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This page contains templates of the various naming ceremonies used by the Valley Cats. They are heavily based on the books and intended to provide a guide for those needing/wanting to roleplay the progression of their characters, but do not need to be repeated verbatim. Members are free to tweak these as they see fit, so long as the key elements of each ceremony are preserved.




Cᴏɴᴛᴇɴᴛs










Lᴇᴀᴅᴇʀ




Deceased Leader of Clan: Welcome, [Leader-to-be]. Are you ready to receive your nine lives?

Leader-To-Be: Yes, I am ready.

Dead Cat #1: With this life I give you courage, use it well in defence of your clan.

Dead Cat #2: With this life I give you justice, use it well as you judge the actions of others.

Dead Cat #3: With this life I give you loyalty to what you know to be right, use it well to guide your clan in times of trouble.

Dead Cat #4: With this life I give you tireless energy, use it well to carry out the duties of a leader.

Dead Cat #5: With this life I give you protection, use it well to care for your clan as a mother cares for her kits.

Dead Cat #6: With this life I give you mentoring, use it well to train the young cats of your clan.

Dead Cat #7: With this life I give you compassion, use it well for the elders of your clan, and the sick, and all those weaker than yourself.

Dead Cat #8: With this life I give you love, use it well, for all the cats in your care.

X-Leader: Welcome, [Leader-to-be], my warrior and my Deputy. With this life I give you nobility, certainty and faith. Use it well as you lead your clan in the ways of Starclan and the warrior code. I hail you by your new name, [prefix]star. Your old life is no more. You have now received the nine lives of a leader, and Starclan grants to you the guardianship of Treeclan. Defend it well; care for the young and old; honour your ancestors and the traditions of the warrior code; and live each life with pride and dignity.

The cats of Starclan chant the new Leader's name, then the Leader wakes and must return to their clan.






Mᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇ Cᴀᴛ Nᴀᴍᴇ





Senior Medicine Cat (SMC): I, [Medicine Cat's name], Senior Medicine Cat of Treeclan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. S/he has trained hard to understand the ways of a medicine cat, and with your help s/he will serve his/her Clan for many moons. [Medicine-Cat-to-be's name], do you promise to uphold the ways of a Medicine Cat, to stand apart from rivalry between our clanmates, and to protect all cats equally, even at the cost of your life?

Medicine Cat Apprentice: I do.

SMC: Then by the powers of Starclan I give you your true name as a Medicine Cat. [Medicine-Cat-to-be's name], from this moment you will be known as [Medicine-Cat-to-be's new name]. Starclan honors your [trait] and your [trait], and we welcome you as a full Medicine Cat.

The SMC rests his/her muzzle on the top of the new Medicine Cat's head and the new Medicine Cat licks his/her shoulder in respect. If the Junior Medicine Cat (JMC) still lives, then they will greet the apprentice by their new name, then all three will touch their noses to the base of the a moonstone and share dreams with Starclan.

Note: If the clan still has a JMC, then the Junior and Senior cats will chant the apprentice’s new name, and said apprentice will retain the clan’s apprentice position (but have a fully trained cat’s freedoms). If the clan
doesn’t have a JMC, either due to the Junior’s death/retirement or their rise to the Senior position, then the apprentice will be Treeclan’s new JMC.

















Wᴀʀʀɪᴏʀ
Sᴛᴀɴᴅᴀʀᴅ Cᴇʀᴇᴍᴏɴʏ




Leader: I call upon my warrior ancestors to look down upon this apprentice. He/she has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend him/her to you as a warrior in his/her turn. [apprentice name] do you promise to follow the warrior code and defend this clan, even at the cost of your life?

Apprentice: I do.

Leader: Then by the powers of Starclan I give you your warrior name. [Apprentice name], from this day forth you will be known as [warrior name]. Starclan honours your [quality] and [quality] and I welcome you as a full warrior of Treeclan.

The Leader rests their muzzle on the warrior's head, and the warrior licks their shoulder in respect. The clan chants the warrior's new name.

Note: The newly-named warrior must now keep silent vigil throughout the night. They will do so alone, unless two or more apprentices were made warriors simultaneously.






Nᴇᴡ Mᴇɴᴛᴏʀ
Used when mentor is unable to fullfil their responsibilities (usually due to death or serious injury)




Leader: I call upon my warrior ancestors to give this apprentice a new mentor. [Apprentice], your mentor is no longer able to teach you, so your new mentor will be [mentor's name].

The new mentor touches noses with the apprentice, and the clan chant's the mentor's name.













Eʟᴅᴇʀ




Leader: [Cat's name], is it your choice to give up your position as a [warrior/Med. cat] and join the elders of our clan?

New Elder: It is.

Leader: Your clan honours you and your service. I call upon Starclan to give you many moons of rest.

The clan chants the new elder's name, and give their thanks for their service.






Dᴇᴘᴜᴛʏ




Leader: I say these words before Starclan / (deceased Deputy's name) so that the spirits of our ancestors /(deceased Deputy) may hear and approve my choice.

[Warrior Name] will be the new Deputy of Treeclan!

The new Deputy acknowledges their Leader's choice, and the clan chants their name in greeting.





































Mᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇ Cᴀᴛ Aᴘᴘʀᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴇ




Senior Medicine Cat (SMC): Cats of Treeclan, you know [Junior Med. Cat (JMC)] and I will not be around forever, and as such it is time we took a new apprentice. I have chosen a cat who has shown [virtues], and trust that they will serve you well in our stead. [Apprentice] will be your next Medicine Cat.

Leader: [Apprentice], do you accept the post of apprentice to [SMC and JMC]?

Apprentice: I do.

SMC: Then at the next half moon you must accompany myself and [JMC] to be accepted before the cats of Starclan.

The SMC touches noses with the apprentice, and then the JMC follows their lead. The clan chants the apprentice's new name.




Aᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Mᴏᴏɴ Cᴀᴠᴇ


SMC: [Apprentice], is it your wish to learn the mysteries of Starclan as a Medicine Cat?

Apprentice: It is.

JMC: Then come forward.

SMC: Warriors of Starclan, I present your with our apprentice. S/he has chosen the path of the medicine cat, and was ask that you grant him/her your wisdom and insight so that s/he might understand your ways and heal our clan in accordance with your will.

The SMC, JMC and Apprentice now touch their noses to the base of one of the moonstones and share dreams with Starclan.









Wᴀʀʀɪᴏʀ
Dʏɪɴɢ / Iɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ Aᴘᴘʀᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴇ




The leader dips their head over the injure/dying apprentice, who will usually be within the medicine cat den.

Leader: “I ask my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. He/She has learned the warrior code and given up his/her life in the service of his/her clan. Let Starclan receive him/her as a warrior.

S/he will be known as [warrior name], in honor of his/her [trait/s].

















Aᴘᴘʀᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴇ





Leader: I call upon my warrior ancestors to look down upon this kit. He/she would like to become a warrior of Treeclan, but must first become an apprentice. [kit name], from this day forth, until you have earned your warrior name, you will be known as [apprentice name]. May Starclan watch over and guide you until you find the strength and courage of a warrior.

Leader signals for mentor's approach.

Leader: [Mentor's name], you have recieved excellent training from [cat's former mentor] and proven yourself to be a [trait/s] warrior. You have proven yourself ready to take on an apprentice, and will now be [apprentice]'s mentor.

The newly named mentor touches noses with their new apprentice, and the clan chant's the apprentice's new name.






Nᴀᴍᴇ Cʜᴀɴɢᴇ




Leader: 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 s/he 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 she/he will be known as [new warrior name], for [reason].

The Leader rests their muzzle on the cat's head, and the newly named cat licks their Leader's shoulder. The clan then chants their new name.





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