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Weather: It's newleaf! Each clan is having some weird weather.
Posted: Feb 24 2018, 08:14 PM
there's trouble brewing in riverclan! with the recent warm weather and rain, the river has already begun to rise! it's earlier in the season than riverclan is used to, but they've begun to prepare for what seems like the inevitable: the camp flooding. after losing a life to save his grandson, hollowkit, and daisyfall falling through the ice during a training session with his apprentice, hollowstar has begun measures to fortify riverclan's camp against the impending floodwaters.
but it won't be enough. the river will soon spill its banks and sweep through riverclan's camp... for the last time.
keep an eye out for that event, starting some time this week! but that's not the most exciting announcement! riverclan is holding a contest for members to design its new camp!! the winning entry will be chosen as riverclan's new home, and will receive a 500FK prize!
HOLLOWSTAR, leader of riverclan
RAVENSTAR, leader of shadowclan
PALEBLOSSOM, medicine cat of windclan
Posted: Mar 3 2018, 09:44 PM
Here on the northern edge of RiverClan territory, there is a large outcropping of flat stone, some stacked to form pillars and steps, many of which are hollow and carved out by the ancient river. However, the river has since lowered drastically, and with the outcropping (main camp) raised so high up, it is safe from flooding. Surrounded by water and dense vegetation, the camp is naturally well-protected from predators and would need little defense modifications. The camp does have very shallow strips of water scattered throughout it (see first pic), which are safe enough for kits to play in and even learn to swim.
The camp entrance is marked by a shallow but lengthy stone slope, which extends down to the main river.
Camp itself is nestled into a dead-end corner, surrounded on one side by a wall of stone topped with trees and shrubbery. Many jumbles of rocks form dens, as well as hollow, carved out rocks and hollows carved out into the walls themselves.
The leader's den is in the very back. It is a low-hanging hollow carved into the wall, with a ledge that juts out from the entrance. It is low enough to be able to jump onto. This ledge is from which the leader gives announcements and meetings. (think ThunderClan's highledge, lmao)
The nursery is partially underground, covered with a roof of stone and protected on all sides by boulders. The entrance is a shallow slope that extends down into a narrow entrance. It is between the medicine cat den and the warrior den.
The warrior, apprentice, and elder dens are all located next to each other and are large jumbles of flat stone.
The medicine cat's den is burrowed into a carved hollow in the side wall of the camp, located directly between the nursery and the leader's dens. It has a lichen screen over the entrance.
In the center of camp is a collection of shallow pools (like the first pic) often affectionately dubbed "minnow's marsh". While there are obviously no fish in this pool, it is a popular play spot for kits and apprentices, and a good cool-off spot for warriors and elders.
Posted: Mar 11 2018, 12:26 AM
After the flood, RiverClan is left with more river... And less land. The river has permanently re-routed through the areas where their camp once sprawled, turning it into lands that are good for hunting - but completely uninhabitable, unless you are bird or fish. Obviously, this poses a problem.
On the bright side, the two-legs who make their den nearby are growing older. The horse herd who lives nearby has been reduced, and traffic is scarce and predictable. Maybe... Just maybe... They can expand their borders, away from the other clans.
The land expands into lush pastureland - surrounded by a fence, but that is no problem for felines. The horses who graze the land are, at best, curious - and mostly aloof, paying no attention to the felines that traverse the land. And, not too far from established borders, lies a quiet little stock pond, beside a small fenced off cluster of trees and thick undergrowth.
(The clump of trees was fenced off due to the presence of a pair of very old, very tall, oak trees at the middle. After one of the horses consumed some acorns and colicked badly, they made the decision to fence off the entire group of trees rather than demolish them.)
And beside the pond, there is a quiet spot that could become a camp.
Right beside the pond lies what could become the Medicine Cat Den. A slab of rock was uprooted by a tree as it grew up. This tree has grown and molded around the slab of rock, roots threading all across its surface - and the tree's steady growth, over the years, raised it higher. It's formed a sort of dry, sandy cave with a rock and dirt floor, a good two tail-lengths above the shore-line. These depths are perfect for sheltering sick cats from the elements, and storing herbs. Two large shrubs next to it provide ample shelter for cats that are beginning to heal.
Behind the fence grows a large evergreen tree, decades old, that could become the Warrior's Den. This old tree's branches droop to the ground and provide a heavy, year-round shelter. The foliage here is dense, and would hold in warmth and weather out without issue. A thick, heavy evergreen bush to the side would do well for an Elder's Den, allowing elders to feel nearby - and not too out of the loop.
A clump of three large and heavy evergreen bushes, woven with vines and branches from years undisturbed, makes for strong cover - perfect for crafty and determined queens to bend to their liking. With a little work and cleanup, this set of bushes could become a Nursery, with safe woven walls of foliage and a soft mossy interior. No loner or rogue would fight their way through this dense wall of leaves, especially with the thorny vines growing on the exterior!
Another shrub has grown up next to what would become the nursery, and it has spread through the fence, tangling itself in the fence's wire and expanding all the way to the shore. While its shelter is a little lighter, it would be no less warm in winter - and at the very edge of the den, one can hear the gentle lapping of the pond's water. This would make a perfect Apprentice's Den, keeping youngsters near to water that is safe to learn to swim in - and far enough from the warriors to give their mentors a bit of late night peace.
In the middle, tucked between the nursery and warrior's dens, is an ancient cow skeleton. This animal must have died decades ago, left to rot in the field - and once discovered, no one bothered to move it. Plants and vines have grown up around what's left of its rib-cage, still jutting from the ground - and some leather still clings to it, ancient and tanned by time. The skull sits near the fence, but the rib-cage, with a little work and vines woven between the ribs, would make a perfect intimidating Leader's Den for RiverClan's brave leader.
This isn't to forget the other benefits of a secluded spot near a pond - water is always close at hand, meaning RiverClan cats can remain comfortable, especially those who could not walk far. Large rocks litter the shore, some jutting out tail-lengths away from the sandy shore, giving kits and apprentices ample area to play and learn to swim from an early age - under the watchful eye of parents, elders, and warriors.
While with the noise of a camp fish are unlikely to come close, it is still possible to find some fish in the pond - though the best source of fish will still be, and always will be, the river.
Much to the interest of medicine cats, though, there may be another reason that two-legs fenced off the trees - there are stubborn clumps of dock leaves that grow within, among other herbs. While dock leaves might be poisonous to cattle, which were certainly kept here once upon a time, they're quite useful in medicine. Not to mention, there's occasional prey in the little forested cluster.
Meetings would be best called from the fence posts - or perhaps standing atop the cow skull!
sorry the camp map is so rough, didn't have much time after work UGH