Antigen

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The Antigen chemicals exist in several different varieties, numbered from 0 to 7 in C1. Like the antigens found on the surface of bacteria in the real world, antigens in the Creatures games can be found after bacterial infections.

For each type of antigen, there is a corresponding type of antibody, allowing the creature's immune system to produce the correct antibody against illnesses caused by bacteria. Production of antibodies uses up glucose, and without glucose, antibodies can't be made. (See Brian) In C1, the lower-numbered antigens (0 -4) would use more glucose to make antibodies, and the higher-numbered antigens (5 - 7) would use less glucose. In C1, antibodies would not react with antigens to reduce the concentration of antigens. LummoxJR developed some genes that would do this.

In C3/DS, in addition to differing levels of glucose consumption, production of antibodies can produce mildly toxic side-effects. (See ChiChi Norn Genome gene 346 onwards.) Note that the side effects can differ from genome to genome, for example, in general, the Magma Norns produce more coldness as a side effect, and they do not have hotness as a side effect. Antigens also attack certain organs - if the organs cannot be repaired, the genes governed by those organs switch off.


Number Side effect in C3 norn genome Organs attacked in C3 norn genome
0 Histamine B Kidney/bladder
Muscles
Painly drive overwhelmsion
Uterus
1 Histamine A Constitutive drive maintenance
Liver catabolic
Painly drive overwhelmsion
Skin cooling function
Uterus
2 Coldness Constitutive drive maintenance
Fearly drive overwhelmsion
Gonad
Liver catabolic
Skin cooling function
3 Coldness Central Nervous System: Drive lobe support
Fearly drive overwhelmsion
Fight or flight
Gonad
Regulation functions
4 Hotness Central Nervous System: Drive lobe support
Digestive functions
Fight or flight
Immune system
Lung
Regulation functions
5 Wounded Digestive functions
Floating loci
Immune system
Lung
Mitochondrial function
6 Hotness Bones
Floating loci
Liver anabolic
Mitochondrial function
7 Pain Bones
Kidney / bladder
Liver anabolic
Muscles

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