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Title: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:46:47 PM
Baking a Bun in the Oven: Zalanthian Pregnancy


Players who have gone through all the sections of the General Information know that there's a section on Pregnancy (http://), but a player who is role-playing the long, challenging process is left to do their own research, or an approximation of symptoms. What are the various Trimesters like? What, other then morning sickness, will the side-effects of pregnancy be? Hopefully, this article will be able to provide a basis for players who would be interested in playing out pregnancy. Remember that this article is just an over-view, and should certainly feel free to do some research about pregnancy on your own.

Please note that this article contains  player advice and ideas; it's not all hard fact supported by staff. If you have questions or comments on this, please don't post them here. Posting them here will defeat the point of the thread. There is a commentary thread HERE (http://www.zalanthas.org/gdb/index.php/topic,35065.0.html).

Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:47:15 PM

Pregnancy Prevention

Some players choose to use virtual Mul Mix, the primary method of Zalanthian birth control, but there actually IS a hard-coded mul-mix, available in both City-States. However, it's possible you might get pregnant even with Mul Mix; it doesn't necessarily prevent things 100% of the time. Pregnancy is an entirely voluntary choice on the part of the player, of course. Also, the prescription for Mul Mix is to ingest it before you get to the naughty stuff; which can be an interesting option for role-play.

Remember, if you're a Mul, you CAN'T get pregnant, or impregnate someone. It's also highly unlikely a dwarf/human pairing would make a mul, as Borsail and Winrothol (to a lesser extent) hoard and make immense profits out of breeding muls. If it was that simple, then everyone would have a slave mul handy. If you're hoping for a child along these lines, or having a PC experiment with things of this nature, email the staff to get appropriate results/reactions.

Another consideration to make is "Natural" birth control, or the woman timing her periods and having sex only at certain time to try and prevent fertilization. It's FAR from fool proof. There's also withdrawal (meaning, the male partner doesn't hold it in for the release of the sperm). You can also make up superstitions about what prevents pregnancy, possibly have amulets and the like that your PC firmly believes will protect them. It could also be that there's a grain of truth in that belief, who knows? There is no way for a PC to become pregnant unless they choose it, but ICly there should be reasons for this.
Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:49:03 PM
Time Translations

Quote from: General_Pregnancy
The average gestational length for humans is 40 weeks at 7 days a week. This equates to about nine months real time. To translate that into Armageddon time it would most likely be around five real-life weeks (approximately a little less than one game-year since there are 3 months in a game-year) with one month being slightly longer than a traditional trimester. Also, you might consider a longer gestational period if your character is a non-human, since both dwarves and elves have longer life spans than humans with slower development. That might also reflect back into the pregnancy as well.

That's a good explanation of the time-frame, in written form. However, sometimes just written form can be confusing, especially considering all the time frames involved. This section will contain some diagrams to help player understanding. In addition, terms in this section will be specifically used. RL time will refer to the actual time a PLAYER will have pass while their character is pregnant. Earth time will refer to the amount of time a person on earth would spend being pregnant, and going through the various trimesters. Zalanthian time will refer to how long a character in Zalanthas will spent being pregnant, in terms of IC time.

(http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/8453/armearthyear.png)

From that, it's clear that four months in earth-time is equal to one month in Zalanthian time. This isn't exact, but in the character creation stage, it's stated that Zalanthian years bear a strong resemblance to earth years, so it's close enough for the purposes of timing pregnancy.

(http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/7352/armearthyearpregnacies.png)

Now, here's where it starts to get a little more complex. A Zalanthian month, or one of the three outlined bars in the total year, is roughly two-weeks RL time (or time that the player will be playing the character). That makes a Zalanthian pregnancy about four and a half weeks of RL time.

(http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/342/armearthyeartrimesters.png)

A Zalanthian month, or one of the three outlined bars in the total year, is roughly two-weeks RL time (or time that the player will be playing the character). That makes a Zalanthian Trimester about a week and a half of RL time.


If you have a non-human PC, and you're having a baby, the time frames might be different since the different races mature at different rates. Here's what the starting ages for each of the standard races are:

Quote from: Nyr
Human starting age = 13
Elf starting age = 18
Dwarf starting age = 20
Half-giant starting age = 16
Half-elf starting age = 15

While it's uncertain if the time proportions are the same in reguards to human pregnancy length/age and other race pregnancy length/age, for the purpose of calculating this, it will be assumed that the ratios are the same.

It's known that the human starting age is 13. Next, convert that into Earth months.

13 years = 156 months
9 Earth months pregnant/156 months = .05769

Then the proportion for the pregnancy time for a race is about 5.7% of their starting age, in earth months. Therefore:

(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/9269/startingagetranslation.png)

(http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/549/startingagetranslation2.png)



Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:49:40 PM
First Trimester

In earth time, the first trimester is three months. RL time, a player will play about a week and a half for each Zalanthian trimester. See the previous section "Time Translation" for details.










Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:50:21 PM
Second Trimester

In earth time, the second trimester is months 4-6 of pregnancy. RL time, a player will play about a week and a half for a Zalanthian trimester. See the previous section "Time Translation" for details. Some of the side-effects of pregnancy that were experienced in the first trimester will fade, while some will stay. Morning sickness can end at around this time for some women, while others will still experience it, for example. Some women even say that during second trimester, they've felt better then they've ever felt before.







Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:51:11 PM
Third Trimester

In earth time, the third trimester is months 7-9 of pregnancy. RL time, a player will play about a week and a half for a Zalanthian trimester. See "Time Translation" in a previous section for details. This is the last stretch, they're almost there!






Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:52:19 PM
Playing a Midwife/Medic

This section is by no means conclusive, and players of a medic, or those using a vNPC medic are advised to do further research on their own. Please also remember that different Zalanthian cultures may have different approaches to pregnancy, including superstitions, etc. Most of what is covered in this section is advice to help the pregnant PC during pregnancy, and it doesn't really cover what to do when delivering the baby. Please also remember that if you are playing a medic, don't just take this information and have your PC instantly know it. Have a reason as to what they know, how much they know, and how they learned it. You may or may not to be this detailed in your care.



Ancient Practices

Because this is not supposed to be a guide on how to play a medic playing the role of a midwife, it will only touch briefly on some of the issues and practices that occured historicly here on earth.



Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:52:52 PM
Not the Modern Day

Zalanthas is NOT the modern day. If you are a commoner, odds are you have lived your life in squallor and filth; nevermind if you are far worse off, like a Rinthi or Undertuluki. Pregnancy is a very real risk, and often results on the death of the mother, the babiy, or both. Many vNPCs die everyday because of failed births. As a player, your PC will not suffer from death due to their pregnancy unless you wish it, but that doesn't mean that the risks should be casually tossed aside. There is far less understanding of germs and sanitation. There are no modern hospitals, and many drugs that can affect a child's health that the mother may or may not even know about. A Tuluki may continue to smoke spice through pregnancy, a 'Nakki drink.

Some Houses, such as Upatal, are known for bearing twins, but nobles have the finest medical care available in Zalanthas. Twins are extremely uncommon, and a commoner with twins has an even higher-risk birth. For a commoner, twins would be nearly unheard of, and death exceedingly likely. Triplets would be unheard of, and the unfortunate to bear them would probably die, as well as the children. In an unforgiving, harsh world, even if a PC makes it through the pregnancy, it can still be the end of them. Employers won't neccessarily be merciful on the fact that someone they hired is unable to work for an extended period of time.  Even when a baby is born, there is no guarantee that it will live long. Many tribes in Africa don't even name their children until after a month or two, because of the death rate. Other earth tribes consider twins a curse, and will kill either one or both of the children. While in 'Nak, gemmers may seem the safest way to go, it is highly unlikely a commoner would let magick NEAR their baby, for fear of what it could do.

This is not the clean safe world of modern times. Pregnancy is not safe, nor is living through it (never mind the child living through it) guaranteed. As a player, you probably don't want your PC to die for the sake of realism, or spent too much time covering every detail of RPing out pregnancy. This is, after all, a game and the goal is fun. However, keeping in mind the realities of the world your PC lives in is important, as well as reflecting that on some level.
Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on April 19, 2009, 08:53:28 PM
After the Birth

Whew, your PC made it. They had babies, they lived through the pregnancy but now what? It's important for a player not to forget that they now have a vNPC babies that needs caring and providing for. New parents are often kept up at night by a child's cries, and a mother will need to be there to feed the baby. Baby-raising is almost a full time job in and of it's self. They're stinky, messy, and cry alot. Where are you getting diapers? What are you using for baby food? A crib?

In some cultures, babies will be raised by the elderly, or those specificly designated to do so. Many players often "hire a nursemaid" as a solution as well, for the sake of playability. However, one might keep in mind that any cheap labor is not without risks (say, having your entire apartmetn looted, or your baby sold into slavery), even if those risks are a virtual threat. As a baby gets older, it will have different needs and present new challanges. Pregnancy is only the start, not the end of things.

On a final note, please also remember that this is Zalanthas, and that having a baby does not mean the biological father will feel any sense of responsibility. Indeed, the most common attitude would probably be that it is the woman's problem. It would not be considered a way to keep or attach a potential mate, as might be done on earth. Infact, doing something as such, just to try and lay claim to someone, would be hardly concevible. Not only because of the unlikelihood of it, but because of the incredible danger of it, as well.
Title: Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
Post by: Taven on July 30, 2009, 05:52:31 PM
If you have questions or comments on this, please don't post them here. Posting them here will defeat the point of the thread. There is a commentary thread HERE (http://www.zalanthas.org/gdb/index.php/topic,35065.0.html).