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 - 01/10/18 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.
The hot springs are located at the far end of WindClan’s territory near their border with neutral lands. It’s more rocky than it is grassy in the area with gentle slopes that eventually become rocky hills past their border. The hot springs themselves are avoided during the warmer seasons as the water does stay quite hot, but become a safe haven and welcome escape during the colder seasons. WindClan’s territory is left rather exposed and leaf-bare can be hard on the lean cats. The hot springs become a popular hangout when the snow flies; even if cats don’t like to crawl in the warm waters, the steam that fills the air is more than enough to chase the chill away and keep the clan cats from freezing. Mammals, small and large, as well as some water fowl species are known to hang out in the area as well.
While prairie dogs are certainly the most prevalent prey found here, they're not the only animal cats can catch here. Weasels, pikas, and even an occasional armadillo might pop up here from a burrow. Cats have to be careful hunting here, lest they accidentally get a leg caught in a burrow and break it. There are few plants, what flora there is scrawny and scruffy, and the ground is largely dry, so cats can expect to get dusty and hot here in greenleaf. Foxes, badgers, snakes, and even burrowing owls pose dangers here, since prey animals aren't the only ones making their homes here. Even the prey, prairie dogs in particular, can be perilous -- the dogs have a well-organized colony, and they are not only good at hiding when predators approach, but also at fighting back when cornered.
These burrows are located to the southwest of WindClan territory.
The colors of the Rainbow Hills are purely geological despite any stories and legends WindClan might have. Millions of years of deposit layers have caused the brilliant colors, and erosion has exposed them. Dark grasses cover the hills where rock and sediment isn’t exposed and, beyond the vivid colors, the hills aren’t unlike the prairie that stems out from the bases of the hills. Pronghorns are the largest of animals often seen on the hills, but small mammals—rabbits and rodents most dominantly—are abundant here as well. The hills are a clan favorite to sun on and offer some relief from the wind on blustery days, but in times of heavy rainfall hey can become a hazard for both rock and mudslides.
The prairie covers most of WindClan’s territory and is the main source of the clan’s prey species. The prairie’s grass length tends to be high in the new-leaf, often times with localized patches reaching shoulder height and beyond on the cats, but as green-leaf rolls around the prairie’s large grazing animal—bison—have cropped it neat and short. A variety of wildflowers and different species of grasses keeps biodiversity high by drawing insects, birds, grazing mammals, predators, and a wide variety of smaller prey species to the area. WindClan cats have honed their skills hunting the prairies and both utilize the ability to stalk silently through the grasses when they are taller, and move quickly unheard when they are not.
One hill stands alone on the plains, covered in purple heather and inhabited by ground nesting birds. It's dangerous to go up there during their breeding season - they've been known to main or even kill unsuspecting cats, but you can't deny that view.
Lupine Lake is a small yet deep lake. The first few feet out get no deeper than chest high on the cats, but the drop off thereafter is abrupt and steep. A surprising number of fish live in the dark depths and draw large eagles, osprey, and even bear to the area. Moose and elk are commonly seen grazing the shallows, but aside from fresh water there is little on the lake for the WindClan cats. The clan cats only bother with the lake because the shoreline, riddled with thick patches of lupine flowers and rocks, hide small species of prey animals: rabbit, birds, pika, vole, ground squirrel, and mice among the most abundant. The flowers color the shoreline purple at least half the year and give a bright splash of color to the otherwise gray and brown terrain. The lake is a favorite for experienced mothers to bring their kits to chase butterflies during the new-leaf and green-leaf seasons as it isn’t too far away from WindClan’s camp. Two-legs like to come here and swim during green-leaf.
The sand pit sits on the fringes of the farmer’s field—out of sight and out of mind. The farmer often uses it as a dumping ground for rubbish (mostly broken farm equipment), but occasionally trinkets, toys, and the likes get tossed in too. Younger two-legs come occasionally and ride dirt bikes around the pit and off make-shift jumps, but fortunately they never stay long. The pits are met with reproach by some WindClan cats who dislike the two-legs presence and trash on their territory, but others rather like it. Aside from being a hot spot for potential ‘treasures’ for nests and to admire, the sand pits make an ideal training and sparring spot for young apprentices. The sand is soft, and the pits themselves make prey found in it harder to escape with the steepish, hard-to-get-traction on walls. There are dangers outside of the two-legs that must not be forgotten. When wet the sands can (rarely) make quicksand and suction poor cats fast. It’s also home to some deadly snakes that like to sun themselves and burrow beneath the shifting sand.
Near the edge of the prairie lays a patch of land where the earth rolls like waves frozen in time. Grass manages to take hold in small patches along the very tops of the dunes, and the rest of the earth is barren, causing the sandy ground to corrode more and more with each rain or windstorm. It's not always the most successful hunting spot, but in greenleaf lizards frequent the spot to enjoy the warm ground and bask. It's a popular hide-and-seek spot, as well as an interesting place to hone one's skills, as the rolling ground and loose footholds provide an interesting change of pace and challenge to those who spar there.
Years of weathering eventually wore peculiar hollows into the soft rock formations. Easy to climb even the most clumsy of cats (or the newest apprentice) can make it to the top to utilize the many levels and flats for sunbathing, or the hollow inside for shelter or spying (apprentices affectionately refer to the hollow as ‘their fort’). The height of the rocks does certainly give the clan a good spot to look out on their territory, but it’s unlikely they could see far enough to spy neighboring clans on their own territories, but it might prove useful enough to spot nearby trespassers or predators. If nothing else the strange stone mountain is a useful training tool at building endurance and can often be a good spot for reptiles and small rodents. Birds of prey are always a risk when in the open so care should be taken before you lay down to nap.
A swathe of WindClan’s territory is made up by farmer maintained and groomed crop fields. What the farmer grows year-to-year varies, but each year he plows, plants, waters, and harvest the fields. While the crops are growing the clans are able to utilize the land for both hunting and shelter, but come the beginning and the end of the season their lives are briefly uprooted as two-legs and field-monsters (tractors) invade their territory and scare off all the prey. When the fields are barren they still make great hunting terrain and host a variety of birds, rodents, and even reptiles, but the clan cats are more exposed here than the rest of their territory.
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