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A Cybertronian can come into the world in one of two primary ways; through conception or by means of the Well of All-Sparks. Historians debate the origin of the Cybertronian race, but one possible theory is that the first came from the Well and from them came all others. Sparks that came from the Well are often very old as they came into being as an adult, unless a 'Speaker' that is someone who could communicate with the Well petitioned for a young spark to be given to a couple who couldn't conceive naturally. Then that spark would be a sparkling, a young Cybertronian that is ready for its first form.
Many new Cybertronians come from the mating of two adult sparks, wherein the two merged sparks have a small sliver of themselves split off to form a new third spark. This is known as a newling spark or a newspark. Conception of a newspark isn't guaranteed with every spark bonding, and in fact is very rare in most cases. Some Cybertronians can't conceive at all, while others spark off very easily and may end up with many offspring in their lifetime.
Terms to look for :
Merger or Merging : The combining of two adult sparks.
Bonding : The act of merging together two adult sparks in an eternal bond. Enables a spark deep bond to form so that the pair will always be aware of each other.
Sparking : The state wherein a newspark is conceived.
Carrying : The state a Cybertronian is in when they have a newspark within their chassis. This is the Cybertronian version of pregnancy.
At Sparking/Conception : The newspark is about the size of a quarter and is a loose gathering of static energy and light. Has little reaction to outside stimulus and may seem to be a slight growth on the carrier's spark. The newspark has no personality at this point and is commonly reabsorbed by the adult spark. Premature separation is also common in this phase, causing mild discomfort or even loss of appetite to the carrier for a few days. It isn't uncommon for a new carrier to lose the newspark during the first forty-eight hours after conception due to absorption.
One to Three Months [In Earth Time] : At this stage the newspark is the size of a golfball and has a distinct round shape to itself. It begins moving away from its carrier spark enough to be recognized as a separate entity, with a long white line of energy connecting it to its carrier's spark. The carrier begins to experience mood swings at this point, as well as increased appetite and possibly restlessness followed by bouts of lack of energy. Failure to refuel, recharge adequately, or excess stress at this point will cause the energy line connecting the newspark to its carrier to shear, killing the newspark and requiring immediate medical intervention for the carrier. Can result in infertility in the carrier.
Four to Six Months [In Earth Time] : The newspark becomes vocal during this stage, and can often be heard by those in proximity to the carrier. It is now the size of a hen egg and can move about within the carrier's chassis to the end of its energy line. The carrier is extremely sensitive at this point and may become irritable or upset at the slightest provocation. The need to refuel comes up more often and the carrier is often exhausted despite getting plenty of recharge. It is recommended at this stage that the carrier remain with their mate so that they can rest as much as possible with outside needs being attended to by the mate as much as possible. The newspark may separate into twin sparks or gestalt sparks at this stage, though this is uncommon.
Seven to Nine Months : The newspark hasn't grown at this stage, instead becoming more solid and taking on the shape and density of an adult spark. Its capable of receiving outside stimulation at this point through the carrier and begins to drain the carrier's energy at a rapid rate to accommodate for the additional processing of outside stimuli.
Eight to Twelve Months : The newspark is the size of a tennis ball and slowly reaches the point where it can survive outside of the carrier's chassis. The carrier may experience severe cramps during this time as the size of the newspark shifts their spark every time it moves. Some newsparks will squash themselves under their carrier's spark at this stage, adding to the discomfort. The expectant creators are advised to prepare a blank protoform during this stage, keeping in mind that a newspark can only accommodate the most basic of processes.
Separation : Separation occurs towards the end of the twelfth month. The carrier will offline to prevent the merger of their personality with the newspark. Medical intervention is crucial at this point. The energy line to the carrier will shear, separating it from the adult spark and putting the adult and itself into danger for having two unconnected sparks in the same chassis. The newspark should be safely removed to a protoform as soon as possible, and the carrier put on an energon line. All energy is transferred to the newspark prior to separation. The process is painful and will leave the carrier unable to move more than a small amount for several days. The newspark will require about an hour to start up within its frame for the first time.
New Stage : Sparkling
Congratulations you are now the creators to a sparkling! That's right, your little one is no longer a fragile newspark but a tiny sparkling.
A freshly separated sparkling is tiny, only able to sustain a protoform the size of a human child, and will remain in this stage of development for some time. Depending on the size of the carrier the size of the sparkling can be larger or smaller, but will be no larger than an average sized human adult and no smaller than a basketball.
It is incapable of running higher programs and should be kept with its carrier as much as possible. At this stage, the sparkling is still bonded to its carrier, and to a lesser extend its other creator. It is advised not to separate the carrier and the sparkling for longer than an hour at a time. It's detrimental to the development of the sparkling and causes severe paranoia in the carrier. [see Sparkling Withdrawals] While the alternate creator can keep the sparkling happy for a slightly longer period it isn't advised to become a common practice.
The mated pair shouldn't be alarmed if their new sparkling doesn't consume any energon in the first week after separation, as the sparkling took all the available fuel from its carrier prior to separation and will be using this source while its first processes come online. [see Carrying Stages : Separation] If after a week the new sparkling doesn't seem interested in offered fuel the pair should seek medical advice. Some sparklings burn through the fuel taken from their carriers slower, and a medic will be able to determine if that is the case. Any longer than two weeks and medical intervention becomes necessary.
Lack of appetite can come from being denied their carrier for extended periods of time and the pair should try to avoid this scenario if at all possible. Sparklings are very sensitive and can easily fall into depression if kept away from their carrier. Their sparks are also dependent on the stability of the adult spark that carried them during this time, since it's from their carrier that they learn to maintain their own EM field.
The Early years :
Once your sparkling has had time to stabilize into its first form you may notice it begin to babble, attempting to communicate. It will start learning its first motor functions, rolling around and even walking unassisted. The sparkling will need to be kept entertained when it isn't having its needs attended to. Sparklings are high functional at this stage, and will try new things constantly. Keeping them occupied will negate most possible escapades that could cause them to become damaged.
At this stage the sparkling's frame type can be chosen and it can support the addition of doorwings or other extra appendages.
The sparkling protoform can accommodate the growth of the little spark up until a point, and it is advised when the sparkling starts becoming excessively fussy or even vocally complains of having chassis pains that the creators start designing a larger protoform for them, this one may have rudimentary armor and slightly more advanced processes.
Creators may notice at this stage if their little one is a natural at something. For example, a natural tactician will find creative ways to obtain a goal, and a natural spy will be good at hiding from their playmates. The sparklings are able to drink special mid-grade energon at this stage in small amounts, but it is advised that the creators keep this mixed in with the sparkling energon their medic provides them.
A New Frame :
At some point at towards the end of the sparkling stage the creators will need to have their sparkling transferred into a larger frame. This is known as their 'transition' frame and will remain their frame until they are upgraded into their adult frame. These frames are longer-limbed than your little one is used to and clumsiness is common.
Your sparkling is learning constantly now and seems able to speak in short, complete sentences. They will be interested in the goings on around them and will want to spend more time away from their creators. They are becoming independent at this stage, but the creators can expect that they will still need attention when things go wrong.
Having playmates their own age will help the transitioning sparkling learn about the finer points of social interaction as well as help them develop the skills necessary to function in the world beyond their family unit. It is encouraged to have playdates frequently, and trusted caretakers may be allowed to attend the sparkling overnight, provided the carrier is able to remain apart from them that long.
The carrier may become restless and paranoid at this point, constantly worrying themselves when the transitioning sparkling is out of their sight. This is normal, as at this stage the strong bond formed at the conception of the sparkling are beginning to fade and sometimes the carrier doesn't take the process particularly well. Comms to the sparkling will assist in this process, rather than reuniting carrier and sparkling. Over time, as the carrier's instincts are able to adapt to the weakening bond these symptoms will ease into negligible levels.
Once the sparkling is able to speak coherently, maintain its own EM field away from its carrier/alternate creator's sparks, has moved into its transition frame, and begins looking for more challenging projects with which to keep itself occupied then it is time for the sparkling to enter into the Youngling stage.
Terms to look for :
Carrier : The adult creator in a bonded pair that physically held the sparkling within its chassis when it was a newspark
Transitional Frame : A frame type, between the Sparkling and Adult stages that a sparkling is put into towards the end of its sparkling stage. This is larger and runs more advanced programs than the sparkling's initial frame. Also may have light armor.
Sparkling Withdrawals : The state of the carrier of a sparkling wherein they are constantly on alert for possible danger to their sparkling. When the sparkling is out of their sight they enter into a paranoid, battle ready state that persists until the sparkling is returned to them.
So you've made it through the hardest stages of being a creator. Your newspark has been safely transferred to its first protoform and grown into the transitional stage. It's no longer fragile and has begun to express independent thought and action. You and your partner have now entered into the final stage of raising your young one; Younglinghood.
What to Expect:
Your young one is now mostly independent and should be encouraged to go out and explore the safety of your hometown. It can be trusted overnight with friends and will be forming friendships and rivalries of its own at this point. What your role is now is teaching it everything it will need to know in order to survive in the world as an individual adult. Dependent on frame type specialization, seeking out additional training may be required.
Mood Swings :
It isn't uncommon for your youngling to experience mood swings and shifts as he or she settles into their youngling frame. Sometimes these may even look like full blown temper tantrums, or could result in some reverting behaviors.
1) Violent or negative reactions
A youngling is in a brand new frame. Its big and scary and isn't used to this transition yet. They may lash out without really meaning too, hit someone with more force than they understand because they don't yet know their own strength or the strength of this form. They may stop talking and even pull away from caregivers until the behavior is addressed.
The carrier still has a weak bond with the youngling, one that will be very comforting to the youngling should they act out. They are often only looking for assurance, and sometimes when one caregiver isn't sufficient then the other should step in. Start with the carrier and move on to the sire. If neither caregiver seems to be helping the situation, then a trusted adult may have to step in.
Your youngling isn't trying to hurt anyone, and it should be noted that reacting with fear or aggression will only scare your youngling more. You will need patience and understanding to get through this, and as your youngling gets used to their new frame these outbursts will slowly level off and lessen.
Persist in the effort to calm and reassure your youngling, and they will eventually reestablish the trust that comes from being within a family unit.
2)Regression and fear
Some younglings may act as though they haven't transitioned fully, despite all previous proof to the contrary. If your youngling seems disinclined to speak or walk, for example, and you or your mate are large enough to do so safely, it will provide comfort to simply pick up your youngling and hold them while they realize that they are safe once again.
Others express fear of their surroundings or of certain individuals in their lives. Letting them stay with one of their primary caregivers exclusively during this time will help. Younglings require a 'sounding board' an unbiased adult that they can trust to express their fears too without worrying that it will damage their relationship. The carrier in the partnership is usually best suited to this task, although it has been proven in the past that the sire can provide the same for their youngling. The point is to remember that this youngling has relied on their carrier and sire for everything before this point, and may need reassurance that they will always be there for their youngling even as they become more independent.
Your youngling may start feeling ready to specialize, start experimenting with new tasks and hobbies while they search for their adult niche.
It isn't uncommon during the upgrade from transition to youngling armor for a youngling to decide they want or don't doorwings. They may change their minds several times, so having them spend time around those of both frame types will help them ultimately decide rather or not they want to have the appendages.
IMPORTANT NOTE : Make sure to discuss the repricussions that come with having doorwings. Doorwinged mechs and femmes run different programs than those without them. They are considered an extra weakness, cause paranoia and some more violent reactions when damaged, and can become misaligned fairly easily. While they also provide extra strength in communications and are an expressive means of personal, non-verbal communication, all the circumstances that come with these appendages should be discussed.
If the caregivers are of a flight mode it is very likely their offspring will be as well. Flier parents should consider this time as the best to start taking their youngling for short flights in lower altitudes to build up their stamina.
It is perfectly normal for your youngling to push their limits in the air, so having several fliers in the vicinity for when your youngling tires so that they can land on a larger flier to rest rather than potentially crashing will be necessary.
Non-flight types should be made aware of a fledgling flier in the ranks, as some flier types can exhibit a 'mobbing' or 'flock' mentality while a fledgling is learning their wings.
Though rare your youngling may exhibit an ability that others have never seen. This will become a long learning curve for both the youngling and their caregivers. Stay supportive, your youngling is likely to be scared of their new ability and could even be teased by their agemates for being different.
After a few months your youngling will be ready to start handling light duties, and may even express an interest in tagging along with an adult in their lives with a profession they have an interest in. If this interest holds, it would be advisable to see if the would be amiable to an apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are the first step towards an adult profession, and most younglings enjoy and even thrive with the challenge of learning more and becoming more independent. By this point they are likely to start requesting quarters of their own, probably close to their caregivers, and are able to consume the same energon as their adult counterparts in small doses.
Your youngling may still express frustration and even chafe at having to follow direction and rules, and may even express that they know what they are doing. Allowing them to fall into an apprenticeship role will help curb this as a mentor's role is not to just teach, it is to help discipline in a way that perhaps their creators are not comfortable with. Younglings tend to listen better to their mentors, though may voice some resentment the first few months of their apprenticeship.
These complaints are nothing to be concerned about, and usually later your youngling will return and admit that their mentor was right.
As your youngling stabilizes into their frame their adult personality should be fully formed. They will have developed most of their interpersonal skills and social norms and will have shown what to expect from them in the future on a social level.
An aggressive youngling may need to have their energy rerouted towards something more productive. Sparring and some physical labor will help with this. Aggressive younglings may also need to be partnered up with an older, calmer tempered adult to help them learn to control their aggression as they partake in some form of outlet for that aggression.
Mixing temperments is a good way to allow your youngling to find a balance in their personality. Don't be alarmed if your youngling doesn't seem inclined to visit as often as they did when earlier in this stage.
Moving on :
Congratulations! Your youngling is ready for their adult armor. They'll be able to function on their own and no longer require the protection of their creators. Some may still express a desire to live close to their creators for some time yet, but this is of no cause for concern.
All in all, once this point as been reached the creators should be proud of themselves. They have successfully raised their creation from newspark conception to a fine young adult.
Remember, for those creators that might find this point sad, that they will always be your creations, you will always be their family, and Primus willing, you will always be together.