Clan and Tribe Information Aug 22, 2019 20:10:48 GMT -6
Post by wish on Aug 22, 2019 20:10:48 GMT -6
CLAN AND TRIBE INFORMATION
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.
Thistleclan warriors are noted for their calculative and secluded nature, brutal wit, dark humor, and loose devotion to the warrior code. When the island cats divided into three distinct clans, the warriors who retreated into the needled forest formed their clan based on their desire to revise the warrior code. The first Thistleclan cats believed that the warrior code was not strict law, but rather, a set of rules that had to advance as the island evolved. This has led Thistleclan to become secluded from the other clans and more individualized in nature. Thistleclan warriors find solace in solitude as a communal based clan does not interest them. Thistleclan cats are also calculative in all matters, their moves in battle more defensive than offensive, and their conversation coated in wit.
From the outside, Thistleclan seems hostile due to their brutal wit and dark taunts. However, Thistleclan cats love to test their boundaries with one another, which has created a familial bond based on sarcasm and intellectual banter. While Thistleclan cats endure this behavior with a smirk, some Thistleclan cats take this behavior too far. This has led them to become rude or even vicious or mean to their clan-mates or outsiders. Thistleclan cats can also be mistrustful, distant, and lack a moral code. Thistleclan rule is not black and white, but rather, a loose set of rules that can bend to the benefit of the individual. This mindset has led some Thistleclan warriors to break the warrior code in both battle and love.SUMMARY:
- Brutal wit
- Dark humor
Since the coniferous forest carries low, needled branches, Thistleclan warriors are shorter in stature and have dense coats to shield their skin. Their fur is not as thick as a Redwoodclan cat, but it is still resilient to the brutal cold. Their bodies are built to slink and slide in the shadows and burrow beneath the earth to where their dens are located. This has allowed them to have hard, refined claws and distinct musculature that is more lean than cumbersome in size.
Their fur is black, brown, or gray in color. Common coat patterns are solid, patched, tabbies, and dark tortoiseshells. Their coats have darkened over moons to let them hide better beneath the trees and within the shadows. Some Thistleclan cats have Russian Blue blood or other breeds with darker colored coats. Cats born with white, silver, or cream coats will roll in mud to better conceal themselves in a battle or hunt.SUMMARY:
- Small and condensed build
- Dense, short-furred coats
- Black, brown, or blue fur
- Solid, patched, tabbies, and dark tortoiseshells
THE WHITE PINE FOREST:
Thistleclan dwells in a needled coniferous forest that inhabits the northwestern area of the island. The verdant forest consists of tall, white pines, and lowly balsam firs, which blanket the forest floor with a film of old, dried needles and cones. Beneath the firs, the underbrush varies from harsh brambles, thorns, and thickets. This allows Thistleclan cats to maneuver with ease in the shadows, their movements low and calculative in nature. The land is also home to numerous burrows, some home to hares and mice, others abandoned, and perhaps once, created by ancient Thistleclan cats.
THE THISTLECLAN CAMP:
Thistleclan warriors claim a small vale as their home. The land here declines in altitude and is covered with several massive rocks, blanketed with moss. Thorn and bramble walls barricade the ravine from the outside, while the entrance, a mere hole in the wall, is only detectable to those who have been trained to see it.
Beneath the colossal stones that litter the vale, Thistleclan cats have exhumed notable tunnels and chambers for their numerous dens. The warriors den is the most intricate, since each warrior created their own tunnel once their name was earned at twelve moons. The leader rests near the head of the ravine, their den beneath the Low-Pine, which is where announcements are delivered to the clan from a small coniferous tree, while the medicine cat dwells in a cavernous chamber near the leader’s den.
THE POISONOUS BOG:
As the forest thins in the northwest, the land slowly transforms from thick underbrush and thorns to a wet marshland covered in cattails, weeds, and doleful herons and ducks. The water here is dark, clouded with mud, and stagnant in nature since it does not feed into a creek or lake. The bog is home to frogs, salamanders, and waterfowl. Along the basin, deathberries and holly berries grow in abundance, which is where the marshland earns its eerie namesake. Despite its sinister name, the landmark is a popular hunting ground for Thistleclan warriors since it is a hotbed for various birds, voles, and amphibians.
THE GREAT OWL TREE:
Near the northern peninsula, an old, barren elm tree stands like a forsaken omen. Its leaves haven’t flourished in seasons, and its bark is charred and blackened from violent storms. This tree is known to clan cats as the Great Owl Tree because an old, Great-Horned owl used to live inside its archaic trunk. While the owl hasn’t lived there for seasons, it is rumored that when the moon is nearly full, fat, and orange, and the stars shine like beacons above, the lone, dreary howl of an owl can be heard in the wind. For Thistleclan warriors, the landmark is the ideal area to train apprentices, as the terrain is level for battle lessons.
For a visual representation of the territory, check out Thistleclan's collage map made by catalysta .
PREY, PREDATORS, & HERBS
C = Common UC = Uncommon R = Rare
PREY: ALL YEAR BIRDS: Shrews - C Ruffled Grouse - UC Mice - C Barred Owl - UC Voles - C Great Horned Owl - UC Red Squirrels - UC Woodpeckers - C Snowshoe Hare - C Gray Jay - C Mink - C Blue Jay - C American Marten - UC Northern Raven - C Weasels - UC Black Capped Chickadee - C Fisher - C Nuthatch - C Raccoon - UC Northern Goshawk - R Frogs - C White-Winged Crossbill - R
SUMMER BIRDS: WINTER BIRDS: Thrushes - C Snowy Owl -R Warblers - C Great Gray Owl - R Sparrows - C Swallows - C Hawks - UC American Crow - UC American Robin - C Common Loon - C Mallard - UC Great Blue Heron - UC Common Nighthawk - R
NON-PREDATORS: PREDATORS: Deer - C Red Fox -C Porcupines - UC Grey Fox - C Bobcat - UC
HERBS: Red Elderberry - C Catmint - UC Golden Ragwort - C Brownwort - C Comfry - C Dock - C Honey - UC Poppy Seeds - C Pine Sap - C Marigold - C Lavender - R Borage - C Nightshade - C Chokecherry - R Hemlock - UC Cardinal Flower - C Horsetail - UC
BELIEFS & TRADITIONS
The warrior code acts as a set of loose guidelines for the usual Thistleclan warrior. A Thistleclan cat would not hesitate to bend, alter, or overlook the code for their own benefit or for the greater good of the clan. This means that a Thistleclan warrior would be much more likely to fight dirty in battle, cross clan borders for prey, disband the truce at full-moons and half-moons, and engage in cross-clan romances despite the consequences from the other clans. Thistleclan warriors are also less likely to assist an outsider or other clan cat in need. Their distaste for outsiders is due to the amount of loners and rogues that live near the Northern peninsula, and their desire for pure, Thistleclan blood.
Belief in Starclan varies in Thistleclan from cat to cat. Some warriors are out-spokingly agnostic or atheist, while others believe in Starclan as loosely as they believe in the warrior code. When it comes to the Mooncave, Thistleclan could care less depending on the belief-system within the clan and overall leadership. This has created a precarious position for Thistleclan medicine cats, as their connection to Starclan can sometimes seem unimportant to their clan-mates and subject to ridicule.
Regardless of their beliefs, Thistleclan leaders who do not visit the Mooncave upon their appointment are still granted their nine lives through one or more dream visions. Responses to these dreams vary, with some leaders who undergo near-death experiences just considering themselves lucky.
Upon receiving their warrior names, Thistleclan cats begin to dig their own dens. This process can begin at any time of day, but regardless of when they start, new warriors are expected to create a hole that is wide enough to fit their entire bodies and deep enough to hide their upright ears below the rim. A common saying with this ritual is “Ears below earth; show your worth.” Many continue working past this point, as it is said that deeper dens produce stronger warriors. Once their new “home” reaches at least the minimum size, they will lie down in it and sleep. Upon their awakening, they are considered true warriors. Work on their dens will continue for moons to come in between patrols and other duties until their shallow holes become true tunnels, potentially connected with other dens if they so choose.
Lichenclan warriors are notorious for their reserved and introverted nature, habitual tendencies, intellectual conversation, and strict devotion to Starclan. When the island cats divided into three distinct clans, the warriors who returned to the shore formed the clan based on their devotion to Starclan. The first Lichenclan cats believed that the conflict between Redwoodclan and Thistleclan over the warrior code disregarded and disrespected their ancestors, as the focus should have been on Starclan. This has led Lichenclan warriors to become sanctimonious believers who have devoted their entire lives to Starclan. Lichenclan is thus reserved and introverted, as extroverted tendencies, such as chattiness, cockiness, and boastfulness, are considered sinful. These cats are also habitual in nature, since their actions are often methodical and deliberately calculated.
While most Lichenclan warriors are followers and not leaders, that does not mean they lack the ability to think for themselves. Lichenclan warriors are intelligent cats who often think before they speak. A Lichenclan warrior will not share their opinion or converse with another cat unless they have carefully considered their words and its future implications. This thoughtful consideration has led some Lichenclan cats to become successful diplomats, while others have used this trait for cruel manipulation and coercion. Lichenclan cats can be incredibly deceptive and use their intelligence to control others. This has also led them to be ridiculously judgemental and discriminatory toward those they cannot control. Cats who do not believe in Starclan are sinful heathens who should be shunned and ostracized.SUMMARY:
Since the caves are narrow and moist from the lake, Lichenclan warriors are lithe, nimble cats with feathered coats that are resistant to water. Their fur is not as dense as the other forest cats, since the caverns and tunnels shield them from the brutal cold in leaf-bare. Their bodies are built to twist and bend in the slender tunnels that snake beneath the island and cover the shore. This has allowed them to be excellent hunters, as their bodies are made to slink within the shadows, free from sound. Their musculature is less defined than the forest cats and instead forms around their legs, which allows them to navigate the steep inclines with ease and accuracy. These are swift and agile cats.
Their fur is white, blue, brown, and silver in color. Common coat patterns are solid, tabbies, dilute calicos or tortoiseshells, and points. Their coats are often lighter in color to let them better blend in with the rocks that cover their land. Some Lichenclan cats have Siamese blood or other breads with points.SUMMARY:
- Lithe and nimble build
- Feathered, medium-furred coats
- White, blue, cream, and silver fur
- Solid, tabbies, dilute calicos, and points
THE SEA CAVES:
Lichenclan governs the southeastern hemisphere of the island, which is predominantly shoreline and esoteric sea caves. The shoreline stretches across the underbelly of the island, and near the north, shares a border with Thistleclan. The shore is covered in massive, lake weathered stones. Some have been smoothed over time due to the habitual tide, while others are jagged and dangerous where the waves crash violently into the shore. Dotted patches of underbrush cover the shoreline, which is where waterfowl and other sea birds make their nests. Near the most southern tip of the island, esoteric sea caves swallow the land whole. The elaborate sea caves are cavernous and deep, their tunnels stretch and wind far beneath the island and into other territories.
THE LICHENCLAN CAMP:
Lichenclan warriors reside within the elaborate cave system that dominates the southern shore. Protected from the tide, the main cave is the furthest cavern inland, while its entrance is concealed behind a collection of overhanging rocks and stones. Several faux cave entrances line the shore, which shields the sea cave cats from their enemies.
Within the main cavern, several smaller caves and tunnels snake further beneath the island in winding chambers and dead-ends. Near the back of the main cave, the Lichenclan leader dwells in a small alcove beneath the high-ledge, weathered from time and claws marks. Next door, the medicine cat’s den is an extensive cavern with naturally worn nooks and crannies, which works well for herb storage. On the left side of the cave rests the warrior’s den, a sizable chamber, and the nursery, which has been enforced with bramble for protection, while the apprentice’s den inhabits the other side of the main cave. Numerous tunnels lead in and out of the main cavern, some even leading as far to the Mooncave itself.
Much of Lichenclan is covered in a treeless shoreline that stretches across the entire southeastern section of the island. The terrain is free from most forest-born flora and fauna due to water and ice flow, and instead, boasts shore-based plants, such as seaside spurge and American sea-rocket, and numerous shells, lake muck, and dead fish. The rest of the shore is dotted in weathered rocks and stones, which make for relaxing sunning spots for the Lichenclan warriors. Near the sea caves, the water becomes more treacherous, due to the waves, and consequently, the rocks here are rough, jagged, and dangerous to cats. Across the shoreline, scattered, old-two leg paths, made from wood, lay abandoned in the sand.
THE BIRCH TREE FOREST:
Above the shoreline, a small woodland, populated with birch trees, covers the island. The underbrush and thicket are dense, making it a popular hunting ground for Lichenclan warriors as it carries various mammalian prey and birds. When the water levels are high and the caves are flooded, Lichenclan cats reside here until the water levels recede. The land is also a tested landmark between Redwoodclan and Lichenclan, as the land once belonged to Redwoodclan before Lichenclan won it in a battle.
For a visual representation of the territory, check out Lichenclan's collage map made by catalysta .
PREY, PREDATORS, & HERBS
C = Common UC = Uncommon R = Rare
PREY: ALL YEAR BIRDS: Shrews - C Barred Owl - UC Mice - C Hairy Woodpecker - UC Red Squirrels - UC Down Woodpecker - UC Snowshoe Hare - C Blue Jay - C Otter - UC Black Capped Chickadee - C Mink - C White breasted Nuthatch - C American Marten - UC Red breasted Nuthatch - C Weasels - UC Pine Siskin - C Trout - C Small Mouth Bass - C
SUMMER BIRDS: WINTER BIRDS: Wrens - C Iceland Gull -R Thrushes - UC Northern Shrike - R Vireos - UC Sparrows - C Swallows - C Great Blue Heron - UC Canada Goose - UC Common Loon - C Mallard - UC Ring-Billed Gull - C Mute Swan - R
NON-PREDATORS: PREDATORS: Deer - C Red Fox -C Badger - UC Bobcat - UC Coyote - C
HERBS: Red Elderberry - UC Catmint - UC Golden Ragwort - C Brownwort - C Comfry - UC Dock - C Honey - UC Poppy Seeds - C Chervil - UC Marigold - C Lavender - C Borage - C Nightshade - R Chokecherry - UC Hemlock - UC Lungwort - R
BELIEFS & TRADITIONS
Lichenclan warriors are devoted to Starclan first and the warrior code second. Their decisions are based on the stars. While most of these decisions align with the warrior code, the clan is more than willing to break the code if their ancestors deem it vital to their survival. This includes their views on outsiders and other clan cats. Since Lichenclan is the closest to the Mooncave, most traditional Lichenclan cats believe themselves to be the holiest clan on the island, while the others are sinful, heathens. This means that a Lichenclan cat would not assist another cat in need unless Starclan told them to. These 'orders' from Starclan are contingent on how their medicine cat interprets them; and in the wrong paws, these signs can become dangerous.
Starclan is the lifeblood to Lichenclan. It is the bane of their existence and dominates their lives from customs and traditions to their beliefs about the other clans. From the moment a Lichenclan cat is born, they are taught to believe that Starclan is the most important entity on the island and must be honored and adorned respectively. This ranges from sacrificial offerings during times of both celebration and misfortune to customary baptisms to cleanse them from sin.
Cats who do not believe in Starclan are viewed as sinful, and therefore, lesser than. If a Lichenclan cat does not believe in Starclan, their prospects in the clan are thin. It is much better for a Lichenclan warrior to keep this to themselves than share it freely. Outsiders are seen as demonic or evil due to their lack of faith and overall freedom from the warrior code.
When kits reach their third moon, it is customary for the clan’s medicine cat to hold a communal baptism for the litter. The mother and father from the litter are invited to watch as their children receive their first bath in the sacred pool. Then the medicine cat will perform an ancient ceremony and bathe them in the pool from their scruffs. This essentially cleanses them from original sin and welcomes them into the clan.
After a Lichenclan warrior receives their warrior name, they must spend their first night as a warrior in the Mooncave. The medicine cat will accompany the new warrior(s) and perform a ceremony that is similar to their first baptism; however, the warrior will walk independently into the pool, submerge their entire body, and then confess their sins to the medicine cat until their soul has been cleansed.
When the warrior(s) emerges from the water, they must sit in a silent vigil, soaking wet, until the morning sun arrives. If the warrior survives the night and does not later catch a cold, they are able to join the clan as true warriors of Lichenclan.
Tribe cats are known for their naturalistic and adventurous spirits, familial and shared commune, and traditional custom-based ceremonies. When the Great Waters devastated the islands, the cats who followed Tide, the first teller, across the treacherous shore became the Tribe of Floating Stones. The first tribe cats learned to listen to the earth, water, wind, and stars around them for answers. This has led them to become naturalists who honor and celebrate the native world above all else. Tribe cats are thus adventurous, clever souls, who have been known to observe the seasons, weather, and other natural cycles in order to understand the world and construct their traditional customs.
While most tribe cats are adventurous in nature, this has led some of them to inherent an impulsive streak. Since the tribe does not share a border with another clan, this means a lot of their actions or endeavors sometimes lack consequences. This has also caused some tribe cats to be rather naive in nature since their island is rather sheltered and free from the usual threats a clan cat faces from another clan. Tribe cats are also much more codependent on one another due to their close familial ties. A tribe cat will live with their family in a shared den until a cat chooses their own mate and moves out. This communal attitude has led the tribe to be more interconnected and relaxed with one another than the usual clan clan. Inter-tribe conflict is rare. Instead, tribe cats will not waste time to assist one another and make decisions to benefit the entire tribe.SUMMARY:
Since the tribe inhabits an entire island that boasts various terrains and biodiversity, tribe cats are diverse in musculature, coat colors, and fur-lengths. Stone-guards are massive, muscular cats with dense coats that are resilient to numerous threats, such as violent storms, mud, and claws. Their brawn is evident in their thick, barreled chests, wide maws, and overall bulk. Prey-hunters are lithe, slender cats with shorter coats that are wind resistant and streamlined. Their nimble bodies are created to weave across the moorland, beneath the underbrush, and between the waves, which makes them skilled hunters and swimmers.
Tribe cats flaunt diverse fur colors; however, stone-guards are often darker in color and have solid or patched black, blue, silver or brown coats, while prey-hunters have evolved to boast multi-colored fur and patterns, such as tabbies, calicos, or tortoiseshells. Some tribe cats have oriental blood.STONE-GUARD SUMMARY:
- Massive and muscular build
- Dense, thick-furred coats
- Black, blue, silver, or brown fur
- Solid or patchesPREY-HUNTER SUMMARY:
- Lithe and slender build
- Short, thin-furred coats
- Multi-colored fur
- Tabbies, calicos, and tortoiseshells
THE FLOATING ISLAND:
The tribe cats inhabit an entire island, which boasts similar forests and sea shores as the clan’s island in the west. However, unlike the clan cats, the tribe’s island is covered in an extensive, rock-dotted moorland, smaller islands, and a boreal forest, which resides in the north. The moorland extends across the southern half of the island in rising hills and dipping ravines, which allows the tribe cats to stalk and hunt the large birds of prey that fly above the coarse grassland.
In the east, several smaller islands line the shoreline. Each individual island serves a ceremonial or traditional purpose for the tribe. While in the north, the boreal forests blanket the land, consisting of white spruces, balsam firs, paper birches, quaking aspens, and balsam poplars. This woodland is home to numerous mammalian critters and larger prey animals. Further north, the shoreline, which extends on both sides of the island, is covered in treacherous rocky cliffs and caves. Very few cats dominate this area of the land as it is known to bring misfortunate and omens.
THE TRIBE STONE:
Unlike the clan cats, the tribe does not have a central location for dens; however, it does boast an ancient agora where cats have gathered for seasons on end. Residing in a low ravine, this area is collectively called the Tribe Stone and consists of pillared, weathered rocks that have collided together to create a cavernous cave. This constructed cavern acts as a den for the Teller of the Stars, as well as a tool to summon the tribe. The unique acoustics of the cavern allows for sound to travel across the island as a thunderous command. Near the den is another tall and ceremonious rock, which serves as a pedestal for the teller, and it is here that the leader of the tribe calls and addresses the tribe.
Both the head stone-guard and head prey-hunter nest near the tribe stone, so they can be near their teller at all times, while the rest of the tribe members have their own, familial dens scattered across the island. Due to their communal nature, most tribe cats nest near the tribe stone; however, some tribe cats inhabit dens closer to the shore, on the moorland, or in the forest. Cats can choose to live in underground burrows, natural rock formations, abandoned logs, or in dense undergrowth thickets.
THE ROCK WHERE ALL WOUNDS HEAL:
The most northeastern, and smallest, island, near the shore, is the Rock where All Wounds Heal, or colloquially, the Sick Rock. This island serves as an area where sick tribe cats can live in isolation and shield the rest of the tribe from disease. Has-beens care for those who are sick, while the teller makes habitual visits to the island until all cats are healed. While cruel in definition, the sick rock has allowed the tribe to flourish when disease has decimated them most. However, when the tribe falls too ill, and the sick outnumber the healthy, the trek to the rock becomes too far and isolation is moot.
THE STONE THAT NEVER ENDS:
Beneath the sick rock is the Stone that Never Ends. This island is where the souls of deceased tribe cats return to the Tribe of Endless Life. Once a tribe cat dies, their life is celebrated and honored at the tribe stone. Then a ceremonial procession carries the deceased tribe member to the Stone that Never Ends. The tribe member is then buried next to their deceased kin and returned to the earth. This is the most sacred island on the shore, and as a result of this, the land is eerily silent and cold. Under each new moon, the teller travels to the sacred stone to reach his fallen ancestors.
THE STONE WHERE FISH LEAP:
Further south, another island rests beneath the sacred stone. This island is the most massive in size and acts as a popular fishing ground for prey-hunters. The Stone where Fish leap is the furthest island from the shore, so only the most powerful and skilled swimmers can brave its treacherous waters, as a forceful channel lies between arid land and the shore. The island carries numerous inland creeks, shallow pools, and access to the lake, which makes it an advantageous fishing spot.
THE ROCK WHERE LEAVES FALL:
The most southern island from the shore is the Rock where Leaves Fall. This island is named for its colorful, deciduous trees that turn a brilliant, vibrant red during the autumn moons. The island also serves as an ideal training ground for fresh to-bes as the water is calm, the shores are delicate, and the land is dotted with an abundance of mammalian prey. This is often the first area where to-bes learn to swim, fight, and hunt. It is also one of the most beautiful places on the island, ideal for romantic strolls and conversations.
For a visual representation of the territory, check out the tribe's collage map made by catalysta .
PREY, PREDATORS, & HERBS
C = Common UC = Uncommon R = Rare
PREY: ALL YEAR BIRDS: Shrews - C Northern Goshawk - R Mice - C Ruffled Grouse - UC Voles - C Great Horned Owl - UC Red Squirrel - UC Pileated Woodpecker - UC Snowshoe Hare - C Hairy Woodpecker - C Beaver - R Down Woodpecker - C Otter - UC Gray Jay - R Raccoon - UC Blue Jay - C Trout - C Northern Raven - C Small Mouth Bass - C Black Capped Chickadee - C
SUMMER BIRDS: WINTER BIRDS: Wrens - C Short Eared Owl -R Warblers - UC Bohemian Waxwing - R Blackbirds - UC Sparrows - C Swallows - C Great Blue Heron - UC Mallard - UC Common Loon - C Spotted Sandpiper - UC Ring-Billed Gull - C Mute Swan - R American Crow - C American Robin - UC
NON-PREDATORS: PREDATORS: Deer - C Red Fox - UC Porcupine - UC Coyote - C Bobcat - UC Black Bear - R
HERBS: Red Elderberry - C Catmint - UC Golden Ragwort - C Brownwort - C Comfry - UC Dock - C Honey - C Pine Sap - UC Poppy Seeds - C Chervil - UC Marigold - C Lavender - R Borage - C Nightshade - R Chokecherry - C Cardinal Flower - UC Chickweed - C Hemlock - UC
To-bes are cats between six and sixteen moons old. At six moons to-bes are ceremoniously inducted into the tribe at the tribe stone. The teller introduces them to the tribe and then marks their forehead with a mixture of berries, which symbolizes their pledge to protect and honor their tribe brothers and sisters until their death. After the ceremony, the to-be is allowed to begin their training beneath both stone-guards and prey-hunters until their path is later chosen. Throughout their training, they are taken on a variety of patrols to assess their hunting and fighting skills. They have no specific mentor; and instead, the entire tribe works together to assist and encourage the young tribe cat.
When a to-be reaches twelve moons, they will have a one-on-one session with the teller so it can be determined where their skills best suit the tribe. The teller then announces to the tribe where the to-be will be focussing their training and the to-be then becomes a fledgling of that rank. The new fledging focuses on training in their roll until they reach their eighteenth moon when they are then welcomed as a full Tribe member.
Stone-guards are large, muscular cats who have high endurance, stamina, and tracking abilities. These cats guard the tribe from natural predators, threats from other cats, and manage the natural health of the island. This includes fighting against erosion, flooding, and storm damage. While not trained hunters, stone-guards will also hunt for the tribe if necessary.
The Head Stone-guard is typically an older, experienced stone-guard appointed by the Teller. Their duties include organizing tasks for the stone-guards, evaluating to-bes at their twelfth moon to gauge their final placement, receiving reports from the other stone-guards about the integrity of the island, and accompanying hunting patrols to protect them from wild predators or dangerous weather conditions.
Prey-hunters are small, agile cats who are strong swimmers, excellent trackers, and quick on their feet. These cats hunt for the tribe and ensure that each mouth is fed and bellies are full. While there is no code that dictates who should be fed first, they will typically ensure the old, sick, kit-mothers, and kits are fed before distributing food to the rest of the tribe. While not trained fighters, they will fight to protect the tribe if needed.
The Head Prey-hunter is typically an older, experienced prey-hunter appointed by the Teller. Their duties include organizing hunting patrols, evaluating to-bes at their twelfth moon to gauge their final placement, conserving food sources by dissuading hunting of a particular prey, and accompanying stone-guard patrols for the occasional big-game hunt, such as a bird of prey.
THE TELLER OF THE STARS:
The Teller of the Stars serves as a healer and leader for the tribe. They are the sole connection to the Tribe of Endless Life, as they are able to connect with their deceased ancestor through visions, dreams, and visits to the Stone that Never Ends. The tribe looks to the Teller for guidance regarding not only their physical health but their spiritual and relational health as well. The Teller’s duties include appointing the head prey-hunter and stone-guard, leading the tribe’s traditional ceremonies, interpreting visions from the Tribe of Endless Life, healing sick cats, and maintaining herb growth on the island.
THE TELLER'S APPRENTICE:
The Teller’s apprentice is chosen by the Tribe of Endless Life. The current teller will receive a vision from their ancestors revealing the cat who is chosen to lead the tribe. A cat does not have to be a to-be to receive this blessing. Any age or rank can be chosen by the Tribe of Endless Life. The chosen cat will then learn the art of healing and medicine while observing how to function as a leader under the tutelage of the current teller. As an apprentice they will only visit the Stone that Never ends once on the first new moon of their apprenticeship. They will not visit the stone again until they become a Teller with their mentor’s death.
Has-beens are the eldest members of the tribe. They have served and honored their tribe-mates for many seasons and now rest easily in retirement. While has-beens are free from usual tribe duties, this does not mean they do not interact with the rest of the tribe. On the contrary, these cats still have strong bonds with their tribes, as has-beens are a good source for ancient knowledge and heroic stories. Additionally, has-beens are often the first to volunteer to care for the sick cats cast to the sick rock, so the younger tribe members can continue to live a long, healthy life.
BELIEFS & TRADITIONS
THE TRIBE OF ENDLESS LIFE:
The tribe believes in the Tribe of Endless Life; an after-life that is rooted in the natural earth. Unlike the clan cats, the tribe does not believe that their ancestors can talk to them from the stars and deliver them omens and signs; but rather, in death, the tribe member will return to the earth as the wind, stones, stars, trees, flowers, and other native occurrences. Their souls can be felt in the world around them, which drives the tribe cats to treat the earth as their own kin.
Deceased tribe members are ceremoniously carried to the Stone that Never Ends and buried with their kin, so their soul can return to the earth and live on forever. It is rumored that some souls have returned to the earth as new tribe members, but this rumor has been heard in the wind and nothing more.
When a litter is born, the Teller will receive a vision at their birth, which reveals the nature of their names and destined futures. The visions are often short and visual, so that the Teller is able to interpret the images and assign them to the newborn kit. The parents of the kits then use the visions to give the kit it's official name.
When two cats wish to become mates, the Teller will hold a ceremonial meeting where both cats announce their public union and receive a blessing from the tribe in celebration. Once the union has been celebrated, the two cats will then merge their dens together to strengthen the bond between both united families. One cat can choose to move into their mate’s already constructed den, or both cats can choose to make a den together to celebrate their new bond.
Rogues are the most common outsiders on the island. These are cats that are either ex-clan or tribe members who have been banished for heinous acts, such as murder or treason, or these are cats who have descended from the ancient, hostile cats that once roamed the island.
The rogues that inhabit the island are malicious, as their desire to kill is as innate as their desire to eat. These cats will not hesitate to murder a clan or tribe cat in cold blood in order to survive. While most rogues are generally hostile towards clan or tribe cats and will not hesitate to steal their resources for their own gain, some rogues will keep their distance and fend only for themselves.
Loners are rarer on the island since the cats are landlocked, and there are few avenues for travelers and cats from foreign lands. However, some rogue born cats detest their hostile ancestors, and instead, choose to live solitary lives that are neither murderous or cruel. Likewise, some cats have chosen to abandon their clan or tribe in order to live their own life free from the codes that bind them.
These cats tend to be monk-like in nature and move around the northern shoreline as lonely migrants. Loners do not mind solitude and revel as their own sovereigns. While these cats choose to live destitute lives, that does not mean they are peaceful or immune to a fight. These cats will defend their autonomy and act by their own rules.
Since the land has been devoid of two-leg activity for seasons, there are almost no kitty-pets on the island. The few kitty-pets that travel to the Apostles are confined to their two-leg cabins or leashed as it would be rather unusual for a two-leg to bring their cat camping; however, it has been witnessed once or twice.
If a kitty-pet were to make it to the island and escape their two-leg cabin or tend, there would be little resources for them as the abandoned campground is home to numerous, hostile rogues and indifferent loners. Additionally, the closest clan is the cold, anti-outsider, Thistleclan; so for a kitty-pet to survive on the island, it would take a lot of sheer luck.
THE NORTHERN CLIFFS:
Unlike the southern shoreline, which is covered in esoteric sea caves, tunnels, and winding trails, the northern cliffs are sheer, murderous inclines that cut off directly into the water, making them ridiculously hard to climb or scale. The land above the cliffs is notoriously windy and inches from the Thistleclan border, which makes it a hazardous location for the wandering rogue or loner; however, since it is close to sheltered woodland, the area is popular for hunting and stealing prey from the clan cats.
As the shoreline stretches across the northern peninsula, the land becomes even more deteriorated and barren. Prey is scarce, which makes survival hard for non-clan or tribe cats The terrain is weathered, coarse moorland that is covered with worn stones and rotted, dead trees. While few cats inhabit this land, there are rumors that hostile bands of cats live near the most northern reaches of the peninsula; however, these rumors have never come to fruition and only exit by word of mouth from the weariest of travelers.
THE ABANDONED CAMPGROUND:
East of the northern shoreline, a collection of old, tattered tents and abandoned cabins dot the thinning woodland. The trees were cleared out to make state-of-the-art cabins and luxury camping grounds, but severe weather and irreparable trail damage left the campsites deserted for many seasons, which has caused inevitable rot and decay. Most are inhabitable but some mice, birds, and the occasional cats have made the ancient cabins their homes. Between the old tents and cabins are strange, two-leg structures and objects. There are round, metal fire pits, turned over canoes and kayaks, and even deteriorated two-leg kit toys. The land is a treasure cove for the alien and unusual.
THE ROCKY SHORELINE:
Unlike the southern sea caves, the northern shore is covered in treacherous rocks, unstable overhangs, and deadly, swirling waters. Eerily, the land is similar in nature, as it is barren, coarse, and uninhabitable, its terrain devoid of protective undergrowth or sheltering burrows. While there are a few sea caves that line the coast, these caverns are almost inaccessible due to the ravenous nature of the tide and chilling waves. Some cats have been able to make the northern shoreline their home, but these cats are few and far between.
PREY, PREDATORS, & HERBS
C = Common UC = Uncommon R = Rare
PREY: ALL YEAR BIRDS: Shrews - C Northern Goshawk - R Mice - C Hairy Woodpecker - C Voles - C Down Woodpecker - UC Snowshoe Hare - UC Gray Jay - R Weasel - UC Blue Jay - C Raccoon - UC Black Capped Chickadee - C Pine Siskin - UC
SUMMER BIRDS: WINTER BIRDS: Wrens - C Snowy Owl -R Warblers - C Great Gray Owl - R Flycatchers - UC Swallows - C American Robin - C American Crow - UC Rock Dove - UC Ring-Billed Gull - C
NON-PREDATORS: PREDATORS: Deer - C Red Fox - C Porcupine - UC Gray Fox - UC Bobcat - UC Coyote - R
HERBS: Red Elderberry - C Catmint - C Comfry - C Poppy Seeds - C Lavender - UC Horsetail - UC Chervil - R Nightshade - UC Chokecherry - R Hemlock - UC