A Broken Briar: My Theory on Briarlight and Reincarnation by Wishpaw

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Wishpaw wonders about Briarlight’s fate. Spoilers for AVOS!

We all know about Briarlight. She is a very well-liked character as characters go. One question often debated is ‘Why wasn’t she reincarnated?’ Well, first let’s look at the current example of reincarnation: Cinderheart. Cinderpelt, her former self, wanted to be a warrior but was crippled by a car. So she was given another chance. However, reincarnation is very… odd. Cinderpelt’s spirit eventually left Cinderheart. But back on topic, why wasn’t Briarlight reincarnated? Well, what did Cinderpelt do to be reincarnated? Simple: Nothing. She was told by Starclan how she was going to die, and she had to find the humility and trust to not beg Leafpool to stay so that there would still be a medicine cat. So, here is my theory: Briarlight was tested like Cinderpelt, but she failed. I have not read her death yet, but I heard that she died because of a sickness. Suppose Starclan had told her this, what would they have been hoping she’d do? Maybe they wanted her to stay determined and happy, even to her last moments. However, from what I have heard, she felt very helpless about her death. Perhaps because Starclan had told her she would die, she began to see it as hopeless. She slipped into self-pity, the exact opposite of what Starclan wanted her to do. Starclan wanted her to stay optimistic in her last moments and savor them, but she had failed at doing this. Because of this, she failed her test and did not earn reincarnation. Again, I apologize if not all my facts are straight, I haven’t read AVoS yet Another thing that has to be mentioned is how Cinderpelt left Cinderheart. How did this happen? Well, when Cinderheart chose the path of a warrior, Cinderpelt was freed. How would this happen with Briarlight? Well, suppose she was reincarnated. How would her reincarnation ‘choose’ not to be like Briarlight? Briarlight doesn’t have a real role in the clan. She SHOULD have been something! I think she should have been a camp guard. But on topic, maybe her reincarnation would have been the runt of the litter. She wouldn’t be very skilled at anything at first, and maybe she would feel very useless. Maybe Briarlight’s spirit would leave her when she comes to terms with the fact that she is not useless, and chooses to try anyway, thus granting her a life that Briarlight could have never had. But what do you think? Why do you think Briarlight wasn’t reincarnated?

  16 Replies to “A Broken Briar: My Theory on Briarlight and Reincarnation by Wishpaw”

  1. Lunaheart the leprechaun
    March 4, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Spoiler!
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    Cinderpelt left cinderheart when she took Lionblaze as a mate.
    Also, since it was revealed cinderheart is expecting a second litter Briarlight might be reincarnated as one one of them. Since Kate mistakenly called Alderheart rootpaw some people think she gave away a character. So maybe like mother, like daughter? (But why thunderclan needs another medicine cat idk)


    Ecstatic, fantastic, sarcastic

    • Cloudpaw who is too lazy to log in
      March 5, 2019 at 1:13 am

      Maybe all the medicine cats will randomly disappear. Or they’re planning to replace warriors with medicine cats so that ThunderClan can become the ultimate healing place where all the clans come to get healed 😛 Or maybe….uhhhhhh…. I actually can’t think of any real reason 😛

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  2. Firestalker
    March 5, 2019 at 12:17 am

    How did she die

    Im confused, she was awesome, why did the Erins remove her from Warriors?

  3. Cloudpaw who is too lazy to log in
    March 5, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Spoiler alert!

    I think that Briarlight might still get reincarnated. Maybe she hasn’t been reincarnated because she didn’t happen to die at the same time as a kit was born like Cinderpelt. Maybe StarClan is waiting to find another cat for her to become. I definitely think that she deserves a chance to live her life and become the warrior that she wanted to be, like Cinderpelt.

  4. Lunaheart the leprechaun
    March 10, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Yeah, there hasn’t been a kit born since Briarlight died.


    Ecstatic, fantastic, sarcastic

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