Determining a character’s, or a new offspring’s lineage might seem complex at first, but once broken down it’s actually pretty easy, what exactly IS lineage?
Think of it like a family tree, broken up into three steps, the direct parents, both parent’s grandparents, and then each grandparent’s grandparent. The top part of this tree covers only the Sire and Dam, or the Parents of your character, the middle the Grandparents, and the bottom line the Great Grandparents.
In Arcane Zoo, Sire and Dam are considered neutral terms, and do not set a character’s sex, a Rebis character can fill either roll as part of this chain, and in turn may sort Male or Female characters into other placements along these chains.
- Citizen characters, and characters created via Azoths will generally have only one Parent, and one Grandparent listed. These are randomly assigned on creation.
- Characters created from a breeding will generate new trees based on their parent's lineage. Let’s compare these two parents:
Their offspring would lose the bottom row, cutting off relation to both Great grandparents, any shared characters on this last step would NOT count as being inbreeding, as none of their kids will have them listed. Characters shared in the first and second rows WOULD count as inbreeding, because these characters will move one step down and still show up twice in their offspring. Let’s compare parents again, but this time one parent has an additional relative that triggers the inbreeding flag. In this case if you bred these two parents, Ko would be listed twice in their offspring.