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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!

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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 - 01/10/18 Staff 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.

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 A North Star In Our Soul, for moony/larkcloud
Primroseheart
 Posted: Jan 13 2018, 04:38 PM
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@Moony

I rebuild when I break down
I wake up more awake than i've ever been before.
Lately there had been very little to sing about... A lot had happened in so little moons. The rodents that spread disease had only gone further... The losses were unbearably hard. Good cats had passed on to StarClan because of it... And though she was lucky to have recovered from the disease, there were many who had not been as lucky as her. Friends that would no longer sit around her, happily chatting the day away. It seemed like only yesterday sometimes when she heard their voices. A flick of the tail, a deep breath taken in as she gazed up at the stars. There were times where she NEEDED this let out... This time away from camp... And though the night would fall quicker during leafbare, sometimes it was comforting to see the stars above...

To know that no matter what, they were not alone. StarClan watched over them. Through tribulations... And hardships. A soft sigh, a gentle swish of her tail as she tilted her head, safely hidden behind the large rock. The rock where ever so often she would play with their mentor's careful watch. The place where she had gone to everytime she felt like she could not go further. Felt like she would fail. And she remembered. And she grew from that. Knew she was not alone... She was no longer the quiet, shy kit she had once been. She was growing into herself...

A moment of hesitation, before finally she opened her maw and-- " I saw the light fade from the sky, on the wind I heard a sigh... " she started softly, a light purr, a smile. " As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers... I will say this last goodbye. "

292 WORDS , @Larkcloud , have the singing bean!©

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Larkcloud
 Posted: Jan 13 2018, 09:46 PM
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—and in under the shadow of this gray rock (rock which he's never given much mind, shadow which lengthens fox-and-a-half by the hour), he sat and swore he heard snow trundled nearby. In itself, not an unusual thing. Except because nighttime provided poor hunting conditions at best, because short crop of fur did little to stave away leafbare chills, he was left standing at a distance. Either a prince on evening stroll or bard searching for the golden harp he dropped in the snow, save for awkward hunch in posture.

Nearby rock filled to brimming with smooth undulating song of a girl's serenade. Momentarily, Larkcloud thought it sounded like real tweety birds and hooty owls. (Difference was that there were words: about fallen brethren, and wind sighing, and—oh—that was tragic.) Ear pricking, trudged closer to the voice with teeth at the set of his lower lip.

Began today as unrehearsed cliché; usually didn't play out like that.

Seeing Primroseheart in peace stopped him from doing anything stupid there, unless listening counted. Of all the warriors, she struck her as an artist the most. It was just surprising, and frankly exciting, to hear her in any form. He could've joined her if he knew how to sing, but since bard had nothing but his harp: gently he knocked on the wall, followed by a few tentative steps so his cheek was visible through hole. "Sorry," whispered, "you have a very pretty voice." (And what was he supposed to do after that?)

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 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 07:40 AM
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@Moony
I rebuild when I break down
I wake up more awake than i've ever been before.
The light breeze, as chilly as it could be did nothing to stop the words from touching the air, engulfing the place in her quiet melody. Her fur fluffed up just a bit to ensure the cold would not get to her and a certain sense of p e a c e washed over her momentarily. " Night is now falling, so ends this day... The road is now calling and I-- " yet before she could continue ANY of that, there was a knocking alerted her from the other side of the hollow rock. Oh DUNG!! Flustered, she found herself jumping to her feet with a loud squeak, eyes widening until she recognized the voice that spoke to her.

Larkcloud! The young warrior was but a moon younger than her, she had spent her time in the nursery with him and his littermates until she had been made an apprentice a moon before him. He was apologizing to her. And complimenting all in the same breath. It made her heart hammer in her chest, sputtering something incoherently for a moment before regaining her composure. Stars...! She hadn't meant anyone to hear her sing. Frankly, she was quite s h y to sing in front of others. It happened so rarely after Heatherpaw's death.

" It's... It's okay. I'm... Uh.. I didn't expect anyone... Why are you out of camp this late? Is.. Is there a patrol? Are there m o r e?! " she squeaked, eyes widened in the realization more than one cat could have been listening to her and oh-- that was embarrassing!! Huffing out a soft breath, she finally peered through the hole to the other side where Larkcloud was, her ears pricking forward. She didn't SCENT anyone other than Larkcloud.. So perhaps he was alone...

" Th-thank you... " she finally uttered softly. " I... I like singing... "

318 WORDS , @Larkcloud , shy bean©

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Larkcloud
 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 04:29 PM
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Night is falling struck him as odd choice of wording, because wasn't it night already? Unless it was metaphorical, in which case Primroseheart seemed to imply pessimism, in which case keeping it inside the rock was probably worst way to cope, and andandand.

"Oh!" His eyes went wide (his pupils went thin). Primroseheart was huffing 'n' puffing up like cotton candy cloud, and Lark had nothing for her sputtering except sudden regret rushing through his head. Sorry, sorry, he mouthed pointedly while waiting for her to finish her scan round the clearing. At least she seemed to recognize him. Anyone who'd met Larkcloud would acknowledge his need to look closer at interesting things, and utter harmlessness at that.

Are there more? He met darkened blue with a shaking head. "No, but I like to walk around the territory, especially at night when all the patrols are done." The one secret pleasure from their mutual apprenticeship he kept coming back to. Like her, he enjoyed caring for friends, but that didn't change the fact he was a pure escapist through the coarse times. No need to mention disease; Primrose's song hinted at that, didn't it?

She was speaking again. Very, very quietly. "Yeah." Larkcloud attempted slow smile. Been doing that a lot lately, as if he couldn't forge reaction outside trained sense of polite dapper gentleman. "Um, have you been singing for a long time?" (Thought back to sweet Rosepaw still back in her dusty corner; it gave him an idea.) He was still content to learn more about the clanmate he'd never had a proper conversation with, though, while they were both in the here and now. "And have you been writing songs for a long time?"

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 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 06:56 PM
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@Moony

I rebuild when I break down
I wake up more awake than i've ever been before.
Relief flooded through the young warrior at the knowledge that Larkcloud was alone, having him affirm it soothed her worries even more so. It was embarrassing enough that Larkcloud had found her singing... She did it not easily. Perhaps she was s h y... A small flick of her ear before she crawled forward a bit to pop her head out of the hole of the rock to properly look at Larkcloud. He seemed genuinely sorry for spooking her so. She supposed she could forgive him. Goodness, no. Of course she would forgive him for spooking her! He had done her no bodily harm after all. Aside that, Larkcloud never struck her as someone who... Who meant to hurt others.

At his words however, she couldn't help a small smile to touch her maw. How often had she enjoyed exploring the territory? Walking around, taking in every little sight? Some ... Secret meetings once or twice... She was a friendly cat. To many. Even those not from her clan... However, she was loyal to ThunderClan, definitely so! She stood with them undoubtedly throughout it all, she'd n-never betray them..! A quick shake of the head, she finally cleared her throat. " The territory can be very much so amazing. " she meowed softly, giving a fond look throughout the place they current were at. She enjoyed the Hollow Rock, as she did the Fern Gully... And the Wishing Tree.

" Uhm... S-since I was a kit... Heatherpaw would always listen to me. " she admitted, flicking her ears back for a second. " My brother and Daisygrace too, ofcourse! But them not so often. More... More so Heatherpaw. " she muttered, frowning a bit before tilting her head when she noticed the look upon her clanmate's face. Almost as if he had thought of something.

Whether she had been thinking up songs for a long time? " I uhm... I suppose.... I mean when I was a kit it was just... Just nonsense, really. It wasn't until after Heatherpaw's passing that I started giving meaning to what I sing... I sang for Buffalopaw when he was-- " dying..." It... It soothed him. I hope it did. He said it did. " she near stammered, wriggling a tiny bit. " I store them in my memory... Think up the right words. Make it flow. "

396 WORDS , @Larkcloud , <3©

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To his surprise, she hung onto every diffusing comment he made, gave the Primroseheart starlet-smile, the flowery response, eased his worry that much more. The fur atop her head fanned out slowly beneath sprawling black roof. "Sure is." Truth was, Larkcloud had no natural order for hikes. Hollow rock and its cotton candy princesses was just some wintry eve place he'd marked. Happened without ponder, actually.

Then she said Heatherpaw, and bard's visage visibly crumbled some. Even worst escapist knew that was Primroseheart's dead sister. He didn't think she realized her story's awkwardness until dead friend came up, too. On one side, wasn't any wonder she had such luscious, hypnotic lyrics at paw with that heavy of motivation. On the other, there was invariable lull in atmosphere they both caught. (Again: what was he supposed to do after that?)

"Well, you have a strong mind," he said, but chance of nudging in invitation to his new circle felt slim then. StarClan, if he'd be scum to take advantage of his friend's circumstance: was something rogue cults did, and should they be beyond that tactic, something bog witches laced little girls' mice with before broiling them live for the crocodiles. Dwelling on trouble hypothetically wouldn't help either. For Larkcloud, though, it was only safe route. "I'm sure both of them, if they're looking down and listening right now, love your songs. I'm sure they'd love seeing you share your creativity, y'know, instead of sneaking around to express yourself." Oh, dung, did that slip anyway?

He knew the spectrum of negative emotions able to be expressed through poetry, thanks, again, to sweet Rosepaw. That managed to wash away fresh layer of regret, but should Primroseheart react harshly—well. She hadn't done that yet, so Larkcloud could come out of it fine. Could was the word. He wondered why he wasn't effortless as usual tonight.

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Primroseheart
 Posted: Yesterday at 01:44 pm
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@Moony

I rebuild when I break down
I wake up more awake than i've ever been before.
There was a gentle purr that escaped her as the pretty tom commented that she had a strong mind, eyes twinkling and maw showing a smile. Slightly flustered she was too, not knowing exactly how to reply in kind to such words... Did she simply thank him or did she return the favour and compliment him too about something? She knew what beauty he could concoct when he put his mind to it. She had heard snippets here and there. It was beautiful... It took you away. And Larkcloud.... He was kindly, so... It almost made her happy it was him who had found her singing and not another.

When the younger warrior commented on how both Heatherpaw and Buffalopaw would enjoy her sharing her talents with others, she couldn't help but look hesitant for a second. Singing was something sacred to her. Something she shared with so little people... But she supposed that in time she could share, could she not? The fear however that she would be ridiculed for one of her hobbies was painfully evident... What if she wasn't that good? Wriggling a tiny bit, she finally cleared her throat and flicked her ears backward. She did however contemplate his words... And gosh, she felt even more so flustered at the way he had presented it! S-Sneaking around! She did not-- Well, no... She... She supposed she did...

Looking down at her paws, she shuffled them somewhat awkwardly upon the ground before peering over at the other. " Sneak is quite a word to use. " she meowed finally, softly so. A light flick of her ear before she finally sighed. Sharing her songs... Could she? It was a terrifying thought. " If I start small, maybe I could share... But... But it's not like it's much... Just something I enjoy doing... " she whispered finally, peering over at Larkcloud with pretty blue eyes. " Do... Do you really like my singing...? "

341WORDS , @Larkcloud , <3©

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