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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 4 (14 Oct 2016)
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2016, 02:11:23 AM »
Chapter 6 - Show Stopper

Rose was very much an only child.



She made her own fun, but she spent many hours of her day daydreaming about what life would be like if there were more children, maybe even some siblings around, for her to play with. But Mom had told her, with no ambiguity, that she had created the perfect child first go, and didn't need any more.



Besides, Iris and Joaquin were working hard towards their careers and barely had enough time for the child they did have. Where would they find time to raise another?



Joaquin had maxed his violin skill, and after reaching level 7 of the Musician career, he now had a piano in the family room and was working hard to maximise his piano skill, as well. In working towards completing the 'musical genius' aspiration, he wrote a few songs on the piano and violin respectively, and was selling them to local television stations to boost the family's daily income (at least a little bit).



He was also devoting a fair bit of time to helping Iris with her third skill, violin, which she made easy work of.



While Sergio didn't mind Rose, and rather thought that she had some charm when she wanted, the truth was he just didn't like being around children much. Having maximised his cooking and gourmet cooking skills, he now wanted to devote as much time as possible to collecting Angelfish so he could leave Iris with a decent supply of Ambrosia.



This didn't mean that he was neglecting his pollination duties. Au contraire, he had six children now, running around Windenberg and beyond. He still felt guilty about the whole thing, but had resigned himself to the task. He had tried to explain the situation to the ladies in a more…polite…manner than J would have put it, but eventually just found that seducing them quickly and then ceasing contact was a lot easier.



He didn't get to spend much time working out these days. Iris had filled his gym with all of her energizing career rewards and also put in a computer. Rose maxed her Motor skill in one night, playing keyboard commander while energized during the perpetual meeting of the goofballs.



In the middle of the night, little miss Rose turned on her light and said 'something is not right.'

Upon catching a glimpse of the tentacled monster under her bed, she squealed.

"Mom! Dad! There's a monster under my bed!"

Iris groaned. "Not again."

"Don't worry hun," said Joaquin, "I got it."



"There, now. I've sprayed plenty of Monster-B-Gone, and given him a good stern talking to. He won't be coming back to disturb you anymore tonight, okay?"

Rose nodded. "Okay, Daddy," she replied.



Iris had finally gotten the hang of befriending people. In fact, she discovered, she seemed to have the perfect combinations of traits and perks that made friendmaking an absolute cinch. Between being outgoing, gregarious, and incredibly friendly, added to the perks of being in a popular club, 'cheerful introductions' to other sims guaranteed that Iris would be able to skip the whole 'acquaintances' period and go straight to being friends!



This proved to be incredibly useful when it came to collecting sugar skulls from other sims - it seemed they were far more willing to share their decorated skulls with Sims they could call 'friends'.

Iris also found herself maxing her charisma skill with incredible ease from talking to all these sims, so before long, her 'friend of the world' aspiration was complete!

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Dynasty Achievement Unlocked: Complete Unique Aspiration - Friend of the World.

Dynasty Achievement Unlocked: Maximise a Skill - Charisma.



Sergio finally got around to perfecting his cooking skills. Behold! His first plate of Ambrosia! Of course, Iris isn't quite ready to eat it yet, so into the family inventory it goes.



"So in this house," Rose explained, "We're all part of a super-secret club that has a super-secret mission. If I told you what it was, I might have to kill you."

"That's pretty cool," said Kori Patel. "What kind of secret mission?"

"If I told you, I'd have to kill you," Rose replied.

"Why would you do that? And why is it such a big secret, anyways?"

"I…hmm. I don't really know."



"Dario said you were keeping something secret from me. Well, I have a secret: I'm Kori's half-brother."

"That's a pretty cool secret, Dario. So Uncle Sergio is your daddy, too?"

"Yup!"

"I wonder why Uncle Sergio has so many kids that don't live with us." Rose muses. She really wouldn't mind too much if some of them did live with the Morvens. She begins wondering why there are so many secrets, and why she can't talk about 'the mission' or even exactly what 'the mission' is, but she thinks it has to do with Uncle Sergio's girlfriends. And his garden. And why he likes fishing so much.



Tired and a little bit stressed, but in the best way possible, Iris returns home with a promotion to Show Stopper. She is the greatest comedienne of her era and sims for years to come with idolise her - of this she is confident.

But right now, she's just grateful that I am not the sort of watcher that makes a habit of denying my sims a good night's rest.

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Dynasty Achievement Unlocked: Reach the Top of a Career - Comedy

(Also achieved at some point: Maximise a Skill: Comedy)



Joaquin also reached the top of his career (music) in his serious-adulting years, and unfortunately the time has come to step up to the plate and face the late-life music. He doesn't fear death - not in the slightest. His only fear is for Iris - will she be okay without him? Will she find the strength to carry on? He will have to talk to Rose about looking after her mother.



With one final, energetic leap, he transitions into the twilight years of his life.

"Not bad," Sergio observes. "My turn!"



Sergio, too, is eager to 'get on with it', as they say. He transitions easily.He doesn't really have any regrets. Sure, his life with Iris, Joaquin, and even Rose, has been far different to what he expected. He has half a dozen children wandering around the world, though admittedly he doesn't have much contact with them. But does he regret not taking on a career?

Truth be told, a simple life of fishing, cooking, gardening and repairs has suited him just fine.

(Take no note of Iris impaling herself in the doorway. As mentioned, she's never been particularly fond of the idea of living forever).



"And you know what, Serge, old friend? You and I still look pretty darn good for a couple of old men. What d'you reckon, mate?"

"Well, it's not like I've been having any trouble with the ladies as of late," Sergio replied. "We'll see if my luck changes."



Finally, all on the same day, and during the same party, Rose approaches the cake.

I think it's possible she's the first sim I've ever had complete all 4 childhood aspirations without really pushing it. She went to school every day, and she slept through nearly every night (except the night Sergio spent rallying the troops so he could skill grind cooking). Again, I blame the club.



And the verdict is:



I forgot to take a decent screenshot of her after she aged up (it involved pigtails), but here she is post-makeover in CAS.



Rose initially selects a family aspiration, so she can get the domestic trait. But as there's little she can do to work towards them at the moment, she quickly switches to the Bestselling Novelist aspiration.

A world of imagination, of literary criticism and the imagining of new experiences await! It's a world of publishers and editors and constantly sending manuscripts in only for them to be rejected over and over again. Oh, wait, no. I'm thinking of the human world. It's not like that in sims - carry on my dear as you were.



We're all feeling a little bit partied out when Iris' birthday rolls around 2 sim-days later. But Sergio dutifully bakes her a cake and sings her a song.



And with that, we're officially in the home stretch for Ambrosia.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 6 (16 Oct 2016)
« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2016, 01:05:39 PM »
Your dynasty household is seriously moving ahead! I was so surprised when the adults all turned elderly!

Even more, when Rose became a teen!

Iris has been doing a stellar job with all of her ambrosia requirements. I think I've started to miss Sergio already, sniffle sniffle *pulls out a hankie
Nice work!



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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 6 (16 Oct 2016)
« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2016, 04:42:27 PM »
Awww. You referenced Madeline! That's one of my favorites and I read it to my kids all the time. :)

Hooray for the Ambrosia home-stretch! Go, Iris! You can do it! I'm jealous that you get to use sugar skulls as your museum items. The timing didn't work out for any of my sims to use them, but they're so cool-looking.

Rose is an adorable teen. I am fond of teenage novelists, myself, so I'm excited to see how she does. Pernille and I will be rooting for her. ;)

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 6 (16 Oct 2016)
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2016, 05:07:34 AM »
Your dynasty household is seriously moving ahead! I was so surprised when the adults all turned elderly!

Even more, when Rose became a teen!

Iris has been doing a stellar job with all of her ambrosia requirements. I think I've started to miss Sergio already, sniffle sniffle *pulls out a hankie
Nice work!
Yeah, as I mentioned, I did not take enough screenshots to accurately portray just how time was moving fowards. (In my defense, it was mostly skilling and daily activities for promotions. One can only take so many screenshots of Joaquin playing piano or guitar, or of Iris writing/performing comedy routines, or of Rose doing her homework, before it gets tedious for everyone involved, not just for me. I'm going to have to think more about how to vary things up in the storytelling while still actually working towards dynasty goals).

I am so going to miss Sergio. I'm avoiding opening the game at the moment because I know I'm going to lose him next time I play. :( He has been an absolutely stellar helper. He has 10 kids with I think 4 on the way, and he single-handedly produced Ambrosia, as a fisher, gardener and chef. I'm so proud of him. *sheds tear*.

Awww. You referenced Madeline! That's one of my favorites and I read it to my kids all the time. :)

Hooray for the Ambrosia home-stretch! Go, Iris! You can do it! I'm jealous that you get to use sugar skulls as your museum items. The timing didn't work out for any of my sims to use them, but they're so cool-looking.

Rose is an adorable teen. I am fond of teenage novelists, myself, so I'm excited to see how she does. Pernille and I will be rooting for her. ;)
I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline, I may be very small. I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline, but inside I'm tall!
Haha, I loved Madeline as a kid, both the books and the TV show. I went to a french language school (in English Canada) and my parents (who didn't speak French) were always buying me French books and French tv shows. Madeline was definitely a favourite.

The timing of the sugar skulls was perfect! I was planning out my dynasty and I knew I wanted to get friend of the world out of the way first thing because I knew I'd be miserable at pollinating so I wanted there to be plenty of friends to be had. But I couldn't for the life of me work out what museum items would be good and easy for a first generation Charismatic, Comedic, Violinist. The challenge was announced the day I started the Dynasty and I knew instantly that these would be perfect for Iris to collect. They aren't worth much ($10 each, except the last one is worth $100), but it's gen one - I'm hoping everyone else will be able to contribute items of greater value.

I rather like Rose, but I was neglecting her quite a bit in favour of getting Iris' requirements done (teen novelists are great. Put them in a room with a computer and a stereo and they're set. The only issue is the social meter, so Iris did a lot of online friend-making). Once Iris has eaten Ambrosia, I swear, Rose has my full and undivided attention. I hope.

Thank you both for your kind comments. :) New chapter up soonish. I've been trying to upload one a day until I catch up to myself, and my backlog should be finished by tomorrow or the day after.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 6 (16 Oct 2016)
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2016, 05:18:22 AM »
Chapter 7 - La Día De Los Muertos

Iris isn't quite ready to eat Ambrosia just yet, but she's not far from it.



The only requirements she has left to fulfill are the 8 museum items, and the 6 good friends from outside of the household.

Simple, right?



Iris heads out, into to town, to meet with more sims who might be able to share their sugar skulls with her, since she's hoping to complete the collection to earn the final, golden skull for her museum items.



She easily recieves the last one from this townie (I think his name is Gavin Reeves?).



Returning home as quick as she can, Iris places the last of the nine skulls on the shelf in the upstairs hallway, then quickly begins to 'honour the dead'.



The skulls start smoking, and a tenth skull appears at the top of the cabinet.



And Iris herself is transformed into a celebrant of La Dia Del Los Muertos.

This means she'll have a better chance of building a relationship with the Grim Reaper, and may even be able to save the life of a dying sim.



This is a bittersweet accomplishment, of course. Though she is proud that she has completed her collection and gained this ability, she knows full well that she is forbidden from ever attempting to plead for the life of a sim who has died in house.

All the same, it is an accomplishment she deems to be worthy of celebration!



In the back corner of the lot, a separate building is constructed, and this is meant to be the Morven Dynasty museum, which will eventually be filled with all the collections and accomplishments of the Morvens through the generations.



Iris moves her skull collection into her area of the museum. She considers perhaps that maybe someone should have studied painting or photography so she place a picture of herself in this space as well, but that will have to happen a little bit later on. For now, she decorates the space around the skull collection with a microphone and one of her many "You've Got Talent" comedic awards.



And while I was at it building the museum, I also finally added a formal dining in that empty room you kept seeing across from the kitchen.



As for the other sims in the household, Sergio hasn't allowed old age to get in the way of his important duties.



He's finally gotten used to the whole idea, and tries not to let it all bother him. And anyways, the women in town seem to understand well enough that they're dying out, and sims aren't moving in to replace them. They want to protect their own family lines.



"So it hasn’t all been too terrible, I take it?" asks Iris one evening, after a show.

"Don't get me wrong," Sergio confides in her "it hasn't been the life I wanted for myself when I was younger - far from it. But I've got some pretty incredible kids running around this town, and I've made quite a few other contributions that I must say I am very proud of.



"After all, it's thanks to me that you will be able carry on, even when I'm gone. It's a good feeling, knowing your life has meant something that significant to someone else."

Iris smiles. "I'm glad it hasn't been all that awful, then?"



"Now Iris, I never did use the word 'awful'."



Rose, meanwhile, has continued to be the quiet and self-sufficient sim she was as a child. The adults, it seems, are always busy and she's left to her own devices, writing and publishing novels even as she's still in high school. It's admittedly rather lonely, and she often dreams of one day having a house full of sims to interact with and get to know.



In addition to Uncle Sergio's kids, she's met a few other teens who are, by some miracle, still hanging around town. Norman Johnston is a quiet, rather polite sim with whom she has science and Simlish. He may be a bit clumsy (as was exemplified in science class on more than one occasion), but he's also an insider, and longed to belong to more clubs not only at school, but beyond.

One evening he follows her home from school, and the two strike up a friendship. This friendship continues online when it's too late for either of them to visit each other.



"Rose, honey? Can I come in?"

Rose blinks at her computer screen and looks up. "What? Oh, uh, sure mom! What's up?"

"Oh, nothing in particular," says Iris, taking a seat on Rose's bed. "I just wanted to apologise. I haven't really been spending all that much time with you, and I wanted to say that I'm sorry about that. I've had to devote a lot of time lately to wrapping up my requirements, but I promise you that once I've eaten Ambrosia, you and I will have all of eternity to spend together."



Rose shifts her weight in her chair nervously, unsure what to make of this 'apology'. "Uh, thanks Mom. But really, it's okay. I'm getting a lot of my own requirements done now, too. Uh, what is it you have left to do."

Iris sighs. "I need to have 6 good friends outside the household, including one BFF."

Rose raises an eyebrow. "O-kaaay. You're a friend to nearly every sim in town. What's the problem?"



"Well, I had Alexander Goth and Ayla Ayala around to visit yesterday, and they became my last two good friends - I now have the six I need. But the problem is the BFF. Your father and I have been BFFs since before we even started dating. I don't want us to lose that."

Rose nodded empathetically. She thought about her mother's dilemma and tried to think if it could be helped.

"Well, it won't solve your problem entirely," she said at last, "but, well, to be honest, I finally sat down and looked at which goals and aspirations our children will have to meet. I think I actually have everything planned out properly and actually, I have an idea for you and Dad that might make things easier."

Iris brightened. "Just what do you have in mind, Rose?"
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 6 (16 Oct 2016)
« Reply #30 on: October 17, 2016, 05:37:37 AM »
When do we get to see Sergio surrounded by his kids? Would you please have him make a club so we could see the 7 cutest? *begs

About Iris' BFF: Can't she just make her outside BFF, eat ambrosia super quick, then re-ask Joaquin to be her BFF? (Oops, hope I'm not spoiling your next update!)

Rose's new friend Norman is very cute! I appreciate that he looks like nothing like anyone else in the Morven household at this point.

Wow, Sergio has been amazing! I've usually had multiple sims doing what Sergio achieved single-handedly!
I'm really sleepy right now, but I just want to comment on how nice the museum looks!
It looks so spacious and makes me wonder how I could have wasted so much space on my 64x64 Dresden House lot--I don't have that kind of space left!
Looking forward to the next update! Unless something will happen to Sergio, then I'm not.

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 7 (17 Oct 2016)
« Reply #31 on: October 17, 2016, 01:12:03 PM »
Wow! Sergio is the total package! I didn't realize he was so accomplished. All the ambrosia ingredients single-handed. Very nice!

Norman is adorable. Nice find!

I agree that your museum is beautiful. I would totally buy a ticket and visit. :)

I'm very interested to see what solution your sims come up with to the BFF problem.



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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 7 (17 Oct 2016)
« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2016, 06:10:03 AM »
When do we get to see Sergio surrounded by his kids? Would you please have him make a club so we could see the 7 cutest? *begs

About Iris' BFF: Can't she just make her outside BFF, eat ambrosia super quick, then re-ask Joaquin to be her BFF? (Oops, hope I'm not spoiling your next update!)

Rose's new friend Norman is very cute! I appreciate that he looks like nothing like anyone else in the Morven household at this point.

Wow, Sergio has been amazing! I've usually had multiple sims doing what Sergio achieved single-handedly!
I'm really sleepy right now, but I just want to comment on how nice the museum looks!
It looks so spacious and makes me wonder how I could have wasted so much space on my 64x64 Dresden House lot--I don't have that kind of space left!
Looking forward to the next update! Unless something will happen to Sergio, then I'm not.

Sergio's safe for a few more updates (because I have a few more to post, and I still haven't played this house since my last comment. Nope, not too emotionally attached to my sims. Not at all).

As for Sergio and his kids, I do have something planned a teensy bit later, so I promise you will be happy. :)

I guess I haven't reached the point where the game starts culling yet, 'cause Norman has been around for a while. I do like the looks of him, but his traits kind of leave a lot to be desired. He'll more than likely be sticking around, though.

I'm glad you like the Museum! I'm not sure if I'll end up keeping that layout forever. I'm probably going to end up doing a knockdown/rebuild for the whole house once I get around halfway through (to change things up, and to build a more Dynasty-esque house), and the museum may change. But for now I like it. I've always liked compact builds anyways. I get so peeved when I play Maxis houses and they have like a 6x6 room as a bathroom! :P

Wow! Sergio is the total package! I didn't realize he was so accomplished. All the ambrosia ingredients single-handed. Very nice!

Norman is adorable. Nice find!

I agree that your museum is beautiful. I would totally buy a ticket and visit. :)

I'm very interested to see what solution your sims come up with to the BFF problem.
I thought I'd do better if I focused on playing one sim well, rather than 5 sims badly. Sergio didn't have a career, so I didn't lose time working on career requirements or ever really have him outside of the house. My only regret is I wish he'd caught more Angelfish. Though I understand that fishing for Angelfish is a constant necessity, so hopefully Rose and her helpers will be able to catch a lot more!

I'm glad you like the museum. :) Hopefully it gets filled out a lot more soon.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 7 (17 Oct 2016)
« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2016, 06:29:14 AM »
Chapter 8 - Soulmates



Rose had worked out that there were more than enough aspirations in the game for there to be a few aspirations left that every immortal could complete if she or he so desired. One such aspiration, then, would be the Soulmates aspiration.

When Iris asked Joaquin if he would be willing to complete the soulmates aspiration with her, he was more than happy to oblige.



So for about two days, Sergio stayed down by the bay as much as possible.



And Iris kept working on writing her fifth good book.



So that Iris and Joaquin could spend as much time as possible in the company of one another.



They spent every minute together, relishing the opportunity to just get to know one another even more intimately than they ever had before.



They didn't even sleep. They rallied the troops all night long.



(Which of course kept Sergio and Rose awake as well).



For just under 24 sim hours, the only sims that mattered in the entirety of the world were the two of them.



They may have well and truly turned their teenage daughter off woohoo (or even ever wanting to open her bedroom closet again), but that was neither here nor there.



All that mattered was in the end, they each completed the goals, so that with one final kiss on the cheek.



The aspiration was, for both of them, complete.



"It's here, it's here, the day is here!" sang Iris in a singsong voice. "Get cooking, Serge, the day is here!"

"Well, you're mighty chipper!" commented Sergio. "I'll get right to it."



"Oh, Joey, I - no, we, have finally made it!"

"I'm so proud of you, Iris!" Joaquin returned, "though really, what's with the two of you both being in your PJs?"



"Is she gone?" asked Sergio in a harsh whisper.

"Upstairs to get to changed," Joaquin replied.

"Did you get the message?" The angelfish sizzled in the pan, masking at least part of their conversation.

"Yep," Joaquin answered. A pause. "Did you?"

Sergio sighed and nodded. "I'm ready for it," he said.

"So am I, but she's not. And I'm not about to tell her. Not right now."

"Me neither," answered Sergio.



"Today we have too much to celebrate for her to go all mopey and 'curse of the immortal' on us again."



A couple of hours later, Iris' club had gathered in the dining room. This club consisted of all of her good friends - Candy and Yuki Behr, Olivia Spencer-Kim-Lewis, Ayla Ayala, and Alexander and Cassandra Goth. She wanted all of them to be there, too.



"Cassandra," asked Iris, still with a smile on her face, "would you do me the great honour and privilege of becoming my BFF?"

"Well sure, Iris, if you like. But isn't Joaquin your BFF?" asked Cassandra, perhaps a little bit confused.

"He is my soulmate and I love him with all my heart, but I need you to be my BFF so I that I can become Immortal."

"Oh," said Cassandra, smiling. "Well, I'd be happy to help."



"But you know, there's nothing stopping you from becoming BFFs with Joaquin again, after you've become an Immortal," she continued.

"Wait, really?" asked Iris, feeling a bit sheepish.

"Really really," replied Cassandra with a smile. "Joey, did you hear-" shrieked Iris.

"I heard," he replied.

"Could this day get any better?"



But it did get better.



As they all gathered around the table, to watch and to wait,



Iris slowly took her first bite of Ambrosia, and became the first Immortal of the Morven's Immortal Family Dynasty.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 7 (17 Oct 2016)
« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2016, 09:44:08 AM »
Woohoo! Congratulations on your first immortal! Go, Iris! I like that she was surrounded by all of her friends. It made the occasion seem even more momentous.
I'm glad she and Joaquin got to complete soulmates. That was sweet. Poor Rose, though! Hard to concentrate on your novels when your parents have commandeered your closet! :)


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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 7 (17 Oct 2016)
« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2016, 03:52:16 PM »
Angelfish do seem to be a bit more scarce since the last update. Have you tried the little stream all the way in the front of Desert Bloom Park? I have good luck there, as well as behind the Willow Creek Museum. Those are my two go-to spots. Also, the area across from Oakenstead is fairly consistent, as is the fishing area near the Caliente house. Does Sergio have the active trait? If he does, the age bar will bubble for quite a while before he dies.

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 7 (17 Oct 2016)
« Reply #36 on: October 19, 2016, 08:42:51 AM »
Woohoo! Congratulations on your first immortal! Go, Iris! I like that she was surrounded by all of her friends. It made the occasion seem even more momentous.
I'm glad she and Joaquin got to complete soulmates. That was sweet. Poor Rose, though! Hard to concentrate on your novels when your parents have commandeered your closet! :)

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It seemed fitting for a 'Friend of the World' sim to celebrate surrounded by all her friends.

As I may have mentioned, when I first started this Dynasty I was pretty out of the loop, and I hadn't read many of the other stories on the forum. Apparently there's this thing people do where they complete soulmates first then buy connections, then apply for all the jobs, then sell the things, then get lots of money? I didn't know that was a thing, but it seems the game doesn't award the career rewards just for being in the career anymore anyways. :P But as stated, I finally sat down (during a rather boring English lecture - shh!) and plotted which heirs would complete each aspiration. I hadn't wanted Iris to complete any 'extras' until I knew what the 'extras' would be. Soulmates made it to the 'extras' list, so Iris and Joaquin got to complete it.

The make-out in closet was autonomous. One minute they were in their room, flirting away. The next I checked they had indeed commandeered the only closet in the house. I'll have to add more of those at some point.

Angelfish do seem to be a bit more scarce since the last update. Have you tried the little stream all the way in the front of Desert Bloom Park? I have good luck there, as well as behind the Willow Creek Museum. Those are my two go-to spots. Also, the area across from Oakenstead is fairly consistent, as is the fishing area near the Caliente house. Does Sergio have the active trait? If he does, the age bar will bubble for quite a while before he dies.

Love your story!

Thanks for the tips! I recently had a run of good luck (that will be posted about in a later update) in the spot outside Sergio and Joaquin's old house, so I think that's the new fishing spot from now on. But yes, I'll definitely try the ones you've mentioned if I hit another dry spell.

And yes, after a 3-hour play session last night, Sergio is, much to my relief, still kicking. Must be the Active trait. :)

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For this next chapter, I obviously set up a dummy world and played around with Iris and the boys in there for a while before using cheats/cas.fulleditmode to hurry things along. However, do rest assured that the main Dynasty file remains pure and untarnished!

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 7 (17 Oct 2016)
« Reply #37 on: October 19, 2016, 08:57:45 AM »
Chapter 9: In Another Life

The next morning was still a school day, and so Rose, as usual, was up with the sun so she would have time to eat and shower before school.



She was just finishing breakfast when Iris came downstairs to join her.

"Morning mom," said Rose with a smile. "Got any big plans for your first full day as an immortal?"

"No, actually, nothing huge. I'll finish up some comedy routines for work, and then maybe I'll practice the piano while there's no one else home."

"Sounds like a pleasant afternoon," Rose nodded. "I'd better go to school. Tell Dad I love him and I'll him tonight."

Iris smiled. "Sure thing, Rosie."



Having finished breakfast and just taken the rubbish out, too, Iris found the boys in the kitchen, finally awake.

"Good morning Iris!" said Sergio. "So, you have any big plans for your first full day of immortality?"

"Funny," Iris mused, "Rosie just asked me the same question."



"And the answer," she continued, as the three sat down at the bar together while the boys ate breakfast, "is nothing out of the ordinary. I might run through a few comedy routines for work, and then practice the piano while the two of you aren't in the family room."

"That sounds very practical," said Sergio with a laugh.

"Do you two have plans?" asked Iris.



"I'm going to work tonight," said Joaquin, "so probably just some guitar jamming all afternoon. What about you, Serge? Any of your lady friends coming over for a visit?"

"Har har," murmured Sergio, "So what if they are? But actually, I was hoping to dedicate a bit of time to the garden. I've been pretty neglectful of it these last few days."

"Fair enough," said Iris.

"Yeah," Sergio continued, "I accidentally let the old cow plant die. Feeling pretty foolish about that. I didn't grow that seed, I fished it. But now I'm hoping to leave some cowberries growing in the garden for you, Iris, so you can plant as many cowplants as you want whenever you need to."

"Well that's very…sweet of you," Iris replied, wondering what on earth she was going to do with one cowplant, let alone 'as many as she needed.'



True to their words, each of the three of them set out to do exactly as they had intended to do with their days. Having mastered the Piano and the Violin, Joaquin was hoping to master the guitar as well.



Sergio had taken the 'super green thumb' trait long ago, in the days of his youth, but that didn't mean he could completely let the garden go. Every couple of days, he checked that each plant was still getting enough water and sunlight, and checked for weeds and bugs.



And Iris, once Joaquin had gone outside to fit in a bout of cloudgazing before work, sat herself down at the piano. She hoped, one day, to play it as masterfully as her husband played.



It was just then, that the unimaginable happened.



Iris dropped her piano playing immediately. The shout was not a feeble cry for help, it was barely audible, but she heard it, she felt it, and she rushed outside as soon as she did.



She couldn't believe it. This was the moment she had been dreading since the day she fell in love with him. This was the moment she couldn't bear to witness. And yet, this was the moment she couldn't bear to look away from.

"Joey, no. Not yet, you can't."



"Joey, no," she whispered. "I still need you. Rose still needs you. You can't just leave."

Rose.

The words caught in her throat. She choked, on tears, on language, on forming each sound.

"Rose wanted me to tell you…She wanted me to say…"

But she couldn't force them out.



"I love you, Joaquin LeChien."



Sergio, being not quite as emotionally tied to Joaquin as his wife and soulmate, didn't come over until he heard the fuss and smelled the unmistakeable scent that the Grim Reaper carried around with him - the scent of death, of misere, of dreams gone by and broken hearts.

"Oh, Iris," he said. And then nothing.



There was nothing he could do but cry alongside her.

"You know," said the Reaper, in his booming but empty voice. "I'd be open to bargaining."

But Iris, knowing that this was forbidden - as were the death flowers growing in abundance in Sergio's garden, only sobbed harder.



And so, the reaping was completed. Joaquin was gone, the deed was done. Iris wiped away tears, trying to compose herself well enough so she could say to the Grim Reaper what was truly on her mind, when she heard another voice that made her heart sink even more.
It was 3 o'clock.

"Mom, where are you? I was looking for you in the family room - you said you'd be at the pia-"



"Dad," whispered Rose, dumbstruck.

"I missed him. I missed him completely."

"Wasn't there any warning?" Iris demanded of the Reaper. "This is too early. Much too early. You should have warned him."

"He was given as fair a warning as anyone else."



"So you mean he knew? He knew and didn't tell me? Why would he do that?" Iris asked.

The reaper merely shrugged. "Sims do unpredictable things when faced with death. Other times, they are more predictable than they would otherwise. Perhaps one day, you will have the opportunity to ask him."



There were many perhapses. Perhaps, in another life, things would have been different. Perhaps, Iris would not have moved to the grand house on the hill, but would have moved into a small house in town. Perhaps, unburdened by the curse of immortality, she would have lived a simpler existence. Maybe, she wouldn't have had to work so hard to be the very best - perhaps her youth could have been spent dancing and laughing and partying the night away in the streets of Windenberg.



Perhaps she and Joey would have lived together, in that small house in town. Sergio could have kept the house on the island, and married one of the beautiful girls he spent so much time with in the Paragons club. Siobhan, maybe, could have moved into the house with him. He could have founded the start-up he'd always wanted to build, and Siobhan would have risen through the ranks of the corporate world to become the very best. They would have grown old and grey, just the two of them, in the company of each other. Maybe, later in life, Sergio would have taken up fishing as a hobby, rather than a way of life.



Perhaps Joey and Iris could have had more children. Their firstborn daughter would have been Rose, of course. Followed by a son named Andrew and a daughter named Elizabeth. Their little house in Windenberg may have been too small for them, but with a little bit of remodeling, they would make it work.



Rose would have become a bestselling novelist, as she intended. She would have married a nice boy she met in high school and had half a dozen children with him - no more pining for a full house with lots of sims to keep her busy! Andrew wouldn't have gotten a traditional job, but he stayed in the house with his parents to save up enough money to purchase a small shop of his own. He would have followed his father's passion for music, and sold musical instruments and sound systems and DJ booths. His nights would have been spent at Discotheque Pan Europa, where he would keep the crowd pumping until the small hours of the morning.



Perhaps Elizabeth would have been the nerdy little overachiever of the family. She didn't stick around, but moved into a place of her own and became a highly respected medical doctor, the top of her field.



And Perhaps Iris and Joaquin still would have grown old together, spending less time on their careers and more time with their children, and with each other. And maybe, in another life, Iris was the first to go. But Joaquin would follow not long after, so that neither one had to live without the other for very long.

But, as a wise old Lion once told a young girl named Lucy, "no one is ever told what would have happened."



Rest in peace, Joaquin LeChien, and we hope to see you again soon.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 9 (19 Oct 2016)
« Reply #38 on: October 19, 2016, 10:21:54 AM »
I had internet problems and couldn't read Chapter 8 until now.
Great job to all four of you on Iris reaching immortality!

I really enjoyed your what-if Chapter 9!  Rest in peace, Joaquin. Your family will miss you intensely!

But I'm a Sergio fangirl, so I wait impatiently for Chapter 10. :-D

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« Reply #39 on: October 20, 2016, 01:43:06 AM »
Oh, Joey! So soon! He'll be terribly missed.

I loved the hypothetical story. Really touching and what a wonderful send-off! Seems as though it was as fun to create as it was to read. :) I loved seeing the other kids-that-never-were.

Oh, and your spoiler in the previous post cracked me up. Yeah, I think that definitely warranted an embarrassed moodlet or two. Somebody was asleep at the code. :)

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 9 (19 Oct 2016)
« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2016, 09:08:51 AM »
I had internet problems and couldn't read Chapter 8 until now.
Great job to all four of you on Iris reaching immortality!

I really enjoyed your what-if Chapter 9!  Rest in peace, Joaquin. Your family will miss you intensely!

But I'm a Sergio fangirl, so I wait impatiently for Chapter 10. :-D
Joaquin went super quick! I was so shocked - you expect more than just a day after the second warning, but I guess not?

At long last, your wish is my command!

Oh, Joey! So soon! He'll be terribly missed.

I loved the hypothetical story. Really touching and what a wonderful send-off! Seems as though it was as fun to create as it was to read. :) I loved seeing the other kids-that-never-were.

Oh, and your spoiler in the previous post cracked me up. Yeah, I think that definitely warranted an embarrassed moodlet or two. Somebody was asleep at the code. :)
I definitely had fun creating the other world. I was playing it normally, but I eventually got impatient and sort of...hurried things along. I did get to try a lot of the EP features I hadn't played around much with, without having 'hurry up, dynasty' running through the back of my mind. Joaquin did heaps more with club he comes with, and lots more DJing. I didn't just reject every party invite I got. It was fun in a different sort of way. And I loved Elizabeth. She was the right sort of funny-looking-but-unconventionally-pretty.



I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Rose, but she's got that overbite that kinda needs a frankle or something. :P

Re: the outtake. It was kind of hilarious when that happened. Granted, Iris had been in that room first, but the other two (pretty sure it was Sofia under the covers) didn't even wait for her to leave before they got busy.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 9 (19 Oct 2016)
« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2016, 09:31:44 AM »
Chapter 10 - A Picnic in the Park



The absence Joaquin left in the house was felt by everyone. Iris took days to emotionally recover from the loss. She tried to carry on with life as usual, but her level 5 Piano skill had nothing on Joey's level 10.



And she did try to continue rehearsing her now vast repertoire of comedic routines for work, but now moreso out of necessity than out of passion.



Not even birthday cake (of which they constantly seemed to have leftovers) could raise her spirits. She was lost without Joey, and completely unsure as to how she could ever face the next 7 generations of dynasty sims without him.



"So I was thinking of getting together with a handful of my kids from around town at the Park in Willow Creek. I just thought maybe you'd like a change of scenery to raise your spirits. Would you like to come along?"

"Oh, Sergio, that sounds lovely, but I really don't think I can," Iris replied. "You understand?"



"Of course, if that's how you feel," Sergio murmured. "I just thought…"

"Maybe you could take Rose with you? She's friends with a few of them, is she not?" asked Iris.

Sergio nodded. It would be good, he supposed, for Rose to get out and enjoy some sunshine. She seemed to spend so much time up in her room, writing.

Not that it was necessarily time wasted. She had already reached level 8 in the skill, and had published 6 books thus far. The family finances were in better shape than they had ever been, and the girl hadn't even finished high school.



And so Sergio gathered some of his children in the park in Willow Creek, so that he could perhaps get to know them and tell them he may have done a poor job of showing it, but he really did love them. And he was sorry he couldn't have cared for them more.

As soon as he realized not everyone had made it, he called some of the up to specifically invite them along, too.



His oldest child was Jensen Behr, whose mother, of course, was Candi. He was by this point a young adult himself.



Brittany Rosa, still a teen (though not, I suspect, for much longer), is the daughter of Jade Rosa.



And the only other teen is Dario Fyres, the elder son of Morgan Fyres. Morgan also has an infant son, Nehemiah, who was too young to come out to this picnic gathering.



The gathering in the park is not only an opportunity for Sergio to meet with his children, but serves as an opportunity for many of them to meet with each other as well.



Even though, in all honesty, Sergio really doesn't know what to do with himself. He's an accomplished gardener, fisherman and chef, but hasn't got the slightest idea how this 'bonding' thing works.

Maeve Kim-Lewis, daughter of Olivia.



And here Brittany agrees to take a selfie with Olivia's other child, Asher.



"You're Sloane, right?" Sergio asked one of them. "Your mother is?"

"Cassandra Goth. But she doesn't like you very much right now. Apparently she saw you flirt with someone else the other day at Iris' club gathering."

"Right. Uh, sorry about that."



Maeve introduces Sergio to Cassandra's other kid, Josef Goth. She also has some serious questions about typing for Sergio.



Eventually, the party migrates over to the picnic tables for some supper (now this Sergio can do). The guy in the red tanktop is a townie, but the girl in green is Kori Patel. She's the daughter, of course, of Zoey Patel. Unfortunately, this is the best shot I got of her (I thought I got everyone up close, but apparently not).

In all, at this point in the game, Sergio had 9 living children. All of them are pictured here except for Nehemiah Fyres, who was still a baby. Worth noting that the only way I got as many girls as I did was Pop Music (which I'm guessing is responsible for Rose being a girl, as well. I didn't mind either way about her gender, but I'm guessing Iris listened to pop music at the same Zoe or Jade did. My game usually favours boys and this was no exception).

That didn't mean these were all the children he would ever have. At this point, there were at least four more to come.



Fisherwoman who stole Candy's hair.



And Yuki Behr.



Rose did agree to join Uncle Sergio's kids for a picnic (better than being alone with Mom in the big empty house), but she was rather distracted by her phone. She and Norman Johnston had been texting back and forth rather a lot lately, and today was no exception.

Wait.

Did you say Willow Creek Park?

I think that's where my Mom went.


What are you talking about?

My Mom, Colette. There's no chess table
at the trailer park, so I think she said she
was going to the park to practice.


My mom tried to find your Mom when
she was looking for the sugar skulls.
She couldn't find her.

I swear that's what she said. Longish black
Hair, yellow tank top.




Rose looked up to scan the park for anyone who matched Norman's description.



"Mind if I join you?" Rose asked.

Colette looked up. "Sure," she said with a smile.

"I'm Rose. Rose Morven?" Rose searched her face for any sign of recognition.

"Hmm, I'm sure that name rings a bell. I'm Colette Johnston."

Rose grinned from ear to ear.



"Say, Colette, you wouldn't happen to be Norman Johnston's mother, would you?" asked Rose.

"Depends who's asking. He's not in trouble, is he?" asked Colette.

"No, no trouble," Rose insisted. "Actually, I have a proposition for you. For both of you. My Mom and I - we've been given a…a mission of sorts. Set of goals we have to complete and with a limited time to complete them. But we don't have to complete them along. I was hoping maybe you and Norman would be able to help us out?"

Colette gave Rose a strange look. This seemed like such a strange encounter, she really didn't know what to make of it.

"Why don't you come home to Windenberg with me? I'll get my Mom to explain everything."



Rose prayed her mother would look at her phone the whole way home, so that she would be up and ready and not looking like the mess she'd been for the past few days. Rose really, really wanted Norman to help her with her tasks, and Norman really, really hadn't wanted to leave his mother to fend for herself in the strange 'out of world' beyond.

It would be the perfect solution. Surely Iris' incredibly friendly nature and high-level charisma would persuade her. It seemed Norman hadn't explained the situation to her as much as she would have liked.



"I'm really not sure that I understand what you're offering," Colette repeated. "We really don't need charity, my Son and I are doing fine on our own. Quite well, in fact."

"Did I mention," said Iris, this time in a much more hushed voice, "that this is a Dynasty House? We have a Watcher?"

"A watcher…" Colette mused, considering this particular point rather carefully.



"Where do I sign up?"
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« Reply #42 on: October 20, 2016, 11:04:45 AM »
Thank you for the treat! I love seeing sims 4 genetics at work!
Too bad Iris didn't want to join Sergio for the outing. Meeting all the youngsters might have lifted her spirits a little...
None of the boys look very much like Sergio (yet), but all the kids are great. I laughed that Brittany Rosa got her mother Jade's skinny eyebrows!
Excellent work, Sergio!

I'm excited about Colette and Norman moving into the dynasty house! Looking forward to getting to know them both better!

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« Reply #43 on: October 20, 2016, 02:15:39 PM »
Ooh! Good plan. "Not in World" parents of cute teens never seem to be around when I want them, so good job locating Colette!
I really enjoyed seeing Sergio's kids, too! Especially Dario Fyres. Yum! I suppose Morgan's offspring tend to be good-looking, though.
Excited to see how Norman fits in to the family!


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« Reply #44 on: October 20, 2016, 09:32:37 PM »
Finally caught up!  Sad about Joaquin but oh, what good luck snagging Colette Johnston and son!  Really good writing.  I found it sad Rose had to be so alone but she's turning out well and is quite pretty to boot.
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« Reply #45 on: October 21, 2016, 04:11:39 AM »
Thank you for the treat! I love seeing sims 4 genetics at work!
Too bad Iris didn't want to join Sergio for the outing. Meeting all the youngsters might have lifted her spirits a little...
None of the boys look very much like Sergio (yet), but all the kids are great. I laughed that Brittany Rosa got her mother Jade's skinny eyebrows!
Excellent work, Sergio!

I'm excited about Colette and Norman moving into the dynasty house! Looking forward to getting to know them both better!
I was excited to find her, too. Just wish I could have found her sooner. As mentioned, I checked for her nearly every time I travelled - culling isn't really a problem in my game yet, but I wanted to be safe about it.

The kids all look different enough, though a few of them could do with a trip to the closet (if I can ever be bothered. :P).

Ooh! Good plan. "Not in World" parents of cute teens never seem to be around when I want them, so good job locating Colette!
I really enjoyed seeing Sergio's kids, too! Especially Dario Fyres. Yum! I suppose Morgan's offspring tend to be good-looking, though.
Excited to see how Norman fits in to the family!
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I was so glad when I found her, I momentarily forgot that I needed an adult to invite her into the house. Thankfully she was cooperative enough to travel back to the home lot so Iris could move her in.

Finally caught up!  Sad about Joaquin but oh, what good luck snagging Colette Johnston and son!  Really good writing.  I found it sad Rose had to be so alone but she's turning out well and is quite pretty to boot.
Rose is definitely the only child who spends all her days dreaming about having more kids to play with. Not to worry, the dynasty house will fill up in no time I'm sure! As a teen she had a really unfortunate (in my mind) overbite - her profile just seemed a bit strange. It's evened out as an adult, and she's definitely a fun sim to play! (I'm trying not to be shallow about my sims here. :P Not sure if it's working).
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« Reply #46 on: October 21, 2016, 04:28:02 AM »
Chapter 11 - Hot Dogs

Though Rose was initially overjoyed to have Norman finally living with her and safe under her roof, she was a bit…concerned about some new found evidence that had come to light upon his moving in.

"What do you mean you're not a teen anymore?" she demanded. "When did you have your birthday? Why didn't you invite me to your party?"

Norman just shrugged. "You kept talking about your Mom's ambrosia thing, and then your Dad…I just didn't think it was important."

"Didn't think it was important?"



"Hey now," said Sergio. Iris and Joaquin barely ever fought, and he was wholly unused to being in the middle of lovers' quarrels like this. "I think the two of you need to calm down a bit and just…"

"And what about your third trait, huh? Explain that!" Rose continued.

"So I like my food. That's not a sin?"

"Actually, yes, gluttony is a sin." she retorted.

"Now technically," said Sergio, though he should have realised at this point that Rose wasn't really listening, "I'm materialistic, which may as well be greed, but no one around here ever held that against me. Since when are we religious in this house, anyways?"

"Oh, look at the time. I'd best get to work," mused Norman.

"Work!?!" Rose demanded.



"Yes, work." Norman repeated. "It just so happens that in the two days I've been a young adult, I've made it all the way to the top of the Management career. You're looking at a rather successful Business Tycoon."

This could have been Norman's one redeeming feature, as a clumsy, gluttonous insider (who is also Business Savvy), but it actually ends up being a moot point. And if this was a legacy, I would have happily accepted the freebie 'topped career X' point. But this isn't a legacy, and I'm not as interested in the money he could earn as I am in the career items he could unlock, (if I'm interested in the careers of spouses and helpers at all) But alas, it seems that despite being a Business Tycoon, Norman hasn't unlocked access to any of the Business career rewards, not even after I send him to work for two days.

I'm guessing Maxis tried to nerf the connections + career rewards exploit, and in the process, nerfed the awarding of any career rewards when the promotion hasn't actually been earned properly.

We will have to reconsider Norman's career. He has very few skills, so regardless of what he ends up doing, he will be starting from scratch.



Colette does not fare much better. While her traits are Outgoing, Dance Machine, and Good (+Essence of Flavour, though I don't really have time to be bothered with her aspiration), she's so fixated on Joaquin's gravestone that she may as well have the gloomy trait. She never even met Joaquin! She's an adult, less than a week away from becoming an elder. With no time for a career (she came to us entirely unemployed), and no room for her to have a child (as much as I would LOVE to raise one of Sergio's kids myself, we need room for Rose to have 3 kids, and for the eldest of those kids to have a spouse and a child within a reasonable amount of time - I absolutely cannot risk her having twins), her main duties apart from annoying mother-in-law will include keeping the garden alive, and CATCHING. MORE. ANGELFISH.



But her obsession with the fate that befell Joaquin Le Chien, and perhaps the fate that will eventually befall her, has left her a rather downcast sim, who does not embrace her new position as Fisherwoman in Chief with as much enthusiasm as I had hoped she would.



"I suppose they can't all be perfect," I sigh, a bit dejected.

"Cheer up. If every pork chop were perfect…"

I smile. Grin, in fact, from ear to ear. "We wouldn't have hot dogs."

Sergio smiled. "You got it, Watcher, old friend."



"Well then Sergio," I say, "Colette. Also known as Hot Dog Senior. She'll be your new fishing buddy from now on. I hope the two of you become the best of friends!"

"Pleased to meet you," Sergio replies dutifully.



Iris, meanwhile, has finally recovered from her slump after losing her soulmate, and is looking for ways to continue to make herself useful around the house. She never has been, nor ever will be the outdoorsy type*, so unfortunately fishing and gardening are out.



But Sergio's cooking has been well and truly inspirational. While she will continue to work as a Comedian as long as she can stand to (no pun intended), and does intend to supplement the household income with written and licenced songs, as her husband did, she decides it's never too late for a new hobby, especially when you're immortal, and so will take on some of the other household duties Sergio held around the house; mainly cooking meals and repairing things that break.

*If you don't remember, Iris has the squeamish trait. Assigned to her on a whim when I was still kind of going for an airy-fairy personality for her, I am very sorely regretting that momentary lapse in judgement.



For once, Rose was grateful at having gone to school and not found Norman there. It gave her time and space to think. Maybe she had been too hard on him. He hadn't bothered her with his birthday because he thought she was busy enough with other things - he hadn't withheld the truth out of malice. Gluttony was certainly not optimal, but it wasn't unworkable. His rise to Business Tycoon in such a short amount of time seemed to show that he had some drive to success.

This had been her last day of school ever. Tomorrow, Saturday, she would throw her first social event, and finally get down to work on completing her own set of requirements. And she was determined that she and Norman would work out. In a Dynasty house, there was no backing out on helpers - she had chosen Norman, and Norman she would keep. She had liked him well enough as a teen, and so she hoped she could love him as an adult.



In the meantime, she would focus on befriending her would-be mother-in-law.

"I just wanted to say again how sorry I am about the passing of your father. It must be really difficult not having him around anymore," Colette was saying. She leaned in, and continued in a hushed voice "Were you there when it happened?"

Okay, this wouldn't have been Rose's first choice of a conversation topic. "Well, I arrived right at the end, when his soul had already been reaped."

Colette gasped. "Did he die alone?"

"Oh no," Rose replied. "Mom and Sergio were both there when it happened."

"That's one of my biggest fears," Colette continued. "Dying alone."

Well, that explained why Norman didn't want to move in without her.



"Well, lucky you have Norman and the rest of us, right?" Rose replied, a bit awkwardly.

Colette nodded enthusiastically. "Yes, yes. Very lucky. Norman is a wonderful son."

Rose breathed a sigh of relief, grateful to see her smiling.



"But what…what was he like?"

Rose put down her fork, thinking she'd missed something. "What do you mean?"

"Your father," said Colette, earnestly. "What was he like? Handsome? Funny? Talented?"

"Yes," Rose sighed, "all of those, I suppose."

She made a mental note to lock the gate to the cemetery.



"Welcome home, Norman," I say, "how was work?"

"Just fine, thank you."

I frown. "Still no Management Career items unlocked I see."

"Is that a problem?" he asks.

"Yes," I reply. "You may need a change in careers, Norman."



"Rose intends to become a Creator of Worlds. And she's well on her way there. You haven't exactly got many skills. I was thinking, Iris and Joaquin supported one another as entertainers - perhaps you and Rose would like to support one another as writers? How do you feel about journalism?"

"Journalism? Like, newspapers and stuff?" I take a deep breath, figuring I may have to speak a bit more slowly with this one. "Yes, like newspapers and stuff. Do you think you could be a Scribe of History one day?"

"Oh ho, you bet I can!"

Well that makes one of us.



"Aren't Rose and I going to complete the Soulmate aspiration so I can get the connections thing?" asked Norman.

"No, I don't think so." I tell him. "Rose has straight As in high school, meaning she'll start at level 3. If you get connections, you'll start at level 4. And if career rewards are working the way I think they're working, that would mean neither of you would unlock the computer or the painting. Also, I don't know what kind of cheats you had access to in the Out-of-World Trailer Park, but in here, we do things by the book. You start from square one."

"This 'watcher' thing is definitely overrated," Norman muttered.

"Now get back to your book."



"Not going so well with the new recruits?" asked Sergio.

"What was your first clue?" I grumbled.

"Eh, I was less than enthusiastic about the whole thing myself in the beginning. I'm sure they'll come around."

I can't help but smile. "I'm glad you're still around, big guy."

He shrugs. "An active lifestyle, I suppose."

"Can I count on your help for Rose's birthday party tomorrow?"

"Sure thing," he smiles.



About then, Iris arrived home from work (with a raise, no less). I'm grateful for some more familiar company.

Iris is still getting over losing her soulmate, I think, but I can forgive her being mopey. It seems fair enough considering all that she and Joaquin went through.



So she and I were both delighted when good old Joey made a guest appearance in the house.

"Joey, is that you?"

"You'd better believe it, Iris, old girl. Can't keep me down that easily."



"Oh, Joey, I've missed you so much! It's so good to see you again!"

"I've missed you too, Iris. I'll come right back, I promise, but I'd like to say hello to Rosie, as well. There's something I want to talk to her about."

"Of course," Iris replied.



"Oooh," yawned Rosie as she stretched - it was really getting late and she was really getting tired, but she tried to focus on her father's words as much as possible.

"I'm sorry it's so late, but I can really only come out at night," Joaquin began.

"Uh-huh. Sure dad. What was it you wanted to talk about?"



"Well, Iris, I wanted to talk about your mother. Obviously I still may not be around forever, but you will be. Look after her for me, okay? She never was too keen on this immortal thing. She keeps going on and on about…"

"The Immortal's curse," Iris repeated.

Joaquin nodded. "Keep her out of trouble, and keep her spirits high. I know the two of you will be wonderful as long as you have one another's support."

Rose felt like rolling her eyes. Was that all? Of course she could look after her mother. It was the others she was worried about.

But she smiled and nodded dutifully. "Sure dad," she said, "I'll look out for her."



"Now, tell me about these new sims you've moved in. I'm not sure I ever had the pleasure of meeting Norman."

Rose shrugged "They're alright, I guess. Norman has kind of terrible traits, and his Mom is…weirdly obsessed with you, actually. I mean, I thought I was sure, Dad. I thought he was the one I wanted to be to me what you were to Mom. But I'm really not sure anymore."

"Oh, honey, I'm so sorry you feel that way. You know, you don't have to settle for him if you don't want to. There's plenty of time for you to find someone else."

Rose sighed. "I guess."

"And you know, the potential of a sim is not limited by their traits. Look at your Uncle Sergio: an Active, materialistic, business-savvy child-hater. Not exactly a genius outdoors-loving foodie, and yet look at his pristine garden, his top-tier meals, his 9 children,"



"10 children. With three more on the way," Rose interrupted with a giggle.

"Wait, really?" Joaquin asked, bemused.

She nodded. "Really really."

"Well then…thirteen children. Plus just how supportive he's been to you through your formative years. Any sim has potential, they just need the right kind of support. Don't give up on Norman and his Mom just yet, okay?"

"Okay, Dad. I'll give them another shot."

Joaquin smiled proudly. "That's my girl," he said. "I love you. Now, off to bed with you."



"Now then, Iris honey. Where were we?"

Iris grinned. "Oh, I think I have a fair idea."

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 11 (21 Oct 2016)
« Reply #47 on: October 21, 2016, 11:21:54 AM »
Don't despair over your new household additions! I loved Walking the Dog's return to share wisdom about accepting less-than-perfect sims.

Norman: A gluttonous sim looks like a slob when eating, but the trait isn't otherwise that negative. Even if he can't use Connections like before, using Soulmate to buy him more reward traits is still a good thing!
Collette: If she's too old to complete a career, what about having her do the first three levels of various careers just to earn the career reward objects you seek, like the Writer's level 2 computer or the Chef's kitchen counters? Lol, smart move to lock up the family cemetery.

Also, I forgot to mention that I second the angelfish fishing spots suggested by @reggikko
And have I already said that Rose is really adorable? She is!

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« Reply #48 on: October 21, 2016, 12:50:19 PM »
I'm really enjoying Colette's morbidity. I totally understand any frustration you are having with autonomous mourning. It's a constant struggle for my Dynasty, and even locking gates doesn't really work, because they can mourn through fences. It's super annoying, but I really like the ghosts, so I put up with it. Still, I think making an obsession with death part of Colette's personality is brilliant.

Oh, Norman. Try to exert yourself a bit, can't you? I mean, I'm very impressed about him becoming an executive in a just a couple of days, but what we really need is a little romance and personality. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he and Rose warm up to each other.

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 11 (21 Oct 2016)
« Reply #49 on: October 22, 2016, 08:24:08 AM »
Don't despair over your new household additions! I loved Walking the Dog's return to share wisdom about accepting less-than-perfect sims.

Norman: A gluttonous sim looks like a slob when eating, but the trait isn't otherwise that negative. Even if he can't use Connections like before, using Soulmate to buy him more reward traits is still a good thing!
Collette: If she's too old to complete a career, what about having her do the first three levels of various careers just to earn the career reward objects you seek, like the Writer's level 2 computer or the Chef's kitchen counters? Lol, smart move to lock up the family cemetery.

Also, I forgot to mention that I second the angelfish fishing spots suggested by @reggikko
And have I already said that Rose is really adorable? She is!
Haha, thanks for the encouragement (and the great suggestions!). I remember playing a glutton before who I couldn't leave to free will too much lest they were grabbing food from the fridge without even being hungry. But maybe that's been fine-tuned out, because Norman doesn't really seem to be doing that.

Norman and Rose will still be doing Soulmate for sure, but I just didn't see the point in spending those points on the connections perk for him. Although, while I'm quite happy having Colette not working and just being my utility sim for a while, I loved your idea of having another sim just working and earning the levels 1-4 career rewards. I might have to do that with another helper a bit later on. :)

I'll definitely have to investigate for more suitable Angelfish stops - I'll for sure check out the ones Reggiko mentioned. I just find travelling more annoying in the Sims 4. I either take everyone with me, or leave them to their own devices and neither make for terribly effective time/task management.

I'm really enjoying Colette's morbidity. I totally understand any frustration you are having with autonomous mourning. It's a constant struggle for my Dynasty, and even locking gates doesn't really work, because they can mourn through fences. It's super annoying, but I really like the ghosts, so I put up with it. Still, I think making an obsession with death part of Colette's personality is brilliant.

Oh, Norman. Try to exert yourself a bit, can't you? I mean, I'm very impressed about him becoming an executive in a just a couple of days, but what we really need is a little romance and personality. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he and Rose warm up to each other.
Yep, I did learn that they can mourn through fences. Ugh. For Colette, it was the very first thing she did when she joined the household, so she really didn't develop much more of a personality beyond 'ugh, why are you so obsessed?' And I agree, having the ghosts around is  a lot of fun. I'll see how long I can stand an outdoor cemetery, but I just may building an indoor Mausoleum instead (I assume they can't mourn through walls?).

I was definitely impressed with the whole "Business Tycoon" thing, for sure! But yeah, everything else was a bit, meh. He's growing on me, though.
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