"I would not have survived that dark time if it weren't for Cloudtail. He gave me another destiny, and I knew that no matter what I looked like, I would be all right. As long as Cloudtail loved me, I was no longer Lostface, but Brightheart."

— Brightheart about Cloudtail in Secrets of the Clans, page 14


Highest Rank
Senior Warrior
Jaypaw (formerly)
Previous Name(s)
Brightpaw, Lostface

Brightheart is a ginger-and-white she-cat[1] with one blue eye,[2] soft fur,[3] and fur torn away from one side of her face and a missing eye,[4] shredded ears,[5] and huge claw marks across her muzzle.[4]


She, although unnamed, was born in ThunderClan. Her mother was Frostfur and her father was Lionheart. Her littermates were her sister, named Cinderpelt, and her two brothers named Brackenfur and Thornclaw.

Not much is known about her life as a kit. Strangely, her two siblings, Cinderpelt and Brackenfur, became apprentices at a different time then Brightpaw and Thornpaw.


Brightpaw was mentored by Whitestorm. She was friends with Cloudpaw whom was a denmate of hers when they were apprentices. She also shared the apprentice den with her brother Thornpaw and along with another cat name Swiftpaw. Not long after they were joined by two new apprentices named Ashpaw and Fernpaw.

When Cloudpaw became a warrior, Cloudtail, she tried to be happy for him, but the other apprentices were angry and jealous because Cloudtail was younger than SwiftpawThornpaw, and Brightpaw. She and Swiftpaw decided to do something brave so they could be warriors as well. They decided to go to Snakerocks to drive out whatever was killing the animals in the forest.

They asked the other apprentices to come along, but they declined. So, the two set out, alone. When they got there, they discovered it was a pack of dogs that was living here. Swiftpaw was killed and Brightpaw was wounded, but she managed to survive.

She lost half of her face, and got shredded ears. The dogs left to go hunting and she was discovered by Fireheart. She was taken back to Cinderpelt's den to be treated. Cloudtail asked Bluestar to give her a warrior name in case she died she would be a warrior when she was received by StarClan.


Bluestar cruelly named her Lostface, since she had a terrible scar the right side of her face. Bluestar was in a dark angry mood after she lost faith in StarClan during the fire. Later, Lostface woke up in Cinderpelt's den, and was told that she was saying in her sleep the words, "Pack, Pack!" and, "Kill, Kill!" However, she didn't remember much on what happened.

She recovered and Cloudtail helped her train in a new style that helped her fight better with only one eye. Firestar became leader and was impressed by her new moves. At Cloudtail's request, Firestar renamed Lostface's warrior name as Brightheart.

She fought alongside him against BloodClan. Everyone was impressed with her ability to battle with half of her face and shredded ears.

Later, when the Clans move to the lake, Brightheart got jealous when Cloudtail started spending more time with a loner named Daisy. She joins ThunderClan along with her kits, and falls in love with Cloudtail.

Cloudtail has no feelings towards Daisy, and though Brightheart and him fought, they soon make up and become mates again.


Soon after Cloudtail and Brightheart became mates she moved into the nursery. Her first litter only contained one kit named Whitekit. After several moons her daughter was named an apprentice and Brightheart went back to her warrior duties. 

Many moons later, before the Dark Forest battle, she had her second litter of three kits, named Amberkit, Dewkit, and Snowkit. She fostered Lilykit and Seedkit as their mother, Sorreltail, had died during the battle.


Mother: Frostfur

Father: Lionheart

Sister: Cinderpelt

Brothers: Brackenfur and Thornclaw

Mate: Cloudtail

Daughters: Whitewing and Ambermoon

Sons: Snowbush and Dewnose

Nieces: Cinderheart, Poppyfrost, Honeyfern, Lilyheart, Seedpaw, Plumkit, Eaglekit

Nephews: Molepaw, Stemkit

Granddaughters: Ivypool, Dovewing, Leafshade, Honeyfur

Grandsons: Larksong


  • In Cats of the Clans and The Ultimate Guide, Brightheart is shown with an amber eye.
  • Kate suspects that Brightheart will lose her wounds in StarClan.

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 62
  2. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 7
  3. Revealed in Dawn, page 29
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 218
  5. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 108