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"We oncewerecreatures only mentionedinthestoriesofourdescendants, thewarriorcats. Butnow, wearelegendsreborn."
Welcome to Shiveer. Padding into the land, you take a look around. You are parched, and have not eaten in a whole week. Staring down at the snow, you realize just how thirsty you are and gobble it up.
Embarrassed, you look up. A hungry golden gaze is staring back at you from inside the pines. Could there be another snow leopard like you, out in this crazy wilderness? The snow around you is moving slightly, hopping around. It is then that you realize that those moving pieces of snow aren't actually snow-- they're hares.
You crouch low, beginning to stalk one that was nibbling at a pinecone, but the tail of the golden-eyed leopard thwacks hard against your pelt. "Back off," she hisses. "That prey belongs to LeopardClan."
"Sorry," you mutter. "I was unaware of other leopards in this area."
"You probably have never known," the she-leopard growled, "Because we wear the pines like second pelts, invisible to the mere of pride."
"I saw you," you round on her quietly, not wanting to displease her by scaring all the hares away. "May I hunt here?"
"Unless you're a LeopardClan cat in disguise," the strange pine-dweller mewed, "You are not allowed the right to hunt on our territory."
"What's your name?" you ask, avoiding the subject. "And what makes you special compared to the others of this LeopardClan?"
"I, Fleetfoot, won them a river," she says confidently, as if she'd been waiting forever for you to ask that question. "I helped build their base."
Not expecting that answer, you ask even more quietly as Fleetfoot turns to crouch towards a rabbit, "Can I join?"
"Have you pride?" Fleetfoot murmurs, diving into a nearby bush and then returning with a rabbit dangling from her claws. "Are you brave and worthy? Did you catch a LeopardClan warrior in action? Do promise to not fight and hunt only for yourself, but for the good of LeopardClan as well?"
"Yes," you respond to the first question, struggling to remember all the others. "I'm brave, worthy, and prideful, and I watched you in the trees--"
"More like I saw you in the trees," Fleetfoot muttered.
You continue, ignoring Fleetfoot. "I promise to help LeopardClan."
"If you believe everything you just said, you can follow me." Fleetfoot flicks her tail and walks up a slope where there are pine trees, closely clustered around each other, then she stops as if remembering something she had forgotten.
"But first," she says, looking a bit embarrased, "Let's continue to hunt, shall we?"
4/22/19: The Clan is created with the cats Swiftclaw, Whitepelt, and their son Snowstorm.
4/23: Swiftclaw becomes Swiftstar after visiting the Moonrock.
4/24: The Clan base is complete.
7/29: The page is fully renovated and the species changes to snow leopards only.
8/28: Whitepelt and Snowstorm are the first members to leave the Clan. The deputy spot becomes OPEN!
Our code differs slightly from the warrior code for cats. Here is the original code:
1- Defend your Clan, even with your life. You may have friendships with cats from other Clans, but your loyalty must remain to your Clan, as one day you may meet them in battle.
2- Do not hunt or trespass on another Clan's territory.
3- Elders and kits must be fed before apprentices and warriors. Unless they have permission, apprentices may not eat until they have hunted to feed the elders.
4- Prey is killed only to be eaten. Give thanks to StarClan for its life.
5- A kit must be at least six moons old to become an apprentice.
6- Newly appointed warriors will keep a silent vigil for one night after receiving their warrior name.
7- A cat cannot be made deputy without having mentored at least one apprentice.
8- The deputy will become Clan leader when the leader dies or retires.
9- After the death or retirement of the deputy, the new deputy must be chosen before moonhigh.
10- A gathering of all three Clans is held at the full moon during a truce that lasts for the night. There shall be no fighting among Clans at this time.
11- Boundaries must be checked and marked daily. Challenge all trespassing cats.
12- No warrior may neglect a kit in pain or in danger, even if that kit is from a different Clan.
13- The word of Clan leader is the warrior code.
14- An honorable warrior does not need to kill other cats to win his/her battles, unless they are outside the warrior code or it is necessary for self-defense.
(SOURCE: Secrets of the Clans by Erin Hunter, illustrated by Wayne McLoughlin)
Of course, all the rules listed above should be followed. The only large variation is that a medicine cat CAN have a mate, but is not recommended that they have kits, as if the medicine cat has no apprentice, no one would be able to take out the medicine cat duties while the medic is nursing her kits. If the medicine cat DOES want to have kits, he/she must have a well-trained apprentice that would be ready to take on the full job as medicine cat when his/her mentor died or retired.
Even though we are leopards, we believe in StarClan and the Dark Forest, and shall become part of them at our deaths.
For a kit who wishes to be a medicine cat apprentice, they must go to their initiation at the Mooncrystal. For medicine cats, contact with StarClan by pressing your nose to the still-shining crystal to receive your dream.
There is a specific dress code. It is there to keep us looking natural and realistic.
ANIMAL: Snow leopards(Use a shrink potion if you are a kit), cheetahs (if you are the leader), bunnies (also for kits, but wear a white rare bear hat)
MAIN COLOR: White, light cream
SECONDARY COLOR: White, light cream, black, cream
SPOT COLOR (You are not allowed to give yourself any pattern except the original spots): Black, dark gray
EYE COLOR: Amber, yellow, any shade of blue, any shade of green, brown
HEAD: Sedge hat (If you are a medicine cat), none
NECK: Any plant necklace(If you are the medicine cat; e.g. green leaf necklace, sunflower necklace), originally colored deer fur, none
PAWS: Blue, dark gray, or black and white furry arm cuffs, black or white fuzzy cat paws, white polar bear paws, black ferocious feline paws, cougar mittens, none
BACK: Firefly friend, rare firefly friend, none
FACE: Ferocious feline whiskers, white whiskers, none
PET: Naturally colored butterfly, naturally colored kitten (great for a mother whose kit follows her around all the time), none
You may ASK if a certain item can be added to the dress code in the comments. It's not likely that I will accept, but feel perfectly free to ask!
The following are loyal members of LeopardClan:
Leader (1/1; responsible for Clan duties and the making of apprentices and warriors): Swiftstar [snow leopard with deep blue eyes]
Deputy (0/1; organizes patrols and helps the leader):
Warriors (1/10; fight and go on patrols): Fleetfoot [snow leopard with amber eyes, fierce and slightly self-absorbed],
Medicine cat (1/1; heal the hurt and organize herbs): Berrydrop [snow leopard with green eyes, a little clumsy, but kind]
Medicine cat apprentice (1/1; learns about being a medicine cat): Lavenderpaw [cream-colored she-leopard with hazel eyes, pretty dappled coat]
Elders (0/2; tell stories to younger cats, are usually fed first):
Queens (0/3; nurse or expect kits and live in the nursery):
Apprentices (0/5; learn about fighting and the ways of a warrior):
Elite warriors (0/3; chosen by leader and usually lead patrols):
Kits (0/5; nursed by their mothers and live in the nursery):