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!

Arborling

Standard Arborlings

Arborlings are born when an excess of magic is introduced to a seed. Some arborlings may be intentionally "planted", but most of them occur naturally! Arborlings are usually 25% plant, however where the plant grows differs from each individual. Plant growth can occur from the head, tail, torso, etc!

These itty bitty creatures live alongside strudels and specialize in farming, alchemy, and foraging. These tiny creatures often live alongside humans and assist gardeners, farmers, and witches. Arborlings help plants grow and protect them from all sorts of rot and diseases. They also have a knack for taming fauna, and communicate with local animals (however, not all are friendly).

Arborlings aren't afraid to make themselves known to their human hosts. However, to team up with a human, they must first find someone spiritually in tune enough to see them! Arborlings who choose not to commune with humans may settle down in wilderling territories. They often act as scouts, foragers, and healers. They may also choose to abandon the notion of community entirely and travel via caravan via the help of a befriended animal.

Blighted Arborlings

The "Blight" is a disease contracted by certain arborlings. Their body starts to deteriorate and become overgrown by their plant growth. Blighted arborlings will slowly become a shell of their former selves, wanding Midveil aimlessly as their plant growth eventually overtakes their body completely. Normal arborlings avoid blighted arborlings in fear of becoming infected themselves.

Blighted arborlings are distinguished by the following traits:

  • Claws; their hands and feet grow sharp claws
  • Blank eyes; eyes are hollow and white
  • Plant overgrowth; their plant has started overtaking whole parts of their body (head, arms, etc)
  • Diseased body; can present as rotting, shedding, and other mutations

Blighted Arborling

Blighted arborlings are currently only available for purchase via official adopts, however, we will be introducing another way to obtain them soon!

Arborling Rarities

Common Arborling Slot

Common Rarity

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 Arborling Slot

Silver Rarity

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.
Gold Arborling Slot

Gold Rarity

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 Arborling Slot

Special Rarity

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.
  • Midveil Plants ... Arborlings based on the plants in our world.
  • Dead, Dried, or Sick Plants ... These are reserved for Blighted Arborlings only!

Making your own Arborling

We encourage you to be as creative with your Arborling as possible! There are only a few anatomy guidelines you need to follow:

  • Plant growth: All Arborlings have plant growth on their body that represent their mother plant. Most common places include the tail, or top of the head! Plant growth can replace an ear or eye, but cannot overtake the entire head, or other limbs (unless blighted).
    • If the plant growth presents as the Arborlings fur, or covers most of their body, two (2) Essence of Bork potions are needed as this falls under Angora mutation territory!
  • Bat-like ears: Ears must be triangular in shape; they can be larger or smaller, droopy or perky. They cannot fold over, or have a different shape.
  • Soft features: Arborlings have round noses, tongues, and typically have flat teeth.
  • Whiskers: Thick whiskers on each cheek; your Arborling can have up to three on each cheek. You can also use plant growth to represent the whiskers!
  • Short fur: Arborlings have very short fur naturally (think like a Greyhound dog!); small tufts, or a bit of neck fur is okay.
    • An Essence of Bork potion must be applied if your Arborling has some longer fur. Two (2) potions must be applied if your Arborling's fur is super fluffy all over!
  • Squat body: Arborlings have short, chubby legs that round off abruptly at the feet. Their arms are also chubby and they have soft paws.
  • Mouse-like feet: The feet have three toes with rounded ends, not clawed. You can also add an optional toe "thumb". This toe is tucked under the foot!

When filling out the Arborling traits on your submission, there are 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!

Multiple arborlings can be based on the same plant, but they 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.

If you are unsure of anything, please don't hesitate to DM our Arborling mod using the Mod Directory!

Free Arborling MYO

Once you complete our User Tutorial you will recieve a free common arborling MYO. This allows new users to get started within the community without having to purchase a character. You can submit this Arborling at any time, or check the status of your submission by visiting the tutorial page.

Can I commission someone to design my free arborling slot? Due to the nature of them being free, we ask that you do not commission or take commissions for free Arborling MYOs. You can however, have someone design your slot for free. If you have purchased a slot either through an official sale, or a nursery sale, you may commission others to design your slot.

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.

Can I upgrade my free arborling slot? Yes, you can purchase upgrades with our in-game currency (crumbs) from the Potion Sellers shop. A Special Sapling will upgrade the slot to silver, and Special Shrooms will upgrade the slot to gold.

Researching Rarities

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!


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