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Ninth Anniversary

Posted by Ember on January 16, 2018 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (12)

Today, January 16th 2018, marks the ninth anniversary of this website’s creation and one of the times of the year when y’all are going to have to excuse me for being sappy. When this website was created, it was just a tiny, disorganized site for a small handful of offline friends. Nearly a decade later, this roleplay has expanded into the community of talented roleplayers that define WCF today and I have never stop being astonished by what this website has grown into.

This past year has been marked by tremendous change around the website, starting first out-of-character with settling into the new format, then in-character, when what began as an alliance between DawnClan and NightClan turned into a total merge into EarthClan, which eventually prompted rebelling NightClanners to form EclipseClan. When the tensions between these new groups reached its peak, the clans banned together against the common enemy of a cougar. Alienfish lead a project with a handful of other members to recreate and update the large family tree starting with Moonstar in The Ancestry Project. In the case of Monthly Meows, I started the ongoing series comparing the universe of Warrior Cats of the Forest to the canon Warriors Universe and started taking Member Submitted Monthly Meows, of which we’ve had two published so far. A wide variety of new guides were also posted this past year, such as The Herbs Guide and Rule Infractions and Penalties. We also continued a handful of traditions from past years, such as roleplaying StarClan and Dark Forest characters around Halloween and exchanging gifts in a Secret Santa event at the new year.

Of course, you members really are the life of this website and I truly do believe that this website has been blessed with one of the best assortment of members out there. I’m so honored to be surrounded by such a talented, unique, kind group of roleplayers.

Alienfish, I don’t quite know what it is about your quirky sense of humor and writing style, but you always seem to put me in a better mood. As well, I have to thank you again for how helpful you are and for the initiative you’ve taken in helping to build this website through The Ancestry Project and the little menial editing work that keeps the site running.

Ashfur, I love your frank and genuine style of roleplaying. It always seems as though you’re able to get right to the heart of what your characters are thinking and what motivates their actions, which brings so much life to the roleplay.

BeautyIsChaos, your roleplaying flows so naturally and beautifully, I just can’t help but being envious of your writing ability. How you weave your sentences together is so unique and has almost a musical quality, they bring a gorgeous literary element to the roleplay.

Black Beard, welcome back to the site! Your roleplaying has improved so much since you first joined the website and old members coming back is always a welcome sight. I love your character descriptions as well, in just a few short sentences you’re able to capture so much about your characters.

Blossom, I was so happy to see that you’d returned to the website. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you’re a sweetheart and long-term members like you are the backbone of this website. Thank you for being such a reliable force guiding new members into becoming more comfortable with the website.

Castle, I’m always so excited when members like you come along who just throw themselves entirely into the roleplay the moment they joy. Your characters are rich and varied, your writing sharp and witty, and you’re just plain fun to hang out with out-of-character.

Dapple, your roleplaying is so consistently warm and generous, which I can only imagine reflects the person that you are offline. You always know just how to place quiet scenes between brighter, more vibrant moments, and the scenes complement each other perfectly.

Dawnflower, you are such a sweetheart! A sense of kindness always seems to surround you, be it be in your generous style of roleplaying or our out of character chatting. You bring so much warm to the website and I’m always happy to see you online.

DrownedInRed, I appreciate what a sincere person you are. You’re honest and to the point without being mean, both in and out of character. You’re always a joy to just chat with and bring some “chill” to our chat that often borders on hysterical.

Flickerwick, welcome back! It’s always nice to see members who have so much history with the website, you bring a lot of depth to conversations and are an invaluable asset in ensuring continuity both in the plot and in the community of the website.

Gingerheart, you are such as compassionate person-- you’re always so willing to speak up for other members when you feel they’ve had their feelings hurt. Never lose that sensitivity, it’s people like you that make sure that roleplays like this are fun for everyone.

GrimmReminder, your writing always reads as so natural to me, with very effective mirroring of how people actually act-- realistic dialogue, actions that are never too boring or over-the-top. I usually find myself reading your posts twice or three times, hoping that I can figure how the key to such natural writing.

Honeydrops, you’re such a sincere person and always seem so eager and excited to jump into new things, even if you’re not entirely certain of what to do or what’s going on. That’s an amazing trait and I know it will serve you throughout this life, long after you’ve left roleplaying behind.

Honeyy, your animated personality brings so much color to the roleplay. You always keep things moving and make sure that the roleplay stays fresh-- even ordinary patrols, if your characters are included, become something I’d hate to miss.

Kingfish, thank you for always keeping the roleplay fresh-- your characters and the plots they start makes sure that we always have some new adventure to send our characters on and you’re indispensable in getting lagging plots going.

Kixatanilopay, your characters are always so realistic and well-balanced. Even when they have to bend to the will of the plot you play it off really well and their actions seem natural and in-character. I adore Omnistar in particular.

L, you’re such an honest, hard working, enthusiastic person. I don’t know where the site would be if you hadn’t joined- whether it be a plot without your characters’ intervention, an art page without your nearly 300 drawings, or the many ways in which you’ve helped me run the website over the years. Thank you so much for being my right-hand man these past few years.

Lakeripple, I haven’t gotten a good chance to know you well, yet, but from what I know of you I hope that your schedules line up in the future-- your writing is fun, your drawings crack me up, and you are always so positive while chatting in the chat box.

Liger, I am always so impressed with your character descriptions. They’re always in-depth and cover all the important aspects of your characters, which is invaluable in helping me know how my characters should approach yours and makes scenes much more natural.

Lunardrop, it’s difficult to overstate how vital people like you are to a roleplay of this scale. You’re a grounding force in the occasional chaos of this website and are someone I know I can always rely on for a few moments of roleplaying- be it a few humorous moments, or the heart breaking and dramatic fall of Stonestory.

Orbit, your writing blows me away-- the dialogue is well-paced and natural and the descriptions lively. Your efforts are definitely paying off and its members like you who really bring the world of the roleplay to life.

Python, I hope that we get a chance to roleplay more in the future! From what I’ve read of your posts, you always have a wonderful mix of witty dialogue and characterization, which makes them beautifully paced and enjoyable to read.

Reaper, I love how straight forward your posts read-- you don’t need anything fluffy to get your point across and every sentence you write is to-the-point and biting, with realistic and compelling characters to top off your style.

River, I was so excited to see your name on our pending members list when you rejoined the website; you’re one of the most compelling writers on this website without ever having to dip into cheap gimmicks or melodrama. Thank you for bringing so much realism to the roleplay.

Ruby, your enthusiasm is absolutely infectious. Chatting or roleplaying with you never fails to bring a smile to my face. Your characters are so varied and original, there’s never a dull moment.

Sandrunner, you’re a gorgeous writer. I always look forward to reading your posts, just for how eloquently you are able to show what your characters are going through. Your posts never feel clunky and are descriptive without dipping into purple prose.

Shainei, welcome to the site! I haven’t gotten a good chance to get to know you yet, but your character descriptions show so much promise and I hope we get to roleplay together in the future!

Snowbreeze, you’re always such a welcoming member. I always appreciate having members who seem so eager to roleplay with everyone, from mods to newbies to experienced members who’ve just returned from a long hiatus. You bind the community together and make the roleplay so much stronger for it.

Spirit, you’re so engaged with the roleplay, even beyond the forums: plot planning, art commenting, keeping tabs on Monthly MEows and Guides-- thank you so much for keeping up with all of that. It’s members like you who keep the community together and make all of this feel like more than a bunch of semi-related posts about a barely coherent world of talking cats.

SpotTheCat, you’re such a compassionate, welcoming person who always seems eager to roleplay with anyone, no matter what their skill level with roleplaying or how long they’ve been on the website.

Weirdo101, you just crack me up. Your sense of humor is fantastic and you always know how to lighten up a scene in-game or bring up people’s moods out of character. We haven’t gotten to roleplay much together so far, but I can’t wait until our schedules finally line up.

Wild, you’re such a natural roleplayer. Your characters feel real and you progress scenes forward with perfect timing, bringing interest to potentially dull character-character conversations and situations.

Wolf-flower, I have never stopped being amazed at how much you have grown throughout the few years you’ve been on this website. You’ve matured, your writing has become beautiful, your art adorable and characterized by a unique style. I can only imagine the astounding person you’re getting closer to becoming with every passing day.

Moderators, I’ve said it before and I will say it until you all get so sick of it you will mutiny: I would go entirely insane if it weren’t for you guys. It can sometimes get lost in the reminders to do list checks and the miscommunication that occasionally happens in a site of this size run entirely by volunteers, but I really appreciate all of the work that you guys do and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart of helping me keep this website from running wild.

Mockingdeath, your roleplaying always strikes me as so natural, as though your characters are just people I’d see walking down the street. Aside from that, you’re always so helpful and are truely someone I know I can always lean on for advice or help when I need it.

PalletEclipse, I don’t even know where to start-- your art is beautiful, your writing fantastic, and you always seem so eager to help out new members and welcome everyone, regardless of skill or experience, into the roleplay. Most of all, though, I appreciate how open you are-- its people like you who are willing to share how they feel who keep this site from going off the rails.

Shadowstorm, thank you for being so unerringly enthusiastic. You’re reliable and hard-working and always seem to get any task you’re given done promptly. Thank you for all your work and for the cheerfulness with which you go about it-- I know it’s often tedious and that there are better ways to spend your Saturdays than list checks.

Silverwind, it really is the little things that I tend to overlook that makes all the difference. Thank you for always going through the website with such a thinned-toothed comb, if I didn’t have someone like you with an eye out for details so many important mistakes would slip by.

Staghoove, you always just seem so eager to help. You’re hardworking, determined, and have a light sense of humor that can make the occasional drudgery of running the site bearable. Thank you, as well, for always being so welcoming and helpful with all of the new members.

Thank you so much everyone for the great year we’ve had and here’s to an even better 2018!

January Gathering & Medicine Cat Meeting

Posted by Ember on January 10, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (13)

Hi y’all! The next gathering is scheduled to take place this coming weekend, January 12-14th. About 50 cats should attend the gathering from each clan. Leaders, make sure that each member with an eligible character in your clan has at least one character attending and try to have the invited character lists posted as soon as possible. The clans will travel to Hawk’s Tree on Friday, the gathering will officially begin Saturday, and the clans should return to their camps by Sunday evening. However, the gathering can go past that point if necessary. The medicine cat meeting will take place the following weekend (January 19-21st), following the same pattern.

There are no set plot points for this gathering, but it's safe to assume that the string of murders and Eclipsestar's disappearance will be discussed, alongside the recent murders being investigated in EarthClan and SunClan.  

Glitches Guide

Posted by Ember on January 10, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (5)

Warrior Cats of the Forest is hosted on Webs (formerly Freewebs), a website host owned by Vistaprint. While this makes the website easy to update, it means that Ember has little control over the workings of the website itself and can rarely fix any glitches that occur.

If you find a glitch anywhere on the website, you should report the problem to Webs through their help forums. They’ll ask for information such as the site address, your IP address, your internet service provider, and a description of the problem you’re experiencing, so it’s best to include this in your original post in order to speed up the process. If you don’t want to reach out to Webs directly, please message Ember and she’ll happily report the problem to Webs for you. As well, it may be helpful to check in with other members to see if others are experiencing the same bug and if any of them have found any solutions of work arounds. From time to time the website may go down entirely, either for a few minutes to a few days. In these situations, it's a good idea to save the owner's email ([email protected]) in case you want to make certain the website is actually down or if need to contact her for another reason.

Below is a list of known bugs alongside any known solutions or work arounds. If you know of any bugs that aren’t listed here or have any ideas for solutions or work arounds, please message Ember.


General

Sidebar modules not updating: the Recent Forums Posts, Recent News, and Recent Art sections of the home page sidebar get stuck and do not actually reflect the most recent posts. This glitch can last for anywhere from hours to months and there is no known solution. The best work around is to go directly to the Forums Page, News Page, and the Recent Art Page.

Paragraphs merging on mobile: while posting on the website from a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, all paragraph breaks are erased. Many members work around this issue by putting a series of slash marks were paragraphs would ordinarily go. You can also break up paragraphs by inserting this ([first paragraph text] < / p >< p > [second paragraph text]) without the spaces into the post's HTML. A post's HTML can be edited by posting, hitting "edit," then clicking the button with the two blue arrows at the far right of the tool bar.

Quotation marks turning into question marks: when copying text from a word document to the Character Updates Page or any News Entries, any quotation marks (“ or ‘ ) are transformed into question marks. There aren’t any known solutions, but members experiencing this problem can edit their posts to and all edits will go through correctly with no transformed quotation marks.

Quotation marks turning into Ã: when posting from an iPhone, any quotation marks (“ or ‘ ) are transformed into “Ôs. There aren’t any known solutions and Iphone users cannot fix the transformation from their phones, but the posts can be corrected on a computer. This glitch seems to only occurs with recent iOS updates.

“Ä” in place of paragraph breaks: when copying posts in the forums, all paragraph breaks are doubled, with a “Ä” inserted between or after paragraphs. There are no known solutions, but members can edit posts to remove the “Ä”s and correct the paragraph spacing.


Pages not loading

“Hmm… Let’s try that again”: when trying to open a page, you are redirected to a page reading “Hmm… Let’s try that again.” The best thing to do in this situation is to just go back and try again. If the error persists for more than three attempts or for longer than an hour, contact Webs support.

“Uh-Oh: We're actively troubleshooting this issue, for more information please contact support.”: when attempting to reach a page or application a member is brought to a white Webs page with a cutesy computer graphic. The best thing to do is to simply go back and try again. If the error persists for more than three attempts or for longer than an hour, contact Webs support.

“Sorry, this page was not found”: when attempting to reach a page or application you are brought to a blue and white Webs page instead. Go back and try again; if the error persists for more than three attempts or for longer than an hour, contact Webs support.

“Page Not Found”: when trying to open a page, you are redirected to a page reading “Page Not Found.” This generally means that a page has been renamed, moved, or deleted. Make sure that you have the correct URL and, if that doesn’t fix the problem, then find an alternate route to the content you’re looking for. If you’re uncertain if it still exists or where it is, contact the site owner.

Pages timing out: when you try and load a page, it progresses slowly and eventually you are redirected to a page saying that the webpage has timed out. The best thing to do is to just go back and try again. If the error persists for more than three attempts or for longer than an hour, contact Webs support. The problem may also be in your own internet connection, so check with other members to see if they’re having the same problem.

HTTP Status 500: rather than reaching your intended page, you are brought to a white page with the title “HTTP Status 500-.” You should either refresh the page or go back and try again. If the error persists for more than three attempts or for longer than an hour, contact Webs support.

HTTP Status 404: rather than reaching your intended page, you are brought to a white page with the title “HTTP Status 404 -.” First, make sure that the URL you are attempting to reach is correct. If nothing seems amis, go back to the page you were on previously and try again. If the error persists for more than three attempts or for longer than an hour, contact Webs support.

Error 521: brings you to an error page showing that the disruption between CloudFlare and Webs is broken. These errors were common in January 2017 but have not been a major problem since. If it occurs, refresh the page and try again.


Forums

Incorrect recent posts: the timestamp and username of the “Last Updated” section of a forum thread is inaccurate. There is no known solution, but the best way to determine what the most recent post actually is is to actually open the thread and check the last page.

Not showing most recent thread page: When a forum thread creates a new page, this new page is not is not listed at the top of the thread. For instance, if a new post is added that causes the MoonClan Camp thread to add a 28th page, the last reported page will instead be page 27. You can manually reach the page by typing the page number in the URL. In this example, the original URL would be http://www.warriorcatsoftheforest.com/apps/forums/topics/show/13460110-moonclan-camp?page=last and you need to change that to reading http://www.warriorcatsoftheforest.com/apps/forums/topics/show/13460110-moonclan-camp?page=28. After a few more posts are added to the thread, the new page will be officially recognised and added to the page numbers at the top of the thread.

Incorrect timestamps: when you post, the timestamp of that post is incorrect, which may cause your post to be listed above the post you are replying to. There is no solution, but you can work around this issue by using the “Quote and Reply” feature to clearly establish what you’re replying to.

Forum threads italicizing: all of the text in a forum thread will be randomly italicized, including signatures and member information. If this happens, the best thing to do is to just wait it out, as usually this glitch will stop on its own after a page or two.


Profile

Profile page “Recent Activity” not updating: the “recent activity” section of your profile either doesn’t update at all, or certain apps (such as the forums) or certain actions (such as uploading an image to the Art Page) is excluded. There is no known solution.

Changes to profile not saving: When you attempt to publish your profile page, everything appears to go through correctly and you don’t receive an error message, but the changes are not actually saved. Go back and try again. If the error persists for more than three attempts or for longer than an hour, contact Webs support.

“This content could not be rendered.”: when you attempt to publish your profile page, everything is removed and your profile simply reads “This content could not be rendered.” First, make sure that there are no errors the HTTP underlying your profile. If you’re uncertain of how to do this, copy the plain text of your profile, then delete everything. When you paste the unformatted text and publish, it should go through correctly. If this doesn’t work, contact Webs support. If the error persists, you should make sure to keep your character list in your profile comments.


Private Messages, Email, and Chatbox

Disappearing Form Submissions: you attempt to send Ember a message through “Contact Us” but it never appears in her inbox. If you suspect this might have happened, just resend your message. As well, if you’re expecting a reply, make certain to put in some contact information. Ember occasionally is asked questions by anonymous users, that she can’t actually respond to.

Paragraphs merging in private messages: when sending a message from the “Send a Message” button on a member’s page rather than directly through your inbox, all of your paragraph breaks are erased. There are no known solutions, but many members work around this issue by putting a series of slash marks were paragraphs would ordinarily go.

Incorrectly Blank Private Messages: you send a private message, but the message receiver sees only a blank message or a message with only one character. There is no known solution, but this bug is rare, so you can resend the message and it should go through fine.

Randomly Suspended from Chatbox: You’re posting just fine from the chatbox one moment, then suddenly you receive a chatbox message saying you’ve been suspended. You have not broken any rules and there may not even be a moderator present. This isn’t actually a glitch, but rather a spam filter that is automatically applied if you post too often in a short amount of time. The best thing to do is to just wait it out, as the suspension only seems to last a few hours.

Disappearing Inbox: On the Members Area, the link to get to your inbox disappears. This usually happens when members first login and while there doesn’t seem to be a way to get the glitch to stop occurring, usually refreshing the home page a few times will do the trick and your inbox will reappear.


Images and Videos

Unable to upload multiple images at once: when you attempt to upload multiple images, they appear to go through correctly at first but when you hit the submit button you are not allowed to proceed There is no known solution, so if you experience this error, it’s best to just upload your images individually.

Stuck at 101% uploaded: when you upload an image, the progress bar reaches “101% uploaded,” then gets stuck and never lets you submit the image. If this happens, the best thing to do is to just refresh the page and try again.

Unable to rotate images: when you hit the rotate image buttons, the image goes opaque and gets stuck in a loading wheel. There are no known solutions or work arounds.

Disappearing Image Upload Button (Computer): when you attempt to change your profile or upload art, the upload button isn’t present. If this happens to you, first, make sure that your flash player is enabled.  If it's enabled and you still can't see the upload button, try changing your browser and/or updating your flash player. A proven combination is Windows 10, Internet Explorer, and an updated, enabled flash player. If you can’t access this combination or find something else that works, you can email the image to or another member who can upload it for you.

Disappearing Image Upload Button (Mobile): when you attempt to change your profile or upload art, the upload button isn’t present. There is no known solution, but you can email the image to Ember or another member who can upload it for you.

Environment Guide

Posted by Ember on January 8, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (6)

Rather than in the English countryside where the canon clans make their home, the territories of Warrior Cats of the Forests take place in an imagined location in the vicinity of Detroit, Michigan. This guide to Warrior Cats of the Forest’s environment covers the territories’ climate, geography, and a handful of the other species characterize the area. This guide is by no means inclusive of every detail of the clans’ territories, every weather event that could occur, or all species found in the clans’ territories, but rather is meant to give a general overview of where the clans live, to provide inspiration for patrol roleplaying, and to show how the prey available in these Michigan territories varies from that in the canon books.

For more information about the environment our clans interact with, check out the Herbs Guide, Prey Guide, and Enemy Animal Guide. For more information about clan-specific hunting specialties, see The Clans Page. A map of the territories and images of specific territory landmarks can also be found on The Clans Page. As usual, all references are listed at the bottom of this guide. If you have any suggestions for corrections or additions, please message me.

The territories of Warrior Cats of the Forest are in a humid continental climate, where average temperatures vary between 28°F in January to 72°F in July, with an annual average of about 50°F. The average window for freezing temperatures runs from Late October to Late April, which allows for a growing season of only about 180 days. The area is usually moderately rainy, with precipitation spread throughout the year and averaging about 30 inches of rain and 45 inches of snow a year. However, thick snowpack is a rarity, with only about 30 days a year having more than three inches of snow cover. For graphs of average monthly rainfall and precipitation for Detroit Michigan, click here.

Leaf-bare is harsh for the clans as it is generally long and cold, with storms that bring combinations of sleet, freezing rain, and snow. Green-leaf is more mild, usually characterized by intervals of warm, humid weather and mild dry weather, separated by thunderstorms. The clans’ territories occasionally experience a variety of extreme weather events, such as hailstorms, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, wildfires, blizzards, or even tornadoes. Very rarely, small earthquakes may occur. None of these extreme weather events should be initiated without consulting with others through the usual plot planning channels.

The territories themselves range from the mostly evergreen forests of MoonClan, to the mostly deciduous forests of EarthClan, to the grassy meadows of SunClan and to EclipseClan’s urban territory. The territories as a whole have gentle, rolling terrain and are approximately 600 feet above sea level. EclipseClan’s territory is the highest, while EarthClan’s is the lowest and is the most prone to flooding. For more information about specific landmarks, check out The Clans Page.

Below are examples of species that populate the clans' territory, but are not useful as medicine or prey, or feared a potent poisons or enemies.  For examples of those species, see the above-linked guides.


Reptiles

Eastern box turtle

Description: a primarily terrestrial turtle with hinged-shells and a distinctive pattern of yellow spots on their shells and across their bodies. Full-grown, they are only 4-6 inches in length.

Location: found along the MoonClan-EarthClan border.


Spiny softshell turtle

Description: a large turtle with a leathery, semi-flexible carapice, webbed feet, and a fleshy, elongated nose. They range from brown to yellow-brown or olive in color. The largest turtles are 20 inches in length.

Location: found in the deepest sections of river along the EclipseClan-MoonClan border.


Spotted turtle

Description: a foot-long, semi-aquatic turtle with broad, smooth shell that ranges from blue to black and is covered in tiny, round, yellow spots. They are omnivorous.

Location: found in flooded forests, marshes, wet meadows, and any other shallow, freshwater ecosystem. This makes them common throughout the river, particularly in the southern reaches of EarthClan.


Wood turtle

Description: a 14-20 inch long turtle with a rough carapace that is tan or brown in color, with a central ridge made up of pyramidal pattern of ridges and grooves. Their large scutes display black and yellow lines.

Location: Prefers the slow-moving, sandy creek beds of EarthClan’s southern territory.


Birds

Mute swan

Description: an invasive water fowl, with a six foot wingspan, white feathers, and an orange bill. They are capable of vocalizations, but rarely make any noise.

Location: These swans are rare in the territories, but are most commonly seen in the EclipseClan’s park.


Turkey vulture

Description: a scavenging bird that feeds exclusively on carrion, with keen eyes and sense of smell. They flap their wings very infrequently and have a five to six foot wingspan, grey-black feathers, and a naked, red-skinned head.

Location: seen flying over all the territories, but particularly common over SunClan’s territory.


Mammals

Elk

Description: a large deer-like animal with red-brown fur that feeds on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. They eat constantly during the summer and the males have large anters.

Location: These animals are very rare in the territories, but can appear on the fringes of SunClan and EarthClan.


Moose

Description: these animals are the largest members of the deer family, with wide antlers, dark brown hair, and a flap of skin hanging from their throat. They have powerful builds and can reach six feet in height at the shoulder.

Location: These animals are very rare in the territories, but can appear on the fringes of SunClan and EarthClan.


White-tailed Deer

Description: a deer species weighing between 90 and 300 pounds with brown fur, accented with white on its throat, stomach, and on the underside of its tail. The males grow thin antlers annually.

Location: These animals are very rare in the territories, but can appear on the fringes of SunClan and EarthClan.


Woodland caribou

Description: a deer-like animal with large hooves, long antlers, and a light brown coat. They migrate north in the summer and are only seen in the territories during the winter, when food in their northern range is scarce.

Location: These animals are very rare in the territories, but can appear on the fringes of SunClan and EarthClan.


Bugs

Brown garden snail

Description: a large snail with a finely wrinkled shell that varies in color from yellow to chestnut brown, with spiral bands interrupted by flecks of yellow or white.

Location: found on plants throughout the clans.


Burying Beetle

Description: A black and red-striped beetle with prominent antennae. These beetles get their name from burying in the carcasses of birds and rodents and laying their eggs there.

Location: found primarily in MoonClan’s territory.


Buzzer midge

Description: a nonbiting midge species with pale green and brown legs, feathery antennae, and a dark brown band at the end of each abdominal segment.

Location: found in puddles of stagnant water throughout the clans.


Chinese mantis

Description: a long, slender brown and green praying mantis species that can reach 12 centimeters in length. Its overall color can vary from green to brown, usually with a green lateral stripe on the borders of the front wings.

Location: found throughout the territories, but only rarely in EclipseClan.


Ebony boghaunter

Description: a black dragonfly with orange spots and green or blue eyes.

Location: found along the slow-moving portions of the river, especially in EarthClan’s southern reaches.


Emerald ash borer

Description: an emerald-green jewel beetle that feeds on ash trees.

Location: found on ash trees throughout MoonClan and EclipseClan’s territory.


Garden spider

Description: a large spider with orange and black legs and a black body covered in yellow spots. They may bite, but are not particularly venomous or aggressive.

Location: found most commonly in the shady portions of MoonClan’s territory.


Gray field slug

Description: an invasive slug species with a short keel on their backs, thick skin, and colorless mucus. They vary in color from creamy to black, often with spots.

Location: found throughout the territories, particularly among the leaf litter in damp portions of EarthClan.


Green Darter Dragonfly

Description: a three-inch long dragonfly with a copper or blue tail and green body. Migrates southward in the winter.

Location: common throughout the clans near bodies of water such as the river or the pond in EclipseClan’s territory.


Gypsy moth

Description: a pest species with white or grey marbled wings that lay their eggs in masses along trees and whose larvae eat leaves and are responsible for the death of many hardwood trees.

Location: most commonly seen in MoonClan’s territory.


Karner Blue Butterfly

Description: a delicate blue butterfly with yellow spots and black stripes along the margins of their wings. The uunderside of their wings is grey with scattered black spots circled with white.

Location: these butterflies are very rare and are found in the meadows of EarthClan with marbled shady and sunny areas.


Lake Huron Locust

Description: a one to two inch long insect with a gray body covered in dark brown and white markings.

Location: found in the more sparsely grassed northern portions of SunClan’s territory.


Longhorned Beetle

Description: a beetle characterized by antennae that are as long or longer than their bodies. Their bodies have patterns of orange and black patches or stripes.

Location: found throughout the EarthClan and MoonClan territories and occasionally in the trees of EclipseClan.


Crustaceans and mollusks

Asian clam

Description: a freshwater, invasive clam species with a yellow-green shell marked by concentric wings. The color can flake and leave white spots, while the shells are light purple or blue inside.

Location: found in the river under Snake Gorge.


Northern riffleshell

Description: a freshwater mussel species with small, brown shells with bands varying in shades of brown.

Location: found only in the rocky, fast-moving portions of the river under Snake Gorge.


Rusty Crayfish

Description: a large, aggressive species of freshwater crayfish that ranges in color from greenish grey to reddish brown. They have two rust-colored spots on their back and their large front claws with white bands around their tips. They cannot seriously injure a cat, but a pinch with their claws is certainly unpleasant.

Location: found in the river


Yabby

Description: an invasive crayfish with a distinctive blue-grey shell.

Location: found throughout the deeper portions of the river.


Zebra mussel

Description: a small mussel species with a black-and-white striped pattern on the outside of their shells

Location: a common species found in the river under Snake Gorge and in the northern portions of the MoonClan-EclipseClan border.


Trees

Allegheny Chinquapin

Description: a short chestnut species with red bark, slightly furrowed into scaly plates. The leaves are simple, narrowly elliptical, and yellow-green in color.

Location: found primarily along the MoonClan and EarthClan sides of Snake Gorge.


American Elm

Description: a deciduous tree with a high, umbrella-like canopy. The leaves are alternate and the flowers are small, purple and wind-pollinated. The fruit is a flat samara with a circular papery wing surrounding a single seed.

Location: found throughout MoonClan and EarthClan.


Black gum

Description: a thirty to forty foot tall tree with slow-growing branches, thick foliage, and dark-blotchy bark. Its branches form unusual patterns, while the fruit it grows is a favorite of birds and squirrels. This tree is fairly adaptable and tolerates a wide variety of conditions.

Location: most common in EarthClan, though it is occasionally found in EclipseClan or MoonClan.


Black Mulberry

Description: a squat tree with dark buds, thin, glossy, light green leaves that are lobed differently even on the same branch. The flowers are held onto short catkins and are wind pollinated, resulting in copious pollen production. The berries themselves are juicy and fat, ranging in color from deep red to almost black.

Location: found occasionally in MoonClan and more regularly in EarthClan.


Black Spruce

Description: a slow-growing, small evergreen coniferous tree with a straight trunk with little taper, a scruffy habit, and narrow pointed crown of short, compact branches with upturned tips. The leaves are flat and needle-like, with a shiny top side and white, velvety underside. The cones are four or five inches long and purple in color.

Location: common in the northern portions of MoonClan’s territory.


Black willow

Description: a fast-growing tree with flexible boughs, soft wood, fast-growing roots, and thin, oval-shaped leaves. Their bark can be chewed to relieve pain.

Location: found along the river.


Bur Oak

Description: a large, slow-growing deciduous tree with a wide trunk, long leaves with variable shape and a lobed margin, and large acorns.

Location: primarily found in EarthClan, though a few trees are scattered in MoonClan.


Cottonwood

Description: a very large tree with trunks that achieve a maxiuumum diameter of ten feet. Their wood is brittle and breaks easily in windstorms, while the leaf stalks are flattened and flexible, which causes the tree to give a distinctive whispering sound in the breeze. The leaves are spade-shaped and ridged and their seeds are encased in a cotton-like material.

Location: found in the damp portions of EarthClan.


Dogwood

Description: a twenty foot tall tree with a horizontal branching pattern, small, toothed leaves, red stems, and small clusters of white flowers and purple berries. The leaves turn red-brown in the fall.

Location: grows in EarthClan and MoonClan.


Douglas hawthorn

Description: a thorny, shrub-like tree with fan-shaped green leaves with teeth along their margin. It grows white flowers with greenish centers that appear in bunches at the ends of each thin branch, leading to dark purple pomes about one centimeter in length which are eaten by birds and rodents.

Location: found throughout MoonClan’s territory and occasionally in EarthClan.


Foxtail pine

Description: a thirty to seventy foot tall pine with needle-like, bunched leaves that are glossy green on their outer face and white on their inner face. Each individual needle can persist for ten or fifteen ears. These trees have short, dark-purple cones with flexible scales.

Location: found in central MoonClan.


Great fir

Description: a forty meter tall evergreen coniferous tree with needle-like flattened leaves that span from three to six inches in length. The leaves are glossy and dark green from above, and velvety and white-striped below. The cones can be as much as a foot long and are scaled, releasing winged seeds when the cones disintegrate after six months post-pollination.

Location: found in the northeastern portion of MoonClan’s territory.


Green ash

Description: a very common tree that grows quickly, with its branches growing in many directions. The leaves are compound and the bark makes a diamond-shaped pattern, and their root network is expansive.

Location: found primarily on the shores of the river and along the EarthClan-SunClan border.


Greenspire linden

Description: a tall, deciduous tree with smooth, grey bark, a rounded crown, and alternately arranged heart-shaped leaves with small tufts of brown hair along their veins.

Location: found throughout EarthClan’s territory.


Hophornbeam

Description: a forty foot tall tree with fruit that resembles clusters of hops. The leaves are finely toothed and oblate.

Location: most common in the park in EclipseClan territory, though there are a few of these trees scattered across EarthClan.


Jack pine

Description: a small evergreen tree with a rounded, dense crown, that rarely grows perfectly straight, resulting in an irregular shape. It's cones remain closed for years until a forest fire kills the mature trees and opens the cones, reseeding the burnt ground. The leaves are in fascicles of two, needle-like and twisted.

Location: many young trees have grown in The Burnt Woods, while mature trees are commonly found in MoonClan’s territory.


Juneberry

Description: a small, fast growing tree that drops fruit enjoyed by birds and rodents. Flowers in the spring.

Location: found in EclipseClan as an ornamental tree and in the edges of EarthClan meadows.


Kentucky Coffeetree

Description: a fifty foot tall tree with compound leaves, arching, stout branches. This tree is very adaptable and excellent in the cold, in droughts, and in urban conditions.

Location: found in EarthClan and EclipseClan.


Lodgepole pine

Description: an evergreen tree reaching 160 feet in height, with a slim, conical crown. These trees have elastic branches that stand upright or overhang and are difficult to break, as well as being covered with short, easily removed shoots. The egg-shaped growth buds are reddish-brown, while the leaves are needle-like, shiny, and pointed. These trees also have prickled cones.

Location: young trees are common in the Burnt Woods, while mature trees populate MoonClan’s territory and the northern reaches of EarthClan.


Magnolia

Description: a genus of trees with hand-sized, leathery leaves and wide, sweet-smelling flowers and large, lobed fruits.

Location: found throughout EarthClan and occasionally cultivated in EclipseClan.


Quaking aspen

Description: a relative of the cottonwood with small, round leaves, greenish bark. Many animals use the quaking aspen, such as beaves, bears, deer, hare, and grouse.

Location: these trees move quickly into disturbed areas, making them most common in The Burnt Woods.


Red Maple

Description: an abundant, medium-sized tree with four-inch long leaves, a wide spread, and ascending whip-like curved shoots. The bark is pale grey and smooth, while the leaves are oppositely arranged and have lobes and a serrated margin. The twigs are reddish in color.

Location: found throughout EarthClan and occasionally in MoonClan.


She-balsam

Description: an evergreen coniferous tree that can reach fifty feet in height, with a conical crown, straight upward-angled branches, and dense needle-like leaves. The bark is thin, smooth, grey-brown, with numerous fissures or scales in maturity.

Location: found throughout MoonClan’s territory and occasionally in EarthClan.


Sugar maple

Description: a medium-sized, egg-shaped tree with winged “helicopter” seeds, sugary sap, and gently lobed leaves.

Location: found primarily in the least disturbed, mature forest at the center of EarthClan’s territory.


Sycamore

Description: a 160 foot tall deciduous tree with mottled bark that flakes off in irregular masses, light brown wood, sticky green winter buds, and alternate ovate leaves.

Location: found throughout EarthClan’s territory with a few trees sprinkled in MoonClan as well.


Tanoak

Description: an evergreen tree in the beech family with alternate, toothed leaves with a hard, leathery texture that persist for three or four years each. These leaves are initially covered in orange-brown scurfy hairs on either side, but these wear off over time. These trees produce acorns with a hard, woody nutshell similar to a hazelnut. In recent years, many of these trees have suddenly died of fungal infections.

Location: most common in EarthClan territory, with a few trees scattered across MoonClan.


White cedar

Description: a 30 to 50 foot tree that prefers partial shade and semi-damp soil. This tree is a slow-growing, upright evergreen that deer like to eat in the winter.

Location: grows primarily in MoonClan’s territory.


White oak

Description: a tall, majestic tree species with round-lobed leaves and patchy bark, that turns red in the autumn and sheds acorns.

Location: found throughout the clans, but is particularly common in northern EarthClan and southern MoonClan.


Yellow Poplar

Description: a large tree, rapidly growing tree with fleshy roots, dark brown furrowed bark, smooth branchlets, and bitter-smelling wood. The leaves are simple, alternate, and five or six inches long and wide. Each leaf has four lobes and are heart-shaped or truncate in shape. The flowers are greenish yellow and an inch or two long.

Location: found exclusively in EarthClan.


Shrubs

Black currant

Description: an unright shrub with palm-shaped leaves. In the spring, it forms green-yellow flowers that form dark blue berries in the fall. Grows four to eight feet in height.

Location: found in the dry, shady parts of MoonClan’s northern reaches.


Blackhaw

Description: a plant with creamy-white clusters of flowers in-may and a pink and edible black fruit in early fall. These plants can develop into a large shrub, left wild, or manicured into a small, informal tree.

Location: found in EarthClan and EclipseClan territory.


Buttonbush

Description: a five or six foot tall shrub with glossy foliage, creamy-white spherical flower clusters.

Location: thrives in damp soil and is therefore most common in EarthClan territory.


Chokecherry

Description: a six to eight feet tall shrub with white flowers in the spring followed by clusters of red berries and brilliant red leaves in the fall.

Location: found most commonly as an ornamental camp in EclipseClan territory.


Elderberry

Description: a five to eight foot tall shrub that thrives in partial shade and wet soil. It is a rounded shrub with large, round flower clusters in the summer and deep red berries in the fall.

Location: found throughout EarthClan’s territory.


Nannyberry

Description: a clonal shrub with upright stems, oval leaves, and rounded clusters of white blossoms that eventually form dark blue-purple berries. They prefer partial sun and wet soil.

Location: found in MoonClan and EarthClan territories.


Ninebark

Description: a six to nine foot tall shrub with pink-white flowers in the spring followed by red fruit that birds enjoy. The bark falls off on older stems. This is a hardy plant that grows well in full sun and barren soil.

Location: common along the EclipseClan-SunClan border.


Prairie rose

Description: a sprawling, thorny shrub that reaches a height of two to five feet and blossoms into thorned, pink flowers in the summer. It grows in dry ground and full sunlight.

Location: found around the Abandoned Barn in SunClan’s territory.


Spicebush

Description: a six to twelve foot tall rounded shrub that blooms in the spring and prefers to grow in wet soil with partial sunlight. The blossoms are pale yellow, while the ripe fruit are bright red.

Location: found most commonly in eastern EarthClan


Witch-hazel

Description: a flowering shrub with bright yellow flowers that bloom in late winter. Witch-hazel grows in a dense, multi-stemmed clump reaching heights of thirty feet and widths of twenty feet. The leaves are alternate, simple, broad, and oval-shaped with large, wavy teeth.

Location: this plant occurs naturally in MoonClan’s territory and is cultivated in EclipseClan’s.


Vines

American bittersweet

Description: a flowering vine that prefers well-drained woodland soil. It has a woody, twining stem with a thick base and yellow-green stems.

Location: a few vines grow in central MoonClan.


Crossvine

Description: a climbing, tendril-covered vine with long, tubular red and yellow flowers emitting a mocha-like fragrance. The leaves are dark green and arranged alternately.

Location: found throughout EarthClan’s territory and occasionally in EclipseClan gardens.


Dutchman’s pipe

Description: an evergreen, deciduous woody vine with a smooth, twining stem and heart-shaped, simple leaves growing on leaf stalks. These vines produce distinctive flowers with a strong, insect-attracting scent, with a long perianth tube, tongue-shaped lobe, and which is white and covered in maroon spots and stripes.

Location: occasionally found in the northwest corner of MoonClan.


Fox grape

Description: a long-lived, short growing vine with herbaceous stems. The grapes shrivel in cold weather and are a common winter food for squirrels and birds.

Location: found throughout EarthClan and MoonClan.


Greenbrier

Description: a thorned, climbing flowering vine with red, rubbery berries. They are very hardy, being resistant to cold, drought, and disturbance, but grow best in moist areas with basic soils.

Location: found throughout the clans, but most common in EarthClan.


Ground nut

Description: a vigorous, rapidly growing vine with fragrant, pink-brown flowers that emerge in midsummer. It produces tubers and beans that squirrels love to eat.

Location: found throughout EarthClan territory and occasionally in EclipseClan as a cultivated ground cover.


Honeysuckle

Description: an invasive of hardy twining climber with opposite leaves, thin, yellow flowers that produce sweet, edible nectar, and fibrous stems.

Location: found throughout EarthClan.


Maypop

Description: a fast-growing perennial vine with climbing or trailing stems, smooth stems, alternate three-lobed leaves, and flowers with five blue-white petals and a purple and white corona of fine appendages between the petals and stamens. The large flower is usually arranged in a ring above the petals and sepals.

Location: found most commonly in EarthClan, though can grow in MoonClan as well.


Trumpet creeper

Description: a vigorous, flowering, deciduous woody vine with beautiful trumpet-shaped pink and orange flowers. This vine prefers woodlands and riverbanks and grows best in partial shade.

Location: common in EarthClan or in EclipseClan gardens.


Virgin’s bower

Description: a perennial vine with white flowers that produce tufts of silky seeds in the fall. Prefers wet soil and plenty of sunlight.

Location: found growing on trees along the SunClan-EarthClan border.


Wisteria

Description: a climbing vine with twining stems, alternate and pinnate leaves with 10 to 20 leaflets. It can grow to great sizes (seventy feet tall and thirty feet wide) and has clumps of purple flowers in the spring.

Location: found throughout EarthClan.


Woodbine

Description: a flowering, deciduous grape climber that uses forked tendrils tipped with adhesive pads to reach 100 feet in length, sometimes growing straight upward along trees.

Location: found throughout EarthClan and MoonClan, but is particularly common in the northeastern portion of MoonClan.


Ferns

Bracken Fern

Description: a very widespread fern with large, triangular fronds that form dense thickets from a wide-creeping underground rootstock. The fronds can be eight feet long individually, but are more often two to five feet long.

Location: most commonly found in the well-drained portions of MoonClan.


Cinnamon fern

Description: a deciduous herbaceous plant that produces two types of fronds, one spreading with broad, pinate, deeply lobed leaves, and the other cinnamon-colored, short, and erect and spore-bearing.

Location: found most commonly in the swampy areas of EarthClan.


Interrupted fern

Description: a fern with bipinnate, broad fronds in which the blade is formed of alternate segments forming an arching blade, sloping to a pointed end. There are three to seven short, cinnamon-colored segments inserted into the middle of the fern.

Location: found in EarthClan and southern MoonClan.


Lady fern

Description: a bright green fern species with slender leaves, three-pinnate fronds, and a long, pale brown stripe with papery scales at the base.

Location: found throughout EarthClan and MoonClan.


Maidenhair fern

Description: a distinctive fern, with dark or black stripes, and bright green leaf tissue. They prefer fertile, moist soil, often near running water. The fronds are able to shed water without becoming wet.

Location: found growing on rocks along Snake Gorge.


Oak fern

Description: small, rounded ferns with a slender, creeping rhizome underground and thin, lightly hairy fronds.

Location: most common in the shady portions of MoonClan.


Ostrich fern

Description: a colony-forming fern with a vertical crown, deciduous green fronds with a tapered shape, and bright orange spores.

Location: common along the riverbank in central EarthClan.


Royal fern

Description: a blueish-green fern with three-foot long, bipinnate fronds. The leaves themselves are wide and short and unlike most ferns, royal fern does not form dense colonies.

Location: common in EarthClan.


Sensitive fern

Description: a fern that dies off easily in cold weather and has bright yellow-green sterile fronds that are deeply pinnatifid alongside smaller, brown, narrowly toothed fertile fronds with bead-like sori clustered on their tips.

Location: found in the most thickly treed portions of northern MoonClan.


Grasses and Sedges

Big bluestem

Description: a four to six foot tall clumping perennial warm-season grass twith an attractive green color. Grows in dry soil with full sun.

Location: one of the most common grasses in SunClan.


Bottlebrush grass

Description: a short-lived perennial grass with bottle-brush like seed heads. Grows up to five feet in height in sunny, well-drained soil.

Location: common in SunClan’s territory.


Indian grass

Description: a clumping, warm-season perennial grass whose leaves turn shades of yellow and orange in the fall. It flowers in the summer and can grow to six feet in height.

Location: common in SunClan’s territory.


Long-awned Wood grass

Description: a compact, clumped grass with short, broad leaves and slender spines of seeds. Prefers shade and mesic conditions. Grows only a foot or two high.

Location: common in the meadows of EarthClan.


Muskingum sedge

Description: a short grass with fine, deep-green blades on upright stems that line into three rows. This sedge sometimes spreads to form a thick patch.

Location: grows in the wet, shady portions of EarthClan’s territory.


Prairie dropseed

Description: a clump-forming perennial grass with fine leaf blades that grows to only one or two feet in height. Prefers full sun and dry soil.

Location: common in SunClan’s territory.


Prairie sedge

Description: a clumped perennial grass with fine blades that grows to a height of two or three feet. Prefers sunlight and dry soil.

Location: most commonly found in SunClan’s territory, though it can be found in the other clans where sunlight is plentiful and the soil is dry.


Quill sedge

Description: a clumping sedge with thin, dark green leaves and several upright stems that are topped with alternating oval seed-heads. Grows to two feet in height and flowers in the summer.

Location: grows in the sunny meadows of EarthClan’s territory.


Switchgrass

Description: a summer grass that grows in clumps of arching leaves that produce airy seed heads in the late summer. In fall, the plant turns yellow and dies.

Location: common in SunClan.


Tumble grass

Description: a compact, clumping grass with airy seed heads that create a purple haze in the fall.

Location: common in SunClan.


Wildflowers

Arrow-leaved aster

Description: a three to five foot tall plant with a central upright stem, clusters of small white flowers, and arrow-shaped leaves. Flowers in the fall and prefers light shade and dry soil.

Location: found along MoonClan’s northern border.


Bellflower

Description: a three to five foot tall plant that blooms small blue flowers in late summer. Has branching stems and prefers shade and wet soil.

Location: found in southeastern EarthClan.


Black-eyed susan

Description: a short-lived perennial flower that tblooms throughout the summer and into the fall. The petals are long, narrow and bright yellow in color, with a black coneflower-like center.

Location: common in EclipseClan gardens and in SunClan.


Blazing star

Description: a plant with several upright stems with narrow leaves and dense pink flower spikes that grows from a long-lived root bulb. Prefers wet soil and full sunlight.

Location: grows primarily in the wet meadows of EarthClan.


Cardinal flower

Description: a compact plant with several upright stems that form spikes of red flowers in the fall or late summer. Grows to two or four feet in height and prefers partial sun and damp soil.

Location: grows along the northwestern section of EarthClan’s territory.


Columbine

Description: a two to three foot plant with red-orange flowers that is tolerant of a wide variety of habitats. It is short lived and perennial.

Location: found throughout the territories.


Common spiderwort

Description: grows in compact patches of grey-green sword-shaped leaves. The blossoms are short lived and bloom in the morning, only to fade by afternoon. The flowers themselves have three petals and vary in color from pink-purple to deep blue.

Location: grows primarily in The Burnt Woods.


False nettle

Description: an upright perennial with spikes of small, green flowers hidden amongst its upper leaves. It does not sting and is a host plant for a variety of butterflies. This plant grows to three feet in height and prefers shade and wet soil.

Location: found in EarthClan’s territory.


Giant hyssop

Description: a large upright plant with broad leaves that produces spikes of white-pink flowers in late summer. Prefers light shade and mesic moisture conditions and can grow to four or six feet in height.

Location: found in the meadows of EarthClan.


Golden alexanders

Description: an upright, loosely branched perennial with divided leaves that are topped with clusters of yellow flowers in the spring. Grows to two to four feet in height and prefers wet soil and light shade.

Location: grows in the meadows of western EarthClan.


Goldenrod

Description: a five foot tall flower with upright reddish stems and shiny, narrow leaves. The flowers are small and crown the tops of the stems.

Location: grows throughout SunClan and along the sides of thunderpaths.


Hairy beardtongue

Description: a perennial root that produces a compact cluster of upright stems. In the spring it forums drooping, cone-shaped purple-pink flowers in groups of two or three along its central stem.

Location: found throughout SunClan’s territory in the spring.


Heart-leaved aster

Description: a two or three foot tall plant with heart-shaped leaves on upright, red-tinted stems that branch into numerous flowers in late fall. Prefers light shade and dry soil.

Location: found in eastern MoonClan.


Ironweed

Description: a upright perennial with purple blossoms that later turn into fluffy bronze seeds. Flowers in the late summer and can reach a height of four to sex feet.

Location: grows in the sunny, wet portions in the south of EarthClan.


Monkey-flower

Description: a weak stemmed perennial that grows pale purple blossoms in the late summer. It reaches a height of two to four feet.

Location: common along the EarthClan-SunClan border.


Mountain mint

Description: a two to four foot tall plant with upright stems and minty-smelling, narrow, and small leaves. Creates clumps of white flowers in the mid summer.

Location: grows along the EarthClan-SunClan border and throughout the Burnt Woods.


Sand coreopsis

Description: a compact perennial with narrow, lance-shaped leaves. They have a long, narrow stem leading to a bright yellow flower with fringed petals. PRefer sunlight and dry soil.

Location: common in SunClan and along thunderpaths.


Solomon-seal

Description: a long-lived, tuberous perennial that forms a patch of arching stems. The white flowers hang beneath the leaves in spring and produce dark blue berries in the fall.

Location: grows in central MoonClan.


Spikenard

Description: a wide, bushy plant with small white flowers that produces clusters of red berries in the fall. Preferse shade and damp soil.

Location: found throughout western EarthClan.


Sundrops

Description: a two foot tall plant with dense clusters of upright stems that grow from a central root. The four-petaled, delicate, yellow flowers open in the sun.

Location: grows throughout SunClan.


Swamp buttercup

Description: a small, spreading perennial with three-parted leaves and shiny yellow blossoms in the spring.

Location: grows in the shady undergrowth of EarthClan.


Swamp milkweed

Description: a bright plant with clustered pink flowers that attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Prefers sun and moist soil.

Location: found in the meadows of EarthClan.


Sweet-flag

Description: a short plant with narrow, sword-shaped fragrent leaves that blooms in the summer.

Location: most common along the SunClan-EarthClan border, but grows anywhere with full sun and wet soil.


Tall agrimony

Description: a two to four foot tall plant with perennial roots that produce a few upright stems with thick foliage and spikes of small yellow flowers in the summer.

Location: found in the shady, damp portions of EarthClan and MoonClan.


Tall meadow-rue

Description: a herbaceous perennial with upright stems and delicate, divided leaves and an airy plume of white flowers. Grows three to six feet tall and flowers in late spring or early summer.

Location: common in EarthClan meadows, though occasionally grows along the EarthClan-MoonClan border as well.


Wild senna

Description: an upright perennial with clusters of yellow flowers that develop into clusters of black bean pods in the summer. Grows to six feet in height and prefers partial shade and wet conditions.

Location: grows along the MoonClan-EarthClan border.


Wild strawberry

Description: a small ground cover with soft, hairy white flowers growing on stalks that raise them above the light-green trifoliate, toothed leaves. In the summer these plants grow small, bright red, sweet strawberries.

Location: common in EarthClan’s territory, though they can occasionally be found in MoonClan and SunClan.


Mosses and Liverworts

Carpet Moss

Description: a large plant that grows in dense cushions along rocks and forest floor. The stems are dark red-brown and hairy below, and yellow-green and sleek above.

Location: grows in many patches along the river in EarthClan’s territory.


Curled Leaf Moss

Description: a clumping, dark green moss with straight leaves that curl and twist when dry. Grows on tree trunks, usually starting several feet above the base.

Location: common in EarthClan and in the southern portions of MoonClan.


Feather Flat Moss

Description: a moss with rippled leaves, flat branches, with elliptical short-pointed leaves that twist to extend forward on two sides of the stem. This moss grows on trees and rocks, with the leaves standing out in a shelf-like manner.

Location: found throughout the old growth portions of northern MoonClan.


Fork Moss

Description: a robust plant with green tufts, with dense white or tan tomentum. The leaves themselves are spreading, undulate, flexible, and strongly keeled, while the upper leaf margins are sharply serrated.

Location: found throughout MoonClan and EarthClan.


Four Tooth Moss

Description: a moss with short tufts of dark green unbranched plants. In the spring, gemmae grow in leafy cups at the top of each stem that resemble small bird nests.

Location: found on decomposing logs throughout EarthClan.


Frilly liverwort

Description: a dense, firmly attached yellow-green plant with occasional reddish brown patches. This plant often grows over rock or along tree bases.

Location: grows along Snake Gorge and MoonClan’s western border.


Jagged notchwort

Description: a frilly, white-green plant with two to four uneven lobes with an irregular arrangement and toothed margin. Grows on decaying logs and rich, moist soil.

Location: common in EarthClan’s territory.


Juniper Hairy Cap Moss

Description: a blue-green moss that grows in short tufts. This moss is unusual in that it prefers open, dry soil.

Location: commonly found in the city and along roadsides.


Knight’s plume

Description: a golden plant growing in short mats with symmetrical branches that resemble feathers. The branch and stem leaves are short, pleated, and egg-shaped.

Location: occurs at the edge of forested areas, such as the EarthClan-SunClan border.


Shaggy sphagnum

Description: a bright green plant growing in loose carpets with green to red-brown stems. The leaf tips bend at right angles to the stem, which gives the plant an unusual, bristly appearance.

Location: found in the swamp-like portions of southern EarthClan.


Tree-ruffle liverwort

Description: a five to ten inch long plant that is dark green, shiny, and has branched stems and flattened, closely-overlapping upper leaves.

Location: grows on the rocks around Snake Gorge.


White-tipped Moss

Description: a robust, rigid plant growing in thick mats with crowded leaves that grow in rows.

Location: found in the sunny meadows of EarthClan.


White-toothed peatmoss

Description: a plant growing in loose mats of green, robust mats with large, flat-topped, star-shaped heads. The stems are green to brown and wiry, that make an audible “snapping” sound when bent. The steam leaves are shaped like toothed triangles.

Location: occurs at the edge of forested areas, such as the EarthClan-SunClan border.


Fungi and lichens

Apple scab

Description: a disease of small, deciduous apple trees and shrubs that manifests as dull black or grey-brown lesions on the surface of tree leaves, buds, and fruits. Occasionally these lesions also appear on the woody tissues of the tree.

Location: found on apple trees throughout the clans, but most commonly in EclipseClan territory.


Aspen bolete

Description: A nontoxic, medium mushroom with a red-brow cap and blue-grey flesh. The stalk is characterized by brown-black scabers.

Location: grows throughout the wet, shady parts of EarthClan and occasionally in the southern portions of MoonClan.


Bear’s Head Tooth

Description: An unusual fungus with branches of snow-white spins that droop down and bear the spores of the fungus with their outer surface. These spines darken to yellow or brown with age.

Location: found on decaying hardwood logs, which makes it most common in MoonClan and EarthClan territories.


Birch polypore

Description: a circular, shelf-like mushroom with white to brown coloration. Fruits annually and causes a brow wood rot common in dead birch treads.

Location: found on dead trees throughout the territories.


Black knot

Description: a plant pathogen that affects fruit trees, producing a rough, black growth that encircles and kills infested parts. Usually occurs along the twigs and branches and promotes insect infestations.

Location: grows on cherry, plum, apricot, and chokecherry trees across the territories.


Club coral

Description: A club-shaped, smooth mushroom with orange-yellow coloring. It fruits only in the summer and fall, when it decays pine litter.

Location: common in MoonClan


Concolor lemon lichen

Description: a smooth, bright yellow lichen that grows in relatively dry areas.

Location: found in SunClan’s territory.


Elegant Sunburst Lichen

Description: a lichen species with bright red-orange pigmentation that grows on rocks, particularly near rodent or bird perches. Grows in a circular pattern.

Location: found primarily in MoonClan’s territory, though occasionally also find in EarthClan.


Fly agaric

Description: a large mushroom with a yellow or orange cap, white scales, and white gills that are free from their stalk. Often have two or three scaly rings on the stalk above their bulbous base. These mushrooms are mildly poisonous, fruit in the summer and fall, and grow in rings.

Location: grows throughout the wet parts of EarthClan and occasionally in the southern portions of MoonClan.


Honey mushroom

Description: A short, squat mushroom with a tan cap, prominent rings on their stem, and a white spore print. These mushrooms are capable of killing trees- particularly stressed trees.

Location: found throughout the trees of the clans territories, but most commonly found along thunderpaths or other disturbed areas.


Larch suillus

Description: A brightly-colored mushroom with a dark-red brown cap covered in dense hair. The underside of the cap is a pale yellow with tubes radiating out from a hollow stem.

Location: rarely found only in the swamp-like parts of EarthClan’s territory.


Milky caps

Description: a wide, round mushroom with a depressed cap. When the gills are cut, it elutes a latex-like material that is somewhat toxic.

Location: occasionally found on trees in EarthClan’s territory.


Morel

Description: An unusual mushroom with a cap shaped like an inverted pine cone, covered in ridges and deep pits. The mushroom is cream-grey in color, with a hollow, white stem. Fruits for only two to three weeks in the spring.

Location: found only on the ground surrounded by the hardwood species of MoonClan, such aspen and pine.


Pine needle cast

Description: a fungal disease that infects pine trees. It can quickly kill its hosts and is characterized by a browning of needles, but these symptoms are also caused by a variety of tree rots, poor nutrition, or low soil pH.

Location: found primarily along the EarthClan-MoonClan border.


Stellaris rosette lichen

Description: a pale grey lichen that grows in irregular shapes and is darker in the center.

Location: found primarily in MoonClan’s territory.


Sulfur shelf

Description: a fungus that grows in multiple clusters of yellow-orange shelves that grow on wood. It is soft and fleshy when its young, then turns harder when it matures. This fungus causes a rot of living and head trees, both hardwood and conifer. It particularly favors red oaks.

Location: Rarely found throughout the territories.


White rust

Description: a fungal disease affecting plants in the mushroom family, characterized by a white fuzz over their leaves.

Location: found along the SunClan-EarthClan territory.


Aquatic Plants

Arrowhead

Description: an emergent plant reaching four feet in height that has distinctive arrowhead shapeed leaves, three-petaled white flowers, and a leafless stem. It grows thick blue-white tubers that form at the end of their underground roots.

Location: occasionally found in the eastern portions of the river.


Bladderwort

Description: a rare plant with branched leaflets and bladder-like structures that trap aquatic invertebrates. These are large and dark in color.

Location: occasionally found in the northern portion of the river.


Bulrush

Description: a tall, slender plant that can grow to ten feet tall outside of the water. The stems are grass-like and triangular, with clusters of brown flowers at the end of each stem.

Location: found at the southern edge of the SunClan-EarthClan border.


Cattail

Description: an emergent plant with dark green, sword-like leaves that are three or four feet tall and cylindrical flower spikes at the top of the plant.

Location: found along the shore of the river along the EarthClan-SunClan border.


Coontail

Description: a rootless submerged plant with whorls of leaves around the stem. The leaflets are forked, while the plant itself is long and bushy, particularly toward the tips of branches.

Location: found near the Sunwarm Rocks.


Duckweed

Description: a floating plant with tiny, clustered leaves that from a distance resembles algae on the water surface.

Location: coats the surface of the pond in EclipseClan’s territory.


Eelgrass

Description: a grass-like plant with roots buried in the muddy bottoms of the river, with long leaves that emerge from a single cluster and appear transparent aside from linear veins. The stem system connects tufts or clusters of leaves, while flower stalks spiral toward the surface of the water with delicate white flowers on each tip.

Location: found primarily in the southern, slow moving portions of the river.


Elodea

Description: a branched, submerged plant with lance-shaped leaves attached directly to the stem. Each whorl consists of two or three leaves with smooth edges and a smooth leaf vein. The whorls are densely compacted at the tips of each branch.

Location: commonly found throughout the river.


Giant reed

Description: a highly invasive grass that can grow up to sixteen feet, with long strap-like leaves and spikelets of brown flowers. It can form thick stands in which no other plants can grow.

Location: found near the bridge crossing the eastern MoonClan-EarthClan border.


Large-leaf pondweed

Description: a floating pondweed with small, oval leaves at the surface. The submerged leaves are wide, wavy, and up to three inches wide. These plants are rarely branched.

Location: found in a patch near EarthClan’s camp.


Loosestrife

Description: a three to seven foot tall invasive plant with a woody crown root, ribbed stems, downy leaves with smooth edges, and spikes of pink-purple flowers. They form dense stands that can crowd out native plants.

Location: occasionally found at the EarthClan-SunClan border.


Muskgrass

Description: an advanced algae with a musky odor and gritty texture that grows in dense mats.

Location: slow-moving portions of the river to the south of EarthClan’s territory.


Pickerelweed

Description: a two to four foot tall emergent plant with large, glossy heart-shaped leaves and the spike of blue flowers located at the top of its leafless stem.

Location: found along the southeastern segments of the river in EarthClan’s territory.


Sago pondweed

Description: a frilled plant with long, needle-like leaves arranged alternately on the stem. These leaves form dense clumps on branches and each branch may fork several times into a fan-like appearance. Flower stalks may be submerged or floating on the water surface, with the flowers and fruit arranged in small whorls.

Location: found near The Great Willow.


Slender naiad

Description: a finely branched plant with tapered, serrated leaves that meet in nodes at the base of the leaf whorls.

Location: found primarily in the southern, slow moving portions of the river.


Spatterdock

Description: a water lily with thick, fleshy stems that end in large, floating leaves or pads. The lilies themselves are white, with many rounded petals.

Location: found throughout EarthClan’s territory.


Starry stonewort

Description: a bright green plant with a star-shaped rhizoid, an irregular branching pattern, and smooth filaments. This plant often grows in thick enough mats to outcompete other vegetation.

Location: found primarily in the southern portion of the EarthClan-SunClan border.


Water stargrass

Description: a branched plant with a prominent midvein, narrow and slender leaves that alternate freely on the branching stem, and an individual star-shaped yellow flower.

Location: found along the MoonClan-EarthClan border.


Watermilfoil

Description: a submerged plant with a protruding flower stalk and leaves arranged in whorls around the stem. The leaflets are unforked and arranged in a feather-like pattern, with each leaf having five to ten leaflet pairs. Spacing between these whorls varies such that the plants may appear long and sparse or bushy.

Location: found in patches throughout the river.


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WCF Naming Guide

Posted by Ember on December 31, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (7)

In the traditional Warriors naming system, each warrior’s name consists of two halves, a prefix and a suffix. The prefix is given to a cat by their parents and is retained throughout their lives (with the rare exception of a name change), while the suffix is changed several times as they climb the ranks. While kits, apprentices, and leaders all share the same suffix (-kit, -paw, and -star, respectively), warriors and medicine cats have a wide variety of suffixes. Here, I have compiled a large list of potential prefixes and suffixes to provide inspiration for naming future characters. Characters on this website do not have to follow canon naming conventions and all names are acceptable, granted that all they are appropriate, have not been used by a major canon character, have not been used in the past year, and have not been used by any character mentioned on the History Page.

While nontraditional names are allowed on this roleplay, this guide only covers reasonably traditional names. Except where listed as “exotic” or “legendary,” the species and natural phenomena listed are all found in the American Midwest, where this roleplay takes place. For more information about the environment of Warrior Cats of the Forest, see the upcoming Environment Guide. For more information about the species our clans interact with, check out the Herbs Guide, Enemy Animal Guide, and the Prey Guide. For more information about clan-specific hunting specialties and geographic features, see The Clans Page. If you want my perspective on how naming on this website differs from naming conventions in the canon universe, see Monthly Meow LVII, or, for a member perspective, Monthly Meow LXV.

All italicized prefixes and suffixes follow the rules for a traditional Warriors name, but have not been used in the canon series. Of course, this guide does not list all possible prefixes and suffixes, but rather serves as a jumping-off point. If you have any corrections or names you believe should be added to this guide, please post below.

Prefixes

A Warrior’s prefix is given by their mother at birth and traditionally reflects both the mother’s taste and the kit’s appearance. For instance, an EarthClan mother who wants to honor her clan’s territory and who has a grey, tabby kit may choose to name him “Riverkit” or “Pinekit.” A mother may also choose to name their kits based on traits it appears they will have (for instance, a kit with exceptionally long legs being named “Swiftkit”), that they hope the kit will have (“Bravekit”) or to honor an unusual trait (“Brokenkit” or “Curlkit.”) Prefixes are often very specific in referencing species, attributes, or natural phenomena.


General

Colors: Alabaster, Amber, Beige, Black, Blue, Bronze, Brown, Buff, Copper, Cream, Crimson, Dark, Dilute, Ebony, Fallow, Fawn, Ginger, Gold, Gray, Green, Hazel, Ivory, Light, Lilac, Orange, Pale, Red, Ruddy, Russet, Scarlet, Seal, Silver, Tawny, White, and Yellow

Patterns: Arch, Arcuate, Brindle, Burst, Crescent, Crest, Dapple, Diamond, Dot, Flake, Freckle, Fringe, Furled, Furrowed, Jagged, Mackerel, Margin, Mottle, Notch, Obovate, Ovate, Patch, Pied, Ray, Rosette, Shattered, Smudge, Speckle, Splash, Splatter, Spotted, Striped, Tabby, Ticked, Twist, Whirl, Whorl

Traits: Bald, Blaze, Blind, Blur, Brave, Bright, Broad, Broken, Bumble, Bushy, Claw, Crooked, Curl, Dazzle, Dead, Deaf, Downy, Dying, Fading, Fleet, Fluffy, Fragile, Fuzzy, Gentle, Half, Harsh, Heavy, Hollow, Kink, Knotted, Little, Long, Lost, Loud, Low, Mouth, Murky, Nimble, Odd, Silent, One, Prickle, Quick, Ragged, Rapid, Scatter, Scar, Shaded, Sharp, Shimmer, Shining, Short, Shy, Sleek, Slight, Small, Snip, Soft, Stealth, Spark, Sparkle, Spike, Stained, Still, Strong, Stumpy, Sweet, Swift, Tall, Talon, Tattered, Tiny, Tipped, Torn, Wandering, Web, Wet, Whisker, Wild, Withered, Wooly, and Wrinkle

Actions: Arch, Bolt, Bounce, Bristle, Burning, Burrow, Calling, Chasing, Crash, Crouch, Dancing, Dangling, Darting, Dash, Fallen, Fidget, Flail, Flight, Hoot, Hop, Hope, Jump, Lapping, Leaping, Meander, Mumble, Plunge, Pounce, Purr, Rattle, Rising, Roll, Running, Rush, Screech, Shiver, Shred, Sneeze, Snip, Soaring, Song, Splash, Spring, Squeak Stalking, Sting, Strike, Tumble, Whisper, Wish


Fauna

Legendary Cats: Bobcat, Cheetah, Jaguar, Leopard, Lion, Panther, Puma, and Tiger

Domestic Animals: Calf, Chicken, Colt, Cow, Dog, Goat, Hen, Horse, Hound, Koi, Mare, Oxen, Ram, Sheep, Stallion, and Turkey

Mammals: Badger, Bat, Bear, Beaver, Bison, Boar, Bobcat, Buck, Caribou, Chipmunk, Cottontail, Cougar, Coyote, Cub, Deer, Doe, Elk, Ermine, Fawn, Ferret, Fisher, Fox, Gopher, Groundhog, Hare, Hog, Lemming, Lynx, Marten, Mink, Mole, Moose, Mouse, Muskrat, Opossum, Otter, Porcupine, Rabbit, Raccoon, Rat, Shrew, Skunk, Squirrel, Stag, Swine, Vixen, Vole, Weasel, Wolf, and Wolverine

Exotic Mammals: Aardvark, Addax, Agouti, Anteater, Armadillo, Baboon, Banteng, Beluga, Buffalo, Camel, Capybara, Chimpanzee, Chinchilla, Degu, Dingo, Dugong, Echidna, Elephant, Gazelle, Gerenuk, Gibbon, Giraffe, Goral, Gorilla, Hippopotamus, Hyena, Impala, Kangaroo, Kinkajou, Koala, Kudu, Langur, Lemur, Manatee, Mandrill, Meerkat, Mongoose, Monkey, Narwal, Ocelot, Okapi, Orangutan, Orca, Panda, Platypus, Porpoise, Rhesus, Rhinoceros, Saki, Seal, Sealion, Sifaka, Sloth, Takin, Tamarin, Urial, Wallaby, Wildebeest, Zebra, Zebu

Birds: Albatross, Bird, Bittern, Bluebird, Buzzard, Cardinal, Chickadee, Coot, Cormorant, Cowbird, Crane, Crossbill, Crouse, Crow, Cuckoo, Dove, Dovekie, Duck, Eagle, Egret, Eider, Falcon, Feather, Finch, Gannet, Goldfinch, Goose, Goshawk, Grackle, Grouse, Gull, Harrier, Hawk, Hen, Heron, Jay, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Lark, Loon, Mallard, Marlin, Mockingbird, Oriole, Osprey, Owl, Pelican, Peregrine, Phalarope, Pheasant, Pigeon, Plover, Quail, Rail, Raven, Robin, Sandpiper, Scaup, Shrike, Snipe, Sparrow, Starling, Swan, Swallow, Swift, Tanager, Tern, Thrush, Turkey, Vulture, Warbler, Waxwing, Willet, Woodpecker, and Wren

Exotic Birds: Acovet, Anhinga, Anis, Auk, Avocet, Barbet, Budgerigar, Bunting, Canary, Cannet, Cassowary, Cockatiel, Cormorant, Conure, Crake, Curassows, Currawong, Douin, Eider, Emu, Flamingo, Fulmar, Galah, Gallinules, Grassquit, Guan, Hoatzin, Hornbill, Hummingbird, Hyliotas, Ibis, Jackdaw, Jaeger, Kakariki, Kite, Kiwi, Koel, Kookaburra, Lapwing, Lorikeet, Macaw, Magpie, Mannikin, Motmot, Murre, Oilbird, Ostrich, Parakeet, Parrot, Parrotfinch, Parrotlet, Penguin, Petrel, Phalarope, Potoos, Puffin, Pytilia, Redpoll, Rhea, Rockfowl, Rook, Rosella, Rubino, Sanderling, Sapayoa, Seedsnipes, Skua, Skuas, Stilts, Stork, Sylph, Tinamou, Toucan, Trogon, Vireo, Wattlebird, Whydah, Woodcreeper,

Bugs: Ant, Antlion, Aphid, Arachnid, Barklice, Bee, Beetle, Billbug, Blowfly, Borer, Bumble, Butterfly, Caterpillar, Centipede, Cicada, Cockroach, Cricket, Dragonfly, Earwig, Firefly, Flatworm, Flea, Fly, Gnat, Grasshopper, Grub, Hornet, Katydid, Ladybug, Larvae, Leech, Lice, Locust, Maggot, Mantis, Mayfly, Midge, Millipede, Mite, Monarch, Mosquito, Moth, Pupa, Silverfish, Slater, Slug, Snail, Spider, Spittlebug, Termite, Tick, Wasp, Weevil, and Worm

Exotic Bugs: Adegid, Alderfly, Budworm, Chafer, Chigger, Curculio, Cutworm, Harvestman, Horntail, Lacewings, Looper, Mealworm, Muddauber, Recluse, Sandfly, Sawfly, Scarab, Scorpion, Thrip

Fish: Bass, Bluegill,Bluepike, Bowfin, Bullhead, Burbot, Carp, Catfish, Chub, Dace, Darter, Eel, Fin, Fish, Gar, Goby, Grayling, Herring, Killifish, Kivver, Kokanee, Lamprey, Minnow, Perch, Pickerel, Pike, Salmon, Sauger, Saugeye, Sculpin, Smelt, Snakehead, Stickleback, Stonecat, Stoneroller, Sturgeon, Sunfish, Trout, Warmouth

Exotic Fish: Anchovy, Angelfish, Arowana, Ayu, Barb, Barracuda, Betta, Bream, Brill, Catla, Cod, Dace, Danio, Discus, Dodlet, Dory, Elver, Fusilier, Goby, Gourami, Grouper, Gunnel, Gurnard, Hagfish, Hake, Halibut, Hussar, Jackfish, Jawfish, Kanyu, Koi, Lampfish, Loach, Lungfish, Mackerel, Marlin, Mola, Moray, Mullet, Oscar, Pickerel, Pike, Platy, Pleco, Pollock, Porgy, Powen, Puffer, Rasbora, Ray, Ruffe, Sardine, Saury, Sculpin, Shad, Shark, Smelt, Snapper, Snook, Sole, Sprat, Stingray, Sunfish, Sweeper, Tang, Tetra, Tilapia, Tuna, Turbot, Uaru, Wahoo, Wallago, Wrasse

Reptiles: Gecko, Lizard, Milksnake, Rattlesnake, Ribbon, Serpent, Skink, Slider, Snake, Snapping, Tortoise, Turtle, Reptile

Exotic Reptiles: Adder, Agama, Alligator, Anaconda, Anole, Boa, Boiga, Cantil, Cascabel, Chameleon, Chuckwalla, Cobra, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Crocodile, Garter, Gavial, Habu, Hognose, Iguana, Ikaheka, Keelback, Kingsnake, Krait, Leatherback, Lora, Mamba, Monitor, Pitviper, Python, Racer, Rattlesnake, Rinkhal, Sideneck, Sidewinder, Softshell, Sonoran, Spinytail, Taipan, Tegu, Tuatara, Uromastyx, Urutu, Viper, Wutu, and Yarara

Amphibians: Bullfrog, Frog, Newt, Peeper, Salamander, Tadpole, Toad, Treefrog

Exotic Amphibians: Axolotl, Caecilian, Dartfrog, Foamnest, Mantella, Siren, Spadefoot, Thorius

Crustaceans and Mollusks: Clam, Crab, Crayfish, Crustacean, Mollusk, Riffleshell, Shell

Exotic Crustaceans and Mollusks: Acetes, Clam, Cockles, Krill, Lobster, Marron, Mysid, Oyster, Piddock, Prawn, Quahog, Scallop, Shrimp

Exotic Aquatic Invertebrates: Abalone, Anemone, Barnacle, Chiton, Chonch, Coral, Cowries, Cuttlefish, Glaucus, Jellyfish, Krill, Limpet, Murex, Nautili, Nautilus, Octopi, Sponge, Squid, Starfish


Flora

Generic: Bark, Berry, Bloom, Blossom, Bract, Bramble, Branch, Burr, Bush, Catkin, Cone, Flower, Frond, Fruit, Gall, Grain, Grass, Leaf, Lenticel, Log, Nectar, Needle, Nut, Nutlet, Petal, Petiole, Pith, Pod, Pollen, Pome, Rachis, Root, Samara, Sap, Seed, Sessile, Shrub, Spindle, Sprout, Stem, Tangle, Tannin, Taproot, Thorn, Timber, Twig, Vine, Weed, and Wood

Trees: Apple, Aspen, Balsam, Basswood, Beech, Birch, Blackhaw, Boxelder, Buckthorn, Butternut, Catalpa, Cedar, Cherry, Chinquapin, Chokecherry, Conifer, Cottonwood, Crabapple, Cypress, Dogwood, Fir, Hackberry, Hickory, Juneberry, Juniper, Linden, Magnolia, Maple, Mulberry, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Oak, Olive, Peach, Pear, Pecan, Pine, Plum, Poplar, Redbud, Rowan, Sassafras, Spruce, Sumac, Tamarack, Torreya, Walnut, Willow, Yew

Exotic Trees: Acacia, Anacua, Argania, Baobab, Baretta, Bay, Boxelder, Brasil, Bumelia, Catalpa, Catawba, Club, Coconut, Gum, Haw, Hemlock, Hophorn, Larch, Leadtree, Locust, Macadamia, Madrone, Mahogany, Mesquite, Ngaio, Palm, Pawpaw, Pepperidge, Persimmon, Photinia, Pinyon, Pistache, Redbay, Redbud, Redgum, Retama, Saltcedar, Sapgum, Sequoia, Sycamore, Tamarack, Tanoak, Tupelo, Velutina, Wahoo, Yaupon

Plants: Acorn, Agoseris, Agrimony, Algae, Anemone, Aster, Bayberry, Bellflower, Bluestem, Bracken, Briar, Buckwheat, Buttercup, Clover, Columbine, Coneflower, Coreopsis, Cotton, Crossvine, Currant, Dropseed, Eelgrass, Feathermoss, Fern, Gentian, Geranium, Ginger, Grama, Grape, Greenbreir, Hawthorn, Hay, Hazel, Heath, Heather, Hepatica, Holly, Horsemint, Hyssop, Ironweed, Ivy, Knotweed, Laurel, Lichen, Lily, Liverwort, Lobelia, Lopseed, Lupine, Madder, Maypop, Milfoil, Milkweed, Mint, Moss, Mushroom, Muskgrass, Nettle, Oat, Onion, Orchid, Pea, Peatmoss, Pitcher, Primrose, Puccoon, Ragwort, Reed, Rose, Rue, Rush, Rye, Sedge, Senna, Sheepberry, Spiderwort, Spikenard, Stonewort, Strawberry, Sunflower, Switchgrass, Tansy, Thimbleweed, Thistle, Thoroughwort, Tickseed, Tulip, Tumblegrass, Vervain, Vine, Wheat, Wisteria, Woodbine, Woodgrass

Medicinal Plants: Alder, Anise, Barberry, Basil, Beebalm, Bergamot, Blackberry, Bloodroot, Borage, Broom, Bunchberry, Burdock, Burnet, Catchweed, Catmint, Chervil, Chickweed, Chicory, Chives, Chokecherry, Cicely, Cohosh, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Daisy, Dandelion, Dock, Elderberry, Fennel, Feverfew, Fleabane, Garlic, Ginseng, Goldenrod, Goldenseal, Hemlock, Hops, Horsetail, Lavender, Lemon, Mallow, Marigold, Marjoram, Mayapple, Mint, Mullein, Mustard, Oregano, Parsley, Pipsissewa, Plantain, Poppy, Ragwort, Rosemary, Rush, Sage, Sassafras, Sedge, Skullcap, Sorrel, Sumac, Tarragon, Tetterwort, Thyme, Tormentil, Valerian, Willow, Wintercrest, Wintergreen, Woodruff, Yarrow, Yew

Garden Flowers: Aconite, Allium, Artemisia, Aster, Astilbe, Aubrieta, Azalea, Balsam, Baneberry, Beebalm, Begonia, Bellflower, Bergenia, Bluebell, Browallia, Bugloss, Buttercup, Calendula, Carnation, Catmint, Celosia, Chrysanthemum, Cleome, Coleus, Comfrey, Coreopsis, Corydalis, Cosmos, Crocus, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Dahlia, Daisy, Delphinium, Diascia, Epimedium, Flax, Foxglove, Gaillardia, Gaura, Gazania, Geranium, Geum, Gomphrena, Helenium, Heliotrope, Hepatica, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Hosta, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Hyssop, Impatiens, Iris, Lantana, Leadwort, Lenten, Lobelia, Loosestrife, Malva, Marigold, Mazus, Mirabilis, Orchid, Pansy, Penstemon, Peony, Periwinkle, Petunia, Phlox, Potentilla, Rue, Sanvitalia, Sedum, Senna, Soapwort, Spiderwort, Tansy, Thunbergia, Tithonia, Torenia, Trillium, Valerian, Verbena, Violet, Weigela, Windflower, Woodruff, Zinnia

Domestic Plants: Alfalfa, almond, Amaranth, Artichoke, Arugula, Avocado, Barley, Bean, Beet, Blackberry, Blueberry, Borage, Broccoli, Burdock, Cabbage, Caper, Carrot, cashew, Cauliflower, Celery, Chestnut,Chickpea, Chicory, Cranberry, Currant, Daylily, Dill, Eggplant, Fig, Flax, Grape, Groundnut, hazelnut, Huckleberry, Kale, Leek, Lentil, Lettuce, Maize, Mallow, Melon, Millet, Mustard, Oats, Olive, Parsnip, Pea, Peanut, Pecan, Pepper, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Raspberry, Rice, Rye, Sorghum, Sorrel, Spent, Spinach, Squash, Strawberry, Tomato, Turnip, Vanilla, Walnut, Wheat, Yam

Exotic Plants: Abaca, Abelia, Agave, Akebia, Aloe, Althea, Arbutus, Aucuba, Bagasse, Bamboo, Bilberry, Bougainvillea, Box, Boxthorn, Brome, Broom, Cactus, Caltrop, Camellia, Camphor, Cane, Ceanothus, Celandine, Cheatgrass, Chloris, Chouchun, Citronella, Clematis, Cockspur, Colletia, Cordgrass, Cottontop, Cress, Dagger, Daphne, Dipelta, Elder, Erioneuron, Esparto, Fatsia, Fescue, Filao, Fireweed, Forsythia, Fuchsia, Furze, Gorse, Grama, Hakea, Haskap, Hebe, Hedge, Honeysuckle, Hydrilla, Indigo, Jasmine, Jojoba, Jute, Kenaf, Kerria, Kiwi, Knapweed, Kudzu, Lace, Lantana, Ledum, Ligustrum, Linseed, Longtom, Lupin, Maguay, Mandevilla, Manzanita, Mayweed, Medlar, Melic, Mistletoe, Muhly, Myrtle, Oleander, Oxeye, Panicum, Papyrus, Paspalum, Pieris, Plumbago, Privet, Quillay, Rhododendron, Rush, Sacahuista, Sacaton, Salal, Salvinia, Sisal, Sloe, Smilax, Solanum, Sprangletop, Tamarix, Taro, Threeawn, Timothy, Tridens, Vaseygrass, Wisteria, Yucca, Zacate, Zoysia


Environment

Weather: Air, Blizzard, Bolt, Breeze, Cold, Chill, Clear, Cloud, Damp, Dew, Draft, Drift, Drizzle, Drought, Flood, Flurry, Fog, Freeze, Frost, Gale, Glaze, Gust, Hail, Haze, Heat, Hoary, Humid, Ice, Icicle, Light, Lightning, Mesic, Mist, Rain, Rainbow, Shade, Shadow, Sleet, Smog, Smoke, Snow, Spray, Squall, Storm, Sunny, Surge, Thunder, Tornado, Twister, Wildfire, Wind

Exotic Weather: Aurora, Avalanche, Cyclone, Hurricane, Monsoon, Typhoon, Sandstorm

Time of day and Cosmic: Comet, Dawn, Dusk, Eclipse, Evening, Horizon, Lunar, Midnight, Moon, Morning, Night, Noon, Sky, Solar, Solstice, Star, Sun, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight

Human Seasons: Autumn, Spring, Summer, Vernal, Winter

Geography: Aeolian, Ait, Alvar, Basin, Basin, Berm, Bight, Bluff, Bornhardt, Bower, Brook, Bridge, Butte, Canal, Cave, Channel, City, Cliff, Coniferous, Crater, Creek, Dam, Dell, Delta, Ditch, Dome, Draw, Enclave, Fen, Field, Flat, Flow, Flute, Fluvial, Forest, Glade, Glen, Gorge, Grassland, Gulch, Gully, Headwater, Heath, Hill, Hillock, Hummock, Inlet, Island, Islet, Knoll, Lagoon, Lake, Levee, Marsh, Meadow, Mire, Moor, Mound, Peak, Peninsula, Pool, Prairie, Quarry, Rapids, Ravine, Ridge, River, Scarp, Shoal, Shore, Slope, Strath, Swale, Temperate, Terrain, Thalweg, Tunnel, Valley, Wash, Wetland

Exotic Geography: Alpine, Aquifer, Archipelago, Arroyo, Atoll, Ayre, Badlands, Barchan, Barrier, Bay, Bayou, Beach, Bog, Boreal, Calanque, Cape, Cenote, Chaparral, Coast, Corrie, Cove, Crevasse, Cusp, Dike, Dune, Erg, Estuary, Etchplain, Fault, Fenster, Firth, Fjord, Geyser, Glacier, Graben, Gulf, Harbor, Horst, Iceberg, Isthmus, Kame, Karst, Karst, Key, Lagoon, Lithalsa, Loch, Maar, Machair, Mangrove, Marine, Mountain, Oasis, Ocean, Outwash, Pass, Plateau, Plateau, Range, Relief, Riffle, Sandur, Savanna, Scree, Sea, Shelf, Sinkhole, Sound, Stack, Steppe, Straight, Strand, Summit, Swamp, Taiga, Tepui, Tombolo, Tor, Trench, Tropics, Tundra, Tuya, Uvala, Vale, Vent, Ventifact, Volcano, Wadi, Yardang


Miscellaneous Themes

City: Brick, Concrete, Debris, Glass, Iron, Path, Rust, Steel

Fire: Ash, Blaze, Burn, Char, Charcoal, Ember, Fire, Flame, Heat, Inferno, Kindle, Lava, Magma, Scorch, Smoke, Smolder, Soot, Spark, Tinder

Water: Brine, Bubble, Cascade, Droplet, Eddy, Leach, Marine, Melting, Puddle, Rapid, Ripple, Spout, Steam, Surge, Tide, Trickle, Vapor, Water, Wave, Whirl

Earth: Barren, Basalt, Boulder, Brick, Cinder, Clay, Clod, Coal, Coral, Dust, Earth, Fallow, Flint, Granite, Graphite, Gravel, Grit, Ground, Limestone, Loam, Loess, Marble, Moraine, Mud, Peat, Pebble, Rock, Rubble, Salt, Sand, Sandstone, Shale, Silt, Slag, Slate, Sludge, Sod, Soil, Stone, Sulphur, Tephra

Gemstones: Agate, Alexandrite, Amber, Amethyst, Ametrine, Ammolite, Apatite, Aquamarine, Azurite, Beryl, Bloodstone, Calcite, Cavansite, Citrine, Diamond, Emerald, Feldspar, Fluorite, Garnet, Heliodor, Iolite, Ironstone, Jade, Jasper, Kyanite, Lapis, Larimar, Lazuli, Magnetite, Moldavite, Morganite, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Paraiba, Pearl, Peridot, Pyrite, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Selenite, Spinel, Tanzanite, Topaz, Triphane, Turquoise, Verdite, Zircon

Metals: Alloy, Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Chrome, Cobalt, Copper, Ferrous, Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Platinum, Silver, Steel, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Zinc

Other: Acid, Blood, Bone, Decay, Echo, Egg, Endless, Fin, Flash, Honey, Milk, Poison, Resin, Scale, Silk, Skeleton, Spine, Tallow, Toxic, Venom, Wax


Suffixes

When a cat becomes a full warrior or medicine cat, they are given a unique suffix by their leader to reflect their personality (“-stone” for a reliable cat), accomplishments (“-blaze” for a cat who showed bravery in battle), skills (“-nose” for skilled tracker), appearance (“-splash” for a dappled cat), or other unique traits.

In contrast to prefixes, which are often very specific, suffixes are traditionally more generic. For instance, rather than saying “raven” to reference a cat’s gracefulness “bird” will be used instead. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but for this list of suffixes I have chosen to list only generic or common species and phenomena. The more specific or unusual species and phenomena listed above can also be used to create a more unique name.

Exotic and native species and phenomena are not seperated here, to see which is which see the prefixes above.


General

Rank-Specific: Kit, Paw, Star

Anatomy: Belly, Blood, Bone, Breath, Chest, Claw, Ear, Eye, Face, Fang, Flank, Foot, Fur, Gaze, Hair, Head, Heart, Heel, Jaw, Leg, Mane, Mask, Mouth, Muzzle, Neck, Nose, Pad, Pelt, Scar, Sight, Skull, Snout, Soul, Spine, Spirit, Stare, Tail, Throat, Toes, Tongue, Tooth, Tuft, Whiskers

Patterns: Arch, Blaze, Crescent, Crest, Dapple, Dot, Flake, Freckle, Mark, Mask, Mottle, Patch, Smudge, Speck, Speckle, Splash, Splatter, Spot, Streak, Stripe, Striped, Tick, Twist, Whirl, Whorl

Traits: Blaze, Blur, Claw, Curl, Dazzle, Fade, Fluff, Fuzz, Kink, Knot, Prickle, Scar, Scatter, Shade, Shimmer, Shine, Song, Spark, Sparkle, Spike, Stain, Stump, Swift, Tatter, Tear, Tip, Wander, Web, Wild, Wither, Wool, Wrinkle

Actions: Arch, Bolt, Bounce, Bristle, Burrow, Call, Crash, Crouch, Cry, Dance, Dart, Dash, Drop, Fall, Fidget, Flail, Flight, Hoot, Hop, Hunt, Jump, Leap, Mumble, Pounce, Rattle, Rise, Roar, Roll, Run, Runner, Rush, Seeker, Shred, Sight, Skip, Slash, Slip, Sneeze, Soar, Song, Splash, Spring, Stalk, Step, Sting, Strike, Swoop, Tumble, Watcher, Whisper, Wish


Nature

Environment: Blaze, Blizzard, Boulder, Breeze, Bright, Brook, Cloud, Creek, Dawn, Dew, Drift, Dusk, Dust, Fallow, Fire, Flake, Flame, Flint, Frost, Hail, Ice, Lake, Light, Lightning, Marsh, Meadow, Mist, Misty, Moon, Morning, Night, Pebble, Pool, Puddle, Rain, Ripple, River, Rock, Rubble, Sand, Shade, Shadow, Shine, Sky, Slate, Smoke, Snow, Stone, Storm, Stream, Sun, Water, Wave, Wind

Fauna: Adder, Ant, Badger, Bee, Beetle, Bird, Buzzard, Crow, Deer, Dove, Duck, Eagle, Eel, Falcon, Fang, Fawn, Feather, Ferret, Fin, Finch, Fish, Flight, Fly, Fox, Frog, Goose, Hare, Hawk, Heron, Horse, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lark, Leopard, Lion, Lizard, Maggot, Minnow, Mole, Moth, Mouse, Newt, Otter, Owl, Perch, Pike, Quail, Rabbit, Rat, Raven, Robin, Scale, Sheep, Shell, Shrew, Snake, Sparrow, Spider, Squirrel, Starling, Stoat, Swallow, Swift, Talon, Thrush, Tiger, Toad, Trout, Vixen, Vole, Wasp, Weasel, Wing, Wolf

Flora: Acorn, Apple, Ash, Aspen, Bark, Beech, Berry, Birch, Bloom, Blossom, Bracken, Bramble, Branch, Briar, Burr, Bush, Cedar, Cherry, Clover, Daisy, Ember, Fennel, Fern, Flower, Frond, Furze, Gorse, Grain, Grass, Hay, Hazel, Heather, Holly, Ivy, Larch, Leaf, Leaf, Lichen, Log, Mallow, Maple, Marigold, Mint, Moss, Nectar, Needle, Nettle, Nut, Oak, Oat, Pear, Petal, Pine, Plum, Pod, Pollen, Poppy, Reed, Root, Rose, Rowan, Rye, Sage, Sedge, Seed, Shrub, Sorrel, Sprout, Stem, Tangle, Thicket, Thistle, Thorn, Timber, Tree, Twig, Vine, Weed, Weed, Willow, Wood

Miscellaneous: Dream, Echo, Flash, Glow, Honey, Milk, Path, Poison, Venom

Monthly Meow LXVII

Posted by Ember on December 29, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (15)

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a restful December. Here on the website we’ve been plenty busy welcoming in new members out-of-character and reckoning with the rise of a mysterious group called The Deliverance in-character. As well I sent out a member survey, we and are gearing up for the third annual New Year’s Gift Exchange this coming Monday, January 1st and for the site’s ninth birthday on January 16th. If you haven’t filled out the survey yet, you can find it HERE, and if you would like to sign-up as a last minute participant in the gift exchange, please message me as soon as possible.

Before we get to the main topic of this Monthly Meow, we have some housekeeping to do. First up, The Ancestry Project has been looking rather neglected as of late. If you have any cats you think might be connected to this massive family tree, you can double-check and add them. While cleaning up the pages earlier I noticed a bunch of unused characters on the pages and would appreciate it if you guys went through your character lists and post your unwanted characters as having left the clans or up for adoption. As well, I’m hoping to get a small handful of member-submitted Monthly Meows to publish this spring, so if you think you might have any interest in writing a Monthly Meow, check out this blog entry and PM me. Lastly, I’m currently working on three new guides, so keep an eye on the News Page.

This December’s Monthly Meow is another demographics overview. Previous demographics overviews were published in March 2017, November 2016, May 2016, December 2015, August 2015, December 2014, and March 2014. Please note that all the data for this demographics overview was gathered on December 15th and therefore doesn’t exactly represent the clans at the time this Monthly Meow was published.

 

The first thing that struck me about this table is how much the clans have grown over the past few months, fully recovered from the dip in population we experienced earlier this year. As for the rest, I don’t find any of it particularly surprising. MoonClan is very large, as often seems to be the case when we get new members (probably because it is the most ThunderClan-like), while the very new EclipseClan is much smaller than the others.

The male-female ratio is roughly split, with a slight female majority (probably because we have a female member majority and members generally play characters of their own gender). It is interesting that EarthClan has a more dramatic female majority than the other clans, though this may be due to MoonClan and EclipseClan upholding more traditionally masculine traits while SunClan and EarthClan uphold more traditionally feminine traits. I decided to cut the “Other” category for gender in this demographics overview because as of December 15th, no characters clearly fit into this category. If we get more genderfluid or agender characters in the future, the column will come back.

The average age is also not very surprising. The average age usually hovers around three or four months, and it is expected that EclipseClan has the lowest average age (as it’s a growing clan with plenty of apprentices) and MoonClan is also comparatively low (new members flock there and create warriors, which are 3 months old when they are created.

The working cats to nonworking cat ratio is pretty variable, though usually the percentage of working cats is between the mid-70s to mid-80s. It’s possible we have more working cats than usual because most of the members from the recent new-member wave have been making warriors and holding off on kits, but this can’t explain the entire shift. If you guys have any possible explanations of why this might be, I’d love to hear your theories.


Here is a graph of the clans’ populations since January of 2015, when I started recording the clan numbers. I like looking over this to get a general overview of how things have changed (in particular, it’s interesting to see the changing clan populations starting in April of this year), but these graphs are chaotic so I’ve limited them to the past year, below. The main take-away from these graphs is to show how the clan populations have recovered from last year’s dip, despite the 100-character drop in October.


With these graphs of the clans population over just the past year, it’s easier to see what has been happening with specific populations. MoonClan has been the largest clan fairly consistently, while SunClan has remained fairly steady. The biggest changes are, unsurprisingly, in the former clans of NightClan and DawnClan, and in our new clans, EarthClan and EclipseClan. NightClan and DawnClan’s population both dropped dramatically when EarthClan was formed, with a roughly equal number of cats leaving the clans entirely rather than assimilating into EarthClan or joining the rebel clans. However, while DawnClan’s population slowly declined, NightClan was on an upward trend until the clan members formed EclipseClan, at which point the population doubled in the span of two months. In the future, I expect EclipseClan and EarthClan to catch up with the other clans, with SunClan taking up its traditional position as the least populous clan.


Here's a histogram of the number of cats of each age group, separated by month. This roughly U- shaped graph is exactly what I expected to see, with the majority of characters existing as kits, apprentices, or young warriors, then declining in number until we reach the small pool of elders at 11 months.


MoonClan generally follows the pattern above and doesn’t have any surprises—the large peak at 4 months reflects the number of members who have joined in the past month and made a handful of new MoonClan warriors.


SunClan is a little more interesting than MoonClan due to the peak of apprentices at one month old, which seems to be in part due to a wave of new apprentices being created and in part due to previous litters going into apprentice training. SunClanners usually have the widest distribution of ages, as SunClan is favored by older members who have characters of a wider age range.


EarthClan’s histogram isn’t shocking either, except perhaps for how few kits there are. That said, there are a handful of new queens, so I expect there to be more kits in the near future. Having four 10-month old cats and no elders is also interesting, but sometimes characters are in waves like that, especially when litters of siblings under the same owner are involved.


EclipseClan’s graph is the least regular, but also unsurprising. It makes sense that they’d have a scattering of cats between the ages of five months and eleven months, as they were composed of a small number of former NightClanners until last month. In the past month, they’ve received a sudden upswing in the number of new warriors (accounting for the peak at 3 and 4 months) as well as a handful of new kits and apprentices (explaining the population block from zero months to two months.)

What do you guys think about the clan demographics? If you see something in these graphs that you find interesting and I didn’t touch on, or interpreted the numbers differently, please don’t hesitate to speak up! All of my observations here are from just glancing over the graphs, so I easily could have overlooked something meaningful or misinterpreted some of the numbers.


MoonClan

Apprentices:

Warkit, Blaringkit, Toadkit: Early January

Dapplekit, Piggykit, Runningkit, Badgerkit, Snakekit, Rosekit: Mid January

Redkit, Birchkit, Edelweisskit, Winter, Midnightkit, Cinderkit, Flarekit, Havenkit: Late January

Warriors:

Tornpaw, Cherrypaw, Echopaw, Duskpaw, Flypaw, Mottledpaw, Pearpaw, Splitpaw, Ripplingpaw, Orchardpaw, Dutchpaw, Everpaw: Early January

Lightpaw: Mid January

Applepaw, Molepaw, Bramblepaw: Late January

Elder: Mirrorfang


SunClan

Apprentices:

Sandkit, Endlesskit, Ternkit, Teakit: Early January

Violetkit, Fernkit, Quailkit: Mid January

Hollykit, Pinekit: Late January

Warriors:

Sunpaw, Eaglepaw, Dawnpaw, Rainingpaw, Horizonpaw, Skypaw, Grimpaw, Jackalpaw: Early January

Sunpaw, Pandapaw, Pumpkinpaw, Wildpaw, Hoofpaw, Applepaw, Caramelpaw, Comingpaw, Shadowpaw: Mid January

Imhotep: Late January

Med. Cat App.: Deathpaw (Early January)

Elders: Wanderingbear, Tazmainiantwister, Kingcobra


EarthClan

Apprentices:

Cutekit, Stormkit, Turtlekit, Tanglekit, Rowankit, Stonekit, Lightningkit: Early January

Shykit: Mid January

Black-kit, Frozenkit, Mysterykit, Mothkit, Dusk-kit, Stonekit, Acornkit, Bluekit: Late January

Warriors:

Lunapaw, Moonpaw, Jaypaw, Melonpaw, Thunderpaw, Wrathpaw, Tousledpaw, Loomingpaw, Twistedpaw, Flurrypaw: Early January

Dreampaw, Lilypaw, Gentlepaw, Stubpaw, Frostpaw, Doepaw: Mid January

Finchpaw, Lizardpaw, Earthpaw, Reedpaw: Late January

Elders: Malardcry, Rustfeather, Icerain, Shadowhawk


EclipseClan

Apprentices:

Hollowkit, Witheredkit, Mischeifkit, Hauntingkit, Ravenkit, Ghostlykit, Shadowkit: Mid January

Carrionkit, Apparion, Bepper, Avellino, Clarisse: Late January

Warriors:

Coolpaw, Larchpaw: Late January

Elders: Grackleflight

Deaths: Noisebreath

Survey Response

Posted by Ember on December 23, 2017 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (10)

Hello everyone, thank you so much for filling out the survey! I would be hard-pressed to overstate how valuable the surveys are for helping me understand how to improve members’ experiences of the site. If you haven’t filled it out yet, don’t worry, it’ll continue to check it over the next few weeks. As well, the “Contact Us” box on The Help Page is always open for anonymous messages. The survey can be found here.

Based on the responses I’ve received so far, I have a handful of ideas for how to improve the website. I’m going to update the History Page more frequently and write a guide about the clans’ environment (non-medicinal plants, geography, weather, etc). The the moderators and I will be placing more attention on enforcing rules regarding spelling and grammar, chatbox spamming, and realism and I will be keeping a closer eye on the ceremonies and making sure they get done on time. As well, I’m going to run through the pages looking for typos, grammatical errors, and simply places that need reworking. If you want to help with this effort, please message me.

The most commonly criticized aspect of the website was plot planning, with the specific complaints ranging from too few members taking initiative to the difficulty of building strong personal relationships between characters. I think the best way to address these problems, as originally suggested by one of the survey respondents, is to move plot planning from the News Page into a new section of the Forums designated for out of character discussions. Here, we could have a small handful of threads running at once: one for large event planning, one for side plot planning, a third for members to post when they’re looking to build relationships for their characters (mates, friends, kits, etc.). This could encourage more members to get involved in plot planning and has the minor bonus of being easier to organize and not bumping down actual News entries, however, it also opens up a new can of worms by breaking some boundaries between in-character and out-of-character spaces. As this is such a large change, I’d like to get your thoughts on how it should be handled. Do you think this is a good idea? Do you have any other ideas to improve how we plan the roleplay’s plot?

Another common criticism I received regarded how members accused of bullying or other rule infractions are treated, with members feeling that the moderators and I aren’t putting enough effort into getting both sides of the story. Thank you for making me aware of this issue, I’ll be certain to step back and look at both sides of what happened in the future rather than potentially jumping the gun with penalties.

I also received a few requests for new events, but no concrete suggestions for what these events should be. Currently, we only have two big events (Halloween StarClan and Dark Forest roleplaying and the New Years’ Gift Exchange) alongside a few other traditions, like my thanking-the-members site anniversary blog entry. If you guys have any suggestions, please speak up. The events shouldn’t rest on any particular skill- such as drawing- so we can include more members, and be related to the website or roleplay in some way.

A handful of survey respondents complained about Webs’ issues and while I wish I could fix all the glitches that have been afflicting the site lately, there’s only so much I’m able to do. When issues come up I always report them to Webs and do what I can to make things run smoothly, but unfortunately the glitches go far beyond what I can edit on the website I only hold the sway of one website owner among thousands. I have begun looking toward other websites where we could host this roleplay, but so far this search has been unsuccessful, since we need a host that allows a variety of page types. If any of you have host suggestions, please message me. I am currently working on a guide about Webs glitches, which I expect to publish at some point in mid January.

As well, there were a few suggestions sent in that I won’t go ahead with but want to acknowledge. Firstly, someone asked for a members-only Discord server. We had something similar to this on Skype a while back and while it encouraged more chatting, it also created a clique of members participating in the skype chat that left the others feeling left out and made enforcing appropriateness and bullying rules a challenge. Someone also suggested that I post the current clan alliances to the home page, which is a good idea in that it might help clarify things from the get-go, but alliances are already explained on the History Page and I expect that I just wouldn’t remember to update the Home Page. I think it’s better to have that sort of thing in one place where it will be up to date, than in several places where the information might be conflicting. A handful of survey respondents also mentioned the possibility of creating an age or literacy requirement. I understand that it can be frustrating when we get a wave of young or inexperienced roleplayers who join the website and take a bit to get used to how the roleplay is run, but this website has always been open to anyone who wants to join and who follows the rules. Everyone starts roleplaying somewhere and I think there’s value in creating a place where roleplayers of all skill and experience levels are welcome. Lastly, someone requested that there be a seperate rules page. As well, someone requested that there be a Questions and Answers page where moderators could answer members’ questions. I can see how this would be helpful, but we already have a handful of other ways members can ask questions (chatbox, private messages, their profile pages, etc.) and I’m not sure where we could put the Questions and Answers Page such that it fit into the rest of the website. The rules are already clearly listed on the Home Page and putting them somewhere else might make them less central or harder to find, which I don’t think is a good move.

There were also a few requests for new features or pages that were impossible to create for one reason or another. For instance, someone asked that different forum pages be created for each clan. I’m not seeing the utility in doing this, as it would make the forums more difficult to navigate, and Webs doesn’t actually allow us to have more than one forum. Someone else requested that there be more ways for members to be notified when others post, which I can’t do because notifications are entirely handled by Webs. You can edit your notification preferences (Members Area>Edit Profile>Notification preferences), but I don’t have the ability to change how notifications are handled. One of the survey respondents requested photographic maps, which would be almost impossible seeing as the camps and other locations were imagined, rather than being based on real-life locations that I could go out and take a picture of.

Lastly, there were a few requests for features that already exist or are very similar to something that already exist. The member character lists are checked roughly every other week by the moderators, the Planned Events Section is updated every few weeks with the decided-upon plot, and I usually start Plot Planning Blog entries with questions about what members want to do and usually prompt with questions throughout those entries.

What do you guys think of these changes? Did I misunderstand what you guys want or have I overlooked an easy way that something could be implemented? Do you have any criticisms or suggestions that didn’t fit into the survey? Please comment below or, if you want to stay anonymous, submit another survey response or use the "Contact Us" box on the Help Page.

Survey

Posted by Ember on December 16, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello everyone!

I’ve created a quick survey to help me understand how I can improve the website. Don’t worry, everything is completely anonymous and you can skip any questions you’re uncomfortable with answering. I read every response and really do take to heart all of the feedback I receive, so please answer honestly and be as specific as you can with any suggestions or criticism.

The survey can be found here.

Thank you so much to everyone who fills this out!

December Gathering & MC Meeting

Posted by Ember on December 9, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (7)

Hi y’all! The next gathering is scheduled to take place this coming weekend, December 8-10th. About 50 cats should attend the gathering from each clan. Leaders, make sure that each member with an eligible character in your clan has at least one character attending and try to have the invited character lists posted as soon as possible. The clans will travel to Hawk’s Tree on Friday, the gathering will officially begin Saturday, and the clans should return to their camps by Sunday evening. However, the gathering can go past that point if necessary. The medicine cat meeting will take place the following weekend (December 15-17th), following the same pattern.

There is no set plot points for this gathering, but it's safe to assume that the EarthClan and EclipseClan's territory transitions will be discussed, alongside the recent murders being investigated in EarthClan and SunClan.  I hope to have the History Page (including the Planned Events Section) updated tonight, so we're all up to date on recent events.

New Year Gift Exchange

Posted by Ember on November 30, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (17)

Hey guys! With the holidays just around the corner, it's time for our third annual New Year gift exchange!

The event will be run like a Secret Santa. All participants will be randomly assigned to each other and keep their giftee secret until New Year’s Day, when everyone will post their gifts. Possible gift ideas include drawings, short stories, or poems about your gift-ee’s characters, personalized cards, even acted out scenes from the roleplay. If your gift is an image and the invisible upload button glitch hasn’t been resolved by then, you can upload the image to another site and send them the link, or you can email it to me and I’ll figure out how to get it to them.

If you would like to participate, post below with the format provided. The deadline for sign-up will be December 15th and giftee assignments will be sent out that that evening. Anyone who signs up after that day is not guaranteed to receive a gift-ee assignment, so please try and sign up on time. As well, please do not sign up if you will not have time to create your gift before New Year’s, this should be a positive experience for everyone.

  1. Username:
  2. Which winter holidays do you celebrate?
  3. What are your favorite parts of the holiday season?
  4. Who are your favorite characters?
  5. Will you be able to act as a back-up giftee in case someone else drops out?

Monthly Meow LXVI

Posted by Ember on November 26, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a restful November. Here on the site, it’s been pretty busy: the clans were forced to work together to chase off a mother cougar and her cubs. In the process, both EarthClan and EclipseClan gained the respect of the other clans and the war has come to a close. Presently, the leaders are meeting at the Moonstone to discuss the recognition of EarthClan and EclipseClan as official clans, as well as changes in territories to return balance to the clans. There is currently no plan for the plot beyond this point, but it’s safe to say the next few weeks will be spent settling into the new clans. Currently, MoonClan has 149 characters, SunClan has 129, EarthClan has 126, and EclipseClan has 38. Ideally, we will be able to even the clans out before our next major plot, or EclipseClan will be at a serious disadvantage. Out of character, I just finished converting the pages to include EarthClan and EclipseClan. If you spot anything I’ve overlooked, please message me.

This month I am debuting a new section to the Monthly Meow: Community Building Tips. This will usually take the form of a short paragraph encouraging members to participate in an easy activity that helps the website become closer knit and promotes activity, such as welcoming new members on their profiles or posting on others’ art. If you have any ideas for what would make a good Community Building Tip, or a less lame title for this segment, please post below or message me. For this month, I would like everyone to make an effort to post more frequently on others’ artwork. It’s always encouraging to see comments on your art, and there’s no need to worry that you don’t know what to say. Even simple comments like “this is so cool!” or “I love the color scheme!” are welcome.

For this Monthly Meow I will go through a handful of archived versions of this website on The WayBack Machine. The WayBack Machine is a digital archive of the internet, which takes periodic screenshots of websites that can be viewed later on. Unfortunately, these captures are not perfect and much of the formatting of the website has been lost to time. Here I have chosen only a handful of captures to talk about, each spaced out by a year or two, and I invite you to open them up alongside this entry and to check out the other captures I didn’t discuss here for the sake of brevity. Each home page is fascinating in its own way and speaks to what the website was going through at the time, even without the context of the rest of the website.

The site’s first entry on the WayBack Machine is on December 19, 2011 under the address WarriorCatsOfTheForests.webs.com. Unfortunately, the formatting was not captured so only the text is available and all of the hyperlinks and images are broken. However, the text itself is interesting enough—in that I’m already blushing with embarrassment and we’re only in the first real paragraph of this monthly meow. Firstly, the title. “Warrior Cats Role Play!!” That’s right. Two exclamation marks. It becomes clear looking over the rest of the home page that I was rather fond of those.

The pages are very similar to what we have now, with the exception that the news page was labeled “Leaders Den,” the Character Updates Page was still called the “Guestbook” and there are no direct links to the art or video pages, nor is there is a history, information, or help page. While MoonClan is listed, so is the now-defunct StormClan and Nightclan, and there are pages for loners and a list of dead characters under “StarClan/The Dark Forest.” The website was very simple at this point, with only the first beginnings of a recorded history or any real organization with the Monthly Meow.

The introduction at the top of the home page lasted until just a few years ago, when it was expanded and rewritten into what we have on the Home Page today. All the bones are still there, though: a lost cat is approached by Moonstar and given the option to choose the life of a warrior.

There is also an entirely separate section for creating a character that lists the format members should post their characters in. It looks fairly similar to the one we know today, but with the fields in a different order and description and history listed separately. As well, at that time we included pictures beside each cat’s description. While this was very popular, we eventually had to change to text-only character pages to conserve bandwidth.

The rules are much shorter than they are today, with only 11 in total. All of these rules exist in some form today- a ban on foul language, a character limit, banning godmodding and powerplaying, a time limit on double posting, no obnoxious signatures, guidelines on naming, etc- but they have mostly been changed in one way or another.

The Recent Forum Posts area is interesting, as our threads follow the same general pattern now, with the exception that landmarks such as Origam’s Palace would have been listed within their general area, such as NightClan’s territory, and not as a separate thread. The blog entry section is particularly intriguing, though. What first caught my eye was Monthly Meow III, which has since been lost to time, and a blog entry called “Failed Plans” that I don’t remember at all. The bottom two entries appear to just be forum games, which I used to post occasionally in the hopes of attracting more activity to the website.

While most of the images from the Recent Photos section are still on the website (check the early pages of Sunken and Waterdrop’s albums), all of the videos have since been deleted. To my memory, these were all fairly silly, short animations.

Moving onto the next Wayback Machine snapshot from July 12, 2017, the site looks mostly the same as it had two years previous. Thankfully the exclamation points have been dropped from the title and some unnecessary spaces were removed from the intro, but as the formatting is still removed I can’t comment on that with too much certainty. The pages are starting to look more like what we have today, with MoonClan, NightClan, and DawnClan, a History Page and an Information Page. Funnily enough, all of the clans have a space in their name, as I didn’t realize that was improper notation at the time.

While the rules had expanded since 2011 and become more professional, they remain pretty scant. Most of the rules are unsurprising- no multi-accounting or godmodding, for instance- others give a bit of insight into what the website was facing at that time. For instance, that rule against multi-accounting is fairly new, and we had several multi-accounting cases around that time. The character limit was raised since the last snapshot, but there are now rules that don’t currently exist on the website about how members should roleplay (without too much focus on mates) and what constitutes an inappropriate name (“Deathkit”;).

The Recent Forum Posts looks similar to how it does today, as does the Recent Blog Entries that announce my short hiatus, a Monthly Meow, a new page, and –shockingly- webs glitches. Most of the art pieces listed are up on the website, and the “This is War” video can still be seen in my video album.

Here I had to move to the current website address, WarriorCatsOfTheForest.com, and there were no captures from 2014. A whole bunch of captures were taken in 2015, however, and I chose the entry from July 25th at random. This account of the website is almost identical to what we have today, from its simple title to the introduction, to the format of the rules. At this time we had an affiliates section as well as two separate chatboxes for advertisement and Off-topic chatting on the home page, while only one chatbox remains today. The Recent Forum Posts shows a bunch of threads that look identical to our current threads and even include a post by Blossom. The Recent News section lists a gathering blog entry, a Monthly Meow, a Plot Planning page and a rule change—all of which are familiar sights on the website today.

The next entry, from August 30th of 2016, is not particularly interesting. The only real change from the 2015 capture or even the website today lies in the rules and in the change from NightClan and DawnClan to EarthClan and EclipseClan. For example, the current character transfer system had just been implemented. However, just a month later Webs moved this website to Site Builder 3 and forced in a number of changes seen in the next capture on January 1, 2017.

That 2017 capture- the last we will examine in this blog entry- is the only one to contain some formatting from the actual website, including the header and the sidebar. Here, the pages have been moved around to account for the differently spaced navigation bar with each individual clan listed under a general “The Clans” tab, which has absorbed the former Information Page, and direct links to the art and video pages. Unlike the website today, the Affiliates section remains, and MoonClan, NightClan, DawnClan and SunClan are all listed as this was before the EarthClan merge. The day before this capture was taken was the website’s eighth anniversary, so there is an anniversary blog entry open.

This past month has been a big change for the website, as it’s been years since a new clan was added and it’s likely a few more years will pass before we feel the need to shake things up again. Hopefully this blog entry is interesting for both new members who don’t know much about the history of the website and us nostalgic oldies. I’m sure I’ve overlooked something that you find fascinating, so please speak up with whatever you find interesting in the comments. As well, if anyone knows of any other archiving services that may have more complete versions of this website saved, please show them to me.


MoonClan

Apprentices:

Owlkit, Gingerkit, Pearkit, Applekit, Sweetkit, Peachkit, Heatkit, Blazekit, Maplekit, Ebonykit: Mid December

Greykit, Pythonkit, Ravenkit, Tinykit: Late December

Warriors:

Daggerpaw, Fallowpaw, Laurelpaw, Riverpaw, Reedpaw, Maplepaw, Juniperpaw: Early December

Cariboupaw, Mulepaw, Dapplepaw: Mid December

Demisepaw, Wolfpaw, Blackpaw, Alluringpaw, Stormpaw, Cloverpaw, Bunnypaw, Mousepaw: Late December

Medicine Cat Apprentice: Mistypaw (Early December), Nutpaw (Late December)

Elders: Mossystar


SunClan

Apprentices:

Desertkit, Howlingkit, Honeykit, Midnightkit, Anat, Klorel, Storm Shatters, Heatherkit, Chestnutkit, Crosskit, Petalkit, Floodedkit, Stormkit, Ivykit, Rosekit, Honeykit, Flarekit, Thornkit, Carrotkit: Early December

Brownkit, Dapplekit: Mid December

Sunkit: Late December

Warriors:

Quailpaw, Mothpaw, Silverpaw, Badgerpaw: Early December

Spiderpaw, Littlepaw: Mid December

Hawkpaw, Russetpaw, Dreampaw, Ghostlypaw: Late December

Deaths: Desolatestar, Growlingbear


EarthClan

Apprentices:

Echokit, Dawnkit, Bloodkit, Shadekit, Runekit, Nightkit: Early December

Tinykit, Brook-kit, Sunkit, Namelesskit, Patchkit, Bluekit: Mid December

Tail of the Fox, Two Rivers Running, Eyes Like Lightning, Daughter of Stars: Late December

Warriors:

Irispaw, Pantherpaw, Midnightpaw, Brackenpaw, Stormpaw: Early December

Dapplepaw, Stormpaw: Mid December

Goldpaw, Sunpaw, Jasminepaw: Late December

Deaths: Candleheart


EclipseClan

Apprentices:

Snakekit, Kobrakit: Early December

Warriors:

Azurepaw, Skypaw: Early December

Stormpaw, Blackpaw: Mid December

Risingpaw, Mistypaw, Swiftpaw, Fallingpaw, Littlepaw: Late December

Elders: Eclipsestar

Deaths: Spidersong, Briarpath

EarthClan & EclipseClan Page Updates

Posted by Ember on November 17, 2017 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (4)

Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, I've begun the process of converting the pages and guides to include EarthClan and EclipseClan, rather than NightClan and DawnClan. Most of these changes will involve simple name changes and won’t take long, but others will be more of a process and may take some time. Please be patient while I work on these, the website may be somewhat disorganized until these updates are completed.

As a reminder, the new clan descriptions are up for member comments. They can be found here and you’re welcome to comment directly on the document, or in the comments of this blog entry.

As well, as mentioned on the Plot Planning Page, the DawnClan Rebels will be removed from the pages at the end of this month. If you have a DawnClan rebel and want to continue roleplaying them after that point, they’ll have to move to a different clan.  In the meantime, no more cats belonging to the DawnClan Rebels can be created.

November Gathering & Cougar Attack

Posted by Ember on November 6, 2017 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (13)

Hi y’all! The next gathering is scheduled to take place this coming weekend, November 10-12th. In order to avoid having two back-to-back weeks with major character gatherings and events, I would like to combine this gathering with the final cougar hunt. As such, the gathering will commence and the clans, in full force, will hunt down the cougar and successfully kill it or chase it off the territories. This strategy of meeting for this purpose at the full moon could potentially be agreed upon by the leaders after the current small cougar hunt fails.

This battle against the cougar is bound to be hectic and confusing, so in order to control that to the extent I can, each clan should have fewer cats attending than usual. Therefore, eligible characters will be limited to warriors and apprentices, with no elders or queens in attendance. Medicine cats and medicine cat apprentices should also be on standby during the fight. No member should have more than one character from each clan attending. As well, please note that during the cougar fight, rules regarding powerplaying will be enforced more strictly. Be courteous of your other members while roleplaying so that everyone gets to have fun.

The clans should travel to Hawk’s Tree on Friday, the gathering will officially begin Saturday and the battle against the cougar should last at least one full day to ensure that members get a fair chance to participate. The medicine cat meeting will take place the following weekend (November 17-19th). At this medicine cat meeting, the leaders could potentially meet to discuss the terms of EarthClan and EclipseClan’s official recognition as well as the territory changes that will go along with that.

Monthly Meow LXV

Posted by Ember on October 28, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (5)

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful October. It’s certainly been an exciting month on the website, especially after a fairly tame September. In a unique plot point, the clans have been forced to band together to fight off a cougar invasion. Over the next month, the cougar will be run out and NightClan will reform under the new name EclipseClan and take over their former territory. Our number of members has also boomed over the past few weeks and I’d like to welcome all of the new members to the site once again. We’re happy to have you! However, to keep the site from becoming too chaotic, registrations will be closed soon. If you have any friends who want to join, make sure they do so within the next day or so. As well, it would be a great help if you guys would answer this quick one-question anonymous survey for me so I can prioritize the best advertisement avenues in the future.

The series of Monthly Meows comparing the canon series to this roleplay will continue in the near future with a discussion of the clans’ relationship to other animals. For this month, we’re lucky to have an examination of how our clans treat names from Kingfish:


As Ember discussed in Monthly Meow LVII, the naming of characters here on Warrior Cats of the Forest is often quite different from the traditional way shown in the original series. In the main four clans, names were based on appearance and possibly ability when a suffix was chosen (Ravenflight, for example, could be black like a raven, and given the suffix “flight” for being notably fast); in the tribe, names were chosen based on the first thing the mother saw as each kit was born (Brook Where Small Fish Swim, etc.); in SkyClan, characters kept their kittypet names and were given a suffix (Billystorm, etc.). With these details in mind, it is interesting to see how characters are named here on the site. There appear to be three categories: traditional, Kotodama, and rogue-style.

As explained, the traditional style involves naming kits at birth based on appearance. In some cases, it sounds strange, since, obviously, a kit does not look like bracken fern or a chestnut. However, these names are based only on aspects of their appearance, such as color: brown hued cats are typically named after a plant or a bird, white or grey cats are named after flowers, bodies of water, or mountain-themes objects like snow, stones, or cliffs; ginger cats are named after flames or foxes, and so on and so forth. Kits may also be named specifically after their colour, like Blue-, Brindle-, Yellow-, etc. Finally, they may be named after their build, size, or actions at birth such as Tall-, Short-, Mouse-, Bear-.

A rather unique and interesting style of naming is the Kotodama-like naming scheme. Kotodama is a Japanese term that literally translates to “spirit naming,” and refers to the idea that there are significant and perhaps supernatural powers inherent to words and names. For a pop culture example, if you’ve seen the movie How to Train Your Dragon, you may recall the main character claiming he was named Hiccup because it warded off bad spirits. Similarly, when naming a warrior, Kotodama names are chosen by the mother based on how the character is to be viewed by other characters in game: they are meant to be intimidating, or carry a powerful gravity . Examples of these names are Mudercrow, Kaiserstar, and the like. It’s not because when they were kits they were murderous or were dictators of the nursery, but because the name was intimidating or sounded very important, and gave them an importance by name rather than action. *In the same way, mothers can also name their kits something to promote something more positive such as Sweetfawn, Angelflight, or Sacredlotus, all of which sound soothing and powerful. Some names similar to these are Spirit-, Demon-, Seraph-, Cherubim- (for more spiritual names) or Blade-, Sword-, Dagger-, Lance-, and the like, *or for positive names: Gentle-, Heart-,Whispering-, and the like.

Finally, we have Tribe or rogue-style names.

Rogue-style names are pretty common among EarthClan and NightClan cats as they live closer to the heavily gang-populated areas. Most of these names come from things that the cats run into on a daily basis such as glass, wire, nails, bricks, and all of the other things you could find in a city. Similar to traditional naming, cats here are usually named after appearance, like Diesel could be a Classic American tabby with thick, black tabby stripes, or Glass could be a white or silver cat. In the same way, loners residing in the forests are most likely to be named after trees, rocks, bodies of water and other things found in the forest. Some rogues even have warrior-type names that resemble those of warriors, though prefix and suffix together form a pre-existing object such as Bumblebee, Razorwire, Springtrap, and so on.

What hasn’t been used but once, though, are the SkyClan name styles, with the exception of Noodlenose who belonged to a former member of this site. While there are characters named after human objects, none of them have kittypet names and warrior suffixes. Of course, these names do sound quite silly; things like Juliabreeze or Chesterheart have a cheesy ring to them. But it is interesting to note that most rogue names can be converted into warrior names, such as Periwinkle could become Periwinklegaze, or Rusty could become Rustyclaw, and so on and so forth.

All said, there are reasons behind every name, and artistic liberty should not be inhibited when it comes to naming characters. Even the Erins decided to venture into new territory when naming rogues and SkyClan characters, so why shouldn’t we?


Thank you again to Kingfish for writing this Monthly Meow! This is only our second user-submitted Monthly Meow, so if any of you would like to submit your own Monthly Meow, check out the Member Submitted Monthly Meows Blog Entry.


MoonClan

Apprentices:

Cherrykit, Thestralkit, Echokit, Graykit, Dusk-kit, Mottledkit, Pearkit, Splitkit, Ripplingkit, Orchardkit, Dutchkit, Everkit, Sugarkit: Early November

Snowkit: Late November

Warriors:

Swoop-paw, Narrowpaw, Insanepaw, Paranoidpaw, Franticpaw: Early November

Terrapaw, Singingpaw, Thunderpaw, Sevenpaw, Ghostpaw: Mid November

Silverpaw, Southpaw, Northpaw, Westpaw, Axolotylpaw, Phoenix: Late November

Deaths: Knightheart


EarthClan

Apprentices:

Smokekit, Grapekit, Moonkit, Jaykit, Melonkit, Thunderkit, Crescentkit, Wrathkit, Tousledkit, Loomingkit, Twistedkit, Flurrykit: Early November

Frostkit, Doekit: Mid November

Reedkit, Singingkit, Sevenkit, Shadowkit: Late November

Warriors:

Greypaw, Songpaw, Seapaw, Dewpaw, Lead, Amberpaw, Peachpaw, Timberpaw, Knightpaw, Mallowpaw, Flintpaw, Hollowpaw, Phantompaw, Hauntedpaw: Early November

Cranepaw, Firepaw, Tallpaw, Redpaw: Mid November

Maplepaw, Falconpaw, Dappledpaw, Hopepaw, Ivypaw: Late November

Deaths: Sinfur, Bluedragon


SunClan

Apprentices:

Rainingkit, Horizonkit, Skykit, Grimkit, Jackalkit: Early November

Pandakit, Pumpkinkit, Wildkit, Hoofkit, Eeriekit, Applekit, Caramelkit, Comingkit, Shadowkit: Mid November

Imhotep, Silentkit: Late November

Warriors:

Fawnpaw, Wildpaw: Early November

Crowpaw, Slatepaw, Frostpaw, Acornpaw, Dragonpaw: Mid November

Groundpaw, Nuclearpaw: Late November

Elders: Desolatestar

Deaths: Nighteagle


NightClan Rebels

Apprentices:

Black-kit: Mid November

Coolkit: Late November

Warriors:

Bullseye, Psych: Late November

Medicine Cat Apprentice: Wilson (Early November)

Elders: Briarpath, Spidersong

Deaths: Shasta

October Gathering & Medicine Cat Meeting

Posted by Ember on October 17, 2017 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (9)

Hi y’all! The next gathering is scheduled to take place this coming weekend, October 20-22nd. About 50 cats should attend the gathering from each clan. Leaders, make sure that each member with an eligible character in your clan has at least one character attending and try to have the invited character lists posted as soon as possible. The clans will travel to Hawk’s Tree on Friday, the gathering will officially begin Saturday, and the clans should return to their camps by Sunday evening. However, the gathering can go past that point if necessary. The medicine cat meeting will take place the following weekend (October 27-29th), following the same pattern.

During the gathering, the clans will discuss the recent cougar attacks and EarthClan (or possibly MoonClan, as they have faced the brunt of the attacks)  will call for all of the clans to work together to run out the cougars during the next gathering. This initial attempt at unity will descend into bickering, but as the clans get up to leave with no agreement made, a lunar eclipse will begin. The clans will interpret this as a sign that StarClan wants them to work together in fighting off the cougar and the leaders will begin to plan a trap in which every fighting cat will band together regardless of clan affiliation against the cougars.  There isn't currently a plan for the Medicine Cat Meeting, so those of you with medicine cats can play it by ear.

Rule Infractions & Penalties

Posted by Ember on October 9, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (4)

The goal of the many rules of this website can be sorted into two broad categories: atmosphere and website organization. Atmosphere includes issues like ensuring the community stays positive, cohesive and appropriate for all ages, and maintaining the general “feel” of our Warriors universe in terms of realism and continuity. Website organization includes issues like ensuring that there are clear divisions between in-character and out of character actions and spaces, keeping our various informational and interactive pages clean, up-to-date, and on topic.

Of course, I don’t expect members to follow every single rule all of the time. The rules are complicated and sometimes overwhelming for new members. Most of the rules that are broken are minor ones regarding forum organization, such as double posting or the requirement that all forum posts have some roleplaying, and that rule breaking is a result of new members uncertainty with the rules or older members forgetfulness. It would be absurd to harshly punish these infractions and as such the most common “punishment”- if it can even be called that- is a simple reminder. This is often sufficient to stop the rule breaking.

However, if the member continues to break minor rules or a more serious rule is broken (such as going over the character limit or mild swearing) that member may be issued a formal warning, with the threat of further disciplinary action if the member breaks the rule again.

If rule-breaking behavior persists or if a member breaks a serious rule, they could be given a penalty. Potential penalties include a lowered character limit, being blocked from certain aspects of the website, a temporary suspension, or a permanent ban. The moderators are only authorized to give reminders, all other disciplinary actions are decided upon by me. Instead, moderators’ main role is in helping with the administrative work of running the website and helping members with any confusion surrounding the rules or the website as a whole, and helping me monitor the atmosphere of the website. One rule that is never punished is the rule requiring that all members be active. Members who go inactive without warning are removed from the member page, but this is merely for the sake of organization and is not in any way a ban or penalty. Members who have been removed for inactivity are welcome to rejoin at any point.

Lowered character limits are the most common penalty and are usually given to members who have proved incapable of maintaining their characters, either by failing to post to the Character Updates Page when required or repeatedly breaking their base character limit. The lowered character limit is only enacted for a set amount of time (usually one month) and when that time has passed, the member’s character limit will return to 20 in the hopes that they will have learned to effectively manage their characters.

Being blocked from certain aspects of the website, usually the art or video pages, results when a member has repeatedly or seriously broken rules that only pertain to that part of the website. For example, if a member attempts to pass off other’s artwork as their own or repeatedly fails to cite their references on the art page. This penalty also is only in effect for a certain amount of time, ranging from two weeks to two months depending on the severity of the infraction.

Entering the territory of more severe rule infractions, suspensions are implemented when a member continues to breaks a serious rule (such as appropriateness, clear powerplaying, or bullying) or continues to break less-serious rules after previous disciplinary action. Suspensions range from one day to one month in length, depending on the severity of the rule infraction.

The most serious, and most rare, penalty is a total ban. Only in instances where a member has repeatedly or seriously broken a serious rule of the website (multi-accounting or bullying, for instance) are members asked to permanently leave the website.

I explain these penalties not to scare you, but in the hopes that it will ease some fear or confusion about the repercussions of rule-breaking. There really is no need to panic if a moderator reminds you about citing your doll-maker source, or if you get a message asking about discrepancies between your clan lists and the official clan pages. The moderators and I aren’t out to get you, rather, we are trying to maintain the atmosphere and organization of the website. All rule infractions are handled with the goal of creating a positive community and considered in the context of a member’s prior behavior, as well, the time between rule infractions is also considered. For example, if you accidentally went over your character limit for the first time five months ago, and then accidentally did so again, the space between these two rule infractions will result in a more lenient response than if the two infractions occurred a week apart. We also aren’t personally upset with you, most of the time we handle rule infractions it’s a routine encounter or we’re upset with ourselves for not catching a problem before it came to fruition.

Neither should there be fear about reporting other members’ rule breaking to the website staff. It’s likely that nothing more than a warning will be issued, and if there is any potential for hurt feelings, it’s best that the moderators and I be able to step in and facilitate conversation before whatever is happening gets out of hand. We do our best to keep tabs on what is going on, but we can’t be everywhere at once and members are an invaluable resource in helping us ensure the rules are enforced. If you ever notice rule-breaking-be it major or minor, something very clear or even just a suspicion of something fishy going on- please tell one of the moderators or myself. If you would like to report anonymously, you can use the “Contact Us” box on the Help Page and simply leave the name and email address fields blank.

If you do end up receiving a penalty that you feel was decided upon without full or was otherwise unfair, you are always free to respectfully explain what happened and why you believe your actions were misconstrued. There is no guarantee that the penalty will be lightened, but we understand that we don’t always get things right and your concerns will be taken into account.

Ultimately, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the moderators and I are here to help you and make certain that everyone’s having a good time. We don’t like to have to handle rule infractions and if it were up to us, everyone on the website would always be having fun and tensions would never arise. Unfortunately, where there are people, there are going to be disagreements and mistakes made, and thus we have to enact and enforce guidelines for the community.

 

Monthly Meow LXIV

Posted by Ember on October 1, 2017 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (9)

Hello everyone! It’s been a fairly subdued September as members got back into the rhythm of a new school year and a Webs-wide glitch caused the Recent Forum Posts and Recent Activity sections to stall. I’ve been in contact with Webs about this issue and they are working to resolve it, so hopefully everything will be up and running soon. In-game, a murder mystery has emerged in EarthClan following the mysterious death of Pantherfang, and the leaders of all the clans have begun making overtures toward peace. This will likely cause an adjustment in how we approach the EarthClan territory transition and the creation of EclipseClan, which you can share your thoughts on here, the new Plot Planning Blog Entry.

Unfortunately, this past month has also been marked by a number of member-member conflicts. Out of respect for the privacy of the members involved, I will not be going into detail about what occurred, but I do want all of you to know that the staff and I are working on ways to improve communication with the community of this website so these kinds of conflicts are not able to fester unresolved for so long in the future. Please, if anything is worrying you, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or one of the moderators. We can be reached through private messages here, through the [email protected] email, or through the “Contact Me” box on the home page. In the latter option, only the message itself is required, so you can anonymously send in feedback or concerns.

We do our best to avoid situations like these and I personally strive to be as fair as possible, but unfortunately I don’t often know everything that is happening on the website and can struggle to uncover bullying cases when they happen, or respond gracefully when they are uncovered long after happening. I would love to hear your thoughts on how the staff and I can improve the atmosphere of this website and prevent any future bullying cases, so, if you have any suggestions or criticisms, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or one of the moderators.

As well, a guide on how rule infractions are handled is in the works, which should clarify and, I hope, put to rest some members’ fears about reporting when other members break rules, or when they unintentionally do break rules themselves.

For this month’s Monthly Meow, I’m doing something a little bit different: a monthly meow about monthly meows!

So far, there have been 63 monthly meows, of which all but the first five are still on the website. Unfortunately, those first five appear to be lost completely, as they’re also missing on my hard drive and were never saved to the Wayback Machine. Most monthly meows follow a handful of topics: housekeeping (12 monthly meows), getting to know each other (6 monthly meows), rule changes (4 monthly meows), StarClan/Dark Forest roleplaying events (3 monthly meows), leader descriptions (3 monthly meows), demographics overviews (7 monthly meows), website history and fun facts (8 monthly meows), roleplaying and miscellaneous tips (5 monthly meows), and comparisons between canon and WCF books (6 monthly meows). There are a few oddballs to this rule, such as Monthly Meow XXXVII: stories elders tell their kits, or Monthly Meow XLI: user submitted questions and answers, but overall this trend stands. There are also a few monthly meows which fit more clearly into series of blog entries outside of monthly meows. For instance, Monthly Meow LV is my response to all the survey submissions from the third biannual member survey. Other responses to these submissions were all in separate blog entries, such as in this entry from May 2017.

As with many other things around this site, monthly meows developed haphazardly. The first monthly meows were first published in 2012, three years after the start of the website. They were first intended to help me out with housekeeping, which is reflected in the fact that up to Monthly Meow XII, housekeeping did compose the greatest portion of each newsletter. The first truly newsletter-style monthly meow complete with a ceremony list and plot summary came out in Monthly Meow X, in 2013. The 13th monthly meow marks the point where the monthly meows started to take up more specific and varying topics, and was followed by monthly meows on rule changes, the first StarClan and Dark Forest roleplaying event, and even a very long, rambling, poorly edited advice article for other site owners.

In 2014, monthly meows began to clearly resemble the format I use today. Monthly Meow XXI, published on March 2nd, was the first demographics overview. The last monthly meow of that year, Monthly Meow XXXI, was the second demographics overview, which started the first intentional series of monthly meows I’d written. Later that year, I updated the leader descriptions originally published in 2013, then followed up with a third and fourth demographics overviews. By 2016, most monthly meows fit into some sort of series and I began to write them with an eye toward how each monthly fit into earlier series. At this time, it became common place to discuss the connection between monthly meowed and hyperlink earlier monthly meows in each new newsletter’s introduction. Throughout 2017, most monthly meows have fallen into one specific series: comparing the canon series to Warrior Cats of the Forests.

In April I posted a blog entry announcing that I would begin accepting member submitted monthly meow, and so far one has been submitted and posted, and a second one is waiting to come out in a month or two. I am still accepting submissions, however, and if you have an idea for a monthly meow you want to pitch to me, I’d love to hear it. For more information about member submitted monthly meows, check out that blog entry.

MoonClan

Apprentices:

Palekit, Daggerkit, Mistykit, Fallowkit, Eastkit, Laurelkit, Gentllekit, Riverkit, Reedkit: Early October

Cariboukit, Mulekit, Dapplekit, Violetkit, Frecklekit, Patchkit, Applekit: Mid October

Alluringkit, Crescentkit, Stormkit, Cloverkit, Bunnykit, Mousekit: Late October

Warriors:

Riverpaw, Flamingpaw, Enchantingpaw, Candlepaw, Mammothpaw: Early October

Autumnpaw, Pigeonpaw , Swanpaw, Tigerpaw: Mid October

Swallowpaw, Cliffpaw, Asterpaw, Amberpaw, Ivypaw: Late October

Medicine Cat: Foxpaw (Late October)

Elders: Mamelukefang, Knightheart

Deaths: Honeyflame, Prairieowl


EarthClan

Apprentices:

Pantherkit, Brackenkit, Midnightkit, Stormkit: Early October

Dapplekit, Stormkit: Mid October

Jasminekit: Late October

Warriors:

Icepaw, Galepaw: Mid October

Stormpaw, Ashpaw: Late October

Deaths: Endlesstears,


SunClan

Apprentices:

Quailkit, Mothkit, Caninekit, Silverkit , Badgerkit: Early October

Warriors:

Rockpaw, Tumblepaw: Early October

Duskpaw, Vanishingpaw, Sparrowpaw, Greypaw, Pumpkinpaw: Mid October

Elders: Nighteagle,

Deaths: Rabbit-tail


NightClan Rebels

Apprentices:

Azurekit, Skykit: Early October

Risingkit, Mistykit, Swiftkit, Fallingkit, Littlekit: Late October

Warriors:

Queenpaw: Mid October

Nightpaw, Totalpaw, Jaypaw, Goldenpaw, Birchpaw: Late October

Elder: Shasta


DawnClan Rebels

Deaths: Antvenom

Plot Planning

Posted by Ember on September 29, 2017 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (84)

Hi guys!

Recently there’s been some talk of deviating from our original plan to move EarthClan into DawnClan’s former territory and EclipseClan’s formation as outlined on the Planned Events Section of the History Page, toward a more peaceful route.

Either way, I think the most important thing is that whichever way we want to go, we should start actually heading that direction. The plot has been disappointingly stagnant lately, and we could risk losing all momentum with this plot if we don’t act fast.

 

Halloween Event

Posted by Ember on September 29, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (9)

Hello everyone!

This October we will continue our tradition of opening StarClan and Dark Forest threads to celebrate Halloween. The threads will be opened the week preceding Halloween (October 24th through November 1st). Other than the exceptions listed below, all other rules of the website apply to these threads.

  1. StarClan and Dark Forest cats cannot interact with living cats; events in the StarClan and Dark Forest threads cannot affect the living cats in any way.
  2. StarClan and Dark Forest cats can be fully aware of events in the living world and cannot be injured or killed, but cannot have other powers. There can be no prophecies given in StarClan or Dark Forest threads.
  3. Members who do not have any StarClan or Dark Forest cats may create one character to play in these threads. Do not post these StarClan or Dark Forest characters to the Character Updates Page.
  4. Characters must have belonged to their owner at their time of death. Note: if a character that originally belonged to you was posted as up for adoption and never claimed, you did not have ownership of them at the time of their removal from the pages and therefore cannot play the character in the StarClan and Dark Forest threads.
  5. StarClan and Dark Forest cats remain the rank they were at the time of their death

September Gathering and Medicine Meeting

Posted by Ember on September 4, 2017 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (5)

Hi y’all! The next gathering is scheduled to take place this coming weekend, September 8-10th. About 50 cats should attend the gathering from each clan. Leaders, make sure that each member with an eligible character in your clan has at least one character attending and try to have the invited character lists posted as soon as possible. The clans will travel to Hawk’s Tree on Friday, the gathering will officially begin Saturday, and the clans should return to their camps by Sunday evening. However, the gathering can go past that point if necessary. The medicine cat meeting will take place the following weekend (September 15-17th), following the same pattern.

The upcoming plot is fairly uncertain at this point, as is the identity of the new clans. To share your thoughts on these, please comment on the New Clans Planning blog entry and the Plot Planning Page. As well, I hope to get about 15 more votes on what the new clan should be named. If you haven’t yet voted, please do so here.

 


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