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#March 16th 2021
backyard-birds · 8 days ago
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A very uniquely shaped friend
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backyard-birds · 22 days ago
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I haven’t seen the bluebirds at the house as much. I don’t know if that means they chose another nest or they’re just being stealthier. Either way I will enjoy the memories of them here.
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backyard-birds · 25 days ago
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I’m not that hungry, just a bite today.
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backyard-birds · a month ago
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One of the few goldfinches that seems to be molting gracefully
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mallowstep · a month ago
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so i just finished crookedstar’s promise and like, i have stuff coming for it. i took detailed notes on every time something distinctly riverclan came up.
but holy hell, that book hit different. i have no idea what i expected, but it wasn’t that.
i don’t usually cry when i feel strongly. i cry when i feel weakly. i’m all reversed.
so i'm not surprised that i didn't cry at the ending, but god. it left me with chest pain.
you know, the knot in your chest when you just feel.
i've recommended the light that shines on you for the fantastic world building, but...now i need to recommend it for the character. for watching crookedstar and silverpaw bond. for. fuck.
okay well i don't want to turn completely incoherent just. if you haven't read crookedstar's promise, well. it's not tallstar's revenge. i can't promise that it's going to twist you up in knots the same way.
but god, it made me feel. and that was what i needed.
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backyard-birds · a month ago
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(Click for fullsized eyebrow glory)
As Spring returns, the goldfinches have begun to molt back into their breeding plumage. Right now they’re transitioning, and it’s wonderfully awkward. They have eyebrows!
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mallowstep · a month ago
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riverclan’s medicine cat has trained as a warrior first since the very first series, until mothwing left. and i really want to know how that affects their outlook.
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mallowstep · a month ago
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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.
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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. but...like, 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.
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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
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i’ve said in a couple of places talking about maternal instincts that leafpool doesn’t have any for her litter, and squirrelflight does, and that’s why the ruse works.
and then i went and wrote an essay about it where i was like “so queens feel this towards adopted litters and here are some queens who DIDN’T have the response” and then i thought about this for half a second and went “wait hold on i’ve caused a problem”
indeed i have.
uh. the solution is. so okay. squilf’s reaction towards her litter is requisite to being her litter, but it’s not enough to prove she gave birth to the litter. and functionally, as long as brambleclaw and squilf accept them, it doesn’t matter where they came from. at least, not in theory.
leafpool, on the hand, has rejected her litter. on the purely maternal instincts side, mind. she still loves them, she just doesn’t feel like they’re her kits. if squirrelflight wasn’t there when she was kitting, they may have died. but that didn’t happen so we don’t have to think about it.
but i digress. if leafpool were a normal queen, and she rejected her litter as such, the clan would have a few responses. they might give the litter to a different nursing queen, and strongly discourage leafpool from having any more litters. or, if leafpool didn’t react violently, and there wasn’t a suitable foster queen, she might keep them.
the instincts fade after about half a moon anyway, so it’s not critical to raising the kits. however, it’s very suspicious, and many will feel a queen who doesn’t feel the correct instincts will never fully love her kit.
i mentioned that bluefur doesn’t have the queen drive for her kits (i haven’t decided on a name so i’m just going to keep saying different things until something feels right), and were the truth to have come out about what happened, her lack of the drive would have been what was blamed.
it’s a little more complex than that, admittedly, but i’m smoothing over a very complicated situation where bluefur’s lack of instincts actually saved her kits.
ultimately, without any queen protective instincts, leafpool still could have been a good mother to her kits. we, the audience, know this, and a good deal of cats know this too. however, leafpool was a little bit beyond just having no instincts, because she just straight up rejected them.
basically there’s kind of a scale:
overprotective, smothering. may kill kits if in an unsafe environment. there’s not a canon example AFAIK. it doesn’t happen very often in a clan.
overprotective, smothering, but not dangerous. harm may happen inadvertently due to an inability to judge risks. this is squirrelflight in the “ashes” au, when she refuses to return to the clan because she’s more afraid of brambleclaw than the cold.
overprotective, smothering, but not dangerously blinded. speckletail and snowkit.
overprotective, smothering, but to a normal degree. canon nightcloud and breezekit.
protective, the normal amount after kitting. brightheart in cloudtail’s daughter and jaywing.
neutral, lacking instincts, but still recognizes as kin. bluefur in canon.
neutral, lacking instincts, no immediate connection, but no hostility. paleflower, kind of? this is for a different reason, but it is the right response.
neutral, lacking instincts, can’t form connection. leafpool.
hostile, but not entirely harmful. rejects kits, has no interest, unlikely to be kind, but will not cause harm. rainflower.
hostile, actively harmful. i have an example of this but it would be spoiling a project i’m working on so you’ll have to imagine.
for clan cats, 3 to 7 is fine for raising. 2 and 8 might be okay, depending, but 1 and 9-10 are definitely harmful. 1 is a complicated situation to handle, in 10, the kits safety is prioritized. queens at 2 are usually going to be talked down by an older queen, and their whims are going to be honored to the best of the clan’s abilities and the kit’s safety.
in a 1, the clan is going to respond to protect the kits, but that can be really hard. they’ll save the kits over the mother if it comes to that, but this is a temporary condition, and no one wants that.
so with leafpool at an 8 with her kits, she could have raised them, but she never felt like their mother.
anyway, because leafpool doesn’t have any instincts and she’s their medicine cat and squirrelflight does and depending on the au the timing would be somewhat off for leafpool, everything works.
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darthsarcom · a month ago
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Hey I actually think I looked cute today
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mallowstep · a month ago
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fuuuuuck crookedstar’s promise hits different
watching him fight with oakheart and oakheart “you still have me”
and knowing he’ll only have him for, what, six more moons?
hot damn. my chest hurts. i gasped.
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mallowstep · a month ago
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i might kick off a fanfiction session with some oneshots to post. by session i mean i have a lot of time this weekend so...
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hockeytown-gifs · a month ago
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Geno gets a puck to the leg from Mo  -  Wings vs ‘Canes  -  March 16, 2021
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just-a-mod · a month ago
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just
some kissing ://///)
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captainlordauditor · a month ago
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You know you’ve made it as a tumblr blog when someone sends you SIXTEEN asks in the space of an evening telling you to kill yourself for [checks notes] having different opinions about Batman villains
Real nice change from when I was getting photos of corpses in my inbox, gotta say
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