Guide To Colors
Soooo, you've bred your Aksiothos foal and now you have a baby to design, but you don't know much about colors and genetics. What do? D:
Here's a (huge) guide to help you out!
Each section of this guide contains links to sta.sh files with both written and visual information to prevent this journal ending up being 20 miles long.
ctrl+f is your friend, use it to quickly find what you want/need ^^
Please keep in mind that while the breed is based off real life horse genetics/colors, there's still a lot of uncertainty about how certain genes work, and things need to be simplified so that the group can give a set of guidelines that isn't too hard to understand. Plus, some gene information may be based on speculation (e.g. Manchado and Appaloosa patterns).
There are also some genes that are specific to the breed.
This guide isn't meant to turn you into an equine genetics expert, its purpose is simply to help you design your Aksis,
Let us start then!
Aksiothos doesn't follow real life KIT gene rules, so there aren't any restrictions on how many white patterns your horse may have, and whether they're heterozygous or homozygous. White markings may not depict perfect images of objects, animals, etc.
RNG Breeding Traits
There are several traits that can be obtained when breeding your foals, each with its own chance of appearing.
These traits are not mutually exclusive, which means that you could potentially be lucky enough to get triplets with chimera and double affinity, for example.
They're also rolled separately for each genotype, except for Twins and Triplets which are only rolled once per breeding.
None of these traits are genetically inheritable, unless otherwise stated.
Somatic Mutation (1 in 50 chance) (VISUAL GUIDES COMING SOON)
Somatic is usually defined as a mutation that switches one copy of a certain allele on or off on certain areas of the body, causing patches of a different color than the original coat.
It can affect any given gene, and therefore its alleles, in Aksiothos, even if it's not possible to obtain from the parents, so you can have White Spotting somatic markings even if neither of the parents has the White Spotting pattern, for example.
However, please keep in mind that for most alleles in the homozygous form, it won't make a difference whether you turn a copy on or off. For example, if your Aksiothos is ToTo, even if you turn off a copy of Tobiano, genetically the somatic marking will still be nTo and show the Tobiano pattern.
The shape and location of somatic patches is up to you, though the markings cannot fade into the rest of the coat, and may not display perfect shapes of objects and such. Mane and tail will change to match the somatic color if the markings touch them.
Will not cover more than 50% of the body.
When submitting your foal design, make sure to write down which allele Somatic is affecting in the description.
Double Somatic Mutation (1 in 100 chance) (VISUAL GUIDES COMING SOON)
Will do the same thing as Somatic, but will allow for two copies of either the same allele or one copy from two different ones to be turned on or off.
When looking at the design, the original coat color must be more prevalent than either form of Somatic.
When submitting your foal design, make sure to write down which allele(s) Somatic is affecting in the description.
Chimera (1 in 50 chance) (VISUAL GUIDES COMING SOON)
Chimera allows Aksiothoi to display patches of a different color which can appear anywhere on the body in any shape or size, but may not cover more than 50% of the horse. Chimeric markings will not fade into the rest of the coat, and may not display perfect shapes of objects and such.
The color of chimeric markings must be possible to obtain from breeding the parents. Mane and tail will match the color of the Chimera if there are markings touching them.
When submitting your foal design, make sure to specify the color of the Chimera in the description.
Double Chimera (1 in 100 chance) (VISUAL GUIDES COMING SOON)
Behaves the same way as Chimera does, however instead of the horse having a base color and a Chimeric color, it will have three different coat colors (base + two Chimera colors).
When looking at the design, the original coat color must be more prevalent than either form of Chimera.
When submitting your foal design, make sure to specify the colors of the Chimera in the description.
Marmoreal (Mystery chance - Genotype: MrMr or nMr) (VISUAL GUIDES COMING SOON)
This trait affects all white hairs on a Aksiothos' coat. If the horse has no white markings or patterns, its effect will not show and the horse will be a carrier.
Marmoreal does just what its name suggests, it gives white hairs on the body a marble stone texture by adding black or grey veins to the markings, while retaining the white color.
This trait appears randomly in breedings and will become part of the horse's genotype, so it may pass onto its foals.
Marmoreal can be manipulated with a certain Essence to alter the color, texture and veins of the markings into other natural types of marble stone aside from white.
Double Affinity (Mystery Chance)
There's a small chance the foal will be able to wield two different Affinities according to its magic genotype in breedings.
Twins (1 in 150 chance)
Surprise, surprise! Your breeding has produced not one lovely foal, but two of them!
Twin breedings will be given a choice out of two genotypes for each foal, instead of three. Or you may choose to use just one of the given genotypes for both foals.
Triplets (1 in 250 chance)
If you thought two foals were a handful, then imagine getting three in the same breeding! Well, that's also entirely possible, though extremely rare.
Triplet breedings will be given a choice out of two genotypes for each foal, instead of three. Or you may choose to use just one of the given genotypes for the three foals.