Pregnancy is the process that female creatures go through in order to produce new creatures.
The process begins with a kiss-pop which may or may not result in pregnancy - as in humans and other mammals, whether or not pregnancy occurs is dependent on if the female is fertile at the time. In the later games in the series, female Norns generally only become friendly when they are fertile, and tend to slap males away if advances are attempted at any other point in their cycle. In Creatures 3 and Docking Station, the start of pregnancy is almost immediately followed by noticeable expansion of the belly. Norn pregnancy lasts for one to two minutes and results in the laying of an egg. To do this, the female will squat down and raise her head upwards, with her hands on her cheeks (see the image). She will usually go to sleep after laying, as it is very tiring work!
Pregnancy can be induced in Norns by COBs and Agents such as the Inseminator and DDNA Bank. There is also an occasional mutation where a female will not be able to lay her egg (this can also be caused by inseminating an infertile Norn). When this occurs, a COB or Agent must be used to get the egg out.
For Creatures 1, the most common of these is LummoxJR's C-Section COB. For Creatures 2, the Lay That Damn Egg COB is popular. In C3 and DS, the CAOS command line, the Pregy Candy or the DDNA-Bank can be used.
If a female creature is exposed to radiation while pregnant, there is a higher chance of her offspring mutating.
In C3/DS, a female creature's belly will grow in size as her pregnancy progresses due to the presence of the chemical progesterone. This can also occur even if she isn't actually pregnant! While a female norn is pregnant, or when any norn picks up an egg, they experience homesickness.
Twins, triplets, and other multiple births are controlled in the game by code (a GAME variable), not by the genetic makeup of the creatures. The Twin Norns are a breed that use an agent to have more twins than normal norns.
- Painful Pregnancy - a mutation
- Pregnant Creature Import Error - C2
- Reproduction - The Genes - an article at the CDN