Gathering #1 [Mid Leaf-Bare] Dec 7, 2012 2:49:02 GMT -5
Post by Fate of Five Admin on Dec 7, 2012 2:49:02 GMT -5
Ravenstar paced at the entrance to camp, waiting for the Gathering patrol to assemble. It was already over two long moons into leaf-bare and the cruel season’s icy claws showed no signs of loosening their grip on the Clans. TreeClan had so far been quite obliging of their prey-stealing, but Ravenstar was expecting a rebuke tonight. The Gathering of last moo had not happened due to snowclouds covering the moon. They hadn’t even seen silverpelt shining above them for nights upon nights last moon, but tonight was clear and the full moon hung bright and heavy in the sky. Ravenstar would rather avoid these Gatherings, but it was at least a good place to judge their enemies’ strength. She didn’t think it was any business of the other Clans what was happening in NightClan and always kept her reports short and concise without giving much of anything away. It was her duty as leader, and so she did it, even if she really didn’t want to. She would much rather just send Boneshadow to do it, but that would be seen as a sign of weakness by the other Clans… if NightClan showed up led by their deputy rather than their leader.
She fluffed out her considerably fluffy fur against the chill of the night and looked over the cats that had gathered. Every cat was there, it seemed, as was confirmed by a nod from her deputy. With that she whisked about and bounded out of camp. The faster they got there, the sooner they could leave. She did not glance behind her as she led the way toward StarClan’s Claws, she knew her Clan was there. There was that positive about the night of the Gathering; a strong patrol of cats behind her, giving her pride in her Clan and the simple fact that she led them. The snow was deep now, but was strong enough to hold her light weight without breaking at this point. The same perhaps could not be said for the largest members of her Clan, but Ravenstar moved almost effortlessly over the snow without worry of struggling through snow taller than she was, leaving only a light dusting of pawprints behind her on the freshest of the fallen snow.
Finally they came to StarClan’s claws, crossing the river at a point completely frozen over by thick ice. Normally they used a convenient set of stones jutting from the river to cross without getting too wet, but with the river mostly frozen they weren’t necessary. The clearing was empty, it appeared they were the first Clan to arrive. Good. Without pause, Ravenstar continued toward the Great Rock, circling around to a specific spot which she had learned to use in order to not make a fool of herself. There was a slight outcrop about halfway up the rock here which she could leap up to before leaping to the very top of the rock. She was simply too small to make the leap all the way to the top in one go and it always made her pelt burn when she had to use this step up in front of the other Clans. She preferred being early to avoid making a spectacle of herself… but at least it wasn’t quite so bad as watching her leap and scrabble when she had first tried to scale the rock in one leap. One of the other leaders had helped her up, much to her embarrassment. After that she had come back to StarClan’s Claws on her own to find a better way up.
She settled herself atop the Great Rock, fur still fluffed up against the cold and tail curled tightly around herself. She closed her eyes, allowing her other senses to alert her to the arrival of the other Clans and listening briefly to what her own cats might be chatting about. She willed the others to hurry up and get here so this could be over and done with already.
NightClan Invited Cats
OOC: This Gathering takes place in the middle of leaf-bare, as suggested in my post. Please read the Gathering Guidelines HERE before posting.