyleaf and Lionblaze have a brief argument about whether or not this was a wise decision, before Jaypaw comes over. Lionblaze explains to Jaypaw that Hollyleaf is worried about a battle with the other Clans, before being interrupted by Brambleclaw. The Gathering ends early due to the fact she-cats would never risk having kits in such cold weather. Lionblaze states that ThunderClan is the best, and he thinks they win again, before the scene changes.
The next scene begins at ThunderClan camp at dawn. Jaypaw is concerned about the other Clans and if they have enough food, but is told by Brambleclaw that it was not ThunderClan's problem. Jaypaw heads down to the lake, and attempts to speak with Rock using the stick. Hollyleaf and Lionblaze find Jaypaw as he is attempting to speak with Rock, but he accuses them of following him. As they begin to argue, Brightspirit, Braveheart and Shiningheart appear from behind them. However, only Jaypaw can see the spirits.
Brightspirit and Shiningheart ask Jaypaw to aid the other Clans, but Jaypaw insists that he couldn't because it is not part of the Warrior Code. Braveheart argues by telling Jaypaw that they don't do everything by the code, such as eating and drinking. After introducing Hollyleaf and Lionblaze to the spirits, they convince him to help the other Clans. Lionblaze then accuses the spirits of being ShadowClan, saying that they're attempting to weaken ThunderClan, so the rest of the cats can invade. Jaypaw then knows that they must feed the other Clans until Newleaf comes. After barely convincing his littermates, Jaypaw and his siblings prepare to hunt for the other Clans.
Scene Three begins with the cats hunting, then head towards WindClan because they are the closest to ThunderClan. They stop at the border, and wait for the next patrol to come. The patrol then arrives, with Ashfoot, Whitetail and Breezepaw. Breezepaw accuses them of stealing WindClan's prey, and begins to quarrel with Lionblaze. Ashfoot questions the cats, before taking the gift, telling Breezepaw that it is the best prey they have seen in moons. Breezepaw says that he is not eating any of the fresh-kill the ThunderClan cats brought, though Ashfoot orders him to take it all back to camp. As the patrol leaves, the ThunderClan cats begin to head back to camp. Jaypaw pauses, and briefly speaks with Brightspirit before leaving. The play ends with the trio of StarClan cats discussing Jaypaw and the difficult path ahead of him.

Trivia

  • The play was possibly originally called 'Kittypet Blood' as this is the title shown in the pdf. properties.[1]

See Also

External Links

References and Citations


Warriors books
The Prophecies Begin Arc Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
New Prophecy Arc MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three Arc The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars Arc The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
Dawn of the Clans Arc The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
A Vision of Shadows Arc The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's Trial
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Warriors GuideThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Arc Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Arc Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger Arc The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's MercyThe Elders' ConcernSpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans Decide
Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyThe Untold StoriesTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceTales from the ClansMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellShadows of the ClansSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoLegends of the Clans

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