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Warrior Clan Ceremonies, Traditions, and Rituals

Post by Longstorm on Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:37 pm

Clan Ceremonies are a vital part of Clan livelihood. It is how cats move from one stage of their lives into the next not only in name and rank, but in the eyes of their peers.

Kit Introduction
This ceremony is all about a kit's formal introduction to their Clan. Until this point, the kit has only been known by those who have visited in the nursery. The kit is now about one moon old, and can walk, hear, and speak.
The kit's parent takes the kit out of the nursery for the Clan to see.
This is rarely a formal ceremony, and is usually a part of an ordinary Clan meeting. There are no predestined words, though it could be like introducing new warriors at a Gathering, but informal.

Traditional Clan Meeting
Clan meetings are formal gatherings in which all voices "Old enough to catch their own prey" are heard for important matters.
These meetings are usually started by Clan leader even if the matters at hand have been brought up by a different cat. A Clan leader calling a meeting for a matter brought up by another is like a stamp of approval. In the event the leader cannot speak, then Clan deputy will be the one to all the meeting, or even a medicine cat, depending upon the circumstances.
Only Clan leader is formally recognized upon highrock, or tallbranch, or whatever your Clan uses, and anyone else who stands there is viewed with apprehension and anger unless they have been invited, even deputy.
Typically cats called to the meeting are cats who are old enough to hold a rank of apprentice or higher. Example:
ThunderClan's opening words: "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather here, beneath High Rock, for a Clan meeting."
RiverClan's opening words: "Let all cats old enough to swim gather here to hear my words!"

Deputy Ceremony
"The time has come to appoint a new deputy. I say these words before StarClan, that the spirits of our ancestors may hear and approve my choice. __________ will be the new deputy."

Warrior Ceremony
"I, _____star, leader of ____Clan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down upon this apprentice. S/he has trained hard to under stand the ways of your noble code, and I commend him/her to you as a warrior in his/her turn. _____paw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code, and protect and defend this Clan, even at the cost of your life?"

"I do."

"Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name: _____paw, from this moment on you will be known as _________. StarClan honors your _____ and your _____ and we welcome you as a full warrior of ____Clan."

When become a warrior the leader says "StarClan honors your ______ and your ______ and...." These are what fill in the blanks.


Apprentice Ceremony
"From this day forward, until he/she has earned his/her warrior name, this apprentice will be called _____paw. ______, _________________________________. May you pass down all you know to this your apprentice."

Note: During the long blanks, the leader says who the mentor of the apprentice is, and says a sentence or two about the mentors skills, virtues, etc. Usually kept brief.

Dying Apprentice Ceremony
"I ask my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. He/She has learned the warrior code and has given up his/her life in service of his/her Clan. Let StarClan recieve him/her as a warrior. His/Her name will be __________, because _________. Let StarClan recieve him/her by the name of __________.

Note: This is said when an apprentice that is almost old enough to be a warrior dies/is expected to die before he/she becomes one. This was used in Brightheart/Lostface's case.

Elder Ceremony
"___________, is it your wish to give up the name of warrior and go join the elders?"

"It is."

"Your Clan honors you and all the service you have given us. I call upon StarClan to give you many seasons of rest."

Note: Sometimes the warrior name of the cat is changed to suit new features. See Name-Change Ceremony.

Medicine Cat Ceremony
(Medicine Cat) "_______________, is it your wish to enter into the mysteries of StarClan as a medicine cat?"

"It is."

"Then come forward. Warriors of StarClan, I present to you this apprentice. She has chosen the life of medicine cat. Grant her your wisdom and insight so that she may understand your ways and heal her Clan in accordance to your will."

(medicine cats touch nose to Moonstone/Moonpool, or whatever you may be using)

Name-Change Ceremony
"Spirits of StarClan, you know every cat by name. I ask you now to take away the name from the cat you see before you, for it no longer stands for what he/she is. By my authority as Clan leader, and with the approval of our warrior ancestors, I give this cat a new name. From this moment on, he/she will be known as _______. We honor his/her ______ and ______."

Note: See Warrior Ceremony "Virtues" to fill in last two blanks.

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