Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chapter 23: The Monarch is Crowned

The search for the Generation 3 Heir is over!  Each of the candidates ran a wonderful race, but sadly there can be only one.  Winning by a landslide is …. *drumroll* …. Serefina Wolfe!

 Generation 3 Heir poll.  Serena Wolfe.

I will try to update the banner either this week or the next week.  Wow, I took 71 pictures this week.  I’ve tried to narrow it down to only the most heart-warming or funniest shots.  There’s a lot going on this week including unexpected deaths, a surprise engagement, and one maiming.  So let’s get to it!

Week 14 – Day 98

Some clumsy dock-worker knocked over a skid of puzzles with a pump-truck, and they want Virgil to put them all back together.  I adore jiggsaw puzzles, so I find myself completely jealous of Virgil right now..

Prometheus grew up into a teenager.

Prometheus grew up into a teenager.

Cascadia earned her last promotion to Five-Star Chef!  And with it the coveted MinusOne Kelvin Refrigerator!  Now food will stay fresh forever, which is pretty good because there are some really old veggies which have been in there for a LONG time.  Tristan also invested in the Area 51 building.

Week 15 – Day 99:

Virgil has 2 days left, Serefina has have 5 days left, and Prometheus has 13 days left.

Joe using a vacuum cleaner on the garden.

Joe using a vacuum cleaner on the garden.

The school is cutting back on their full-time Logic Staff, so Keri has to teach a course about it at the school.

“MOM!!!  I’m trying to invent right now!  SAWD!!”

“MOM!!! I’m trying to invent right now! SAWD!!”

Prometheus registers himself as a Self-Employed Inventor.  He got up to level 6 which made me really excited to start detonating things, but apparently teenagers are too young to blow random things up.  *Grumble grumble*

“Somebody help this poor woman! She’s going into labour right in front of my bookstore!”

“Somebody help this poor woman! She’s going into labour right in front of my bookstore!”

Also Joe aged up to elder.  Nothing noteworthy happened at the party except this:

“Yum yum yum!”

“Yum yum yum!”

Day 100:

Virgil noted one of his neighbours TVs was broken so he teleported in to fix it.

He was not amused.

He was not amused.

The infamous Magnus Landgraab tried to perform a hostile takeover on a small island nation located in the Sim-lapagos islands, but Keri used her secret-agent powers to foil his dastardly plans.  Tristan finished his Best-Selling article and got §16,000!  Then he started writing “Did the Butler Actually Do It?”

Prometheus hanging out with his sisters.  The Legacy House photobombed the picture.

Prometheus hanging out with his sisters. The Legacy House photobombed the picture.

“Man, some day I’m going to build a robot to be my friend! Then I won’t need either of you to hang out with me!” says Prometheus. Serefina doesn’t hear him, and Niobe pretends not to hear him. “Who’s talking? Oh I don’t know, some kid who lives in my house. I think my dad knows him or something,” Niobe says over the phone.

Oh, and since it’s day 100 I threw the “100 Days of Wolfe” party.  It was pretty epic, there was catered food and trays of nectar lying all over the place, and several birthday cakes. … Because apparently birthday cake is the only desert they sell in the grocery store.  I like having a Medical Doctor living on the lot, because he brings home a book from work that says which number day it is.

Tristan doesn’t like to be poked.

Tristan doesn’t like to be poked.

Marilyn Monroe talking to herself.

Marilyn Monroe talking to herself.

Prometheus snuck away from the party to do some inventing on the ScrapTronic Workbench.

Unfortunately, it exploded on him.

Unfortunately, it exploded on him.

The huge fire engulfed Prometheus, causing him great pain.  He stopped, dropped, and rolled to put out the blaze.  Unfortunately, his right arm was burned off completely.  Here’s a simulation:

Serefina and Keri panic as Prometheus is on fire.

Serefina and Keri panic as Prometheus is on fire.

Day 101 (lol):

"Like this, only less scary."

“Like this, only less scary.”

Fortunately, this is a video game and we have the technology; we can rebuild him!  Yaaa!!  Using only his left hand, drinking lots of coffee, and working hard through the night, Prometheus was able to construct a fully-functional prosthetic arm and attach it to his shoulder before school the next day.  It’s shiny, it’s got gears and everything! It might even be stronger than his old arm.

Prometheus gets a robot arm.

Prometheus gets a robot arm.

Joe performs another Neighbourhood Free Clinic in the park, and he loses job performance again because of all the extra sims who show up.  I don’t know what’s more ridiculous: the fact that EAxis never thought to fix this in one of their updates, or my continued optimism that somehow treating 5 of 5 patients will negate the remaining 15.

I had the “cool” idea of having the twins, Virgil and Tristan, each giving eachother matching tattoos.  Little did I know that Tattoo is actually a hidden skill, and Sims need to practice before getting good.  So this happened:

Screenshot-724 Screenshot-723

Terrible.  Just terrible. ugh, just look at it!  Dammit Tristan! Also Virgil needs to upgrade a stereo for Terry Diwan-Gilbert.  Oh, this isn’t Tanner’s ex-wife but another Terry.

Pascal and Cascadia continue their long-distance relationship.

Pascal and Cascadia continue their long-distance relationship.

Day 102:

According to somebody’s Wish menu, the legacy lot has broken the §2,000,000 marker.  Frankly, this makes no sense to me because the Net Worth is still a good chunk away from §500,000.  I wonder if it’s counting all the money earned and ignoring all the money spent..? Keri stole another pair of cars, and Joe finished his hospital debt mission to earn §3,500.

Family photo!

Family photo!

At the age of 93, Keri retired from Police Work and started her new career as an Architect.  No seriously, I had something for this:  with so many Sims around town complaining about not being able to live in the same house as their wife or husband, Keri would renovate and add more beds to each house!  Then put a crib in a cheaper house so that Cascadia and Pascal can have a baby together.

“No more Yetis!”  “Down with snow-apes!”

“No more Yetis!” “Down with snow-apes!”

But then the Grim Reaper came along and is all, “No way shortie, you’re coming with me!”

“Keri Wolfe, Loved By All”.

“Keri Wolfe, Loved By All”.

8 out of 12 sims agree, Keri dying is sad.

8 out of 12 sims agree, Keri dying is sad.

It made the rest of the birthday party a downer, and it was already going to be pretty sad watching Tristan and Virgil become elders:

Tristan Wolfe as an elder. Virgil Wolfe as an elder.

Day 103:

Virgil is understandably heart-broken.  His wife is dead, his son has lost an arm, he’s older now, and his brother graffitied all over his body with indelible ink.  Also Terry died so he can’t upgrade her stereo anymore.  At least I went back and fixed Virgil’s tattoos.

Since it seemed unlikely to happen otherwise, Cascadia asked Pascal Morel to marry her!

“Guess what’s in the box?”  “A toilet?”

“Guess what’s in the box?” “A toilet?”

Silas Sparks-Diwan wants Tristan to write a Hit Article for him.  Does Tristan have nothing better to do than write amazing things for random people?  He also bought stock in the Lucky Llamas Stadium.

Tristan and Tanner reunited.

Tristan and Tanner reunited.

Day 104:

Virgil needs to teach a class at the Silver Swallows Day Spa about easing stress and emptying one’s mind for §2000.  I don’t know if this is because he knows how to meditate or because he’s still in mourning.

Niobe and Serefina age up to adults:

Niobe Wolfe as an adult. Serefina Wolfe as an adult.

Niobe rolled the Mean Spirited trait (m’eh), and her LTW is Paranormal Profiteer.  She joined the Paranormal career as a Tarot Card Reader, which I’m hoping will be cool and Sci-Fi-ish.  She also got a fancy Banshee Banisher (which looks similar to the Garden-Vacuum).

Serefina rolled the Snob trait (hmm?), and her LTW is Firefighter Super Hero. She joined the Fire Fighter career as a Watergirl, which I’m hoping will be both fun and dangerous and nothing like that Adam Sandler movie. I’m also regretting having her jog as a teenager because her Athletic skill is pretty high and it could’ve been used to boost her career.  Oh, now that Serefina has come of age we can officially crown her the monarch of the Wolfe family.

“So, we don’t have to return this car to the city or something?”

“So, we don’t have to return this car to the city or something?”

I’m trying to find a good match for all the Ambitionists, but it’s not easy. err, Serefina is dating Brady, but it’s not set in stone and I’m keeping her options open.

So for the girls: Niobe’s old stalker Elijah is still a teen, and also dating someone.  Scott McDermott and Pierre Vasquez-Claremont are both single but are teens and too young.  Rocky Shaw is the right age but he’s dating someone.  (Sad, because Rocky Shaw is a cool name.)  For Prometheus: Joe’s daughter Sofia Ross is now an adult and also dating someone.  There is also Dara Dent, but she became a family enemy a while back for some obscure reason.

“Eww, why does my hand smell like onion?”

“Eww, why does my hand smell like onion?”

Cascadia’s employer wants her to go to China, learn the Stir-Fry recipe, and bring in a serving.  Yeah, that’s totally reasonable. *eyeroll*

Tanner’s ex-wife Terry (not to be confused with dead Terry) got married to Chip Lancaster-Tanner.  I guess Stewart must have died in the past few days.

Ooh, Tanner died.

Ooh, Tanner died.

Tanner Lancaster, Tristan’s long-term… boyfriend significant other love-partner (?) passed away. I guess Tristan and Tanner aren’t going to be moving in together anymore.  That’s sad, I though they would end up adopting a little girl from Vietnam.  Joe performed a triple alempodiderectomy, which is much easier than it looks.

Day 105:

Serefina bought stock in the Lakeside Retreat.  This is an upgradeable venue, so it lets me build on it to make it better and earn more profits.  I don’t quite know how to make it worth more, but I’ll figure that out later. Tristan started writing a masterpiece, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

Virgil and Keri have one last kiss.

Virgil and Keri have one last kiss.

Hey, let’s go to France!

 

Community death count: 93 or so.*

Legacy Score: 30. (Gen: 3 + LTW: 4 + Portraits: 6 + House: 5 + LTR: 12)

Theme song of the week: “Signal” by Of the Monarchs

*Somehow 22 Sims died this week, which is a horrible record to set.

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Chapter 22: A Distant Cousin

Sorry for the delay in posting.  I’ve done something weird to my right shoulder on Tuesday.  I think it’s because I got a tetanus shot but my mum thinks it’s from work.  It’s not paralyzed, but it’s in a lot of pain when I move it.  Also I updated the Mods list and divided up the Rules page into expansions.

China vacation

China vacation

Vacation 8 – Day 1:

I am so confused about which Adventures have been completed and which tombs Tristan needs to explore. So I made an Excel chart (which is what I usually do to sort out things). It has lots of colours! And thick border lines! *nerds out*

Wait, how is Pascal from France on vacation in China?

Wait, how is Pascal from France on vacation in China?

Now that Tristan has the Axe of Pangu, he needs to explore the Hot Springs and find some mysterious trinket for Bao.

Virgil lost his magical key so he needs to bake another one.  And I’m sure it’s delicious!  He also beats up some of the locals in the name of Martial Arts.

“Cannonball!”

“Cannonball!”

Keri gets a new quest which involves deciphering a curious note.  Apparently Dong Huo stole a valueless worthless priceless heirloom from Ziyi Yuan and it’s up to Keri to retrieve it.

um, how to describe Serefina, Niobe and Cascadia’s vacation: Fetch, return, rinse, repeat.

“AHHHH!”

“AHHHH!”

Day 2:

Tristan scratched off 3 more tombs off his “to-mb-do list”, and Lee Kim-Yao was so happy about the broken boulder that he gave Tristan §4,000.  Lee also finishes that Meditation Statue and sends Tristan on a Pilgrim’s Walk about China.

“Oh hell.”

“Oh hell.”

Serefina’s decided it’s time to take up Martial Arts.  Strong, brave, able to break pieces of wood, this could potentially be very useful in a future career… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

 Serefina learning Martial Arts just like her father.

Serefina learning Martial Arts just like her father.

Virgil lost ANOTHER car.  Seriously, this is like the third one!  TEARS!  He also sparred with many, many Sim-Fu masters.  That’s like all he really did this entire trip.

Glittery Virgil, plus Dan Dan Pei, the oldest teen in China.

Glittery Virgil, plus Dan Dan Pei, the oldest teen in China.

Keri’s note was written in the ancient code of Dong Huo, so she gets in his treasure trove and finds the missing artifact.

Cascadia found a relic with a piece missing, but collects it from Rui Xi Xio.  I also noted that there are 3 different Sims all named “Lu” living in China.  I’m sure the random name generator could come up with enough names that it doesn’t have to start repeating already.

Cascadia’s winning the “Make the Scariest Face” contest.

Cascadia’s winning the “Make the Scariest Face” contest.

Day 3:

Tristan uses Thunderbolt!

Tristan uses Thunderbolt!

Apparently Tristan is referred to in the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force the Dragon Cave.  For some reason James Vaughan tried to fix the Dragon Cave sometime during the last century but then he didn’t, so Tristan has to brew a memory potion.  This helps jog the memory of Liang Wang-Yat Sen , who remembers that Sin Pah kept a journal on all of this, and now Tristan has to go find a nectar-merchant in France to get the Dragon Cave keystone.  *rereads this last paragraph*  … This is very convoluted.

The game spawns a random Sim called “Ze Lei Shin Yi-Wolfe“.  I kid you not.

They kindof look related, right?

They kindof look related, right?

I think Story Progression did it just to perplex me.  Not only does Mr. Ze have 5 names (how ridiculous!*), but apparently he’s a long-lost relative of the Wolfe family.

*Says the guy with 6 names.

I think he kindof looks like Tristan, but maybe not.  I had to do some imaginating, but here’s what I came up with:

Alexander actually had a never-before-mentioned younger brother named Herb, who stayed in Sim-ope with their parents Marjorie and Klaus.  Continuing in their free-spirited lifestyle, he eventually made his way to Shang Simla where he met his wife, Meiling Yi.  Together they formed the Yi-Wolfe household, and raised a single son, who they named Ze Lei Shin.  This makes Ze an uncle first-cousin once removed to Serefina Niobe and Prometheus, a first cousin to Virgil and Tristan, and also explains why he’s got the same hair-colour as Tristan.

(Let’s just ignore the fact that Tristan got his blonde locks from his mother’s side of the family instead of the Wolfe side, okay?)

Flying backwards summersault kick.

Flying backwards summersault kick.

So Virgil got his Sparring Tournament Rank #4.  Just one more to go!  Now let us bravely flee this land of tranquil forests and return to the realm of sand and sun.

 

Legacy Score: 29. (Gen: 3 + LTW: 4 + Portraits: 6 + House: 5 + LTR: 11)

Theme song of the week: “Long Lost Cousin” by Jim Pembroke

"What did you sit on?"

“What did you sit on?”

 

Tune in next week when somebody loses an arm!  Literally!

PS: Hopefully it’s not me.


Chapter 21: Trout Bust Replica

I’m kindof surprised that only 3 people voted for the next heir because the dashboard says there’s lots of people visiting my blog.  We’re talking about double digits here:  Like, tens of people.  Maybe even twenties of people!  Right now Serefina is in the lead:

NiobeWolfe2 SerefinaWolfe2 PrometheusWolfe2

Niobe Wolfe ———— Serefina Wolfe ———— Prometheus Wolfe

Week 13 – Day 91:

Prometheus is now a child.

Prometheus is now a child.

Prometheus aged up and rolled the Family-Oriented trait.  After unpacking everything from the latest trip, Keri achieved her lifetime wish: own §20,000 in relics.  Tristan convinced Tanner to finally end his marriage to Terry, then started writing his first romance novel “He Was My Everything”.  After getting promoted to Executive Chef, Cascadia needs to infiltrate the other diner to figure out their secret recipe.

I bet they use Torgo’s, they put that s**t on everything!

I bet they use Torgo’s, they put that s**t on everything!

Week 14 – Day 92:

Virgil has 9 days left, Serefina has 12 days left, and Prometheus has 6 days left.

Keri stole another car, the Bwan Speedster, to make up for the game stealing my last stolen car.  … If that makes any sense.  Cascadia was submitting a dish for a contest and it spoiled halfway through, so it was only worth §5.

Prometheus declares his first arch-nemesis.

Prometheus declares his first arch-nemesis.

Tristan was dining out when the busboy dropped a steaming hot bowl of gazpacho in his lap, but he got a free desert out of it.

“Yummy, fire cake!”

“Yummy, fire cake!”

Joe decided to take up a second romance, the vivacious Carey Dubois.  He’s got the reputation as a Cheater, so he might as well do something to earn it!

Joe’s found a new, younger paramour.

Joe’s found a new, younger paramour.

Day 93:

The Network is threatening to close down the Sahara Corporate Headquarters unless Tristan can write a Best-Selling article by next week.  He’s already halfway through writing a book and I didn’t want to lose all that progress, so the metaphorical heat is on!

“You do not want to piss me off today.”

“You do not want to piss me off today.”

Keri was promoted to Undercover Specialist, and Niobe was promoted to Overseer of the Dead.

Tristan used scream-attack. It's super effective!

Tristan used scream-attack. It’s super effective!

I wanted to bring some drama to the simverse, so I invited the wronged parties (Terry, Stephanie, and Addison), the booty-calls (Tanner and Carey), and the cheaters (Tristan and Joe) for a party.  I thought for sure a party full of affairs and broken hearts, somebody would throw a punch, but I guess they were all too polite.

Addison: “Oh HELL naww!!” Joe: “Uh, we were just swimming?”

Addison: “Oh HELL naww!!” Joe: “Uh, we were just swimming?”

I also expected Addison Ross to die when she found out Joe was cheating, but she went home to die instead.  Strangely, Joe is not even upset even though they were dating for 60 or 70 Sim-years.  Go figure! RIP Addison, your hairstyle will live on in memory.

Day 94:

Prometheus has decided to try his hand at inventing.

Prometheus has decided to try his hand at inventing.

Cascadia was promoted to Chef de Cuisine (just one more to go!), and Keri was promoted to Special Agent.  Cascadia also made her report about the rival fast-food diner, the one that gave everybody salmonella last week.  The school wants Niobe to join the Writing Club so she’s gotta work on that later.

After the last explosion, Niobe’s taken up sculpting.

After the last explosion, Niobe’s taken up sculpting.

Joe needs to bring 20 excellent pieces of produce to the restaurant.  I didn’t realize at first but this is the Uncommonly Good opportunity that lets you grow Cheese or Eggs, so I didn’t rush to complete it right away.

“Youth is so wasted on the young.”

“Youth is so wasted on the young.”

Day 95:

Time for the bi-monthly eating contest.  Everybody except Virgil won, so that’s §7,000 free money right there.  Cascadia learned how to make the Cheesesteak recipe, she threw the book into the air, and it EXPLODED.  … Well that’s something new.

Serefina and Brady Davies, young and friendly orphan (I’m assuming).

Serefina and Brady Davies, young and friendly orphan (I’m assuming).

Serefina and her old babysitter Brady Davies have hit it off, so now they’re going steady.  Without realizing the company is going bankrupt, Niobe buys stock in the Sahara building.  As preventative measures and in reflection of the Great Llama Stampede of ’84, the military needs Joe’s expertise on treating trauma patients.

Virgil joking with ghost-mom.

Virgil joking with ghost-mom.

Day 96:

Keri was able to convince her boss for a raise and promotion, so now she’s a Triple Agent.  If she gets caught, the government will completely disavow any knowledge of her actions, which is kindof badass.

“I made a fish?  I wanted a skeleton goat head!”

“I made a fish?  I wanted a skeleton goat head!”

Cascadia gets the Uncommonly Good opportunity too, so now she can grow the dairy-based cheeseplant.  Tristan won another Simitzer Prize for his great reporting skills.

Prometheus getting a hug from his grandma.

Prometheus getting a hug from his grandma.

Terry (Tanner’s ex-wife) and Stewart Shaw (Addison’s widower) have fallen in love.  I guess it makes sense that they’d bond over their shared pain or whatever.

Day 97:

Keri was promoted to an International Super Spy, which is the top of the Law Enforcement career.  She also reported in about the star she found so the Science Lab is having a Hawaiian Lab Coat day to show their appreciation.  She also became a partner at the Stadium.  Tristan started writing “Why Changing Your Socks Could Save Your Life!”

“Well, I do de-clare, I feel like the belle of the ball!”

“Well, I do de-clare, I feel like the belle of the ball!”

Cascadia ages up to adult, so she throws herself a formal birthday party.  She had to skip work to come home, blow out the candles, and rush back.  Because she’s a very dedicated culinary artist!

She is way too excited about a stranger’s birthday.

She is way too excited about a stranger’s birthday.

Niobe got to meet Elijah Vasquez-Claremont in the spooky cemetery, because he was standing around when she got out of work.  Is this the start of a beautiful relationship or a potentially violent stalking?

Joe’s previous boss made a deal with the local mafia for a great deal of money, and now the hospital is in-debt to them.  Joe can convince Nikita Parsons (criminal) to let it go, if he first convinces Irene King-Tanner (a police-cop) to stop raiding the criminal’s hideout.  He’s also got a fifth granddaughter called Susie.

Day 98:

I keep getting NRaaS notifications about 3 sets of Sims that can’t find any homes to live in, so I added a really cheap house to the neighbourhood.  Does this satisfy the Story Progression?  Perhaps.

Apparently ghosts can zeneport.

Apparently ghosts can zeneport.

Tristan’s newest articles are called “I Like Pizza” and “Your Neighbour is a Hitman!”  I gotta remember it’s Prometheus’ birthday once they get back from…. Let’s say, China.

 

Community death count: 71 or so

Legacy Score: 28. (Gen: 3 + LTW: 4 + Portraits: 6 + House: 4 + LTR: 11)

Theme song of the week: “An Orphan’s Nightmare” by Michael Ghelfi

“The happy incense holder is making me want to pee!”

“The happy incense holder is making me want to pee!”


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