Briarlight: The cat who truly had 9 lives by Windsong

Windsong takes a look at Briarlight’s life and all the death-defying events in it. Spoilers for AVOS!

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Briarlight is one of the kits of Greystripe and Millie, along with Blossomfall and Bumblestripe. In her life (that ran up until River of Fire, where sickness finally got to her) she went through a lot of encounters where she could’ve died. Here are a few.

The first moment was when she was a kit. She was playing with her siblings against the hollow wall. Little did she know, a snake was about to pounce on her. Two cats, Lionblaze and Honeyfern, spotted the snake. But Honeyfern jumped in front of the snake first, so it bit her. As a result, Honeyfern died, and Briarkit’s life was spared.
This is one of the saddest deaths in Warriors, in my opinion. I was reading it at school, and I almost burst into tears in front of all my friends.

The second incident was when she was an apprentice. It was her warrior assessment. Longtail rushed back towards the camp, hoping to retrieve a mouse that Mousefur didn’t want to waste. Briarpaw followed him, calling for him to come back. A tree falls on them both, killing Longtail and seriously injuring Briarpaw’s hind legs. The surrounding cats tried putting up props to lift the tree, but that didn’t work, so the all-powerful Lionblaze held up the tree so that Greystripe could grab her and escape.

It took a while (and a lot of Jayfeather’s patience) for Briarpaw to recover from her injury. She received her warrior name, Briarlight, at the same time as her siblings. She’s grateful that ThunderClan had become used to her injury and don’t stare at her anymore.

Soon afterwards, she gets a chest infection. Briarlight begins to feel angry at her broken spine and the trouble she’s causing for Jayfeather and the Clan. Millie tells her that there isn’t any trouble and she reminds her of what she still has left. Luckily, Briarlight’s fever goes down.

She becomes Jayfeather’s helper, but not a full medicine cat. She continues this role until River of Fire when she sadly dies of sickness. Briarlight was a very brave cat throughout her life, and would greatly be missed by Millie and the rest of ThunderClan.

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10 comments

  • Great article! Briarlight is one of my favorite characters along with Jayfeather. She faced so many challenges in her life and was a great cat. I was really sad when she died and in my opinion should have lived a longer life.

  • Briarlight was a great cat and she will be missed by us. She deserved a better life but she was a fighter and died with courage and ferocity. We will always remember you.

  • Love your article! Briarlight was an amazing cat, and we will miss her so much. I almost started crying at her death!

  • did anyone else here cry when briarlight died? i did! we will all miss her greatly. may you find good hunting, swift running, and shelter where you sleep. goodbye briarlight! im making a poster in your memory

  • I’m sorry to say this,as it is the most unpopular opinion ever,but,I don’t really like Briarlight that much.At least,not in OOTS,Dovewing’s silence,or bramblestar’s storm.I mean,she was awesome in Thunder And Shadow and I love her friendship with Twigkit/paw/branch but in the arc where they’re supposed to bring out how positive she is,she’s shown complaining and thinking that she’s useless Litterally HALF THE TIME.I mean I do feel bad for her,but she’s luckier than the other cats who have a broken spine.Frog(Tansy’s son and Willow Tail’s brother),and Wildfur(Shadowclan tom when Littlecloud was still Runningnose’s apprentice)didn’t even survive that long after being injured(Frog died within less than 1 day,and Wildfur got a chest infection pretty early on.In Dovewing’s silence,she is litterally a spoiled brat.In bramblestar’s Storm,she complains a little but not too much,but when she gets carried by her Clanmates,she never says thank you afterward.I mean,Clanmates help each other all the time,but a thank you would have been nice.But just so you know,I actually like Briarlight when she’s not complaining because besides all this complaining she’s actually a nice cat.

    So this is just my opinion.Sorry you had to hear me raging and please don’t kill me.Bye!!