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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!


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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 1. rules
 Posted: May 21 2016, 09:55 AM
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Welcome to Deep in the Meadow, or DitM! These rules are very important, so you need to read them. They may update as time goes on, but you'll be warned beforehand. If staff feels we're constantly having to warn you about rules or if we're getting complaints about your behavior, we'll notify you and ban you. Questions can be directed to staff.

1. DitM is a literate site. That means members need high writing proficiency and independence in navigating the site, creating characters, etc. If you are having significant trouble, staff may recommend easier sites for you.

2. DitM follows common anti-discrimination policies and will immediately ban any member found to be discriminating against another member based on any of these protected classes or others not named on that list. Members are expected to accept and respect all sexualities, genders, and gender expressions of fellow members and of characters. IC prejudice, on the other hand, can happen -- if you ever feel as though IC interactions are crossing a line, contact staff. No one's perfect, and we don't expect perfection, but we all respect each other and learn from our mistakes so we can do better next time.

3. Members must be 13+ years old and are expected to handle semi-mature material (PG-13 ish); properly mature topics such as graphic violence and mating are not allowed on site, and borderline topics must be marked so as to give users fair warning.

4. Cbox/Discord conduct code is as follows: no spamming, no advertising, no divisive topics, limited swearing (absolutely no f bombs), no mini-modding. Staff will hand out temporary cbox bans if users have trouble following these rules. We are more casual on our Discord channel, but the same rules apply.

5. DitM staff has worked long and hard on our stat system, and we are pretty proud of it. Those found abusing the stat system will be warned and action may be taken to thwart these abuses.

6. Join with your OOC account under your alias (no numbers, no symbols, and please consider what you will actually be going by); we do delete accounts that look like spam (numbers, symbols) and we delete inactive OOC accounts without characters after 1 week. Once you have an accepted character you can make your character account, which is for IC posting only -- no directories, bios, etc should be posted with your character account.

7. DitM allows 4 characters free, and a max of 2 WIP bios at a time. To make a 5th+ character, you'll have to buy a character slot in the shop and link active/recently finished threads with your current characters. We do not police character loads, but please do take your time and availability into account when making new characters. You can always retire a character you aren't feeling -- without killing it IC -- just contact staff.

8. Any odd character features (impossible eye colors, disabilities, markings, etc.) and other such items must be purchased in our site shop, linked on the top table, with points.

9. Queens and kits may not be created -- females must become pregnant by a male onsite using the kitting form or with a shop item, and kits can only be created when such a litter is created. Litters are rolled by staff according to the process on the kitting form. Once kittens are born, they must stay in camp until they are apprenticed -- should they decide to venture out, staff will roll an outcome for them: they could be fine, they could be caught by a warrior and have their apprentice ceremony delayed, or they could be attacked by a predator. The last outcome results in death if a warrior does not come to rescue them within 24 hours.

10. Evil-aligned cats and half-Clan/Clanless-to-Clan cats require staff permission to be made. Evil-aligned cats can have wide repercussions, requiring staff permission; mixed-blood Clan cats entering via bios instead of IC may go against the characters of respective Clan leaders, which staff will not force to happen. For the latter, staff monitors both numbers of mixed-blood cats in Clans and the political stances of leaders cats would have entered under.

11. RP basics: DitM has a 200 word minimum, with the exception of rapid fire [RF] threads (no word count) and Clan meetings (min 150 words). We're literate, so we do also expect control over the language; if you are truly struggling, staff may contact you to see what we can do. Godmodding and powerplaying are also not acceptable. We do allow liquid time, within reason. Kits age every 15 days, everyone else ages every 30.

12. Apprentices require a minimum of four threads, some of which must be of specific types, to earn their warrior name. Read more on the Mentors/Apprentices directory.

13. IC rule breaking, such as apprentices leaving camp unaccompanied by a warrior or loners entering Clan territory, can be punished by other users' characters. If a character (a warrior or higher) enters the thread within 24 hours of the rule being broken to catch the rulebreaker red-pawed, your character can be punished/scolded/chased off/etc., and consequences may even be further reaching than that. That said, characters' skill levels do play a role in whether or not they are caught, and not every rulebreaking thread will result in punishment.

14. Fighting, among other interactions, is governed by our stat system. Most of the time users can determine a winner on their own; if not, staff will decide the fight. Read more on our stat system page.

15. Staff randomly PMs users to let them know one of their cats is sick, with what symptoms, and to what degree. The user then has a certain amount of time to thread with a medicine cat before the illness begins to spread amongst the Clan and tick stat points away from the character's total.

16. Image rules are as follows: Avatars are 250x450. Maximum image dimensions on site are 500x500. Each character gets one image set only, and that image set is then not available for use by any other character. Before choosing an image, check the face claim and recently posted WIP bios to make sure it is not already in use. Imgur is not allowed as an image host per their own ToS; we do not recommend Tinypic as an image host because they have proven unreliable in the past. You may not reserve images in advance -- posting a WIP bio with an image acts as a good faith reservation for 7 days at which point someone else may use the image. Lastly, all images must be Creative Commons (or you must have permission from the photographer) -- read more on our bio guide.

17. Trigger warnings and content warnings are required in bios. For a full explanation see the latter half of this post. As of 01/10/18, sexual assault is no longer permitted in bios.

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