Clan and Tribe Information Aug 22, 2019 20:10:48 GMT -6
Post by wish on Aug 22, 2019 20:10:48 GMT -6
THE REDWOOD FOREST
The redwood forest is populated with tall, star-reaching sequoias. The trees are ancient and almost ethereal in appearance; and for this reason, the Redwoodclan warriors almost seem noble under their extraordinary branches. The trees stand in grand circles; some full-bodied trunks with elegant canopies; others hollowed out - their trunks withered from moons of decay. The land is also littered with few white pines and other low-limb trees. The branches extend throughout the forest, acting as pathways for the strong-legged Redwood warrior; while the roots, some heavy and lifted from the earth, create delicate trails that carry beneath the protective undergrowth. The forest is known for its considerate mouse, rabbit, squirrel and varied bird populations.
In the far northeast corner of the territory, near the waterfall, is a collection of old-moss covered stones - fondly coined the Bear Stones. The Bear Stones are notorious for the occasional black bear sighting, most often scented in the green-leaf moons. Apprentices are advised to stay clear from the stones - however, that has not stopped the most daring apprentices from searching out the alluded bear. Some cats insist it is a rite of passage to take a fearless swipe at an unsuspecting bear - that only the most courageous Redwoodclan warriors could muster such an attack - but that is a mere rumor or so its said. The stones also act as a popular spot for medicine cats, as a large collection of herbs grow near its base.
Near the southern cliffs, more in the western reaches of the forest, is a peculiar grassland devoid of living trees. The redwoods in this area are wilted, old creatures with little life to live. Some are already turned over on the forest floor, their heavy trunks split open like gaping wounds. While the grassland is ominous in name - The Redwood Graveyard - it is actually a popular hunting grounds for the redwood warriors; since its hollowed trunks act as protective dens for various creatures and critters.
The Redwoodclan camp is in the northern center of the forest; its entrance and dens found in the hollowed trunks of the large redwood trees. The dens sit circular around the camp at its edges; and in its center, is the High-rock. The High-rock is a massive, tilted moss-covered boulder, and it is here, that the leader makes their announcements. The leader rests in the hollowed tree den behind the High-rock; and next to the leader, is the medicine cat's den - a similarly hollowed out den with adjacent storage compartments.
Redwoodclan cats are known for their tall, muscled bodies, and heavy, thick pelts. Their camp, while protected from the trees, still provides little insulation during the leaf-bare. So, the warriors must remain dense enough to withstand the brutal cold.
Their pelts are often long in length due to the continuous and brutally, long leaf-bares that The Apostles region endures. Even the shorter coated warriors carry a thicker, dense pelt. The redwood warriors also boast powerful leg muscles, since their patrols often travel from one low-bearing tree to the next. These cats are proud of their strength and strive to maintain their muscular builds.
The winds whisper that the redwood warriors are tall, because of the trees that populate their land. The first redwood warriors were too short to reach the lowest branches, so Starclan made them taller - tall enough to climb through the trees as powerfully, agile warriors.
The redwood warriors are fiercely loyal to their clan and would sacrifice their lives to die as a proud Redwoodclan warrior. These cats are known for their courage and their ability to fight with honor. A redwood cat is told from birth to never take advantage of a weakened cat, no matter the circumstance, and to show compassion, even in the darkest of times. Redwood warriors would rather show mercy than win an unfair battle. Remember, the code states: An honorable warrior does not need to kill other cats to win their battles, unless they are outside the warrior code or if it is necessary for self-defense.
However, this should not be mistaken for weakness. These cats will fight for their clan and make the first move to protect the redwood name.
Redwoodclan cats are rather close to one another and act as a unified clan. Their clan is their kin and vise versa. These cats are well-humored, friendly, and comfortable among themselves. There are few secrets between redwood cats. Instead, conversation is encouraged from birth to death, and other clan cats have complained that the redwood cats share far too much. Some find it embarrassing - others enduring.
While Redwoodclan cats are notorious for their constant chatter, their confident nature can also be perceived as narcissistic and arrogant. The most pompous redwood warrior would not shy away from a scathing, battleground taunt; nor would they feel any remorse for boasting about their superior clan. These are prideful cats.
Lastly, due to their traditionalist beliefs, the redwood warriors can sometimes be too stubborn and rigid in their ways. Little can be done to change a Redwoodclan cat. Some claim they are as unchanging as the tides.
Redwoodclan cats are traditionalist in nature. These are cats that adhere to the warrior code and leave little room for interpretation. Redwoodclan warriors follow the warrior code without question and listen to their ancestors. While the forest cats do not devote their entire lives to Starclan, as the warriors near the sea do, they do treat Starclan's word as law and waiver little from the stars.
Redwood cats practice traditionalist ceremonies and beliefs. The cats make sure that ceremonies are practiced correctly, down to the word; and that their medicine cat has access to Starclan each half-moon at the Mooncave. Redwoodclan is meticulous with their patrols and work hard to govern their borders.
While the cats are traditionalist, and follow the code, the clan is more likely to accept an outsider due to their compassionate nature than other Apostles clans. This clan is also more likely to treat a cross-clan romance or litter with little punishment. Remember - no warrior can neglect a kit in pain or danger, even if the kit is from a different clan.