SKIN BY SPENNY @ SHINE. MINI PROFILE BY MINK. TABBED SIDEBAR BY KISMET OF RPG, TOGGLE SIDEBAR BY SUBDEVO, CUSTOM FORUMS BY BLACK.
DEEP IN THE MEADOW WAS CREATED AND IS OWNED BY MINK WITH LOTS OF LOVE AND CREDIT TO STAFF MEMBERS RAINBOW & HAWK. THANKS TO STYLES AT ABANDON HOPE FOR HELP WITH POST ICONS. PLOTS, CHARACTERS, ETC OWNED BY MEMBERS. ALL IMAGES CREDITED IN CHARACTER BIOS, ALL TEMPLATES & CODES CREDITED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE CREATORS. ALL CONTENT IS OWNED BY THE PERSON WHO POSTED, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. DO NOT STEAL. IF YOU SEE ANYTHING THAT BELONGS TO YOU THAT YOU WOULD LIKE CREDIT FOR, PLEASE CONTACT THE STAFF.
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 - 01/19/18 An activity check is up here. It will run until Tuesday the 30th of January.
UPDATES - 01/17/18 In light of our near every-clan-wide ban/discouragement on apprentices staff wanted to address a few matters. We all know and can relate to the fact that training threads can get boring quickly, but we want to remind users that they don’t need to be the same old things over and over and over again; training threads can be fun, and the concepts that apply to being a warrior can be presented in fun and new ways. Linked are some threads that staff have themselves participated in that demonstrate a wide variety of different directions to tackle training threads from that range from puzzle solving, critical thinking, assassination attempts, games, and even role playing (patrols and the like can count as training threads too). 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. If you want to request a flash event you can ask a staff member or purchase one in the shop, and if you need help brainstorming ideas ask on our discord—we’re a collection of creative folk and we can certainly help one another out. In keeping training threads interesting and fun we hope to get more people signing up to do mentor.
In the same stroke we staff have also noticed a trend in that some sign their apprentices up for mentors, ask for training threads, but then never respond to them (or take months), and in the end end up purchasing apprentice passes for their apprentices to get their names on time. Going forward staff will request you skip signing up for a mentor (you can npc one instead) and just purchase the apprentice pass to save desperately needed mentors for those who will participate and complete training threads so we aren’t wasting mentors/time.
UPDATES - 01/16/18 Starvation Notices have officially gone out in ThunderClan. To prevent more, and to prevent those who have received them from worsening, get your cats out in patrols and hunting! WindClan, not far behind ThunderClan, is officially on notice of starvation, too. Don't be like ThunderClan and put off hunting threads until it's too late.
UPDATES - 01/10/18Staff has made a slight rule change. You can find this change noted on Rule #17 on the rule sheet, and explained in more depth on the bio guide (specifically the 'history' post, which is linked in Rule #17). Direct any questions to staff. Please make sure to read this update.
UPDATES - 01/09/18 Update concerning clans and clanless cats claiming and challenging for territory. Read about that here. As our largest clan on site we're officially giving ThunderClan a starvation warning. No one is starving quite yet, but they have rumbling bellies and an empty fresh-kill pile more often than not. Get out hunting, and not just on your own territory, ThunderClan, or risk finding starvation and illness notifications in your PMs ;D
UPDATES - 01/02/18 Happy New Year! We have a lot going on on site in terms of clan meeting and exciting, drama-filled going ons. Three of our clans have meetings up, and while two are further along than the third they are still in need of reactions to either help wrap them up, or to help their leader in making her decision. Give them a look: WC, RC, & SC. Once some of these big plot threads wrap up you can expect our next site gathering to get underway.
UPDATES - 12/27/17 There has been a change in DitM's staffing team as Cheshire has had to step away to tackle that thing we call life. You can read about that here. The staff team wishes Cheshire all the best, and a huge thank you for all they've done for the site! In light of how busy we still are we've promoted Yazsh, who has been helping the staff team already with mod stuff and flash event posts, to a full member of the staff team. Be sure to give the ma warm welcome and have patience with them as they learn the ropes! With Cheshire leaving that means Palefeather's and Graystar's plots are at a stand still, but since they are all sorts of tied up into the future of the site staff will be taking on the roles for at least a short while to keep things moving smoothly. Please direct all those character's plot questions to us. Rest assured we'll be working with Cheshire if we have questions, and the sand box environment, to see these through! Have patience with staff as well as we figure out what threads need to be done and get a handle on how to best play these characters. Thank you!
UPDATES - 12/24/17 A few days later than the set date, all accounts in the inactive category have been deleted. If that's you, you're welcome to rejoin at any time; staff can always pull things from the archives for you if you would like to remake characters. Just be aware that you may need to change names or face claims if they have been used in your absence.
UPDATES - 12/21/17 A happy Winter Solstice! Our season on site has been changed to Leaf-Bare. The staff team wishes happy holidays for those celebrating!
UPDATES - 12/06/17 The activity check is over and the site has been aged! Those members who did not respond or check in with staff have been moved to the inactive category and will be deleted on 12/20. If you were moved to inactive, just message a staff member with links to the items you need replaced and the accounts you need moved. For those of you still with us, please check characters' ages and active threads so you can claim any new stats. Please also check mentors & apprentices in case you have gotten a new mentor/become a mentor! Finally, many of us need to update our bios, at the very least to reflect name, rank, and sometimes Clan changes. If I have to call people out by name I will ;).
UPDATES - 11/29/17 We have an activity check going on! Link is here. Members have until December 5th to post. Please speak to staff if you don't think you'll be able to post by then. We are doing it a bit differently this time around so please be sure to read the post completely.
UPDATES - 11/15/17 A big thank you for all those who took the time to audition and show interest in ShadowClan deputy. After discussion between Rainbow & staff we congratulate Gillyflowerthroat (Mink) on getting the position. As promised if you have questions or desire tips in preparation for our next open high rank position you can send staff a PM or DM.
UPDATES - 11/09/17 New skin! Staff is still making tweaks to this top table potion (the link colors and navigation link colors) and to staff/site tables, but otherwise please let staff know if you still see any lingering green colors. A deadline has been set for ShadowClan deputy: Tuesday Nov. 14th. If you'd like to try out please send your auditions in before then, and if you think you will need more time be sure to let staff know.
UPDATES - 11/04/17 Auditions for ShadowClan deputy are now open. Audition form can be found in our high rank info board and all auditions should be sent to the staff team + Rainbow. A deadline will be set at a later date.
UPDATES - 11/02/17 Katzen has stepped back from the site and her role as ShadowClan's leader to focus on her senior year of college. To fill members in on what happened ICly with Vulturestar Rainbow has helpfully written a small AU you can read here.
lionheart led the way confidently, though allowing his apprentice to slip in front and take charge if she wished to. he liked coralpaw, and he saw great potential in her-- even if she could be a little careless sometimes. it was a joy to have such an eager cat under his tutelage, it made him a little cocky, even. he was excited to be training with her- even though she reminded him nothing of his previous apprentice.
after passing through a seemingly endless thicket of trees and shrubs and greenery of all kinds, they reached the copse. the grass hear was usually soft and slick, though much of the underbrush had become brittle in leaf bare. even if the land wasn't as lush, if there was prey to be found it'd be found here. "alright, today we're going to practice your hunting skills." he cleared his throat before adding, "and don't be discouraged if you can't find something-- even the most skilled warrior would have trouble finding prey at this time of year."
it might've seemed odd to bring an apprentice hunting when there was so little prey to be found, but lionheart had his reasons. if she could catch prey in the coldest of seasons, then what would stop her from catching prey in any other season? he dipped his head, signaling for her to start-- he liked to give her the chance to lead and show her skills so he could properly give feedback. "just remember to keep low to the ground, and stay sharp." if there was nothing here, they could always switch to sparring.
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Coralpaw had suffered her fair share of losses over the past several moons. It began with the mudslide, the event that had taken her mother, and then her uncle, Vulturestar, and her previous mentor, Sunstorm, both died. Her aunt was branded a murderer and promptly renamed and exiled. It was a lot to take in in such a short amount of time. For a while she felt despondent but her friends and siblings loved and supported her. It was their strength that helped the calico apprentice get back on her paws. She still often thought about her family but she knew that she would see them all again and that they weren’t truly gone. They were in Starclan watching over her (it never occurred to her that her uncle may not be there as she didn’t think of him as evil as some may have thought him to be).
It was a brand new day and her new mentor, Lionheart, decided to take her out training. It was one of the worst parts about being an apprentice. It was so much work! Plus, the snow was cold and there was a lot of it which made it all the more exhausting. “Are you sure you want to train today? It’s awfully cold and I bet all you wanna do is curl up and sleep. I think that’s a grand idea. We should do that.” she chirped, her eyes bright and warm. However, it didn’t look like her antics were going to work as the entered the bluebell copse.
Her mentor gave out his instructions and Coralpaw couldn’t help but pout. How was she supposed to find something with all the snow? Her tail waved idly as she looked around. She noticed some bird prints pressed against the crisp snow. “Oooh, these belong to a crow… I think…” she stared down at the prints with utmost attention. Tracking was one of the very first things that Sunstorm had ever taught her.
She could feel her mentor’s gaze along her back and she did her best to slink into a hunters crouch. Then she began to follow the bird trail until it disappeared. Coralpaw frowned but she knew that Lionheart wouldn’t let her give up so easily. So she parted her jaws and tried to find the bird’s scent. Maybe if she caught it he would let her share it with Wolverinepaw or Owlpaw!
lionheart laughed at what he assumed was a joke from the younger cat, "don't be silly, training's important-- no matter the season." he had always thought that training in the cold months was particularly necessary, after all, warriors needed to be on duty even when they'd rather be curled up in their warm nests. although, despite his apprentice's apparent lack of motivation, she took his directions to heart and started to look for signs of life.
coralpaw's tracking skills were decent at the very least, lionheart was glad he didn't have to teach that part of hunting. he nodded and stood quietly as she continued to search. lionheart followed closely behind her in a crouch, although when the trail of prints ended coralpaw seemed reasonably defeated. "don't give up so quickly, i assure you there's plenty of prey to be found." he said. "and you were doing very well, just stay determined."
lionheart wondered if the reason for coralpaw's apathy in training was the death of her old mentor. in his heart, he knew that he'd never replace sunstorm-- after all, a mentor is one of the most important cats in a young one's life. still, he hoped that he could get coralpaw to like him enough. lionheart opened his maw to taste the air, although he only faintly caught the scent of prey, it was strong enough for him to firmly believe that it was near. "if there's prey to be found, it's certainly going to be here."
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Lionheart was encouraging and he was relentless. Why were all mentors so steadfast in their resolve? Coralpaw pouted for a moment before turning her attention back to the snow. The foot prints may have disappeared but birds often used their wings to travel. She parted her jaws and did her best to find out where the bird had gone. The calico moved through the snow and then would back track when she lost the trail. Eventually, she strayed further from the Bluebell Copse and walked into the thicker portion of the forest. It was harder for her to distinguish scents because of the heavy smell of pine. Somehow she managed and found that the bird she had been tracking—a crow—was holed up in a particular tree. The tracking portion hadn’t been half-bad but now she was at an utter loss. How could she get the crow now?
Coralpaw sat back on her rump and stared up at the tree. Her eyes were squinted as she tried to find her prey. Wolverinepaw would probably love to share a meal with her especially since she had caught it all by herself! But she was getting ahead of things. “How do I… get it?” she asked, turning her gaze onto her mentor.
lionheart followed closely behind his apprentice, watching her every move, trying to get in her head to figure out what she was thinking. she led him out of the copse, through the snow, into the woods where the trees were so close together that the landscape looked like an oil painting of brown splotches. it was nice to see coralpaw taking the reins, proving that she was a good tracker when she found the crow up in a tree. it wasn't particularly high up, so there was no reason she couldn't potentially get it, but it could take a bit of waiting. he didn't want to send his apprentice up into the tree at risk of falling, but he wasn't sure if she really wanted to play the waiting game, either. "well, as far as i can tell, there are two ways we could go about it..." he began, thinking out the pros and cons of both choices. "it's not very high up, you could take a leap and try to bring it down by its wings, or you could wait for it to fly off, then catch it mid-flight."
those probably didn't sound like particularly thought out plans, but he wasn't going to send her climbing up a tree for a bird she might not even catch-- it wasn't worth it, even to him. knowing that most cats could leap as high as several times their length, he was sure that coralpaw could reach the bird if she felt like trying. mid-thought, the bird took off from the branch, lionheart wondered if his apprentice would take a leap for it.
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Coralpaw pouted as she spied the bird. It seemed like it was so far up but she was determined to catch it so she could share it with her den mates. She turned toward her mentor as he explained what she could do. Patience wasn’t a virtue she possessed but at the same time it didn’t seem too hard to simply wait around. At least she wouldn’t have to run around the territory or exhaust herself. Maybe she could take a quick nap and then catch the crow! A smile tugged at her lips and she was about to resort to such a plan when the beast suddenly decided to fly. “No!” It was purely out of impulse. Coralpaw bunched her hindquarters and leaped. She was wholly unprepared but she already had fantastical dreams of her returning with this particular crow. Wolverinepaw would love it and she was certain Owlpaw and Stormpaw would like it too. There was no way she was going to let it go.
The lithe calico reached forward and she felt her claws dig into the bird’s wings. It surprised herself when she made contact and was able to bring the crow down to the ground. Her eyes were wide as she looked at the struggling creature. Then she realized she could very well be breaking Starclan’s code by letting it suffer. Coralpaw did her best to hold the crow down with her paws and then she swiftly broke its neck. The sound of bones cracking made her stomach churn as she stepped away. It was her very first kill but she didn’t feel very victorious. “Thank you for your life so it may feed my clan mates. I hope your soul reaches peace in Birdclan,” she prayed quietly with her head bowed. It felt like the right thing to do.