We’re down to just 7 norns now. We have our loner Sapling, our Grendel hunters Selena and Major Tom, our stuck norns Wanderer, Bosco and Blinky Bill, the last of whom is being rescued by our intrepid explorer RNG.
Somehow, Blinky Bill ended up in the Ettin Desert, probably by using one of the available Offline Portals and got separated from RNG who is still in the Grendel Jungle.
It wasn’t long til one of the Grendels was at risk again.
Being a grendel means that he’s immune to Antigen 5 but Glycotoxin is maxed out here. We’ll see what happens to him. Speaking of Grendels, the female was still being beaten up by Selena and Major Tom. Wanderer was still stuck and Sapling was content to eat lemons away from everyone, just as always. Bosco let out a cry next to the elevator button.
RNG played with an elevator in the Grendel Jungle and made his way to the Ettin Desert to rescue Blinky Bill yet again. Good luck, guys!
It wasn’t long before RNG was in the same position as Pan was but, unlike Pan, he had Blinky Bill and the male Grendel with him to keep him company. While he ran to the left to avoid the rocks coming out of the volcano, the other two stayed in the middle of the desert, hopefully acting as a lure. Blinky Bill, save your buddy!
The slapping between Selena and the female Grendel intensified and the grendel even yelled “grendelfem grish selena”! I can only assume that means hate. While they waited for RNG to come out from hiding, the Male Grendel and Blinky Bill actually seemed to make friends. I’m not certain what “flabber” means, though.
Speaking of friends, Sapling finally got to meet another norn; Major Tom! He made his way back down to the middle level of the Meso and finally back down to the female grendel for more slapping. Oh well. Sapling got a little taste of interaction.
Another pregnancy notification popped up and, shocker, it’s Selena and Major Tom again. It’s already looking like one of these two will be the winner based on the number of eggs they’ve had!
Blinky Bill checked out the pool in the desert terrarium. I can only assume he was looking for crobsters. RNG still strugged to escape from the rocks and, as usual, Bosco and Wanderer were stuck.
There isn’t much movement now and as of writing, the norns are now 1 hour and 25 minutes old each. Even lively Selena seems stuck after laying her recent egg in the bridge. With the lull I was able to restock some of the food in this world. Thankfully, none of the rooms seemed depleted.
Finally, sadly, Wanderer passed away at 1 hour 33 minutes. Reaching 1 hour earns her 10 points and the additional 33 minutes net her another 3. 13 points! With Selena out in the hallway, not moving it was starting to look like things were in Sapling’s favor. Bosco, who hasn’t moved from his spot in the Norn Terrarium hill became sick with Glycotoxin and continued to cry quietly.
Unfortunately, RNG was the next to pass away. I can only assume that he was scared to death by the Volcano (ok, Radiation poisoning is more likely) and he lived to 1 hour, 36 minutes. Like Wanderer, this nets him 13 points.
Soon, Bosco was sick with 1 Bacteria, Glycotoxin, Histamine A and Antigen 0. It got him standing and sneezing but I was more worried about his health than before now. Antigen 0 reduced so that it wasn’t detectable anymore but now he had both histamines. He didn’t seem interested in moving and even started to feel pain.
Everyone else seemed relatively happy and healthy. Blinky Bill took to napping on the desert sand, Major Tom meandered around the bottom of the Meso and Sapling stayed true to her strategy. Selena was still stuck in the Capillata Hub (I call it the bridge) and Bosco was still fighting Glycotoxin. He seemed to be doing a good job of it, considering.
Soon there was another lull. It was a good 15 minutes before anything of interest happened and, even then, it only marginally affects our competition. The male Grendel became sick with Antigen 7 and died at 1 hour 23 minutes. Naturally, he is awarded no points because he isn’t part of the competition.
Blinky Bill took to marching in the Desert Pond afterwards and I’m not sure what he’s trying to do. Other than the death of the grendel, Bosco was still sick, Selena was still suffering from EE in the Bridge and Sapling still stuck to the top floor of the Meso.
Nearly two hours into the run, the female Grendel became an adult. She looked much more formidable now but Selena, unfortunately, was still on the bridge. Bosco fared no better and Sapling stuck to her guns. Major Tom and Blinky Bill also seemed content to keep doing what they were doing; Blinky Bill ate seeds in the desert and Major Tom ate carrots on the swampy Meso floor.
Finally, two full hours into the run it was time to cut things short. We had a pregnancy, another unfortunate case of EE, some illnesses and three deaths. Hopefully things pick up and cheer up in the next part!
Fallow Male Pan: 32 minutes old – 3 pts
Fallow Female Liberty: 32 minutes old – 3 pts
Chichi Female Seres: 32 minutes old – 3 pts
Hardman Male Jake: 40 minutes old – 4 pts
Bengal Female Annabelle: 42 minutes old – 4 pts
Harlequin Male Bobo: 44 minutes old – 4 pts
Harlequin Female Patches: 49 minutes old, 1 egg laid – 9 pts
Bondi Female Sunshine: 49 minutes old – 4 pts
Male Treehugger Fern: 52 minutes old – 5 pts
Female Astro Wanderer: 1 hour 33 minutes old – 13 pts
Male Chichi RNG: 1 hour 36 minutes – 13 pts
Footnotes: Selena 4 eggs; Major Tom 5 eggs