Whiskers: The Breakdown
0xe602
April 24th, 2022

The Framework

Cordie: GM, my fellow Whiskers! Welcome to the very first Pond Podium, where you may get all your burning questions answered by none other than the Old Wizard. I am your host Cordie Yang, more (in)famously known as the little QuillKoiMaid.

Today, Rico has a LOT to share about the 6 layers that make up each Whisker. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in! Hey Rico, my apologies for having the memory of a goldfish—what’re the 6 layers, again?

Rico: GM everyone! We’ve got the Origin, the Species, the Face, the Facial Feature, the Equipment, and the Inventory.

A Whisker with its trait template overlay.
A Whisker with its trait template overlay.

Cordie: Hmm, sounds interesting. I’ve seen quite a few sneak peeks—can never get enough, though—and I can tell you’re putting a lot of thought into those intricate details. But let’s start at the very beginning: what Origin (background) will my Whisker have? Is it going to be randomly generated?

Rico: Well, actually no. We’ve assigned values to the traits in the other 5 layers according to how rare they are, and we’ve got a formula, which determines the Origin of each Whisker.

Cordie: Wow, what a fun idea! So it’s very easy to know the general rarity of a Whisker just by looking at the color of its background. Would you mind sharing the Origins you’ve created?

Rico: Sure, there are 5 different Origins, each named after an ocean depth zone. So from the least deep to the deepest, they’re called Sunlight, Twilight, Midnight, Abyss, and Trenches, respectively.

The Origin colors, Sunlight at the bottom, Trenches at the top.
The Origin colors, Sunlight at the bottom, Trenches at the top.

Cordie: Correct me if I’m wrong, but Whiskers are fish, right?

Rico: Right. There are two species: Catfish and Koi.

Cordie: Then what could they possibly have on their Face?

Rico: I’m glad you asked…

A sampler of the many faces of Whiskers.
A sampler of the many faces of Whiskers.

Rico: To be honest, the Face and the Facial Features affect the rarity of the Whisker considerably less than the Species, Equipment and Inventory traits. But there’s still a wide variety. Regarding the Facial Features, some Whiskers may have kept their gills from the old days, whilst others have grown cat whiskers …

Cordie: Hold up, CAT whiskers?!?

Rico: The rapid growth of the Whiskers after the World Spell was an incredible phenomenon. And that explains, well, a lot. Some might have a heart tattoo, star, or even cheek horns.

A few of the discerning Facial Features of Whiskers.
A few of the discerning Facial Features of Whiskers.

Cordie: OK, got it. It’s time for us to move on to Equipment and Inventory.

Rico: Yeah, so the Equipment is basically the full set of clothing/gears that your Whisker wears. I contemplated drawing individual garment pieces and letting the system randomly put them together, but I ended up creating full-body outfits instead as I felt that was more fitting for them.

From robes to armor, Whiskers have many Equipment styles to choose from.
From robes to armor, Whiskers have many Equipment styles to choose from.

Cordie: Wow, I believe this is kinda rare for PFP collections. What was your reasoning behind this?

Rico: I was thinking… It just doesn’t make sense for a Whisker to wear mismatched clothing. So for example, if a Whisker’s wearing a suit of armor, it’d need a helmet, not some random beret. Apart from Equipment being the most conspicuous layer, I also like to think that Whiskers are “real” people—well, maybe Catfish and Koi—that live in a “real” world…

Cordie: And have a good sense of style, just like their dad (✿◡‿◡) Is there anything we haven’t covered? Maybe tell our audience what the Inventory trait is?

Rico: So the Inventory is a visual representation of what the Whisker carries with it. It might be a lemon, a cute little skull, or a four-leaf clover. The point is, reveal happens immediately after a successful transaction, so you’ll get to see the full set soon.

Some of the various items or companions Whiskers travel with, represented above them.
Some of the various items or companions Whiskers travel with, represented above them.

And Species examples because I know that question is coming next:

The colors of Whiskers!
The colors of Whiskers!

Cordie: Wow, I literally can’t wait!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this first session of the Pond Podium. If you have any other questions you’d like us to cover for the next one, or suggestions in general, please drop them in the comments. With that, we’ll see you around!

Arweave TX
tx3-Z7kiHv1CygTmww6tO9FYyeTm9NPvJIOPA6bgo74
Ethereum Address
0xe60253102546CE672E550F0b537e3FEe3fE3B6c5
Content Digest
xpQTlaBsh1iit9u_FfNF1m0PrzWpHUZPdqKaIqb0oXI