It was late evening over ShadeClan territory, the moon was beginning to rise and set a silver glow over most of the dark pine trees. Inside the Clan camp which remained hidden and left in the dark sat the Clan's young leader. Spiderstar. It had been a few moons since her appointment as leader, but, she had settled into her new role well. The Clan had started to thrive under her dark amber gaze. The large cat sat perched outside her den that sat high above the main camp. Next to her was her faithful deputy and friend, Loachpelt. The two had been talking about Shellpaw's progress. Spiderstar was impressed with her trainee's progress and was looking forward to her ceremony and she could tell that her friend was too. The pair had been through a lot together and faced a few hardships that tested their bond but, here they sat in charge of ShadeClan.
Spiderstar got to her paws and started to move down the 'steps' back to the main clearing. She muttered over her shoulder that she was going to the nursery to see how the kits were. That was one duty the large leader both loved and hated at the same time. She didn't mind kits, no, she was expected to one day have her own. But, some just annoyed her and got on her very short nerves. The large leader continued on her way to the large den. A few of her soldiers turned her way but looked away and continued with their tasks. Good, I don't want a Clan full of lazy flea-bags. — #garykingandtheenablers 05:25 Wed Jan 17 2018
"Here it comes!" Ashkit squeaked as she raced forward, unaware of the young leader headed their way. "I got it, I got it!" She cried, jumping up as she tried to hit the moss ball that had flown into the air. Darkkit rushed past his sister, easily pawing the ball of moss back to the nursery. "Ha! You'll never be a warrior if your slow!" He called, racing past the large leader with his tail streaming behind him.
Swallowstep's litter, around the age of Darkkit and his litter, were growing quickly. Quailkit, the largest of the litter was a bit smaller than Horsekit and Darkkit. "Mam, I want to play too." The smaller of the litter cried. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 05:38, January 17, 2018 (UTC)
Spiderstar stopped in her tracks to avoid nearly stepping on the kittens. She took a deep breath, like her mother taught her to, and continued to find the litter's mother. She soon located Waspwhisker and sat across from the queen. The leader's eyes were unintentionally narrowed as she watched the kittens out of the corner of her eye. She also saw Swallowstep with her kits too, making a mental note to talk to the other queen too. "Evening, Waspwhisker. How are the kittens? All healthy?" The black leader asked. — #garykingandtheenablers 05:47 Wed Jan 17 2018
Waspwhisker dipped her dark tortoiseshell head. "Very, with a ton of energy as well. They're growing at an amazing rate as well. Well, all except Nightkit. He seems to be stunted in his growth for now." The young queen said. Swallowstep chuckled as she motioned for the kittens to head into the nursery where she sat in her nest with her legs tucked as they raced around, hopefully getting rid of their energy for the night. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 05:54, January 17, 2018 (UTC)
"Well, that's no good to hear about young Nightkit," Spiderstar commented. "We'll have to keep an eye on him and make sure he hits a growth spurt before he earns his new name," the large leader began turning away before speaking over her shoulder. "I don't want weak blood in my Clan, Waspwhisker, and I sure hope you understand there will be consequences if your son disappoints me," she said in a low tone, eyes narrowing. Waiting a moment, the leader then turned her attention to a tired looking Swallowstep. "Swallowstep," the leader nodded her head curtly to the queen before asking how her litter was doing. — #garykingandtheenablers 05:59 Wed Jan 17 2018
Nightkit lifted his gaze to his mother and the leader, the young tom gave no hint that he'd heard he simply just gazed at them. He broke his gaze away and headed to the nest he shared with his mother.
Swallowstep greeted the large leader with a nod, "Spiderstar." The tabby queen said, waving Quailkit and Aspenkit over. Asenkit only a head smaller than her larger sister. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 06:08, January 17, 2018 (UTC)
The black leader watched the two kittens and saw that they looked relatively healthy. "I assume these two are due for their traineeship the same moon as Waspwhisker's litter?" Spiderstar asked. She made a note that these two litters would be the first trainee's she would name as leader, just as Shellpaw would be the first soldier. — #garykingandtheenablers 06:12 Wed Jan 17 2018
Swallowstep nodded. "Yes they are, Spiderstar." The queen said softly, her gaze meeting Spiderstar's respectively. 06:23, January 17, 2018 (UTC)
"Good," the leader muttered. She looked down at the family before her. She noted that Swallowstep's litter seemed larger than Waspwhisker's litter and that made the dark leader pleased. We need strong kittens for they are the future of this Clan. Spiderstar said nothing more and took her leave from the nursery, not before tripping on the kitten's moss ball. With an irritated growl, she turned to see where the kits were so that she could scold them. — #garykingandtheenablers 07:30 Wed Jan 17 2018
Darkkit battered at Horsekit with his paws, an excited squeal leaving his mouth. "Before you know it I'm gonna kick your rump. I'll be the best warrior yet!" I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 07:32, January 17, 2018 (UTC)
"Kits," Spiderstar growled at the litter playing. She was hoping to grab their attention so that she could tell them off for being careless with their playthings. The large leader couldn't help but spare a glance to her deputy who was watching from her perch. Spiderstar knew that her friend was probably laughing at her. — #garykingandtheenablers 07:35 Wed Jan 17 2018
Waspwhisker called her kits forth. "Come on, in the nest. The night patrol will be back shortly." Darkkit jumped excitedly. "Father's with them tonight!" He yipped, his excitement barely contained. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 20:22, January 17, 2018 (UTC)
Spiderstar had returned to her den to sit with Loachpelt and talk about the deputy's daughter. They watched as the night patrols returned, both border and hunting. On the hunting, it consisted of Thistlefur, Cinderfang and a few other cats while the border patrol had Nightpelt, Sootfur and Shellpaw, who had gone out to gain some more experience. Sootfur headed towards the nursery to talk with his expectant mate while the other warriors hung about and chatted amongst themselves. Shellpaw decided to find her mother and so headed towards the leader's den. — #garykingandtheenablers 03:21 Sat Jan 20 2018
Cardinalflight sat, her gaze on the night sky completely lost in her thoughts. Her eyes closed for a moment, thoughts of what her future would hold. Would she settle down? Would she somehow prove to Spiderstar and the others that she was worthy of a title as a soldier. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 05:21, January 20, 2018 (UTC)
Thistlefur was heading back to the main den when she accidentally bumped into Cardinalflight. "Oh gosh, I am so sorry! I wasn't watching what I was doing," the tabby she-cat rambled to the ginger cat. She noticed the absent look the other she-cat had and asked, "hey are you alright?" — #garykingandtheenablers 05:23 Sat Jan 20 2018
Cardinalflight stumbled a bit. "Oh-uh yeah. Just lost in thought." She glanced at Thistlefur. "The night patrol's back I guess." She said with a slight smile. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 07:04, January 20, 2018 (UTC)
"Yeah, we just got back. Not a whole lot happening out there seems like the cool weather is keeping the other Clans away," Thistlefur told the ginger she-cat. She had been right though, the only scents the patrol had found were from other animals such as bears and foxes. Nothing suggested the other Clans were making a move to their territory. The 'senior' soldier had heard the stories of old where the borders were practically bathed in blood due to past leaders. While she had her suspicions about Spiderstar, the tabby she-cat would never voice them. No, she wouldn't dare for if what she thought about the leader was right, she wouldn't make it to her next moon.
In the nursery, Lilyheart was excitedly talking with her mate, Sootfur about their future litter. "Oh Sootfur, I hope there are more than one, I want a big family," the expectant queen whispered to her love. The soldier purred in agreement, "Just you wait sweetheart, they'll be born soon and then ShadeClan will rejoice with the beauty of our kittens." This made the white she-cat hide her face in his chest out of embarrassment. Ah, young love. — #garykingandtheenablers 21:39 Fri Jan 26 2018
Bumblefern and Nightstorm worked their way through MoonClan's territory, soon they'd arrived in the Famers ShadeClan territory. "I wonder where their camp is." The black warrior commented. Bumblefern shook out her brown-grey pelt. "Maybe we're close. I wonder if we'll see their leader. Spiderstar. I hear she's scary looking!" I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 21:45, January 26, 2018 (UTC)
Amongst everything at camp, Shellpaw had managed to talk her mother and Spiderstar into a stroll through the territory. Spiderstar had to hand it to her apprentice, she was very good at convincing others into doing things. The three cats used this as a chance to relax, both leader and deputy needed and they both got to spend time with each other without talking about Clan politics. Life was good. Shellpaw simply wanted to be with her mother and well, aunt sort of. The trainee had always thought of Spiderstar as family, and the leader had never corrected her so they all went with it.
A fair way into their stroll, Loachpelt picked up the scent of enemy cats. "Spiderstar, there are intruders in the territory," the torbie told her friend. Spiderstar exhaled in a way that seemed somewhat dramatic - she had a flare for that. "Right, find them and if you do bring them to me," Spiderstar responded. The three of them split up, and by the mercy of StarClan the intruders better hope that they run into the deputy or even Shellpaw. — #garykingandtheenablers 21:53 Fri Jan 26 2018
Nightstorm breathed in, the faint scent of ShadeClan cats and something odd. A badger maybe. "What do you suppose a badger smells like?" The crunch of sticks alerted them.
"What do you think your doing?" The ginger warrior hissed. Antheart. Behind her was Duskshade, both wore a expression of anger. "You're breaking the code. Trespassing in ShadeClan territory. Do you know what Spiderstar will do to you if she finds you? Death." Duskshade said lowly, scenting the air. He stiffened. "Stand behind us, a patrols near." I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 22:03, January 26, 2018 (UTC)
With no luck, the three had met up again and decided to stick together. Loachpelt had scented badger and immediately wanted to make sure her daughter was safe. The deputy flashed a look of concern at Spiderstar, but, the leader being who she was, pressed on. Determined to find these intruders and rid the territory of them. Not far away, the leader heard hushed voices and started heading towards them. Shellpaw hung close to her mother, and Loachpelt reassuringly pressed herself close to her daughter to say, you'll be safe between us.
Pressing through the undergrowth, the ShadeClan cats soon found their intruders. "MoonClan," the word left Spiderstar as if it was made of rotting freshkill. The leader stood tall against the intruders. "What do you fleabags think you're doing on ShadeClan territory? Is being close to your Star Ancestors not good enough so you've decided to come and brave the real legends?" Spiderstar sneered. Loachpelt had taken her place next to her leader and in front of her daughter. The deputy didn't want violence to come of this, but, she knew that it would be the price these MoonClan cats had to pay. — #garykingandtheenablers 22:11 Fri Jan 26 2018
Antheart kept her mouth shut, the old she-cat wasn't sure she could fight but if she had to so Nightstorm and Bumblefern could get away she would. The shuffling in the bushes not far from them alerted Duskshade to the badger. Before he could warn any of the cats of it, the badger wobbled from the bushes straight towards Antheart. The old queen was too slow, old from age and aches, to defend herself in time. She battered backwards into a tree. "Antheart!" Nightstorm darted to her mother's side. Duskshade was still where he was, battling the badger in fury. He'd have to try to talk the battle-heavy leader from harming Nightstorm and Bumblefern. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 22:40, January 26, 2018 (UTC)
The ShadeClan cats watched as the badger took out the MoonClan elder. Loachpelt turned to her daughter and told her "run Shellpaw, go back to camp and get help," before turning back to see what Spiderstar would do. Shellpaw ran and didn't look back, she just hoped that they would all be safe, even the MoonClan cats if she had to be honest.
Spiderstar growled at the badger, the fur along the arch of her back raising up. Next to her, Loachpelt did the same to try and scare the lumbering animal off. Loachpelt had her doubts that even her best friend could take on a badger, or at least was smart enough not to do it. Spiderstar however, had that look and basically threw herself at the creature. The black leader, while reckless, didn't seem to be doing too bad. Until it caught her in the tail, the badger's teeth tearing at it. The leader let out a loud yowl, trying to get away. All she needed was someone else to grab the badger's attention so she could get away.
After all, she still had to punish the MoonClan cats for trespassing and leading a badger into their territory. If she wasn't getting her tail split in half, she'd be slitting someone's throat right about now. — #garykingandtheenablers 22:50 Fri Jan 26 2018
Duskshade ducked, spitting at the badger angrily. He knew it was unlikely he'd get out alive, much like his deceased mate he wanted his children alive. He'd be willing to sacrifice himself. He leaped onto the badgers back, distracting it from the black ShadeClan leader. In all honesty, he'd only seen a badger once. It sure as hell wasn't on the moor they lived on. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 22:58, January 26, 2018 (UTC)
The amount of relief the leader felt when the badger let go of her tail was immeasurable. Spiderstar, took a quick moment to catch her breath and steal a glance at the damage on her tail, before taking a few quick swipes at the badger. Loachpelt continued what she was doing and watched the other MoonClan elder as he fought bravely. The deputy had to admit, she was quite impressed. Eventually, the badger gave up and with a few more warning strikes, the two groups of cats successfully drove it off. The torbie she-cat, once she saw the animal lumber off, went to check on her best friend. Spiderstar's tail was kinda gross in all honestly, and they both knew when they got back to camp, Sparrownose would have to deal with it.
But, before she could do that, the leader turned her attention back to the MoonClan cats. "Now, I'll ask again, what did you think you'd gain by coming into my territory and attracting a badger?" Spiderstar's voice was slightly strained due to the pain, but, her eyes were narrowed and she was pissed off. — #garykingandtheenablers 23:08 Fri Jan 26 2018
"I meant no harm by it, Spiderstar. I came to retrieve the two young warriors who thought it was smart to disobey the code." He shot a warning glare at Nightstorm and Bumblefern. The two were hunched by their mother's body. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 23:17, January 26, 2018 (UTC)
"Hmph," the leader looked at the older cat. Spiderstar then cast a quick glance to the younger warriors and then back to the tabby in front of her. "Duskshade, was it? You know that trespassing on ShadeClan comes with a price and yet you took that risk to save their hides. That makes you more idiotic than them combined," Spiderstar spoke harshly. "Perhaps the smartest thing you could do would be to pay their price for them. Let them take their mother home and bear the news that cats who trespass on ShadeClan territory run the ultimate risk of life or death," she continued. — #garykingandtheenablers 23:26 Fri Jan 26 2018
"When it comes to it, a parent would do almost anything for your children." Duskshade said, he glanced at his children briefly. He lashed his tail tensely. "Let us go, they're young. It's not like they're stealing prey." He said, bravely. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 00:30, January 27, 2018 (UTC)
"I'm afraid I can't do that," Spiderstar looked the elder in the eye. "ShadeClan are honourable cats in our own ways, and if I were to let you and your children return to MoonClan I would be letting my own family's safety be disregarded. It also shows to me, that I'm not a worthy leader of my Clan if I can't uphold my ancestor's virtues." The leader explained, her face was practically void of emotion. The pain in her tail had dulled as the bleeding stopped, now it only hummed in the back of her mind as she spoke to Duskshade. "Now choose. Will I be taking the life of an elder, who has lived his life, fought for his Clan and had his own children? Or will I be taking the life of a young warrior who still has their life to give for their family and Clan? Make the wise choice now, or I will not show this mercy again." The black leader spat the last part out. — #garykingandtheenablers 01:32 Sat Jan 27 2018
How was any of this right? Duskshade stood there silently. He would give his life for his children any day. "Nightstorm, Bumblefern, take your mother's body and leave. Now." The tabby Tom said cool, meeting Spiderstar's steely gaze. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 01:39, January 27, 2018 (UTC)
Spiderstar watched the warriors leave and she returned her gaze to Duskshade. "Good decision, elder." The leader remarked. At this point, Loachpelt had left, she couldn't stand to watch her friend kill in cold blood. She knew it was wrong, but, like Spiderstar had said, it was a part of ShadeClan culture so she could not argue with it. Spiderstar glanced at the tom. "Do you have final words, to make peace with those you'll be leaving behind? If not, it'll all be over just as quickly as it could've been avoided." — #garykingandtheenablers 01:44 Sat Jan 27 2018
Duskshade was silent, of course he had words but not for her. They were words for when he'd be reunited with his already deceased mate. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 01:48, January 27, 2018 (UTC)
Spiderstar took his silence as an answer. Without remorse, the she-cat slit the elder's throat cleanly. She watched as he died, staring at the body before turning away to catch up with Loachpelt. The black leader had never done that before. It was the first time she had killed in first blood, and if she had to admit it, the feeling was good. The rush of adrenaline in her ears as her claws connected to the tom's throat burned into her mind. She was a born killer it turned out.
She soon caught up with Loachpelt, and then the patrol that Shellpaw had amassed. Spiderstar explained to the cats, Pheasanttail, Cinderfang and a few others that a badger had attacked them. Her tail ached and she knew she'd have to make a hasty return to camp in order to treat it so she instructed her soldiers to remove the deceased MoonClan cat out of their territory to remove the threat of predators. The soldiers moved off and Shellpaw walked back to camp with her mother and aunt. — #garykingandtheenablers 07:45 Sat Jan 27 2018
Darkkit stood with his siblings, they had recently turned five moons and it wouldn't be long before they'd be apprenticed. Darkkit was hoping Spiderstar, herself, would mentor him but he knew that was a longshot. That didn't mean he wouldn't be like her. He'd train his hardest to get her attention, to show her how good he was. -- Cardinal flight nodded. "If you'll excuse me I think I might take a walk." Of course, she more or less planned on training in the training hollow, better her skills. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 19:55, January 27, 2018 (UTC)
Thistlefur nodded and bid the ginger she-cat farewell as she decided to rest for a while. Spiderstar and the other two had returned to camp and headed straight to Sparrownose's den, and oh boy, the medicine cat was not happy. "Do you realise that badger could've taken your tail clean off? It's amazing you didn't lose a life over this, Spiderstar." That was a nice summary of what the rest of their afternoon was like, as the four cats continued to explain what had happened out in the territories.
Meanwhile, Cinderfang and her former apprentice were currently removing the MoonClan cat's body from their homeland. The older she-cat was breathing hard and stopped to catch her breath. Pheasanttail cast a worried glance over to her, but, she shook him off saying she'll be fine. After a few moments, she was ready to go again, but, her chest felt as though it was on fire. Pheasanttail stayed in front, to keep a watchful eye for the badger, but, really he should've been watching Cinderfang. The she-cat toppled over and the pain in her chest was too much and after a few erratic breathes, she stopped. Her former apprentice ran over and called out her name, but, there was no response. With a sorrowful look, the tom bowed his head before looking up at the night sky. He was now to return her body to camp so that her kin and the Clan could mourn her loss. — #garykingandtheenablers 20:25 Sat Jan 27 2018
Cardinalflight made her way from camp, the thought of training, if bettering herself, the only thing on her mind. Soon she arrived to the training hollow, night had already come. She spent the first few minutes stretching out the soreness of her body before she began working on her stealth attack techniques. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 21:40, January 27, 2018 (UTC)