So you wanna be a Zalanthan parent?
by Bestatte, edited by Mekeda and Ashyom
Babies happen. It's inevitable; mul mix isn't 100% fail-safe. For those
of you who decide to RP having children, the RP can be difficult to fully
play out. The list below is merely suggestions on how to take
child-raising in consideration IC.
So here's some advice for people whose characters have children:
- Role-play the pregnancy. Your character will go through a phase of
morning sickness, and not always in the morning. If your character is
combat/hunter-oriented, then you should consider taking a break
from that for the duration of the pregnancy. You may need to do the
same for other professions as well. In the early stages of pregnancy,
sickness and nausea are factors, and in the last "trimester" of
pregnancy, you will likely be too unbalanced to do many normal tasks
- The average gestational length for humans is 40 weeks at 7 days a
week. This equates to about nine months real time. To translate that
into Armageddon time it would most likely be around five
real-life weeks (approximately a little less than one game-year since
there are 3 months in a game-year) with one month being slightly
longer than a traditional trimester. Also, you might consider a
longer gestational period if your character is a non-human, since both
dwarves and elves have longer life spans than humans with slower
development. That might also reflect back into the pregnancy as well.
- Giving birth is a very messy business. Some players chose the option
of giving birth while offline (virtually). If you do chose to RP out
the birth, bear in mind that Zalathas has no painkillers, though the
prodigious use of spice and or alcohol may be considered. The
experience will be messy and painful and you will most likely
want to have either a PC or VNPC midwife present.
- There is no bottled milk, and a majority of the populations cannot
afford a fulltime nursemaid or slave. So, this stage can be tedious
for players, since newborn babies do need to be nursed
frequently. Babies can be weaned as early as a year
old, but more typically a year and half old. (Approx 6 RL weeks after
actual birth). A couple possibilities on what you can do if you're
not prepared to RP out this stage in its entirety: If you are an
employee of a house, you can talk with your superiors to see if they
can provide a (virtual) nursemaid. If you aren't, you can try
working out a deal with a neighbor Vnpc nursemaid - ex, she nurses
the kid, and you give her a part of your pay.
- Babies cry, get sick, fuss, and do disgusting things. Feel free to
RP this and have fun, and risk wrath of upset bystanders. Conflict is
good, remember! Please take your environment into
consideration. Would you take a curious, get-into-everything child
into a barrack full of weapons and heavy things? Or into taverns of
nobles that might be offended by your child's behavior, or rugged
mercenaries who wouldn't give a damn if someone kicked him or her by
accident (or on purpose)? If you decide to risk this, please be
prepared to RP out consequences also.
- Do remember that many of the RL conveniences do not exist in
Zalanthas. Medicine, for instance. It's very common to lose your
looks and health, as well as your child to illness.
- If you have children, and decide that they're a problem for you,
both IC and OOC, there's no reason you can't get some money out of
them. Sell them to slavers, or sell them into servitude...However,
if you chose to suffer and raise them to adulthood, also remember
that children are not perfect. They will do bad stuff, have temper
tantrums, and generally be nerve-wracking. That's the beauty of
- Finally keep this in mind: To you, the player, a baby for your
character is a wonderful RP tool.
To your character and everyone who interacts with her
and her baby, it is a living breathing thing, a miniature person with
The staff prefers not to create baby objects or npcs, but urges you
to play it out virtually - past players have demonstrated that this
can be done well and compellingly. If you feel that you MUST have a
baby object, you will need to present a compelling reason for its
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