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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I heard bacon

always good

the same thing

Wouldn't make sense to change it

and I wish HELP PETS was a little more helpful for those of us who know nothing about pets and don't want them customized.

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I want rabid lemmings.

That'd be expensive

Just get one  but, a big one.

heh heh, funny

Pets Pets Pets

We need a new good article.

 

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I'm kind of jealous of other IRE MUD's diversity in pets, but Achaea's have some interesting uses as well.

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They are shockingly empty.

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notice fewer to read of late.  Step it up!

it's been a long time for new stuff.  still waiting.

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I want a pet monkey that I can send out on dates in my place.

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Birdie! 

Are a defenet yes.  especialy if you can not fly any other way.

nah

too much maintenance

i want a dala'myrr. heh

 

that would rez me when I die would be nice

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Pets.

pets

Water weird! 

And beer isn't? I have forgotten about weirds.

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n o w 

My pets just guard my estate...everyone is afraid of the crow and the tarantula lurking in the git's cave.

I thought about getting one of those in lusternia some day.

SPIDERS FREAK ME OUT.

Meh 

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Mah snake

If I didn't have an artifact pet I'd like my orders beast.  a serpent.  snakes usualy give me the hebe jebes but, they are designed so well they're cool.

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I have a pet: alavan but, I like some of the ingame beats too. I want both but, since I have a pet a beat is just something extra that's not needed. like I'd like a pegasus from celestia and a serpent from the blessed isles. but, I  can't see getting those  and having to pay for them since I have a pet

something about jaffa cakes?

What?

Nothing.

cake?

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pets are cool

What else intelegent can be said?  Anyone?

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credit

Is the key.

I like a little flamboyent pet

I agree

I want a cloak pet.

cloak?

i'd have a ormyrr for a pet too

That would be fun.

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for now, the nightmare will have to do.  Lots of items on the list before I buy a fancy-dancy pet

I like pets because they give races that are flightless a means of flying.

me too.

wouldn't mind something like something the Naz'gul rode.  Maybe I ride a converted Dala'myrr someday.

a npc squire to hold my weapons would be kind of cool.

Me: "Boy, give me my bow"

Squire: "Excellent shot Sir"

your own little cheering squad.  neat that.

Who is Naz'gul?

something something marble hornets

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is the best pet ever. <3

like my bat.

what class gets a bat?

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Hmm

Do we still credits for commenting on these? Haven't tried in a while.

Credit comment.

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Pets... pets... do we really need to post a relevant comment? It's become a bit of a farce, hasn't it.

yes, at this point it is but, I'd  like to see new articals.

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Pets pets pets yay

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class pets are cool, everything else is kinda, not for me

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pets

<3 pets

I agree.  Alavan is so great.

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not big on pets

I think they're great but, I guess there are more important things at first to get.

You can get by with just a beast...but if you don't even have a beast you're missing out. An artifact beast is like a buff to the entire skillset. Artifact beast and beastmastery skillset buffs, movement, healing, influencing, cuts your damage while hunting, can cast reflections on your, can spellcast clouds, can burrow, can fly, can leap, can help influencing, etc.

 

I know you know all of that, but others reading this thread may not.

 

In achaea, artifact pets are like getting 5+ artifacts in one.

I keep spending all the credits I save for an artifact pet. Maybe someday...

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I guess pets are a luxury it's just all in what you consiter important in the game I suppose.  I like mine and think it was personaly worth all the scrimping and saving.

for dueling

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I wonder if we'll hit 7 pages

Of course.

still want a green cow

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tooo expensive

I want my falcon custimized, that's what I want

I'm good with my snake

I'm a sentinel. I get all the pets

No pets for me.

the beasts bought for gold in game are almost as neat as the credit ones.  given there  fairly wide alterations possable

Boom 

What exploded?

There goes pet Bal'slith

depends on it's name? ;)

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credit

 

 

yay pets

badger, badger, badger, or a mushroom or a snake.

Ecologests in lusternia can have badgers as a companion no credits required.  unless you cound credits for lessons to learn the skill.

i want a pet :(

what kind?

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tenticle beast

Someone in Lusternia has one of those, it's brilliant. Called Mr. Tentacles! :)

pets r gud

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give a pet idea instead of just greedily grabbing a credit. How about a pet waluderbeast? A creature that is the result of a magical experiment gone wrong, half walrus, half lion.

Pets

? pets? 

wow, 7 pages how big will this comment section get?

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However it's when Players are more attached to their coded pets than real life people where I draw the line... It's more common than one would like to think.

Do you really think so?

I know at least one person who spent money they couldn't afford to spend on an epic pet in Achaea. It's pretty silly, but I guess you really can get that addicted.

I can't wait until my eagle grows up and I can see what she looks like.

that's what I love about lusternia beasts  people can have the same beast (eagle in this case) and when they mature  each wil have a different eagle 

A goldfish would be cool!

Midkemia Got some... and Apparently they were supposed to 'follow' the player. That animal made little to no sense at all.

I still want a black cat.

If I keep commenting on this I suppose I can get an artie pet.

steak

A pet that can heal you of afflictions passively

I need credits

It'd be nice to have my waterweird as a real pet instead of just a summonable denizen.

that'd not be fair...woodlore and all other summonable creatures don't get too.

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Pets rock

awesome :)

such a loss that Daveed no longer sells minipets... It doesnt feel right that the only option is to pay credits to get one now. (or do a shiptrade, but that involves also a lot of gold/credits to get ship + seafaring).

... about getting Amnesia for my pet. Thoughts on that?

invisible fly.

I miss falcons :(

get

get an arty pet falcon

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Would love to have an artie pet, except it seems trample is better with legendary mounts, so there's a balance of practicality or vanity (plus, legend mounts are cheaper). 

No army of pets

 

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glboe pets out again

pets

ridable pets

Aren't they all?

The fact that they're unkillable is such a game changer.

I want a pet seal lion, or a golden lion tamarin or those things in...the black forest? you know, the bears with the duck bill.

Armadillo pet

not sure about this idea.

An otter.

Because otters are awesome.

I thought about getting an otter from the blessed isles as a manse dweller. as you say.  so cute.

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at least right now

I don't like pets of any kind. Even cool golems.

Credit comment.

Don't remember what I was going to say here so..

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waht?

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...wishing I had the credits myself, maybe try to see about getting a custom tamed ormyrr...if they aren't considered sentient.

a waht?

close this thread already!

we need new stuff to do that.

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Bear cub, now that's  cool. 

Meliana in lusternia has one of those.

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So what is she riding?

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New stuff to read please.

 

Test

free credit

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Now Lusty's going more steampunk, I'm thinking something like a cyborg jack russell terrier.  In a top hat.

I think it puts it over the top :)

credits for all! ho ho ho

Woot!! Let's go, everybody! only 54 comments more to reach a total of 2000! WHOOOHOOO

custom pets add a lot of flavor

I agree

Indeed.

Yay pets!

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Murder!

I got a fox from the globe promo. Wonder how much I can get for it.

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something somewhere somehow, credit.

methinks this has gone on a bit long

at least page 7 is reletively short

long comment section is long

would beat a bear cub

And then...

new articles!!!!

I would love a custom pet, but I wouldn't be able to decide on one, ever.

I have this problem as well. When I get a custom pet I really want it to be something that will enhance my character and make some sense having. Something  that would enhance my roleplay but be fun as well to.

new artacles to read

I can understand the reasons for having pets, but they're so expensive (like real life, I suppose!) Mounts are more useful, and class specific pets, but unless you're an uber-serious RPer (and let's face it, we all have our off days), they are another burden - they need to be fed, walked, cleaned up after... ;)

that's the beauty if you don't feel like it you don't have too.

this pet would eat all other pets

canabalistic

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WHY NO WEASEL WAR DANCE?! D:

You're not using the right training methods!

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dapper hamster!

Neh

Monks really have no use for pets. It's sad but cheaper on my wallet/pack

Roll a sentinel.

could use a bear cub

New pets from globes.

what? globes?

I don't have a pet yet, but I do intend to get one. I believe they are good for roleplaying.

i want a fernbeast :(

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I think a farret would be neat

Credit comment.

my mango icewyrm

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A fernbeast would be cool!!

wtb hamster

cheese!

I'm not a big fan of pets in games, although most people seem to really like them. When I'm telling my mother about a game, she gets excited when I tell her that you can have a pet. The perks on IRE games though are nice. Pets can add some great abilities for you to use. 

So if i post on here in three years I can have a Lusternia pet. Hrrrm.

seems long time.

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did I post yet?

 

I like pets but not mini-pets. And I wish they had slightly more combat utility.

I think it would add an interesting RP dynamic if you were allowed to have sentient races as pets.

I think they're a bit pricey, tbh, and don't get me started on globes.

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The minipets in Achaea are really cute! I'm not buying any more globes though so I'd have to buy one from someone else.

free credit

I wish I could just forget about that stupid thing.

customise it again.

when do we get Logosmas present??

no idea read announce?