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rundown of the personality and history of the character in question, making sure to explain where major personality traits came from, and to include those traits you think qualify the character as the Medicine Cat.
Briarstream never wanted to be the Medicine Cat, but was rather forced into it after an unfortunate encounter with a fox that left her with a singular eye. Unfortunately for Briarstream, the singular eye that the fox left her with rendered her as somewhat of a liability for the clan, as her coordination was severely effected by the loss of her eye. Most cats in her position would be forced to become a premature elder, but be it through the “divine will of Starclan” (which offends Briarstream just thinking about it, as this felt like far more of a punishment) the leader and Medicine Cat of her clan took pity on her and deemed her the Medicine Cat apprentice.
Briarsteam (who was Briarpaw, at the time) excelled at her work as a Medicine Cat, but took no pride in the work. Yes, she seemed to have a natural talent with the herbs and aiding her sick and wounded clanmates… but everything else about the position she loathed. Starclan had forced her into this position, and now she was expected to relay their signals and words to her clanmates? She was offended at the thought, paying little mind to what they spoke of or the signs they attempted to conjure. Luckily for her, at the time, she was only the apprentice, but soon she would be forced to actually interpret all signs and symbols for her clan, and her mentor worried about that day.
As she had a knack for the actual “seen” duties of a Medicine Cat, Briarstream was eventually promoted to a full Medicine Cat, and following the death of her mentor she was Shadowclan’s only Medicine Cat. As she was supposed to have a profound connection with Starclan, many of her clanmates (as well as the leader and deputy) would often come to her to see what she had been told, only to be met with scoffs and something along the lines of “why don’t you make your own destiny instead of relying on the dead?”. This, understandably, frustrated a lot of her clanmates, to the point they desired to have the she-cat stripped of her position… but unfortunately there were no trained or proper candidates to take her place so the position stuck, much to the clan’s (and Briarstream’s) dismay. Now, largely no one really respects her as a position of authority, despite having a rank in the clan. She is largely just seen as an angry, bitter cat, who is only approached if you absolutely need something from her.
Briarstream herself is… almost exactly what the clan sees her as: bitter, angry (at herself, the cats who decided that this life was better for her, and at Starclan), and is also somewhat of a dreamer. The she-cat had always dreamed of being a Warrior and still sometimes fantasizes about it during her personal herb gathering trips, where she pretends to stalk prey or prepare for some kind of ambush (only to undershoot her jump to her made up target). The thing about her forced position that hurt Briarstream the most was the inability to have kits, as she had always desired all the things in life that she-cat warriors were able to have. She still feels the resentment bubble inside her every time she assists with a delivery of kits to a mother, and every time she sees the small faces as she changes a mother’s bedding in the nursery. She desires love, in it’s purest form, and longs for the chance that she knows she will likely never have.
Briarstream is not the typical cat most people picture for the Medicine Cat role. She is harsh, blunt, and quick to push you out the door once you seem better or she has properly tended to you. She prefers to be alone with her thoughts, or doing some sort of busywork like sorting the herbs. However, if you can catch the she-cat on the right subject (usually something warrior related) she instantly lights up with a newfound sense of curiosity as well as a charming and wily sense of humour that can charm most people that properly get to know her (although most of the clan prefers to keep their distance unless they need her at this point. Most just know her as “harsh, but good at healing”). As she is often left to her own devices in the clan unless she is needed, she takes the opportunity to wander the swamps around the territory for exercise, or to stock up on herbs.
Despite being harsh towards much of her clan, Briarstream does have somewhat of a soft spot for apprentices. Especially those that are forced into the “dirty work” of the clan as their daily duty (such as cleaning the Elder’s Den), as she sees so much of herself in those curled up mouths and squinted eyes as the cats begrudgingly do their assigned duties.