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Favor is a complex system in which the members of the pride are rated, based on beauty, age, stats, origin, personality and breeding results. The preferences of each king depend on the individual.
(Subject to change as the mechanic develops).
Every personality type gets along best with its own category ex. Neutral with Neutral, Good with Good, Snarky with Snarky. Each one also gets along with some personalities better than others.
Neutral personalities get along with Kind and Snarky just fine. They do not understand the extreme opinions of Good or Evil lions, though, and are prone to disagreeing with them.
Moderate(Kind and Snarky) personalities get along well with Neutral and their respective extreme. They may have heated arguments with the opposing moderate and may grow to like them. It is extremely rare for them to like the opposite extreme, however.
Extreme(Good and Evil) personalities get along well with their respective moderate. They do not understand Neutrals and very strongly dislike those of the opposite alignment. However, sometimes they have very passionate relationships with their opposite extreme.
This used to be the sole factor in determining who is queen. Kings get along better with lions closest to his own age. Kings may respect the opinions of older lionesses more, but some lions prefer the companionship with younger lionesses.
Stats are fairly simple, whoever has better stats is liked more. They are considered to have stronger genes, and are more likely to be favored.
Origin refers to the circumstances of their birth. Are they from a multi-generational line? Are they from outside the pride? Are they born from a lion from inside the pride and one outside the pride? The king will generally prefer lionesses of similar origin.
Kings prefer lionesses that give them sons, and the more cubs the better. Bonus points for every lion that makes it to adulthood.
But, the king does not like it when a lioness breeds outside the pride. When such things happen, they are instantly the most disliked lioness in the pride. Any cubs that survive to adulthood after this (king neglects the cubs, so this is uncommon) leave a negative impressing.
This is a difficult category to judge, since it is subjective. But, in general, prettier lionesses are favored over plain or ugly ones. Lionesses who are most similar to the king are generally considered prettier, since their children are more likely to look similar to the king. Or, lions with rarer genes are considered prettier than more common ones. It depends on the lion, and my opinion as well.
Current King's Preferences
The king has little control over which sub-males stay in his pride, but does favor one over the other. One slot is reserved for his most favored son. This lion would ideally be the son of the king and his most favored lioness. It could also be through other traits, too, such as appearance or mutation.
The second slot is a spot that is exclusively fought for. The king has no control over this slot - it's all up to the submales themselves.
If a lion is kicked out of the top spot by a more suitable heir, he must fight the lion in the second slot if he wishes to stay in the pride. He will be subject to challengers, just like his predecessor if he wins.
Lions in both slots trade off who will be patrolling each day.
When the current king dies, all suitable submales fight for the chance to take the throne. I say all because all lions above the age of 1 are eligible. The remaining challengers are chased, although cubs may be spared.
Last Updated: 8/24/21
((Omen became 3 years old when he took the throne))
Year 1, Month 1 of reign of Omen
The demon-lion Omen has taken over the pride. Every lion aside from those with Piebald mutations is under his complete control, even their minds align with him.
The only hopes the pride has of recovering are if a Piebald lion takes the throne, or potentially a cub of Lightning, whose nature magic is trying to overcome the demonic magic enchanting her.
My Personal Pride Rules
I play the game at my own pace and with my own ruleset, and I have since I started playing. My rulesets have shifted as time went on, sometimes getting harder and sometimes easier. As of July 20, 2021, this is how I currently play.
Kings and Succession
1. I keep my king until he can be retired for free. Every new king has new guidelines for how I play during his rule based on his personality, which I write in his bio.
2. Only male direct descendants (sons, grandsons, etc) of the king may become the next king.
3. All eligible male lions in the pride fight using my fight calculator(linked in Legacy Info document) once the old king dies. The winner becomes the new king, regardless of if I like him or not.
4. One male slot is reserved for my favorite male lion. The other slot is fought for whenever a new male reaches 1 year, 11 months.
5. The first lion to patrol each day will be the favored male. The patroller switches every time the current patroller fails to both gain stats and an item.
1. There are five huntresses in the pride at any time.* Lionesses are huntresses their entire fertile lives at which point they are replaced by their daughter, granddaughter, or other direct relation, who inherits their name.
2. Daughters, granddaughters, etc. of the five main huntresses have the name scheme "[Huntressname]'s Legacy", and may hunt when there is room on the hunting team or the hunting team is out of hunts for the day.
3. There can only be one Legacy for each Huntress. That Legacy gets replaced when a female cub of that line who has traits I like better ages up to adulthood.
4. While Huntresses last for all their fertile years, Legacies will move on from the pride (be Chased or put in Special Backup) when they reach the age of eight to make room for younger relatives.
5. There are two broodmothers in the pride at any time. They do not have legacies but may produce a male heir. They are broodmothers their entire lives.
6. Lionesses directly related to the new king will instantly retire and be replaced with a new, unrelated lioness.*
7. While I'm not limiting myself, new lionesses in the pride are usually obtained through claiming Chased lionesses in Explore. I keep a few in Special Backup to replace broodmothers and huntresses.
8. The king may only breed with lions not directly descended from him. (Half-sisters, cousins, and aunts are fair game) Only direct descendants of his may be bred to lions outside the pride.
9. While only huntresses may keep a legacy, male cubs born to any lioness, including lionesses in Special Backup and random NCLs, may become the heir.
1. The in-game cub mortality system, I've found, doesn't kill cubs often enough for my liking. I pretty much ignore it since I play with cubs with both items and on their page daily for stat gain anyway. I'll usually assign cubs to broodmothers just to give the broodmothers experience points.
2. Male cubs are usually subject to a different cub mortality system. At the moment, as I want 1/4 of the cubs to survive, this is decided by whether they gain skill at 0 months and 5 months. (If they do, they survive, if they miss one, they die). If a male cub is good enough to be the Favored Male, he will be immune to this system.
3. Female cubs are decided at birth whether I will keep them or not, depending on their looks compared to the current Legacy of their line.
4. Cubs that die through my personal mortality system (or are females in lines that can't have legacies) are Abandoned to the Giving Tree. Cubs that haven't weaned yet are labeled as 'Zz' as a reminder to not give them to a Broodmother or train.
1. When I gain a new king, I may only change two traits of his at maximum. I may not change his base's genetics, however (except to go between Rare, Uncommon, and Special). Usually, I'll just use a Random Marking Applicator if I don't have anything in mind.
2. I may customize new huntresses however much I please.
3. The top favored huntress may be customized on rare occasions.
For plot reasons, the pride split in two when Chill became king, creating a secondary Exile Pride with special rules. That Exile pride has disbanded, but it means I have more than the five standard lionesses. The modified rules are as follows:
1. Excess lionesses may form their own hunting team. This hunting team will hunt after the main hunting team has 1) failed to bring home at least 5 uses, 2) has had an injury, and/or 3) is out of hunts for the day. This team will not be complete and will have the highest-favored Legacy lionesses fill in the gaps.
2. I may not replace Huntress lionesses who have retired due to being the same legacy as the king until the number of Huntresses reaches less than five.
3. I may always make exceptions of any rules for plot reasons. Currently I plan to make an exception for Ilere's line about Base customization, if one is to take kingship.
I used to have a bunch of information about various calculators I made to make the game more realistic. Some of these things became actual game features (with different mechanics) after I made the calculators, so I haven't been using most of them recently.
Here's the original description and explanations: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16-ColguLuU0Ps_-VVMGUB3_1BGva0FAfvfuOJerSH-Q/edit?usp=sharing