Best Friends Forge
When it comes to your best friend, leave nothing to chance.With all the advances in genetic manipulation, mankind are able to create life to suit their needs at a level greater tha never before, and the Best Friends Forge uses to sell designer pets to citizens across Megacorpolis. For the right price, anyone can get exactly the pet they've always wanted, no matter how crazy and delusional that dream might've seemed at some point. From dogs and cats to Cybiders and Raffleraptors, the Best Friend Forge can make sure that there is someone for everyone.
Best Friends At A Bargain
Who's a good boy? Every one you buy from the Forge!The Forge sells pets of every stripe and kind, grown in great vat-factories and to order. Every single kind of animal in earth's history can be found here, and a number that has never been. Everything is possible with the right amount of genetic tweaking and cosmetic surgery, limited only by a few laws of nature and the wallet of the customer. In general, the Forge's business can be divided into three; tailored pets, designer pets, and special orders. Each one increases in both cost and... Creativity.
We've always altered animals to suit our needs - we're just better at it now.On the low scale of complexity (and insanity), tailored pets are any normal creature that anyone care to own as a pet but better. The Best Friends Forge tweak the embryo, screening away genetic faults and hereditary diseases, clearing away anything that might impact a sale. Even behavior is altered, ensuring a friendly, happy little puppy to take home to the kids. From there, a vast list of tweaks and prices roll out, allowing customers to customize their new friend to exacting standards, from fur color to treat preference. It is reasonably innocent, but has allowed humanity to expand what constitutes a "pet".
With just a few behavioral tweaks, anything can be turned into a big old fuzzy lovebug, from alligators to tigers to dinosaurs. Sure, the tweaks don't always take hold quite right and every now and then, a pet that seemed completely under its genetic bondage slips the cage to maul someone, but all in all, anything can be enslaved by genetics, now. Even extinct animals can be brought back - or so the BFF claim. With all the cosmetic surgery, nobody can tell the difference.
We only want whats best for our best friends, isn't that right?A step past tailored pets, Designer Pets are designed from scratch with any number of unusual traits that the owner might want. The difference isn't that great when it comes down to the science of it, but it's a great away for the BFF to inflate value and hike up prices, and so they have. Designer Pets tend towards the more extreme physical or behavioral alterations, like bioluminscence, extra limbs, cartoonish proportions, and more. It isn't quite as bad as it gets in the next price range, but the animals that come out of the design department often look like nothing in the natural world. When genetics fail to do the job, the BFF use surgery and cybernetics to make sure the animal look and act the part they were sold, tacking the extra cost onto the consumer in the end.
Everybody loves dragons. Orders yours today! Terms and conditions apply.At the highest price point, all semblence of pretending to care about the laws of nature are thrown out the window. Here, the BFF create things that have never been and probably should never be, relying even more heavily on surgery after birth to make sure they look just right. In the Specials is where you find things like a pet Xenomorph named Cuddles, or Dragons (for extra, with a fire breath!), or a recreation of your favorite alien in whatever cartoon is popular at the time. The genetics here are significantly more complicated than the above; while tailored and even designer pets can be streamlined and mass produced, every Special pet is a hand-crafted masterpiece... And that's the line they use to charge for it. Generally, only the wealthy and the deranged venture here, with some significant overlap in that particular customer venn diagram.
Genetic InstabilitySometimes, nature fights back. When Genetechnicians try to either heap too many alterations onto one single living being, or someone was asleep at the job, genetic instability is the result. The most common reason is when alterations to the same genes clash, creating a sort of genetic friction that leads to all kinds of unexpected defects. Nothing is sadder than an adorable puppy with cancer, but BFF uses those unfortunate rejects either for ads or sell them to any number of other corporations as experimental test subjects. And no, you can't get your money back if your designer pet turned into some devolved monstrosity. You signed that EULA, just like everyone else.
And, of course, the same EULA prevents you from warning anyone else about it. Wouldn't want your flappy mouth to impact sales, now would we?
Mass Production PetsSome animals are particularly popular or easy to produce, and are staples of the BFF's price sheets. Dogs, always a good boy whose a good boy, always sell and especially when the customer knows they'll be just the way they wanted. Cats continue their secretive domination of humanity by being sold in bulk, and aren't even always altered that much. Humans seem to like them the way they are, but tweaked so they come disease free and without inconveniences. The same goes for some designer pets. Bioluminscence jelly-fish were all the rage among wealthy establishments for a while, designed to flash in alternating colors every now and then as they float around.
All in all, one of the great motivators for the genetic improvement of pets is laziness. Many tweaks are just what they call quality-of-life that does nothing for the animal, but might make them less of a hassle to maintain for the owner.