|Posté le: Mer 3 Fév - 15:50 (2010) Sujet du message: Tribble
Tribbles are an iconic part of the Star Trek franchise, first introduced in the famous 1967 episode The Trouble with Tribbles, set in 2268. Subsequent references occur throughout the franchise, as both incidental background props and entire episodes revolving around the creatures.
Tribbles are formally Polygeminus grex, with a variety of sub-species, breeds, and colors. They are originally from Iota Geminorum IV, and under optimal conditions can breed astoundingly rapidly, with doubling times normally associated with microscopic organisms. Please see the Memory Alpha entry for a variety of other details.
In STO, the differing types of tribbles represented are described as "sub-species", which have a one-to-one correspondence to colors or patterns. Tribbles are activatable equipment, and can be placed in your character's hot bar, your bridge officer's hot bar, your inventory, your personal bank, or a fleet bank. Activating a tribble provides a small bonus of some sort, and is represented in game by an animation of the character taking out the tribble and petting it, with appropriate cooing sounds. Tribbles have an official NPC sale or replicator value of 0 (zero); since breeding one requires consuming a food item with non-zero value, you are guaranteed to loose money breeding tribbles unless you can manage to sell a rare one to a fellow player.
Following are the known tribble powers:
An out of combat self heal
1.25s activate, 6s recharge
"Petting this sub-species of tribble will have the effect of stimulating the body's natural healing capabilities."
[exact effects unknown]
A long duration out of combat self damage resistance buff
1.25s activate, 6s recharge
"Petting this sub-species of tribble will have the effect of slightly stimulating the body's natural ability to resist all types of damage."
[Adds 1% Resistance to most types of ground damage, with a duration of 1 hour. This does carry over into space combat, although it's not clear if it affects anything useful. Overrides Damage Buff, canceling it.]
A long duration out of combat self damage buff
1.25s activate, 6s recharge
"Petting this sub-species of tribble will have the effect of slightly stimulating the body's natural production of adrenoline, improving one's damage capabilities."
[Adds ???, with a duration of 1 hour. This does carry over into space combat, although it's not clear if it affects anything useful. Overrides Resistance Buff, canceling it.]
The following sub-species of tribble are known, organized by their activatable power.
Genus species sub-species "Color" (color clarification, pattern details, etc.)
(¯)Polygeminus grex susilo "White" (almost radiant white, HTML "ghostwhite")
(¯)Polygeminus grex stahl "Cream" (under magnification, may be a flecked mix of White and Tan; HTML "moccasin" (used here) or "antiquewhite")
(¯)Polygeminus grex sparkes "Tan" (a light brown, khaki; HTML "burlywood" (used here), "peru", or "tan")
(¯)Polygeminus grex dotson "Brown" (a medium-dark brown, milk chocolate; HTML "saddlebrown")
(¯)Polygeminus grex thompson "Black" (probably actually a very dark brown, dark chocolate; HTML "black" is not a good match but there isn't anything closer)
(¯)Polygeminus grex vitales "Gray" (pale cool gray; HTML "lightgray" used here, but better match pending)
Polygeminus grex tuffli "Cream with Brown Stripes" (original description, and probably the way most people think of it; under magnification, it may actually be Brown with a broad equatorial Cream stripe and several large Cream spots. One could argue that the pale color is Tan rather than Cream, but in comparison to jasperson and nix under magnification, the pale color is distinctly lighter here.)
Polygeminus grex nix "Brown with large Tan spots" (spots are approximately circular, and arranged in what may be an approximately cubic (or dodecahedral) vertex pattern)
Polygeminus grex jasperson "Tan with single equatorial Brown stripe"
Polygeminus grex mccary "?Tan with Brown spots?" (from Adeon_Hawkwood, not yet photographed)
The primary way one gets tribbles is by breeding tribbles, and some types may only be available through breeding. See the following section for details. However, there are a few other ways to get a tribble:
* As a drop: Some NPC Klingon ground enemies that you fight as a Federation character have a chance to drop a tribble as their loot. This is a bit odd, see some thoughts in the Notes section below. Details are currently unknown, but there are cases of them dropping in ground missions as early as level 4. At low levels, these are usually, if not always, single-color tribbles with the Healing activation.
* As a pre-order bonus: A tribble pet is available as a pre-order bonus from several retailers. Currently known: Best Buy (US), Game AU (AU), Gross Electronic Silver Edition (DE), HMV Gold Edition (UK), Micromania Silver Edition and Micromania Gold Edition (FR). At this time it is not known what type of tribble is obtained from the bonus, and particularly whether it is obtainable through other means and/or can be "bred true".
Tribble breeding can occur in your active power bar, in your inventory, or in your Bank (Fleet Bank testing still pending). You only need a single tribble to start, although some breeds may require multiple tribbles present. They will consume any "food item" in the same location category, replacing it with the new tribble.
Items considered "food items" seem to include all of the consumable out-of-combat regeneration items, including beverages in glass bottles and whatever 25th Century Field Rations are packaged in. It does not include "Provisions", the non-consumable trade item (or at least the chance is very low). It is unknown whether the sort of food consumed to produce the tribble has any effect on the breed result.
The timing and odds of tribble breeding is still being researched; at the moment, it appears that a check is made when you change maps or zones. Tribbles placed in your bank with food seem to breed very quickly; this might be because Space Dock is actually multiple zone maps, and you are changing back and forth as you run errands, or to represent the "tribbles eat everything in storage" effect, or due to a bug.
Stopping Tribble Breeding
Historically, one of the first questions people ask about tribbles is "How do I breed them?". Shortly thereafter, many people come to the follow-up question "OK, now how do I STOP them from breeding?", quite possibly followed by "Hey, that was my booze!"
While data is inconclusive, at this point it appears that tribbles only breed when there is a "food item" (see above under Tribble Breeding) in the same location category as an existing tribble. For instance, if you have a tribble equipped in your Bridge Officer's item bar, it will not consume food in your own item bar. In general, having equipped (usable) tribbles and equipped (usable) food is not long-term compatible. However, you can have an equipped tribble in your item bar, and as long as you are careful to not have any in inventory, you can store food in your inventory. You'll just have to equip the food and use it promptly when needed.
Trivia: the names of the breeds (officially sub-species) seem to be the last names of Cryptic developers in at least some cases.
Trivia: It is rumored that the public test server for STO will be called "tribble".
Hypothesized missing breeds: From symmetry, it may be that there is a second Resistance Buff tribble not yet listed; a guess might put it at Brown with an equatorial Tan stripe.
Why do they drop from Klingons?: Based on what we know about tribbles in the franchise, it seems unlikely that a Klingon would be carrying them for buffs or cuddle factor. There have been a few suggestions made as to why Klingons drop tribbles as loot:
* Their ship or base has an infestation; the Klingon thought they were carrying some food, but it had been eaten by a tribble when they weren't looking.
* Despite the noise and dislike, it might be a cheap way to tell a real Klingon from an Undine who is shapeshifted into a Klingon appearance; in effect the reverse of the incident from the original episode.
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