We last left off with a series of awful events. Things are back on track and running along nice and smooth since my previous post documenting the disasters.
I've re-injected CoBs with no hazardous happenings and even added two new ones so my Grendel, Fig (he named himself that - must have a liking for them), can now interact with my Creatures however he likes and so that I can keep an eye on him too. Both of these things are courtesy of the Grendel Selector Button and Grendel Friendly CoBs, which Discover Albia has kindly posted links to in the past few comments she posted under my previous entries.
Ah, now I'm blabbering on too much. Sorry...On with the story!
Right, this is what the Observation kit looked like to start with. Aurn was an adult, and roaming about with the other full grown Norns, having fathered two offspring with a different mother each. It looks really straightforward, with everynorn's age in the correct time and place, more or less. :) And, as you'll notice, no pregnancies.
This is the photo I managed to take after importing multiple copies of Marlika, when things were completely haywire. The one lying down is the Marlika that fast-aged to adult then died instantly. The smaller one walking away is the younger child/teen Marlika, following Chrissie the dark choco Norn off to find carrots. This was after she spent some time trying to tickle, touch and understand what was going on with her...other self. :< It was really sad.
Something I forgot to mention in my older post was that this older version of her also refused to vanish after the event of her death as well as the fact that I could still tickle her nose...I wasn't sure what to do! It was a little bit eerie. So off was whisked into the export folder once again...
After restarting, refreshing and having to begin all over with their 'clones', this is what the new Observation kit looked like:
Bwahaha! Imagine having to meet your father as a baby again. Boy that would be so weird. I'm super glad Marlika and Chocolate will have no idea. I'd be worried about what kind of psychological damage such strange events might have caused them through all this otherwise.
In came the first Norn to test out their new world with her first tentative steps...Dawn. I've noticed she is the one I always choose whenever I want to venture into an unstable world, since Aurn disappeared on me that time. Lol. Maybe it's because their names rhyme or something but I'm really very fond of her. She's one of the most independant and intelligent Norns out of the herd.
But bacteria and illnesses aren't picky about whom they choose to inhabit and she was no exception. Certainly we had a fresh new world to play in, with a choo choo train and tasty healthy apples, and we also had all new antigens to face to match along with the theme. >.>
Dawn was lucky this time again, though. She munched down copious amounts of food as though she knew she had to somehow, thus her antibody 4 kicked into gear a bit faster than when she had antigen 2. Or maybe the various antigens are weaker and stronger in different Norns. I'm not really sure. I just know she hogged down a ton of food and...
...beat that bug into the ground! Yay, Dawn! She had triumphed once more. Such a good girl.
Meanwhile, have a wee guess who this is? He had me really confused for a couple of minutes when I first saw him up on the bridge by the chuggy cable car but this is actually Chocolate all grown up. Isn't he handsome? XD Kinda reminds me of somenorn else I know. Not sure if he's got his Daddy's weird obsession with plants or no, though he's a pretty good eater so it's a bit hard to tell. Foods of all kinds seem to do him just fine.
I had to keep peeking at her progress in the fertility kit just to make sure it was really happening. Such good news was warmly welcomed after all the madness. It was so exciting to watch the little eggy timer counting towards 8! I tried to move Arrianne away from the other Norns to give her a chance to rest and eat something, but she would not have it. So, without wishing to stress her out with too many commands or too much travelling, I let her stay with the others on the bridge under the Grendel tree, where she complained of hunger although her life force was stable enough for me not to worry too much. I think the juicy apples must add a wee bit of a boost to Norns' life force when they eat them.
Not long after this, she settled down and laid one teeny-weeny purple spotted polda-dot
It was fun to watch it grow, waiting with anticipation while my other Norns frolicked with the ball and munched apples. I couldn't wait to see who came out.
As all this is happening, I am pleasantly surprised by being alerted of yet another pregnancy in the Observation kit. This time it's Chrissie. It's going to be her second baby. Mind you, she won't even know it, so probably, this is going to feel like her first pregnancy all over again, unless she had some before I downloaded her into my world.
She laid her egg in the underwater viewing cave with a marked look of worry upon her sweet face, (or maybe that's pain), while her pal Arriannne stood there grinning as though she was the proud mother of this new egg instead. Arri, it's not nice to steal the limelight like that, you know? XD
Um, Arrianne, I also don't think good friends should eye off their friends eggs as food.
Maybe Chrissie's look of worry was well founded. Now that I see this, I really can't blame her!
Meanwhile, how is Dawn faring since her recovery? Why, happy and full of energyyyyy~! As you can see:
Yup! I imagine this is the effect that drinking tons of coffee in the morning has on most people. Anyone who drinks coffee or energy drinks will definitely understand. She's been glugging down the contents of that coffee pot like it's going out of fashion.
And there's another in Albia with a big happy smile plastered across their face as well - meet Fig, my adorable Grendel who, incidentally, loves bananas also. He has a wee Norn doll to keep him company for the time being. I'm sure he'll get the chance to play with some furry pals when they encroach on his peaceful existence eventually.
Alright, enough suspense, you say? Then, I'll show off our newest baby: Can you spot where she is?
Alright, alright, I'll be nice.
This is Pommes, which means 'apples' in French, (I think). I thought the name fittted the tiny girl perfectly, seeing as she was surrounded by the sweet crunchy fruits that horses usually love. Isn't she sweet? >w<
Dawn thinks so! Or maybe thats the ten billion gallons of coffee talking. After finally dropping the coffee pot she headed up the lift to eat everything in sight before playing with the ball and I managed to catch her in this pose.
Marlika is also doing well amongst her fellow Norns. Guess which one she is in this line-up? Ahaha. The Norn to the left is Blondini. I exported Pommes shortly after she was born in order to keep a better eye on the others as well as make a back-up copy of her, just in case.
Marlika close up. She's a pretty Norn with that reddish colouring, only I have had lots of trouble trying to get her to fall pregnant with any of the males roaming about. She doesn't seem to mind however, quite amused nomming apples and viewing the pretty scenery around the ocean.
Zipping around taking care of everyone, I finally notice that Chrissie's egg has hatched due to a little BIRTH notice bar at the bottom right of my screen and promptly zoom over to goo and gaa over our fourth addition to the world. A cutesy, adorable, sweet little teeny tiny - Gaaaahhhhhhhh!! D: Wh-what? What on Albia is that?
O_O! It's a fully grown Santa Norn crawling around. And no matter where I look, I cannot see a tiny baby anywhere. The registration kit shows this is indeed the fellow that had been cramped up inside Chrissie's egg the whole time - must have been pretty squashy in there for him. :O
With some humming and hawing, I finally settle on the name 'Crimson' and exported him to safety, wondering what has gone wrong. It has given me a very amusing idea for some Creatures 1 fan art which I hope to release at the CCSF 2012. *grins*
Not to worry, I still intend on letting him join the others to live a full and happy life with his family. I probably won't let him breed though. I think Santa Norns are said to be infertile in any case. Don't get me wrong - I love the colours and I think he's super cute but this is a Horse Norns, not a Santa Norns Blog...I might do that some other day. Lol.
Once again, just to compare, this is the size of a normal Norn baby...
Chocolate poop? Lol. I had blinked at the screen a few times before realising that 'p' was a 'b'. They do sound slightly similar, don't they? I don't even know if Norns and Grendels in Creatures 1 CAN do that sort of thing. XD It never really occurred to me to wonder before now. Thank you, Chocolate, for that wonderful revelation. <3
On second look, Notice the look on Dawn's face. While I think Marlika is pretending not to hear.
One final pic before I end it here. This is a very funny happening with Dawn whilst she was sleeping. Her pain levels were rising yet she wasn't holding onto a bee, was not sick, had not been bumping into walls....They would rise a bit, then go back down, then rise again a bit, and so on. I'm not sure what would cause this kind of reaction. Would it be a mutation? I was watching over her the whole time and I am fairly sure she didn't eat any weeds.
Alright, let me know what you think of the newest additions and I'll have more news again soon.