The Norn genome and the digital
into the mirror. What kind of colour of your eyes
do you have? Brown, blue, grey or maybe even green?
And if it's blue, why isn't it brown? Mostly you
will get the answer: "You got that from your
parents.". But they still have their colour,
so how can you've gotten it from them? Let's make
it short: Yes, it's true, you got "it"
from your parents, but the whole thing isn't that
Look at you again in the mirror.
Now you will see that you do't only have eyes,
but also ears, hands, arms, legs, feet, hairs
(and those have a colour as well!) and that's
only what you can see in a mirror.
you been X-rayed once? Maybe you've seen on these
pictures that you have an also interesting "inside"!
You've got bones, a stomach, lung, a heart and
lot's of blood vessels and they all thoghether
do something in your body. Somehow genius, don't
you think? It all works without you giving a thought
How works it anyway? Well, you're
kind of "programmed". Never thought
you get compared to a computer program, huh? :-)
But in fact, you have a kind of memory inside
of you where everything is written on, how you
have to look like. E.g. the colour of your eyes,
how tall you are etc. This memory is called the
Understood that? Okay, then let's
go on. We will soon come to norns but just let
me explain some terms.
The memory in your computer is
called a hard disk or a CD ROM etc, and in your
body it's called the genome.
The genome is divided into a lot of smaller parts
of memory. There's a part which e.g. contains
the information for the colour of your eyes. These
"smaller parts" are called "genes".
So there you got an eye-colour gene (in fact,
there must be several genes which contain each
a part of the whole information for the colour
of your eyes, the colour is defined by several
genes. But let's not be too pedantically. ;-)
Accept, that you're a VERY complicated creature
and I can't tell you all the details, otherwise
this side here is not enough...!)
The memory of your computer consists
of plastic and metal. Your personnally one consists
of DNA. That's short for Desoxyribonucleic Acid.
Acid? No, don't worry, you're not acidic at all
because of that, it's just a complicated name
for a complicated build organic substance. Yep!
Organic! Your build very environmental friendly,
don't you think so?
And how come you get to such a genome?
Well, that's where your parents join in again.
Half of the amount of your genes you inherited
from your mother, the other half is from your
father. You inherited a bit of DNA from each of
your parents (no problem, there's lots of it around
in a body and get's rebuild all the time in anyway).
Set together that's now your DNA. If you're going
to have a child, that child will inherit also
a bit of your DNA. Have you got a sister or a
brother? How come he/she doesn't look exactly
like you, even if both of you have the same parents?
There are sooooo many genes present in a human,
the chance you and your sister or brother get
exactly the same genes from both your father and
your mother is almost impossible (except identical
twins)! So you're unique!
Now let's talk about Norns!
I told you all these complicated
things, cause the people, who developed Creatures
took the humans as a model for their simulation
of life and the norns. The nornic DNA is not an
organic substance but just exists in your computer,
therefore they called it "digital DNA".
There's lots of mathematics and a programming
language behind all that. With that digital DNA
the genes where build and all the genes together
build the genome of a norn, a digital genome.
So when two norns get a child by
means of "kisspop", the child's genome
is build of half of the mother, half of the fathers
genome. That's why there will always be new and
exciting recombinations! (btw: Unlike norns, humans
do NOT get pregnant by kissing each other! :-))
But sometimes a norn looks VERY
different than it's parents do or it's body shows
some damages. The genome resp. the single genes
can "mutate". A mutation is a sudden
changing of the "information" on the
DNA. It's qutie the same for humans. These mutations
ocur naturally also in humans but can be multiplied
and/or intensified by some substances, such as
radioactivity or chemicals. The norn genome can
mutate naturally but mutations can be triggered
when norns live to near the vulcano and get poisened
by heavy metals. It's offspring can inherit a
part of it's damaged DNA and if it's damaged too
much, the norn baby might even die. Btw, mutations
in human genes can have the same fatal effect
The genome and it's genes can be
altered deliberately by means of an editor (doesn't
work yet with human DNA!;-)). There's the Genetic
Kit from Creature Labs you can now download
at the Creatures Developer Network for free! (find
there also some Tutorials ) or the Genom
Editor from Chris Double you can download
for free. You can e.g. program new norn's colours
or change it the way it never get's sick any more.
Here's an example what the organ "lung"
looks like (in the Genetics Kit)
Complicated? Well, true! But I already
told you that a norn 's quite a complicated creature!
The original norn genome contains 811 genes. You
can add some more without problems, for example
pigment genes for fur colour of the norn, or you
can delete genes as well.
Maybe you already noticed the long file names
the norn files have? This is a guarantee that
each norn has it's distinct file name and can
be distinguished from other norn files. Quite
long...but that's also called "moniker"
and you can find the .gen file for every living
norn in your game in the folder my worlds\nameoftheworld\genetics
and you can load those files into a genetics editor
and alter it.
Helpful agents for breeders:
The link go to Mummy's Creatures
Download Seite for C3 Agents, as she got the right
to host JayD's agents.
There's the DDNA bank from JayD.
Great for splicing creatures (and more!) and the
best: the parents won't die in this procedure,
unlike the splicer in the game. Please read the
readme file carefully!
Unzip the file in your folder "my agents"
and import the agent by means of the injector
in the game. Don't worry, if you think nothing
happened! Look closer to the left lower corner
of your screen and you should be able to see a
small blue button. Click on it and the DDNA bank
will unfold itself.
If you've got a .gen file you would
like to inject into your world (in an egg) then
I suggest the Eggmaker from JayD. Very handy for
norns who died in the game and you want to bring
them back (you'll find those .gen files mostly
in the folder "porch" or "basement"
of the world folder). Please read instructions