Riverclan is known for their grace in water, beautiful pelts, and intelligence. We can swim and move in the water like no other, and we use this to our advantage. Outside of Riverclan, the other clans perceive us as stubborn and lazy, and even use insults such as 'fish-breath.' However, Riverclanners enjoy shiny and beautiful objects, even decorating our dens with cliquant shells and rocks. We hold ourselves to a higher standard than the other Clans; training our apprentices to swim and fish, as well as fight fiercely and cleverly. Riverclanners are the only cats that are taught and able to swim in the river, as we rely on it to keep us sustained. Our main source of prey is fish and wetland animals such as frogs.
Riverclan lives on a large grassy plain, surrounded by a river on all four sides. The soil is rich and damp, causing many unique herbs and plants to grow here. During the spring, small ponds or puddles can be found where rainwater has gathered, and some even enjoy relaxing in these pools, as they are often warmed by the sun. Thanks to the river, we are one of the safest clans to live in in terms of raids and attacks, as the other clans fear drowning. Riverclan is located between ThunderClan and WindClan's territories. WindClan is to the northwest, ThunderClan and BloodClan to the east, ShadowClan to the far northeast, and Fourtrees and the Moonstone to the north.
CAMP Riverclan's camp is situated upon a sizable island surrounded by a stream, nestled in a cluster of tough reeds and trees. Due to it's location, it's not hard to defend the camp from invaders. In fact, the camp is rarely attacked due to the surrounding clans' fear of water. As many enemies aren't too fond of crossing the stream, especially during Leafbare when the thunderous currents result in death. However, the stepping stones across the stream allow for easy passage for many Riverclan cats.
TWOLEG BRIDGE The twoleg bridge is a man-made structure that arcs across the river. It is connected to a twoleg path that leads to the Fourtrees. The other way leads to the suburbs. Often times, Riverclanners like to hang out underneath it and enjoy the shade it provides. Just past the bridge, the falls can be found.
GORGE/FALLS The gorge is located near the Windclan border, large and thunderous- a massive waterfall plummets into the belly of a large river many tail lengths within the steep drop of the gorge. This location is very dangerous and one wrong maneuver can lead a cat to their death, often times, apprentices are told to steer clear of the area.
BEECH COPSE The beech copse is where the apprentices are often taken to be trained. It is a small clearing surrounded by various deciduous trees. It is located to the east of the territories, and serves also as an arena for sparring.
STEPPING STONES Across the stream surrounding the camp, there are some naturally-formed stones that allow access to the camp without getting wet. The stones are generally flat, but are quite slippery. It takes skill and precision to cross them, but most Riverclanners can with no problem.
Riverclan is a pro-clan, meaning the majority of it's members worship and believe in Starclan. Their traditions and worship revolve around this concept. The non-worshipping of Starclan is discouraged, but otherwise there are no rules against the worship of any religion. The only exception is the Dark Forest, which is strictly forbidden to go there and/or train there. Twisted and evil cats are sent there for a reason. Riverclan cats posses many skills and techniques that many other clans don't. Because of the presence of the river within the territory, the cats here have adapted to it and used it to their advantage. These skills learned and taught by their ancestors have been passed down to the clan and helped it flourish even during Leaf-bare, when most clans are famished.
SWIMMING Riverclanners are known for their prowess in the water. They move in it with grace and can even fight in it. Kits are first introduced to the water at an early age, where they can wade in the shallow stream that borders the nursery. Only when the kits are apprentice-aged do they learn to swim in the larger River, where the current is much stronger. Riverclanners who are clan-born tend to have very glossy and beautiful coats. The extra oils on them helps repel water. Clan-born descent also often have more pronounced webbed paws to aid them in swimming.
FISHING One of the most crucial skills taught by Riverclan is fishing. Every apprentice must learn, as fish are the primary food source of the clan. Riverclanners use their hooked claws to scoop fish out of the river as they pass by. They can do their either in the water, or waiting on the riverbank. Apprentices are taught both how to hunt on land, and fish. Many common fish found in the Riverclan river include trout, pike, salmon, minnows, guppies, perch, and many others.
COMBAT A pass-time of many Riverclanners is play water fighting. This seemingly innocent hobby can actually be training for possible real battles in the water with other clans. When there is a river nearby, Riverclan will always have the advantage in any battle. If the attacker isn't already at a disadvantage in the water, common and deadly battle move unique to Riverclan is holding the attacker underwater enough to weaken them and gain the advantage. Another move that is used to knock opponents over includes rearing up in the water and using the force of their body and forepaws and splash the attacker roughly. This is intended to weaken them as well as loose their balance and get caught by the current if there is one.
— Defend your Clan, even with your life. You may have friendships with cats from other Clans, but your loyalty must remain to your Clan, as one day you may meet them in battle.
— Do not hunt or trespass on another Clan's territory.
— Elders, queens, and kits must be fed before apprentices and warriors. Unless they have permission, apprentices may not eat until they have hunted to feed the elders. If any warrior or apprentice is sick or injured, they may eat while the elders, queens, and kits are eating.
— Prey is killed only to be eaten. Give thanks to StarClan for its life.
— A kit must be at least six moons old to become an apprentice.
— Newly appointed warriors will keep a silent vigil for one night after receiving their warrior name.
— A cat cannot be made deputy without having mentored at least one apprentice.
— The deputy will become Clan leader when the leader dies, retires, or is exiled.
— After the death or retirement of the deputy, the new deputy must be chosen before moonhigh.
— A Gathering of all four Clans is held at the full moon during a truce that lasts for the night. There shall be no fighting among Clans at this time.
— Boundaries must be checked and marked daily. Challenge all trespassing cats.
— No warrior can neglect a kit in pain or danger, even if the kit is from a different Clan.
— The word of the Clan Leader is the warrior code.
— An honorable warrior does not need to kill other cats to win their battles, unless they are outside the warrior code or if it is necessary for self-defense.
— A warrior rejects the soft life of a kittypet.
— Each Clan has the right to be proud and independent, but in times of trouble they must forget their boundaries and fight side by side to protect the six. Each Clan must help the others so that no Clan will fall.
— Cats on their way to the Moonstone are allowed to cross other Clans' territories to get to their destination.
— Cats may travel on other Clan territories if they have something to report or ask for help.
— Cats may challenge a weak or cruel leader if their Clan is in danger. If their leadership threatens the clan, the code expects a warrior to challenge their leader.
LEADER The leader is the head of RiverClan, It often considered the highest, most honorable position that can be held in RiverClan's hierarchy. Leaders are responsible for overseeing all that happens in their Clan, managing Clan ranks, calling weekly Clan meetings. Leaders have nine lives.
Current leader: Doestar played by globally
DEPUTY The deputy is the second-in-command of the Clan, hand-picked by the leader. They are nearly always the leader's most trusted Clanmate. The deputy is responsible for reporting to the leader, and will become leader when the current one dies/retires. To become deputy, it is required that they be a warrior, and that they have had at least one apprentice. They organize the daily patrols, as well.
Current deputy: Nightgaze played by Northern Downpour
MEDICINE CAT The medicine cats, oftentimes referred to as the 'medics', are the healers of RiverClan. They heal wounds, counsel the leader, administer herbs, and interpret omens and prophecies. They have a very special connection to StarClan, and visit the Moonstone at every half-moon to seek guidance from their ancestors. They are respected by all cats in all Clans and are rarely involved in fighting. There may be multiple medicine cats at one time, but the maximum amount is usually two. They may not have a mate or kits.
Current medicine cat(s): Larkthroat played by Grey.
MEDICINE CAT APPRENTICES Medicine cat apprentices are medicine-cats-in-training. They are chosen by the medicine cats to learn the ways of healing. Unlike the other high positions, a medicine cat apprentice is not constantly required in the Clan structure, although medicine cats are expected to have a successor.
Current medicine cat apprentice(s): n/a
ELDERS Elders are those that have served RiverClan well and have retired from their warrior duties. The responsibilities of elders are to cover their deceased Clanmates with good-smelling herbs and to carry the bodies out to be buried. They are not required to hunt or battle, but they may if they wish. They are known to pass stories down to kits, and are the first to be fed, hence the warrior code.
Current elders: UNLIMITED
QUEENS Queens are she-cats who take a break from their warrior duties to give birth, nurse and raise their kits until the age of six moons. She may return to her warrior duties or choose to stay in the nursery to assist with the new queens after her kits have been apprenticed.
Current queens: UNLIMITED
WARRIORS Warriors are adult cats who have completed their training as apprentices. Their duties are to serve, protect, and feed RiverClan. Warriors are the last to be fed, with elders, queens, and kits being the first priority. They are expected to mentor apprentices. Senior warriors are older and more experienced than newly made ones.
Current warriors: UNLIMITED
APPRENTICES Apprentices are the warrior trainees of RiverClan. They are working hard to learn how to hunt, fight, patrol, and serve their Clan under a mentor. Their names end with -paw, and they must have been trained by a mentor in order to earn their warrior name. Apprentices are typically aged 6-12 moons, with exceptions.
Current apprentices: UNLIMITED
KITS Kits are the babies of the Clan. They are often doted on and are loved by the Clan. They are apprenticed at six moons unless something prevents this. Their suffix is -kit. Kits are not permitted to leave the camp by themselves [but some rebels do anyways].
Current kits: UNLIMITED
Quietstar (declared self leader > kidnapped by BloodClan)
Smokestar (promoted to leader > deceased: rabies)
Cougarstar (promoted to leader > kidnapped by rogues)
Current leader: Doestar (elected leader)
Smokebreath (promoted to deputy by Quietstar > promoted to leader)
Cougartail (promoted to deputy by Smokestar > promoted to leader)
Wrenbreeze (promoted to deputy by Cougarstar > deceased: drowned)
Fawncloud (elected deputy > deceased: old age)
Current deputy: Nightgaze (promoted to deputy by Doestar)
Blindivy (promoted to medicine cat > disappeared)
Rowanstorm (promoted to medicine cat > disappeared)
Alice (promoted to medicine cat > disappeared)
Aspenberry (promoted to medicine cat > missing)
Rookpaw (elected medicine cat > deceased: unknown causes)
Larkthroat (promoted to medicine cat > disappeared)
Sirentide (promoted to medicine cat > disappeared)
Current medicine cat: Larkthroat
Medicine cat apprentices
Lavendercloud (promoted to medicine cat apprentice
by Blindivy > disappeared)
Alice (promoted to medicine cat apprentice
by Rowanstorm > promoted to medicine cat)
Rainwatcher (promoted to medicine cat apprentice
by Aspenberry > disappeared)
Rookpaw (promoted to medicine cat apprentice
by Aspenberry > promoted to medicine cat)
Wildpaw (promoted to medicine cat apprentice >
Sirenpaw (promoted to medicine cat apprentice
by Larkthroat > promoted to medicine cat)
Current medicine cat apprentice(s): n/a
The request can be used for anything! This includes injuries, joiners, characters on the border, and more.
CROWTHORN, ROWANHEART, AND TIDALWAVE step up as a council of temporary leaders, announcing THORNBUSH and LAVENDERPAW as temporary healers.
After QUIETSTAR'S death, SMOKEBREATH steps up as leader, taking the name SMOKESTAR and announcing COUGARTAIL his deputy. WIP
Soon after the painful disappearance of SMOKESTAR, formally called COUGARTAIL, a Bloodclan born turned riverclanner, received her lives and her name as COUGARSTAR from Starclan. After a moon of difficult decision she named WRENBREESE as her deputy. Her reign of Leader is well known for her brutality and militant expertise define her leadership. The first several moons as Leader, Bloodclan and Shadowclan became threatened as to her Leadership, allying against Riverclan, causing COUGARSTAR to search for an alliance in Windclan which proved successful. Thunderclan was neutral for Sunningrocks was an issue. Bloodclan and Shadowclan provoked Riverclan and eventually a border skirmish broke between SHEOGORATH, TABOA, several Bloodclan apprentices vs. COUGARSTAR and four other warriors. They defeated Bloodclan and won the battle. COUGARSTAR, all the meanwhile was having a relationship with OWLDAPPLE, a Thunderclanner turned Riverclaner. They were expecting and COUGARSTAR, not wanting children fled to the moonstone for a week to speak with Starclan. They kits were destined and so they had FRECKLEKIT, CRANEKIT, DESERTKIT, and MOONKIT. Later, two legs dumped toxins within their rivers, causing fish to become poisoned and water dwelling prey to become contaminated. Those who drank the water or ate the fish would fall ill and eventually die. With Leafbare upon them, medicine was scarce as was land dwelling prey. The next Gathering, COUGARSTAR announced she would be taking the Sunningrocks from Thunderclan wether or not they liked it and so they did, stealing prey and beginning to slowly take the territory for themselves, eventually COUGARSTAR led a battle patrol before it was decided that it would be shared for her clan was ill and needed it. COUGARSTAR’s former love, DRIFTLOW, returned after what she though he died moons ago, this shook her and she had to decide between he and OWLDAPPLE. She had to choose OWLDAPPLE, for she had kits. DRIFTLOW died. COUGARSTAR’s mate, OWLDAPPLE suddenly died a moon later, leaving her only with her kits. This shook her, darkened her, and was the start of her destruction. She was always being quite but this through her off the edge and she allied with the Darkforest for a brief period of time in training kept as a secret. As the toxins from the river vanished, prey returned and Riverclan became stronger than ever. COUGARSTAR was later kidnapped by a group of rogues and though she returned to the Clans afterward, she never again set foot in RiverClan.
After COUGARSTAR'S disappearance, WRENBREEZE'S subsequent death, and the absence of a medicine cat, the clan holds a vote for the three positions. DOEPELT is voted leader and takes the name DOESTAR. FAWNCLOUD is voted deputy. ROOKPAW, the medicine cat apprentice, is voted medicine cat. Despite having been elected leader by a majority of the clan, DOESTAR suffers from an immense shyness and disposition to anxiety and uncertainty in tense situations as well as a pacifist streak, drawing criticism to her ability to lead. The shadow of Bloodclan looms large, and many speculate of an impending war, only fueled by the capture and torture of FAWNCLOUD. DOESTAR permits the acceptance of rogues and cats from other clans into Riverclan's ranks, sparking feuds that target non Riverclan-born cats. FAWNCLOUD finally escapes Bloodclan, and soon dies of old age. NIGHTGAZE is named as the new deputy. DOESTAR and NIGHTGAZE agree that in order to maintain safety against Bloodclan, alliances must be made with Skyclan, Thunderclan, and Windclan. DOESTAR is initially hesitant to act on these alliances, and when Thunderclan is attacked, NIGHTGAZE acts behind DOESTAR's back in order to aid them. ROOKPAW disappears, his past presumably caught up to him. Medicine cat tryouts are held-- ADDERCLOUD, the Skyclan medicine cat, has agreed to train those who are selected. LARKPAW and WILDPAW are selected as medicine cat and medicine cat apprentice respectively, and LARKPAW takes on the full name of LARKTHROAT. As summer falls upon the clans, a vicious drought gives way to a famine, and starvation becomes commonplace, killing ELKFUR and KOISONG. TABOA, the leader of Bloodclan, begins leaving bodies at the border as threats. Windclan is attacked by Darkclan, an ally of Bloodclan, for territory, and, with Riverclan help drive them off. Windclan is hit with a fire from the intense heat and takes refuge on Riverclan territory until they rebuild their camp. A Bloodclan apprentice is captured, but later rescued. Prey continues to be stolen from other clans in order to feed the group, despite DOESTAR's strict stance against it. DOESTAR, after a meeting with senior warriors, agrees that violence must be partaken in when necessary. Bloodclan stages a raid on Thunderclan and an enormous battle takes place in the river as the forest clan flees toward Riverclan; Bloodclan is driven off.The famine and drought end as a rainstorm hits the territory. NIGHTGAZE holds preparations for war and DOESTAR orders the creation of a reed-woven wall around camp. SHEOGORATH, the ex-leader of Bloodclan, is reluctantly allowed to join and takes on the name TIGERSCAR. PEBBLEDPAW is murdered by a Windclan apprentice named PAPERPAW; JASPERSTAR, the Windclan leader, allows DOESTAR to decide the sentence: exile. WILDPAW disappears, and SIRENPAW is named the new medicine cat apprentice. SIRENPAW is soon captured by Bloodclan, and DOESTAR refuses to send a patrol to rescue her, citing fear of losing too many for the safety of a single cat, but she is soon rescued by a patrol led by TIGERSCAR anyways. LARKTHROAT goes missing and SIRENPAW steps up as medicine cat, taking the name SIRENTIDE, though she soon disappears as well. Autumn falls over the clans and a Bloodclan raid led by TABOA hits the camp. Autumn gives way to winter, and a blizzard dumps feet of snow over Riverclan. Bloodclan, now led by TRUTHLESS and ELIJAH, attempts to steal prey but is outnumbered and driven off. LARKTHROAT returns and DOESTAR, growing into her position as leader and becoming more confident in negotiations, convinces him to become medicine cat again.
Guide 2.1 written by Sublime, partly written by rinnie. Credits to the warriors wiki and old guide (coded by Emerymontrue + edited by dandelion and globally and kaizoku) for information.