OUT OF THE NEST [apprentice ceremonies] Feb 3, 2021 22:01:35 GMT -5
Post by ✸ KATARA ✸ on Feb 3, 2021 22:01:35 GMT -5
LEADER OF NIGHTCLAN
"Let all cats who wear the shadows as their own pelts gather for a Clan meeting!"
Darkstar watched as her Clan emerged from their dens and settled themselves beneath the Boulder Ledge, looking around curiously to see if they could interpret the focus of the meeting. This time, it was obvious: Her four kits were sitting at the edge of the crowd, their pelts gleaming after Skybringer's earnest grooming of them. Darkstar had spent some time considering the mentors of her kits, knowing her choices could affect their paths toward success and strength within the Clan. The part of her that was leader, however, was struggling with the part of her that was a mother. As a leader, she wanted to give an apprentice to any experienced warrior who hadn't had one yet and deserved the honor. But as a mother, she wanted her kits to have the best mentors NightClan could offer.
She thought her choices, in the end, were fair. But only time would tell if they were the right choices.
"I have gathered you here to appoint four new apprentices for NightClan," she said, and beckoned to her kits with her tail. She noticed Frostjaw watching them closely as they all scampered forward. "Wolfkit, Sootkit, Icekit, and Dawnkit - you have all reached your sixth moon, and the time has come for you to begin serving your Clan. From this day on, until you receive your warrior names, you will be known as Wolfpaw, Sootpaw, Icepaw, and Dawnpaw." Her gaze swept the four of them, assessing their reactions, before she raised her eyes and let them roam to find the first mentor she had in mind.
"Brindlemask," she called. After some thought, she was confident the tabby-and-tortoiseshell she-cat's personality would suit her son's quite well. "You will be mentor to Wolfpaw. You have proven your dedication and discipline to the Clan many times over, and I expect you to pass on all you know to him." She allowed them a moment to touch noses, her amber eyes sweeping toward the back of the crowd - to the nursery, where her deputy sat. Clovermask would have been Wolfpaw's mentor, if things had turned out differently. She'd known Clovermask had once been keen to become his mentor, but she'd lost the chance (along with some of Darkstar's respect) the night she'd brought home those three loner kits. She didn't appear to regret it, either - her expression remained impassive.
Darkstar flicked her mind back to the matter at hand. "Hollystorm," she said next, and watched as her former rival emerged from the crowd. "You will mentor Sootpaw. You were a fine mentor to Graywolf, and have always been fiercely loyal and diligent, and I expect you to pass on these qualities and more to Sootpaw." It would be difficult to argue that Hollystorm was anything less than a worthy mentor for her one of her strongest kits. She could trust Hollystorm to teach her daughter well, and she thought the black warrior and Sootpaw would make a well-matched pair. She watched as they touched noses, before finding the next cat she'd chosen for mentorship.
"Spiderbite," she summoned the thick-furred black tom. She'd spoken to him about mentoring Icepaw at dusk, plenty of time before the ceremony, yet he still looked surprised when his name was called. "You are ready for your first apprentice. You will be mentor to Icepaw. You had a fine mentor in Echobreeze, and you are keen and hard-working. I trust you will pass on all you know to this apprentice." Darkstar had spent an entire evening watching Spiderbite, even accompanying him on patrol, before she'd decided on him as a mentor. Objectively, he was a good warrior - particularly when he wasn't around Blackstag. Besides, it was time he had his first apprentice, and she thought the experience would grant him more confidence. She would be keeping a very close eye on Icepaw's development under Spiderbite's wing, and she knew Frostjaw would too - considering he'd always been close to the black tom along with Blackstag and Buckfur. Perhaps the fear of letting down his leader and his friend would inspire Spiderbite to do the best he could possibly do, if nothing else.
One could only hope. She looked toward the spot Spiderbite had just left, knowing her final choice wouldn't be far away. "Mothlight," she called. "You will be mentor to Dawnpaw. You received excellent training from Paleclaw, and you have shown yourself to be intelligent and honest. I know you will pass on all your experience to Dawnpaw." Mothlight had been another logical choice, and her closeness with her brother meant she'd also likely take part in Icepaw's training. And then there was the matter of Dawnpaw, and him seemingly being slow to learn... she was confident Mothlight was keen enough to find the best manner in which to train him, even though he was small and weak.
Once they had stepped aside, the Clan began to call out the new apprentices' names. "Wolfpaw! Sootpaw! Icepaw! Dawnpaw!"
TAGGED: ♛ 𝔽𝕒𝕓𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟, Abyss, LadyInu, Phoenix, Ginger
NOTES: TLDR; Darkstar's kits (Dawnkit, Icekit, Wolfkit, and Sootkit) are named apprentices, and are given to Mothlight, Spiderbite, Brindlemask, and Hollystorm to mentor.