An Embryo is a unique ability only available to Masters in the world of Infinite Dendrogram.
The Embryo system is one of the cornerstones of the playstyle of Infinite Dendrogram. There are an infinite number of ways for the form and ability of an Embryo to develop, depending on the Masters' behavioral patterns, in game experience, biorhythm and personality, whch is the origin of the name of the game.
Each Master is granted an Embryo seed upon being registered in the game, referred to as the zeroth form, where the Embryo observes the characteristics of the Master. Once analysis is complete, the Embryo takes form and hatches, and the seed is replaced by a crest unique to the Master. Once an Embryo is hatched, it is impossible for it to be replaced. Past the zeroth form, there are seven forms that an Embryo can take. The first to third forms are called low rank embryo, the fourth to sixth forms are called high rank embryo, while the seventh form is called Superior embryo. With each evolution, the amount of resources available to the Embryo increases, leading to a dramatic increase in the Embryo's output. An Embryo's evolution is entirely dependent on the characteristics and effort of the user. While up to the sixth form can be attained by any master with enough time, evolution to the seventh form has no relation to those factors, being noticeably more difficult to achieve, resulting in cases where Masters who have been playing since the beginning of the game are still on their sixth form and Masters who have been playing for mere months achieving the seventh form.
An Embryo will generally grant a certain correction to a Masters' status, though there are cases where no such correction is given. The amount of correction granted is proportional to the strength of the Embryo's special ability. It is possible for the amount of correction granted to increase.
An Embryo can take on different types based on the nature of its form or ability. It is commonly thought that the nature of the Master is what determines the type of Embryo they receive.
There are 5 basic types of Embryo that are commonplace.
|Type:Arms||A category for an Embryo that is wielded by the Master. This includes weapons such as swords, guns or even staves, but can extend to prosthetic body parts as well. Masters with this type of Embryo tend to be courageous and unafraid to be hurt, and are reckless, foolish, emotional and hot blooded. The most common type of Embryo.|
|Type:Guardner||A category for an Embryo that takes the form of a living, non-human being. Masters with this type of Embryo are cowardly, afraid to be hurt and desire someone to protect them. A Type Guardner Embryo is not considered part of the Master's party but as a Tamed monster with a subordinate capacity of 0.|
|Type:Chariot||A category for an Embryo that takes the form of a vehicle. Masters with this type of Embryo are indecisive, liars and tend to follow the crowd.|
|Type:Castle||A category for an Embryo takes takes the form of a building. In its basic category, this type of Embryo cannot move, but in return it boasts high defensive power. Masters with this type of Embryo are introverted, gentle, careful, cooperative and have an artisan's temperament.|
|Type:Territory||A category for an Embryo that invokes a special ability within a certain area. Since this Embryo does not has a physical form, it is extremely difficult for it to be interfered with by others. Depending on the shape and size of the area of effect, the stregth of the effect can change. Masters with this type of Embryo have a lust for control, tend to hoard their stress, create rules for themselves, and are self righteous lone wolves.|
There are 3 types of Embryo that are much rarer, due to their Masters needing to possess unusual mindsets.
|Type:Maiden with||A category for an Embryo that takes the form of a human female. This type of Embryo is always a hybrid with one of the five basic types from the beginning. It tends to emerge due to a sense of crisis. The ability of this type of Embryo are usually focused on the concept of 'giant killing': concentrating power on a single point and defeating the 'strong' under limited conditions. Said 'strong' can be defined as a certain kind of opponent, or even a concept. Masters with this type of Embryo believe, somewhere in the back of their mind, that Infinite Dendrogram is not a game and that lives here have the same weight as lives in the real world.|
|Type:Apostle with||A category for an Embryo that takes the form of a human male. This type of Embryo is always a hybrid with one of the five basic types right from the beginning. It tends to emerge due to a sense of duty. They will dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their masters missions, regardless of its morality. Less than 0.1% of all Embryos have this type. The ability of this type of Embryo are usually focused on the concept of 'Dominator'(世界掌握): Taking control of a part of the world and transforming it into a world that benefits them. This differs from Type: Territory in that rather than invoking the ability inside an area, it dominates the phenomenon inside the designated area. It is extremely easy for this Embryo to grow and acquire powerful abilities, so in return it does not grant a status correction to its Master. Masters with this type of Embryo despise Infinite Dendrogram.|
|Type:Body||A category for an Embryo that takes the replaces the users body. Unlike the prosthetic organs found in Type:Arm Embryo category, Type: Body replaces the entire avatar with something else. This category is even rarer than Type: Apostle. Due to its great rarity, no specific tendencies has been observed in its masters, but it is believed that they must be able to imagine themselves being replaced by something else.|
High End Embryo
Depending on the form and ability an Embryo obtains during the course of its evolution, it will sometimes become a High End Embryo. Each of the five basic categories has two high end categories.
|Type:Weapon||A category for a Type:Arms Embryo whose functionality is focused on use as a weapon.|
|Type:Calculator||A category for a Type:Arms Embryo whose functionality focuses on calculation ability.|
|Type:Legion||A category for a Type:Guardner Embryo with multiple units. They come in two types: those with a large number of units with weaker abilities and status and those with a small number of units with stronger abilities.|
|Type:Guardian||A category for a Type:Guardner Embryo that is capable of independent action. Due to concentrating resources into one unit, the abilities and status surpass that of a Legion.|
|Type:Gear||A category for a Type:Chariot Embryo specialized in being ridden by its Master. Normally, the Embryo's ability would only work when the Master is present, but in the case of hybrids with the Maiden, Apostle or Guardian category, independent operation is possible.|
|Type:Advance||A category for a Type:Chariot Embryo specialized in strengthening the ability of the Master's vehicle.|
|Type:Fortress||A category for a Type:Castle Embryo that take the form of a huge facility such as a factory for producing items or monsters, or a large scale fortification.|
|Type:Labyrinth||A category for a Type: Castle Embryo whose abilities focus on affecting things on the inside of its range.|
|Type:World||A category for a Type:Territory Embryo whose ability can affect everything inside the designated space. Depending on the nature of the ability, the effect can be increased by compressing the area of effect.|
|Type:Rules||A category for a Type: Territory Embryo whose ability only affects the user.|
On occasion, upon evolving into their high rank forms, some Embryo will gain a variant type depending on their abilities.
|Type:Elder||A category prefixed to Type:Arms or Type Castle Embryo that are said to be of higher version.|
|Type:Angel||A category prefixed to any of the 5 basic Embryo categories that have abilities focused on analysing the space around them.|
|Type:Fusion||A category prefixed to Type:Arms Embryo that fuses with a part of the body instead of replacing the body.|
|Type:Another Rule||A category for a Type:Rule Embryo that focuses on one particular kind of skill.|
|Type:Invasion World||A category for a Type:World Embryo.|
|Type:Plant Fortress||A category for a Type:Fortress Embryo. Mr Franklin's Pandemonium is the only example of this type.|
Normally, upon evolving into their high rank forms, a new type is added to the original type, but it is also possible for an embryo to start with dual or more basic type hybrid.