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A Clan Meeting is an event held in the Clan camp when a Clan Leader convokes the Clan members to share important information with them.[1]


Purpose

A Clan Meeting has one or more of the following purposes:

  • Announcing important events or sharing information. (such as relating what happened at a Gathering.)
Example: Firestar sharing the news of the Gathering when RiverClan proclaimed that the lake was theirs.[2]
Example: Firestar calling a Clan meeting for the appointment of Lionblaze as a warrior.[3]
  • Warn Clan members about dangers. (such as the fox traps, a flood, or an impending attack.)
Example: Firestar calling a Clan meeting from the results of the battle with WindClan and ShadowClan.[4]
  • Bring the Clan members together to discuss an important matter.
Example: Leafstar calling the cats together to decide what to do about the Twoleg torturing cats.[5]

Procedure

It is the privilege of the Clan Leader to convoke a meeting.[6] However, sometimes other Clan cats do it; for example if they feel that an important information or question must be brought to the Clan (such as Mousefur calling a meeting in Sunset),[7] or if the leader is not available (such as when Fireheart called a meeting in A Dangerous Path).[8]

To begin the meeting, the leader climbs to a high place (such as the Highrock in the ThunderClan Forest Camp) where all cats gathered below can see and hear them well.[9] They open the meeting with the words "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather here beneath the Highrock (or Highledge) for a Clan meeting".[2] This type of call has only been verified for ThunderClan. RiverClan's call is: "Let all cats old enough to swim gather to hear my words!".[10] ShadowClan and WindClan's calls have not been stated in the books yet. On the rare occasions of Clan meetings in the Dark Forest, a leader calls out with these words: "Let all cats old enough to kill their own enemies gather here!"[11] Once having the attention of all cats, the leader passes the message or performs the required ceremony.[12]

Clan Meetings have no fixed dates; a meeting can be called at any time, whenever the leader feels the need to do so.[13]

Meeting Locations

ThunderClan:

In the Forest Territories:

Highrock: A large boulder on top of the Clan leader's den.[14]

In the Lake Territories:

High-ledge: A ledge inside the ThunderClan gorge.[15]

  • It should be noted that when ThunderClan had to leave their camp temporarily due to a flood, they used a mudfall/mudslide for Clan meetings in their temporary camp.[16]

ShadowClan:

In the Forest Territories:

Clanrock or the rock: A large, smooth, lichen-covered boulder at the edge of the clearing opposite from the camp entrance. Another rock is propped against it, creating a sheltered half cave beneath it - the medicine cat den.[17][18][19]

  • While the meeting place has been called Clanrock in Yellowfang's Secret[18] and Secrets of the Clans[17], it was simply called 'the rock' in Tigerclaw's Fury.[19]

Clanrock

In the Lake Territories:

Unnamed: A branch that hangs over the leader's den.[20] ShadowClanmeetingbranch

RiverClan:

In the Forest Territories:

Unknown

In the Lake Territories:

Unknown

  • It is possible that the Clan leader addresses the Clan from a willow tree stump by the Leader's Den, which the rest of the Clan gathers around, as seen in Mistystar's Omen.[23]

WindClan:

In the Forest Territories:

Tallrock: A jagged, dark,[24] large boulder, with the leader's den at the back of it.[25] It is encircled by a large, sandy crater called the Meeting Hollow.[24][26]

In the Lake Territories:

Tallrock: A giant boulder, bigger than all the others.[27]

Tallrock

SkyClan:

In the Forest Territories:

Unnamed: A gnarled thorn tree.[28]

In the Gorge:

Rockpile: A pile of boulders where the river appears.[29]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Outcast, page 17
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 36
  3. Revealed in Eclipse, page 311
  4. Revealed in Sunset, page 184
  5. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 264
  6. Revealed in Sunset, page 73
  7. Revealed in Sunset, page 236
  8. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 245
  9. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 284
  10. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 53
  11. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 220
  12. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 37
  13. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 18
  14. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 33
  15. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 20
  16. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, chapter 20
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 56
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, chapter 2
  19. 19.0 19.1 Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 7
  20. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 62
  21. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 4
  22. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, chapter 5
  23. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 2
  24. 24.0 24.1 Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 7
  25. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 30
  26. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 24
  27. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 35
  28. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 8
  29. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 246

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