Long ago, there was one Clan that ruled the forest. This Clan had no name besides "The Clan;" after all, with no other Clans, why would it need a name to differentiate it? But as always, over time there became disharmony. It has been countless moons, seasons, and generations since this occurred, and so no cat living or dead now remembers the cause of the split, but still it came. The cats warred among themselves. When they divided, the territory was not large enough for two Clans to survive in separate territories, though they tried for many moons. Cats starved and died. And finally, the leaders of both of the new Clans came together on the newleaf equinox- the time when night and day are the same length- and came to an agreement.
The two Clans would share their territory, but they would only use it at certain times. The one that would become SunClan would hunt during the day, while the Clan that is now MoonClan would hunt only at night. Dusk and dawn were rather ambiguous times, and so it was decided that both Clans may walk the territory in the half-light but neither may hunt. However, if a SunClan cat should be out of camp or the small area around it, it would be considered trespassing; the same for MoonClan, but during the day. Both Clans claimed small patches of land around their camps that was exclusively their territory, but the rest of the land was for both. And thus the rather unique balance of modern SunClan and MoonClan was created.
Follow the forum rules and ghost rules, which I shouldn't have to reiterate here. Primarily, though, no flaming, spotlighting, or powerplaying.
Don't roleplay other people's characters, or otherwise control their actions in any way, without their permission first. Also, do not effect them in any major way (such as injuring, killing, or otherwise attacking them) without allowing them to respond first. Any instance where a character is injured or killed in such a way will not be considered "canon" unless the roleplayer of the injured/killed character deems it so.
No mary-sues/gary-stus, and no "-ests." Your cat can be very good at something, but it's difficult to say that they're the absolute best at anything. And they have to have some flaws. Otherwise, how would they get any character development?
Obviously, keep things pg. That means no very graphic descriptions of violence, no foul language, and nothing else that would be considered inappropriate for children. Queer characters are definitely allowed (thought I should specify since some people would consider that 'inappropriate').
Try to be descriptive and original. Make replies long enough for others to reply to without making them so long that they get boring (unless, of course, the only way to relay an event is through a very long post. Then, go for it). Don't be redundant; try to change posts up, and give more than just "He walked to the fresh-kill pile and got a mouse" or "She padded out of the warriors' den and sat down in the sun." Describe how they did it, what they felt like or what they were thinking, what their plans for the day were, or anything else to spice it up and add some scope to the character.
Keep characters realistic please. This goes for behavior as well as appearance. In reference to appearance, obviously cats aren't always going to be 100% realistic in how they look, but try to keep it believable if nothing else. So nothing crazy, like purple eyes or perfect star markings on their cheek. As far as behavior goes, just try to make them three-dimensional. Give them emotions and motives for doing the things they do, and make sure you keep their personality consistent. Give them realistic strengths and weaknesses that allow them to contribute to the Clan and grow as a character without being too perfect or so flawed that it's annoying.
I reserve the right to reject any players that I don't consider literate enough or to remove players who don't obey these rules or contribute to the roleplay in an interesting and constructive way.
If you are gone for more than two weeks without prior warning, I will remove you and your characters will go to the inactive section. I will not go chasing you down; liking your posts should be reminder enough.
If you claim a high-ranking position such as leader, deputy, or medicine cat, you must be especially active (check & update at least 6 days of the week, but preferably more). Everyone else should still be active, but as long as you don't trap other peoples' characters and are on relatively frequently, I'm not too concerned about activity.
All major roles (leader, deputy, medicine cats) must designate at least one other person who is online more frequently/at different times than themselves who they give permission to roleplay said leader/deputy/medicine cat if (and only if) they are needed in an emergency. This includes things like critical wounds that the medicine cats need to heal now, or attacks to camp that the leader or deputy must respond to, or anything else that needs prompt attention. These people will be listed as "alts." under the major character's claim.
As for everything else, it's just the usual: please don't leave and never come back; if you break the rules you may be deleted depending on the severity of your offense; please use ()  or something of the sort to separate in-character from out-of-character; no spamming unless you are requesting someone to go somewhere, etc. etc.
Defend your Clan, even with your life. You may have friendships with cats from outside the Clan, 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.
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 outside the Clan.
The word of the Clan Leader is the warrior code.
An honorable warrior does not need to kill other cats to win his/her battles, unless they are outside the warrior code or if it is necessary for self-defense.
- [nothing yet]
7-11-2016 SunClan is created and opened for joining.
Season: Late greenleaf
Weather: Hot and sunny, but with a cool breeze that betrays the coming leaf-fall
Moon Phase: New Moon
♥ = mates
+ = had kits but are not currently mates
♦ = mentor/apprentice
♣ = littermates
♠ = siblings but not from the same litter
= = parent(s) of
/symbol/ = adopted relationship
[name] = dead
name = outside the Clan
(symbol) = secret/unknown relationship
[Dawnheart] ♣ Redfeather
Nightstorm ♥ [Dawnheart] = Badgerpaw ♣ [Blackkit] ♣ [Russetkit]
Sageshine ♥ [Owlwing] = ?
? ♦ Badgerpaw
A couple things about the form:
1) Please delete categories that don't apply. So if your cat has no mate, please just delete the mate category.
2) Please state the age in moons, not years or months.
3) Skills & weaknesses mostly refer to physical traits, not personality strengths/flaws (those should be described in personality, after all). Please have a balance of strengths and weaknesses. Obviously some cats will be overall better at being a warrior and some overall worse, but all cats should have at least one natural strength and one natural weakness.
4) The "virtues" category is only for cats who have been made warriors (or full medicine cats). These would be the traits identified by the leader at their warrior ceremony, with "StarClan honors your _ and _." This serves to sort of summarize the cat's personality at a glance.