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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would definitely take a squirrel over a chipmunk

agreed

Just don't fit my rp

customise it ot fit you.  heh took me 2 trys to get it to fit.

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Lesser Penumbran. Do want.

need more pet options

They're only limited by your emagination

Like what?

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for my giant chicken.

Also would like a wolf pup

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you guys just don't want to let this topic die, huh?

I guess we could comment on other topics.

I'd like to reiterate my wish  for new articals. 

finaly got my wish list...sortof.  It still works so thanks

Exactly.

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Had some surpisingly civil conversations about my beetle with Gloms recently.

you have the stag beetle right?

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haven't decided on something specific for Phuddy.  Sticking to my nightmare for now, pets are bloody expensive!

you're a geomancer? I forget.

new year new articals please? *begs*

Achaea is a great game, but I wouldn't mind seeing them expand on the pet system

I'm not exactly sure about your pet system but, I really like lusternia's beastmastery system.  it's neat though I'm sure it is harder to work than just normal  unchanging pets. I still thank the admin and there great  beast system  it's fantastic.

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write an artical in  hpes it'll be posted for something new to comment on.

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stop this already!

new articals please.

8 pages of comments.  isthre any artical with so many?

There are some cute ones.

pets?

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Turtles please

Have dragon turtle  pets specific to that class

I don't think you'll get Ryu to join Lusternia, too many arties to start all over with.

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dragon whelps

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someone say munchkin cats?

 

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I think they get a little too elaborate.

I love the idea of putting up old articals. I'm sure people's views might have changed or new players can give thre input.  Thank you so much!

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garfield goes meow

I'd love that if I could get that garfield  as a pet.  it'd be too cool.

Pets cool

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no more reason for the +1 or free credit comments.  So glad. 

vicious white rabbits!

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I miss my falcon from Achaea :(

Would be nice to get a pet.

but I would utterly love to have something like that roc you mention!!!!

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a panda cub

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pet battles, gotta catchemall

 

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i want a purple cat...

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I miss my 10k gold bird pet from New Thera shop!!!

I saw a pet that dispensed cookies the other day. Made me want to get an artefact pet.

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Maybe, I'll get a pet. Maybe.

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I'm enjoying my furry war rhino, now complete with wings. Huzzah beastmastery!

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hmmm

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I want a rideable butterfly.

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hate amnesia pets

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I want a bear with a gun!

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We don't often get the customizable pets, in MKO like the rest, but I can't help but use what is given to me, whether someone wants to think I'm crazy or not...some of my characters just have a tie to their creatures...Anoira particularly has an strong companionship with her wolf after a LONG series of eventful rp... But often I get bored looking for rp, so I bring out a pet or another and start toying with them...most people collect and fighting them in the arena is..nto all that exciting.. personally if I get one I try to entertain the thought of playing with them in one way or another so its not just something sitting in a room somewhere no one will ever know about.

would be nice.