This one-footed stance is
taken by norns when they
slap other creatures.


Norns always take this
pose when eating, and
pull the food towards
their mouth.

The "Choo Choo"

The norn moves its arms
like its pretending to be
a train.

Foot tapping

This often shows that a norn is very happy and all its dives have been satiated. Also known as "dancing"



Shows a norn has recently
received a dose of pain


The obvious Zs and accompanying gentle snores show the norn is sleeping. The nornal sleeping pose is in the centre. Although as shown, sitting or even standing sleep is possible.
Less often norns are seen moving around whilst sleeping, even sleepwalking!

Activating (either pushing or pulling)

The left hand picture shows a typical
stance for activating objects near the floor
the second showing a stance typical for
larger objects or those off the ground.

Certain genes help to mold norn behaviour. Pose genes describe the individual body positions, some of which are accessed by Gait genes, others by scripts.
Receptor genes are responsible for Involuntary actions such as Sneezing and Coughing, Flinching, Languishing and Dying.

The Gait genes are linked to Receptor genes that make norns to undertake the appropriate walking gait when tired/angry/hungry etc.
Reactions genes relating to Drive chemicals can have long-term effects on behaviour. For more information see the Genetics section.

It is important to note that much norn behaviour is scripted. Such as norn mating rituals and eating actions. Third party cobs often use scripts to make norns adopts appropriate poses when activating objects.

Wall Bonking is another behavioural phenomenon that inflicts norns in an odd way. Something goes wrong with the mechanism for making them turn around when they reach an obstacle, and they walk into the wall continuously.

There follows an introduction to training norns.


Separating norns

Method 1) Bounce a ball to one side of the group of norns, wait until their attention is definitely affixed. Then call the name of the desired norn until it approaches your hand.

Method 2) Say your name until all the norns walk towards you, then as the norn you want crosses a lift or mover, activate it.

Method 3) Export then re-import the wanted norn, this moves it to the incubator

Method 4) Use the lifter cob, allowing you to pick up and move the selected norn.

Getting Stubborn Norns To Eat

The first thing to remember is not to smack norns too often or they will become scared of things including foodstuffs.
Also remove all other distractions, including other creatures and toys.
Reward your norn for looking at, approaching and picking up food, not just for eating it.
Useful phrases include:

"push food"
"[norn's name] push food"
"push food yes" (meaning push food, that's good)
"get food"
"come food" (meaning come towards food)