An Unexpected Moment of Despair

After traveling far and wide, Xenops decided to settle down around the waterfall to make his transition into adulthood. Granted, it took all of a second for him to grow up, yet he took something else with him. It was yet another illness. What a troubled Albia this world had transformed into! I had gone hours upon hours without a single illness, and now they seemed to find a way into my Norns at least once an hour. Xenops attempted to walk around and explore this different environment, though his coughing slowed him down considerably. It was a wonder that the carrot he held didn’t go flying off into oblivion! I hoped this was something that would pass quickly, but of course the antigens and toxins were working against me.

What a delicious soup of infectious agents! There was a bit of sleep toxin and an unknown toxin not graphed, simply because there were not enough choices. That is one serious limitation in Creatures 1, though it’s still possible to use the Science Kit to look at the chemicals in any Creature. Whenever the Observation Kit lists a Norn as sick, cycle through the various “Disease Fighting” themes to find out which antigen(s) are present. Once I narrow it down, I usually quickly go through and change the other chemicals to different toxins to get an idea of what to expect. The presence of Histamine A and/or Histamine B should be a clear cut sign to isolate the infected Creature, for this means he or she is contagious. Luckily, Xenops was alone and unable to spread the illness.

Take that, antigen 6! Xenops recovered quickly. This was actually a somewhat unusual graph for me, only because I’ve always observed an immediate decline in all toxins. This one fought back with all its might, but it wasn’t getting anywhere. My only concern was whether it would remain in the air somewhere, plotting away and getting even more nasty. Xenops, on the other hand, had not a care in the world! He met some rather friendly females, who hit it off immediately with him. It was Niltava who was quite happy to meet the young Xenops, and it wasn’t long before they were expecting. Yet Niltava had never recovered from her last pregnancy, and was barely eating. She was over ten hours old, too, so I wondered what another egg would do to her in old age. Xenops was rather inattentive, though I could sense his excitement! The typical first-time father attitude.

Heartbreak arrived instead of a baby Norn. At 10:22, with her pregnancy nearly complete, Niltava collapsed and didn’t get up again. Xenops stood over her, likely in shock. This had been his rite of passage, made even more memorable because he had fought off an illness. Although I had the genetic file saved and could hatch the baby, it seemed more natural to let the egg leave Albia with its mother. Four others could claim Niltava as their mother, so her genes were secure. It was a sad scene to watch her die minutes before she was going to lay her final egg. This whole adulthood thing was rather frightening for Xenops, who seemed ready to go back in time. Rest in peace, Niltava and your baby.

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