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Dark Kin by RiverSpirit456 Dark Kin by RiverSpirit456
This is a commission from JoannStrife! :iconjoannstrife:

Characters: Nettlekit (black tom kit), Mapleshade (tortoiseshell she-cat), and Ryestep (calico tom)

Scene: Nettlekit is constantly bullied, and after a rather harsh tussle with the other kits he is approached by Mapleshade and Ryestep, his ancestors, who offer him a way out of his suffering.

Hope you like it! :D

I had fun with the lighting on this one, but the water was a pain and I'm still not fully satisfied with it. Need to work on my bgs. 

Speedpaint will be up Tuesday!
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PrincessPMK Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Someone should make a story about this
TeamPokemonSpain Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019
Poor Neetlekit .-.
Bleartic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so beautiful omfg
PhantomTitan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019
Is this SR comic?
Rooby-Booby Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
read the description c:
JezzyCatTheGreat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019
I don’t believe it is. SR doesn’t have a Nettle’Kit and even if it did all of the clans in SR don’t seem to be one to bully other kits especially attack them with claws as well. This couldn’t possibly be the leagion either because it has a clan name and his ancestors wouldn’t Be able to stray away that far from the clans unless there extremely powerful, and even if they were THAT powerful to stray all the way to the leagion I’m sure ( not 100%) that they would be able to appear visible to the living cats’ eyes . 
Briartz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woahhh this is incredbible! 
Foreversss Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, this is so beautifully done. Amazing job as always. :D
Fogqwdf-890 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
Is this from that Warrior Cats thing I have been hearing about lately?  I thought those were little kids books, but apparently not?  I am in my late 20's, so trying to justify getting into them.

Great pic!
Nachtlichtje Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2019
Hi, thought I'd step out and say I'm 26 (turning 27) and I still love and enjoy these books. I've been reading them since I was 11 and have been keeping up with the series ever since it started. I'm a bit behind because I stopped during college so I'm behind on the last 2 seasons and most of the super editions but I'm slowly catching up. 

Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can not read. I hate that they classify the Warriors books in the 9-12 section because if you actually read them they're pretty graphic. I wish they'd put them in the 'Teen' section instead of the Young Readers section. 

Honestly, I prefer the way books written towards teens are as opposed to adults. Books directed at other adults often tend to have way too much description to the point it kills the momentum or ruins my depiction. Happened with Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park (loved the novel, but was disappointed my momentum kept getting killed whenever there were over the top descriptions of characters every time they were doing anything, or they would describe mundane things that didn't really need a description). 

Warriors allows me to visualize the characters because even though it describes what they look like or are doing, it doesn't drive them into the ground and kill the momentum of the story. 

Harry Potter got mashed in the 9-12 section and a lot of adults read and still love those books. 

Who says that when you reach adulthood you need to drop and stop reading your favorite authors the moment you're past 20 in favor of books in the adult section only?
Fogqwdf-890 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019
Thanks for the info!
Nachtlichtje Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019
You're welcome. 
Hopefully it helped.
Thierry-ThefoxGamer Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
They were *intended* to be a children's book. However, they are often read by young adults and teenagers. I personally started reading them back when I was 11 or so, now I'm 16 and although I don't read them as much, which is only because of schoolwork and life, they are the best books I have ever read. Then again, they were one of the first book series that I got into; but personally the fandom and book series played a huge role in inspiring me to do art and to be imaginative, so it has a warm spot in my heart. If you think it might be too childish, you may be surprised that it does have quite a few dark, sad moments, and even some light blood/violence (to say the least). As a book for its non-target audience though, it's pretty emotional.
Fogqwdf-890 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019
Cool, thanks for the info!
Thierry-ThefoxGamer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Yw! I hope that was useful. Imo for books like warrior cats, you can never be too old to read them.
Joannstrife Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
Story for Everyone to Enjoy:

Peering around the at the clearing Flinchfern saw Doekit, Swiftkit Palekit and Beechkit all surround Nettlekit who faced them all with black fur fluffed up.

"We don't want to play with or your littermates, you all smell funny." Beechkit said screwing up her noise.

"Yeah, Doekit nodded why don't you and your littermates and mother go back to where you came from instead of stink-up riverclan with scent!" Doekit added "You half-clan cats always stink up clans with scents!"

"My sister and I aren't half-clanned." Nettlekit yowled lashing at his nursery denmates with one paw nicking Doekit right ear. Scarlet red drops dripped from the she-cat ear. Swiftkit and Palekit began to shrinking away from Nettlekit "I'm loyal Riverclan warrior and going to be leader some day!" 

"Ha,Like some half-clanned cat is going to be next leader!" Beechkit snarled as she swiped at Nettlekit left right cheek. Nettlekit unsheathed his claws ready to pounce on all four of the kits and Flinchfern got his paws ready scramble over to the nursery to stop the fighting amongst the kits, suddenly Flinchfern caught sight of Nettle's father Darkshadow as he padded to the nursery. Nettlekit soon followed his father, his ears flatten to his head. After what seemed like a few flicks of the tail Nettlekit reappeared with a large gash on his back and claw marks on lower chest and two bite marks on his left legs. Flinchfern got to his paws but before he could reach him, Nettlekit ran out past the bramble and reeds, past the entrance of Riverclan clan's territory, past a startle patrol not caring of pain coming from his wounds until Nettlekit felt the warm of sun on his muzzle and gentle breeze against his ears and the soothing sound river trickling as his paws skidded to a halt as he caught his breath. Nettlekit looked around he ran all the way to the edge of the forest and sunningrocks loomed over the tiny kit as Nettlekit scrambled up to his favorite basking place his front paw against his cheek suddenly feeling warm stickiness of blood that trickled down his cheek and searing pain coming from his shoulder where his father had bitten him. But Nettlekit pushed the pain aside all he wanted was to just get away from Darkshadow abuse and scorn. (Nettlekit thinking): "That mouse-brain Doekit, Palekit, Swiftkit and Beechkit! How's it mine, Fernkit, Mousekit and Silverkit's fault that we were born outside of riverclan? And There lots half-clan in of clans so there's point of speaking ill them Mistystar her brother Stonefur where half-Thunderclan and Mistystar became leader. So I could do that too." Nettlekit laid down his favorite spot on sunningrocks and listened to the sounds of the river splashing on the shore and lulling Nettlekit to sleep.

"My, My what terrible wounds those are." Voice sounded from in Nettlekit's ear. Nettlekit head perked up as he scrabbled to his paws and looking around seeing no sign of a cat the voice belonged to. As Nettlekit continued to look around he caught sight of tortishell she-cat with large claw marks scorned across her face, accompanied by a battle-scarred torishell tom who was missing one of his golden eyes. Nettlekit stood wide-eyed at two warrior and cautiously sniffing the air he caught no scent of Thunderclan or other clan's scent on two cats.

"Who-- Who you?" Nettlekit stammered as Calico made his way over Nettlekit and sniffed at his wound on Nettlekit's back. "Your certainly right Mapleshade. Such terrible things for a father to do to his only son." The Calico said as he licked Nettlekit's shoulder. Nettlekit winced at toms cold tongue lapping up the wound on his shoulder. Nettlekit shook his fur like a dog and with a flick of his tail shooed the calico tom away before asking the torishell and calico who they were. 

"Oh right, it's rude of not introduce themselves." The torishell purred as she wrapped her tail comfortingly around Nettlekit and continued" Hello, Nettlekit. My is Mapleshade and this is my dear friend Ryestep, who once a member of Riverclan. We've come to help become greatest warrior Riverclan has ever known." Mapleshade said as Nettlekit looked at two cats.

"The greatest warrior riverclan has ever known." Nettlekit repeated 

"Of course. Under mine and Mapleshade teaching you would greatest leader Riverclan has ever known." Ryestep said once you become and apprentice that is. "And once you begin training the dark forest." the calico tom added as Nettlekit backed away from them both.

"The--The dark forest. That's place of no stars, my father Russetheart warned me never to go there." Nettlekit stammered as Ryestep padded over to him. 

"Aren't you tired of feeling helpless under own father claw? Don't you want to protect your mother and your sisters? If you train with us in the dark forest not only will you be the greatest of riverclan, but you also be able to protect your family from your father." Ryestep said whispering the kit's ear. Nettlekit's eyes widen at Ryesteps words

"I'll do it! When I become, i'll train in dark forest with you. Just help protect my mothers and my sisters." Nettlekit said as both Mapleshade and Ryestep began padding away.

"Good we will early be awaiting the day you become an apprentice, Nettlekit." Mapleshade said as both she and Ryestep disappeared leaving Nettlekit by himself.
JezzyCatTheGreat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019
Poor Nettle’Kit...😔
Joannstrife Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019
Yeah but he a good cat. Despite training in the dark forest.
Dreaming-of-Sunsets Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
This looks amazing! 
bunniball2867 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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AnazuluTheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How can you make such an amazing background?! HOW?
KeenTigerClaw Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Need to work in my bgs."

DeeDiamond1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can always improve! But yeah, Rivers backgrounds are AMAZING.
MochaRoses Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
So is that like canon Mapleshade who i hate but also love bc she screwed up Crookedstar's life n stuff but she's a sneaky brilliant troubled girl
CharlieGray99 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! The air of potential chaos this gives off is amazing!
catbreeze212 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist


dis is gorgeous
Myugi-store Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing !
rosethorn485 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019

nice job, river!
TheSoulofanArtist357 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don’t know if this was on purpose, but Ryestep almost looks like he’s fading into the background and that’s SO COOL! In fact, they both look faded! I love the designs and the lighting and AH! Everything is so amazing!
Joannstrife Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
And you did a wonderful job with the background, and i love it. You did a wonderful job❤❤❤❤❤❤👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Joannstrife Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
Ooh awesome, awesome, awesome, thank you, thank you, thank you this look awesome ❤❤❤❤❤❤😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
wolfpacklover4 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooo mapleshade looks good! love your work river!
TheElvenJedi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooo I love the colours on this one! :D also yaaaas, Mapleshade!
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