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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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 4. High Rank Info
Hawk
 Posted: Jul 29 2016, 03:20 PM
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4. HIGH RANK INFO
rules, duties, opens, audition forms
High ranks are a big part of the driving force behind each Clan. If we have interesting, active high ranks, a Clan will do well -- if our high ranks are bland or inactive, the Clan will not do well. It's that simple. Below you'll find all the relevant information for high rank holding on DitM.

1. rules
2. duties
3. opens/audition form
4. leaders and lives


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 Posted: Jul 29 2016, 03:24 PM
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RULES
These rules are subject to change at any time -- staff will announce changes as they are implemented.

  • Number/Type: Members are allowed max two high ranks each, which cannot be in the same Clan. Different types of positions (ex. one leader, one MCA) are preferred but not required -- except two leaders at once. If two leader positions are obtained through IC events, that's fine, but otherwise we'd like to avoid it. Two ranks require more activity than one, so be sure you can handle this or staff will ask you to remove one of them.
  • Activity: High ranks need to be active, so each high rank character will need to post at least once a week except in cases of aways. You can use the duties below or come up with your own, though one of the duties does need to be completed every month. Of course, if your cat's plot is to be irresponsible, feel free to ignore this -- but there will be IC consequences, naturally.
  • Plots/Sandbox Responsibility: Since high ranks drive activity, they need plots. It's okay for those plots to develop naturally over time, and it's okay for high ranks to be doing lots of smaller plots versus one huge arc. But by auditioning for a high rank, you consent to outcomes that are influenced by other characters; you cannot control the reactions of other characters, the events that befall your Clan, etc. Your high rank cat may lose their position, be challenged, etc., depending on what happens. If a user cannot handle the unpredictability that comes with having a high rank, their high rank will be stripped.
  • Age: Ages need to be realistic. Leader auditions should be 45+ moons, deputy auditions should be no younger than 35 moons, medicine cat auditions should be 35+. Exceptions can be made for plots but in general, age = experience = better chances.
  • Audition Limit: If a user auditions for four high rank positions in a row and does not receive any of them, that user is barred from auditioning for one month. This is so that users can take time out to roleplay and create IC plots/relationships that might help them when next they are able to audition.


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 Posted: Jul 29 2016, 03:26 PM
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DUTIES
High ranks have duties both IC and OOC. At least one of these duties needs to be performed per month. Doing an OOC duty does not count as the high rank's required weekly IC post. Again, if your cat's plot is that they are irresponsible, you can ignore this -- but the Clan won't ignore it for long!

Also, please note that this list is not by any means complete or comprehensive. If you have an idea, regardless of whether or not you currently hold a high rank, share it with staff! We are always looking for fresh new things for high ranks to do.

Leader:

  • Starting/attending Gatherings
  • Clan meetings/promotion ceremonies
  • Setting and enforcing policies on important Clan issues
  • Working with staff to create events w/in Clan
  • Helping users create miniplots OOC
  • Assisting in Clan character creation OOC
  • Keeping Clan info under Glossary & Mechanics updated OOC
  • Helping choose high ranks lower than self IC/OOC

Deputy:

  • Taking over leader duties in leader's absence
  • Overseeing apprentice training (individual mentor/apprentice pairs)
  • Creating assessments for apprentices at varying stages in training (contests, etc)
  • Creating at least one patrol a month (can lead patrol, create multiple open patrols throughout month they are not a part of, recruit users/cats for an official patrol & give them a send-off, etc.)
  • Working with staff to start flash events w/in Clan
  • Helping users create miniplots OOC

Medicine Cat:

  • Starting/attending medicine cat meetings every other month
  • Choosing apprentice, training and eventually promoting apprentice
  • Responding to sickness/injury PMs to treat cats
  • Treating injured cats after battle/sickness/etc. events
  • Sending warriors/apprentices out for supplies
  • Advising leadership when necessary and receiving StarClan messages
  • Maintaining a list of Clan's herb supplies

Medicine Cat Apprentice:

  • Completing medicine cat training (herbs/poisons/other treatments/StarClan messages/etc.)
  • Acting as medicine cat when necessary
  • Aiding in tasks such as delivering kittens, treating wounds, harvesting herbs/supplies


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OPENS & AUDITIONS
Now we're through rules and duties, the positions open for audition and the audition form are below!

open high ranks
none

Deadlines -
N/A

Audition Form
All auditions must be PM'd to Mink, Hawk, Cheshire, Monument and Avie. Deputy auditions should be sent also to the leader of the Clan, and medicine cat apprentice auditions (if they are held) should be sent also to the medicine cat of the Clan. On your first ever audition, you should include a roleplay sample; for auditions afterward, they are not necessary. The code is included at the bottom of this post.

Alias: your name
Character Name: their name
Character Bio: link to the bio
Clan: their clan
Desired Position: which position are you applying for
Plot: list any plot ideas you might have, big or small.  these shouldn't only rely on your cat's adopts being taken.

Policy Gauge

How does your character feel about... (answers should be short, sweet, to the point.  no more than 1-2 lines each.)

  • cross-Clan relationships? kits that come from them?
    ANSWER HERE
  • accepting outsiders into the Clan?
    ANSWER HERE
  • allying with other Clans? (leader/dep only)
    ANSWER HERE
  • declaring war? (leader/dep only)
    ANSWER HERE
  • treating cats not of your Clan/Clanmates you dislike? (MC/MCA only)
    ANSWER HERE
  • making up prophecies to get your way? hiding prophecies from other MCs/your leader? (MC/MCA only)
    ANSWER HERE

[Character's Name] is...

  • very/somewhat/not very traditional
  • very/somewhat/not very aggressive
  • very/somewhat/not very devout
  • very/somewhat/not very manipulative
  • very/somewhat/not very aloof

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST HIGH RANK AUDITION ON SITE, use one of the prompts below to write a 200-500 word post that uses dialogue, action, and thoughts to engage with the prompt. Use any existing cats or NPCs you need. Note that writing over 500 words will not increase your chances.

Leader

  • Your deputy reports whispers of dissent against you amongst the warriors.
  • The leader of a neighboring, non-ally Clan brings an envoy to ask for help -- their territory is under attack.
  • The past moon has not smiled upon your Clan -- misfortune has met you at every turn. You must address the Gathering without making your Clan appear weak.
  • You were friends with a loner in your youth, which was a secret until said loner outs you in front of your warriors at the border.
  • Kits are found abandoned in your territory. Reports indicate they might have been left by Twolegs, but one of your warriors bears a resemblance to them and is acting suspiciously.

Deputy

  • Your leader sends you to see about taking territory from a neighbor, but it'll be harder than it seemed from camp -- the area is well patrolled.
  • Your leader's been acting sick and strange lately, but has asked you not to tell the medicine cat.
  • You're not the most senior warrior, and one of your Clanmates is trying to buck your authority.
  • The medicine cat tells you about a StarClan dream they had that called for the removal of your leader because of rule breaking. You've never observed this rule-breaking personally.
  • Two warriors both claim to be the father of a recent litter of kits, and they are now literally fighting over one in the middle of camp.

MC/MCA

  • A neighboring MC comes to ask you for help and herbs -- your leader privately forbids you to go.
  • During delivery, a struggling queen asks for her mate by name, but there's no cat by that name in your Clan.
  • An eager kit with no aptitude or StarClan input persistently asks to be your apprentice; if you were picking one now, you would choose their littermate instead.
  • Your Clan is slowly dying of a dangerous endemic, curable only with a concoction that includes an herb which does not grow on your territory. It does, however, grow on your neighbor's territory in abundance.
  • A Clanmate dies and you find out only after they are gone that your apprentice has been treating them secretly. The Clan blames you, as your apprentice has lied and claimed that they were sent by you with your instructions.



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Alias: your name
Character Name: their name
Character Bio: link to the bio
Clan: their clan
Desired Position: which position are you applying for
Plot: list any plot ideas you might have, big or small.  these shouldn't only rely on your cat's adopts being taken.

[b]Policy Gauge[/b]

How does your character feel about... (answers should be short, sweet, to the point.  no more than 1-2 lines each.)[LIST]
[*]cross-Clan relationships? kits that come from them?
[blockquote]ANSWER HERE[/blockquote]
[*]accepting outsiders into the Clan?
[blockquote]ANSWER HERE[/blockquote]
[*]allying with other Clans? (leader/dep only)
[blockquote]ANSWER HERE[/blockquote]
[*]declaring war? (leader/dep only)
[blockquote]ANSWER HERE[/blockquote]
[*]treating cats not of your Clan/Clanmates you dislike? (MC/MCA only)
[blockquote]ANSWER HERE[/blockquote]
[*]making up prophecies to get your way? hiding prophecies from other MCs/your leader? (MC/MCA only)
[blockquote]ANSWER HERE[/blockquote]
[/LIST]
[Character's Name] is...[LIST]
[*]very/somewhat/not very traditional
[*]very/somewhat/not very aggressive
[*]very/somewhat/not very devout
[*]very/somewhat/not very manipulative
[*]very/somewhat/not very aloof
[/LIST]

[b]Roleplay Prompt:[/b] {copy/paste chosen prompt here.  remember this is ONLY if you have never auditioned on DitM before!}
[blockquote]ANSWER HERE[/blockquote]

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LEADERS & LIVES
Leaders are at the top of the hierarchical totem pole within their clans. Most leaders begin as the clan’s deputy and take over when the previous leader has died, retired, left the clan, or been exiled. Your typical leader will be given the blessing of StarClan by receiving 9 lives and the official –star suffix to mark them as leader; most leaders will do it this way, but not all.

Some leaders (e.g. Nightstar or our own Muskegstar) are never granted their 9 lives or recognized by StarClan. Others may not be given the full 9 lives if their previous leader was exiled (or left the clan) without giving up their remaining lives. Leaders who decide to retire or step down (and agree to give up their lives) give up all but one so they may remain living. The cat who takes over after them is then only given 8 lives as the still-living previous leader has the 9th.

You can read a more in-depth explanation about this on the warriors wiki page here. You can read examples of our very own 9-life ceremonies here: Graystar, Halfstar, Piedstar, Sequoiastar.

**Please note that we, as our own site, do not use all the rules StarClan set out for the lives. For example we allow a new leader to be given lives when the previous leader was exiled (in canon they would not get the lives until the previous leader, exiled or not, had given up their lives) and we allow StarClan cats to be divided in that some give lives and others refuse.

Lives remaining of current leaders:

Piedstar → 9

Has not lost a life.

Halfstar → 8

9: Lost when he struck his head during a camp flood.

Graystar → 4

Lives 6-9: Refused by StarClan.
Life 5: Taken by Blackeagle when Graystar returned from Star Path. Refused to believe his half-brother had been given the lives of a leader having witnessed Grayowl murder Leafstorm.

Cardinalstar → 9

Has not lost a life.

Sequoiastar → 9

Has not lost a life.
Please note that unless you are a medicine cat or have worked it out with the leader's roleplayer (e.g., the leader told your cat or your cat witnessed a life being lost), no characters should know the amount of lives a leader has. Leaders typically guard this information tightly as it can be used against them by other Clans or Clanless cats.


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