Grendels and Frendels
Why are Grendels so nasty? Why do
they always beat up Norns?
The "secret" of this nasty
behaviour lays (you already guess, didn't you?)
in the genes and its settings. If you have a closer
look at the stimuli genes then you'll find most
of don't differ from those of Norns. But there are
a few which are set in a way that Grendels react
with "hitting" to certain environmental
conditions. E.g. if they get pet by another creature
they react to that with a hit! Or another one telling
them if they hit a machine or an animal they get
internal reward for this and boredom reduces. And
they hit others if they feel crowded. That's why
Grendels seem to be so nasty to other creatures!
The Grendel genome is a bit smaller
than that of the Norns. There are a few receptor
genes missing, totalling to 48. Most of them are
receptor genes for Antigenes. This means Grendels
don't get infected so easily by bacterias as Norns
do ... There are also a few chemical emitter and
reaction genes missing, but I think that's not noticable.
When I tried to manipulate the Grendel
genome and turn it to be "better" Grendels,
I had a close look at the stimuli genes first. As
I tested the first pair I had to realise female
Grendels loose a lot of their life chemicals when
getting pregnant. Therefore they will age faster,
the chemical "progesterone" is "eating"
away the chemical "life". I didn't really
like that for my Grendels, that#s why I changed
the settings in the responsible reaction gene as
called my new Grendels "Frendels", short
for "Friendly Grendels", 'cause they don't
have this drive any more to hit anybody and anything.
They're able to breath under water and therefore
won't drown if walking into a pond. Frendels feel
comfortable in the Norn terrarium but like to be
put in the jungle too. But if you do that, you have
to watch them as they still can get sick there faster
than anywhere else! Bacterias may stick to them
and they drag them around in the ship and will infect
other creatures with. I think the neon colours of
the grendels is cool, that's why there are some
neon coloured ones besides the "normal"
ones in the Norn
Adoption Center . Take the link "Alien's
Creatures" and then "Grendels". Try
them out and tell me, if they fulfill what's promised
There's also the .gen file of the
Frendels to download. If you swap the original "gren.final46g.gen.brain.gen"
(please, don't delete the original file, just move
it into another folder!) and the ".gno"
file with the downloaded ones, the grendel mother
will only lay Frendel eggs!
PS: Someone pointed out that there
are already "Peace Grendels" in the net.
But their genome originally derives from the Norn
genome, in fact, only the genus gene got changed,
nothing else. I think those aren't "real"
Grendels then, but the Frendels derive directly
fromt the Grendel genome which I took as a template.