The Archetain Mutation - nAtn | AtnAtn
Derived from the Greek words Arche (Beginning) and Tania (Stripe), Archetain is a highly diverse and intricate mutation. Archetain has several subtypes and boasts a wide spectrum of interaction with other genes. If your Ballator has two (2) or more genes that interact with Archetain, you may use them all and combine them into a unique design, or you may choose one (1) dominant.
Ballators with Archetain all have the capacity to have solid, blotchy, or soft underbelly markings as well. Only Arctic Ballators may have mane stripes produced by Archestain, and only upon their downy body manes, not shoulder, neck, back, or tails.
Archetain has eight (8) distinct subtypes, four (4) for both Homozygous and Heterozygous genes. When writing out an Archetain phenotype, it is useful to write what variant is being expressed, for example: Black Archetain (pard) Calva Hornstripe
Primitive Archetain (Heterozygous nAtn)
Primitive Archetain will almost always have lighter belly, face, neck, and rump markings.
Stripes follow the topline and curve of the body in flowing, blotchy lines.
Stripes may be numerous or few with thin to medium line thickness.
Regius Archetain (Heterozygous nAtn)
Regius Archetain is similar to Primitive Archetain, but the stripes are less splotchy and form long strings that typically have forks in them.
Regius often produces a thick dorsal stripe and faux Dun markings.
Pard Archetain (Heterozygous nAtn)
Pard Archetain is noticeable by its very thick, stout, Clouded Leopard like stripes.
Like Primative Archetian, Pard often has a lighter belly marking. Pard also features lighter stripes under the dark stripes in the same color as the belly marking.
Pard also features heavy facial or leg markings.
Tapir Archetain (Heterozygous nAtn)
Tapir Archetain has thin to medium thickness lines that are rarely broken. These lines extend from the eye to the rump
Stripes the same color as a lighter belly marking may appear.
Tapir Archetain has minimal face markings.
Whorl Archetain (Homozygous AtnAtn)
Whorl Archetain is noticable by its large swirling markings that are concentrated around the shoulder, belly, and rump.
Whorl is similar to a tabby cat in appearance.
Lighter colored belly markings can sometimes be intermingled within the Whorl shapes.
Skate Archetain (Homozygous AtnAtn)
Skate Archetain is caused by overactive striping within the Archetain genes.
This subtype is noticable by its many stripes that crisscross in figured eights all over the Ballator’s body and face.
Smoke Archetain (Homozygous AtnAtn)
Instead of causing stripes, Smoke Archetain is a dark, faded marking with cut out strips reflecting the true colors and markings beneath.
Smoke Archetain has the least interaction with other mutations out of all of the subtypes.
Badger Archetain (Homozygous AtnAtn)
Badger Archetain is like a thicker, broader Tapir Archetain.
Unlike Tapir, Badger Archetain has more of a tendency for facial markings.
Interactions with Other Mutations
While some Africans have been seen to posses the Archetain gene, it is rare. On an nAtn horse, the gene interacts with the stripes that are already on the African Ballator, causing them to become blotchy. They to not follow the topline exclusively, like normal Archetain, but flow like Zebra stripes, albeit not as abundant as them.
For AtnAtn Africans, the gene will express normally.
Interactions with Appaloosa
- Dominant White
- Dotted Sooty
- Okapi Dun
- Paint & White Markings
- Roan/ Varnish Roan
- Oryx (All Types)
- Veneum (Retired)
- Zebroid (Causes to be carried)
Can Go Above or Below:
- Arctos (Designer’s Choice)