I have lots of worlds that are already somewhat established. One of them is simply named 'Matriarchy', another example of why I shouldn't name worlds. Unsurprisingly, this world is a matriarch run, which could be considered a variant of an alpha run. I'm fairly certain I got the idea from the blog Designer Genes, run by Kezune. There's only one female in the world at all times, who is the mother of all new creatures in the world. When she dies, the first of her female children to lay an egg will replace her. All offspring regardless of gender must pass the IQ test to join the run, and female children are raised in the Norn Meso until they reach the youth stage before being exported so that all female children have an equal chance of becoming the new queen. I had the multiple birth chance set to about 50 or 60 percent, but that seems to be resulting in far too many norns, so I've set it to 1 percent. I don't want there to be no huge litters, but I don't want every single pregnancy resulting in massive population growth. The run is taking place in the C1toDS metaroom.
These five are all from the same litter, and I'm assuming it's the most recent one, considering they're the only ones in the workshop with no eggs in there. Asteria hasn't been laying eggs very often, but she tends to go big or go home: if I remember correctly, not one of her pregnancies has resulted in only one egg. This is part of the reason why I've adjusted the multiple birth settings. I know having a lot of norns can be beneficial, but I also appreciate not having crowded worlds.
Deer Stream unfortunately died after not eating again. I wasn't expecting him to die then and there, considering I had just helped get some food into him. But I guess he'd just had too much malnutrition in his life. Just before his body disappeared, Asteria sat quietly next him, taking a moment to say goodbye. The two were very close friends in the beginning, and he was the father of Asteria's first litter. They were near inseparable until Deer Stream was overwhelmed by the crowd. Now I suspect Shade Feather, another of the original males, is her new favourite. I rarely see them apart, and when they are they're sure to be at each other's side again before too long!