Virtual Pet Options in the Top MUDs

A Diabolist from Imperian

 In Iron Realm's top MUDs, classes make use of the ability to summon loyal entities of different varieties--perhaps a falcon or a snake. These can be invaluable not only for combat, but also inspiration for roleplay. There are some who look down on 'Pet RP',  which often just ends up being owner speaking through and to their animal. This can seem rather one-sided as it is essentially means that this person is just talking to himself! This does not have to be the extent of the interaction, however.

 

Many classes can and do make use of all kinds of mounts. Everything from stubborn mules to tigers, to wyverns and chimeras. With a few lessons the creatures one can vault upon and survey the realm from is an innumerable list. Some have exotic defining features, some can fly, and many will need to be fed. They can be named and attributed with a personality all their own. They become our stalwart partners through thick or thin, and sometimes their deficiencies can make them the laughing stock of our combat parties (the author will refrain from mentioning a certain Achaean roc here). For a few or many gold sovereigns we can enrich our experience a little further with one of these mounts.

 

Another cheaper option in many IRE games is the mini pet. Bought with a few thousand gold, these are the small animals like cats, dogs, lizards and birds. They tend to have a favourite food that will illicit a reaction unique to their type and some of them can even be trained. These start out at the ‘baby’ stage and grow over a period of years. Eventually, if they are not slaughtered by some foul evil-doer, they reach a ripe old age and die. The opportunities for roleplay are often small ones. Perhaps a scolding for allowing your text dog to relieve himself upon the House leader’s priceless carpet, or a laugh with a novice about naming your creature, or even a bonding between a few friends when beloved Odif dies and needs to be buried on his favourite island. While these interactions are on a very small scale, they can be recounted later, laughed at, or remembered fondly over a pint.

 

Lastly,  for the heavy hitters and lucky folk, there are the PET pets, the ones that start at a small fortune and go up and up in price from there. These have a great many more possibilities than the mini pets or even the mounts. For a price, you can make them flying, sentient, mountable or even invincible. The sky and your imagination are the limits. They can react to others if you wish, speak, send tells, and even fight beside you. You can create something that fits your character, a creature that has meaning and a story to go with him. Since they can be made invincible, they need not die and, even if they do, they will return to you in time so that your investment is never lost. These creatures will be your companions through everything, whether you like it or not.

 

Pets and mounts are a small aside for most of us, but even small opportunities can define our characters, create possibilities and spark ideas for others. They are yet another aspect that can further enrich our text lives.

 

Author: Lianca of Achaea

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Comments

I've been saving up for ages to get a pet, they look brilliant. The customisation opportunities. Just need to decide what sort to get.

I love my pet wyrm, but I'm not really into the customization stuff.

Pegasus for me! At first I thought I'd need to customize to get the look I wanted, but it seems that someone behind the scenes also has the same idea as me and executed it much better too!

I love the look of the pegasus in Achaea, though I'd love to actually get one and customise it...

Nice!

a sheep with a tutu, and lipstick

defenetly flashy.

Uh huh

Maybe it is a subtile sheep wearing an understated tutu?

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Words going straight down, yay!

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Never know!

I know everything.

"I only know that I know nothing!"  -Dr. Orpheus, quoting The Master.

So either that is untrue or they actually do know one thing.

 

and fleshy

No fake eyelashes?

Yeah, got to have those.

Like, ALL OF THEM.

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I probably can agree as well.

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I've got your kids.

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is what you are

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I'm surprised it hasn't already

I want to hit the edge of the screen. For Science!

Credit.

Almost there

lets see what this does

or maybe this

why

why aren't more people responding?

am i the only one interested in this

 

Obviously not or this wouldn't be as far as it is.

true enough

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Credits.

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reply button hard to find

Crazy bee

No credit for you.

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this is awesome

I agree

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breaking the board

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Even understand this anymore

I like

free

only cause Lus is insanely high :)

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I love that song!

 

Dead inside
That's what you are,
Dead inside 
Tho' near or far.

Like a song of unlife that clings to me,
How the thought of you does things to me.
Never before
Has someone been more...

Dead inside

That's harsh.

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Can we agree to disagree!

Never

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Do you really?

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I disagree!

I am constantly suprised at how lax they are at chains like this

I'm not.

I'm also not.

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Pets are awesome. I agree.

Pets are annoying.

Meh

Everything is annoying.

I disagree.

to agree

Mostly.

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One day..

That's what I was wondering.

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Lots of comments here.

The average life span of a wild pig is 25 years. 

The life span of a domestic pig tends to be 10 - 15 years.

The average life span of a piece of cooked bacon is five seconds. Mmm bacon pets.

Now I want a pigasus!

...No

Lol

Pigs ARE awesome

hi

hi

I dunno. Pegasi always seemed... effeminate to me.

they aren't! Not necessarily.

all horses seem girly, until you see cowboys riding them.

Customise, customise.

Customise!

Agree

'cause cowboys make everything manly.

Bareback Mountain.  Less than manly.

Hmmm....

indeed.

Those were some manly gay dudes.

No just manly to the point they didn't need you.

cowBOYS

What?

not that one from the frazetta painting

Complete with a brown coat, this small pony is blinking. She has fluttering butterfly wings, and her mane cascades down the backside of her neck. Her large eyes resemble soft green pools.

I stopped at fluttering butterfly wings. Ugh.

It'll be unicorns next.

Little ponies...no.

 

No.

My

Little Pony

No.

No.

Yes.

Maybe.

No.

Definately yes.

maybe not.

No, definitely not.

Absolutely.

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Didn't know it was possible to chuckle-puke.. Til now

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Hmm

IT IS HORRIBLE

Nah

Not that horrible

oi

Too many replies...

Credit post

see what happens if this hits the edge

 

inch high ponies!

pwnies!

butterfly wings on the unicorn's horn!

Just, no.

Terrible.

Is the coat to hide its embarrassment?

Me too!

Pegasus always reminds me of Clash of the Titans. Can't go wrong with a Pegasus.

Seconded. They look awesome.

Hi, I like credits.

sweet

same! Along with the hydra..

Hi

Hi

I just got another pegasus.

Invisible Rockeater that wears a top hat and monicle. :3

I would like to have  a rockeater as a pet..

would be neat

heh

Rockeaters are actually pretty goshdarn adorable.

You want to talk adorable? Look at dem wakabis in Gaudiguch. :C

There be them furball like creatures over here... :s

No!

I prefer the humgiis if we're talking Achaea.

How many times those humgiis stole and ate my swords! Terrible!

They are cute too.

Yeah, love them, and we can get personal ones now too.

Yay for house upgrades.

Meh. I find them ugleh.

I've always thought rockeaters would make fun pets. That however takes the cake.

 

But people will kill it by accident :(
 

but it eats freaking rocks.  And therefore, is just toooo strong.

Someone please post a description of the rockeater? 

what the hell are rockeaters? Those dudes in Neverending Story?

They look like big, strong hands, don't they?

they better have rock bikes!

Yes, definitely.

very fancy!

And is nearsighted?

too expensive!

Seconded.

Fourthed and fif.

mhm

mhm

Indeed.

 

I like this game friv.

Hrm

What in the actual what?

Spam? Awesome. Had no idea spammers would catch on to here >_>

Hey, that way they get to advertise AND get a free credit.

What's not to love?

You really should get into it. It's one of the most rewarding aspects of IRE.

Also absolutely.

Great way to add your own flair as well! :)

A pet wyrm would be awesome!

Yes.

Pet dragon?

you could have a custom pet worm! And think how badass that could be!

Yeah...

Wait til you get one

pet rock here :(

the customization stuff!

wanting ot get a pet but right now working on my manse and if i could not sure what i want to get

i know the feeling

Ditto.

I just think that there are so many other things that I'd rather be doing with credits. you know?

I knooooowwwww

I know too....

Do you really?

Certainly.

:)

Agreed.

Definitely.

BUT Lusternia has a special skillset that makes pets feasible, where we hunt/influence/combat with them

Fun

Fun

The most expensive one, obviously

Tut

Design is better than just being expensive...

Useful is better than design

Useful and nice to look at. Win win.

Indeed.

Hope I can do this too!

Me as well.

It's really neat!

I guess they are a little expensive but, I love my pet.