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Clan Updates: Cultures and Herbs

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  1. Paintfury

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    With the new map opening in 2019, and the addition of the earthquake, the third territory brings new things for each Clan. This includes culture changes and herbs, which are going to be fully detailed below. Each of these will also be added to the wiki, so feel free to look at that!

    DriftClan


    The harsh mountains have shaped these cats to be strong and muscular. They’re intelligent when it comes to safety and fighting, and use their back legs to propel themselves into the air to kill large birds.

    DriftClan’s biggest threat is the mountain lion. A dark, hidden cave resides on the cliff face of one of the far mountains, where a pond and tree is. These animals are the most dangerous predator, due to their size and aggressive behavior. Nearly impossible to see against the rocks, mountain lions are stealthy with hunting and aren’t afraid to kill cats. The most efficient way to deal with a mountain lion is to stuff freshly-killed prey full of deathberries (must be found in EclipseClan’s territory) and place it outside the den. It will die quickly after consumption.

    DriftClan apprentices also survive through rugged training. Climbing crags, scaling mountain sides, and timed runs through the valley are what make up most of their day. Most of the time, the cat who catches the largest piece of prey gets to eat said prey. This goes for apprentices, too. If an apprentice fails their test, it’s seen as a bad omen.

    Herbs:
    Burdock Root
    Usage: Root is dug up, the soil is washed off, then its chewed into a pulp. It lessens the pain of rat bites, especially if infected, and numbs it completely. It can give cats a bellyache if eaten too much, and is also good for infected paws and other sores
    Appearance: Tall-stemmed thistle with a sharp smell


    Sorrel
    Usage: Eaten to build up an appetite; used as a traveling herb
    Appearance: Thick-leaved, low shrub

    Deadly Nightshade
    Usage: Eaten to quickly kill a cat, most often in situations where a cat can't be saved
    Appearance: Small shrub with bell-shaped, purple flowers tinged with green. The berries are shiny and black when ripe

    Tansy
    Usage: Eaten in small doses to cure coughs, cure wounds and poisons, prevents Greencough, and soothes throats. Can be extremely dangerous to pregnant cats
    Appearance: Round yellow flowers with a strong, sweet scent

    Yarrow
    Usage: Leaves are chewed into a poultice to extract poison from wounds, induce vomiting, and heal cracked pads
    Appearance: A white flowering plant with green, jagged leaves, a tangy scent, and a bitter taste


    MeadowClan


    The cats on the moors are significantly more open-minded than any other Clan, but they still have their superstitions.

    It’s not uncommon for a leader to choose their offspring as deputy. If the leader has been good and strong and chooses their son or daughter as deputy, then the Clan sees it as a good sign and rejoices for another great year. If the deputy becomes leader and turns out not to help MeadowClan, then the former leader will often be blamed.

    Due to the large amount of tyrannical leaders MeadowClan has had in the past, they’re quite paranoid when it comes to deputy choosing. When a deputy is appointed and the sky that night is clear, then it’s taken as a positive omen that the deputy was a good choice. If the sky is clouded and no stars shine, then cats begin to believe said deputy has bad intentions.

    Herbs:

    Bright-eye
    usage: Mixed with lovage to help cure coughs
    appearance: Light pink flower with a darker pink center

    Comfrey Root
    usage: Roots chewed into a poultice to repair broken bones, soothe wounds and burns, mend wrenched claws, soothe itching, and calm inflammation on stiff joints. Can also ease stiffness on wrenched shoulders when lined in a nest
    appearance: Tangy-smelling large leafed plant with bell-shaped white, purple, or pink flowers with fat brown roots

    Goldenrod
    usage: Chewed into a poultice to heal wounds
    appearance: Tall plant with bright, yellow flowers

    Hawkweed
    usage: Eaten like catmint but isn't as strong; heals Whitecough and Yellowcough
    appearance: Small green plant with yellow flowers

    Burnet
    usage: A traveling herb whose leaves are swallowed. Used to give strength and are good for expecting queens
    appearance: Medium green-colored basil leaves that occasionally have spikes of purple flowers


    EclipseClan


    With their extensive amount of tunnels, EclipseClan often feels that they’re entitled to every tunnel, whether it leads to another Clan’s territory or not. This can cause problems with alliances and even spark wars. They especially think the Crystal Cavern is theirs, but it’s been a fight that’s most often hard to win against MeadowClan and TorrentClan.

    With their great night vision and dark pelts, EclipseClan cats can move stealthily through the tunnels, or even above ground, in the dark oak forest. They’re less likely to allow other medicine cats to use their herbs, but it really depends on the leader.

    One of EclipseClan’s greater threats has been rats and stoats. Both animals, while smaller rodents, are merciless with their claws and teeth, and their hordes can overtake even a group of cats. Wild garlic is best used for rat bites, but it’s rarer in the forest than EclipseClan’s other herbs. Great measures have to be taken to defeat rats and stoats, and with them mostly living underground, life can become hard.

    Herbs:

    Dock
    usage: Chewed and applied to scratches and sore pads, though can sting when applied. Can also be used in one's nest to ease the pain of wounds
    appearance: Tangy smelling and tasting large-leafed plant

    Stinging Nettle
    Usage: Seeds are eaten to induce vomiting, leaves are chewed into a poultice to bring down swelling and heal wounds, and stems can be chewed to fight against infection
    Appearance: Small, ruffled, thin and fluffy plant with green, spiny seeds

    Wild Garlic
    usage: Rolled to draw out poison in rat bites and prevent infection
    appearance: Shape and tangy-scented plant with a white bulb and green leaves. Grow in patches and may produce a flower

    Wood Sorrel
    usage: Eaten to cool fevers
    appearance: Bunches of three-leaf clovers surround a yellow flower

    Deathberries/Yew Berries/Night Seeds
    usage: Kills a cat within minutes after consumption
    appearance: Red berries from the dark-leaved, poisonous yew bush


    TorrentClan


    Being known Shadow Forest worshipers, TorrentClan isn’t the most popular Clan. They can be aggressive, quick to attack, and ignorant to morality. Knowing that the Shadow Forest is a cruel and harsh place, most cats do their best to make sure they’ll be accepted and welcomed there after death. Any cat in the Shadow Forest that’s attacked and imprisoned by other Clanmates are seen as weak. If a TorrentClan cat goes to LightClan, they’re also seen as weak.

    Because of their ancestors, TorrentClan cats believe they have to prove themselves to be welcomed into the Shadow Forest. Thus, many will sacrifice rogues, loners, kits, and even cats from other Clans. These cats are swept down the Rocky Rapids, and if they die, then the Shadow Forest has accepted that cat. If they survive through the rapids, then it shows that either the Shadow Forest is disappointed with the sacrifice and wants something better, or that the Shadow Forest doesn’t want that cat yet.

    Apprentices are also trained harshly, and are expected to swim up the Rocky Rapids. They should also be able to hold their breath and lap around the entirety of the island underwater. If an apprentice dies, then they’re either seen as weak, or it’s said that the Shadow Forest needed a new sacrifice.

    TorrentClan also has an abundance of bees living in the trees and around the territory and surrounding rivers.

    Herbs:

    Blackberry Leaves
    usage: Mixed into a poultice to ease pain for bee stings
    appearance: Pinkish-white flower with five petals and a sharp scent

    Coltsfoot
    usage: Leaves chewed into a pulp to ease breathing, kitten-cough, and cracked or sore pads
    appearance: Yellow or white flower with thin petals, resembling a dandelion

    Horsetail
    usage: Chewed into a poultice and applied to treat infections and stop bleeding
    appearance: Tall, bristly-stemmed plant with fleshy stalks

    Honey
    usage: Eaten or soaked in moss to soothe infections, heal smoke-damaged or sore throats, sweeten other herbal mixtures, soothe coughing, and gives energy
    appearance: Sweet, sticky, golden-colored liquid made by bees


    SleetClan


    Cold, tireless, year-long winters have made SleetClan cats tough and sharp in nature. Being the newest Clan with a history of being challenged by other leaders, SleetClan can become paranoid when it comes to fighting, and have been known to stay out of battles and wars if possible.

    Being a former pack, many cats still follow old traditions and engage in pack culture. The most common thing that happens are group hunts. These often occur to celebrate something, and half or most of the Clan gathers to hunt for prey to bring back as a feast. New leaders must also engage in an initiation hunt. If it goes well, then it’s seen as a good sign for SleetClan. If little to no prey is caught before Moonhigh, then it’s a bad sign.

    Though rare, wolves have been known to stray into the territory. These creatures are huge, and if provoked or hungry, will definitely attack. Even one can cause chaos in SleetClan, but a whole pack would most likely decimate their entire population. These are very dangerous animals, and all cats are instructed to stay away from them. Most of the time, wolves are dealt with by waiting them out. They often lose interest and leave the mountain, but sometimes they’ll stay for a few nights. If this happens, then most of the Clan will have to attack and drive the wolf out.

    Herbs:

    Sweet-sedge
    usage: Sap is swallowed to ease infections
    appearance: Thick green stems with long buds at the top

    Tormentil
    usage: Root is chewed and placed on a wound, and it also extracts poisons
    appearance: Four-petaled yellow flower with thin leaves, a strong, aromatic scent, and a sharp taste

    Alder Bark
    usage: Eases toothaches, chewed
    appearance: Dark gray fissured bark with sticky branches

    Broom
    usage: Used in poultices that can help broken legs and wounds
    appearance: Shrubs with small leaves and small yellow flowers

    Lovage
    usage: Mixed with bright-eye to help cure coughs
    appearance: Thick plant with spiked leaves that grow most often in pairs of three


    The Valley


    Herbs:

    Borage Leaves
    Usage: Chewed and eaten to produce more and better milk, bring down fevers, soothe bad bellies, and relieve tight chests
    Appearance: Small blue or pink star-shaped petals with hairy gray-green petals with a zesty scent. The best leaves are typically halfway up the stem

    Wintergreen
    Usage: Eaten to treat wounds and poisons
    Appearance: Small, broad-shaped leaves with small red berries in the center

    Bindweed
    Usage: When combined with sticks, it can help mend a broken leg and keep it in place
    Appearance: White flowers with blue petals, a yellow center, and the stems have green leaves


    Basking Rocks


    Herbs:


    Chervil
    Usage: Chewed for infected wounds, bellyache, and helps with kitting
    Appearance: Sweet-smelling plant with large fern-like leaves, small white flowers, and knobby brown roots

    Chickweed
    Usage: Eaten to treat Greencough
    Appearance: Tall-stemmed plant with fat, almond-shaped leaves

    Feverfew
    Usage: Eaten to reduce body temperature, heals aches and pains, and helps with headaches
    Appearance: Small bush with white flowers, soft leaves, and a sharp, tangy smell

    Goatweed
    Usage: Eaten to ease grief
    Appearance: Plant with ovate leaves


    Twolegplace


    Herbs:

    Catmint
    Usage: eaten to cure greencough and whitecough; dangerous if taken in extremely high dosages
    Appearance: delicious-smelling plant with hairy stems, gray-green flowers, and purple flowers. it's easily killed by frost

    Chamomile
    Usage: eaten to strengthen the heart and soothe the mind. most often used as a traveling herb
    Appearance: small white flower with a large yellow center

    Lungwort
    Usage: eaten to cure yellowcough
    Appearance: dark green plant with speckled gray leaves

    Willow Bark
    Usage: eases pain
    Appearance: pale ashen bark from willow trees

    Willow Leaves
    Usage: eaten to stop vomiting
    Appearance: thin, long, sharply-pointed leaves from willow trees



    Everywhere


    Herbs:

    Cobwebs
    Usage: Pressed over wound to stop or slow bleeding; also binds broken bonds
    Appearance: Long, thin, shiny strands spun into a web by spiders

    Dandelion
    Usage: White liquid can be applied to bee stings, while leaves can be chewed to act as a painkiller
    Appearance: Yellow flower with long, hollow stems

    Poppy Seeds
    Usage: Chewed on to help a cat sleep, soothe shock or distress, and ease pain. not recommended for nursing queens
    Appearance: Tiny, round black seeds that are shaken out of a dried poppy flowerhead

    Fennel
    Usage: Stalks are broken and juice is squeezed into receiver's mouth to help pain in the hips
    Appearance: Thin, spiky leaves

    Foxglove Seeds
    Usage: Eaten to cause paralysis and heart failure
    Appearance: Tiny, black seeds from the pink bell-shaped flower of the foxglove plant; easily mistaken for poppy seeds

    Lavender
    Usage: Placed under a cat's nose and inhaled constantly to cure fever or chills. may also be rubbed on an animal's body to hide the scent of death
    Appearance: Small purple flowering plant

    Laurel Leaf
    Usage: Makes herb wraps
    Appearance: Smooth, green leaves

    Mouse Bile
    Usage: Stored in moss and dabbed on ticks embedded in pelt to kill them
    Appearance: Foul-smelling yellowish-green liquid

    Rush
    Usage: Holds broken bones like a cast
    Appearance: Long, narrow leaves with lavender-colored head stalks

    Sticks
    Usage: Bit on to distract a cat from pain and helps broken legs heal
    Appearance: Thin wooden protrusions that grow on and fall from trees

    Thyme
    Usage: Leaves are chewed to calm a cat's anxiety or shock
    Appearance: Small, delicate, thick, sticky leaves with a fresh tang

    Juniper Berries
    Usage: Chewed and eaten to give strength, help troubled breathing, calm cats, and soothe bellyaches
    Appearance: Purple-blue berries from the dark green, spiky-leaved juniper bush

    Catchweed Burrs
    Usage: The burrs are put on the pelt where poultices are; stops poultices from being rubbed off without hurting the skin
    Appearance: A plant with fuzzy green balls on long stems

    Parsley
    Usage: Eaten to cure bellyache and stop a queen from producing milk
    Appearance: Long-stemmed plant with ragged-edged crinkly leaves, a cold and fresh taste, and a sharp scent

    Ivy Leaf
    Usage: Stores other herbs
    Appearance: Sharp, pointed leaves with pale outlines from ivy vines


    that's it! hope this helped and thanks for reading
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019

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