WHEN THE NIGHT IS OVER [WARRIOR CEREMONIES] Sept 27, 2020 14:34:19 GMT -5 Fawntastic and ♛ 𝔽𝕒𝕓𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 like this
Post by ✸ KATARA ✸ on Sept 27, 2020 14:34:19 GMT -5
LEADER OF NIGHTCLAN
Dawn was approaching, and Darkstar knew the time had come. Slipping out of her den, she took a moment to observe the activity in camp that was slowing as the sky outside the cave began to turn from deep blue to purple. Most cats had finished their meal, and several were sharing tongues before they would retire to their dens for the day. It was early Leaf-fall, and though frost had covered the ground only a few sunrises ago, there was no sign of it now as the world outside sleepily awakened to a surprisingly warm morning. She spotted Clovermask emerging from the warriors' den with a couple warriors on her heels, making for the camp entrance, and caught her eye before she made it too far, flicking her tail in a silent signal. The deputy turned around immediately, understanding her meaning as soon as Darkstar leaped onto the Boulder Ledge. "Let all cats who wear the shadows as their own pelts gather for a Clan meeting!"
NightClan was roused from its sleepiness immediately at her summons, looking around curiously and gathering around her. She hadn't told anyone of the ceremonies she intended to perform this morning. Her Clan could certainly never call her predictable, and she liked it that way. Besides, she thought, watching as the apprentices moved into view, it's not like they look bad. Warning them about the ceremony earlier would've just made them nervous, and the last thing she wanted was to see them pacing about restless, wasting the entire night they could've been useful. And she'd not yet done such a large warrior ceremony. But it was a sign that NightClan was as strong as ever, appointing several new warriors even as Leafbare approached. When the Clan had gathered, she fixed her amber gaze upon the soon-to-be-warriors.
"Breezepaw, Roachpaw, Bramblepaw, Mousepaw, and Hawkpaw," she called, flicking her tail to beckon them, "please come forward."
Their Clanmates parted for the five apprentices, murmuring with excitement as the realization set in. "You all have waited long enough to receive your warrior names. You have proven yourselves many times over." Darkstar raised her amber eyes to the heavens, and spoke the words generations of Clan leaders had spoken before her: "I, Darkstar, leader of NightClan, call upon our warrior ancestors to look down upon these apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn. Breezepaw, Bramblepaw, Roachpaw, Hawkpaw, and Mousepaw… do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend NightClan, even at the cost of your lives?"
Her eyes flicked to them each in turn, awaiting their affirmative answers, and when she had received them, she gave a short nod and continued. "Then by the powers of StarClan, I grant you your warrior names." Darkstar leaped from the Boulder Ledge, landing before the five apprentices. "Breezepaw, from this moment on, you will be known as Breezewhisker. StarClan honors your determination and your intelligence." She padded toward the young tortoiseshell, resting her muzzle on Breezewhisker's head for a moment, before stepping back and allowing the new warrior to enjoy the sound of hearing her new name chanted by the Clan.
She turned her gaze to Bramblepaw next. Clovermask had praised the young cat when she'd returned with the patrol that had defeated Deathclaw, and she'd been impressed to hear of their determination and strength in leading the deadly owl to her demise. "Bramblepaw, from this moment, you will be known as Bramblesnow. StarClan honors you for your energy and your loyalty." She lay her head on Bramblesnow's, stepping back when the Clan began to call her by her new name.
She continued, stepping toward Roachpaw. He'd participated in the patrol that had taken down Deathclaw as well, and his bravery had not gone unnoticed. "Roachpaw, from this moment, you will be known as Roachflight. StarClan honors you for your strength and courage." Once more, she rested her chin on a new warrior's head, pulling back with her eyes gleaming as the Clan called out his name.
Three down, and two remained. Darkstar wasn't bothered in the slightest at the length of the ceremony, knowing moments like these were moments that her Clan cherished - moments they were fiercely proud of. She calmly padded over to Hawkpaw next, and spoke: "Hawkpaw, from this moment on, you will be known as Hawkeye. StarClan honors your dedication and your reliability." After resting her head on top of his, she once again drew back, allowing the warrior to bask in the pride of hearing his new name called out.
Mousepaw was the final apprentice waiting for her warrior name. She was younger than the others, but ready nonetheless. Darkstar moved toward her. "Mousepaw, from this moment, you will be known as Mousepetal. StarClan honors your sincerity and modesty." She stepped forward, putting her chin on top of her head, and pulling away as the Clan began to chant her name.
She knew she would be expected to conclude the ceremony now, but she wasn't quite finished. After leaping onto the Boulder Ledge, she fixed Breezewhisker and Bramblesnow with her gaze as she continued, "There is one cat that should be here today, receiving his warrior name alongside his siblings, but he is walking with StarClan now. However, I believe he deserves to be remembered with a warrior's name." She raised her eyes to the sky, where the warriors of StarClan still glittered above in the purplish sky. She had spoken with Smokefur for awhile about this before they felt they had gotten the words right, and she recited them now: "Spirits of StarClan, I ask that you look upon the apprentice known as Hollowpaw within your ranks. He had learned the warrior code and given up his life in the service of his Clan and I ask that you commend him now as a warrior. By my authority as Clan leader, and with the approval of our warrior ancestors, I grant Hollowpaw his warrior name. From this moment on he will be known as Hollowmask, and NightClan honors him for his fearlessness and his perseverance. We will honor his memory for many seasons to come."
The chanting of Hollowmask's name was strong, no doubt bolstered by the strong emotions the memory of his death elicited. Darkstar dropped her eyes from the heavens, and looked upon her Clan once more. "We welcome you all as full warriors of NightClan!" she declared, and joined in calling out the new warriors' names until the cave boomed with the sound of their joy and fierce pride. "Breezewhisker! Bramblesnow! Roachflight! Hawkeye! Mousepetal! Hollowmask!"
Her eyes gleamed as the chanting died down, and she raised her tail for quiet again. "According to tradition, you must sit a silent vigil guarding the camp while the rest of the Clan sleeps. Your vigil begins at dawn." It wasn't quite dawn yet, but the sky was turning quite pinkish now closer to the horizon, so it was well on its way. The new warriors would have a few minutes to talk amongst themselves before their silence was demanded.
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