Post by wish on Aug 22, 2019 20:10:48 GMT -6
Redwood warriors are known for their kind heart, moral values, judicious manner, and adherence to the warrior code. When the island cats divided into three distinct clans, the warriors who remained in the ancient redwood forest formed their clan based on a commitment to the established code. This oath roused their desire for a rule that was both moral and fair. Redwood warriors are ethical in their decisions, which can sometimes limit their horizons. Not all decisions are black and white. Redwood cats are also kind in nature. This has led their clan to be rather communal and familial. Redwoodclan takes care of each other, whether this means kits share mothers or warriors work as one.
Redwood warriors are also brave and fearless in battle. A redwood cat would not hesitate to risk their life for their clan or a clan-mate, nor would a redwood warrior run from a threat. While this heroism is admirable, the trait has also resulted in reckless behavior and countless mistakes. Sometimes redwood cats are too brash and careless with their last second decisions, all brawn and no brain. Redwood warriors also have an innate love for their clan. Out of the three clans in the forest, the redwood warriors are the most loyal cats in the forest, and this has created a rooted sense of nationalism. The redwood cats love one another and the redwood forest that is their home.SUMMARY:
Since the winters stretch across the island for six or seven moons at a time, Redwood warriors have dense coats to combat the cold. Beneath their thick fur, Redwood cats are massive in size and boast refined muscles due to the trees that cover their land. The clan is renowned for its ability to climb trees and scale inclines in record time. This has allowed their muscles to build in bulk over their limbs and hind-quarters, so the warriors can maneuver between the trees with ease.
Their coats are red or brown in color. Common coat patterns are tabbies, tortoiseshells, and calicos. Some cats have Turkish Angora blood or other breeds with thicker coats. Their fur has colored over time to assist redwood warriors hide within their redwood forest.SUMMARY:
- Massive and muscular build
- Dense, long-furred coats
- Red or brown fur
- Tabbies, tortoiseshells, and calico
THE REDWOOD FOREST:
Redwoodclan resides in a tall, ancient redwood tree forest that covers the southwestern section of the island. The massive trees stretch far into the skies, while their colossal trunks house numerous mice, rabbits, and birds. While the branches are too elevated for Redwoodclan cats to reach from the forest floor, their wide bases and substantial mass make it an effortless climb for trained warriors. Once the warriors make it to the branches, some cats like to hunt birds or use the altitude to observe other cats or predators from a safe distance.
THE REDWOODCLAN CAMP:
Redwoodclan warriors make their home between a substantial collection of hollowed out redwood trunks and fallen trees, while a wall of reinforced bramble and underbrush shield the clan from outsiders. The area is circular and considerable in size with numerous dens for the entire clan.
The entrance is a hollowed out redwood trunk that allows the cats to maneuver in and out with ease. Inside, numerous dens border the bramble wall, while near the center lies the High-Rock, which is where the clan leader makes their announcements and rests within its cavernous cave. The medicine cat’s den is the closest den near the ancient rock and is nestled in a burrow beneath an ancient redwood trunk that has been hollowed from time and weather. The other dens are similar in nature and live under redwood roots and bark.
THE REDWOOD GRAVEYARD:
Near the southern cliffs resides an area within the forest where several redwood trees have taken their final breaths. Their trunks litter the forest floor covered in weathered and thick moss, and in these trunks, lives small critters and birds in abundance. This landmark is notorious for its eerie nature as the the clouds seem to descend here and blanket the fallen trees with noticeable mist. Redwoodclan warriors use the land as a favorite area to hunt.
THE BEAR STONES:
Across the forest, near the falls, an old, worn cave sits, abandoned. Redwood warriors believe that bears used to live in the cave; however, the rocks have been deserted for some seasons. The cave has since been used as a known landmark for herbs and the occasional hunt -- and sometimes, a rare black bear can be scented in the winds.
For a visual representation of the territory, check out Redwoodclan's collage map made by catalysta .
PREY, PREDATORS, & HERBS
C = Common UC = Uncommon R = Rare
PREY: ALL YEAR BIRDS: Shrews - C Ruffled Grouse - C Mice - C Barred Owl - UC Voles - C Woodpeckers - C Red Squirrels - UC Gray Jay - R Snowshoe Rabbit - UC Blue Jay - C Mink - C Northern Raven - C American Marten - C Black Capped Chickadee - C Weasels - UC Nuthatch - UC Muskrat - C Raccoon - UC
SUMMER BIRDS: WINTER BIRDS: Wren - C Bohemian Waxwing -R Warblers - C Hoary Redpoll - R Sparrows - C Blackbirds - UC Hawks - UC Swallows - C Americian Robin - C Ruby Throated Hummingbird - UC Common Night-hawk - R
NON-PREDATORS: PREDATORS: Deer - C Black Bear -UC Porcupines - UC Coyote - C Badger - UC Grey Fox - C
HERBS: Red Elderberry - UC Catmint - C Golden Ragwort - C Brownwort - C Comfry - C Dock - C Honey - C Poppy Seeds - C Chervil - R Marigold - C Lavender - UC Borage - C Nightshade - UC Chokecherry - R Hemlock - UC
BELIEFS & TRADITIONS
Redwoodclan adheres to the traditional warrior code more than the other three clans on the island. A redwood cat would never alter, bend, or overlook the code -- to them the code is law. This means that a redwood cat would defend their clan with their life, never cross another clans’ established borders, never kill another animal for fun, honor the truce at full-moons and half-moons, and be the first to assist another cat in need.
Redwoodclan believes in Starclan as their existence is tied to the warrior code. Redwoodclan is adamant that Starclan watches over the entire island and does not discriminate against cats with different beliefs or traditions. For this reason, the clan believes that the Mooncave should not be considered Lichenclan land, but rather, it should remain neutral and accessible to all medicine cats or cats in need.
After a Redwoodclan receives their warrior name, the cat must find the tallest Redwood tree near the clan entrance and climb its massive trunk. Once the cat reaches the furthest branch from the forest floor, the new warrior must sit a silent vigil for an entire night and think about their goals, commitment to their clan, and what it means to be a Redwoodclan warrior. Usually siblings or close friends will climb the same tree together, so they can come into warriorhood at the same time. When the dawn rises from across the island in the east, the new warrior can descend and return to their clan as a true Redwoodclan warrior.