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"Never be afraid of the future, for it brings wonderful things."
— Brightsky to Crookedjaw in Crookedstar's Promise, page 443
Brightsky
Brightsky.star
Affiliations
Current: RiverClan[1]
Cause of Death
Cause of Death: Sickness while kitting[2]
Post-Death
Residence: StarClan[3]
Names
Warrior:
Queen:
Brightsky[1]
Brightsky[4]
Family
Mate:
Kits:
Daughter:
Mudfur (formerly)
Three unnamed kits
Leopardstar
Education
Apprentice(s): Graypool[5]
Book Appearances
Living: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise
Dead: Crookedstar's Promise

Brightsky is a lithe,[6] white and ginger she-cat[1] with glossy fur,[7] and a soft belly.[3]




History

In the Super Edition Arc

Tallstar's Revenge

Brightsky does not formally appear in Tallstar's Revenge, but is listed in the allegiances.

Crookedstar's Promise

Brightsky is a RiverClan warrior.
During the flooding of RiverClan's camp, she desperately tries to salvage the deteriorating warriors' den. Hailstar announces that they'll have to abandon camp, and Brightsky protests, saying they couldn't abandon everything their ancestors had built for them. Hailstar snaps that they can rebuild it, but Brightsky says it won't be the same as she tries to hold onto a nest that was floating away. Shellheart tells her that together they could rebuild anything, except cats who drowned trying to save bits of twig. Brightsky reluctantly gives in and lets the nest go, watching it spiral away.
When it is discovered that Duskwater didn't leave camp with the rest of RiverClan, Brightsky steps forward and offers to go fetch her. After doing so, she returns, and asks if Rainflower was doing well after her kitting. Shellheart replies that she's fine, and asks if she's found Duskwater; Brightsky heavily replies that she hadn't. Shellheart then tells her to wait with the rest of the Clan as he and Brambleberry could manage Rainflower's kitting on their own.
Brightsky, Mudfur, and Piketooth rush into camp after ThunderClan reclaim Sunningrocks. Hailstar decides not to attack the intruders right then because the flood had washed away all of Brambleberry's herbs, leaving her with no way to treat battle injuries. All the warriors were half-starved, and almost certainly wouldn't win a fight against ThunderClan then. He sends Brightsky with Shellheart, Ottersplash, and Rippleclaw to tell the ThunderClan cats that RiverClan would take Sunningrocks back soon, but orders them not to fight. They manage to do so successfully.
When Oakpaw is made an apprentice, Brightsky calls out his name enthusiastically with Volepaw, Petalpaw, and Timberfur. She is also present when Crookedkit comes back to the Clan after living with loners. She paces at the edge of the clearing, whispering with Lakeshine.
She goes to the first Gathering Crookedpaw attends. He sees her walking down the frosty path, and later, once they reach Fourtrees, she says they had been the last Clan to arrive. Mudfur remarks that they hadn't been far behind ThunderClan.
Brightsky is chosen to mentor her first apprentice: Graypaw. She, Cedarpelt, and Owlfur take their apprentices for their mandatory trip to the Moonstone. Along the way, she leads the way across the Thunderpath. At Highstones, she shares a rabbit that Willowpaw had caught, though she is reluctant to eat something generally regarded as WindClan prey. She gives Graypaw her share, commenting that the apprentice must be hungry, before starting toward Mothermouth. She teases Graypaw when she sees that she is still chewing, asking if nothing got in the way of her appetite, and if she realized she was about to meet StarClan. Brightsky follows Crookedpaw down the dark tunnel, breathing on his tail, before they cluster around the Moonstone to sleep. She wakes up at dawn beside Graypaw, and they begin the journey back home.
She and Owlfur train Willowpaw and Graypaw at the beech copse; she is seen there in passing, instructing Graypaw. Owlfur shouts a warning before a dog that had strayed from its Twolegs attacks them. Brightsky manages to get up a tree, like Graypaw and Owlfur, but she is forced to watch in horror as the dog corners Willowpaw against the roots of a tree. Crookedpaw comes and rescues her in the nick of time, and a patrol manages to lure the dog away. Brightsky is amazed at his bravery, and says that he had jumped right onto the dog's back.
She is seen on various occasions after this. While out hunting, Brightsky sees how many fish Crookedjaw had caught, and remarks they could all move to the elders' den, now that he was a warrior. At a Gathering later on, Brightsky and Owlfur boast about their apprentices with mentors from other Clans. She also goes out on a dawn patrol, stretching beside Shellheart as Willowpaw leads Graypaw over to them.
She goes out on a patrol to check the bridge. She asks the patrol leader, Crookedjaw, for permission to bring Graypaw with them. They walk along carefully, fearful of Twolegs, until Brightsky sees that Graypaw has crossed the bridge to sniff the other bank, and calls for her to come back. Graypaw insists it was their territory, causing Brightsky to jokingly ask why Fallowtail hadn't raised her daughter to do as she was told. Mudfur chuckles and remarks that apprentices never did as they were told, casting a meaningful look at Crookedjaw. Suddenly, Twoleg kits appear a few tail-lengths away from Graypaw. Brightsky rushes forward, yowling at her to run. Crookedjaw stands between the Twolegs and Graypaw, snarling. Startled, the Twolegs back away long enough for Brightsky to sink her teeth into Graypaw's scruff and haul her away, again ordering her to run. They escape, and make it back to camp unscathed, though the incident causes Echomist to suggest that they shrink their borders while the Twolegs were active. Whitefang shoots the idea down immediately, though.
Brightsky becomes pregnant with Mudfur's kits, and Piketooth takes over Graypaw's training. Soon after, though, Brightsky catches a fever, and has been struggling ever since. Mudfur tells Brambleberry that she said she was thirsty, but wouldn't drink any water. Graypaw seems to blame herself for Brightsky's illness, saying if her mentor hadn't had to rescue her, she wouldn't be sick. Crookedjaw tells her that saving Graypaw had nothing to do with her getting sick, and Brightsky had chosen to continue with her warrior duties for as long as possible. Crookedjaw is surprised that Brightsky would be kitting as soon as claw-moon, which was only a few days away. Rippleclaw sees how worried Graypaw is, and since Piketooth was busy, he takes her out training to take her mind off Brightsky. As they leave, Crookedjaw silently prays for Brightsky's recovery.
Brightsky begins her kitting at the same time that Willowpaw and Graypaw are doing their final assessment. Mudfur paces outside the nursery, and Ottersplash tries to tell him that Brightsky and her kits would be fine. Rainflower mutters that being a tough warrior might not be enough for Brightsky to make it through. Ottersplash murmurs that Brambleberry had tried water, honey, and raspberry leaves, but nothing was helping Brightsky.
Birdsong decides to go inside the nursery and see what was happening. She comes back out, her eyes large and grieved. She announces that Brightsky had given birth to three kits, but they were all dead. Mudfur begs to know what had happened to his mate, and Birdsong grimly tells him he had better see for himself. Mudfur slowly walks into the nursery, and a low moan comes from inside, confirming that Brightsky had indeed died. She had a fourth kit, though, a daughter, later named Leopardkit, who was born weak, but breathing. She is given to Shimmerpelt to nurse in Brightsky's absense.
Before Willowpaw and Graypaw's warrior ceremony, Willowpaw tells Crookedjaw that she hadn't thought she would become a warrior in a current time like this. Hailstar takes the time before the ceremony to tell the Clan about Brightsky and her kits' deaths. He says that one kit had survived, and she would be treasured by the Clan as a reminder of a warrior worthy of StarClan themselves, and they would make sure she would grow up to honor and love her mother's memory. He continues that RiverClan never forgot the sacrifice of its queens, remembering how Fallowtail gave Willowpaw and Graypaw up to prevent a war between WindClan and RiverClan.
During Crookedjaw's leader ceremony, he is delighted to see Brightsky there with her three kits in StarClan. She gives him his seventh life, along with the gift of hope, telling him to not fear the future, for it brings wonderful things.

In the Warriors App

The app states that Brightsky died from losing too much blood while giving birth, and three of her kits immediately died from sickness. Her mate was Mudfur and her only surviving daughter later became leader of RiverClan, Leopardstar.

Character Pixels

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Family

Members

Mate:

Mudfur (formerly):[4] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Kits:

Three kits:[8] Deceased, Verified StarClan members

Daughter:

Leopardstar:[8] Deceased, Verified StarClan member

Tree

Mudfur
 
Brightsky
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Kits
 
Leopardstar
 

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


Quotes

Hailstar: "We'll have to abandon camp!"
Brightsky: "No!"
Hailstar: "We must, Brightsky!"
Brightsky: "We can't leave everything our ancestors built for us!"
Hailstar: "We can rebuild!"
Brightsky: "It won't be the same."
Shellheart: "Together we can rebuild anything. Except cats who have drowned trying to save bits of twig."
—Brightsky, Hailstar, and Shellheart when RiverClan have to evacuate camp Crookedstar's Promise, pages 2-3


Graypaw: "I shouldn't have crossed the bridge. Then Brightsky wouldn't have had to rescue me."
Crookedjaw: "That didn't make her ill. She knew she was expecting kits. It was her choice to carry on with her warrior duties as long as possible."
—Graypaw and Crookedjaw discussing Brightsky's illness Crookedstar's Promise, page 258


"Brightsky is dead. And three of her kits. But one kit has survived. She has not been named yet, but she will always be treasured by the Clan--a reminder of a warrior worthy of StarClan. We will make sure Brightsky's kit grows up to honor and love her mother's memory. RiverClan never forgets the sacrifice of its queens."
—Hailstar's address Crookedstar's Promise, page 282




References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, allegiances
  2. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 279
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 443
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 257
  5. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 191
  6. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 2
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 131
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 279-280

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