After a decent amount of time in Artemiidae, my Coral Reef ChiChi Norns were practically unrecognizable from their baby colors. They change during each life stage, which makes for a beautiful population when young and old mix! In this case, my four just entered adulthood and earned the ability to pass along their genes. It wasn’t long before all of them were parents-to-be! Coral Reef ChiChi Norns may take a little longer before they can produce eggs, although this doesn’t stop them from creating a whole lot of them. Luckily for this world, the Deep Abyss was very large and let everyone spread out. I had plenty of other pregnancies to monitor and eggs to collect!
Up until this point, every egg contained a purebred Norn or Grendel, with no mixed genes. Of course, there weren’t that many opportunities for breeds to mix based on the starting positions of everyone. Soon enough, though, Artemiidae was expecting its very first mixed breed! Combining a Colortrue Pearl Mermaid Norn and Reef Glider posed some issues, particularly in relation to appearances. My test world resulted in a few odd mixes who looked like they could only move about with their arms… No tails to speak of! I kind of enjoy the possibility of having some of these oddities, though. I only hoped that we would end up with some purebred Reef Glider eggs to hatch in the next generation.
The very first Artemia Grendels in this Docking Station world were absolutely hilarious, but they went their separate ways. The female who was born at the top of Artemia Sea swam around all the time, while the male stuck to the bottom where his egg had crash landed. They looked like they were destined to be apart forever, but a few curious meetings got them together at last. Pretty soon, there was a lovely little Grendel on the way! These Creatures churned out eggs almost too fast for me to keep up with: I was holding onto them until it seemed like the right time to hatch them. This was definitely not the right time: I could barely keep up with what everyone was doing as it was.
Yet it was soon pretty obvious that my egg collection strategy was going pretty poorly. My inventory was already bursting at the seams, and I only knew which eggs were which based on where they were. This was not going to work in the longterm! So I decided to catalog all of the genetics to make sure I had each set of parents correctly noted, and then the next step would be to hatch and export each baby. That might seem like cheating in a hands-off wolfling run world, but it beat clogging up my inventory with scores of unhatched eggs!