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TitaniaHere you can learn about the 8 unique Stages Royals grow into.

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Egg - Stage 0
Egg - Stage 0
Communication: None
Mobility: None
Occupations: None
Romance/Marriage: None
Breeding: None
Predators: Southern Giant Petrel, South Polar Skua
Shortly after a Duchess or Princess has laid an Egg, she will enlist your help to care for it. She cannot be troubled to incubate her Egg for more than 24 hours in the beginning. During this short time, it is important to learn as much as you can from her, for once the 24 hours are up, she must flee in order to hunt and dine in the icy cold waters that are many miles away. In her absence, her Egg must be incubated by you, her mate or an ally. However, be warned, she will have left you with no easy task! The rookery is icy cold and swept with swift, piercing winds that stab you like frozen daggers. The Egg cannot be left alone or it surely will not hatch! The Egg cannot talk nor move freely. It is common for incubators to huddle together, often rotating positions so that each gets a chance to find shelter from the unforgiving winds. The Egg must first be incubated 15 times in order to become a Hatchling.
Hatchling - Stage 1
Hatchling - Stage 1
Required: 15 Incubations (clicks)
Communication: Crying
Mobility: None
Occupations: None
Romance/Marriage: None
Breeding: None
Predators: Southern Giant Petrel, South Polar Skua
Once the Egg has been incubated 15 times, it will begin to hatch. After providing just one small meal to the new Hatchling, his or her father, a Duke or a Prince, if present, must leave immediately to join others in the hunt. His reputation, and more importantly, his survival, depends upon his timely departure. Hopefully, the Egg’s mother, a Duchess or a Princess, will return post haste, ready to take over. But if she does not, her new Hatchling is solely in your care. During this stage, it is important to give the little Hatchling the attention and care that he or she needs in order to sufficiently develop. The Hatchling cannot speak nor move freely, because he or she is still partially encased in his or her shell. Regular feedings are a must or the Hatchling will not be strong enough to completely break free and fully emerge from his or her shell. The Hatchling first must be fed 30 times in order to completely break free of his or her shell and fully emerge as an Infant.
Infant - Stage 2
Infant - Stage 2
Required: 30 Feedings (clicks)
Communication: Equivalent of a Toddler (1 to 3 years)
Mobility: Limited, Only Short Distances
Occupations: None
Romance/Marriage: None
Breeding: None
Predators: Southern Giant Petrel, South Polar Skua
When a Hatchling has completely broken free from his or her shell and has fully emerged as an Infant, he or she is totally vulnerable to the harsh elements. It is imperative that the Infant be fed at regular intervals. His or her parents, a Duke or a Prince and a Duchess or a Princess, both skilled in hunting and diplomacy, will take turns traveling to far away waters. They will bring back treats and trinkets from their journeys, as well as, much needed nourishment that the tiny Infant requires in order to withstand the cold. However, if only one or neither is present, it is up to you to find nourishment for the Infant. During the parents’ absence you are the only one who can help the Infant survive. During this stage, it is common for both parents to take turns letting their Infant sit atop top their feet, protecting him or her from the frozen ice. If neither parent is present, it will be up to you to keep the Infant dry and off the ground as much as possible. The Infant is covered with downy feathers and is not yet able to protect his or herself from the chilly wetness as adults with insulating slippery feathers can. The Infant can speak at a level equal to that of a toddler and is only beginning to be mobile. In order for the Infant to successfully grow into a healthy Chick, he or she must be protected and fed on a regular basis. The Infant must first be fed 100 times in order to grow into a Chick.
Chick - Stage 3
Chick - Stage 3
Required: 100 Feedings (clicks)
Communication: Equivalent of a Child (4 to 9 years)
Mobility: Full
Occupations: None
Romance/Marriage: None
Breeding: None
Predators: Southern Giant Petrel, South Polar Skua
Now the Infant is considered a Chick and has grown too large to sit on top of his or her parents’ feet. The Chick is also too big to be held by you for long periods of time. At this stage, it is of utmost importance to always keep a Chick well fed and dry since he or she can no longer be kept off the icy ground. The Chick can now run free and begin to socialize with other Chicks. The Chick has communication skills that are about equal to those of a child between the ages of four and nine. Keep a close eye on the Chick! There are many dangers that lurk in the rookery. Various predators may attack and attempt to eat the Chick. Spring snow storms may leave the Chick soaking wet and freezing if unprotected. Continue to feed and watch the Chick so that he or she may grow into a healthy Lord or Lady. The Chick must first be fed 200 times in order to grow into a Lord or a Lady.
Lord/Lady - Stage 4
Lord/Lady - Stage 4
Required: 200 Feedings (clicks)
Communication: Equivalent of a Pre-Teen (10 to 13 years)
Mobility: Full
Occupations: Diplomat
Romance/Marriage: Crushes
Breeding: None
Predators: Southern Giant Petrel, Leopard Seal, Orca
The Chick is now beginning to molt and grow his or her adult feathers. He or she is now considered a Lord or a Lady. His or her communication and educational level is about equal to that of a pre-teen. It is only a short time before the young Lord or Lady will no longer need the protection and care of you, or his or her parents. However, before that can be, the Lord or the Lady must begin to learn social etiquette, diplomacy, and above all, hunting skills, so that he or she may begin to form groups and alliances amongst his or her peers. Lords and Ladies may appear to be head strong and eager to leave the rookery. You must watch them closely and continue regular feedings or they may find a way to flee onto the floating ice that breaks up in the summertime. It is tragic if any succeed in fleeing too soon, for none have yet obtained the expertise, not to mention the insulating slippery adult feathers, needed to be elevated to a more self-sustaining Earl or a Countess. The Lord or the Lady first must form 500 alliances in order to be elevated to an Earl or a Countess.
Earl/Countess - Stage 5
Earl/Countess - Stage 5
Required: 500 Alliances (clicks)
Communication: Equivalent of a Teenager (14 to 17 years)
Mobility: Full
Occupations: Hunter, Diplomat
Romance/Marriage: Casual Dating Between Earls and Countesses
Breeding: None
Predators: Leopard Seal, Orca
Now the Lord or the Lady has fully developed adult feathers and can begin to join in the hunt as an Earl or a Countess. Neither has fully grown yet and they are skinnier than Dukes and Duchesses. It is important now for them to take advantage of the alliances they pledged with their peers in order to be fully accepted into royalty. At this time, Earls and Countesses are beginning to take an interest in romantic endeavors and social events. Neither can choose a mate yet, but both would like to. This may be a serious distraction while perfecting their hunting skills, but can be an excellent motivator for improving their diplomacy. Alliances are important since hunting in groups is much safer than hunting alone. There are still many dangerous predators on the ground, in the sky, and in the water. Continuing to form alliances and gather allies is a key to survival, as is of course, being elevated to a Duke or a Duchess. An Earl or a Countess now has a level of education about equal to that of a teenager. All will be eager to prove themselves to you, as well as, to their parents and their peers. They are confident and they truly believe that the world is at their wingtips. They may not be full royalty yet, but they certainly think they are. An Earl or Countess must first form 1000 alliances in order to be elevated to a Duke or a Duchess.
Duke/Duchess - Stage 6
Duke/Duchess - Stage 6
Required: 1000 Alliances (clicks)
Communication: Equivalent of an Adult (18+ years)
Mobility: Full
Occupations: Hunter, Diplomat, Nanny
Romance/Marriage: Marriage to a Duke, Duchess, Prince or Princess
Breeding: Yes
Predators: Leopard Seal, Orca
Now fully grown, the Earl or the Countess will be elevated to a Duke or a Duchess. Completely independent, Dukes and Duchesses can begin to have children of their own. However, each must first find a mate, of course. Through hunting expeditions, banquets and social gatherings, the Duke or the Duchess will set out to find a mate. Courtship usually lasts a few months and can be very romantic. Choosing a mate is an important decision and may make or break a Duke or a Duchess’ reputation. It is typical that once a mate is chosen, they are chosen for life. However, if something were to happen to a mate, or if a mate is not punctual about getting to the rookery, a new mate may be chosen. This, however, would produce many raised eyebrows and rumors may ensue. The Duke or the Duchess will do everything possible to avoid a scandal. After a mate is chosen, the couple can breed. If they are successful in producing an Egg, they will begin the process of raising it, with the help of their owners. This is a strenuous time for the couple, as there are long periods of time when they are apart. They may only see each other for passing moments as they take turns at first incubating their Egg and later feeding their Chick. Children are not for everyone, of course. If a Duke or a Duchess chooses not to breed or even not to find a mate, it is perfectly acceptable. He or she may continue to focus on forming alliances, perfecting hunting and diplomacy skills, and offering services to other Dukes, Duchesses, Princes, Princesses and owners who need help caring for their own children. A Duke or Duchess must first form 3000 alliances in order to be elevated to a Prince or a Princess.
Prince/Princess - Stage 7
Prince/Princess - Stage 7
Required: 3000 Alliances (clicks)
Communication: Equivalent of an Adult (18+ years)
Mobility: Full
Occupations: Hunter, Diplomat, Nanny
Romance/Marriage: Marriage to a Duke, Duchess, Prince, Princess, Emperor or Empress
Breeding: Yes
Predators: Leopard Seal, Orca
To be elevated to a Prince or a Princess, a Duke or a Duchess must have formed alliances with a large number of peers. Not all Dukes and Duchesses can achieve this, since reputation, and hunting and diplomacy skills are not simply handed down. They are earned through diligence and strategy. Once a Duke or a Duchess is elevated to a Prince or a Princess, he or she will be more inclined to wear clothes fit for a Prince or a Princess even though vestiges of slippery smooth feathers still remain. Although Princes and Princesses can still breed and hunt, most will turn their attentions to charity and diplomacy. They will begin to help their allies, assisting them in their quests to be elevated to Princes and Princesses as well. In turn, they will begin to increase their number of alliances, thus setting them on the road to ruling empires. A Prince or Princess must first form 5000 alliances in order to be elevated to an Emperor or an Empress.
Emperor/Empress - Stage 8
Emperor/Empress - Stage 8
Required: 5000 Alliances (clicks)
Communication: Equivalent of an Adult (18+ years)
Mobility: Full
Occupations: Diplomat, Nanny
Romance/Marriage: Marriage to a Prince, Princess, Emperor or Empress
Breeding: No
Predators: Leopard Seal, Orca
At this time, the Prince or the Princess will have obtained such a vast and growing allegiance, that they will be elevated to an Emperor or an Empress. This is the ultimate honor, but it comes with great responsibility. Older now, Emperors and Empresses can no longer breed nor hunt, but their knowledge and experience is very valuable. They are responsible for the wellbeing and safety of all of their allies. Charitable Emperors and Empresses will continue to help their allies succeed in advancing their royal aspirations, and thus, continue to earn widespread respect and loyalty. It is through this respect and loyalty alone that each of them, male Emperor and female Empress alike, may be remembered always as the great ruler that he or she proved to be, and thus, be honored and known forever to be among the rarest of all creatures, Excellent Emperors.

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