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The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:20:23 AM »
Hey everyone! Not sure when I last posted on here, but it was…a while ago.

For the past few weeks I've gotten the Sims bug pretty bad. Like I have essays to write and books to read and work to do and I just want to play sims!

I've pretty much always been a challenge player, ever since I discovered the Legacy Challenge in TS2. I rarely ever plop a sim down in a lot without having some sort of end goal. Having said that, I've never actually reached said end-goal. I get bored or start a new challenge or something along those lines before progressing too far.

So, I've decided a fresh start can work wonders. I had thought maybe a 2017 New Year's resolution could actually be to finish a legacy challenge, but I'm keen now so I'm going to get started now. Here's hoping I'll be able to see this one through to the end!

Also worth noting: I'm definitely not a power-player like some of the talented simmers on this board. I can tell you right now, reaching the objectives are going to be a challenge for me, and it will probably be a scramble at the end to finish everything on time. I'm also not particularly concerned with the value of the museum items. I really just want to be able to say I did a Dynasty challenge, simple as that. After all, resolve is the biggest challenge.

 Also on updating: My computer is a piece of junk that doesn't run the Sims for more than a few minutes without overheating and shutting down. My boyfriend's computer runs it like a breeze, so I'll be playing on his computer, and then most likely keeping the screenshots on USB so I can post from my computer.

So without further ado:

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Index


Generation 1: Iris
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Chapter 1 - The Airhead Blonde
Chapter 2 - Renovation and Adaptation
Chapter 3 - Something in the Water
Chapter 4 - Birthdays and a Wedding
Chapter 5 - Serious Adults
Chapter 6 - Show Stopper
Chapter 7 - La Día De Los Muertos
Chapter 8 - Soulmates
Chapter 9 - In Another Life
Chapter 10 - A Picnic in the Park
Chapter 11 - Hot Dogs
Chapter 12 - Growing Up


Generation 2: Rose
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Chapter 13 - Whims and Angelfish
Chapter 14 - I Promise I Love Him
Chapter 15 - Onya Mate!
Chapter 16 - The Heir is Born
Chapter 17 - Anything but Witches
Chapter 18 - Gerald Morven's Guide to World Domination
Chapter 19 - A Replacement?
Chapter 20 - Costume Parties
Chapter 21 - Dear Norman
Chapter 22 - Edith
Chapter 23 - Failure?
Chapter 24 - Conversations with Rose
Chapter 25 - Back to Normal?
Chapter 26 - What are Weekends for?
Chapter 27 - Gerald Unleashed!
Chapter 28 - Ugh, Lame!
Chapter 29 - Henry's Role
Chapter 30 - Suspicions
Chapter 31 - Powerful
Chapter 32 - Scribe of History, Creator of Worlds.
Chapter 33 - Making it Official
Chapter 34 - Can we do it All Again?
Chapter 35 - Application Rejected
Chapter 36 - For the Good of the Dynasty
Chapter 37 - Diminutive
Chapter 38 - Soulmates, After All
Chapter 39 - No Great Loss
Chapter 40 - Quit Slacking, Watcher!
Chapter 41 - Someone as Wonderfully Evil as I
Chapter 42 - Finding My Life's Calling
Chapter 43 - Friends, Friends, Friends
Chapter 44 - A Turn for the Worst


Generation 3: Gerald
Chapter 45 - Better Late than Never
Chapter 46 - Glamping

If you're interested, my spreadsheet can be found here. Note: I update this as I'm playing, and as such, it contains spoilers!
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 1
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2016, 07:29:17 AM »
Chapter 1: The Airhead Blonde



Sergio Romeo once had a pretty sweet life. He was living with his best mate Joaquin in a pretty sweet pad in Windenberg. He was set up for a sweet career in IT and his pad was decked out with all the basics a bloke could need: weights machine, foosball table, computer. He'd just needed to find himself a girl who had an appreciation for the finer things in life and he could go on living his blissful existence on an island with no kids.

But then Joaquin had to go and mess everything up, didn't he?

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It started with the Welcome Wagon.

Basically, out of nowhere the Villareals up and sold their mansion, and moved to Oasis Springs. The mansion then gets demolished and this pathetic excuse for a house turns up in its wake, occupied by a single airhead blonde.



The entire situation smelled suspicious to Sergio, and he would like to, if possible, keep his distance from the whole debacle of a situation.



But nooo, says Joaquin. We have new neighbour, says Joaquin. We have to go up there and welcome her to the neighbourhood, says Joaquin. At least he didn't insist on bringing fruitcake or something. Sergio can't cook to save his life.



He spent the whole time talking over the Villareal scandal with Bjorn anyways.

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"Well she was pretty great, eh?" asks Joaquin, later that afternoon, after the visit.

"What?" asks Sergio, distracted by the game at hand.

"And that joke? The one about the Engineers? Brilliant! She was hilarious, Serge. Real funny, great sense of humour, great easygoing personality. I'll bet you she's a goofball like me."

"That's great, Joey. Really good-oh! Lucky shot!"



"And she certainly wasn't shy, was she? Keen to get to know everyone, even friendly to the Bjergsens! Well, come on Sergio, what did you think?"

"The Bjergsens aren't that bad, Joaquin."

"Whatever…"

Sergio sighed. "Look, mate. I've told you what I think," he said, dropping the ball in the middle of the board for a fresh face-off. "I think there's something fishy about the whole situation and we should just stay the heck away from it. You don't need to go falling for her like this."



"Oh, I'm not falling for her. I'm just interested in hanging out with her more, that's all. Maybe I'll invite her 'round next time the Spin Masters have a meet up. I reckon music would be her thing, don't you? Anyways, I'm going to the club tonight, wanna come?"

Sergio groaned.

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The airhead blonde in question was, of course, Iris Morven. Born and raised in Belladonna Cove, to Claudia Brown and Don Morven, she decided she wanted something completely different out of life, and so she moved to Windenberg hoping to find just that.

Of course, Claudia and Don hadn't been terribly wealthy, and they passed on next to nothing to their daughter Iris when she said she was leaving. Which meant Iris was left with her charming personality, her winning good looks, and her killer sense of humour to make her way in life in Windenberg.

Oh, and there was also the small fact that I had chosen Iris to start my latest attempt at an Immortal Dynasty Challenge, but, well, minor details.



Iris was a sociable sim who aimed to befriend the world. She had to start, of course, by meeting them. And with the Welcome Wagon gone, this left her with very few sims to meet from home. After securing a job starting out in the Entertainer carrer, she decided to head out for a night on the town.



The club was pumping, and it seemed half the sims in town were here. Iris got busy straight away, introducing herself to everyone.

Here she met Candy Behr, and Mila Munch, and Nancy Landgraab. And then she ran into...



"Oh hey! It's Joaquin, right?" Iris remembered him quite well from the Welcome Wagon earlier that day.

"Iris! Great to see you here! I thought the scene might be your scene!"

Iris shrugged. "Not usually. But I figured, I'm new in town, where better to meet the locals?"

"Well, this is a great hang out. Let me introduce you to everyone!



Finally worn out from all the clubbing, Iris slumped home.



It was time to focus on her entertainment career, because she and I both knew that getting promotions would be one of the hardest parts of this whole ordeal.



The shack she had built to live in was basic, but it was only rudimentary. That was another priority, actually. Finding someone willing to move in and 'donate' their time and money to her cause. She considered the options available to her, but decided she didn't want to rush into a decision too soon.

Essentially, I didn't want a large number of sims. Too many things happening, not enough time focusing on what was important. But I wanted sims who would bring in a substantial amount of money. And, at the end of the day, Iris would have to eat Ambrosia somehow, which required ingredients that she herself didn't really have time to collect (and even focussing on levelling cooking skills wasn't going to be a high priority).

With plenty of time to make a decision, Iris and I decided that the next best use of her time when she wasn't at work was getting out into the neighbourhood and meeting the locals.



Moira Fyres, Iris learned, was the leader of the Garden Gnomes, Windenberg's gardening club. It was entirely possible that she would have plenty of useful skills to offer to the cause, but she would bring with her a rather large family.



Eliza and her husband Bob were typically a good choice for Dynasties. They were both still young, Bob was a pretty good cook, and yes, I had used them in Dynasty challenges before. And it was perhaps for that reason that they weren't high on my priority list.



Ultimately, Iris' mind had been made up from day one. She knew who she wanted to have in her life, helping her out on this, her early quest for immortality. Which suited Joaquin just fine.

Sergio, on the other hand…

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2016, 11:31:35 AM »
What a fabulous start! Iris is lovely and your writing is very engaging.
Your screenshots are really great, too!

Looking forward to what happens next, @Whirligig !

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2016, 12:16:47 PM »
I'm excited about this, too! I like the way you start from Sergio's perspective. I'm very interested to see how he adjusts!


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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2016, 02:12:13 AM »
What a fabulous start! Iris is lovely and your writing is very engaging.
Your screenshots are really great, too!

Looking forward to what happens next, @Whirligig !

Thanks so much, oshizu! I'm used to using Gadwin or a 3rd party program for my screenshots, but as I'm playing on my boyfriend's computer, it's easier for me to use the in-game screenshot function, which means there won't be many pictures of the UI or stuff like that (my stories are usually loaded with those). I've had to fall back on a different approach to storytelling.

I really appreciate the compliments!

I'm excited about this, too! I like the way you start from Sergio's perspective. I'm very interested to see how he adjusts!

Thanks FrancescaFiori! As you'll soon see, Sergio ended up quitting his job and being the sim I spent the most time with in the early days (when Iris and Joaquin were basically skilling or at work), so I felt like for a while there, he was the star of the show. It seemed fitting to explore a little bit of his perspective.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2016, 02:46:11 AM »
Chapter 2: Renovation and Adaptation

Yep, Sergio's life had been great once. A sweet pad with his friend, a sweet office job, plenty of time to find a girlfriend, plenty of time to work out…



All of that changed when Joaquin agreed to be 'roomies' with the girl living at the top of the hill. Sergio had been right to be suspicious - she was a watched sim, a Dynasty sim, and he had unwittingly been enlisted as a 'helper'.

So now, instead of sipping coffee in an office surrounded by the soothing halogen light and computer screens, he had his hands in the dirt and the harsh UV-Rays of the sun on his back.



Granted, using the funds that he and Joaquin had brought in, the makeshift shack was easily demolished and replaced with a rather grand-looking suburban house (a replication of NelcaRed's Moneybags Traditional Mansion). It was only half furnished, as funds had come close to running out, but neither did it spare any expense on the areas that were furnished.



The lower floor contained a kitchen/small dining area, an entryway and a study, a living room and a bathroom. The empty rooms were set aside to be an eventual dining room, perhaps an art studio and a larger study.



While the upper floor featured three bedrooms, Iris' featuring an ensuite bathroom. A basement was added a bit later on with a gym (mainly upon Sergio's insistence).

The house was a lot nicer than Sergio had expected, so he couldn't complain too much.



Still, being forced to quit his job in favour of fishing and digging in the dirt - well, if you'd asked him a few years ago where he thought his life was heading, this wouldn't have been his reply.



"So I get to work my butt off so that you can have eternal life? Is that the idea?" he'd asked, too bemused to think she was actually being serious.

"Err, well, when you put it that way, it sounds…bad," Iris replied. "I have requirements I have to meet. At the moment, I'm going to focus on my skills and my career, so I don't really have time to work on fishing or gardening. I expect to pick up those tasks where you left off a bit…later."

"Right. And what about Joey?" asked Sergio. So far he'd been tasked with cooking, maintenance, gardening, fishing, and…pollinating (whatever that meant). Joaquin, on the other hand.



"I'm going to work," he said. "I know I was going to be the next biggest DJ in town, but I've decided to actually get serious about making music…classical music, since someone's got to help pay the bills."

"Your joking, right?" asked Sergio.

But it appeared Joaquin wasn't joking.



That very afternoon, he and Iris both picked up a violin for the first time.

And Sergio was almost grateful to be able to run down to the ocean to…fish…for a while. The situation really didn't seem fair to him, but he was a watched sim now, which seemed to mean that he didn't get much choice in the matter, anyways.



As taking over the homebound responsibilities of preparing to prepare Ambrosia would require a lot of work and leave no time for a career, Sergio was forced to quit his job. This also meant that while Iris and Joaquin were busy at work, Sergio had a lot of time on his hands. He needed to source the base plants for Death Flowers, one of which was cherries. Which didn't grow in many places, but the neighbourhood of Cacti Casa was one of the places they did grow. And so it was decided that until he could harvest the cherries or take cutting from plants (whichever came soonest), the Cacti Casa was where he would hang out while the other two were at work.



And, while he was here, he could essentially do whatever he pleased with his time. Once J invited him in to hang out, this meant he could work out to his active heart's content.



He also found himself spending quite a bit of time chilling with J. The two had a lot in common. In addition to their shared interest in fitness, J was a rather experienced 'pollinator', and he was more than happy to give Sergio the low down on what the duty entailed. He was a lot more enthusiastic about the position than Sergio was inclined to be.

"Don't the women get mad? Shouldn't they have a say in whether or not they want to have children with me? I've always been a bit of a feminist, and well…Hang on, wait a minute, you have how many children? You know I hate children, right?"

J laughed. "Ah, Sergio, my friend, you have so much to learn."

"Evidently," Sergio sighed.



"I do really appreciate all the trouble you're going through for this, Serge," said Iris one morning over breakfast. "I know you didn't really want to get into this and it wasn't really your idea, but I am grateful."

"Uhhhh, thanks," Sergio nodded. He was starting to think this maybe wouldn't be so bad after all.



Amidst the fishing and the gardening and the cooking and the household repairs, it did seem like Iris and her Watcher wanted to make sure he still had time for some of the things he was interested in. (I was spending a lot of time with just him and, to be honest, I kinda felt sorry for him having to work so hard all the time).



Sergio briefly switched his aspiration to Bodybuilder. He was strictly told he wouldn't be permitted to complete the aspiration, but as long as he didn't reach level 10 fitness skill, it would be fine for him to work on the other goals. This of course meant a trip to the gym in Willow Creek. Iris, of course, needed to meet a few new sims and get working on some of her friendships for her own aspiration, so she and Joaquin decided to tag along.



While she was out and about, Gavin Richards told her about this great festival that was going on to celebrate La Dia del los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. One thing Iris hadn't quite settled on yet was what her ten special items to contribute to the Dynasty museum would be. Unconcerned with fiscal greatness or glory, she thought collecting the skulls associated with this festival would be an excellent contribution to the family Museum - showcasing instead her colourful personality and friendliness to all the sims in the neighbourhood.



Everything else associated with becoming an Immortal was moving right along about as well as could be expected. Career wise, she and Joaquin were getting on famously. Being in the same career, they had the same work hours and work requirements, which mean they spent a lot of time together. Though they usually just focussed on the tasks at hand, sometimes this also meant they got to focus on one another.



Early on, they worked a lot for little pay, and didn't often have time for activities other than those that were work-related.



"Hobbies" and "Work" became nearly synonymous.



But that didn't mean their relationship wasn't developing into something perhaps a little bit stronger than friendship after all.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2016, 12:55:25 PM »
Oh, wow! I love the house. It's gorgeous and looks very livable.
Delighted to know that Sergio is a feminist. Also glad the recent rule-change means he won't have to compromise his values. I have found I need to keep entirely different moral codes for Sims and humans. :)
Nice to see Iris and Joaquin getting closer. It's sweet that they're taking things slowly.


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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2016, 02:23:42 PM »
Awww, poor Sergio! Always the bridesmaid, never the bride!
What a nice house they live in already! It's so fascinating to see how every simmer prioritizes their purchases differently.
The new house is gigantic!!!

I laughed at Sergio bonding with J over pollinating.
As for pomegranates, he could alternatively fish one up at Sylvan Glade...

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2016, 07:03:12 PM »
Good story, great house, and love how you have focused a bit on Sergio.  I always felt sorry for that guy.  As for bodybuilder, you absolutely can NOT do the aspiration but you CAN max fitness.  Lvl 10 fitness is ok for everyone as long as you avoid the aspiration.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2016, 07:40:30 PM »
Oh, wow! I love the house. It's gorgeous and looks very livable.
Delighted to know that Sergio is a feminist. Also glad the recent rule-change means he won't have to compromise his values. I have found I need to keep entirely different moral codes for Sims and humans. :)
Nice to see Iris and Joaquin getting closer. It's sweet that they're taking things slowly.

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The house has been great for playability so far - I've really only made a few modifications from my original design, but I love that it had so many empty rooms that I could repurpose as I saw fit. I can build small, based-on-houses-I've-lived-in houses, but building a mansion is daunting. I don't think this is going to be the final Dynasty house - I'll probably knock down and rebuild about halfway through.

Yeah, I really didn't think the pollination thing was something I would be able to sustain for very long in the Dynasty - which is why Iris is working on Friend of the World first. I thought I wasn't going to try to keep my town full, just enough so I could still do the 6-Good-Friends-Preferably-Outside-the-Household. I am grateful for the rule change, however it came in after Sergio had a fair few children. (Not exactly 43 - I thought ten was alright ;) ).

Awww, poor Sergio! Always the bridesmaid, never the bride!
What a nice house they live in already! It's so fascinating to see how every simmer priorities their purchases differently.
The new house is gigantic!!!

I laughed at Sergio bonding with J over pollinating.
As for pomegranates, he could alternatively fish one up at Sylvan Glade...
Haha, he's taken it like a trooper, I'll tell you that much. :) I ran right out of money after building that house the first time the bills came it. Not really complaining - I didn't want to start with a painter or novelist right off the bat as I appreciated that part of the challenge.

Through very little intervention on my part, J and Sergio became pretty good friends early on. (I say very little intervention, but Sergio was spending a lot of time at J's house, so there's that.)

Thanks for the pomegranate suggestion. :) Do they come up at all reliably in Sylvan Glade? I have such terrible luck with fishing usually, that I preferred to go with the 'hang out with these people until you can get cherries' method just because I knew it would work (which seemed, in my mind, to require less patience. Fishing is such a bore, both in Sims and in real life).
Good story, great house, and love how you have focused a bit on Sergio.  I always felt sorry for that guy.  As for bodybuilder, you absolutely can NOT do the aspiration but you CAN max fitness.  Lvl 10 fitness is ok for everyone as long as you avoid the aspiration.
Thanks Joria!

That was poorly explained in the story - he was working towards the aspiration, but if he came anywhere close to level 10 fitness, I knew I would have to switch him because he's not allowed to complete it due to the 'long lived' trait. Forbidding him from maxing fitness was my of controlling/not forgetting to switch Sergio's aspiration before he did. Does that make sense?  Basically I did tiers 1-3 for the points, then switched to something else before completing it so he wouldn't get the trait.

He did max fitness later on, which, yeah, means not so much as glancing at the athletic aspiration from here on in.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments! I do so love the community spirit of this board and I have learned so much from all of these skilled players! I hope I can keep it up!
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2016, 08:03:51 PM »
Chapter 3:Something in the Water



It was impossible to tell which of the two was more nervous. Odd, really, being nervous on a date with your BFF, but they'd never really done anything all that romantic before. Maybe a "compliment appearance" here or a 'dirty joke' there, but never…a date. Just the two of them, in Willow Creek.



(Actually, Sergio was there, too. Despite all the Angelfish spotted swimming around in the ocean just below the cliff where their house stood, he had yet to catch one, and wondered if maybe his luck would change in Willow Creek. But he stayed down by the river with his rod and did not interfere one iota with the 'date' in progress).



And it did go well. Quite well, in fact. The two were able to focus on one another, and for once, they got to talk about something other than work.

"Belladonna Cove? I've never heard of the place," queried Joaquin.

"Oh, it's in another dimension. No way of getting there from here - not without a complete and utter transformation of the self which, trust me, you don’t really want to get into," Iris replied. "Trust me."

"Oh, I understand how the dimensions work. My family comes from Champs Les Sims. I guess I'm never going to see it, am I?" he sighed. He seemed almost…regretful.

"Ah, Monsieur Le Chien. Je regrette que tu es pris ici à Windenberg."

"Bien oui. Mais je suis pris ici avec toi."



"I mean, it's not so bad, really," Joaquin sighed. He had been staring up at the stars, but now he had something…someone more beautiful to stare at.

"What's not so bad?" asked Iris.

"Being stuck here with you."

Iris smiled. Mournfully, regretfully, but also happily. She was well aware of the curse of Immortality. She was stuck here nigh on forever. Joaquin would move on, without her.



She wished she could hold onto this moment, here in this place, this minute in the midst of all of time and space, forever.

In fact, she swore to herself that she would.

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And even as the two of them moved on to much more… primal? expressions of love, Iris remained moved by that moment.



So that the next morning, the two of them made their relationship official, as they promised to be exclusive to one another.



A moment commemorated, of course, with another selfie.

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"Alright Sergio. You and I have both been stalling as much as the other here," I said, finding the boy busy at work fixing the shower. "I think it's time we got started on operation pollination."

Sergio bashed the wrench into the wall of the shower with greater force than before.

"Seriously, I know you heard me. Single child-bearing females in your contacts, show them to me."

He sighed. "Do I have to."

"Trust me," I said, "I'm asking myself the same question."



And so, Candy Behr was brought out to stand in the shadow of the weeping cherry blossom tree, where Sergio woo'd her until she followed him up to her bedroom.



And, well, one thing led to another.



"It must have been something I ate," mumbled Candy, as she found herself getting up close and personal with the porcelain throne. But I was a little bit more the wiser.



A few nights later, two other lovers were found stargazing under the branches of the weeping cherry blossom tree, presumably in anticipation for another session of violin practice (they were starting to get quite good, actually).



"The humans have a story," said Iris, "About a watcher who said to a man named Abraham, that one day his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Which was remarkable, as Abraham and his wife were both quite elderly, and they had no children."

"That's funny," said Joaquin. "What happened?"

"Well, Abraham thought the watcher was being ridiculous, so he woohoo'd his slave so she would get pregnant by him, so that the prophecy would come true. And yet, not long after the slave girl gave birth, his wife became pregnant anyways. So the watcher knew what they were doing. Three major religions of the human world have this story in them, and all of them claim to be children of Abraham."

Joaquin sighed. "I'm glad we don't have to worry about religion."



"Me, too," said Iris. "But I suppose I'm a bit like Abraham. In that I do worry about the future sometimes. I mean, there's so much that I just can't control."

"Why is that?" asked Joaquin.

"Well, I worry that maybe I'll fail, or one of my children will, and we won't be able to complete our Dynasty," said Iris. "Or I worry that I'll lose heart if I have to carry on without Sergio's help, without all my friends, some of whom have already been taken by the grim reaper. Or most of all, that I'll struggle to carry on without you."



Joaquin said nothing for a while. He just lay there in silence. Iris was almost beginning to worry that she'd told him too much. But it was true - even though they were still young adults, she knew that the day would come when he would leave and she would stay before either of them were anywhere near ready.

"Get up," said Joaquin, quietly.



"Iris, as much as I hate to admit it, you're absolutely right. One day we will be separated, and it hurts to think about it. And I suppose I'm the lucky one - I get to move on and be at peace while you have to carry on the Dynasty that you came here to start. And that breaks my heart."



"Joaquin, what are you…"

"Shhh. Iris, I still want you to know that as long as I'm here, and as long as I'm alive, I want to spend every minute possible with you. Helping you, supporting you, loving you, in every way I can. It may only be brief in the eyes of the universe, but to me, it would be a lifetime."



"Iris Morven. Will you marry me?"

"Oh Joey," gasped Iris, tears welling in her eyes, "oh Joey, of course I will!"



The next morning, Sergio had barely finished the breakfast dishes and was about to head out for a quick jog before tackling the gardening for the day, when there was a rather abraisive knock on the door, accompanied by a shout of "Sergio Romeo! You had better get your butt out here you lousy low life!"

Reluctantly, Sergio opened the door to face the music.



"Now tell me. What the heck do you expect my sister to do with YOUR baby?"

Sergio gulped. How on earth was he supposed to explain this?
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2016, 12:43:40 PM »
What a lovely update!  First the romantic date, then star gazing and the story of Abraham, (love how you brought that in), then the proposal!  (sigh)  Just reminds me once again how emotionally tough doing a dynasty is.  You're a very good writer too.  Not just pictures but really good story telling.
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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2016, 01:46:51 PM »
The proposal was so beautiful! I loved it! The contrast with Sergio's scene right after was perfect, too. Poor guy!


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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2016, 02:19:16 PM »
I'm not sure why, but I laughed a bit that Joaquin's PJs matched the bedroom curtains. (Maybe I need some coffee...)

Well, everything's going so fine and dandy for Iris and Joaquin--engaged and expecting!
I'm feeling bad for Sergio, however, and I hope he will find happiness now that he's freed from his pollinator duties.
Since he hates children, could he live in an in-law unit? Just musing since I've never actually played either Sergio or Joaquin before.

And, by the way, the Behrs are my favorite townie sims!

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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2016, 09:33:17 PM »
I love it that you're telling the story from Sergio's point of view. Good luck to Iris and Joey!
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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2016, 04:00:53 AM »
What a lovely update!  First the romantic date, then star gazing and the story of Abraham, (love how you brought that in), then the proposal!  (sigh)  Just reminds me once again how emotionally tough doing a dynasty is.  You're a very good writer too.  Not just pictures but really good story telling.
Thanks so much Joria! I was just trying to think of a story about the stars, though it seemed to fit for the founder of a Dynasty.

The proposal was so beautiful! I loved it! The contrast with Sergio's scene right after was perfect, too. Poor guy!

Aww, thanks. Yeah, Sergio really took one...well, more than one, actually...for the team. I'm always self-conscious about writing mushy gushy.

I'm not sure why, but I laughed a bit that Joaquin's PJs matched the bedroom curtains. (Maybe I need some coffee...)

Well, everything's going so fine and dandy for Iris and Joaquin--engaged and expecting!
I'm feeling bad for Sergio, however, and I hope he will find happiness now that he's freed from his pollinator duties.
Since he hates children, could he live in an in-law unit? Just musing since I've never actually played either Sergio or Joaquin before.

And, by the way, the Behrs are my favorite townie sims!
I hadn't even noticed that about the curtains. Ha! Yeah, I'm not the greatest builder/internal decorator. I had to follow someone else's plan if I didn't want all my sims living in a box, heh.

Unfortunately, I'd already played quite a bit before the new rule was announced (and after the discussion that's happened over there in the last few days, I'm hesitant to change how I'm playing just yet). The 'hates children' trait wasn't really much of an issue - whenever he was around kids, it was usually in a well-decorated house anyways, so that the angry moodlet was easily negated. More annoying were the tense moodlets from all of that trying-for-baby.

Honestly, the Behrs were serious contenders for 'help the founder' sims, too - Iris just seemed far more interested in Joaquin. I did seriously consider it long and hard, though.

I love it that you're telling the story from Sergio's point of view. Good luck to Iris and Joey!
Thanks, MarianT! :) I struggle with deciding POV - I'm kind of going for a 3rd person omniscient narrator who is also aware that she is the Watcher. I hope I can keep it up, and also keep it interesting.

Thanks all for your kind words. I'll post the next chapter shortly. :) (And then I seriously need to work on an essay).
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« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2016, 04:23:36 AM »
Chapter 4 - Birthdays and a Wedding



The morning of the wedding dawned gorgeous - a beautiful, summery breeze, sunlight dancing through the leaves of the cherry trees in the gardens of the Von Haunt Estate - the venue which Iris and Joaquin had selected for their day of days. The weather, it seemed, was always perfect, but it appeared even more so through Iris' eyes.



"My darling, you look stunning!" said Joaquin, greeting his beautiful bride with a kiss.

Iris blushed. She hadn't particularly wanted to make a grand ordeal out of the marriage celebration, but she had far too many friends who insisted they wanted to be there for her special day and she didn't want to disappoint them.



If Candy Behr was willing to grin and bear it through the pains of labour, then of course Iris would put on as grand an affair as possible for her.

Ultimately, it had been Iris who had convinced Candy Behr to bear her child to term and not make Sergio's life miserable in the process. So that Sergio could focus on...further...conquests. He hated thinking that way, but had yet to think of any alternative solutions.

He had agreed to cater the wedding event for Iris and Joaquin - it would keep his mind off of his impending fatherhood, at any rate.



And so the guests gathered around the archway at the bottom of the garden, murmuring to one another about how beautiful the garden was, and of course, how beautiful the bride was.



Iris had tried to keep the whole Immortal Dynasty thing under wraps within the neighbourhood. Oh sure, a few sims here and there knew about it, but she still didn't want to talk about it with everyone. As far as she wanted her friends to be concerned, she was just a normal girl marrying a phenomenal guy. This had seemed like a reasonable thing to do, but Iris found now that there was a problem.

How could she now express all that was on her heart? How could she share with the world all that burdened her, and all that excited her, about Joaquin's devotion and commitment, and how sorry she was that her vow was only temporary, while his vow was for life? Just thinking about it hurt.



"My beloved Iris," he said, and already she found herself blinking back tears. "With this ring, I thee wed. You are my sunshine, my morning star, my guiding light and my inspiration. These years we've spent together, living together, working together, and getting to know one another intimately have been a whirlwind of emotions for me. I am so honoured and so blessed that you would choose to be my beautiful wife. I promise that I will love you and cherish you for as long as I live."

Tears welled in her eyes, a lump rose in her throat.

The wedding guests waited with baited breath.

She knew she would have tell them one day, but today she chose uncomplicated happiness.



"Oh Joey," she said at long last, "I love you so much. And I promise that I'll love you forever."



With the ceremony out of the way, the guests moved up the hill and into the manor for the festivities to begin properly. Joaquin began by cutting the cake.

"If you smear that in my face, Joaquin, I don't know what I'll do, but I promise you won't like it."



"I wouldn't do that," Joaquin reassured her. And, true to his word, he didn't.



The party was an overwhelming success. And just before they decided to wrap things up, Sergio received a phone call from Candy, informing him that whether he liked it or not, he was now a father.

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He felt awful about it, not being involved in his son's life. But at the same time, Sergio hated children, and actually hadn't wanted any at all. Of course, yes, he had been a child once. He remembered being a child - a brat of a child. And his own children would more than likely all be brats as well.



But the show must go on. Still spending as much spare time as possible at Cacti Casa, he ran into Jade. He felt awful for cheating on Candy, but apparently this was completely necessary.



Meanwhile, Joaquin and Iris had finally reached the point in their careers where they were forced to part ways. As noted, Joaquin chose to pursue a career in music, while Iris' true calling was in comedy.

This meant that Joaquin needed to spend some time working on his piano-playing skills, which were non-existant. And because I'm a tightwad, I decided that he could raise his Piano skill off-site until he got the free one at level 7.



So the three housemates took a trip to the Willow Creek museum. Iris decided to spend some time meeting, joking with, and trying out her material on a few more of the locals. Unfortunately, she didn't see too many day of the dead celebrators on this trip, but she made some headway on her 'make 12 friends' requirement.



Sergio also hoped to make the most of time spent in Willow Creek, and made a beeline for the river. (Not pictured: Sergio catching the first Angelfish of the Dynasty).



With Joaquin finally skilled up to piano level 2, the trio headed home. After a minor…diversion, Iris got down to business writing a handful of short stand-up comedy routines.

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Before they knew it, the young adult years of Iris, Joaquin and Sergio had run their course.  And so the time came to prepare for a rather large birthday party.



"This hamburger cake is for you goofballs," Sergio said.

"Haha, I love it. Thanks Sergio!"

Make a wish, Iris!



With a jump, whirl, and spin, Iris leaped forwards into full-fledged adulthood.



"Just because I'm getting older doesn't mean this party is coming to an end any time soon," shouted Joaquin, as he quickly followed suit.



Sergio, on the other hand, insisted on a much more…civilised cake.

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Iris was starting to get worried. While things were certainly progressing, they weren't progressing quite as quickly as she would have liked. She still had a great many career levels to get through. Since joining the comedy career track, her violin practice sessions had been neglected, in favour of stand-up sessions. Sergio had yet to master cooking, much less gourmet. While he finally had death flowers growing in his garden, the elusive angelfish still seemed few and far between.



And then of course, there was the small matter of ensuring the Dynasty Iris was building would carry on.
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« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2016, 09:48:43 AM »
A lovely wedding! Congratulations and best wishes to the bride and groom!

As for Sergio, I can't wait to see some of his children!
Great news, too, that Iris is now eating for two!

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« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2016, 01:54:29 PM »
What a lovely wedding! I get self-conscious about writing the mushy gushy stuff, too, but I think you did a beautiful job with their vows and capturing the bittersweet nature of a dynasty marriage. Bravo!

That's a really nice shot of the Von Haunt Estate in the first picture. I should have my sims hang out there more.

Time is really marching on. I was surprised it was time for birthdays, already. I'm very excited about the last picture, though. Yay nooboos!

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« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2016, 08:49:15 PM »
A lovely wedding! Congratulations and best wishes to the bride and groom!

As for Sergio, I can't wait to see some of his children!
Great news, too, that Iris is now eating for two!
Thanks! Sergio ended up being rather more...accomplished in his later years. He and I were both stalling early on.
What a lovely wedding! I get self-conscious about writing the mushy gushy stuff, too, but I think you did a beautiful job with their vows and capturing the bittersweet nature of a dynasty marriage. Bravo!

That's a really nice shot of the Von Haunt Estate in the first picture. I should have my sims hang out there more.

Time is really marching on. I was surprised it was time for birthdays, already. I'm very excited about the last picture, though. Yay nooboos!
The Von Haunt estate is really beautiful. I just deleted some of the ropes in the house and it was a great place for an after party, too.

Yeah, I really didn't manage their young adult years very well at all, I must say, and time when super quick without too much happening. I thought I would be able to play better if I held off on having a nooboo until early in the adult stage, but that didn't really happen either. I promise I get better!

Thanks for reading and commenting, both of you! I should have another chapter up soonish. :)
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« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2016, 11:28:07 PM »
Chapter 5 - Serious Adults

Note from Whirligig: The next few chapters may seem a bit rushed. Unfortunately, they suffer from "NESS" (Not Enough ScreenShots) Syndrome. Except for screenshots of Sergio fishing. For some reason I have plenty of those.



"Oooh, Nooboo! Dinna wona Nooboo!"



Actually, Iris initially went into labour while she was at the Museum in Willow Creek, chatting up some sims while Joaquin was practicing the piano. She quickly excused herself and went home.



Which means, while she was giving birth, Joaquin was still working on reaching piano level 4 for his level 7 promotion.



And Sergio was, again, down by the River in Willow Creek, fishing for more Angelfish.



And though Joaquin would probably never live down being absent for the birth of his first and only child, it was probably for the better that neither he nor Sergio heard any of the expletives Iris was shouting while she was alone and in labour.



Eventually, everything must end - labour being no exception, thankfully, and Rose Morven was born.

(I hadn't intended on going for floral names. I had actually planned on using 'old people names' (I work for a community-based aged care services provider. I know a lot of 'old people names') as most of these sims are going to be elders for the majority of their existence. But when the dialog popped up, I drew a blank and asked my boyfriend for a name. He suggested Rose - which technically still fits the bill - we have at least 2 clients that I know of named 'Rose').



Lovingly doted on by mother and father alike, and mostly ignored by Uncle Sergio.



"Alright, boys: progress report. We're serious adults now, and all of us parents. It's time we started getting serious about all these Dynasty requirements."

"I dunno Iris. I figure we're working pretty hard."

Indeed, the problem is with me. Until this point, most of the progress made occurred in 2 very long (like I-probably-forgot-to-eat-last-Wednesday long) playing sessions. But sleep and work and University assessments and boyfriend wanting to play some war game with his gamer friends meant I had to take a break from playing. A break from playing meant lots of perusing the forum. Which meant lots of 'why didn't I think of that?' moments. And lots of facepalming as I came to realise just how badly I'd been playing.*

"It has been suggested," Iris said, "that we start a club. A household club. I know the two of you are already in clubs, but let's face it, they never meet. Our club will 'meet' all the time, and our approved activities will include fishing, gardening, doing comedy, playing instruments, and sleeping. Approaching our goals in an organised manner should allow us to unlock powerful perks that should help things along quite nicely." *Note: I will probably continue to play badly.



"Iris, I love you." said Joaquin.

Even Sergio had to admit it was a good idea.

"Then it's decided," said Iris. "Thus begins the first meeting of the Goofballs club."

"Um, what kind of club name is that?" asked Sergio.

Joaquin just smirked.

"Iris," he repeated, "I love you."



Rose, of course, was immediately invited to join the 'goofballs' club as soon as she could.



Though Rose did intend to complete all the childhood aspirations, the first trait she selected was 'Creative', and the first aspiration she wanted to work towards was 'artistic prodigy.' So as soon as she'd gotten rid of the hat and adjusted her wardrobe to something 'proper', she sat down to draw herself some rainbows.



While the rest of the household quickly adjusted to the new and improved ways of doing…exactly the same things they'd always been doing. Joaquin focused on playing music and had recently started working towards completing the 'musical genius' aspiration.



Iris continued to focus her attention on building up her Comedy skill by writing and performing more and more routines.



And Sergio fished. It was surprisingly calming, though he never would have picked it himself. He could stay away from children - both Rose and his own - and just focus on catching (not nearly enough) Angelfish.



"What are you working on, Rose?"

"Homework," Rose replied, matter-of-factly.

"I can see that," said Joaquin, "I thought maybe you might need a bit of help from your dad."

"It's easy, Dad. Just Maths. One plus one equals two. Two plus ten equals twelve. Twelve plus nine equals twenty-one. Twenty one plus thirty seven equals fifty-eight. Easy."

"Oh, yes, of course. When did you get to be so smart, Rose?"

Rose shrugs "I play lots of Arithmetic Attack."



There are days, however, when Joaquin and Iris are too busy to help Rose with her homework. Which means, much to his chagrin, Sergio is forced to help out. "You really don't need to help me, Uncle Sergio," Rose insists. "I've gotten to be quite good at this."

"I'm just here to help you maintain your focus so this counts for your Aspiration, okay?"



Thankfully, Sergio doesn't have to spend too much time with Rose. Sure, he gets babysitting duty on occasion, but she's a fairly independent child, which leaves him to pursue his…other duties.



Don't be silly, he really didn't enjoy those duties that much. He preferred fishing. He still seemed to consistently have better luck catching Angelfish in Willow Creek, but he had, at long last, caught one or two from the fishing spots in his own neighbourhood.



Iris felt bad that she wasn't spending all that much time with Rose herself, but she rested easy in the assurance that the two of them would have eternity to bond. In fact, having Rose seemed to erase at least some of her anxiety over the Immortal's curse. She may eventually loose many of her friends, but she would always have Rose to comfort and support. This raised her spirits quite immensely.
"So today is Sunday," Iris explained, "and your Daddy and I both have the day off, so we're going to throw a couple of parties today and have lots and lots of Mommy's friends over. How does that sound?"

"Sounds good, Mom," said Iris.

"Now you make sure you spend plenty of time talking to everyone so that you can finish Social Butterfly, okay? That's all I need you to worry about."

"I got it, Mom."



"Is that a black and white cake you're baking, Serge?"

"Sure is. Do you like my black and white suit, Iris?"

"You look very dapper, good sir," Iris replied.

"Why thank you, Iris. Say, I love your black and white dress?"

"Oh this? I didn't even know I owned it until just now, but thank you very much."



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Also, this was apparently the only picture I took of the truly chaotic House Party Iris threw immediately following.

At the conclusion of the house party (to which Iris foolishly invited ALL her friends), Iris was grateful to have satisfied all of the event requirements for her journey towards Immortality, and it was time to get right back to work. She would make it yet!

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Dynasty Goal Completed: Complete 5 Gold Social Events

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« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2016, 03:03:01 AM »
Rose looks so much like Iris!
Sergio looks dashing in his bowtie.

And yay for completing the five gold-medal social events. Every generation, that's always such a relief!

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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2016, 01:17:31 PM »
Hooray for "old people" names! That's more or less the strategy I used in naming my actual children. :)

This cracked me up:


"Why thank you, Iris. Say, I love your black and white dress?"

"Oh this? I didn't even know I owned it until just now, but thank you very much."


Sometimes I am jealous of The Sims. If only the perfect outfit for every social engagement would just appear when needed.

Rose is lovely, and congrats on the parties!

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« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2016, 03:26:37 PM »
The funny thing is, for such a child hater, Sergio is really very good at helping them with things like chess or mentoring fishing.  I've noticed a dearth of angelfish myself.  It seems we can all fish for hours and maybe, if we are very lucky, catch one.  This does not bode well for dynasty play!  This is only since the last update.  You really took some lovely screenshots.  The wedding was gorgeous.
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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2016, 01:16:14 AM »
Rose looks so much like Iris!
Sergio looks dashing in his bowtie.

And yay for completing the five gold-medal social events. Every generation, that's always such a relief!
She looks A LOT like Iris. I've never been too good at those comparison shots everyone does, but I might try to put one together later. :)

And yep, I'm glad I got those out of the way. It's not a difficult requirement, just one you have to set aside time for. (Time that could be better spent on other things).
Hooray for "old people" names! That's more or less the strategy I used in naming my actual children. :)

This cracked me up:


"Why thank you, Iris. Say, I love your black and white dress?"

"Oh this? I didn't even know I owned it until just now, but thank you very much."


Sometimes I am jealous of The Sims. If only the perfect outfit for every social engagement would just appear when needed.

Rose is lovely, and congrats on the parties!
I know, right? How convenient would that be? Also they don't have to do laundry, which I am also envious of.

The strategy of using old people names, or the strategy of drawing a blank and asking your partner for ideas? ;)

I'm terribly bad with Sims names, though. Like I'll remember the sim as 'yes, the blond who maxed gardening and actually finished the plant collection. I gave her green hair after that. What was her name again?' With Rose, I keep wanting to think her name is Elizabeth for some bizarre reason. I have no idea...
The funny thing is, for such a child hater, Sergio is really very good at helping them with things like chess or mentoring fishing.  I've noticed a dearth of angelfish myself.  It seems we can all fish for hours and maybe, if we are very lucky, catch one.  This does not bode well for dynasty play!  This is only since the last update.  You really took some lovely screenshots.  The wedding was gorgeous.
Sergio is a champ, really. He's been such a trooper. And the moodlet for being around kids hasn't really impacted him much at all - he's usually pretty happy about everything else.

Oh, finding Angelfish has been awful! For all that fishing, Sergio has caught 8. I'm going to have to bring the rest of the household on board before too long.
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