Written on Monday, April 21, 2014
After spending so much time with my Creatures 1 Norns, my two Grendels were rightfully feeling neglected. I found Adaon in the garden with a 60% life force: I assumed he had been ill, but there were no traces of antibodies nor antigens in his system. The poor guy had simply stopped eating! Once he knew I was watching him and ready to tickle him, he gladly wolfed down a couple of carrots. Adaon trundled off to play with a few toys, apparently finished with me for the time being.
In an ironic twist of events, Arianllyn was the Grendel in the music room! Adaon had been quite partial to the drum, yet she decided that her musical calling was with the harp. It figured that it would be in their twilight hours that the two Grendels would find something in common! With five eggs, though, it wasn't as though they didn't like one another. Arianllyn was quite caught up with perfecting her harp skills, though she paused for honey!
My Norns were still camped out on the desert island after a rather trying time. Whydah and Yuhina were full sisters, and they were identical in appearance! Can you figure out which is which? They each had a special surprise in store for me. However, not all surprises are good ones. Whydah was happily pregnant, and slept away knowing all about her responsibility. Her younger sister, on the other hand, was not in good shape. Yuhina was listed as sick in the Observation Kit, and I assumed she simply tested out the poisonous plant on the island. When it didn't clear up quickly, I had to jump in to take a closer look.
Albia, come on! This exact illness had shown up at least twice before, attacking the recently deceased Pipit twice. It was actually the cause of his death, and Yuhina's health was dropping more and more quickly. I was ready to hire some sort of antigen exterminator for this world! It seemed more than mere coincidence that this illness continued to show up. It must have evolved to survive outside for a long time and locate unsuspecting victims. Pipit last caught it near the incubator, which was on the opposite side of Albia. Sneaky sort of sickness! Yuhina was a fairly good patient, though, alternating her time between sleeping and eating. Her life force only dipped to about 60%, which was far from the danger zone. Usually I get concerned when a Norn has about a 50% life force, and I jump into action.
Whydah confronted Xenops about the impending egg. She was very excited about this event, yet the father was extremely reserved. I could hardly blame him: His first unborn child perished in its egg right before him. It was only a few minutes before Whydah had a shiny new egg to present, and then Xenops looked a little more lively! I wondered if he might have picked up on Yuhina's illness. With her being contagious, I had her partially quarantined in one area of the island. Towhee was the only one absent, since she had caught an express submarine journey to safety. No sense spreading chaos!
After a good deal of time convalescing, Yuhina's strength began to return and the illness fled her system for good. I hoped it was the last time we would see it! There was a minute when I wondered if the youngest Norn would be the next to go, but there was far too much for Yuhina to accomplish before she would be comfortable with passing on. I intended to finish up this generation rather quickly: Discover Albia's fourth anniversary is on April 26th, and it would be lovely to meet a new generation at that time! Keep an eye out for shorter summaries about these last few Norns and Grendels!
Written on Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter in Creatures 3/Docking Station began with one Geat, Kovar, getting rather confused about a small pile of eggs. Were there really that many baby Colortrue Gaius entering the world? Silly Kovar, most of those came from the newly released Eggstravaganza patch plant! Three of them contained something more than caramel, chocolate, or hard boiled egg, though. Switching in different egg sprites can certainly liven up a population! Kovar was still confused.
Amalgam, Tombac, Shakudo, and Magnox decided to line up and pose in their very best attire for the holiday. Since the edible eggs had been added to the world, many decided to settle down nearby. Who wouldn't want to live right near a spot where delicious candy eggs grow continually? The Eggstravaganza also had another meaning for these Geats... They must have felt that edible eggs meant that they had to produce their own army of Geat eggs!
Two young Geats were born looking like they had picked out their colors specifically for Easter! Celestrium was the daughter of Kovar and Amalgam, while Inconel was the daughter of Megallium and Cunife. They had some fun watching the eggs slowly take shape and color before falling to the floor to be eaten. Good thing they were tough: Some of them fell from quite high up! It was also nearly impossible to get two of the same variety at the same time. In fact, there were a total of 569 different eggs in this patch plant! The concept kind of mirrored the idea behind the Colortrue Gaius, where it was very difficult to get two Geats of the exact same color. Celestrium and Inconel devoured every egg they could before heading off in search of other interesting adventures.
Hatching the eggs was not quite finished yet! Nitinol was the daughter of Zamak and Vitallium, which was quite apparent by her mixture of black and pink. Shibuichi's coloring was a little less telling of her parents: Talonite and Ormolo were both very green, yet she stepped out of her shell in a golder tone. They made some lovely new additions to the group! At this point, though, the population swelled to 24 Geats with more eggs on the way. I just got finished praising them for not breeding uncontrollably! Expect to see a number of them on CreatureLink in the near future! I also need to figure out a few tweaks to the family tree I have, which shows each Geat's color. Happy Easter!
Written on Saturday, April 19, 2014
With a lovely set of Easter egg sprites, I was looking forward to another fun-filled day in Creatures 1. There was actually a dire situation just starting to bubble over the proverbial cauldron when one life came to an abrupt end. Manakin was easily the longest lived Norn of this generation at 11:28, though it seemed like a terrible time to watch him go. Springtime was a time for new life, not the celebration of the end. Five little Norns could call Manakin their father, though, so in a way he would never completely die. Take care and rest well, my little friend.
This was the serious matter that needed my attention. This wasn't even the full story: There was also Histamine B, sleep toxin, and an unknown toxin. And who was the victim of this illness? None other than Pipit. It was actually rather eerie that he caught this illness near the incubator. That was the scene of his emergency quarantine, which featured an almost identical chemical composition. This was the fourth illness to befall Pipit, or possibly the fifth because I remembered some sort of minor illness going around when he was younger. I never knew a Norn to be so ill! It wasn't his fault, though: Just a really bad sort of luck, which I attributed to a curse. Only this time he wasn't as spry as he was, and both Towhee and Xenops were quickly infected.
I fought tooth and nail with Pipit. He refused to eat, although he did pick up a radish when he had around 5% life force remaining. My hopes grew, yet it was not to be. This time, the infection took his life at 8:52. His life was fairly long, yet it was terrible to have him assailed by antigens so often. Like Manakin, Pipit had also passed his genes onto five children. Farewell, Pipit. May the antigens never disturb you.
Towhee and Xenops survived without too much trouble, luckily. They retreated to the desert island to meet up with Whydah and Yuhina. This was the last of their generation: The final Norn colony. Xenops was still a somewhat shy Norn, and was a bit overwhelmed by his sudden status as the only male! A few well-timed breaks would be all he needed to stay healthy and happy. In fact, Yuhina was the only Norn who did not have any offspring. For the time being, I was just glad to have these four alive! Hopefully Xenops would behave himself and kisspop sparingly!
Written on Friday, April 18, 2014
With Easter just around the corner and a bunch of busy schedules, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter! Although the big Creatures community event this season is the Creatures Caves Eggstravaganza, I wanted to share a teeny tiny Easter-related addition to Creatures 1. Let your Norns and Grendels have their own Easter egg hunts with some colorful new egg sprites! These brightly colored eggs are a fun way to get in the spirit of the season, and even bring a little springtime flair to Albia. Also check out Malkin's list of Easter add-ons for more fun over the weekend!
My Norns must have sensed the recent death, for Whydah and Manakin decided to have a youngster of their own. Manakin did his best impression of a bunny with his white-tipped ears and carrot. Whydah was hardly impressed, although she did enjoy his attempt at celebrating the holiday! It looked like she was contemplating some sort of attempt at stealing his carrot. With her glucose mutation, it was almost unnecessary for her to eat. I still pestered her every now and again to wolf down a carrot or some honey, though. It seemed dangerous to let her lapse into a state of not eating at all. I already had enough of those sorts of Norns!
Manakin continued his impersonation of the Easter bunny with his carrot, which he didn't fancy eating. Along the way, he found someone who had returned from a long journey: Xenops! These two guys, who represented the oldest and youngest males of the Norn group, looked positively thrilled to have found a quiet friend to spend some time with. For some reason, the females had grown rather restless and were rather rude about slapping and kissing. Must have been spring fever! Manakin shared some of his wisdom with Xenops, and then the two parted ways.
Xenops must have been listening to Manakin's advice. Despite having lost his first egg with Niltava, he broke out of his sadness to give fatherhood a real chance with Towhee. They were a very happy couple, yet there was a slightly solemn air to their romance. They wanted to respect Niltava's ill-timed death, and their focus on a large flower looked like some sort of ceremony. Perhaps they sensed that the world was getting smaller and smaller. All who remained were my two Grendels and five Norns. Little did Xenops know that he would be the youngest male, and would likely outlive Manakin and Pipit to have the females to himself. At least he was a polite sort of Norn who had no intentions of littering Albia with shiny new eggs! Or did he?