SnowClan's borders are done. Cats are also namedropped. yes, Powderstorm is insane. Also we have our first History Lore! Glacierpath, the cat that walked across the ice-covered Boundless Ocean for 28 days to search for the Edge of the world.
I got most of SnowClan's historic figures done! They are the newest Clan, only having existed for ~16 years, so they only had a few leaders until the current day. Super fun to work out the dates for all these events and how each leader made their mark!
okay they are all finished. Also I have furnished the nursery with some young souls <3 SnowClan is known for a lot of cats dying young, but there are always plenty of kits around. And the apprentices outnumber the warriors!
On reused prefixes: so even with names like Lucentgaze I'm not going to be able to have unique prefixes for all cats. There's over 400 of them! It's also a fact that queens don't know the names of every cat in every Clan, especially if they are far away or in a large Clan like SparkClan. So there will be some name overlap, though I'll never have the same prefix-suffix combo (except once, for comedic purposes; I haven't decided who gets that honor yet, probably a SparkClan + CliffClan young warrior duo). I will try and limit shared prefixes to 2, but some common ones might have 3. These cats will never be in the same Clan.
This only comes up because I realized I have two Trout- (Troutheart and Troutpaw) and two Wave-(Waveflight and Wavepatch). I will be changing Troutpaw's name because Troutheart is a young warrior from StoneClan and would have been an apprentice when "Troutkit" was born... in StoneClan at the time. So that one will be changed. I headcannon that Waveflight and Wavepatch were born ~a month apart (Wavepatch is older) so they were both announced as apprentices in a gathering at around the same time. They both hated that they had to share a ceremony AND a name; Waveflight was named first as a warrior tho and still holds that over Wavepatch's head.
Debating on how to format footnotes. I think (maybe) there's a way to jump to a specific line in BBCode, but I don't know that syntax and google isn't very helpful. The easiest way would be to post the footnotes as comments (either here or in a separate thread) and link to those individually. That's probably going to be my stopgap solution.
Mk I tried the first footnote. It's in "Historical cats" -> SnowClan -> Glacierpath (1) Check it out, tell me what you think, I think it's fairly clean implementation of footnotes without clunky spoiler tags. I might just footnote all the extra details since I really do hate those spoiler tags AND trying to work around having super long posts when editing.
I'm just making cats in pairs and they'll be finished eventually~
Also descriptions are getting longer and longer and knowing me that trend will continue. Not only will they have more detailed physical descriptions, but their attributes are more varied AND most come with at least one backstory or relationship bit. A mixed bag.
yoyoyo we're starting to get some reference images~ The album will have them all, but unsorted. Images are directly linked to the character bio in allegiances; there will be a separate link for the reference image and any other art made of that character.
Fan art is always accepted and welcomed! If you have a cat you love, make some art of them and it'll be featured in a footnote with credit <3 You can make art of any character no permission necessary and they don't need to have an official ref. Just don't steal the character concept and ping me if you do draw any of them, I'd love to see it !!
New history: short version! SnowClan cats SkyClan cats fixed some StoneClan lore, bringing it up to current fixed "current figures" to be accurate with SnowClan's lore doodled Snowystar x Beechstar <333
We have cooler maps now! I can't move them between computers at the moment, so you'll just have to trust me that maps are being made. I cleaned up some inconsistencies of my first current-day sketch, and also made a map of the Dawn of the World aka before any Expansions.
The one thing that makes me a little sad is that SparkClan is supposed to encounter the Endless Sands before the second expansion, so that means I'll have to delve FAR east for that to happen; it makes sense that SparkClan was such a powerful force, as they practically had a monopoly on land after the first expansion! I'm headcanoning (which I guess since I made it, it's canon??? Tentatively canon???) that the moderators running the sim wanted the Clans to group up to explore the new land at first, so they just expanded it one direction... but then SparkClan said NOPE OURS and snatched it all without waiting for the others to help explore it. The funny thing is, they probably kept the expansion a secret which didn't get out until too late, so the others didn't even know the Expansion happened (or they thought it was just small bits like they got, since the world did expand a tiny bit across the board), and SparkClan is over here like: wow yall got that much we hardly got anything hahaah *kicks the double-size map they're making under the rug*
starting to work through SparkClan's history. Slowly. The early stuff is going to be fairly standard, it's only after the first expansion that things in SparkClan start getting spicy and the Clan starts growing exponentially.
Kildeerstar was a hot mess and I'm here for him <3 I love doing these histories just by creating leaders and events that happened during their leadership; it's super fun making a narrative only by main plot points, and weaving in personalities that make those plot points inevitable. They also feel super natural to do, just tying one to another and leaving some strings hanging that I can use for later~
Hey been a hot second. I decided to start a little bit in WhistleClan, before it was technically a Clan and still a Petal of SparkClan (they had four "Petals" in the cardinal directions so that their large population could be micromanaged and organized as they tamed the wide Expansion; what would become WhistleClan is the Southern Petal).
I love my duo of intermediary leaders: Witherfrost, an amputee who was a tactical genius that died too young and her apprentice, Fensprig, who was just as intelligent and lived a long life, finishing his mentor's plans and clearing out the southern expansion ranges over the course of many years hard work. He was in the best poly relationship and while everything just landed in his lap unexpectedly in the middle of a long war of attrition against the wilderness, he loved his accidental family more than anything else.
I just drafted some clan sigils for all the groups (except CinderClan and WhistleClan... Theirs both need some work)
And I've discovered that CreekClan and StoneClan are going to be flipped! Nothing will change with alliances, just the names. I want StoneClan to be on CliffClan's border, using their rockier terrain, while the Clan called CreekClan should have the marshes and, ya know, creeks. So they are getting the flip flop, just for name reasons. Because it's hella illogical to have them this way!! Which I only really thought about when making their sigils and realizing that creek's is near mountains~~
CreekClan and StoneClan's sigils both have a river running down the side, mirroring where their border is and calling back to RiverClan's sigil (which is basically riverClan's canon one). NEW StoneClan has mountains on the left, and NEW CreekClan has grassland on the right!
I tried to keep them super simple, since it would be canon that the Clans use this sigils drawn in dirt or carved into wood to mark borders. Because of this, each can easily be simplified into a few lines or circles for easy drawing with claws.
The most complex one is StarClan's and somewhat heatherClan's (which is a cloud with grass inside it)
okayyyyy so I'm making a massive family tree right now and I've quickly come to realize that we have THREE Tawny- (with two being kits; the two kits are actually related too. One is Redcloud's in SkyClan, the other is Puddlestripe's in CreekClan; Puddlestripe is Redcloud's half-sister from Scorchfeather's third litter)
I'm still working this out and there will probably be many changes, but this is a hot preview (focusing on SkyClan's, but with a little aside to a CreekClan tree)
I think if you right click -> open image in new tab you can see it at full quality and be able to zoom around
but yea it should be fairly easy to follow hopefully? Green between two cats is current mates, red is exes, grey is one (or both) of them died. The lightest blue is first litter, the middle blue is second, and the dark blue is third. So at the top, Scorchfeather and Wavepatch had two litters together, and Scorch had another with Leafshine. I need to give more cats dead siblings and stop making groups of three lmao
Also yea Daisyshine's line is literally going to just be she-cats each with one kit and never knowing fathers. It's traditional for her line to be the head Skipper, and for each she-cat to bear one kit without ever taking a mate. perhaps one day they'll tie in the historical tree, but probably not until like, 28y (it's 56y now and generations are usually 3-5y ish)
Wip 2 of the family tree. Again right click -> open in new tab to zoom in (this should work on mobile too) This is the entirety of modern SkyClan. The rest of the Clans I'm working from the top down instead of trying to work from the bottom up cuz this is annoying to try and plan. I think I did surprisingly well for how much of a mess this is.
Also new dictation: a line under the name is clan of origin. This doesn't need to be where they are born, and usually is where they did their apprenticeship. There's only one jump which is Bearchill. Her ex-mate's(Flutterspark) new mate(Duskshine) is her uncle's grandkid. So second cousin by blood? I'm glad I made Flutterspark come from CreekClan so no chance at accidental incest (I tried to check everything over and I think I'm good... so far?)
Astute viewers may notice that Softlake's mystery mate has a different color than Daisy's family tree. The pink denotates a surrogate aka blood relative but not romantic (some queer pairings may also have a known surrogate, though most do not make it publicly known if they would require one)*. Softlake is keeping her mate hidden for Drama Reasons. Tallstream x Driftwing is a relationship where Drift claimed Duskshine as his, but that he and Tallstream were never mates. They are both independently parents to her though <3
*No you know what this is a simulation and we support LGBT cats. They can literally ask StarClan to bless them with kits and it happens. Tho they can choose to have a surrogate if they want to, it isn't necessary. It's a sim it doesn't need to be real if the mods/gods can make anything possible.
these family trees are so BIZZARE because, to me, Nightstar feels Old (I feel the "now" of that snapshot is during the latter half of his leadership) but, he's significantly younger than Whistleleaf, who feels Young. Whistle doesn't even die that young, even if his sister does. it just feels so weird. Now that I'm making this tree, I think I'm going to have to section this out into... some sort of time-based sections? So that I can feel for generations, since right now, kits that are literally 7 YEARS younger are on the same generational line and that's just... not right. I don't want to make the tree TOO complex, and what happens when two cats from different birth years have kits? DIAGONALS??? no.
hmmmmm. Maybe another overlay? the problem with THOSE is that moving the tree at all means the overlay is also wrong. Unless I make subfolders but I have so many folders already
Also it is super sad to pick some randomish death dates for cats and start clumping some together for different tragedies. I have a famine that killed three in Feb 4, a huge battle vs ElmClan that has claimed four (with one dying of wounds a month later) and another battle vs RiverClan that claimed a father and his daughter in Nov 4. Actually we have a lot of kids and parents dying at the same time, Maplepond and her son Butterflywhisker also died on the same month, though I didn't have a battle detailed for that day. Perhaps that was the first battle Peachstar waged on RiverClan, and the fight that claimed her kit happened two moons later (which I realize cannot kill Quietstripe if I want him to still father Sunpool, born a year later.....)
WIP 1 of the historical SparkClan allegiances. Greyed out cats are those that never actually existed in the simulation, but were memories of the current cats. A lot of them struggled to come to terms having siblings or mates they never actually knew, but knew they had had. The problem with these stupid trees is that I can't just come up with random warriors to fill the ranks: they have to come from somewhere and that means more trees. Also, because there's literally no outsiders... I can't even throw in some new blood unless it's cross-Clan borders. Meaning that I'll need to make sufficient bloodlines now to prevent later issues.
I may have the people running the simulation just... chuck in random cats for Diversity Reasons during the Expansions (and maybe randomly within it... like it's normal for young or adult cats to just appear and be absorbed into the Clans)
I'm so glad I'm moved back and can have internet on my pc again!! Time to actually start working on more drawings!
When I was at the other place, I had to draw everything on one computer, throw it on a flash drive, move it to my laptop and upload from there with their slow wifi. Now it's gonna be MUCH faster to go straight from my computer to the forums~
Which hopefully means a LOT of cats will be getting reference pics and hopefully most of them will have both a sheet and a posed character art, with the major players maybe getting a full on splash art + background. We'll see about that tho, it might just be Powdersnow or other cats I can use as banners for history segments~
Bravepaw - A dark brown tabby she-cat with a white tail-tip and amber eyes. Her build is lithe, unlike most SnowClan cats, and her short fur makes it challenging for her to cope in the cold mountains. She's determined to overcome the limitations of her body, however, and constantly pushes herself to be the best apprentice despite her disadvantage. Once a SkyClan apprentice named Asterpaw, she gave herself the name Bravepaw when she ran away to SnowClan. She idolizes Powdersnow and follows the general whenever she can. Bravepaw is desperate for recognition and praise, and will do anything to get Powdersnow's attention. To this end, she is hyper competitive with the other apprentices and sees them only as impediments to her goal and has a bloodthirsty streak that has only grown under Powdersnow's encouragement. She's strong-willed when she has something to focus her ambition, but is very weak when her idealized vision falters.
Tempestpaw - A large golden tabby she-cat with silvery grey eyes. Polydactyl. She has wide paws with thick, hooked claws and a bulkier build with strong forelegs. Her tail is stubbed. She has rather poor vision, and is forced to use her other senses to understand what is going on. This makes it challenging for her to be out in the winter snows, where the smells and sounds are dampened and the whiteness blinds her already poor sight. She makes up for this with raw strength and endurance, and can withstand greater physical stress than most cats. Tempestpaw has one way of solving problems: brute force. She lost her tail to an eagle's attack as a young apprentice, and now seeks to hunt them down whenever the chance arises. She is a poor hunter, and while she is strong, her poor vision makes it difficult for her to match up to a nimble opponent in battle. She is witty and is always ready to turn a cat's poor wording against them with a turn of phrase.
my little family of golden siblings <3333 They are such a dysfunctional group of children but there's five of them and they all have each other's backs.
You got Lionpaw, who used to be the big older brother until he nearly died to an eagle and now is phobic of the sky and so helps the queens in the caverns. And then Tempestpaw, who took Lionpaw's spot as protective older sister. Strong and durable but with bad vision, she is determined to take care of her siblings and hunt down the eagle for vengeance. Sweetpaw doesn't know what she wants to do with her future and makes that everyone else's problem. She has an ididic memory and knows she is good at lots of things, but the choices overwhelm her and put her under a lot of stress. Goldenpaw is deaf and is easily frustrated by his difficulty communicating with anyone other than Coldpaw and Lionpaw. He spends most his time alone because he is too empathetic and seeing others struggle makes him angry and he doesn't know how to deal with that yet. and then little Coldpaw, the runt of the litter, that's super smart but has no common sense.
Ryewing came to me in a dream and I had to get him written in before I could forget anything. He pretty much singlehandedly took care of all the orphaned kits from the Red Sickness and was also a founder of the Order of Honey (which all have names now!!).
There. All the Order of Honey founders (7) are up with a short blurb in Historic Figures.
And now you see why I made this page instead of just writing the story: I could spend literally three BOOKS on just Ryewing's experiences up until the Cure! And that's only two years out of 58 from one cat's perspective!! I need to make this just the most important points so that I can get the entire scope of the world out on paper
Oh did I mention that SparkClan currently has a prophecy cat? And unlike the books (or rather, like the recent books) this means he has a smidge of superpowers and plot armor? Because this is a simulation, some cats are... well, OC's. And they have a part to play let me tell you. I'm still working on the specifics of this prophecy, though it's been noted for a while that SparkClan has a Chosen (like and unlike SnowClan; Powdersnow was "Chosen" by Lucentgaze and Aurora, not the Real StarClan).
Nightlion is a black cat with brown tabby markings, a chimera, with heterochromia: one eye golden, the other light blue. Real Edgy OC Chosen One vibes. He has near perfect night vision and venomous fangs! hehe He's SparkClan's golden boy and also a secret weapon that very, very few cats know about. So far, he's a weapon that's only been turned against the Eclipse Beasts, but who knows how long that will last once the civil war that's brewing in SparkClan finally breaks out. . .
I actually really respect you for how much time you must have put into this. I hope it gets the recognization it deserves!
yo thanks~ And quick comments are worth more than gold, so thanks for taking the time to do that.
Hopefully one day it'll be organized enough that it's actually understandable to anyone at a glance. The pieces are (almost) all together already, though not in the right places. Sorting that out will take the most time.
+ some family tree stuff. Really just namedropping and trying to associate some of these cats to other cats already on the tree (greypaw being related to Mistedpool but also to the current Puddleshine; Mirrormask being Halfhaven's uncle, though he's raised by Ryewing since Mirrormask dies before he's born). Speaking of Mirrormask, his full(ish) bio is up too. The others will get theirs... probably tomorrow if I'm being honest.
Gonna sleep tho now. I got a couple really good books from the library to read~! And it's late
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