At first glance the Ettin genome
seems not to be very different from the Norn genome.
However, Ettins aren't just a poor copy of Norns.
Here a few differences between them:
Ettins have 20 organs (Norns 21).
As this "missing" organ isn't vital,
you won't notice much difference in the game.
Ettins have less receptor genes.
The most important difference is maybe, that they
don't have receptor genes for antigene 3 - 7,
therefore the risk for infections for Ettins is
smaller than for Norns.
and emitter genes are also a bit different than
the ones in Norns. The most notably difference
maybe is the lack of on reaction gene that enables
the creature to lower it's sexual drive. If you've
got a male Ettin in your game (the Ettin mother
only lays female eggs) and if he's sexually mature
he will kisspop over and over again! Sometimes
he can get on female Ettin's nerves, believe me!
Ettins can reproduce when reaching
stage "adult". But they get older quicker
than Norns do.
number of pose and gait genes is almost identical
to the Norn genome. However, there are some differences.
But I'm not going to list all of those 242 genes.
Maybe a small example? There's a pose called "hit
norns". Well, doesn't sound nice, does it?
Maybe would be better if it was called "hi
Let's get to the stimuli genes.
I had a closer look at them. It looks like they're
bound to run away from almost everything. If they
get pet by another creature they will go away
as well as when they get pet by the hand. They
can get homesick and bored quite easily. Only
when they get machines and drag them around with
them the "boredom" will get reduced.
And to satisfy their homesickness they are looking
for "ettin home". All in all Ettins
are "programmed" to be constantly on
the walk, looking for some distraction and also
for some comfort. This might be the reason why
Ettins wander around in the ship a lot, as we
see it in the game.
Strange enough, the stimulus gene "bump in
wall" is set in order they won't learn to
avoid it. I think that's the reason why we think
Ettins are more stupid than norns, but that's
A new Ettin breed
These Ettins are genetically manipulated,
but they are still Ettins as I took the original
Ettin genome as a template. I just omited some
of the unnerving habits.
They won't steal machines and won't
drag them around like they usually do. They stay
in the norn terrarium and feel comfortable there.
If you tickle them and talk to them they won't
constantly complain being bored. But of course,
they still like to play with toys! They will live
longer than normal Ettins do and they can breath
under water in oder to avoid any drowning of Ettin
Babies walking into a pond. They can start kisspopping
when reaching age "youth", but will
reproduce about as much as Norns do, I lowered
the friendlyness drive of the male quite a lot!
About the colours: colours are set like they will
change in colour in every life stage. Their offspring
will have the chance to develop a lot of different
The Download file contains a male
and a female, the start generation! Have fun and
maybe you will discover that Ettins are the creature
you were always looking for? Who knows...
May I present: Joky und Elly and
these are the Jelly-Ettins! (Thanks, Jutta, for
the suggestion for the name!)
(please click the picture to start