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The cats of the clans have led easy, untroubled lives for generations; leafbare has long been mild, prey plentiful and battles largely limited to small scuffles over borders. Long-term feuds and rivalries, each begun in the days of their ancestors, have weakened and largely faded from memory, leaving only a very few clinging to past wrongs. Now cats of all clans meet at their borders with little need for unsheathed claws, and inter-clan friendships are growing more common, and ever stronger, with each passing moon.
Better, the cats are secure in the knowledge that this time of peace will not pass, for this is a peace won by tooth and claw and their valley home is largely inaccessible to those living beyond their lands. Their safety is ensured by a towering, impenetrable ribcage of mountains and a spine of unbroken water; their tentative friendships guarded by a reluctance to slide back into the bloodshed so prominent in their past. Theirs is a peace made permanent by their refusal to dishonour the ancestors that once fought so hard for their sakes.
Unfortunately, nothing is truly permanent.
Now, with the clans further than ever from memories of their past, an ancient force has begun to regain its interest in the happenings of the mortal realm. The cats are growing incautious, taking their peace for granted, and, beyond the reach of the light, shadows are beginning to stir…
The fogs of leafbare have now dispersed and the winds dropped even lower, calming the oceans and eliminating their hold over the mountains. Temperatures are continuing to rise, though they are attenuated by a reasonable breeze, and early Newleaf showers have largely been replaced by sun. Prey levels have reached an early peak across the valley, allowing all cats to go fully-fed for the first time in moons (or more).
Wild Land temperatures are now uncomfortably high even for veteran residents, and they show no signs of falling. Fortunately, they are somewhat combated by infrequent showers, and the pools produced in early Newleaf remain fresh enough to cool an overheated cat. Prey levels are also remaining at an unusual high, so most cats are too busy reaping the rewards to worry about a little too much heat.
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