It was just another day in Creatures 1, with a gentle breeze floating through the air and sending the wind sock into a dance. A lone piece of cheese sat poised on a platform, ready for an adventurous creature to gobble up. Yet the air tasted more metallic than natural, and the sky seemed more like a mirage than the actual thing. Was this really Albia? No one appeared to be around, despite the many exciting contraptions near the settlement. Yet there were many Norns about. The difference? The setting was actually C1toDS in Creatures 3/Docking Station! The mysterious introduction certainly was necessary. It had been months since I had returned to the world of Remniova, the site of my world concept. It was time to return.
The alpha couple, Nevorria and Brenlee, still had barely moved from their original spot. It was almost as if they had become sloths: Most of the time, they barely moved to inhale the carrots and potatoes. Sleeping near one another had also become one of their favorite pastimes. Who could blame them? Their world was a veritable paradise, with everything just steps away. They were not always sedentary, though: Nevorria had just laid three eggs, which took a lot out of her. Brenlee was a little more quiet, as he basked in the shadow of his crown. Their setup was nearly perfected, but I had some work to do with the young males and females. I could only hope that Brenlee stayed away from Nevorria for a moment!
The alpha male succession test had actually gone over quite well. Nearly all of the males figured out how to use the door, and were soon on their way to caring for themselves. Only the youngest, Neddor, was left behind in the learning room. After I snapped this picture, I realized that he was on a mission to follow the others through the door. He might have been the youngest, but he walked all the way across the learning room to use the door. Go Neddor! Now he would have the chance to enjoy growing up with a lot of food. It might have taken him a little longer, yet he was one determined young Norn.
Xerman raced across the Norn terrarium to find his older brother, Hendar, enjoying a delicious diet of apples and tuba fruit. The alpha male succession test was not designed so that only one male would make it out: I expected everyone to find their way to the food sources. It would simply ensure that males with serious limps and/or problematic instincts would not pass the test. Although they seemed to be friends now, Xerman and Hendar would soon be in serious competition with one another. At least they had no inkling of the issue: They kept the slapping to a minimum! Of course, with so much food, who would truly want to spend time in a fight? Just gobble up everything, and live happily ever after!
The only other young male was Menrik, who had taken a tumble from the learning room ledge before I could put up a block. It might not have been a bad idea to keep that option open: Foolish Norns would then have a much harder time finding food, when food should have been the first thing on their minds. There was a distracting toy that sent Menrik falling, though, and I did not want to put him at a disadvantage over the others. At least the butterflies seemed to like him a whole lot! Was this some sort of sign? Likely the butterflies were just curious about this projectile.
Back in the Norn Meso, the young females were getting along very well. Meena and Jorie struck up a little friendship, although they seemed to enjoy their father’s favorite activity: Resting comfortably! I planned on exporting all of the female children of the alpha couple, which would ensure genetic diversity in the next generation. I also wanted to hatch a first generation egg to introduce more genetic diversity. The focus, of course, would still be on these Norns, but I doubted that a closed gene pool would be the most exciting thing in the world. That would lead to bad genes taking over, and a uniform appearance in the population.
The last young female was Iollis, the sister to Meena, who had befriended Relbia. By the way, Relbia does not have a gigantic mouth as this picture shows: She simply lined herself up perfectly with the background! Keeping Relbia and her sisters around was not a bad idea: The other females tended to go off on their own, and probably would not have much social interaction. Overall, I was quite happy with the process! Everyone was fairly independent, although they still had some degree of interaction with other Norns. Everyone was still either in the baby or child stage, but that would quickly change, and bring about its own set of challenges with coordination and more decisions.
At the moment, my attention turned to the three shiny, new eggs of Brenlee and Nevorria. Who would emerge? Would we have more males to take the alpha male succession test, or would the Norn Meso become more crowded? Would these births mean the end of breeding for the current alpha couple? Make sure to vote in the Facebook poll to choose the breed of a new female Norn who would be hatched soon!