Saturday, 28 July 2012

New and Old, Old and New

I have been gently watching over my cluster of Norns in the fair springtime land of Albia. Things are progressing well and I have some news to share, plus a fresh face to show!

Everybody, it will be your pleasure to meet this tiny girl; Bellis! She was a submission from Jessica at Discover Albia.(Once I figured out how to extract her from her .rar file. Lol.) Many, many thanks for her! She's a good girl who always eats and plays without much help from me, even when in a crowd of other creatures.

Later on, she had a strange obsession with one of my other Norns, despite the fact that she really didn't seem to like him. It was the oddest relationship I have witnessed so far. =^w^=

Oh dear, she seems to have mistaken me for a Norn. Lol. (Not really, I was teaching her some words and she happened to say it right then. Other Norns were further along near the greenhouse).

In the meantime, I checked through my list of Creatures to see how everyone was doing and what do I find Dawn up to? That coffee addiction must have started something, because she was down in the cellars having a merry old time with the hooch! She had turned on the shower herself and was standing under there for a while, before stumbling off to grab another cupful of the alcoholic beverage.

She was eating honey and bananas and she appeared to be happy, despite her drunken state, so I let her consume what she wanted. It did not look like it was harming her, though I'm not sure this is something to be encouraged either. Silly Dawn~! <3

As I play with my creatures, I am constantly checking the observation kit, which I keep open near the top right hand corner of the screen. It's a super handy tool that lets one do a quick scan of all the Norns in the world at one glance and sometimes it can show some very interesting statistics.

Previously when playing this game, I supposed that the juicy apples CoB was responsible for the high life forces of my Norns, because the ones who had high life force at the time also happened to be the ones hanging around the Grendel tree where the fruits grow.

However, I have observed since that although my other Norns' life forces hover mostly around the 65 - 77 mark, two of them hover around the 88 - 98 percent! This sometimes suddenly jumps to 100% before it goes back down to around 95-ish or so, just as suddenly. The two with this odd life force are Aurn and Marlika, (who is Aurn's daughter).

Oh, yes, also, Arrianne isn't being neglected here; she's just recovering from laying an egg. =^__^= Hehe. Becoming a Mama is tough work. She's one of my best eaters and quite independant so it didn't take her too long to perk up afterwards.
I didn't get many photos of Arri's egg, because it was laid in the same place on the bridge as the one that Pommes hatched from and by chance, is exactly the same spotted purple design, so I took a screenshot right before it started to hatch instead.
It’s unmistakeable - he’s got his mother’s Banana Norn legs. This is definitely Arrianne’s son and apart from little Pommes, this is one of the many boys born since my creatures decided having eggs was the new ‘in’ thing to do. I think his name is Sam.
Now the next pic I thought was quite a scenic shot. Bellis is growing up and out of all the Norns she can socialise with, she’s been spending most of her time with Aurn, whom, not surprisingly, she doesn’t like and can’t stand as he loves hitting and slapping her whenever he gets the chance. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be enough to deter her from coming back time and time again for more punishment and following Aurn around wherever he goes. There is the occasional tickle and smooch yet for the most part they seem to be a slap-happy pair.
Romantic soap of the year? It’s difficult to say. XD It does look very dramatic!

When they aren’t doing their mini reality TV soap, Bellis finds the time to slurp down copious amounts of cup noodles. They may not be the healthiest food in the world but this young pony gal loved pushing the vendor and scoffing cup after cup.

I think it was simply the novelty of being able to play with the vendor that had her so enthralled.


You know, I don’t know whether it’s because she’s always getting into mischief or whether I’ve just got an attachment to her, but Dawn never fails to bring a smile to my face. Lol. She’s hiding the world’s worst kept secret and Arri looks a bit worried about it. I think it might be concern over how many cans full of hooch Dawn sucked down but hopefully it will have left her system by now.

A healthy snack of rhubarb is much better than any hooch!

Because she’s preggers again, as displayed clearly in the observation kit window:

I forget who the father is. We have one or two options: Aurn…or…Chocolate. XD Time will soon tell. It’s probably a bad idea to have the only available males the father and son from one family, although we have a variety of females who aren’t related so I am hoping that will make things less risky. 

Speaking of those two, Chocolate is being his usual cheeky self.


Perhaps this is why! Arrianne didn’t waste time finding herself a mate after Dawn showed off her tummy. :D Or, well, it’s fun to think of them getting competitive. Lol. This is pretty much how it happened though. One minute my boy was on the island with some ladies. He and Arri wore themselves out and fell asleep in the lift - the next thing I knew, he was giggling next to the Morning Glory plant on the other side of the ocean. Nice work, Mister ‘kiss and run’. :D 

His work was done and we are having another baby soon. Yay! So far we have Pommes, Crimson, Sam and two more one the way.

That’s because Dawn …

…Isn’t too far off laying her wee gem. I followed her across the underground swamp on the raft-with-wheels and - Ta Da! She got to dry land just in time. Phew. It’s a cute pic with her muzzle pressed close to her tiny green pearl like that. <3

Not to be outdone, Arri’s egg was laid around the same time under the blue beach umbrella. It makes a pretty theme with the colouring of the shell and the matching spotty weed, which I forget the name of. Arrianne had an extremely fast pregnancy with this egg, though I am not sure why this would be. When she first fell pregnant, the counter showed a 1, which briefly skipped to a 3 a couple of seconds later…then went back to a 1 again. It could be related to what’s going on with Aurn and Marlika’s life forces when they suddenly jump to 100%, but I don’t think it is.

Here we have an appropriately placed choo choo train toy to show we are full steam ahead on the growth of Dawn’s egg.

And here we hope Bellis is careful not to spill those pot noodles while standing so close to Arri’s equally thriving egg. XD

When not slurping down two minute noodles, Bellis resumes her other hobby of hanging out with Aurn, much to both of their displeasures. Or, to Aurn’s anyway – who has no trouble voicing his true feelings.

Marlika is staying safely up the top near the apples with her bouncy ball, finding her dad’s predicament very entertaining.

As you can see though, the lovely Bellis is now all grown up! She eventually did manage to get away from her rough and ready pal for some fun with the tamagotchi toy down in the jungle.

Until a tempting ride up the lift to the Grendel tree reunited them again.

Slap slap slap! I don’t know if this kind of relationship is normal. It looks kinda dysfunctional from where I’m floating (nearby, up in the leaves. I’m a stalker! Hee hee >w<) Maybe Bellis is secretly a masochist since no matter how many times she gets slapped she simply won’t leave Aurn alone. She follows him when he walks away and sticks to his side like glue.

There were very few kisses and even fewer pops, so I’m not sure whether he even likes her back. Perhaps this whole thing is a bit one sided.  Then again, it could be because of Bellis’ strange condition where she receives a sort of punishment whenever she is rewarded (via tickling or telling her ‘yes’/’good’ and so on, which I try never to do. It would be very confusing for her). I wonder if she actually enjoys being slapped because it’s some form of interaction…


On a happier note, though, please make your acquaintance with…Wiff! Ahaha. Does anyone know of an anime called D.N. Angel? My brother bought it on a recent trip to Brisbane and we’ve been watching it together. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet but it’s high on my top favourites list already. I love it! So it should come as no surprise that I named one cute, fluffy thing after another, ne? Lol. You’ll see what I mean if you watch this anime/read the manga/Google it. XD Not sure if I spelled it right, but there you have him: Isn’t he adorable?

And to continue the sudden trend of naming my Norns after things that I like, this is Frodo! Hehehe. I’m pretty sure the original owner of this name in a certain very popular series did not start his adventures from a tropical island in the middle of the ocean; if he had, it would have been a vastly different story indeed.

Yet this little guy won’t have nearly so much responsibility as saving the world (gosh, I hope not!) Rather, the first goal of Chocolate and Arri’s son in life is to seek out some honey. J

Bellis has taken a holiday from annoying Aurn at last and instead decides to hang out with her female friends. She’s setting a fab example for Marlika, who has unexpectedly become fussy and sulky, refusing to eat while constantly complaining of hunger. Bellis shows her the right way to deal with sour lemons. :D (She also went along and ate both of the good plants under the bridge before going back for extras on the lemon vine).

If you don’t recognise her, this is Arrianne.

All the stress of that competitive pregnancy for her last egg might have caused some premature aging. ^_^ She’s around 6 or 7 hours old so I didn’t expect her hair to turn silver nearly so soon but she seems pretty relaxed down in the cellar enjoying some peace and quiet. Even though I exported all the creatures that have hatched this time, the world can feel a bit crowded sometimes. Her peace is well earned. I keep her company while she’s down here to keep her from getting lonely, yet she seems thoroughly content with a few sips of manky and a nice banana or two.

The other Norn who I was surprised to find with a new hair colour is Marlika. Her younger half-brother, Chocolate, may follow suit since his big sis is elder now, though their dad (Aurn) has not shown one strand of grey and Dawn is still spry as a foal. So, we’ll wait and see!  My Norns are beginning to age now, though I don’t know if they would die of natural causes or not. I have the C1 genetics kit so I’ll try and follow Discover Albia’s suggestion to check whether we have a ‘die of old age’ gene somewhere in there. It’s apparently called ‘die of old age’. So hopefully I’ll be able to find it.

With the turning of the seasons and the onset of silver hairs, it was definitely very nice to have a breath of fresh air in the form of one more egg from Dawn. :D I believe she has taken a liking to the colour green and started her own fashion trend here.

The baby hasn’t hatched out yet, but when he (it will probably be a boy), does, I may take suggestions for names. It’s fun to name them myself but I thought it would be entertaining to let my readers have a go at picking some names.

If at this point I still have any readers. Lol.

Until next time,
May your supply of cheese and carrots never run out.



  1. Yay for Bellis! Good to see that she turned out pretty well: I didn't think that her mutation would cause too many issues, although it does seem like she enjoys punishment a little too much.

    I believe the Blue Fruit Tree gives out glycogen, although I'm not sure if you're using it. It sounds like those sudden increases to 95%-100% life force comes from food that includes glycogen. There could be a genetic reason, but take a look at the reason behind the increase if you get a chance!

    As far as the pregnancy indicator skipping around, the moment a female becomes pregnant, the observation kit shows her pregnancy number as the number of minutes old she is. So for a female that is 4:42 old, her pregnancy number would be 42 for a few moments. Maybe that's what happened here? I had a female who had an odd pregnancy mutation, and that number eventually just started following her minutes. Strange, indeed!

    Old age sometimes creeps up on Norns a little early, thanks to added stress. I've had Norns sport the white hair anywhere from the 5-10 hour mark: It all depends! I'm sure you'll have readers when that little egg hatches! I look forward to meeting whomever is inside!

  2. Bellis is doing lovely. I have exported her since the others are getting older and I decided to let her run with the younger crowd, because we don't have enough females; only poor little Pommes all on her own.

    Hmm, well I don't have the blue fruit tree injected. The other odd thing about that is that the only Norns this happens to are Aurn and Marlika, no matter where they are in the world.

    The explanation about the pregnancy meter jumping like that is a lot clearer to me now. That definitely sounds like an accurate description of what's been happening.

    Hehe, me too! Hopefully he or she ends up with a unique name.

  3. There's definitely some COBs out there that boost a Norns life-force up into the 90's. I'm pretty sure the orange tree does it. I also think the fig tree might, so keep an eye on that.

    I've finally caught up with all your posts! Took me a couple of days, but I'm enjoying the read.

    I really love all the colour mutations your horse Norns have. I'd love to breed some chocolate or red mutations into my population. Actually any colour really, I've never had any major colour mutations in C1.

    Keep up the good writing!

  4. Okay thanks ArchDragon, I'll take note of that.

    I'm glad you're enjoying my small blog. :) Hopefully I can keep up with the updates on it.

    I have seen Norns here and there for download for C1 with faint blue, green, red or other colours. I think there is one on Creatures Caves with quite noticeable red hue.