(C) = Complex. | (R) = Recessive.
BARRINGBa Ba or Ba ba
The barring gene most resembles the flecking dots that spread across the wings and bodies of Earth owls and kestrels. It appears as broken bands of dark pigment across the colonist's body, most concentrated on the neck and tail but allowed to spread across the body. It is always darker than the base coat and is of a single solid colour, unless affected by another gene.
BLANKETBk Bk or Bk bk
Imagine a warm blanket tossed across the back of your colonist. Then imagine that blanket is actually just darker-than-base-coat fur - there you have it, the gene.
Blanket is below Saddle but can be above or below Impala.
CHOKERCh Ch or Ch ch
Choker works as a collar or a scruff of fur on the neck of the colonist that is either significantly lighter or significantly darker than the base coat. It should always be based on the base coat colour, unless it comes from the black or white colour ranges, depending on species. When in a species that has tail fluffs, it can affect the entirity of the tail fluff or not at all. It does not cover any of the belly mane, when present.
The dapple gene resembles the dark shadows with patches of the base coat across the bodies of dappled horses. The spots are numerous and irregular in both shape and size, appearing to cover most other marking in low opacity, as if an eraser was taken gently to a charcoal drawing. It is not a true white-spotting gene, it lightens the coat but would not, for instance, bring a black colonist's fur up to white unless the dappling occurs over a light marking.
Dappling is generally most visible across the dorsal part of the body and the neck, whereas it fades completely into the base coat closer to the head and the extremities. The dapple's shadow can be varied in intensity across the affected portion and should not be confused for sable, which does not have
DUND D or D d
Dun requires a dorsal stripe along the spine. Usually it also includes striping on the lower legs and along the spine, perpendicular to the spine itself. If the marking called Point is present, Dun should be darker or the same colour as Point. It also must be significantly darker than the base coat and any marking it goes over.
Tsabhua Ranges and Examples
Belemoid Ranges and Examples
EMBEREm Em or Em em
Imagine a bonfire, burning in the night. Watch the flames rise up, writhing with the smoke. Now look higher. The crackling of the wood releases tiny sparks into the night sky - that is what Ember is. Pinpricks of light and colour across the body, as if stars spread on a colonist's own form. Dots of shadow, as if ash, fallen from the sky. These are not limited to the base coat ranges and can be either lighter or darker than the base coat. If they clash with the coat (such as if you attempt to use hot pink or something else that does not fit with the coat) then we may request you adjust it.
While Ember can be found across the entire body of a colonist, it is most often found along the cheeks, under the eyes, on the shoulders, and on the thighs and hips. These spots should be tiny.
FIERFr Fr or Fr fr
When Fier is present, it leads from the eyes in an unbroken, curving trail to wholly encompass the tail. It can be as thick or as thin as you want, darker or lighter than the base coat, and may be more intense and more saturated than the base coat.
Heartfire is a splash of warm colour (see below) or another (pastel) colour of your choice on the throat, head, and sometimes tail of the colonist. It is one of the only markings that does not have to be from the colour range of the base coat. It can be either crisp and fur-adjusting or look like smeared blood. Heartfire is similar to White Spotting markings in that it can have a "halo" effect - a lower-opacity version of the regular colour around the edges of the marking. It also can be affected by Ticking.
INKBLOTInk Ink or Ink ink
The inkblot gene looks like a splattering of ink, marbling across the entire body. The marking should give some sort of idea of movement, as if the ink was dripping down the colonist's body or swirling when stirred. There can be holes and drips and generally there should be no massive areas of only-black.
Inkblot can mix with Appaloosa to resemble African Wild Dogs.
Inkblot should always be darker than any marking it overs and should be darker than the base coat.
Many species of Earth wildcats have spots of various sizes mw-100 and shapes across their bodies. It is a form of distraction, a deception for the watcher. Marozi is a gene that encompasses both singularly-shaped spots such as those of the cheetah and the more hearty rosetted spots of the jaguar. Marozi is usually darker than the base coat but for some family lines, it can be lighter than the base coat. When in rosette form, the inside of the rosette can be darker and more saturated than the surrounding base coat.
When in the presence of the Stripe gene, the rosette color can leak into the closed stripes, called "Rosette Stripe". This only available in completely closed stripes.
Pale Marozi is a heritage-only gene. Colonists either must have the following colonists in their family tree or have another relative with this marking visible in order to show the marking lighter than the base coat.
Pale Marozi Ancestors:
Belemoid: Fleece LT07
Example of Minimal Amount
Example of Maximum Amount
Pale Marozi Only:
MASKMa Ma or Ma ma
Mask shows up as dark or light organic shapes on the face and upper portion of the neck. You should not make letters, words, or shapes like swirls or hearts. It can be the same colour as the mane. It should be mostly sharp edged but can be blurred in areas, especially around the snout.
Examples (showing full range)
NYALANy Ny or Ny ny
Pale stripes on the back and snout, generally perpendicular to the spine, except on the face when it can be parallel the slope of the head. Nyala is usually fairly close to the white range but it can also appear simply significantly paler than the base coat. This marking can affect the mane and give it a striped appearance. It shows above Impala but below Dun. It can seem to "merge" with white-spotting genes if it is the same colour.
POINTPt Pt or Pt pt
Point is a darkening gene that originates at the distal (most distant) areas of the limbs and sometimes face. It spreads further into the body and can even appear as dark spots on the chest, similar to a dobermann's chest points. It can be either very blurred, almost like a gradient, or can be sharp. If dun is present, point should be the lighter of the two, and usually point is covered by Underbelly.
DOMINANT Point (Pt Pt) allows for extended display of the marking as well as the use of two different tones. The one closer to the ends of the limbs (distally) should always be darker except in the case of Pale Point, in which case it reverses and the distal Point can be paler than the outside Point and in fact, much paler than the base coat if desired.
Pale Point is a heritage-only gene. Colonists either must have the following colonists in their family tree or have another relative with this marking visible in order to show the marking lighter than the base coat.
Pale Point Ancestors:
Pale Point Only:
SADDLEEs Es or Es es
Resting over the withers and upper back is the marking called Saddle - darker than markings beneath it, it can merge with dun sometimes. It is above most genes including Impala and Blanket, but it is below Dun.
STRIPEDominant: Zeb Zeb or Non-Dominant: Zeb zeb
Stripe is a variable marking that forms dark stripes across the body. It is darker than any marking it is above, though it can change colour dependent on the colour below it. Stripe is one of the only markings that can show faintly through white spotting genes.
Above are three examples of the types of Stripe you can have. As long as they don't mimic Dun, Almost anything is acceptable. Its range is the entire body.
General Amount "Ranges"
The above color ranges are loose and are up to interpretation. The stripe gene has incomplete dominance, meaning when it is homozygous (Zeb Zeb), it shows a lot more than heterozygous (Zeb zeb).
When in the presence of the Marozi gene, entirely closed stripes can take on an inner colour (the rosette inner colour). This is called "Rosette Stripe".
UNDERBELLYUn Un or Un un
Underbelly is a common gene in which the fur along the underbelly or extremities is paler than elsewhere. It can cover the underbelly mane and tail mane, when present, but doesn't have to affect it entirely or at all. While it may have portions that are blurred, the majority of the marking should be fairly hard-edged, showing a clear distinction between it and the base coat or markings around it. Underbelly is an optional two-toned marking, meaning that it can have two separate tones, though the paler of the two should always be closest to the underbelly or toes/tail tip - meaning you should not have a darker colour on the feet and a lighter colour above it.
Viper is a complicated gene. In order to show regular Viper or GHI Viper, a colonist must have both dominant alleles. Bumblebee Viper is a bit different, allowing Vp+b to allow the marking to show when paired with the recessive allele vp.
Regular viper originates along the spine and spreads out in blobby, duo-toned markings reminiscent of several snake species. The paler and more saturated of the two colours is always housed inside the darker of the two and normally should not break out of the darker housing. Either of the two colours can be "mapped" if it looks good.
Example of thinner, single-toned Bumblebee
Example of thicker, duo-toned Bumblebee