Artemiidae was soon home to all of my planned inhabitants, including several Grendels. I wanted this world to be more like an aquarium, with a format much different from my micro updates in my Creatures 1 world. Pretty soon, my Reef Gliders were old enough to start swimming around! They stuck very close together, as if they would never leave one another. Of course, it wasn’t too long before they parted and went their separate ways! Artemia Sea was enormous, and there was a chance that they would be without each other for a very long time. Luckily, there were plenty of other fish (and Norns) in the sea!
One thing I forgot to add to the world in the beginning were the Magic Words Marks. How handy they can be! To keep things as simple as possible, I assigned marks only to the males. This will allow each family line to be traced through the paternal lines. Adding marks to the females is an option, yet I feel that it could make things a little too confusing. Just one more detail to iron out as Artemiidae progresses! Two of my Colortrue Pearl Mermaid Norns were the first ones to become parents and put those marks to the test! As I was about to find out, this couple was extremely fertile and unusually monogamous.
Two more Colortrue Pearl Mermaid Norns joined in on the pregnancy party, and they were all smiles! Although I had a few thoughts in mind, none of these second generation eggs will hatch for some time. I would either like to wait until both parents have passed away (in order to reduce parent-child kisspopping) or until the population of one breed falls to a certain level. There is never a perfect way to hatch eggs in C3/DS, so I’m sure I’ll learn as I go. No babies were about to hatch just yet, though! And that was a good thing, considering how busy this world already was. I still had two other metarooms to check up on in the middle of all this action!
Far away in the Past Seas, my Banshee Hydrolisks were as violent as ever. I thought the female was on the verge of beating her friend to death at one point! Luckily, she headed off to hunt down every fish in sight while he got a breather. Maybe that was an odd precursor to kisspopping, since they were expecting an egg just a few minutes later. The Banshee Hydrolisks may be the one breed to have different parameters for hatching the eggs: Too many of them could result in a much quicker migration pattern into the Deep Abyss. Likely the rule will be to only hatch an egg when there is no longer a male and female pair. Of course, that could mean a bunch of these Grendels would exist if many eggs were the same gender! Would that be the case?