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 - 01/17/18 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.
It was wonderful having Warblerfur spend more time in the nursery. Since Elmfur moved into Luna's den to have and raise her kits, there was a bit more wiggle room, and the ginger tom decided to fill it. Mama was busy trying to make sure Muskratkit was safe and comfortable even though she was sick, and Starlingface wasn't coming to visit as often, so Warblerfur was delegated as kitsitter. He was very fun to play with, so Huckleberrykit didn't mind this arrangement one bit.
Currently, he was crawling over the tom to the best of his ability. He had grown quite a bit in the last few moons, but he was still dwarfed by Warblerfur. He tried not to use his claws, but it was instinct to dig them in whenever he felt wobbly. He apologized each time, though, so at least he was trying. He was not the most agile or strong kit in the litter, but he had plenty of determination.
Once he had effectively tired himself out, Huck slid off of the ginger warrior. He flopped over onto the ground and admitted defeat by throwing his paws into the air. He took a moment to catch his breath, and the crisp leafbare air made it fairly difficult. He rolled over onto his side to face Warblerfur once more. He wasn't sure how many of his siblings were within earshot, but that didn't stop him from asking a question that had been on his mind since Gullheart's visit. "What do you think about our other dads?" he asked innocently. He wanted to know the truth.
With the stuffy Elmfur out of the nursery Hollyhock-kit was quick to move into the queen's nest and claim it as his own. He would dramatically cross his paws in the she-cat's nest and tilt his head in the same pert way Elmfur had directed at himself and his brothers and sisters more than once. He had a great deal of fun pretending to be Elmfur and yelling derogatory things at whatever siblings passed him by - all in jest of the real enemy, Elmfur, of course. What kind of grumpy coot yelled at his sweet mother, and adorable kits like himself and his siblings?
The frail kit was resting in Elmfur's old nest, watching Warblerfur and Huckleberrykit scamper around each other. He wanted to join in but it was one of the days where his body just felt like jelly and he knew he'd just get left behind. He tried not to let it bother him and occupied himself with watching his brother and adopted father, ears pricked attentively. He would now and then interject with a high-pitched, not very accurate Elmfur voice, mostly obscured by laughter. "Oh you wicked child," he intoned as Huck began scaling Warblerfur like a curvaceous mountain. "Clearly you are consumed by nothing but evil, treating your clan mates with such disrespect." He laughed brightly, resting his chin on the edge of the large nest to watch them gallivant.
The grey and white tom was content just to watch until the topic turned to their other dads. He hadn't been invited to the meeting with Gullheart, their supposes Windclan father, but he knew Huck had. Apparently he looked a lot like Gullheart and he was eager to meet the tom that was most likely his biological father. Holly clambered out of the nest clumsily, kicking off a stray bit of moss before loping over to the pair with legs too long for his body. "Are they as brave and handsome as you?" He added eagerly. He dug in his heels upon approach but couldn't stop his momentum fully and ended up thudding to a stop with his face planted into Warblerfur's shoulder with an 'oof!'
i will never stop losing my breath every time i see you looking back at me and i will never stop holding your hand i will never stop choosing you babe
Goldenrodkit loved playing with Warblerfur, and had been happy to accept him into the ever-growing fold of their family as frequent babysitter and Mama's friend. He also loved playing with @Huckleberrykit, his favorite brother. At the same time, he felt bad leaving @Hollyhock-kit out, so Goldenrodkit darted between the two alternately, playing with Warblerfur's tail, moving to nip Huckleberrykit's tail, and then heading over to sit by Hollyhock-kit when he got tired, only to start the cycle all over again once he caught his breath. Anyone who said it was impossible to have fun in the nursery was just being silly.
Hollyhock-kit's mocking of Elmfur -- even though Goldenrodkit knew that what she said was mean and wrong, and even though he knew Hollyhock-kit was just joking about how mean and wrong it was -- made Goldenrodkit uneasy. Despite the many shades of gray that colored the kits' lives for their Clanmates, Goldenrodkit still saw things in relatively black and white terms -- good, bad, not much in between -- so trying to contemplate the middle spaces was a leap he couldn't yet make. Unsure why he was uneasy or how to address it, he didn't say anything, just throwing his brother uncomfortable little looks and shifting his weight on his paws whenever one of those comments came out of his mouth. Huckleberrykit's question was a relief, mostly because Hollyhock dropped the act and came over to join them.
Goldenrodkit let go of Warblerfur's tail to come around and look at his friend's face -- he wasn't sure if he was ready for him to be dad too, when there was already Daddy (Starlingface) and Gullheart -- when he answered. "Yeah, and do you know the other one?" He meant Wisteriablaze, the ShadowClanner who the kits had never met, and just assumed Warblerfur would recognize who he was talking about. Goldenrodkit was deeply curious about this cat, even though he wasn't too sure about wanting a father so far away. He plopped himself down to listen, resting his chin on Huckleberrykit's flank.
Secrets stolen from deep insideThe drum beats out of time
Warblerfur heard all about Elmfur’s outburst within the nursery and how both Weevilheart and Muskratkit were confined to the medicine cat den. It was concerning but he knew that the remaining kits needed to be looked after. They may not have been biologically his but Warblerfur loved them all the same. It didn’t matter what they called him as long as they knew that he would always be there to love and support them. The tom basically moved into the nursery. He couldn’t quite bear the thought of leaving them alone in their nest or with another queen. The tom usually spent his nights in the nursery, cuddled up with the kits, and telling them stories before slumber claimed them. A purr rose in his throat as Huckleberrykit climbed over him. Sometimes his claws would instinctively dig into his fur and he’d wince but he knew it was all in good fun.
Goldenrodkit danced between them and Hollyhock-kit who was still feeling a little under the weather. Thankfully his illness had nothing to do with the rodents but he still kept a careful eye on him just in case. Hollyhock-kit had taken to mocking Elmfur whenever the queen wasn’t around and he gave the young, gangly kit a stern look. “Your mother wouldn’t want you to speak ill of other cats especially your clan mate,” he mewed. The queen’s actions, in his opinion, were ugly and unnecessary but that didn’t mean the kits could behave in such a fashion.
Eventually, Huckleberrykit slid down his side and then sat in front of him with a thump. His question caught him off-guard but it was only natural that the children had questions. Hollyhock-kit was quick to join in as he collided into Warblerfur’s shoulder and Goldenrodkit padded over quickly after that. A purr rumbled in his chest as he looked down at the trio. “I don’t know if anyone is as handsome as me,” he teased and then reached forward to boop his nose against Hollyhock-kit’s.
The tom shifted and then crouched down in loaf form. He curled his tail along his body and deeply considered their questions. “I don’t know much about Gullheart,” he began thoughtfully. “He’s younger than me and hasn’t been a warrior for very long. He has siblings and I think he’s a little on the quiet side.” Most of the information he had was based on gatherings and from what Weevilheart had told him. “Your mother says he’s very compassionate and kind.” He added. Then turned to look at Goldenrodkit. “Wisteriablaze.” What was he like? Warblerfur didn’t know too much about him either aside from the occasional border patrol and gatherings. “He’s a large, dark grey tom with bright yellow eyes. He’s charming and passionate about the things he believes in. I think he also has children in Shadowclan. They would be your half-siblings.”