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Chapter 26: Finish Him!

Last trip to China!  Can I say that?  I suppose I can.  I know there’s still lots of treasure I didn’t get and tombs I never visited, but I’m getting kindof bored with the World Adventures.  Without aging, it’s also doubling the number of posts I write without really advancing the legacy’s timeline.  So I’m going to take a break from them for a bit.

The Final Showdown

The Final Showdown

Vacation 10 – Day 1:

Tristan’s SO close to finishing his LTW, he’s only got to explore 3 Chinese tombs yet.  My problem is figuring out which ones he’s done and getting the right quest to unlock new tombs.  Fortunately he gets a new one so he’s off to explore the Tomb of the First Emperor for somebody’s grandfather.

Only two people were Kung-Fu fighting.

Only two people were Kung-Fu fighting.

I think Virgil’s getting close too, he’s at level 4 of the Martial Arts tournament.  I had the brilliant idea of inviting everyone he knew over to one of the townie’s house so everyone’d be in one place.  Odds are Virgil already knows the people he has to fight so it was a great time saver!

Serefina working on her sparring.

Serefina working on her sparring.

Serefina’s got a chance to spend some time working on her martial arts.  More importantly, she spotted another hunky member of the floaty-hearts club named Bo Min, but he’s already married. So he’s disqualified.

Wait, why is Dan Dan Pei a woman now?

Wait, why is Dan Dan Pei a woman now?

Niobe is spending every available moment exploring the Masoleum to try and find some Gnomes, but she always comes back empty-handed.  I think the building’s broken. 😦

Day 2:

His kicks are a little bit frightening.

His kicks are a little bit frightening.

Huzzah, huzzah!  Virgil has completed his LTW!  After 20 tournament wins (14 losses), he is the Grand Master Champion!  What a mission, because he started back in Chapter 8.  Now he can spend the remainder of his life with his family and fishing.  Oh, and Virgil has to defeat Dong Huo.

“Hey, where’s the house?”

“Hey, where’s the house?”

Glitch time: I bought a house.  Well, I bought an empty lot.  I did it for easy wish points, and it only cost §1,000.  The glitch is the game wouldn’t let me enter build/buy mode!  So… yeah.  Enjoy your expensive patch of grass!

Prometheus and his holiday fling.

Prometheus and his holiday fling.

Prometheus meets the irresistible Yu Xian Hua-Louie and they make out, as teenagers are so prone to do. Even though Dara Dent is far away in another country, Prometheus somehow winds up earning the naughty reputation.  Bad boy!

"Bebe is cheating on someone with somebody else."

“Bebe is cheating on someone with somebody else.”

Cascadia finished her LTW a long time ago, so she’s free to do whatever.  She spends her time hiking through the forest and finding gems.  Oh, and she gets the random wish to tell Wang about Bebe’s “other relationship”.  I say random because Wang isn’t connected to Bebe at all, so why would he even care?

Oh, and cousin Ze Lei Shin Yi-Wolfe is the one dating Bebe Hua.  So if they get married she’ll be Bebe Hua-Yi-Wolfe..?

Day 3:

Oh REAL mature, Serefina!

Oh REAL mature, Serefina!

Serefina gets floaty hearts for so many guys I’m losing track!  She even thinks the elderly special merchant is attractive too, because she got this wish:

Serefina wants to kiss Lee for the first time.

I’ve sent Virgil and Cascadia to help Tristan finish the Temple of the Dragon tomb.  He had only a few hours before the end of the trip and I really wanted to get his LTW done just in case… well, you never know how long elderly Sims live. Unfortunately, Tristan met up with a mummy, got the floaty-hearts thing, then he got his ass kicked.  How rude!

You do not want to mess with Virgil.

You do not want to mess with Virgil.

I was lucky because they found the Scourge of the Three Kingdoms himself: Dong Huo! I was trying to get him to fight Virgil but he kept chasing after Tristan and Cascadia. I had to make them run to the far corners of the room and have Virgil stand in the middle waiting, it was so ridiculous. Eventually the evil was vanquished, the world is now safer, etc.

“Yippee-ki-yay, melon farmer!”

“Yippee-ki-yay, melon farmer!”

Huzzah again!  Tristan finishes off his LTW too; now he’s the Great Explorer that he’s always wanted to be.  I gave him this LTW back in Chapter 10, but it feels like he’s been working on it as long as Virgil.

Tristan Wolfe just became a Great Explorer.

Bye bye China! As I said I’m taking a vacation from vacations (I can’t believe I just wrote that..).  Tune into the next post because we’ll be losing two members of the legacy house, so that’s kindof sad.

 

Legacy Score: 41. (Gen: 3 + LTW: 6 + Portraits: 9 + House: 7 + LTR: 16)

Theme song of the week: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

 

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Chapter 24: Tuatha’s Garden… of Hell

Hello all!  This is the Civic Holiday long weekend, so I’ve been trying to catch up on everyone’s blogs.  Work is winding now; we were supposed to be finished on Friday but they asked me to come in next week.  My brain is going to be so grateful once this is over!  Imagine scanning barcode after barcode, 8 hours straight, that’s nearly 1,600 books a day.  O_o

Also, I keep meaning to mention this: This blog’s got over 500 views! Actually, now it’s over 600! So thank you to everybody who’s enjoying the story!

Ridiculous Photogenic Guy shot.

Ridiculous Photogenic Guy shot.

Vacation 9 – Day 1:

Tristan remembering his lost love.

Tristan remembering his lost love.

Yep, they’re in France again. Tristan is still working on the curse of the Dragon Cave from China, and he learns from the nectar merchant that James Vaughan (him again!) got in a fight with the big bad, Admiral Landgraab, when tried to rescue Anastasia Beaverhausen. Long story short, find the keystone in the Chateau.

Cascadia getting struck by lightning.

Cascadia getting struck by lightning.

Before marrying Pascal Morel, Cascadia gets to meet some of her future in-laws.  Apparently papa Gérard has passed on, but Edith is still alive and married to someone named Beau Saint James (who I believe is a woman).  Pascal also has a teenage sister named Celina.  Anywho, I sent Cascadia to Tuatha’s Garden which is apparently one of the toughest dungeons in the game.  There’s also this guide which I found most enlightening… especially since none of the pictures load.

Serefina makes a new friend.

Serefina makes a new friend.

Niobe’s on a quest to find that French Gnome in the Mausoleum.  Also as a side-effect of joining the Ghost-Hunting team, she’s also got the super-power of being able to Appease Ghosts, which Google says isn’t really that useful.  I guess if I’m ever bored with legacy ghosts I can use it.

Prometheus joking with some lady.

Prometheus joking with some lady.

Normally I make my Sims jog everywhere to work on their Athletic skill, but for Prometheus I’ve decided to let him fill out a bit instead.  I’m imagining him as an Inventor, and they don’t necessarily have the most active lifestyle.

Day 2:

Serefina met a French fireman, Gustave Petit.  They have matching Zodiac signs and he’s a Snob.  I’m not a great judge of handsomeness, but she gets the floaty hearts thing which makes me think they’re compatible.  It has me considering if she should drop Brady Davies and chose Gustave as her spouse.

Serefina meets a fellow fireman.

Serefina meets a fellow fireman.

Glitch Time: I saved here, and when I reloaded I had a lot of problems with the game crashing.  I’m still not 100% sure what the problem was.  I think it was because the NPC’s firetruck disappeared, or because somebody was excavating, or because an extra Scooter appeared in someone’s inventory, or something the script error called a “bogus item”.  😕 It was very tiresome.  I ended up deleting the cache files, resetting 2 of the family, and the NPC.

FYI: It is a TERRIBLE idea to delete the cache files on vacation. Why? Because when they went home all of the lots in the neighbourhood were unnamed.

Ew, how did Gustave's hair get so long..?

Ew, how did Gustave’s hair get so long..?

Tristan finished exploring the Landgraab Chateau, which is now 6 out of 6 French tombs!  There’s only one country left for his LTW: China.

“Now what?”

“Now what?”

Now that Virgil’s passed the torch onto Serefina and reached Erikson’s eighth stage of psychological development, it’s time for some well-earned rest. So he teleported to his island again for some nice relaxing relaxation. I totally forgot to show off his new tattoos last time. He’s got a broken heart on his chest for Keri, a skull because it’s bad-ass, and a Wolf for the family name:

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Niobe got to meet one of the French ghosts, Gertrude Lescot, who died from drowning.  Random fact, Gertrude doesn’t have any traits.

Glitch Time again: Cascadia’s still in Tuatha’s Garden, and there are several routing issues.  There’s 2 hallways that are just too skinny for a Sim to walk through, Virgil wasn’t able to teleport in there, but you need to step on a switch in order to move on.

Day 3:

I ended up editing Tuatha’s Garden so that Cascadia could finish it. Nothing cheaty that would make the dungeon easier. I basically had to reconstruct the two hallways so that they were wide enough to walk through, and then painted them to match. Very annoying.  She did find a lot of rare fruits on the way to the island though.

“Taste’s like Lime Kool-Aid!”

“Taste’s like Lime Kool-Aid!”

Most of the family were just doing random adventure quests, so I had them hang out instead.  Prometheus and Tristan, Serefina and Niobe are all friends.

Prometheus and Tristan hanging out.

Prometheus and Tristan hanging out.

"Have you ever seen a bird? Their arms are all like this!"

“Have you ever seen a bird? Their arms are all like this!”

However, Niobe and Prometheus are borderline-enemies now.

“I like trees.”

“I like trees.”

*Slap slap slap*

*Slap slap slap*

Glitch Time again again: Niobe actually found the French Gnome in the last 10 minutes of the French Adventure.  It was really lucky!  However due to some game glitchery (because I deleted the cache on vacation), I had to reload and lost it.  uh, so I had the gnome for like 5 minutes but now it’s gone. 😦

He looked like a little Napoleon.

He looked like a little Napoleon.

 

Legacy Score: 32. (Gen: 3 + LTW: 4 + Portraits: 6 + House: 5 + LTR: 14)

Theme song of the week: “Gethsemane” by Nightwish

Oh, that’s not good..

Oh, that’s not good..


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.


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