Species Guide: Arborlings

Arborlings are a semi-open species belonging to Midveil!
You can make your own arborling after completing our User Tutorial and receiving a free MYO!

Arborlings are born when an excess of magic is introduced to a seed. These little creatures come in all sorts of shapes. There is a lot of freedom when designing arborlings! However we ask that your arborling follow the basic anatomy guidelines.

What rarity would my desired plant be?

Please research your chosen plant on Wikipedia and/or a plant database to find it's classification/species name. If you are still having trouble figuring out what rarity your plant is, you can comment under the Sprout Rarity Index and we'll gladly help you out!

Common rarity plants are usually classified as herbaceous. Mose vines will also fall under the common category! Keywords to search for when researching common plants: herb, herbaceous, forb, vine, grass, weed, root vegetable.

  • Flowers & Orchids such as... daisies, sunflowers, orchids, etc.
  • Grasses & Weeds such as... dandelions, pampas grass, barley, timothy grass, etc.
  • Ground Crops such as... lettuce, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, peppers, etc.
  • Root Vegetables such as... carrots, potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, radishes, etc.

Silver rarity plants can be anything with a woody stem, and plants that grow in water. Keywords to search for when researching silver plants: aquatic, semi-aquatic, in water, woody stem, tree, shrub, subshrub, liana, woody vine, moss, algae.

  • Aquatic Plants such as... lemna minor, water spinach, sacred lotus, seaweed, wakame, sea lettuce, etc.
  • Fruit-bearing Trees such as... apples, papaya, peaches, avocados, coconuts, olives, papayas, almonds, lemons, vanilla, etc.
  • Trees & Shrubs such as... birch, aspen, red raspberry, Japanese maple, mountain laurel, beach rose, common ivy, etc.
  • Moss & Algaes such as... pincushion moss, iceland moss, ceratodon purpureus, marimo, bladder wrack, golden algae, etc.

Golden rarity are usually rare or specialized species of plants. Keywords to search for when researching gold plants: fungus, mold, carnivorous, parasitic, succulent, cactus.

  • Fungi & Molds such as... chanterelles, fly agaric, enokitake, turkey tail, slime mold, aspergillus niger, etc.
  • Carnivorous Plants such as...venus fly trap, nepenthes rafflesiana, rafflesia flower, etc.
  • Succulents & Cacti such as... barbary fig, purslane, aloe vera, prickly pear, saguaro cactus, etc.
  • Parasitic Plants such as.. rafflesia.

Special rarity plants are reserved for official adopts only!

  • Mythical Plants & Extinct Plants ... Any plant that cannot naturally be found, from folklore, myth, or from pop culture.
  • Dead, Dried, or Sick Plants ... These are reserved for Blighted Arborlings only!

How do I research my plant rarity?

We suggest using CTRL+F when browsing to find the keywords for the rarity you need!

The best place to start is Google and specifically, Wikipedia! Let’s say your desired plant is “magnolia.” Magnolia is a very broad name for a whole group of plants, so you will need to do a bit more research into it.

Now going to the Wikipedia page for Magnolia the first few paragraphs talk about the plant but not the type of plant it is. When you scroll down, the “History” section brings up the word “tree.”

This is a good starting point! That means you are probably looking at a silver rarity for your Arborling. However, there is an extensive list of species that all fall under “Magnolia”, which the wikipedia luckily has a list of! We’ll use the species Magnolia grandiflora as our example. When you click on that Wiki page, it describes the plant as a tree within the first paragraph.

Now with this information, you know that if you were to use this species for your Arborling, it would fall under silver rarity!

What if Wikipedia doesn’t have a lot of information or the information is confusing?

This is when you will need to go to another site for help! Sometimes googling the species name will give you multiple plant listings on different sites but they may not always have the information you are looking for. If you need more info or a secondary reference if you aren’t sure about your plant’s classification, I suggest The National Gardening Association. Using the search bar at the top right you can search your species and find the “plant habit”.

For this example, we will use Typha, or cattails. When researching Typha, Wikipedia states that it is both aquatic and herbaceous.

The next step would be to pick a specific species. In this case we will go with Typha latifolia, or “common cattail”. The wikipedia page for typha latifolia states it is herbaceous but also an “obligate wetland” species. This would make Typha latifolia a silver rarity plant.

You may be unsure about the rarity still. This is where we use our secondary source (garden.org/) to confirm that Typha latifolia is aquatic.

As you can see, the habit is listed as Herb/Forb but the water preferences list “In Water” which confirms this plant is aquatic and will fall under the silver rarity.

What if my plant has multiple rarities of species?

When researching a plant type, for example Ipomoea, or “morning glory”, the first paragraph lists that they can be herbaceous, lianas, shrubs, and trees.

“Morning glory” refers to a lot of species of plants, and even to a few different genuses, but we’ll stick with Ipomoea. “Morning Glory” would not be an acceptable name in this situation since the genus is so vast. You’ll need to research the different species of Ipomoea, which is listed on the Wikipedia page!

From a quick glance you can see species such as Ipomoea aquatica (water spinach), which would fall under silver rarity. But there is also the species Ipomoae batatas (sweet potato), a root vegetable, that would fall under common rarity. Make sure that you pick the proper species for the rarity you are working with!

Can there be multiple arborlings based on the same plant?

Absolutely! However, these Arborlings must be unique and easily distinguishable from each other. Whether you use a different color scheme, markings, or a different area for plant growth. Designs that are replicas of others will not be approved. The mods reserve to right to deny designs they feel are too similar to a pre-existing arborling.

What traits do arborlings have?

We encourage you to be as creative with your Arborling designs as possible! Because of this, we do not have a set list of traits. You are free to be creative, so long as it does not stray from established anatomy. Arborlings MUST have small snouts, small paws, whiskers (up to three,) fatty underarms, bird-like feet, and bat-like ears. They are smooth-coated and have plump bodies. You are free to exaggerate these features to suit your own tastes! Other than these anatomy features, you are free to get creative with where the plant growth occurs, the type of tail, etc! Some traits, listed on the ref sheet, will require items to achieve! You can purchase these items via game stores.

When filling out the Arborling traits, here are the three main parts:

  • Sprout: The species name of your plant. Please remember to specify the species since some plant families can fall into multiple rarities! For instance, Foxglove has species like digitalis purpurea (common rarity), or digitalis obscura (silver rarity).
  • Plant Growth: This is where you list the parts of your Arborling that the plant grows from! (examples: head and tail sprouts)
  • Optional: This is where you list any accessories or clothing that your Arborling is wearing to distinguish it from the base design!

Can my arborling have accessories? Is it free to change/remove accessories?

Yes, an arborling can have accessories and they can be changed or taken off whenever the owner pleases! This also applies to wigs. Wigs are treated as accessories as an arborling would not be able to have human like hair. If an arborling's "hair" is a plant growth though, you would need a Shearing Serum from the potion sellers to change or remove it!

Can my arborling have heterochromia?

Yes, heterochromia is not a mutation. However, colored sclera and shaped pupils are a mutation and would require the correct mutation item.

Can my arborling have a different body type (skinny, fat, tall, short)?

Yes, as long as the overall anatomy is similar an arborling can be as fat as you want or more on the slender side! The height cannot vary drastically, but there can be short arborlings and tall arborlings just like humans!

Can I commission someone to design my free arborling?

Arborlings were made semi-open for the purpose of providing a way for members without access to PayPal or adoptables to have a way to participate in our community. A common seed is provided upon membership as a free courtesy to our members. Due to the nature of them being free, we ask that you do not commission or take commissions for free Arborling MYOs. If you have purchased a slot either through an official sale, or a nursery sale, you may commission others to design your slot. We, however, please do not take advantage of this courtesy for monetary gain.

Can I trade my free arborling slot?

No, this is not a physical item but an opportunity for each member to create their own arborling to use for participation in the group. Once you have used your slot, the only way to obtain Arborlings is to purchase an additional MYO slot, or through trading.

What is a blighted arborling? How do I get one?

The "Blight" is a disease contracted by certain arborlings! Blighted arborlings are currently only available for purchase via official adopts, however, more announcements regarding them are coming soon in 2019!

How do I redesign my arborling?

You can redesign your arborling so long as it maintains some semblance of its original design and its filling! For minor redesigns, such as slightly saturating the colors, you don't need redesign items at all! However, changing markings and drastic color changes, you will need to buy items via Potion Seller's! For complete overhauls of designs, you will need to invest in a Redecorating Kit!

How large are Arborlings compared to other Midveilers?

Here is a size chart of all Midveiler species for reference. Click the chart to see a full-size version!

Midveil Size Chart

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