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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!

SITE NEWS

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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Temperatures range from -5 to 27 (f). Breezy & cold. Prey is scarce in most areas.


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The quarries, once mined and shaped by two-legs, have long since been filled with water and stocked with fish of a few different species. Two-legs still come occasionally, especially the younger ones to swim, but for the most part the wilderness has reclaimed the area and washed away the obvious traces of human intervention. The quarries are a large area in RiverClan’s territory and the home of their camp. The water systems, mixed between small waterways that connect the pools and deep holes of water, provide the clan with their main sources of prey while the rocks and cliffs that make up the quarries give the area structure and a sense of dynamics. The rocks and cliffs give the cats access to various levels of the terrain, and the broader flatter rocks near the water provide the perfect sunning spots. Small animals and birds obviously frequent the area and provide something more to hunt besides fish. Rare herbs can sometimes be found in cooler, damper places beneath the rocks.
Jan 12 2018, 07:10 AM
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The Salt Marshes are an expanse of land that extends from the region north of RiverClan's quarries out to the shore of a shallow ocean inlet (though RiverClan's territory does not go that far). They change fairly regularly depending on the weather and time of year, but as a rule of thumb they are perpetually saturated in the warmer seasons and dry in the colder seasons. During the warm seasons the ocean and rainfall keep the ground covered in a layer of water (or pools of water). Plant life blooms and the area becomes a haven for a plethora of animal species from small ocean fish and crabs, to sea birds, to larger mammals looking for a meal. In the colder, dryer seasons the marsh dries to something that looks very inhospitable, but hostile as it can seem life still thrives. The sea water leaves a layer of salt on the surface that draws in small and large mammals interested in licking the salts for important trace minerals.
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The larch grove is near the quarries as evident by the torn rocky cliffs and piles of loose boulders. While RiverClan’s main source of food comes from the water sources on their territory, the grove provides an opportunity for more. Animals are easily found underneath the shaded trees and rock piles—rodents, weasels, snakes, and birds among the most common, but occasionally larger creatures take shelter beneath the trees or in abandoned dug out dens. Some RiverClanners insist they don’t need the territory for survival, but others are tired of RiverClan being a one trick pony; only good at fishing and little else. RiverClanners are becoming proficient at hunting on dry land and even at climbing trees—things that threaten both ThunderClan and ShadowClan. Herbs and nesting material are found growing beneath the trees.
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The river, entering the territory from neutral lands, winds its way near the quarries as it cuts through the territory. The is generally calm, though a few spots of rough rapids pose a danger to cats who stray too close. The river is stocked with many species of fish for the cats to hunt, and for those who like to branch out it also contains water-loving mammals, small freshwater crustaceans, and attract a host of birds—waterfowl and others. Common predators are otters, black bear, and a host of many other animals that come to the river to drink. Herbs and plants that like easy access to water, or potential flooding, are readily found along the shores and in the shallows.
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Sharing your river with a bunch of dam builders isn't easy, but the stagnant, shallow pool behind the dam is perfect for catching unsuspecting prey and maybe even learning to swim - that is, if you don't catch the eye of this dam's grumpy, big-toothed inhabitants.
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Lupine Meadow, named for the dominant species of flower, breaks up the rocky, rugged terrain of RiverClan’s territory and gives the clan cats the opportunity for grass beneath their feet as opposed to rock or water. Burrowing animals, birds, and hooved mammals a common sight here, and as exposed as it is, cats must be wary for predators both on the ground and in the air. Herbs and nesting materials are found here as well, and it’s quickly become a favorite sparring area, but not everyone comes to the meadow with a purpose. Some cats come to take a nap in the sun warmed, soft grasses that they can’t find anywhere else.
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The fern gully runs through RiverClan's territory and across the border into ThunderClan. As the name implies the walls of the gully, roughly ten feet high, are covered completely in various species of ferns during all seasons but leaf-bare. The floor of the gully is rocky sand with a shallow creek that forms during particularly rainy times of the year. It never gets deep (barring a flash flood), but does attract prey and predators to the area. The gully is often lined with debris of various sorts—typically fallen trees and logs—which provide shelters for cats and prey as well as create obstacles and potential dangers. Being the gully goes through two territories cats must be on alert to watch they don’t cross into neighboring territory and be vigilant of intruders.
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RiverClan’s territory descends at a shallow decline towards the vacant, now contested, territories that sits between them and ShadowClan. A lush, wet rainforest is the first indicator. RiverClan cats don’t hunt much in the rainforest, but that isn’t to say they don’t come here. The dampness keeps the area a vivid green nearly year round and makes it a prime location for herbs and moss. The waterfalls, aesthetically stunning, are one of the best places to collect both. Moss covered rocks and logs are everywhere, and herbs grow freely throughout. Prey, birds and a few small fish mostly, can be caught here if one is particularly motivated, but predators seem to far outweigh the prey. If you can get past the dampness and the danger the falls are a fairly romantic location to bring someone you’re sweet on, and the pool beneath the falls is a warm, otherwise calm location to swim.
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Below the waterfall, tucked into the rocky wall is the entrance to a small cave. The low area is filled with amber-colored stone and chilled puddles of water. Rocky stalagmites and stalactites jut from the floors and roof of the cave, like a grisly mouth. Voles and frogs often call the cave home and provide ample prey, if they can be found in the dim light. However, cats have also been known to stumble upon cave scorpion as well, which prove to be quick dangerous if not handled with caution.
 
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