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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge News Post 8/31/18
« Reply #100 on: September 01, 2018, 02:07:50 PM »
Beatrice and Gunner seem to have the most difficult relationship. Beatrice just won't cut Gunner any slack and he is often apologizing it seems.
She really turned me off when she said the following to Gunner:
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..."I will use whatever is at my disposal to protect my family, Gunner.  Believe that."
I would have liked her more if she'd had said "our family."

On the other hand, congrats on twins! No governess for that hard-working Beatrice?  ;)

Regarding your news update, wow! That involves so many different households to keep track of and remember.
I was delighted to notice that MCCC has been good about producing an even gender balance among all the new births.
As a reader, I will have trouble following that many households, even with detailed weekly updates.
Or perhaps the first "summary" confuses because we have yet to meet the rest of the households yet?
Looking forward to seeing how you decide to share your RKC universe.

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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge News Post 8/31/18
« Reply #101 on: September 01, 2018, 02:21:43 PM »
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Beatrice and Gunner do have a more difficult relationship, mostly because they aren't easy people.  But they do get along better, for the most part.  She was trying to say that he's a part of her family, too. She has no problem with him being protective.  But she really doesn't like that he wants to be protective because she's a woman. They protect each other. Heh, suppose I identify with her more because I'm a lot like Beatrice.



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Epilogue: The Winner is...
« Reply #102 on: September 03, 2018, 01:43:01 AM »
Epilogue: The Winner is...

The fire crackled in the hearth at Prima Dominus. Meredith and Blakely reclined with a cup of spiced cider. Blakely was deep in thought, staring into his cup.

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He looked up when he heard footfalls on the stairs. His eyes lit up as his wife came down the stairs.

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"Did he go down alright?"

Adisa nodded.  "Out like a light. We got lucky.  He sleeps like a log already."  Rather than take the empty chair, she went to her husband's and leaned her hip on the arm, rubbing her hand up his shoulder.

He smiled gently up at her and used his free hand take her hand and bring it to his lips.  There was a knowing look in her eyes.  "Ready for tomorrow?"

"As I'll ever be. I suppose a part of me is just glad it's over.  Another part just can't quite believe it."

Adisa leaned over to kiss his cheek.  "Regardless, you've got me."

"And me," Meredith murmured.  She reached a hand over to pat him on the shoulder.  "You've made me proud, Blakely.  No matter what, I'm proud and your parents would be proud too."

"Thank you.  That means a lot.  Both of you."  He drained his cup.  "Whatever happens, I- I can't tell you how happy I am.  I know things started out rocky-" He looked at his wife.  "But I wouldn't change it for the world."

"Neither would I," Adisa agreed, leaning over to wrap her arms around him.

Meredith raised her cup in a salute.  "To the Dorans," she murmured, smiling.

*****

At Rosa Manor, the mansion was fairly quiet as the moon peeked out of the clouds for a moment. The only lights on were in the small family room as Ferina, Adrian, and Marisa relaxed after a long day.  Having an active toddler and a new baby in the house made for quite a chaotic household at the best of times.

"Are you glad that tomorrow's the day?" Ferina asked her son.  Though they had tried not to think too much of it, it was never far from their minds.

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"Yes.  Better to get it done, to know.  The King was rather brief.  He's playing things close to the vest.  I don't blame him.  The whole thing is unconventional."

Marisa patted her husband's hand.  "No matter the outcome, we're a family and we'll handle it as a family."

"Aye," Ferina agreed.  She beamed at her son and daughter-in-law.  "You two have done so well. Adrian, your father- both of them- would be so proud of the man you've become."

"I'd like to hope so.  If-if I'm meant to be king, I'll do it and do it to the best of my abilities."  Though he didn't voice it, he hoped it wouldn't be him.  He enjoyed what he did now and thought he could do the most good for the kingdom in the position he was in now.

Marisa leaned her head over onto his shoulder. He pulled her close, kissing her cheek. Ferina smiled at the two of them.  "So, will I be getting a third grandchild by any chance?"

Adrian sputtered while Marisa laughed.  "Let's wait until Jayda and Quinn are both a little older."

"Yes, yes, please!"

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"You're too easy, son," Ferina snickered.  She leaned over to pat his hand.  "I can't help myself.  Those two babies are such a light for this old woman."

Adrian rolled his eyes, though he was grinning.  Come what may tomorrow, he was ready, for whatever it was. If he was to be King, then so be it.  If not, he would swear his loyalty to whoever Darian chose as his successor without a qualm.

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The flames danced in the fireplace, sending little shadows over the walls. There was a chill in the air, something Beatrice couldn't remember having before.  Oh, the temperature fluctuated some here and there, especially when the sun went down, but this was different. The weather seemed to be changing.  It was subtle, but getting worse.

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"Earth to Triss.  Come in Triss."

Her husband's voice in her ear had her jolting. "What?"

Gunner took the seat next to her. "You were really deep in thought there." 

She nodded slowly.  "Thinking about tomorrow."

Understanding, he reached over to take her hand in his.  "Will you tell them?"

"I have to."

There was a moment of hesitation and then Gunner asked, "Do you think they knew?  Either of them?"

Beatrice shook her head.  "I can't speak for Lord Rosa, though I would think not.  After all, why bother going through with this if he had a claim to the throne? I highly doubt he knew. As for the King, no, he doesn't. To be quite honest, if you hadn't found the letter, I doubt anyone would have put it together. If King Darian had known, this would never have been necessary, this contest."

"A contest you never had any intention of winning," he pointed out with a raised brow.

Rather than a denial, Beatrice wore a little smirk. 

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"No.  I'm not Queen material. Data, information. It's how I can best serve the kingdom. The next King of Newcrest will have my loyalty and all the knowledge at my disposal. I agreed to participate so that there would be no whisperings of disloyalty or resentment."

Gunner shook his head in admiration.  "The King was very smart in his choice of intelligence director."

"Knowledge is power.  It was the one thing that I agreed with my father about."

Concerned, Gunner took her hand in his and gave it a squeeze.  She squeezed it back.  "The one thing that our fathers could never understand though. Using their power for the betterment of others. Newcrest is our home. The nobility aren't the only ones here. In order for our society to function, there are a great many others, others that must be protected. The Bulwarks have ensured our safety for over 400 years. They've done that with a combination of fairness, brilliant strategy, diplomatic relations, when all else failed, military might."

"You're right." Gunner kissed her hand. "You and I will give our children a different legacy than our fathers gave us."

"Yes. We will." Beatrice stood up and went to Gunner.  She kissed him.  "Thank you. For everything.  Thank you."

"No, thank you."

*****

While his vassels contemplated the morrow in various states of relaxation, King Darian did much the same, though relaxation was not at the forefront of his mind. He stood before the great hearth in the royal chambers, contemplating the past and the possible futures for his kingdom.

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He rested his arm on the mantle and let out a sigh. "It's almost time, my darling.  Almost time."

*****

The next morning dawned bright and clear. The castle rose up into the sky, a stalwart bastion of protection and peace. It had served as the home of the Bulwarks for centuries. For those who called Newcrest their home, it was a symbol. Of hope, and of peace. Blakely craned his neck as he looked up at it.  Since he could remember, his parents had brought him to the castle whenever they had had to meet with the King. When it became time for his training, he had been there every day. Adisa put a hand on his shoulder just before he became aware of another presence.

"Lord Doran."

Blakely turned around.  "Lord Rosa!"  He extended his hand and he and Adrian exchanged a hand shake.  "It's been some time."

"Aye.  It has.  Lord Doran, this is my wife, Lady Marisa."

Marisa nodded and curtsied while Blakely took her hand politely.  "I was sorry to have missed your wedding."

"We certainly understood."

Adisa was introduced to the Rosas and the four of them stood out for a moment until another car pulled up at the curb.  "There's Lady and Lord Campbell," Marisa murmured as she waved to them.  She was very familiar with Lord Campbell.  Though she detested his father, Gunner had always seemed a decent sort, if a bit hot-headed.

Beatrice and Gunner approached the group.  More greetings and proper introductions followed.  Soon enough, the door of the castle opened. The King's valet greeted them all and showed them up to the King's chambers.

They found Darian on the sofa.  He had had chairs ringed in a circle.  "I thought it would be more comfortable and there would be less prying eyes, " he told them.  "Please, sit.  Make yourselves at home."

As everyone was settling down into a seat, Darian looked at each one.  "Now, first, let me apologize for the brief missive I sent and furthermore, for tearing you away from your children."

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He stood up.  "I'll be as quick as I can.  First, I want to thank all of you. Yes, all of you.  While Lady Campbell, Lord Rosa, and Lord Doran were in contention for the throne, those who married them became a part of it as well.  So thank you, all of you."

There were a few murmurs of acknowledgement, then they fell silent.  The old King bowed his head.  "I realize what I asked was far more than I had any right to expect.  For that I apologize.  But I believe that you three and those you have chosen are what is best for this kingdom, for our home. With that said, I am proud to announce the winner."  Darian looked at each one first and then his gaze settled on Blakely.  "Congratulations, Lord Doran.  You will be King of Newcrest."

Blakely closed his eyes for a brief moment as emotions flitted through over his face in rapid succession.  Then he blanked it and he nodded to his King.  "It is an honor, your majesty."

Clearing her throat, Beatrice stood up with an apology. 

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"I do not mean to interrupt, your highness.  Nor do I wish to belittle Lord Doran's achievements.  But I feel I must speak up."  Her gaze, full of sympathy, went to Lord Rosa.  "In my capacity as a scholar and chronicler, I came upon something a few days ago.  After some calculations and looking into the histories and birth records, I believe there is an heir of Bulwark blood that has a much fuller claim to the throne than we previously thought."

Darian stood stock still for a long moment before composing himself.  "L-lady Campbell.  Are you sure?"

She nodded. "I am, your highness."  She turned to Adrian.  "Lord Rosa, I apologize.  But it is my duty to inform you of this.  I believe that you are the son of the late Markus Bulwark."

There was silence in the room for a long moment.  Then Adrian sighed.  He looked at his wife and shrugged.  "It's true."

"What?! Lad, you knew?"

Blakely had stood up, slowly.  "You have a rightful claim to the throne.  Your mother was engaged to the Prince."

"They never married," Adrian pointed out.  "He died before they could be."  He sighed again, rubbing a hand over his face.  Then he looked at the King.  "I will apologize to you, your majesty.  I should have said something, though I only found out after I was married. Mother was going to take the secret to her grave.  She kept it from you, from everyone, to protect me. But she wanted me to know.  The truth of the matter is-" He was grateful as his wife placed her hand over his. "I am proud of my bloodline.  I'm honored to have Bulwark blood running through my veins. I'm honored to be your nephew. But I'm a Rosa. And I finally know what that means."

He stood up, facing Blakely, a soft smile on his face.  "I am a Rosa and while I participated in this contest, I knew I could become King.  But I would do it as a Rosa. However, you won, Lord Blakely."

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"Or should I say, King Doran?" Those in the room watched avidly as Adrian knelt down in front of Blakely, bowing respectfully.  "I, Adrian Rosa, head of the Rosa family and with the blood of the Bulwarks running through my veins, do hereby pledge my loyalty and that of my family to King Blakely Doran and to his Queen, Adisa. You have only to call and I or my kin will be here." Marisa joined her husband, bending knee and bowing her head.

Blakely slid his gaze to Darian.  The King watched Adrian for a moment, then gave a single nod to Blakely.

"Rise, Lord Rosa. And thank you." He looked to Adisa who stood up and took her place by his side.  Blakely then turned to Beatrice and Gunner. "How do you both feel about this?"

Beatrice had been watching Darian. When she saw what she had been seeking, she stood up, her husband following her.  They dropped down next to their peers.  "I, Beatrice Campbell, head of the Campbell family, swear to serve you as faithfully as I have done your predessor. I swear that I and my family will serve you and your family in any capacity you see fit."

Blakely looked at the four of them, and then at his King, the one he had once gotten down on one knee and swear his service to.  "Sir?"

King Darian smiled.  "You heard them, King Blakely. I wouldn't keep your vassals there on their knees long, though."

Adisa had to smother the laugh behind her hand.  Blakely glared at her, but he had to smile ruefully.  "Forgive me.  Please rise and I don't know how to thank you." He blew out a breath and looked at his wife.  They linked hands.  "I swear to you, as your King, I will serve this kingdom and its people to the best of my ability until I draw my last breath." He looked at Adisa.

She nodded.  "As Queen, I swear the same. Thank you, all of you."

King Darian came forward.  He clasped hands with Blakely and then kissed Adisa's cheek.  "My Queen, My King.  Thank you.  The announcement will go out tomorrow. And when you are ready, we will move your things here, to the castle.  I will see that Prima Dominus is looked after."

Blakely looked at his wife again, this time with more trepidation.  The realization- the magnitude- was beginning to sink in.  "Of course.  Thank you."

He was going to be King...

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Congratulations to Blakely!  The new King and Queen of Newcrest are Blakely and Adisa Doran!

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A big thank you to everyone for reading!  I hope you enjoyed this story. And I hope you join me to see how not only Blakely and Adisa, Gunner and Beatrice as well as Adrian and Marisa fare, but also the other citizens of Newcrest when the Royal Kingdom Challenge begins in earnest.  I am not quite done with this either.  I've been working on a bit of a behind-the-scenes post where I have some fun tidbits about my game, some screenshots I really wanted to share as well as the final "scores" of our three contenders.  So stay tuned and keep an eye out for the start of the RKC!

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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge Epilogue up! 9/3/18
« Reply #103 on: September 03, 2018, 07:52:35 PM »
Congratulations to Blakely, the new King!
Oddly, the other two candidates hadn't really wanted to rule, anyway, so I guess all things really turned out for the best.

I was surprised Beatrice didn't inform King Darian of her news about Adrian immediately, rather than letting King Darian announce the winner first.
Still, I really liked how King Darian let his "rivals" decide among themselves whether Adrian's genealogy should be the deciding factor.
How wonderful, though, that both Beatrice and Adrian will be able to serve the kingdom in the roles they feel suit them best.
Although I  imagine all three would always remain loyal supporters and gracious losers, no matter who'd win.

The Royal Kingdom Challenge seems so incredibly complex due to the numerous households involved in the kingdom.
Greatly looking forward to meeting everyone!

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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge Epilogue up! 9/3/18
« Reply #104 on: September 04, 2018, 06:11:28 AM »
Is your RKC going to be in this thread or a new one? a.k.a. if I need to move it to Completed Stories or not ;)
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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge Epilogue up! 9/3/18
« Reply #105 on: September 04, 2018, 02:06:52 PM »
Congratulations to Blakely, the new King!
Oddly, the other two candidates hadn't really wanted to rule, anyway, so I guess all things really turned out for the best.

I was surprised Beatrice didn't inform King Darian of her news about Adrian immediately, rather than letting King Darian announce the winner first.
Still, I really liked how King Darian let his "rivals" decide among themselves whether Adrian's genealogy should be the deciding factor.
How wonderful, though, that both Beatrice and Adrian will be able to serve the kingdom in the roles they feel suit them best.
Although I  imagine all three would always remain loyal supporters and gracious losers, no matter who'd win.

The Royal Kingdom Challenge seems so incredibly complex due to the numerous households involved in the kingdom.
Greatly looking forward to meeting everyone!

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Hehe, none of them really wanted it lol, but it was also me trying some foreshadowing as I played through the challenge.  I really didn't have a favorite candidate for the monarch.  I enjoy them all, in different ways. But as the next bit I'm going to post will explain, things didn't quite go as I thought they would XD

Beatrice was fighting with herself a little. She felt duty bound to say something, but didn't actually want to. Especially since she didn't know if Adrian knew or not, so she knew it would be quite a blow. I'm glad you enjoyed it with Darian.  He may be a bit shocked that Adrian is his nephew, but in some ways, it was as much a test for them as anything else and they handled it as he thought (and hoped really). So even though Blakely will be King, he has the support of the other two and their families which is what Darian had hoped.

Yeah, the RKC is going to be a beast of a project lol, but I like all the planning and whatnot.  The families I will actually be playing aren't as hard to keep track of, but it's keeping track of all the kingdoms that can get a little crazy hehehe.  But we'll see how it goes!

Is your RKC going to be in this thread or a new one? a.k.a. if I need to move it to Completed Stories or not ;)

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I have one more post, a behind the scenes look, which I will be posting directly after this, then the story itself is completed ^^ So it can be moved to the Completed stories board.  The RKC will have its own topic.  Thanks for checking!

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« Reply #106 on: September 04, 2018, 02:13:36 PM »
Behind the Scenes of One to Rule Them All #1

So, now that we know who are winner is- Congratulations to Blakely!  I thought I'd give everyone a bit of behind the scenes information, show a bit of my favorite shots that didn't make the chapters for one reason or another and take you through some of the actual requirements they made.

First off, we all know how skilling can be, the sims going to work etc.  It doesn't make for such an exciting story, at least not how I write it XD So to avoid that, I am trying to do actual character arcs, or at least the story is focused on the characters.  This was an ideal challenge for that, and one of the reasons I wanted to start with it before I delved fully into the Royal Kingdom Challenge.

So, first off, the set up.  Set up took months for this.  I started with bull dozing Willow Creek, Oasis Springs, and Brindleton Bay.  Then I deleted the normal townies. The only townies I didn't delete right away were the Villareals.  I had the idea from the start that Windenburg was going to be Newcrest's "sister" kingdom in a lot of ways and the fact that they went through a civil war was important, since it was the reason the King needed to choose a successor and avoid a war.  I thought the Villareals were a good fit for what I wanted.  So I put them into CAS, deleted all the kids and aged Jacques down.  Then I used genetics to create his parents, then his father's parents.  That's how Ezekiel and Camille came into being.

I wanted a bit of variety, and Ezekiel was the type to ignore some conventions, I created Nina as a servant and then gave the two of them a son.  Thus Gunner came into being.

Windenburg was also one of the only towns I didn't bulldoze entirely.  I did bulldoze Dresden House (I wanted that 64 x 64 lot to have the castle on it) and so I downloaded Windenburg Castle by PierrePiguet_ from the gallery.

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I did much of the building first in Newcrest.  Started with the castle and went from there.  I already had a good idea for my royal and nobles and as I built, I got more ideas for the other families I'd be playing.  I gave things a history which ended up being a lot of fun.  All my builds are available on the gallery. Using #Wolfie #carlsguide #RKC should bring them all up.  My Origin ID is (surprise, surprise) Shewolf13.

As I said, I had ideas for each of the noble families in particular as I was building and in some ways, they were the beginning inspiration for the One to Rule Them All Challenge.

Most of the screenshots are taken straight from gameplay.  However, certain scenes, I do have other files where I go in and take pictures to use for the story itself to help supplement or explain a few things.  This one, I have to share.  When I set up the prologue with King Darian writing in his journal, I wanted a picture to hang above that he could look at.  The one I chose, I knew was from the vampire game pack.  I had no idea that it goes from a picture of a nice lady to well- I'll let the picture speak for itself:

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I about died; I may even have yelled a bit XD  It really did come as a bit of a shock.  But I enjoyed it too much to not use it anyway hehehehe

So, we all know I have a softspot for Blakely.  In fact, if there were any of my sims I'd put in my own personal savefile, he'd definitely be one of them.  So I had to show you this shot of him dancing *snickers*

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Not only is he a "terrific" dancer, but Blakely is a master of disguise as well!  This is him trying to talk to a witness at a crime scene.  Um... Blakely, your wife is the witch, you aren't!  How did you do that?

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Speaking of his wife, Adisa was at every crime scene he ever went to in one form or another.  I thought it was great.  I had always had the idea of pairing them, but I do have this unspoken rule that for the most part, in order to form a relationship with another sim, they have to meet them out and about.  Well, Adisa was everywhere Blakely was lol!  She also has friendships with several others as well, including Adrian and Gunner.

Speaking of Adrian, during the dinner party with the Xaviers, he and Marisa were getting quite close in the spa room downstairs.  This was all autonomous, which I thought was great fun!

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So something that happened in game, which I was not expecting and which I was really disappointed I couldn't figure out a way to work it into the story was, during a club meeting, Vlad (a club member) drowned/burned to death (I still don't actually know which). Except, Adrian was able to plead for his life!  It was awesome.  I can count on one hand the times I've been able to plead successfully.

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King Darian isn't all somber and regal all the time either.  He thought to have fun with young Adrian during their meeting hehehehehe

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So during Beatrice's trip to Selvadorado, she saw a few familiar faces:

Such as, the King of Windenburg, King Kellen.

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Sooo, Mira was my first kitten in game and I went a bit crazy with photos of her XD She was so cute!  I couldn't help myself XD

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Ironies of ironies, I had to laugh when I saw that Beatrice's future mother-in-law worked at the hospital heh.

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I just- I love this pic and had to share it XD  Mira greeted Beatrice once she returned from Selvaderado and this was just too cute!

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That concludes the first rotation of shots that I wanted to share.  On to the second week.

I so wish Blakely would change into this outfit more, because I think he looks awesome in it.

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While at work, Blakely has to go talk to the Chief of Police, right? I think he's trying his smolder out on her here:

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It would totally work on me, let me tell you XD However... the Chief of Police was having none of it XD

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I'm not sure what it is about my male sims, but they all try the smolder look.  Some with less success than others.  Here's Adrian trying it out on Marisa.  Good thing she loves him, even when he is a dork XD

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Adrian's expressions were some of my favorite.  His wide eyes are great.

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Apparently, Queen Emilia of Windenburg has no qualms about public displays of affection XD

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Poor Maxim; I can hear his thoughts.  "Oi, humans! Would you two get a room already!  I'm already gonna have a brother or sister as it is!"

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I just really love this screenshot. Toddlers hugging their parents just make me go "Awwww!" Adrian is family-oriented, so his whims almost always evolve around his family.

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I giggled a bit too hard at this because I have a cat.  I know how it is XD  They want to be everywhere you are... regardless of how inconvenient XD I would not have been surprised if Mira had tried to jump up there with them.

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As promised, here are some of the details and inner workings of the challenge itself.  For those who haven't read the rules, each family that is competing has to pick an option (1 of 7 choices).  Each option has requirements that must be met.  The first one to meet all the requirements of their option is the winner.  So in essence, this is a race.

For Blakely, he had the Military option. His requirements were completing Bodybuilder Aspiration, maxing fitness and wellness, mentoring other Sims for 10 hours, level 6 or higher of athletic, detective, or space ranger career, as well as getting at least a silver wedding, and having an heir born.

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Normally, the Bodybuilder aspiration seems to take forever to me.  That and because I chose detective career, I had no idea how it would go with Blakely.  But in reality, he cranked through his stuff rapidly.  As you can see, he completed everything by Friday of the 3rd week, at 12:12pm.  In fact, the only thing he was waiting on was the birth of his heir.  Once Zach was born, he had locked in his score.

Adrian had the Diplomatic option.  His requirements included: completing two of the popularity aspirations, maxing charisma and comedy, having 12 good friends, get to level 6 of political, business, or critic career as well as achieve silver or better for his wedding and bring in an heir. I also started him as a teen.

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I was surprised at how well Adrian started off.  I normally avoid the popularity aspirations if at all possible (I'm a bit of an introvert, so having my sims interact with others outside is not my cup of tea), but Adrian had his aspirations both done super quick. That meant he also maxed charisma incredibly early as well.  Of course, he couldn't start on his career until after he aged up and I wasn't sure how that would go. I did have him spend his points on Connections, hoping to give him a leg up once he did start (I didn't really concentrate on his grades at the time; it seemed more in character that he could take or leave school XD).

By week 3, he had everything (including the birth of his daughter) completed but maxing comedy, a level in his career and finishing up his friends. He only had one or two more to go. His career got bugged a couple of days (his work from home assignment wouldn't appear as an option, sadly), but he did eventually get a promotion. But trying to get comedy maxed and taking care of a toddler, plus finding a new friend, he just didn't quite make it.  Once Friday rolled around and he still had 4 or more levels to go, it wasn't going to happen.  So then he had fun with his daughter XD

Beatrice had the Scholarly option, of course. Her requirements included completing two of the following aspirations: Bestselling Author, Nerd Brain, Archeology Scholar, Renaissance Sim, The Curator, and Jungle Explorer; maxing four skills; create a collection of 10 written works (could also have 10 collectibles); must reach level 6 of either the doctor, writing, scientist, or tech guru careers; achieve a silver or better wedding and bring in an heir.

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Honestly, I thought I'd smash her requirements.  At one time, I could get through Bestselling Author in less than a Sim week (from playing challenges like 13 ghosts and just always having a writer sim). But for some reason, perhaps because I was woefully out of practice or just too complacent, it took a lot of time and just couldn't seem to get there.  Adding in Archaelogy Scholar, which was an aspiration I hadn't yet done was the second mistake.  So from the beginning, Beatrice was just behind. Even after her marriage to Gunner, their first couple woohoos (I have Risky Woohoo on; there is no option to Try for Baby) resulted in no pregnancy.

I did not set out to make any of them the Monarch over the others.  But as each week with them unfolded, it was apparent that Blakely had a leg up.  Storywise, none of them actually wanted to rule, but they felt it a duty to try. So, there you have it. 

I hope everyone who read along enjoyed my story and will enjoy the upcoming fun of the RKC.  I'm always up for suggestions, comments, and if you have ideas, etc, don't hesitate to PM me!  Thank you so much for reading!

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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge Epilogue up! 9/3/18
« Reply #107 on: September 04, 2018, 02:23:47 PM »
Oops, I posted this a bit after you posted your update.
But I'm going to leave mine as it is.

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Here's a quickie question that I'd been meaning to ask but kept forgetting.
I'd noticed that Adrian Rosa's name is an anagram for King Darian's name.
I'd figured out Adrian's paternity because of his mother Ferina fiddling with her locket, but was the Darian/Adrian naming also a clue?

Though I've been a staunch Blakely fan throughout, I still believe things worked out for the best.
Adrian is rather laid back and now will be able to offer his "people skills" to the kingdom--he's great at connecting with people from all classes as the king's "heart."
Beatrice is the most intelligent of the three but lacks diplomacy. She will be brilliant as the king's "brain."
Blakely will be a great king. I love his household, too. Does that mean his dog is now Prince Maxim?


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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge Behind-the-scenes 9/4/18
« Reply #108 on: September 04, 2018, 02:51:27 PM »
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Oh wow, ha!  I actually did not do that on purpose.  Or at least not intentionally.  I came up with Adrian's parentage later on, though there might have been some leaning towards it even before lol, but no, I was not that clever sadly. I love what you notice!

You have some terrific points in there.  Each is well suited for what they need to do.  Blakely has a great team in those who pledged their loyalty to him and I think he'll be good at balancing it all. Hehehe, yes, in essence, I'd say Maxim is a Prince. But I'm also terribly biased XD Since I love him.

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« Reply #109 on: September 04, 2018, 02:56:42 PM »
Thank you for sharing how the royal competition worked.
With only a single aspiration and two skills to complete for the Military bloodline, I can understand how Blakely would finish first.
But I can't really think of a second appropriate Military aspiration...Jungle Explorer?

Were Adrian and Beatrice allowed to buy reward traits and switch lot traits? Like Incredibly Friendly/Convivial lot trait for Adrian?
Adrian's Scholarly bloodline looks the hardest of the three, for sure.  All that time she spends writing, she can't work on her other three skills.
Lol, Bestselling Author! I've had a teen sim who took an entire week to produce his three bestsellers. I don't remember if he had the Perfectionist trait or not.
I love the Book of Life, though. The Curator with 10 MySims trophies for the win! Haha, but it doesn't seem quite as scholarly...

It sounds like you really enjoyed trying new things out (who can resist Archaeology Scholar) and, most important for you, creating strong narrative backgrounds for these three families.
Also, I have no complaints whatsoever that Blakely won!
So many wonderful screenshots but Blakely is rocking that green variation of the Final Fantasy XV outfit!

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Re: To Prevent a War- A One to Rule Them All Challenge Behind-the-scenes 9/4/18
« Reply #110 on: September 04, 2018, 03:21:36 PM »
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Yeah, I underestimated the time for Blakely, that's for sure.  But always before, I always felt like Bodybuilder takes forever.  I think in a lot of ways, because the early levels, where they get fatigued and/or sore does make it hard for them to do.  As they level in fitness, it becomes easier, but does still take a while, at least to me.  But yeah, couldn't really think of anything else for Military option.  Jungle Explorer would be closest, I think, but even that not quite. Feel like until they release some other form of aspiration, either for wellness or unless they add something in like Simfu (one of my favorite skills from Sims 3, mind you hehehe), think might keep it that way or add another skill.

There were no restrictions on buying reward traits, which did help.  In fact, that helped Adrian.  The biggest issue with him and his friends was that his watcher messed up XD I accidentally used a different greeting a couple times as opposed to the friendly one which I found out doesn't count for the Incredibly Friendly reward XD So that was my fault. Otherwise, he'd have had the friends first thing.

Yeah, Beatrice's Scholarly option was the hardest, but I was foolish to think I could do it quickly XD I had this plan and it just- didn't seem to work as well as I had hoped.  Yes, the Book of Life is just amazing.

I did.  I truly did enjoy trying new things.  I tend to stick to a few kind of characters, a few kinds of skills and aspirations.  Because of the nature of this, with so many components and different sims, thought it was a good way to get me out of my comfort zone and it would keep me from getting bored lol.  That and using MCCC has proven to be fun, even in this shorter challenge.

Hehehe, yes, such a staunch #TeamBlakely fan!  It was actually a lot of fun to see who would side with who. And yeah, those were my favorite screenshots out of the huge amount I took (most weeks had 100+ screenshots, though not every single one). I was always disappointed he didn't pick that outfit more often! I also got a charge about seeing all these Sims out and about that I created hehehe. 

Thanks so much oshizu for reading and commenting.  I am going to set up the RKC now!  Might even get the Prologue up today, but we'll see how it goes.

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Re: 1.4: Beginning to Bloom
« Reply #112 on: October 23, 2018, 08:43:06 AM »
1.4: Beginning to Bloom
Adrian hugged her again and the two separated.  Adrian climbed back into the car.  As it whisked him back toward home, he had to swallow.  He hoped he was right about Marisa.  Only time would tell.

Ohh yes please! I ship Adrian and Marisa already. Marisa looks so gorgeous and is so elegant. Also, I come from a country where arranged marriages are the norm (they are never forced though...unless you have a really crappy family) so I would love to see these two find happiness in an arranged marriage too.

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« Reply #113 on: October 24, 2018, 02:02:28 AM »
^^ I hope you won't be disappointed in how the story unfolds! Thanks for reading!

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1.6: Order Will Be Maintained

When she got home, after changing, Beatrice sat in her chair in the study.  She had to take a deep breath.  She wouldn't allow this situation to get to her.  She would deal with it just as she dealt with everything else: calmly and coolly.  She wouldn't allow herself to do it any other way.  It affecting other aspects of her life; that simply couldn't stand.  It wouldn't stand.  She would marry Gunner.  She would see he got his sanctuary.  After that- well, they would attend to it after it was so.

I feel so bad for Beatrice. I hope by the end of this story she gets her happily ever after.

 

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