Terminology

Common words and meanings on the site and xiunus universe

 General Terms

ARPG | AARPG

[noun] - ARPG stands for Art Roleplaying Game and AARPG stands for Alien Art Roleplaying Game. This is the general structure of the game, where art and literature is used to level up and advance characters.

RNG | 1d20 / 2d6 / etc

[noun] - RNG is Random Number Generator. This is usually how we roll things randomly. 1d20, etc: The first number is the number of rolls and the second number is the range. - 1d20 means that we roll a random number between 1 and 20 once. A combo like 2d6 means that we roll a random number between 1 and 6 two times.

Colonist | Colony

[noun] - A colonist is a character from Xiunus species which is officially registered to any individual Colony. A colony is effectively the term for the player or user and is why your username for the website is your colony name.

Import/Upload:

[noun] - This is the essence of a colonist - its page containing all of its information as well as its current approved design. Often when someone talks about complete colonists that they can level up, they may call it an import or upload.

Experience (XP):

[noun] - Experience is the quantitative demonstration of your colonist's life experiences. Art, literature, and certain other things such as healing a sick colonist and some random events, grant a colonist XP. Once reaching certain XP thresholds, a colonist's owner can level them up, which grants them stat boost and sometimes an additional breeding slot.

Levels:

[noun] - Levels are the quantitative demonstration of your colonist's age. A Level Zero colonist is a whelp, while a Level One colonist is a young adult and is sexually mature. A Level Two adult is even older and more refined, granting a bonus called Prime Friend to all other colonists they're depicted with and a bonus called Benefit of Age to their own colony if depicted by their owner.

Research:

[noun] - Research is meant to build up a colony and unlock certain activities and functions. For instance: in lieu of individual breeding rites for individual colonists, a colony may purchase breeding permission in order to breed all of their colonists.

Research Points:

[noun] - Research is purchased via Research Points, which are obtained when a colony creates art or literature. It is meant to reward individuals for doing their own work. If a colony commissions a non-colony, they may redeem up to half of the RP, so long as the artist/writer specifically states that they may. If the artist/writer ever joins, they may submit a Claim with links to redeem the remaining RP to their own colony.

 Genetics

Genome/Genotype:

[noun] - If you think of your colonist as a computer, this is the code that makes everything work. It includes information such as sex, colour, and markings. Here at Xiunus, we use general scientific theory for genetics, including heterozygous, homozygous, dominant, recessive, etc, which is dictated via the genome.

Phenotype:

[noun] - This is the translation from genome/genotype to language humans can understand.

Heterozygous:

[adjective] - This is a gene that has two different alleles of the same gene. Ex: Ba ba.

Homozygous Dominant:

[adjective] - This is when a gene has two copies of a dominant allele. Usually this means the gene will always pass on to the offspring. Ex: Ba Ba.

Homozygous Recessive:

[adjective] - This is when a gene has two copies of a recessive allele. Usually this means the gene does not display, except for in the cases of recessive genes, in which it would show.
Ex of a non-display gene: ba ba.
Ex of a recessive gene that would display: ff.

 Breeding

Sire | Dam | Lineage

[noun] - Terms for relations within the ancestry. A sire is a father of a colonist; a dam is the colonist's mother. The lineage is basically the ancestors going up that are visible from the lineage part of the colonist's page, until the great-grandparents.

Whelp

[noun] - A young colonist of any species. Make sure to include the H when spelling this!

Slot

[noun] - Also known as a breeding slot. This refers to the number of litters any particular colonist may have within their lifetime. Currently, there are no ways to increase this count, though with every litter, the slot count goes down by one. This is calculated on birth based on the colonist's Constitution and Strength.

Breeding Permission

[noun] - If a colonist does not belong to you, you must provide a breeding permission in order to post a breeding with it. In order to give a breeding permission (also known as "giving a slot"), the colonist must have that number of slots. You may not oversell your slots - it is impossible using the inbuilt Breeding Permissions system in our website. Generally, rules must be followed, such as whether it is a full slot, where the user gets the entire litter, or a split slot, (see below) but certain rules, specifically such as deadlines, are not permissible or enforceable. You may not place a deadline on a litter permission.

Split Breeding / Litter

[noun] - When two different colonies want to breed a pair of colonists and "split" the litter between them, it is called a split breeding or split litter. It is the players' responsibility to determine who gets who in the litter and we will not re-roll for single-whelp litters or even deceased split litters. Generally, whelps in split litters are decided in a zipper pattern: One player picks their choice, then the other picks one, and then the choice goes back to the first player, until all whelps are chosen.

Pick of the litter / PotL

[noun] - In a split breeding, usually one colony will be given first choice on what whelp they desire. This should be mentioned in the litter submission.

Inbreeding / Inbred

[verb/adjective] - When two colonists who share an ancestor (or more!) breed, the litter is considered inbred. This can cause numerous issues such as deceased whelps or birth defects, though it also increases the chances of positive mutations. It is up to you to decide if the rewards outweigh the risks. If an inbred colonist breeds with any other colonist, no matter if they're related to them or not, the litter will be rolled with inbred penalties.