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All I know about Alicorns is that they require the Sky Palace.

I know what a Unicorn is. I know a little about what its role in the game is (to date). But I don't really know anything about Alicorns. Are Alicorns animals, like Unicorns? But what is an Alicorn (in Kittens game)?

I checked on the wiki and there a search for "alicorn" yields nothing. I checked with google and it seems like "alicorn" can be used to mean just the horn, a unicorn with no horn, or a unicorn with wings. Could someone please explain what the role of Alicorns are in Kittens game?

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    Text-based games can use any arbitrary string to represent something without any thought at all to what it "is". Oct 7, 2014 at 1:05
  • Where are you seeing you need Alicorns? I'm not seeing anything about them.
    – Frank
    Oct 7, 2014 at 1:08
  • @StrixVaria Be that as it may, if it is a horn, then it is a resource. If it is a flying unicorn, then it could be a kind of soldier. If it is a unicorn without a horn, then how did that happen? I think it's useful enough to know. Oct 7, 2014 at 1:10
  • @GlenWheeler There might not be any sort of reasoning.
    – user11502
    Oct 7, 2014 at 1:15
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    @GlenWheeler It seems like the only real mechanical question here is what use there is for alicorns. Anything about the non-existent "mythology" of such creatures is fluff. Would you mind editing your question to be more focused? Oct 7, 2014 at 1:15

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In Kittens game Alicorns are winged unicorns from the Unicorn dimension that are capable of controlling time.

You can banish them to the Crimsonmoon, a sattelite of Cath, to gather their magical chronomancy energy in a form of Time Crystals

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    Answer from the developer!
    – justhalf
    Oct 10, 2014 at 8:45
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An Alicorn is exactly that -- a winged unicorn.

I can cite both Wiktionary (Etymology 2) and the My Little Pony Wikia.

I leave it as an excercise to the reader as to which is the more trustworthy source!

As to the game itself -- they are simply another resource you can obtain, like any other number of creatures and/or materials. Billy Mailman's answer here goes into the nitty-gritty of Unicorns and Alicorns, but the bottom line is that presently, you can acquire them (and sacrifice them for Time Crystals), but they aren't good for much else.

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    I'd like to point out that the game's description of the Sky Palace makes it pretty clear that it can't be using Wikitionary's first definition. And in my opinion, this doesn't really answer the question. The only useful information about their "role" in the game would be what benefit they provide exactly, or that they don't provide any benefit. Oct 7, 2014 at 2:15
  • @murgatroid99 Currently, they do not. Oct 7, 2014 at 2:32
  • Every resource eventually gets to the point that it cannot be exchanged for anything else. It is useful to know that these can be exchanged for Time Crystals, even though that is not really useful for anything yet. Oct 7, 2014 at 2:34

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