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Samanayrs live in groups called Songs, and may only breed with the other members of their Song. A Song must have at least one stallion and one mare, and can have up to one stallion and four mares. Some species may not be in the same Song or compatible for breeding unless certain requirements are met, but there's more information on that below.
Here's the basic rules and information for Song creation:
Once you're ready to create a Song, just just fill out the Create a Song form. Leave the Song ID field blank and one will be automatically assigned to the new Song. Either the stallion's owner or a mare's owner can create the Song, but only the stallion's owner will be able to edit the Song's information once it's created.
Expanding your Song
Once a stallion has created a Song, it's likely he's going to want to more members, unless he's singularly devoted to his founding mare. While a stallion may be content having only one Song member, he's probably going to want to expand his numbers.
Other mares can be courted with gifts and fine words, and assurances that the stallion will be able to support her, the other Song members, and any foals that may result. Each Samanayr obviously has their own personal standards when searching for a Song or for new Song members, whether it's based on personality, traits, or other characteristics. Compatibility with the other mares of the Song is also important and a mare may reject a Song entirely on the basis that she does not get along with one of the other members.
Stallions can find new members for their Songs by posting on the Classifieds board of the forum, or contacting a mare's fosterer directly to gauge her interest in joining his Song. Mares can also contact the stallion to request to join his Song.
There are a few different types of Songs that you may encounter.
Nearby Songs tend to coordinate their births so that the majority of foals are born more or less at the same time. This time is known as a breeding season. The frequency of breeding seasons can depend on a number of factors, such as the already-existing concentration of Samanayrs in the area, the population of nearby predators, and the availability of food and water.
Please observe the breeding season rules carefully before applying:
Instructions on how to apply will be available in the post announcing that breeding season is open, and generally involve PMing or posting a form.
Samanayrs naturally have about a 30% breeding success rate. This means that a Samanayr breeding will be successful about 30% of the time.
Of course, there are a few modifiers that can affect a breeding's success as well. Some of these affect the entire Song, and other modifiers just affect the success of an individual.
Inheriting Traits and Colors
Samanayrs follow a very simple form of genetics. If one of the parents has a special trait, there is a 50% chance that the foal will inherit it. If both parents have the same trait, there is a 100% chance the foal will inherit it. Random traits may also appear - the result of hidden genetics or random mutations? Who knows!
If both parents are the same non-magical species, the foal will also be that species. Most cross-breed foals will result in a hybrid of the two species, with some traits from both of the species. Occasionally a foal will inherit all of the traits of one of the parents' species, and will be considered to be of that species.
Foals of magical species are determined differently. There is no such things as a hybrid or partial Mystic, Misery, Sibyl, and so on - a Samanayr is either one or not. There is about a 20% chance that the foal of a magical species crossed with another species of Samanayr will be that species, and if two Samanayrs of the same magical species have a foal the chance is increased to 50%.
Colors and patterns are inherited from both parents. Some colors tend to be more dominant than others, while others are less dominant, but at the moment inherited colors and patterns are determined more or less randomly. The occasional color mutation may also spring up.
Some items that can affect the result of a breeding are equipped to the parents, such as Amulets or unique accessory items. At the moment, there are also two non-equipped items that can be used when applying for a breeding - Modiems and one-use items.
There is a limit of two sets of Modiems per breeding: a primary set and a secondary set. Each set is limited to two Modiems, with the exception of rarity Modiems, which are unlimited. The primary set can be any combination of Modiems while the secondary set can only include color, pattern, and/or rarity Modiems. Please see the Modiems page for more information on the different types and their effects.
A mare can only use Modiems when she finds out she's pregnant. Therefore, if your breeding is not successful and you had applied with Modiems, you will still keep your items.
One-use items are non-Modiem items, such as the Christmas Tree Cookie, that will disappear after being used. There is a limit of one one-use item per breeding.
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