Welcome to Deep in the Meadow, a literate semi-AU Warrior cats roleplay site with a 200 word minimum. DitM features a sandbox play style, a stat system for character development, staff-run NPC accounts for events and encounters, and an overarching political landscape to help structure characters and interactions. Territories are refreshed, but will remain familiar to Warriors RPers. Play as a member of the four Clans or as a Clanless cat - and enjoy!
UPDATES - 04/26/17 A big thank you to all of you who auditioned for SkyClan leader! Staff has discussed and we would like to congratulate Fallow and Sequoia on SkyClan leader. For simplicity sake we will just assume Sequoia got the dream from StarClan/Gladestar. Because of Lichenpaw's (WC MCA) age and Sandfire's current away we would like to take on a full medicine cat versus moving such a young cat up so as of now we are officially opening WindClan Medicine Cat for auditions. We will entertain all ideas submitted to us, but an already-trained-in-medicine cat coming into the clan from outside would likely be easiest to explain (you can even have them been trained by Fleur if you'd like) as well as give the clan some good drama with their deputy. Keep in mind Alligatorjaw disgraced himself to StarClan (he had kits and then left the kits out on the territory to die) when auditioning.
UPDATES - 04/24/17 Deadline for SkyClan leader will be Wednesday April 26th. Please have auditions in by the evening hours. If you are interested but know you won't finish by then please speak to staff sooner rather than later.
UPDATES - 04/20/17 Check this out! We have a new event up, this time centering around WindClan, but there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved! In addition, our third challenge has come to an end. The winners are Trick in ThunderClan, Qwinn in WindClan, Cake in RiverClan, Fallow in ShadowClan, and Rainbow in Clanless! Thank you to everyone for your participation, and if you won a prize, be sure to claim it in the previously linked thread.
UPDATES - 04/18/17 Due to private matters both Mercy and Buzz will be taking a leave of absence from the site. We support their decisions to focus on themselves, and encourage them to chat with us and jump back in if and when they are ready. In the meantime this leaves us with some high ranks to fill. Staff has figured something out for RiverClan’s deputy/leader situation, but you can look forward to RC deputy possibly being open for auditions in the near future and some exciting plot happenings soon as well. We’ll be opening auditions up for SkyClan leader (please see our high rank board for the application form). In addition to the form we’d like users applying for SkC deputy to give us a brief list of their would be leader’s expected policies for the newly forming clan (you can read the meet the leader/deputy/mc things for an idea of what sort of policy you should include). We are still discussing how to handle WC MC as Buzz has requested, as it was plotted, that Alligatorjaw offended StarClan and was scorned by StarClan as the result. Once we figure out how we want to proceed we’ll announce it (if you have ideas feel free to send them to us). If you have questions please message Mink!
UPDATES - 04/1/17 Our OTM Nominations are up here, so please get those in before it ends. The create-a-legend challenge ends on April 8th. Kits (excluding the Muskeg/Nettle litter) have been aged, and WindClan and ThunderClan now have some new apprentices! The accounts that were in the inactive member group after the activity check have now been deleted; if you were deleted and would like to rejoin, feel free at any time!
UPDATES - 03/20/17 Happy first day of Spring! We have a new skin and the site's season is officially changed to new-leaf. However the gathering is still taking place during leaf-bare, and to give ThunderClan a fair chance to claim new territory (since the gathering tends to get long) we will allow them to claim territory if they'd like and have the season still be leaf-bare. Staff is still updating colors as far as tables and the likes go, but if you see colors on the skin not swapped yet please let Mink know. The banner is a remake of an old favorite of mine--hope you enjoy it! :3
UPDATES - 03/18/17 The activity check is now complete. Be sure to check to see if characters have bumped up in a stat age bracket or are eligible for either their apprentice or warrior names (contact leaders if you'd like a ceremony). If you've found that you've been deleted feel free to recreate your account. If you are in our inactive member group please PM a staff to be moved back by providing a list of all your accounts, a link to bios, and links to threads (as well as the location of where those threads need to go). Those who do not reach out will be deleted after a period of two weeks. Reminder that our site gathering is still ongoing! Check it out here!
UPDATES - 03/07/17 Ho-boy that was fast! We got a lovely and prompt response to our call for staff, and we want to thank everyone for expressing their interest! It’s always flattering, appreciated, and fun to see! For now we’re only adding one staff member to our team, and we’ve elected to bring Monument aboard! Please give her a warm welcome and treat her as you would any of us (just give her time to learn though of course). Madelin and Yazsh will be helping staff out around the site as well—mainly writing and coming up with flash events for you all! In the case that we decide we need more staff, or a staff member needs to step down, we’ll be promoting them up as they’ll have an idea of how this rodeo works. Thanks again for the interest!
UPDATES - 03/06/17 Couple quick things! OTM voting is up so please head over to vote if you have not done so already. We have an activity check up as well (here) that goes until March 18th. You have a fair bit of time to post, post an away, or speak to staff but if you have questions/concerns feel free to ask staff. We are currently on the look out for another staff member to add to our team. If you think that is something you'd be interested in please PM or discord me (Mink) and we can chat! Coding knowledge isn't necessary, and we'll help you learn the jcink admin interface. Finally new-leaf is just around the corner so we'll have a new skin up sometime soon! (Gathering is also still underway so get in on it while you can -- it's anticipated to be a good one!).
UPDATES - 02/28/17 OTM nominations are up here! Both WindClan and RiverClan have clan meetings going on so be sure to jump in on those for easy points if you have not already. Our next site gathering should be beginning any day yet (I'll announce when it's up), and we should have a new skin and a season change in the coming weeks as well as (probably) an activity check. For now our Create a Territory contest has wrapped up and each clan (as well as neutral and contested) all have some new territories to enjoy! ThunderClan is our second clan to hit their territory capacity, and should no action be taken soon to rectify that starvation and illness notifications will be sent out! (Note: this will only last as long as our leaf-bare season does).
UPDATES - 02/21/17 Our create a territory (linked below) ends tomorrow so if you would like to make a last-minute entry do so soon! We've gotten quite the influx of half-clan and no-clan to clan cats made and I'd like to remind users that staff (and possibly clan leaders depending on age) need to be asked. Since we've gotten so many recently we will likely be turning them away for a bit. It's also come to my attention that many users are having trouble with our alert system, and more often than not it's because users are copy/pasting their templates (including tags). When tags have the [user] tags around them it doesn't alert the person you are trying to tag. You must remove those or type a new tag each time. If you aren't getting alerts let your RP partner know they need to remove the [user] tags!
UPDATES - 02/10/17 We have a small contest up here. Be sure to take a look! It ends Feb. 22nd unless users need more time.
UPDATES - 01/31/17 The activity check is done and the site has been aged. Be sure to check to see if your cats have moved up in the stat bracket or to see if their mentors/apprentices have been changed. If you were deleted or moved into our inactive member group please feel free to rejoin or request a staff member move your accounts back. You will have to PM a staff with links to your bios and IC threads (include the location where they need to go). Otherwise accounts currently in our inactive group will remain there for two weeks before being deleted.
UPDATES - 01/21/17 Activity check up here! It ends in 10 days and only requires one post (that should be your high rank's post if you have one, two posts if you have two ranks). As always, speak with staff or post an away if necessary. Site will be aged after this AC!
UPDATES - 01/19/17 Hey guys, Cheshire here! I'd like to thank everyone that came forward with an audition for ShadowClan medicine cat apprentice. The turn-out was a lot better than I expected it to be. Without further ado, I'd like to congratulate Monument and Sedgepaw! If those who didn't get the position aren't interested in finishing their bios, please let me know and I'll archive it.
UPDATES - 01/15/17 Thursday, January 19th is the official deadline for ShadowClan medicine cat apprentice! If you're interested in the position, please submit your auditions to Cheshire before then! The deadline can be extended if anyone needs more time, just let Cheshire know.
UPDATES - 01/14/17 Results for our first writing challenge are up! Congrats to the winners and thank you to all those who participated! I've updated it in our weather blurb, but all waterways currently are covered in ice. In light of this RiverClan is our first clan to reach a territory occupancy cap. To avoid starvation, an increase in illness, and even death RiverClan must claim more territory. To help them in this RiverClan can now have two claim threads going at once (ShadowClan of course can freely challenge this), or they might consider taking territory from their other neighbor ;)
UPDATES - 01/10/17 An event has just started in WindClan camp! Check it out, and if you have a WindClan cat, make sure to get involved and protect your camp from the dog pack! ShadowClan MCA is still open and could use some love. If you're interested, please consider filling out an audition and sending it to Cheshire. Also, our new OTM's are up! Congrats to the winners!
UPDATES - 01/06/17 A big thank you to all those who auditioned for RiverClan deputy, and a congrats to Mercy & Icehawk on getting the position! ShadowClan MCA is still open, and we have a challenge still currently going on here! Those accounts that were in the inactive member group after the activity check have now been deleted; if you were deleted and would like to rejoin, feel free at any time!
UPDATES - 01/01/17 Happy new year, DitM! Here's hoping everyone has a good 2017! Cheshire has decided to open auditions for ShadowClan medicine cat apprentice, so if you're interested in the position please PM her with a fully filled out audition. Additionally, check out our new challenges feature here! Win points and other prizes!
UPDATES - 12/30/16 OTM Nominations are up here, but will soon be taken down for voting! If you haven't nominated yet and would like to please do so asap! A deadline for RiverClan deputy has been set for Thursday January 5th.
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ThunderClan's camp lies toward the north of their territory and is hidden away from prying eyes. Much of the camp's walls are built of large mossy stones, tumbled alongside and on top of one another long ago by nature or, as some claim, by StarClan themselves. Sheltering the other half of the camp is a group of trees, living and dead, that stand or lie at various angles and provide places for cats to take shelter. The leader makes their den along the stone wall, where a piece of stone leans against the wall to form a small niche. The nursery and medicine cat's den are along this wall too, where they are most protected; over time ThunderClan has dug out space under the wall for queens and kits, and a natural space created by a dense bush affords the medicine cat space for treating patients and for storing herbs. Sometimes, however, the herbs can get wet and turn bad. The elders, warriors, and apprentices sleep on the other side of camp, in or among the trees and logs. Elders usually shelter inside a hollow log, though they have been known to sleep outside when the weather is good. To address the Clan, the leader climbs on the Tall Branch above the area where the warriors often cluster.
The majority of the territory is made up of a leafy forest with thick underbrush and overhead coverage. Ground dwelling species, namely rodents, seem to make up the bulk of ThunderClan’s diet, but tree dwelling animals—like some mustelids and birds—are not out of their skillset, either. A small lake sits at the north portion of their territory with an abandoned cabin ripe with prey and trinkets; other clans often suggest ThunderClan grows fat from the easy prey it supplies. A graveyard of two-leg monsters mark the beginning of livestock fields, mainly sheep, that make up the rest of the clan’s territory. The sheep themselves rarely bother the cats, but their presence attracts numerous prey and predators to the area. Coyotes and fox seem to be the most troublesome, but the occasional mountain lion isn’t out of the question. ThunderClan cats seem to come in all coat colors, patterns, and lengths. They are often described as muscular cats; solid hunters and fighters capable of silently moving through underbrush.
RiverClan’s camp is in the quarry district of their territory. High, rocky cliffs, varying degrees of tree coverage, and man-made pools (rock quarries) filled with water define the area. The camp itself is set beneath a doming ceiling of stone that arches over to protect the camp. The camp is far from intricate; stones and vegetation are at the back of this dome that serves as RiverClan’s home. The leader’s den is located on ground level beneath leaning stones that form a shallow cave. Moss has been draped over the entrance as a means of privacy. The elder’s den and nursery are the most protected—both set in deep fissures in the stone wall that stay cool in the summer and provide shelter in the colder seasons. Warriors sleep more exposed with only a rocky outcrop and bramble walls for their den, and apprentices with something similar not far away. A singular pathway follows the right hand side of the dome with a wooden guardrail (human made) as a means to get in and out of camp if swimming is not preferred. A pool butts up to the camp that can also be used as a way in and out of camp with a thin waterfall that comes from the top of the dome. Meetings are called from a large jutting stone above the leader’s den called High Ledge.
RiverClan’s diverse territory is made up of water-filled quarries, forest, meadow, river, and waterfall and gives the clan access to more than their typical prey source of fish. While many RiverClanners remain staunch traditionalists and stuff themselves of fish, others branch and perfect stalking land based prey. Other clans fear they mean to take over the forest with their growing skillsets and taste for different prey, but the fears are yet unproven. Besides the fish the waters provide, RiverClan’s territory hosts rodents, small mammals, many species of songbird, ground nesting bird, and waterfowl and predators that include raccoon, fox, skunk, lynx, bobcat, and bear. RiverClanners are often described as beautiful cats with thick, silky pelts. Their colors trend towards grays, silvers, and calicos. They excel at swimming and fishing and often remain lean as a result.
A small red mountain, if it can be called that, sits in the middle of ShadowClan’s forest. At its base, in a wind-worn hollow of the mountain’s side, is ShadowClan’s camp. It’s protected on one side by the stone structure, and a small cliff overhangs the top a fraction—not enough to protect the cats from the elements—just enough to keep any possible falling rocks from landing in their camp. The forest runs right up to the mountain’s base with only small clearing for the clan’s activities. The leader’s den, elder’s den, medicine cat’s den, and nursery are all underneath the small stone shelf. The leader’s den is made from a haphazard stone heap that a den has been fashioned into. The medicine cat’s den and nursery both are in small, shallow caves with bramble heaps around the entrances. The nursery is off to the side in a den that’s half dug into the earth and half sheltered by a leaning rock. The warriors and apprentices sleep more in the forest part of camp in bramble dens. Meetings are called from a large stone dubbed High Rock.
ShadowClan’s territory is heavily shadowy pine forest. The pines don’t allow for much sunshine to reach the forest floor and as a result it remains clear unlike the thick unbrush of ThunderClan’s. The dampness isn’t horrid in the forest as it all drains downhill to the swamp in the southern reaches of their territory. A quaking bog, an odd phenomenon, grows over much of the swamp and acts as a giant waterbed. Hunting is good on ShadowClan’s territory and ranges from mammals to birds to amphibians to reptiles. Not picky, ShadowClanners excel at hunting amongst the forests’s shadows as well as the mucky, wet grounds of the bog and swamp. ShadowClanners tend to be darkly colored of any fur length.
The bulk of WindClan's camp, a fairly round space ringed with rocks, boulders, and enclosed on one side by a low ridge, is open to the sky and overlooks a valley. Their camp, while not protected in the same way as the other Clans', is fairly high up and they can see attacks coming from a long way off in any direction, making them difficult to surprise. It's also difficult to find their camp in the first place, as it's not set out with walls and such. In true WindClan fashion, warriors and apprentices will often sleep in the open, but there are clusters of bushes, overlaid with branches from shrubs and the few trees on the territory for warmth, that serve as shelter during the cold seasons or when the weather is bad. The leader's den is dug underneath the Tall Boulder, from which meetings are called. Unlike the warriors' and apprentices' dens, the elders' den, nursery, and medicine cat's den are far more well protected. Elders sleep in the shelter of a cluster of bushes, extensively reinforced with branches and grasses, while the medicine cat's den is a former fox hole, extended and widened to hold herbs and patients as well as the medicine cat themselves, in the lee of a ridge opposite the Tall Boulder. The nursery is nearby, dug into the ground where a fox had once made a home, and masked at the entrance by a thick bush, insulating the den from weather and forcing a bit more care when entering.
WindClan’s territory is open unlike the majority of the other clan’s territories. WindClanner’s claim to fame is their speed, and for their speed to be put to use they require few obstacles. Their territory ranges from rocky flatlands, hardy prairies, and even fertile farmlands, but each area just as treeless and lacking in thick undergrowth as the last. Their main source of prey is rabbits that live over all their territory, but the clan never passes up the ground nesting prairie birds and plethora of rodents, either. WindClan cats tend to sport neutral and short-furred pelts to both blend in to their territory and minimize drag while hunting. They tend to be lean, fleet-footed cats, but of course there is variation within their ranks.
The contested territories have long been the stomping ground for clanless cats, but recently both RiverClan and ShadowClan turned their attentions to it with intentions to take it as theirs. The territory begins with a lush forest, considered a rainforest for the amount of precipitation it gets, and features rivers, a small mountain and mine shaft, a plane crash, a grassy valley and an abandoned barn. Because of the diverse ecosystem the territory supports the prey and predator diversity is high as well. Because of the numerous hunting locations both clans think they have a better claim to it. Meanwhile clanless cats who call the territories home are caught in the crossfires.
Neutral territories, outside Clan borders and belonging to no cat, lie within.
These territories are sacred, marked by StarClan as places where fighting and bloodshed are forbidden. No one Clan may control these places, as they are meant for all the Clans to use for Gathering purposes and for leaders and medicine cats to confer with StarClan.
These lands mark the borders between Clans. Border patrols scentmark the lines to make sure no cat has any excuse for trespassing.
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