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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 mountain, known by the two-leg’s as Spire Mountain, was home to the camp of historic SkyClan. The plane crash that sent the clan scattering rests there to this day, marking it, but that isn’t to say that’s the only interesting thing about the mountain. It isn’t quite tall enough to be snow-capped (though it does get snow in the leaf-bare), the mountain is instead pox-marked with caves, broad ridges that make excellent hunting for those nimble-footed enough and adept at climbing or jumping, and home to a variety of bird and mammal prey species. Mountain lions and large birds of prey tend to be the biggest predatory threat, but dangers from Mother Nature exist too. Beneath the mountain, and climbing up it's base, is a picturesque grassy valley that makes for prime hunting, too.
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While ThunderClan and RiverClan have a fern-covered gully between them, this gorge is far more treacherous.
Its stark appearance hints at its dangers; while it makes for an easier trek around the mountainous areas of the territory, as it is winding but relatively flat, it's all too easy for rocks to come loose from their moorings and crush any cat walking along the bottom.
Despite the obvious, the gorge is still a necessary evil, as it often contains water at the bottom where prey animals of many kinds come to drink and some herbs that like rocky soil and water grow. While prey can easily become trapped in the gorge and therefore are often easier to catch here, cats can fall victim to the same entrapment if a larger predator happens upon them.
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While not at all in the tropical sense the forest is, due to annual precipitation, classified as a rainforest. The forest is lush, thick, and vividly green with thick undergrowth and blankets of moss growing over the trees, rocks, and ground. The trees are thick, sturdy things that grow taller and broader here than anywhere else in the area. Thick branches create a labyrinth just above the forest floor that cats in the area have come to utilize as a form of hunting. There is no lack of prey in the area; the lush environment hosts a variety of wildlife—both plant and animal. Rich hunting brings out predators too, and the forest has no shortage of those. Among the most dangerous are packs of wolves and mountain lions, but smaller ones certainly exist. Because of the rich biodiversity, the forest is a prime location to find plants with medicinal uses.
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Long ago, something made this tree veer off its normal path. Instead of growing up like most, this old, gnarled tree lies nearly horizontal to the ground. Its plentiful branches are a wonderful and relatively safe place to practice one's climbing skills. A fall, even from the highest reaching branches, would not be fatal.
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Often called the Fern River, this water system cuts through the rainforest and is surrounded by thick forest on either side. The banks especially are covered in ferns from which the river gets its name. The river, unsurprisingly, is fresh and clear and home to fish, aquatic amphibians, snakes, and otters. The river doesn’t get wide at any point making it ideal for even cats unsure of the water to wade into. Because of its location in the rain forest, and relative low lying position, a thin mist—or fog—always seems to hang over the waters.
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Mount Wren is a small, relatively low, mountain just inside the borders of the forest. At a certain level the trees stop growing and leave the mountain bare except for a soft colored grass. A well known two-leg trail carves an easy path to the summit of the mountain with other trains, more likely elk and deer trails, go off the beaten path. The mountain makes for good hunting so long as you are willing to keep an eye on the skies and hillsides for predators, but many argue the risk is well worth it. The sight from the top, as well as the freshness of the air, are unbeatable.
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Mount Wren is beautiful on top, but the inside of the mountain has its charms, too. Other territories show remnants of human mining, and this is no exception. Eventually the mine tunnels here, long abandoned but still very stable, connect to other territories, but no cat has ever been far enough to find those connections. While few plants grow inside, some fungi that love dark and dank places grow here and might be useful in medicine; prey such as bats and rodents can also be hunted here. Predators also know this, and sometimes lie in wait in the mine tunnels for unsuspecting hunters to happen by.
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Sun Valley, named for the bright yellow flowers that grow in it during the warmer seasons, is located at the southern end of the contested territories. The valley, or parts of it, show remnants of once having been used as farmland as it bears the remains of old fences, barns, and the foundation to what could have been a house. Now empty, the valley has returned to its wild, natural state and thrives with a host of wild grasses, flowers, herbs, and the odd tree or shrub. Burrowing critters, ground nesting birds, rabbits, and hooved animals are a common sight here along with typical predators for each. The river flows down from the rainforest and meanders through the flower dotted fields before leaving the territory.
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The abandoned barn is on the far side of the river towards the very edge of the territory. Its ruined state hints at its age, but cats don’t seem to mind that it’s lacking a wall; it’s shelter and that’s all that matters. The barn itself is drafty, but cats and other animals manage to find dry, warm nooks to nest in—especially when the weather is nasty. Old hay and two-leg rubbish hides rats and mice, and often bats can be found roosting in the rafters. Cats come and go from the barn, but one cat in particular, Fleur (Flea), had stuck around for generations. Her recent death has shocked the clanless community, but it's Fleur's hope that they'll honor her time-old tradition by keeping the structure open for those seeking refuge.
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The Bayou is an oddity of year-round warm water that never seems to freeze, and due to the warm water temperatures it’s always covered in a layer of green algae blooms. Life within it is quite abundant, and while the payoffs in prey might be great the risks might not be worth it. No one knows how it got there—many suspect a two-leg dumped it off when it grew too large to keep as a pet—but the Bayou is home to a large alligator who may or may not have ‘friends’.
 
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