You may have expected my third character for
would be a tiger, but while I do plan to eventually make a TigerClan warrior, I wanted to establish this guy first.
This is Dustcloud (or as I like to called him, Ol' Man McEyebrows), a senior warrior who is not far from retiring to the elder's den. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he was mentioned in Gorsepaw's backstory as his mentor before he decided to train as a medicine cat. As you can imagine, Dustcloud is getting on and expected Gorsepaw would be his final apprentice, a last chance to pass on his skills before he becomes an elder. However, now that Gorsepaw is training in medicine, Dustcloud is kind of depressed. I thought the story of an aging warrior is one we don't usually hear, so I felt he would make an interesting character, especially since most people in this RP have erred on the younger side when making their characters.
He'll eventually retire to the elders' den (unless he dies in RP, of course), but for now, I'm looking forward to playing as him. Name
: Dusty, EyebrowsGender
: Aged AdultSpecies
: ???Short Description
: While Dustcloud is actually quite large and muscular, and has put on a bit of weight in his old again, his posture manages to make him look a lot smaller than he actually is. His pelt is brown, with darker brown patch extending from the top of his muzzle, down his back to his tail. His mane is long, unruly, and while once a more saturated shade of brown has now paled and greyed as he has aged. His eyes are alost alwats hidden beneath a pair of bushy eyebrows, and he has a scraggly beard on his chin.Rank
: Senior WarriorClan
: Dustcloud is your typical proud old man. In his younger days, he was a very level-headed warrior who remained calm even in the most dire of situations, had incredible patience and rarely lost his cool with his clanmates, and exuded an aura of quiet confidence in himself and his abilities. However, good things don't last forever, and as time went on, Dustcloud's mental abilities began to degrade. While he was never the most sociable of warriors, he now deliberately avoids any interaction with clanmates outside of clan meetings or organising patrols, and makes a point of only speaking to others if he has to. He's prone to forgetting things, from the names of his younger clanmates, to certain battle moves, to the layout of his clan's territory, and whenever someone calls him out on this, he'll snap at them, telling them that he's their senior and they should know better than to question him. He's even become somewhat paranoid, thinking his clanmates are often talking about him behind his back, how they think he's lost his mind and should just retire to the elder's den already. As you can imagine, this is all very frustrating for him, yet he refuses to discuss it with others and does his best to keep a tight grip on his emotions. He knows he's not the warrior he used to be, but he's far too proud to ever admit it. After all, if he's no use to his clan, what good is he?Voice Reference
Most of Dustcloud's kit and apprentice days are lost to him. He remembers he had loving parents, and that he was one of a litter of four, but everything else is pretty much a blur to him. He struggles to remember their faces most days, or even how they passed away. However, he does distinctly remember his warrior days, how he quickly gained respect from his clanmates, the name of every apprentice he ever taught, and describe in detail most of his battles. It became quickly clear that he would have made good deputy material, but for some reason or another, whenever the opportunity came to apoint a new deputy, he was always passed over. At first, this didn't really bother him, but as he was passed over more and more, he quickly became aware of how old he was getting, and became more desperate to prove himself.
Then, one day, during a fight with TigerClan, he ended up rushing into battle and sustained a pretty nasty injury on one of his hind legs. For a while, he was confined to the medicine den, and there were rumors that he may end up having to retire. It was then Dustcloud started to realise something: had really done anything that great in his life? Despite all he had done for his clan, he'd never made any remarkable accomplishments. He wasn't deputy and it was unlikely he'd ever be made one now, he had never shown interest in finding a mate and having kits... at one point, after he was finally allowed to have a walk outside the medicine den and test his leg, he found himself lurking around the Elder's den, watching them telling stories to kits about their glory days, how apprentices always complained about having to look after them. Then, while he was watching, he witnessed one of the elders attempting to wake one of their denmates, who had seemingly been sleeping in the corner for a while. However, despite their best attempts, the other elder would not wake. There was a big fuss as they suddenly realised that elder wasn't breathing, and they had to call the medicine lion to have a look. As several cats gathered around their still clanmate, Dustcloud had a vision: he wasn't sure if it was from StarClan or if it was simply his mind playing tricks on him, but instead of seeing the elder there, he saw himself, lying still as the medicine cat tried to awaken him.
That night, a vigil was held for that elder. Dustcloud watched from the medicine den as some of the older members of the clan sat vigiil for them. That elder had been old, very old, and only a few warriors had decided to join in. Dustcloud realised he didn't even know the elder's name, and he felt himself on the verge of crying. Was this his future? Would one day he fall asleep and not wake up, and none of his clanmates would ever notice until it was too late? Would his name too be unknown to the younger warriors? That thought terrified him.
Over the next few days, his injury slowly healed, but he was left with a limp. The leader at the time, Dovestar, agreed to keep him on a warrior. However, Dustcloud found himself being asked on less and less patrols, and started to believe his clan was losing faith in him. Desperate to leave one final mark on his clan, he asked Dovestar for an appentice. Just one last apprentice who he could pass on his knowledge to. Dovestar agreed, and Dustcloud was given Gorsepaw as an apprentice. Now having something to focus on, Dustcloud's mood started to improve. He became very fond of Gorsepaw, and even though the cub wasn't the most promising apprentice he had trained, he was always encouraging him and felt he would one day become a good warrior.
Then, Gorsepaw's sister, Lightningpaw, became injured, and Gorsepaw started spending less time training and more time in the medicine den. Dustcloud tried his best to be supportive of the cub, saying he would give him as much time as he needed, and soon, Lightningpaw became better. However, Gorsepaw wasn't quite the same. During his training, it was became evident that he was distracted, and Dustcloud started to lose patience with him, constantly scolding him for his mistakes and telling him he would never be a good warrior if he kept this up. Eventually, Gorsepaw told him that he wanted to become a medicine lion. Dustcloud was shocked. He begged Gorsepaw to reconsider, telling him he would be nicer and didn't mean all of those horrible things he had said. Gorsepaw made it clear that he wasn't making this decision because of Dustcloud, simply that he felt that being a medicine lion was a better calling for him. Despite Dustcloud's protests, Gorsepaw was made a medicine lion apprentice.
It's been a few moons since then, and Dustcloud's mood has severely declined. He's barely speaking to anyone now, and spends most of his time lurking around the medicine den, often pretending to be injured just so he can spend time with Gorsepaw. Gorsepaw is always nice to him, but continuously tells him that he has no interest in returning to his warrior training. Recently, Dustcloud has been begging Dovestar to let him have one last apprentice. Dovestar has yet to give him an answer.
And all throughout, Dustcloud is aware that it won't be long before he'll be forced to retire to the elder's den.In-Game History: [All in chronological order!]