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#March 14th 2021
mallowstep · a month ago
let’s talk about skyclan
i keep saying i’m gonna, so i might as well keep my promises.
[1.8k words, 7 minute read, well sectioned and organized because i actually made an outline before i wrote it, for once]
section one: what is skyclan
skyclan is a clan built out of rogues and loners that somehow, through some miracle, managed to stay together long enough to beome their own clan.
skyclan is presently lead by leafstar. leafstar is proud, but fair. she reminds me a lot of bluestar in the first books, actually. bluestar pre-crisis, that is.
leafstar is protective of her clan, and while she’s very good at working with others because of their rules from the gorge, she also views skyclan as a seperate entity more than most other clan cats. [1]
the cats of skyclan are a varied group. many first generation cats still live in skyclan, such as frecklewish and bellaleaf. tree is born from the sisters, and his son rootpaw retains their powers. violetshine is skyclan by blood, but raised in shadowclan. she’s loyal to her clan, but values her family — they were prepared to stay if things went south.
skyclan has suffered a lot of hardship. more than any other clan, they’ve delt with loss. sorry, windclan. getting evicted for a few weeks is nothing compared to being eridicated for like fifty years, clawing back together, having your population cut in half like five times, stumbling to what is claimed to be safety, only to have to continue to fight for your right to exist. and then, once you finally get settled, once things start to look normal, you’re poisoned. by your neighbors.
yeah, no one can say shit to skyclan.
but it shows. they’re united, they’re resilent, and they’re confident. they don’t feel like they should adapt when they’re different from the other clans: rather, they’re proud of it. their very existance is a big fuck you to the four leaders who kicked out cloudstar so many years ago, and beyond that, their continued existance is inspiring.
section two: ancient skyclan
alternate title: what skyclan is not
okay, i’ve not made it clear, but i…don’t care terribly much about ancient skyclan. they’re, like, thunderclan but better at jumping and even more arrogant? that’s what i’ve gotten out of them lmao.
but for the sake of being complete, ancient skyclan was a proud, strong, and somewhat isolationist group.
they were farthest from the moonstone, so they had the worst relationship with starclan, which is why it was so easy for cloudstar to say they had turned on them. they also have this highly specific skill set of leaping, much like riverclan, which makes it hard for them to adapt. [2]
honestly, there’s not a ton of other interesting things to say about them. i like setting folklore in the perspective of ancient skyclan because (a) i can just name the cats anything in the pattern [bird][feather, wing, flight, cry] and get a legit sounding cat, and (b) it’s a neutral perspective on all the other clans, since skyclan doesn’t have particularly strong allegiances with anyone else.
section three: leafstar
leafstar is a good leader. i mean, she has some flaws, but those go away when her deputy problem rights itself.
and consider she had almost no guidance and she had no role models, i think she figured stuff out pretty well. [3] we see her build a skyclan that’s fiercely loyal and dedicated to the warrior code — to the meaning of the warrior code, not the words.
the words, yes, but skyclan is a moral, fair clan. i’m pretty sure should bramblestar (may he die so squirrelstar can reign) return, skyclan is going to become the new home for wayward loners and kittypets. i mean, it already is.
but this is about leafstar. she has a tough job, but she consistently favors fairness, unity, and collaboration. she’s the one who starts the naming warriors after others, and i think it’s a desire to make sure skyclan has strong roots.
i mean, that’s her driving motivation in skyclan’s destiny.
and yes, leafstar does start as a pushover, but she’s not a pushover for the obvious reasons. she knows sharpclaw is defying her authority, and she’s not happy about it, but she’s also fighting to keep her clan from falling apart, and she understands picking a fight with her deputy will only make problems worth.
i’ll admit, i’m not caught up in skyclan content. right now, my research project is riverclan. also, i’m not sure how i feel about the mangas, and reading them is going to throw me for a bit of a loop. so i don’t want to say too much here and contradict canon in obvious ways.
but. i really do adore leafstar. she’s got a lot of grit.
section four: what makes skyclan special
not their jumping. thunderclan can jump too. don’t let the battle scene (you know the one) fool you.
skyclan is special because they exist. like, they continue to thrive no matter the circumstances.
i just. leafstar takes in twigpaw, and she’s pissed that twigpaw leaves, but she’s calm and mature about it. leopardstar could learn a lesson or two from her.
(side note: i forgot leopardstar’s background lmao ofc she’s the way she is. i knew the broad strokes from bluestar’s prophecy but still.)
anyway. yeah. their tenacity. their ability to adjust. you know, how they do the sisters ritual with tree? the fact that leafstar finds a role for tree to play to begin with?
that’s why they’re special. and i have so many ideas i’m going to try to expand on below, but that’s what makes them skyclan.
section five: life in the gorge
i’m not going to focus on this too long. i just audibly sighed like a love interest in an 1830s novel. these two things are unrelated, i just wanted you to know.
anyway, we actually have a really good image of life in the gorge. i don’t think i have much to say here. uh, leafstar leaves offerings? to starclan?
i haven’t read tree’s novella and stuff but i just read leafstar’s home for misfit and/or misguided warriors which implies that continues in their current territory because of…genocide or something?
anyway go read that fic, and read skyclan’s destiny if you want to know what skyclan life in the gorge looks like. i’m not going to say terribly much about it because although in my “aus to write one day maybe” list i do have “crow + leaf -> skyclan ???” so ig it might come up, but like i sad somewhere before now, i’m on a riverclan research and world building kick right now.
section six: names (leagcy)
okay, so i planned out the sections for this before i finished writing my more in-depth post about names. so. uh. it’s kind of a pain to renumber things.
look, there’s not that much to say here. leafstar names warriors and kits after others because it’s what she knows. why is it what she knows? i don’t know. a lot of first gen skyclan cat names are names clearly assigned to fully grown warriors (looking @ you, shortwhisker) so like. idk.
but i think when she had her leader ceremony, and when firestar did all the warrior ceremonies, she was like “right we name XYZ with ABC because of IJK” and then she doesn’t have the same contexual pool of names to pull from as the other leaders, so she takes what she knows
and it turns out that it becomes part of the culture.
section seven: prayer (offerings)
alright so. you know what nope fuck nope. it’s 1:36am. i am not writing a treatsie on how skyclan prays. that is a tomorrow deal my friends. and by tomorrow i mean a sepearte post.
section eight: culture (kittypets)
you know, i don’t like that skyclan gives up the daylight warriors think. i know why they did but it was a really good solution to a really unique problem.
i guess they don’t have the problem any more, but still. i think skyclan continues to take in refugees at a far higher rate than any other clan.
mostly because they’re chill about names. i mean, kind of? i don’t think leafstar would want to get in the habit of letting cats keep their names, but she let tree do it, so…
personally, i would have named daisy either “daisyheart” or “mallowblossom.” this has to do w my headcanons re. the prefix mallow ik it’s my blog name it’s unrelated and i’m still kinda insecure about it.
section nine: life by the lake
once they’re in the lake, i mean, skyclan is…they adapt. it’s not easy for them.
they have to give up a lot, both in terms of people they leave behind, and their way of life. it’s important to remember they had a different relatinoship with the warrior code than the other clans.
okay, i know that i’m missing info in tree’s novella and hawkwing’s journey and skyclan and the stranger so i don’t want to say too much here, because i actually think skyclan is a pretty well developed entity and i don’t want to directly contradict anything without unintentionally, so i’m going to leave this here.
although i do think that no matter what, skyclan is always going to view itself apart from the clans, at least until there are no cats who remember the gorge, or who’s parents remember the gorge, if not much longer. because, well, in a way, it’s going to be until no cat can remember a time before skyclan was at the lake until they can properly integrate.
and by then, who knows. maybe the cats will have moved on again.
section ten: closing thoughts
god i somehow rambled more and less than i thought.
i really like skyclan, but it’s going to take me a while to do anything with them because they’re low on my content consumption list ATM. please stick around, though, because i do want to do something with them. i just need to find the right vibe.
it’s probably not going to be mallowstep, tho. it’d feel kind of weird to actually put that down on paper.
[1]: riverclan has been isolationist for so long (for literally all but one or two series) it feels like at this point i need to stop making jokes about it and start making it a thing. i mean, i did. when i write dovefeather or jaywing, riverclan is still isolationist. in dovefeather, when we get the inside perspective, it’s because they view themselves as divine. so. yeah. but even so, riverclan-who-is-isolationist is part of the broader unit. while skyclan is a newcomer. not integrated.
[2]: this is the other reason ancient skyclan is boring, either they’re literally thunderclan 2.0 or they catch birds, birds, and more birds. i’ve gone with birds, since that explains why they struggled in the gorge with the rats (something thunderclan 2.0 should have been much better at dealing with), and because it says something about the nature of modern skyclan. at a certain point, you have to say, “this is not a reconstructionist endevoour” and it’s not, that’s because that would fail.
[3]: firestar spent so much time saying “i’m not the leader” that like. leafstar doesn’t know if she can trust what he did.
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mallowstep · a month ago
the role of canon
with the exception of cloudtail’s daughter, i usually get very “fuck you canon” but every time i write a lore essay, i end up being like “oh look, it’s justified in canon” and well...a good question might be why?
well, frankly, because every time i write a lore post, it’s from a similar mindset as CTD, where i’m thinking “look. look how it still works if i add this.”
also, even though i want to rename mistystar miststar because mistykit is a dumb kit’s name, i kind of just...shrug and go with it. because mistystar is at least equal to miststar and mistyfoot > mistfoot and no one was thinking about mistykit when they named mistyfoot and i understand that.
but also, like, i like acknowledging the real nods. because there’s not much, but when you read things over and over again, you notice these bits. i’ve read bluestar’s prophecy so many times and that’s why reading crookedstar’s promise is giving me so much world building notes, because the first few super editions really dig into this stuff.
(looking @ you, bramblestar’s storm. i have learned nothing about thunderclan and the plot is boring. at least yellowfang’s secret taught me interesting information about shadowclan.)
so yeah, i want to say, “oh look! riverclan has a concept called a claw moon and i’m going to use that.” because well. it’s cool and it’s interesting.
i feel like i had more to say but i don’t.
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path-of-my-childhood · a month ago
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mallowstep · a month ago
lessons from crookedstar’s promise
so! i just finished crookedstar’s promise, which is so good holy shit go read it. okay, my taste in super editions is kind of...questionable considering my favorite is bluestar’s prophecy, and i will fully admit, it’s not tallstar’s revenge.
but i did literally stay up reading it until 2am and my chest hurt at the end. like, i felt physical pain because of the strength of my emotions.
so, you know, i highly recommend.
(also mistykit and stonekit are so cute holy shit. why was i never exposed to them before. god. god they're so adorable. nothing is allowed to hurt them.)
but also, there is some really good information about riverclan in it. i actually started taking notes about a fifth of the way through when i realized it was more than a couple of things, so i didn’t make 20 billion little posts about it. the worldbuilding in this was so good i actually bought a shadow in riverclan.
anyway. here are my takeaways.
the typical journey to warrior does seem to be six moons. at two seperate occasions, this is mentioned. there's also some idea of four seasons to a warrior vs. six moons of apprenticeship that's called into question because of the delay in crookedpaw's training.
seasons are a canonically unit of time.
thunderclan is the only clan comfortable in the thick undergrowth. this has interesting implications about their forest. i need to figure out more about their enviornment for riverclan prey purposes, so this is a nice clue.
the rule for mates really does seem to be all warriors are equal, but apprentices are never appropriate. crookedjaw and willowpaw are appropriate placed in terms of ages, but he waits for her warrior ceremony before they become official.
graypool goes, uh, for lack of a better way to say it, out of her mind when her kits die. which, yeah, understandable. warriors redux, which is where i draw a good percentage of my world building inspiration from, has the concept of luthnai, or queen madness, where queens are driven to act dangerously out of fear for their kits. warning: this is a pretty dark/grusome subject. it's not discussed graphically but do think before reading. here is a more detailed discussion, here is where it comes up in the story. so. this is something i want to write about longer form, but i just wanted to mention it.
related, graypool is described as trying to call to her kits, so they hear her in starclan. i'll have to examine my riverclan mourning beliefs.
riverclan lifestyle/physical way of life
riverclan warriors don't all sleep in one den! now, i don't read the manga, so maybe i'm missing something, but thunderclan is constantly implying all the warriors are in one den. so this is really interesting.
riverclan's camp is a lot more dangerous than the others. they're close to the river, so they have to deal with herons on a regular basis. herons are the size of a small person, which is really interesting. it'd be like if thunderclan lives under the owl tree.
they also deal with very different enemies. they're very comfortable dealing with dogs and twolegs, and we already know how thunderclan reacts to dogs. [1] they have training protocols and everything for it. but i get the sense they'd struggle with badgers and foxes --- not just for lack of training, but...well, i'm not sure. i'm still trying to figure that out. [2]
expanding on twolegs, they train to deal with them. they have specific moves to distract them. it's very interesting --- i don't think they would get on very well with kittypets, but they deal with twolegs much better than thunderclan. (perhaps this is part of why they're less concerned than the other clans during TNP?)
ice is another riverclan unique enemy. it's also interesting because kits like to play on it. riverclan just has a very good understanding of cold. something for me to chew on as well is that all the clans have similar enemies.
they mention specifically that leopardkit likes carp, to the extent that someone tries to catch one specifically for her. but carp are like...1.5-3 feet long. that's probably bigger than her. i have a lot of questions about the biodiversity of their river/diet, but this in particular is interesting. i'll have to do some research before i make any comments.
riverclan is said to have markings too strong to stalk. this comes up in BSP too, i just never thought about it. i think it's mostly bluster, but it's still an interesting idea.
okay and this is something pretty cool. riverclan dives for fish. now, crookedstar's promise is far from the first time we've seen this, but. i don't think most people appreciate how cool it is that they do that. it's incredibly dangerous and skilled and just. yeah. that's really cool. now, in my dovefeather au specifically, one of the plot points is dovepaw being taught how to hunt., she's not going to learn to dive for fish. nah. that's for warriors.
riverclan culture/spiritual/etc stuff
willowbreeze refers to the claw moon, which seems to be the new moon, or around then. i think i'm going to work out some names for different moons based on this. i try to avoid counting for cats, and more about sequencing and patterns, so i like this.
riverclan doesn't have any ideas about aprentices and mentors going out together on the first day. admittedly, this is mostly an invention of fandom, but it's worth calling attention to anyway.
there are some new insults: minnowheart, frogheart. i intially thought this was a little more detailed than just palette swapped insults, but now i'm not sure. either way, a good detail.
apparently thunderclan's preservation of prey is unique to them. it makes sense that riverclan doesn't preserve prey, because fish doesn't keep, which is admittedly how it's initially phrased, but i would think shadowclan would preserve prey too at the least, if not windclan (although riverclan is less likely to know about that), but they specifically mention thunderclan. this could be that riverclan and thunderclan are bigger rivals from riverclan's perspective, but i still think it's interesting.
thunderclan (and presumably shadowclan) is stated to be uncomfortable in the sun. this is mostly teasing by riverclan, but it is interesting. at least in the earlier books, thunderclan isn't active around sunhigh, and in the gorge, firestar and sandstorm shift to a more real-cat schedule because of the heat.
[1]: yes, i know that the dogs they face are especially large, and goaded by tigerstar. but they still view dogs at all as a special, rare occurance. it's not something they train specifically to deal with.
[2]: i want to say this is because despite what thunderclan wants us to think, they seem to skew more fast than strong, but that's not enough for me.
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mallowstep · a month ago
names part two
so i’ve talked about names here and here and here on my main blog where i used to post warriors stuff but since i’m now dedicated a space for warrior cats essays it seems like now is a good time to talk about it again.
anyway i’ll save u having to read all of that; link one is the longest and hardest to summarize but it basically discusses what i’m describing more in detail here, link two is my initial take on naming using some of the names from firestar’s quest, and the final link is just me rambling about how much i love skyclan.
alright so…what do i think about names?
well, first, any system i come up with is going to, ideally, account for approximately 75-90% of names. as in, 75% or so of cats will be valid by the system i design, and ideally 60% of the remaining cats will not require renaming. like, you know, if a parent names their child cateigh you aren’t going to say “that’s a wrong name that is not a name” the same way you might if say a parent names their child, like, “bedroom.”
second, the system must account for clan differences. that is, the 10-25% of cats i do not cover cannot be exclusively from skyclan. i will not be getting rid of frecklewish. we have had two of them and i love them both.
so all of that said, let’s look specifically at the rules i’ve made for kits in “names. leaders. meaning.” (i.e., the first link) and if i have any exceptions to make.
[2.5k words, 14 min read, lots of section headers, a lot of the word count is a list you can skip]
so thunderclan queens name their kits. there’s not much to that. they name them within a day of their birth, which is why they’re usually named after what they look like.
because i don’t know every cat that is or every has been in thunderclan, i can’t say i won’t miss cases of cats not fitting this pattern. notably, i don’t know much about squirrelflight’s dead kits, other than i think their names are juniperkit and dandelionkit?
but there are plenty of cases where they aren’t and it’s because of parental reasons. like, uh, hollykit.
here’s a notably exception: leafkit. well, not really, but leafkit is named because she looks like leafstar. this is a decently large deviation from the norm.
cats are usually named with a decent amount of patterning/traditioning. stormkit is a pretty typical thunderclan name in times of battle. obviously right now, this is a time of peace, so it’s not really applicable.
featherkit was a common name, but it’s fallen out of favor. flowers are in right now, as well as trees. prey is falling in popularity.
as far as suffixes go, there’s usually a lot of effort to be descriptive. that’s why we have bluefur and snowfur. i still haven’t forgiven sunstar for this.
so bluestar was signficantly more creative in her names, and it’s continued through the leaders, ending with twigbranch. bramblestar is pushing thunderclan names into the metaphorical. this is the one (1) good thing he’s ever done.
shadowclan kits get their names picked over by every nursery queen. i use tigerkit as an example, because everyone is kind of like “hey tawnypelt…hey maybe we shouldn’t name ur son after ur legitimately and completely evil father” and she was like “but i want tigerkit to overcome the name of his father” and the shadowclan queens are like “…that goes against both thunderclan and shadowclan ideas of the power of names”
so they name the rest of the litter to try to curb the dangerous power of tigerkit. flamekit because firestar killed tigerstar, and dawnkit because dawn is a time of peace.
dovewing’s kits are especially out of place because of this for the record.
suffixes are also pretty communal. senior warriors, medicine cats, parents, mentors, all get a say, although the leader does get a final decision. and usually the mentor covertly leaks it to the apprentice, who will subtle indicate their approval. so no, like, tinycloud situations. (if you remember when tinycloud was named she was not happy about it.)
what, i have no established order for these, except that we start with thunderclan and end with skyclan. anyway so windclan kits are named very plainly. it’s similar to thunderclan but there’s a lot less symbolism. in that, like, a thunderclan queen might name her grey kit dovekit in a time of peace/renewal, or when she’s hoping for one, but in a time of conflict, that grey kit might have been named mistkit or stonekit. yes, i am riffing off of bluestar’s prophecy. yes, this is because we have bluefur and snowfur. no, i will not stop bringing this up.
anyway so windclan is more, “you gotta black kit? well…you can use nightkit, darkit, ravenkit, crowkit, and maybe if you’re feeling spicey, something like hollykit.” i don’t know enough windclan cats of the top of my head for this. also, all names are approved by starclan via the medicine cat. this is very important.
the leader and the medicine cat collab on the suffix. usually the clan leader is just running it by the medicine cat, unlessy you’re crowfeather, screwing with your entire clan’s naming traditions because pretty girl.
like holy shit in my au tallstar is so fucking pissed at him he loops back around to calm. because like. crow. crowpaw. at any point. at any point you could have brought this up you fucking idiot. you were going to be, like, crowflight or something. for the journey. but no. you just had to go and mess it up. crowfeather is bad name for him! or more, it doesn’t have a meaning and just. yeah. no. no one is happy about that. go to fucking shadowclan with your weird inheritance naming.
alright so this is a fun one. riverclan queens name their kits however the fuck they want. you wanna name a kit silverkit? go for it. feel like graykit? yeah sure why not. willowkit? featherkit? stormkit? oakkit? troutkit? there are no rules, there is only name.
actually, there are rules. the rule is that the name has to mean something, and it has to be good. it’s usually a kind of wish for your child. but unlike thunderclan, this isn’t about what the queen wants for her kit. i mean it is, but that’s like “oh small kit i shall name you dovekit so that you can be peaceful and not have to fight” whereas here it’s like “imma name u silverkit because i like trinkets and they’re silver and i want you to know you are like a trinket you are a constant emblem of my love”
and suffixes? those r like. the clan leader being like. aw shit ur a cool cat. ig. it’s written out p directly in names leaders meaning go read that.
last but certainly not least, skyclan: inventing last names like the old english peerage since 2010 or whenever firestar’s quest came out.
but i mean, yeah. they take a long time to name their kits. see, i have this soft headcanon that they kind of…keep doing kit naming ceremonies. like when kits are old enough to leave the nursery (ca. 1 moon), and the queen has decided on a name, they bundle em up and leafstar is like “harrykit…u wanna be skyclan?”
i don’t know, i’m stil workshopping the details. it’s not like, a public gathering thing (tiny kits r smol), but leafstar will formally greet them as part of the clan and canonize their name.
but anyway, they take a long time to name their kits, like, as long as they can before the kits get all “suckle mother by what shall i refer to myself as” so as much as a moon. in the gorge, kits names were formally introduced at a full moon gathering, so they definitely think it’s kind of weird the other clans don’t introduce their kits by name.
kits born on or near the full moon usually have a good deal of lee-way in this, queens aren’t rushed into naming.
but yeah, if you want your name to live on, die within a moon of a queen kitting. there’s like, a 100% chance you will be in one or two of her kits names.
as far as warrior names, leafstar is pretty solitary. like, thunderclan is decided purely by the leader (although they might seek input from parents/mentors at their discretion), but there are traditions. patterns. riverclan is also decided purely by the leader, but the tone is a lot more casual and leaders generally check in with the apprentice. leafstar? nah this bitch name cats whatever she wants.
other than tinycloud, no one has any problems. but she usually is still paying tribute to cats, directly or indirectly, in warrior names. skyclan is young, but they actually probably have the closest bond to starclan out of all of the clans now. i mean, for one, they lived right next to their moonpool equivalent. second, every moon the whole clan gathered to share news with starclan. third, and most important, their whole history is marred with grief and loss. so they cling to everyone very, very, closely.
it’s a huge part of their culture, this idea of ancestors living on through them. especially when there’s early conflict between ancient!skyclan descendents and the other cats, and gorgeborn/loner, daylight warrior, etc., finding unity by making each cat have a connection to those who have come before is really important.
so yeah, skyclan names are really really critical to them. that’s kind of why leafstar does not preserve firestar’s renaming thing, because billy and bella and harry and bounce and all of these prefixes are part of skyclan now.
like i said, last but certainly not least. i wasn’t just. repeating a common saying. i meant it.
so i’m using this allegiances generator to cover some examples. this is not an end all be all. i may make a post to update with more examples, for ideas purposes. not in a gatekeep-y way. they go TC | ShC | WC | RC | SkC
dawn: pale, any color, but esp. tan or cream. soft. primarily she-kits. peaceful name. | peaceful, bringer. internal strength. dawnstripe. positive. | tan, brindle. loyal, stern, strong. | good clan member, loyal, well loved. associated with times of plenty. | N/A
dust: tan. not really used for tabby cats. green-leaf, fighting. | N/A | tan. not used commonly, associated with drought and barrenness | not used. associated with drought | N/A
flame: fire-colored. strong. warm. good fighter | flametail. honorable. wise. good choice. | strength, good fighter. rare, fire is dangerous. | no specific meaning, rarely used. | associated with firestar. positive. leadership.
heavy: large kit, esp. with smaller siblings. uncommon. | N/A | same as thunderclan. uncommon. | good fisher, well-fed. | N/A
mallow: white, fluffy, soft. a very pale cream color. could have been daisy’s name. | N/A | short fur, white or tan. maybe with darker paws/limbs. decent name for a kit. | fluffy, squishy. desiring a medicine cat. | N/A mallowstep’s name was actually from the sisters. he doesn’t apply. he’s also not part of canon so he doesn’t have an impact i just thought i’d mention it.
pear: sweet. tan, pale. shorter fur. friendly. coming into favor. | N/A | same as thunderclan, unlikely to be used, seen as a fragile name | sweet, friendly. desires for a happy and simple life. low ambition. | N/A
rowan: light brown/tan, esp. spotted tabby, red, esp. spotted, tortoiseshell | rowanstar. won’t be used for a while. disgraceful. | uncommon. sturdy. brown, red. tortie with lots of molting | valuing tenacity, wisdom. good for half-clan kits. | also rowanstar. similarly unlikely to be used
starling: dark, white spots. small-ish. good hunter, times of plenty | starlingwing. positive. room for positive growth. honorable. | dark, white spots. good runner, light. | starlingfeather. old skyclan name. may or may not be used again.
tumble: clumsy. longer fur. not commonly used. | N/A | clumsy. old tunneling name. strong, broad shouldered. falling out of favor. | clumsy. peaceful. playful. positive, but rarely used. the river is a big enemy of kits. | N/A
wolf: grey, strong. powerful. fighter. not a peacful name | wolfstep. nothing special. | not used, dangerous | strong hunter. large. part of larger litter. positive. | N/A
same deal as above.
cry: not used, insulting, shriekly/loud voice | N/A | good at spotting and catching birds. | good with birds. excitable, high energy. | not used presently, used to be part of the bird name sets ([bird name]-wing, feather, flight, cry)
ear: good hearing. good at finding mice, voles, etc. | N/A | good hunter, especially for moles. | empathetic, good listener. keeps watch. | N/A
hare: fast. uncommon. | N/A | good hunter. very good hunter, fast. maybe unreliable. | not really used. maybe for a half wind-clan kit | N/A
leaf: strong willed. opinionated. clear character. | most recent was amberleaf, who wasn’t anything special. has space for a reapperance. | good runner. comfortable in the wood. not terribly common. | patient. dappled. | leafstar. very good. good leadership. strong.
leap: good jump. high energy. | deerleap, lightleap. a respected name. for mature and/or well travelled apprentices. | good hunter. good fighter. well rounded. maybe overeager. maybe ambitious | good fighter. excitable. not terribly common. | rabbitleap. calm, confident. chill. very common in old skyclan, but not usually a bird name.
pad: quiet, low leadership. not common. | N/A | heavy footsteps. good tunneler. not common. | high endurance. good friend, leader. | N/A
scar: only given to cats with scars. this is true for every clan.
shade: tabby. dark. good hunter | fernshade. nothing special. | not common, dark cat, good in tunnels | good fisher. very good fisher. implies better at fishing than other things. | rockshade. pretty neutral, but has space for more usage.
sun: warm, soothing. reliable, dependable. strong leadership qualities | N/A | good runner. awake during the day. very auspicious name. | good hunter, lazy, calm, relaxed. friendly. | N/A
wish: not really used. implies cat isn’t “complete” where they are | N/A | good connection with starclan. medicine cats only. | hopeful, optimistic, good at finding things. typical for medicine cats, but not always | frecklewish. friendly, finding one’s place
open/closed classes
alright my last take is, well, there are concepts of open and closed classes of words. think about english prepositions. you can’t suddenly use google where you would use to, or from, or w/e, but you can make it a noun or a verb.
so for names. names are usually an open class, but not always, and just how open it is is dependent.
so. thunderclan and riverclan are open clases, and windclan and shadowclan are closed classes.
skyclan is kind of in between. it’s a little bit hazy. they’re still sorting that stuff out.
alright, that’s it. i’m sure i’ll have more to say, but i’m happy with this.
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path-of-my-childhood · a month ago
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mallowstep · a month ago
“He wants to be a warrior,” Brambleclaw said. “But look what happens to cats who get what they want.” (He’s talking about her, she thinks, how she said, “I don’t want you,” because it wasn’t enough, because he kept not being there. He’s talking about her, and she’s heard him say this before, just never to her, that Jaykit’s blindness is because of her betrayal, a punishment, a warning.)
it’s probably time i stop saying i’m not going to write this, huh?
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mallowstep · a month ago
trying to write a riverclan au like
me: alright i'm solving the jayfeather dovefeather name thing by having dovepaw go to riverclan and stay there
me: cool
me: guess i have to read all the riverclan content now
me: oh wait
me: there is none
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mallowstep · a month ago
does anyone know anything about finding the bonus scene where jayfeather is grieving? because they don’t sell warriors in my local barnes and nobles and the shipping is, not worth it
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mattieandmatter · a month ago
watching the clock skip from 1:59am to 3:00am has to be the meaning of pain itself
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mallowstep · a month ago
“Dovekit and Ivykit are so little,” cooed Blossomkit, and Dovekit felt her pelt fluff up in indignation. “’M not little,” Dovekit said. Brightheart purred. “You’re very little,” she said, smoothing Dovekit’s fur. “But you and your sister will grow up to be strong warriors for the clan.”
growing shadows (cloudtail’s daughter, bk.1)
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mallowstep · a month ago
(Jayfeather flicks his tail, whispers to himself, hoping Dovepaw can hear, “Stop spying. If you wanted to come, you should have come.”)
feathers take flight (footprints.)
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mallowstep · a month ago
“Brightheart?” Jaykit’s voice is soft. “Do you think Fireheart will let me be a warrior?” Brightheart licks his head, biding her time. Is she supposed to say yes? Is she supposed to say, I want him to? “I hope so,” she says, “because you’re going to be the best warrior this clan has ever seen.”
wings & feathers (ammendment)
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mattieandmatter · a month ago
breakfast is a social construct. eat pizza in the morning. eat waffles before bed. live your best life.
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mallowstep · a month ago
i’ve been reading crookedstar’s promise and as i try as much as possible to make common knowledge, bluestar’s prophecy is my favorite superedition and as far as i’m concerned is the best SE, so it’s really weird to read the events through crookedjaw’s eyes
especially knowing how everything plays out like...damn. stop making me feel sympathetic for crookedstar.
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path-of-my-childhood · a month ago
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path-of-my-childhood · a month ago
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Aaron Dessner: It has been an incredible journey since Taylor first approached me to write with her. From the moment she wrote Cardigan last April 28th - she unlocked a creative chemistry between us distinct from anything I’d previously experienced, and it led to the creation of two albums in 6 months that are incredibly dear to me - folklore and evermore. Thank you to the Recording Academy for recognizing folklore tonight. Taylor, Jack and I could not be prouder of the work we’ve done together. Thank you to my family: my beautiful wife Stine for constantly lifting me up with her indomitable spirit and supporting me through all of this, and to my children Ingrid, Robin and Mimi who inspire me every day. Thank you Jonathan Low, my amazingly talented engineer and mixer who I’ve been fortunate to have working alongside my projects for the past decade. Thank you Bryce, my loving brother, for your invaluable contributions to folklore - I would never have been able to do any of this without everything I've learned from and with you and your constant support. It is no surprise to anyone that your arrangements elevate the album to what it is. My dear friend Justin who always picks me up when I feel down and who has given me a confidence in my music that I sometimes lose - your writing, voice and playing are vital parts of both these albums. I cherish our friendship and every single opportunity we have to collaborate. Thank you so much to Joe for your brilliant writing and collaboration on both folklore and evermore - and for your friendship and spirit which have been a huge part of this unforgettable time. Thank you to my bandmates in the National who I learned how to write and make records together without compromise - and all the artists I've worked with for giving me the chance to grow and learn from you.
And most of all thank you to Taylor. I am constantly humbled by and grateful for our friendship and collaboration. It’s such a strange thought that this time last year, we hadn’t even begun our journey together, since you are now such a big part of my life. You have restored my faith in music and the ways in which it can help me and others. In a year of such uncertainty and fear, I'm eternally grateful for the music we made. You generously shared your songwriting genius with me and others on these records - and made everyone involved feel appreciated and confident in their work. I can't say enough positive things about you as an artist and a person.
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mallowstep · a month ago
dove/ivy character designs for cloudtail’s daughter
as you may remember, they’re tortie/calico (respectively)
dovewing has a cream belly. like she’s mostly grey on top.
but her ears have red splotches, and her tail is patchy.
her muzzle is cream too. and her paws.
there’s a creeping patch of red on her side.
ivypool has a considerable amount of white, basically wherever dovewing has red.
she also has a mainly grey back, but she has streaks of red across her
the tabbying on her is a lot stronger too
she has a much larger red patch on her side
because her coat is shorter, her tail is more sleak, so you can’t really see the patches
her hind legs are solid grey, and her front legs are solid red
dovewing and ivypool have similar marking patterns all in all
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