This page has been put together in the interested of answering some of the questions that we feel are most likely to be asked by new members (and visiting guests). It is far from an exhaustive list, but we hope that it will help to clarify a few of the more important points.

If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to post it in our help help board, or alternatively to ask within the site’s chat box. Alternatively, if you feel something should be included on this page, you can PM Greymuzzles to get it added!

Wʜʏ ᴅᴏᴇs TCE ᴏɴʟʏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴏɴᴇ ᴄʟᴀɴ?

It was hoped that opening TCE with just one playable clan would help to foster roleplays and allow our first plot to start earlier than might otherwise have been the case. As a bonus, it also allows that one clan to be much more developed than might otherwise be the case!

Hᴏᴡ ᴅᴏ I ɢᴇᴛ ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀs ᴀᴄᴄᴇᴘᴛᴇᴅ?

All new characters should be posted in the Pending Profiles board, using the provided template. Once the profile is complete it will be reviewed and either accepted or replied to with the changes that are required to see it approved.

Mʏ ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀ’s ʙᴀᴄᴋsᴛᴏʀʏ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴs ᴀ ʀᴇʟᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ/(ᴇᴄᴛ) ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, ʙᴜᴛ TCE ᴏɴʟʏ ʜᴀs ᴏɴᴇ ᴄʟᴀɴ! Hᴏᴡ ᴄᴀɴ I ᴋɪʟʟ ᴛʜɪs ᴄᴀᴛ ᴏꜰꜰ (ᴏʀ ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇᴍ) ᴡɪᴛʜɪɴ ᴛʜɪs sᴇᴛᴛɪɴɢ?

At first glance it may seem like there's no way to kill off those pesky backstory cats without ignoring the setting, but this isn't strictly true! You can find a run-down of the possible causes of death here, and most of them can easily be adapted to injuries, too.

Wʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ Hᴜɴᴛɪɴɢ Sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟɪᴛɪᴇs?

Hunting specialities are the tactics that cats use whilst hunting. Treeclan has three distinctn tactics, and each cat specialises in at least one of these methods. Those cats that are masters of hunting as a whole may have two to three different hunting specialities, but they will be considered masters only of the one that is ranked highest within their bio.

Hunting specialities exist in three rarities, namely;


Virtually all cats of the clan have some ability to use this tactic, and half to three-quarters of its members will have taken it as their speciality. This is the clan’s main means of obtaining fresh-kill.
TCE’s current common specialities are: Ground Hunting.


Most cats of the clan will be able to use this tactic, but no more than half of these cats will have taken it as their speciality. This is the clan’s secondary means of obtaining fresh-kill.
TCE’s current uncommon specialities are: Branch Hunting.


Only a very small percentage of cats have learnt to use this tactic, and virtually all of these cats will have taken it as their speciality. These are usually new or dying tactics and merely supplement the fresh-kill collected by other means, though they may, on occasion, push their clan over the fine line between starvation and survival.
TCE’s current rare specialities are: Tree Hunting.

Wʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴀ ꜰᴏʀᴇɪɢɴ ᴄᴀᴛ?

At TCE, ‘foreign cat’ is a label given to any cat that was born outside the Valley (/beyond the mountains), and that has since entered clan lands. It’s a blanket term that covers all lones, rogues, and immigrants to Treeclan, and it remains valid even after a cat has joined the clan—though with time those cats are usually accepted as full Treeclaners.

Cᴀɴ I ᴘʟᴀʏ ᴀɴ LGBT+ / Nᴏɴʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴄᴀᴛ?

In a word: yes. However, it’s important to note that Treeclan has been designed to dislike/be intolerant of anything ‘different’ – which unfortunately includes LGBT+/nonbinary cats. As such much of the clan would be against (or simply fail to understand) non-hetero/binary individuals, and nonbinary cats would largely be treated/referred to/seen as members of their biological gender. In practice it’s likely that player-owned characters would be on the more open end, but you would need to assume that the majority of the clan is not and take this fact into account when designing and writing your character. Remember that Treeclan is a very large clan, and as such most of its numbers comprise of NPCs who would follow the more general views/temperament of the clan.

That said, it’s also important to note that Treeclanners tend to be blindly loyal to those they value, which means that it’s entirely possible for LGBT+/nonbinary characters to have a few friends/family who accept them as they are. In addition, Treeclan has a tendency to grow more tolerant of members who can prove themselves particularly valuable to the clan (in effect they would simply ignore the 'difference' in question)– and this would extend as much to LGBT+/nonbinary individuals as it would other differences. On a final note, there’s also the chance that the clan in general may grow more tolerant of these individuals in future, but this is entirely dependent on the outcomes of TCE’s roleplays and plots.

Wɪʟʟ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ʙᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴄʟᴀɴs ɪɴ ꜰᴜᴛᴜʀᴇ?

Maybe! Treeclan will remain a solo-clan for the foreseeable future, but there is space for a little expansion further down the line. Whether or not that happens largely depends on how our first plot goes (and, to some extent, how it ends).

Hᴏᴡ ᴅᴏ I ᴏʙᴛᴀɪɴ ᴀ Hɪɢʜ Pᴏsɪᴛɪᴏɴ?

Currently, members can apply for any available high position in this thread. Once each high position has been filled for the first time, future holders will be selected in-character using the same processes found in the books.

Wʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ᴅɪꜰꜰᴇʀᴇɴᴄᴇ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ‘Bʀᴀɴᴄʜ’ ᴀɴᴅ ‘Sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟɪᴛʏ’?

‘Speciality’ refers to the three skills (primary, secondary and tertiary) that a cat is best at. They are essentially the characters ‘mastered’ talents, and always include at least one Hunting Speciality (see above), though this might not be their primary skill. ‘Branch’, meanwhile, refers to significant differences between the appearances and physical capabilities of groups of cats in a clan, and are traits that cats are born with – in effect, they are static, but also common within the clan to which they belong.

Hᴏᴡ ᴅᴏ I ᴏʙᴛᴀɪɴ Hᴜɴᴛɪɴɢ Sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟɪᴛɪᴇs?

Currently, there are two ways of obtaining a given hunting speciality. The primary method is in-character training from a cat bearing the desired speciality; this usually occurs during apprenticeships, with apprentices inheriting their master’s skills. That said, common and uncommon specialities may also be taught to full warriors, though this rarely occurs.

The second means of obtaining a hunting speciality is character creation. All common specialities are permanently available to those making new characters, and uncommon specialities, though occasionally closed, will generally be available as well. To obtain these, members need only include them within their bios, and, unless it is an uncommon speciality that is temporarily unavailable, the cat will be accepted.

Finally, rare specialities can be claimed here, or occasionally obtained via apprenticeship (if the mentor specialises in that hunting tactic). Unless otherwise stated, these specialities can never be obtained through normal character creation.

Cᴀɴ I ᴘʟᴀʏ ᴀ Lᴏɴᴇ/Rᴏɢᴜᴇ?

Technically speaking: yes. However, TCE is not currently set up with these cats in mind, and the layout of our boards / recent Rogue Invasion will likely make these cats difficult to play. As such, we strongly discourage you from making a lone or rogue at this time, but if you really have your heart set on one then the option is there.


Wʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴀɴ ‘ᴏᴅᴅ’ ʙʀᴇᴇᴅ, ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴏᴡ ᴅᴏ ᴛʜᴇʏ ꜰɪᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ TCE?

TCE defines an ‘odd’ breed as any type of cat that was specifically bred to match a pedigree, and that wouldn’t feasibly occur within the wild. As an example: Munchkins, Scottish Folds, and Siamese would all be considered odd breeds, whilst the Maine Coon and Bengal Cat would not.

Because Treeclan has been living in the Valley for generations, and the traits that make these breeds would likely be bred out relatively quickly, it is not possible for any of its members to be both an odd breed and considered ‘pure’ Treeclan. However, because Treeclan also has a history of accepting lones/rogues into its ranks, we do allow some odd breeds to be played. The proviso is that these cats are not from ‘Pure’ lines, but are instead either Mixed, Half-clan, or Foreign.

Please see this page for a summary of how TCE defines pure/mixed/half-clan cats.

I ᴛʜɪɴᴋ I ꜰᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀ ᴛʏᴘᴏ--ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴅᴏ I ᴅᴏ? / Wʜᴀᴛ's ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛʀᴀɴɢᴇ sᴘᴇʟʟɪɴɢ?

TCE's admin (who is also responsible for writing all of the sites lore/official information) uses British English, which means that are a variety of words that will be spelt a little differently to how you expect. Please keep this in mind whilst exploring our site.

That said, typos are very easily made and missed, so if you happen upon one (or even notice an inconsistency in how something is written), then you're encouraged to let us know! If you're a member, you can do this either by PM'ing the admin or posting in this thread, and if you're a guest, you're welcome to post in our guestbook.


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Guestie: Hi! Do you guys have a discord? Mar 27, 2020 22:56:05 GMT
Greymuzzles: Hi there! We do have a discord, and we give access to it as soon as a new member posts their first profile (doesn't have to be complete!) and sends our 'secret code' to show us they've read the site rules :) Mar 28, 2020 8:51:45 GMT
lynx: Hello, is this site still active? Apr 7, 2020 17:34:19 GMT
Greymuzzles: Hi Lynx! We tend to move at a slower pace than some sites, since most of us are wrapped up with life, but we're definitely still kicking! Apr 8, 2020 9:26:55 GMT
Greymuzzles: Welcome to TCE, Jas! It's always lovely to see a new face :) Apr 15, 2021 8:55:43 GMT
kiwi: Whoops, I didn't mean to send that here. Hello Jas! Nice to meet you. Apr 24, 2021 23:49:14 GMT
kiwi: Hello everyone! Hope y'all are having a lovely ending to your April! Who's excited for Summer? Apr 25, 2021 8:45:50 GMT
Greymuzzles: I know I [mostly] am! It'll be nice to have the sun/warmth around more consistently XD Apr 25, 2021 13:11:34 GMT
kiwi: I agree! I am looking forward to getting out and riding my bicycle in the warm air. We have so many parks where I'm living right now, it'll be a real treat. Apr 26, 2021 1:15:00 GMT
kiwi: Welcome Neonsparks and Goldenboy! Apr 26, 2021 7:39:24 GMT
Greymuzzles: Welcome Neonsparks and Goldenboy! We're very happy to have you here~ Apr 26, 2021 17:56:12 GMT
Greymuzzles: And cycling to parks sounds a great way to spend a summer day, Kiwi! Apr 26, 2021 17:56:28 GMT
kiwi: Where I currently live, I have three parks within a five minute walking distance, and two of those have extensive biking / walking trails. It will be a LOVELY way to spend my summer. Just hoping the weather warms up sooner than later. Apr 26, 2021 21:16:59 GMT
kiwi: Welcome krazykitty00! Apr 27, 2021 7:42:16 GMT
Greymuzzles: Welcome to TCE, Krazykitty! Hope you enjoy your time here~ Apr 27, 2021 18:17:49 GMT
Greymuzzles: Sorry Kiwi - I missed your last message somehow. That sounds like a wonderful place to live, though! Haven for a cyclist/hiker~ Apr 28, 2021 18:54:48 GMT
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