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The Golden Legacy: 1.14 — Twisty Plot Twists (21/05/19)
« on: April 23, 2018, 05:44:41 AM »
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Hi! So uh, I've been lurking on the forums for the longest time ever and reading everyone's cool stories has me wanting to give it a go (Shoutout to all the ongoing Sharebear Legacies!). I'll be cross-posting on Wordpress because I find it easier to type stuff out there, so if you want to read there, you can too. :)

Here's hoping I don't screw it up!



Story Index


Introduction (WP)

Generation 1: Jin Ying Xiong
1.1 — New Beginnings (WP)
1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break (WP)
1.3 — Most Eligible Bachelor(s) (WP)
1.4 — Surprise Nooboo! (WP)
1.5 — Of Weddings and Toddlers (WP)
1.6 — Dragon Phoenix Twins (WP)
House Tour #1 (Imgur Album)
1.7 — Retirement and Rebellious Kiddos (WP)
1.8 — Still Young at Heart (WP)
1.9 — Kiss the Boy! (WP)
1.10 — Grief and Moving On (WP)
1.11 — Birthdays Galore (WP)
1.12 — Childhood Shenanigans (WP)
1.13 — Adventure Time! (WP)
House Tour #2 (Imgur Album)
1.14 — Twisty Plot Twists (WP)

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The Golden Legacy: Legacy Stats
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 05:46:23 AM »
I'll be doing a vanilla, Sims-driven legacy challenge following Pinstar's rules.



SUCCESSION LAWS
Gender: Matriarchy — Only girls are eligible to be named heir unless there are no female children, at which point boys become eligible for that generation.
Bloodline: Strict Traditional — Only natural born children are eligible to become heirs.
Heir: Democracy — Chosen by reader vote. Or Merit if there are no votes.
Species: Tolerant — The species of the child has no impact on their eligibility for heir status.

SCORE (Updated after each new chapter)
10 points can be earned in each category, except for the Extreme Start point which is merely a handicap rather than a scoring category.
2 optional points can be earned if you own the Parenthood pack.
For a detailed explanation of the scoring for each category, click here.

Family: 1/10 — 0/9 heirs have aged up to YAs
Creative: 1/10 — Memorialized 1/9 founder/heirs and their primary spouse; Complete 2 out of 3 creative aspirations.
Fortune: 0/10 — Family worth: ???
Love: 2/10 — 1/9 primary spouses with 3/27 unique traits; Max both Love aspirations ✔
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Knowledge: 6/10 — Maxed 38/144 skills; Maxed 19/44 unique skills at least once
Athletic: 6/10 — Maxed 55+ aspirations (10th point = max all 6/38 aspirations at least once)
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Nature: 1/10 — 0/13 collections, 0/10 death types, 4/6 emotional painting types, 0/21 careers, 0/34 career branches, 13/13 aspiration rewards
Food: 1/10 
Popularity: 2/10 — 30 medal points; 1 point if Legacy club earns all possible perks.
Deviance: 6/10 — 18/80 Potions of Youth stored on lot
Parenthood: 0/2
Penalties: 0
Handicap: 1/1 (Extreme Start)
TOTAL: 26/103

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Re: The Golden Legacy: A 金(Jīn) Family Story
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2018, 05:46:45 AM »
Meet the Jin(s)

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GENERATION 1



Ying Xiong Jin
Legacy role:        Founder
Traits:                 Creative, Perfectionist, Ambitious
Aspirations:         Serial Romantic ✔, Soulmate ✔, Bodybuilder ✔, Freelance Botanist ✔, Fabulously Wealthy ✔
Career:               Painter, Master of the Real (10)
Potion of Youth:   No

Seiji Sakamoto
Legacy role:        Primary Spouse
Traits:                 Materialistic, Genius, Family-Oriented
Aspirations:         Fabulously Wealthy ✔, Bodybuilder ✔, Computer Whiz ✔, Nerd Brain ✔
Career:               Tech Guru, E-Sports Gamer (10)
Potion of Youth:   No

Rachid Assaoui
Legacy role:        Secondary Spouse
Traits:                 Jealous, Neat, Bookworm
Aspirations:         Bodybuilder ✔, Painter Extraordinaire ✔, Angling Ace
Career:               Athlete, Bodybuilder (9)
Potion of Youth:   No

Marcus Flex ( Death via Overexertion )
Legacy role:        Secondary Spouse Abducted Servant/Spare
Traits:                 Active, Noncommittal, Bro
Aspirations:         Friend of the World ✔, Bodybuilder ✔, Soulmate
Career:               — NIL —
Potion of Youth:   No

Gunther Munch ( Moved out as Adult )
Legacy role:        Cadet Spouse ( Marcus Flex )
Traits:                 Creative, Bookworm, Clumsy
Aspirations:         Renaissance Sim
Career:               Writer, Advice Columnist (4) ; Entertainer, Open Mic Seeker (2)
Potion of Youth:   No

GENERATION 2



Jia Jin
Legacy role:        Potential Heir
Traits:                 Clingy, Neat, Self-Assured
Aspirations:         RAW ✔, Archaeology Scholar
Career:               Retail Employee, Customer Support (3)
Potion of Youth:   No

Chen Jia
Legacy role:        Spare
Traits:                 Silly, Loner
Aspirations:         Whiz Kid ✔, Artistic Prodigy ✔, Rambunctious Scamp ✔, Social Butterfly
Career:               Llamacorn Scout (5)
Potion of Youth:   No

Feng Jia
Legacy role:        Potential Heir
Traits:                 Charmer, Perfectionist
Aspirations:         RAWS ✔
Career:               Llamacorn Scout (5)
Potion of Youth:   No

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Re: The Golden Legacy: A 金(Jīn) Family Story
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Introduction
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2018, 05:52:38 AM »


(Wordpress)
Meet the soon-to-be-founder of the Golden Legacy, Jin Ying Xiong.

Ying Xiong – Ying, for short – grew up with close to nothing as an orphan in Shang Simla, spent every waking hour working every imaginable part time job that would hire her to save up as much as she could. And when she turned 18, she packed up and bought her plane ticket to Brindleton Bay as well as a nice big empty plot of land.

Having never had a family, Ying longed to establish one of her own. She wanted to live the Sim Dream, and she was going to make it happen.

Ying, having lived a harsh life, is a CREATIVE and resourceful indivdual. She is also AMBITIOUS and a PERFECTIONIST, wanting nothing less than to succeed in a life she started off with the wrong foot.

Her starting aspiration is SERIAL ROMANTIC, and although it might seem like an unchracteristic aspiration for such an goal driven woman as Ying, it really isn’t.

Ying knows how tough life can be, and she doesn’t want her future offspring to have to suffer any hardships like she did. She refuses to settle for anything less than perfect, and that includes her future spouse. It is her plan to filter through potential spouses till she finds the perfect one that will benefit her future generations the most. Her bloodline has to be pure and strong, for they are to grow into a lasting, prosperous legacy. The Golden Legacy.

And she will do whatever it takes to ensure it, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness.

ABOUT THE NAME

Ying’s full name is Jin Ying Xiong; Written 金英雄 (Jīn Yīng Xióng) in chinese. Jin is the family name / her surname, while Ying Xiong is her first name.

Fun fact! 金(Jīn) means Gold. Thus the ‘Golden Legacy’.

And to match the straight forwardness of her surname, Ying’s first name 英雄(Yīng Xióng) means: Heroine, Protagonist, Main Character.

I originally intended to name her 敏(Mǐn), meaning clever and smart (the shrewd kind), which I thought fit her pretty well. But then changed my mind at the last minute because naming the main character of the story literally was my idea of a super lame inside-ish joke haha ~

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1.1 — New Beginnings
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2018, 07:17:22 AM »
(You can read this post on Wordpress HERE)

1.1 — New Beginnings



So… today is Ying’s first day in Brindleton Bay. She’s looking a little serious in this shot.

Why don’t you at least give our readers a smile?
Ying: “You wouldn’t be smiling if you were $200 in debt now would you Watcher?”
Oh yeah. I almost forgot about that. But you wanted this no? You insisted on Brindleton Bay because Oasis Springs was too hot and Willow Creak was… “blegh” in your own words.
Ying: “Just because I wanted it doesn’t mean I’m immune to the occasional pangs of buyer’s regret! $200 is a lot of money when you have nothing okay!”



It wasn’t in the original plan to begin with an Extreme Start; It just sort of happened. I hadn’t gotten to play Brindleton Bay as of yet and I wanted to have a go at the town. Not to mention the lovely scenery! So bright and open and spacious! It’s not as dreary as Windenburg and the 64 × 64 lot is a bonus.

But that now means Ying is going to have to be really counting pennies as she tries to earn that $200 to buy the Knight of the Octagon Table while making end meets at the same time.



Ying: “It’s no biggie. I’m great at being stingy and living rough. Also have all the know-hows on making moolah! No worries Watcher.”
That’s very sweet of you Ying, to try and reassure me. I’m sure we’ll figure things out together!



We wanted to jump right into money making because Ying was really strapped for cash and the sooner we got her out of debt, the better. But there was the Welcome Wagon and we figured that it can’t hurt to spend some time to get to know the neighbours right?

The Delgato(s) came over for the Welcome Wagon, but only Supriya Delgato actually appeared although the notification text showed her hubby, Justin doing the greetings. Justin even appeared on Ying’s relationship tab despite her never interacting with him.



Ying: “Weird… I guess. We. Got acquainted through text messaging? Is that a thing in Sims? I didn’t know that. Also, if you think about it, isn’t that really creepy? How did Justin get my number? I just moved here!”
Is this you breaking the 4th wall? Are you breaking the 4th wall? You are aren’t you. Stop that. You’re going to ruin our reader’s immersion!
Ying: “I’ve been communicating with you since the beginning Watcher. I think the 4th wall has long been broken.”



No one else other than the Delgatos showed up. And the Welcome Wagon didn’t last very long before another notification pops up saying that they’ve got to go. So that’s that.

That just means it’s time for Ying to go make some money. Here she is taking a short jog to the beach just a stones throw away from the property. Isn’t the view gorgeous? Brindleton Bay is just so pretty scenery wise.

The neighbourhood is really pretty. There’s the beach that spans a fair distance, a small BBQ area ( FOOD! ) with benches and a public toilet and lots fishing areas. Perfect for the hobo life. And best of all, it doesn’t need to be loaded! It’s very convenient.

( I really miss the open world of TS3 ;; )



In any case, Ying throws out a line and starts fishing. And she actually catches Tuna for her first catch that goes for a tasty $88!

How did you do that?!
Ying: “有志者,事竟成。Heh, heh. When there’s a will, there’s a way. But anyways, that’s 44% of my $200 debt. I think I’ll be able to pay it off in no time!!”



Ying must be a really lucky sim. Or maybe she’s just really good at fishing, because she catches a mid-tier fish that sells for around $20, and then ANOTHER tuna. I don’t know how she does it.

But after that her catches are lacklustre in comparison and eventually she decides to try her luck treasure hunting instead since the fish are no longer biting.



A few rocks later, Ying manages to gather up a couple of fossils and common metals that she sells off to clear up her $200 debt entirely, with a decent amount of extra simoleons to spare.



Pressing debt dealt with, Ying spends some time socialising with some beach goers. One particular man catches her eye – Marcus Flex. And he certainly is flexing. He’s in the Partihaus and Powerhouse clubs, so that means two things. One, he’s cool. Two, he’s fit.

Ying: “He might make a good spouse, don’t you think Watcher?”
Well, you certainly do seem taken by him.
Ying: “Maybe. He’s certainly got anattractive physique. Nice and strong. I reckon he’d be able to produce healthy offspring. But that’s only if he’s not jacked up. Steorids can’t be good for the babies. I’ll need to get to know him better first…”
Aren’t you approaching this whole romance thing a little too… I don’t know? Objectively? Calculatingly? It’s okay to just like him you know? There’s no need to think too much about it. If you like him, then you like him.
Ying: “It always pays to be cautious. Also, of course I have to be objective! It’s my legacy at stake!”



Whatever Ying might say though, Marcus is certainly a charmer. Look at how charmed Ying is by Marcus’s suave flirting!



In any case, the day goes by rather quickly. But yay! The purchase of the Knight suit has been made and the challege can now start proper.

Ying: “I wish the statue came in red. Silver’s rather basic, don’t you think?”
Don’t be ridiculous. A red suit of armour would look weird.



With the day coming to an end, Ying headed off to the Brindleton Bay’s Gym / Spa ( I placed one of those Spa-Gyms that came with Spa Day in the world since Brindleton didn’t have a gym ) to deal with her hygiene. She spent a whole day fishing and digging around in the dirt and most certainly smells funky. But she was so tired she went straight to the couch to nap instead.

The shower can wait.



The next day, after she’s decently rested, she takes a nice long thoughtful shower to freshen up before proceeding to job hunting on her mobile. She settles for a job as a Palette Cleaner. The job itself isn’t amazing or anything, but painting is a skill that brings in a lot of dough even when freelanced. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Besides, Ying hopes to memorialise her primary spouse in the future with a painting.

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Re: The Golden Legacy: A 金(Jīn) Family Story
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2018, 08:50:51 AM »
Best wishes to you and your legacy founder!
Your founder Ying is gorgeous!
Great choice for the family name of your legacy, too. (The character 金 is also part of my family name, but that doesn't make me biased. Nope, not at all!)

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Re: The Golden Legacy: A 金(Jīn) Family Story
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2018, 11:33:21 AM »
Welcome to the forums, and I'm so glad that you decided to post your Legacy story.  I lurked for a while before getting up the courage to post, too.

Ying is off to a great start.  I like the choice of Serial Romantic for her first aspiration.  It sometimes gets a bad rap, but really, you can look at it as just dating-- which is a smart thing for a founder to do.

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Re: The Golden Legacy: A 金(Jīn) Family Story
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2018, 12:00:07 PM »
Ying is gorgeous!  Welcome to the forum ^^  Loving her start so far.  Yesss, go for Marcus!  I have a soft spot for him.  He makes some cute babies and in my ID attempt, he was great friends with the founder as well as helping take care of the kids.

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Re: The Golden Legacy: A 金(Jīn) Family Story
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2018, 09:19:11 PM »
Yay! Welcome out of lurker-dom! You have an amazing start going. Your founder is gorgeous and very interesting. I love the name! It's perfect!
And I'm with Ying. That statue should totally come in red!

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Re: The Golden Legacy: A 金(Jīn) Family Story
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2018, 04:47:20 AM »
Best wishes to you and your legacy founder!
Your founder Ying is gorgeous!
Great choice for the family name of your legacy, too. (The character 金 is also part of my family name, but that doesn't make me biased. Nope, not at all!)
@oshizu Thank you! Haha ~ I sort of loosely based Ying off my mother (don't tell her). Twas thinking, who would be a good founder for a lasting legacy? Then *snaps fingers* it hit. Someone like mum! Lol. Was wracking my brain trying to think up a nice surname for the legacy too, but I'm glad I came up with 金 in the end. It's just plesant aesthethically and to the ear. Also, 'Gold' just feels fitting for a legacy? Idk.

Welcome to the forums, and I'm so glad that you decided to post your Legacy story.  I lurked for a while before getting up the courage to post, too.

Ying is off to a great start.  I like the choice of Serial Romantic for her first aspiration.  It sometimes gets a bad rap, but really, you can look at it as just dating-- which is a smart thing for a founder to do.
@BallerinaHippo Thanks. ^^ I've been lurking on-off the forum for years now without an account. The influx of Sharebear legacies spurred me on and I finally somehow got the guts to give it a go myself. Hopefully it all works out! Fingers crossed!

Totally agree about the Serial Romantic aspiration! Ying needs to get to know her potential spouses better before commiting to them. It's an entire legacy at state! Also, in my expirience, the romance aspirations are relatively easier to speed through/complete as compared to all the other aspirations so might as well grind those tasty satisfaction points ASAP eh?

Ying is gorgeous!  Welcome to the forum ^^  Loving her start so far.  Yesss, go for Marcus!  I have a soft spot for him.  He makes some cute babies and in my ID attempt, he was great friends with the founder as well as helping take care of the kids.
@Shewolf13 I don't usually interact with OG townies much on the romance side cause my playthroughs usually have set couples/relationships already. But errr... heh heh. Considering your soft spot for Marcus, you might be a lil' disappointed by the next update. Not giving any spoilers! :-X So read on to find out more. ;)

Yay! Welcome out of lurker-dom! You have an amazing start going. Your founder is gorgeous and very interesting. I love the name! It's perfect!
And I'm with Ying. That statue should totally come in red!
@FrancescaFiori Thank you! Glad you liked the name. :)
And Ying is all about red. Once she gets a proper place to settle into, I'm gonna bet she's gonna fill it with mostly red furniture. More red = more prosperity.

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1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2018, 04:56:43 AM »
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1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break

Picking off from where we left off, Ying got herself a job as a Palette Cleaner. There was still a day or so before work would start for her so she headed off to Casbah Gallery, San Myshuno to study up her new trade.

Ying: "Early bird gets the worm! Always best to be prepared!"



Ying can't afford an easel at the moment. She doesn't even have a bed and has been jumping between the Spa-Gym and Parks to get her fix of food, showers and sleep. So the easels in the gallery will have to do.



Not only does she get to fufil her daily task and level her painting skill, I'm pretty sure she levels it faster in the gallery if those sparkly, golden icons above her head are indicative of anything. Must be the décor. Or maybe it's a lot trait?

Ying: "Whatever it is, I'm overflowing with inspiration! Just wait and see! I'm gonna paint something awesome!"



Are those... humanoid cats?
Ying: "Yeah. Cute aren't they? On the way to the gallery I saw two meows getting it on. Must've stuck with me."

Ying's first portait sells for a miniscule profit of $6, but no matter. She paints for the rest of the day, leveling her skill. The profits she gets from her portaits also scale up with her skills. It's not much, but some cash is better than no cash. It's pretty much her routine for the next few days. Work. Skill. Sleep. Work some more.

All that hard work pays off and she gets promoted a couple of times! She's no longer a lowly Palette Cleaner, and is now a Hungry Artist. With all the money she's managed to save from her promotions and portrait sales, she finally has enough to afford a bed, an easel of her own, and basic hygiene facilities ( no sink though ).



Hungry Artist is a pretty apt description of Ying's situation. There's still no fridge, simply because Ying is stingy and insists that she can still live off the grill by the beach.

Ying: "A fridge is way too expensive at the moment. And totally not necessary."
You can afford it. Running to the grill everytime you need to eat is so inconvenient...
Ying: "Eh. I'd much rather spend my money on making more portraits to sell. Don't worry, I'll make enough to buy that fridge soon enough."

She's way too practical for her own good. Sometimes I wonder if she'll ever learn to enjoy herself.



But hey! Here's a cute shot of Ying sleeping in her new bed. No more benches and sofas!

This update would've been rather boring, since Ying was basically trying to grind her painting skill and power through her career. A tough childhood has left her pioritising money above almost everything else, and she can't bear to do anything other than work for more money while she's still so strapped financially. But everyone has their exceptions. And for Ying, her exception was Marcus Flex.

The Humor and Hijinks Festival rolled by, and Marcus asked Ying out on a date if she wanted to go with him, and she said yes in a heartbeat.

Awww, so you do like him.
Ying: "Of course I like him. He's a nice guy. A good friend."
You know what I mean ~
Ying: "I don't know what you're trying to insinutate but—"
Ying and Marcus sitting on a tree. K-i-s-s-i-n—
Ying: "OKAY. That is so childish! What are you? Five? I just thought it'd be nice to have a break from all that painting. And I also can't have my friendships detoriating because of my work."
If you say so.



Ying totally likes him. I mean, look at that hug!



Their little social gathering soon turns into an actual date and well, no one's complaining.

Marcus and Ying are pretty cute together. For one, Marcus plays along and responses really well to Ying. If she flirts, he doesn't just take it, he flirts back. And their back and forth is really cute to watch.



They flirt so naturally the 'date meter' easily hits gold range in no time. Ying is totally smitten, and it's not surprising. She's never dated or ever gotten involved in a romance before and here's Marcus. A man who plays off her so well and knows all the right words to say. Things were going so well, and surely the feelings were mutual. Right?

Ying thought so. The mood was right, so she gathered her wits and took a leap of faith and asked Marcus to be her boyfriend...

ONLY TO BE REJECTED. WHAT?!?



Marcus: "Erm, sorry. But no. Not ready for that sort of thing yet Ying."
Why!? He was totally into you like just moments ago!
Ying: *sniffs*

Turns out the jerk has noncommittal as a trait. Grrrrrr....



I can't believe he still has the nerve to look all smug and blasé about the whole affair.
Ying: "You said that we had something special! That no other girl has ever made you feel this way!"
Marcus: "Yea— Well, I mean. We do!
Ying: "Then why are you so against us becoming a couple? At least tell me why you rejected me!"
Marcus: "It's not like I don't like you or anything, but do we really need to put a label on... this?"
Ying: "This?"
Marcus: "Yeah. We have it good now right? Why change it?"
Ying: "Because it tells me you're serious about 'this'."
Marcus: "But I am serious."
Ying: "Urgh, nevermind."
Marcus: '"So, I think our date's coming to an end. But wanna do this again some other time? There's this bar in Windenburg that's—"
Ying: "Yeah. Whatever. I gotta go. Night."



Urgh. I oughta just. Just. JUST HAVE HIM PEE HIMSELF AND THEN DIE OF SHAME. If it weren't for the legacy testingcheats would've wrecked his sorry ass.
Ying: "There's no need to go so far... but thanks Watcher. It's nice to know you're looking out for me."



Ying: *Burp* "Am I doing it right?"

The rejection took a hit on Ying's mood so she went and had a go at the bubble blower to bring it up. It was her first time so it took a while for her to figure out how to use it properly. She felt a little better afterwards and decided to retire for the night. Starting tomorrow, Ying is probably going to throw herself into her work. At least work and money won't break her heart.

On the bright side of things, at least she got her first Gold Medal for the date despite things sort of going awry towards the end. One step closer to finishing up her aspiration.



Authur's Notes:
Well. That certain was a curveball. What am I gonna do now??? Lol ~
Sorry if my legacy seems sort of grindy. I'm not great at writing nor am I used to starting out with so little finacially on Sims so I'm just a little obsessed with the number on the left-bottom corner. Thank goodness it fits Ying's character.
With rules and legacy goals to fufil though, hopefully I'll branch out a little more so I can write something more entertaining. ><  I mean. Ying has to get like 8 boyfriends eventually and that ought to be exciting?

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break (Updated 24/04/18)
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2018, 09:16:38 AM »
Oh Marcus... foolish Marcus. Yeah, noncommittal is a royal pain, but can be gotten around hehehehe. Poor Ying. --smacks my version of Marcus for good measure--

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break (Updated 24/04/18)
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2018, 11:11:13 AM »
I love all the great facial expressions you're capturing in the screenshots!
Stupid Marcus! But you don't need to use a cheat for revenge. When you're wealthier, Ying, invite Marcus over for a dip in your 3x3 pool (with a fence, lol)... *coughs
Oh well, at least he was good for a first kiss! You didn't want that adult Marcus, anyway!

I know it's a different character, but Ying's name reminds me of that Tang-dynasty chuanqui, The Tale of Ying-Ying. I bet your gorgeous mother has read it. :D



P.S. The knight statue needs to go in household inventory so that it inflates Ying's bills without providing an environmental boost.  ;)

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break (Updated 24/04/18)
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2018, 12:29:16 PM »
Bad Marcus, bad. Ying might've just dodged a bullet there, some of Marcus' kids (at least in my games) wind up with a weird lower lip, like the skin tone doesn't match the upper lip and it just makes the whole mouth look really off. Still I agree with Oshizu, he could be excellent death fodder for the pool and it would be nicely ironic given how beefy and in shape he is. Good luck to Ying in the future. There might be someone else in her future.

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break (Updated 24/04/18)
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2018, 09:17:41 PM »
Woah, Marcus!  Even with the noncommittal trait, that was unexpected.  Ying can do better.  Onward and upward!

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.2 — Hard Work & Heart Break (Updated 24/04/18)
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2018, 11:54:42 AM »
Oh Marcus... foolish Marcus. Yeah, noncommittal is a royal pain, but can be gotten around hehehehe. Poor Ying. --smacks my version of Marcus for good measure--
@Shewolf13 Haha ~ Noncommittal isn't that bad since if you butter them up enough they'll commit eventually. ;) The real pain of a trait when it comes to relationships tho has to be unflirty. Gah! Bad moodlets everywhere for that trait.

I love all the great facial expressions you're capturing in the screenshots!
Stupid Marcus! But you don't need to use a cheat for revenge. When you're wealthier, Ying, invite Marcus over for a dip in your 3x3 pool (with a fence, lol)... *coughs
Oh well, at least he was good for a first kiss! You didn't want that adult Marcus, anyway!

I know it's a different character, but Ying's name reminds me of that Tang-dynasty chuanqui, The Tale of Ying-Ying. I bet your gorgeous mother has read it. :D

P.S. The knight statue needs to go in household inventory so that it inflates Ying's bills without providing an environmental boost.  ;)
@oshizu Heh heh, after my own heart I see. I did think of perhaps *ahem* eliminating him for the sake of the legacy. Cause, you know, different types of deaths and all. But that's too easy. Should milk him for all his worth first. 8)

Oooh ~ Yeah! My mum's quite the chinese literature + history buff. Pretty sure she has a hardcopy of the story somewhere in her study. I've only every read the english translated version, but my mum says that these kind of stories are best read in chinese because a lot of the nuance is lost in translation. I don't disagree with her, but reading chinese lit in chinese is a whole different beast from idk, chinese manhwa. And tbh, a lot of chinese lit stuff has pretty tragic or bittersweet endings and my soft heart cannot handle too much of that. XD

OMG thanks for the heads up! Gah! I must've missed that in the rules. >< I played ahead quite a bit before I saw your reply so the statue will probs show up in a few shots but I shoved it into the inventory when I renovated the lot.

Bad Marcus, bad. Ying might've just dodged a bullet there, some of Marcus' kids (at least in my games) wind up with a weird lower lip, like the skin tone doesn't match the upper lip and it just makes the whole mouth look really off. Still I agree with Oshizu, he could be excellent death fodder for the pool and it would be nicely ironic given how beefy and in shape he is. Good luck to Ying in the future. There might be someone else in her future.
@dontmindme I'm a sucker for first love stories so twas kinda hoping for it to work out. But looking back, I guess it works out for the better cause Ying ought to finish up her Serial aspiration first anyways. She'll find someone better with more kissable lips! Totally!

Woah, Marcus!  Even with the noncommittal trait, that was unexpected.  Ying can do better.  Onward and upward!
@BallerinaHippo Yeah. I probably should've tried stacking more moodlets before popping the question. Or maybe it was just really bad luck. I do wonder about the percentages for rejection when it comes to noncommittal sims. But it doesn't matter. Tis all done and dusted! Ying's gonna go on a blind dating spree to find 'the one'. Who needs a Marcus? Certainly not her!

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1.3 — Most Eligible Bachelor(s)
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2018, 11:58:22 AM »
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1.3 — Most Eligible Bachelor(s)

Ying's been throwing herself into work as of late and grinding career progression and painting skill. She nabbed herself another promotion, and she's finally got enough to actually get a literal roof over her head. At last!



Here's the little shack we've built for her. I'm actually pretty bad at building so I'm pretty proud with how neat and cosy it turned out.



Here's a peek on the inside. Finally a fridge of her own! No more running to the public grill by the beach every time she wants to eat!

In other news, I've been starting to worry about how slow rolling things have been. It's my first time taking on the Legacy Challenge and actually committing to the rules. Not to mention, we had an extreme start and I'm not used to being so strapped for cash. So Ying and I sat down to have ponder where we would be taking this legacy. It's always nice to have a Watcher-Watched heart-to-heart every now and then.



So... what are we going to do now? You're making money. But you've been dumped—
Ying: "Rubbing it in, aren't you?"
You're going to be half-way through your young adult stage in a few days. And we haven't made much progress in terms of finding a suitable spouse.
Ying: "Yeah, but it's not like it's raining men. Also, I flirted with some people at work and yeash! Anyone who's available sucks. And anyone who doesn't suck isn't available."
About that. HOW is it possible that almost all the men you meet hate children?!? 
Ying: "I don't know. You're the Watcher. You tell me."
What do we dooooooo! We can't have men who hate children produce the offspring for your legacy! That's just... not right! 
Ying: "You know Watcher, the whole Marcus issue has got me thinking. Maybe we shouldn't care about who I romance. Instead of being selective, maybe I should just go for every male I come across. Eventually one will be a hit right?"
True... you need to complete your Serial Romantic aspiration too anyways. I almost forgot about it. 
Ying: "Yup! Yup! We don't need to care about who I romance. Just who we choose to move in first as our primary spouse! The rest we can just move in afterwards to work for us or something.
Ooh! Ooh! Like a harem. But with men instead! We can even have them take care of the kiddos! Marcus would make a lovely eunuch. *cackles* A life of servitude seems like fitting revenge for a non-committal guy like him.
Ying: "Yeah. I'm just gonna seduce as many men as possible since I need to for my aspiration anyways. Eventually there must be one good guy we can take to be our primary spouse right?"
Right.
Ying: "Let's take our time."
Definitely. If you get too old you can just get you a Young Again potion. Speaking of which... looked who has walked in.



Marcus might've rejected her once. But he won't be rejecting her a second time. It's been decided that Marcus will enter the family later on as a servant of sorts. And since Ying plans on taking advantage of him to raise her legacy family, she might as well go all the way and use him to complete her aspiration too.

It's easy enough buttering him up. And they have an impromptu date that ends with him (naively) agreeing to be her boyfriend after he gets caught up in the moment.



Hohohohoho ~ can't wait to break it to him when the time comes. 
Ying: "I can't wait till I find the one. Seduction is tiring work. Phew!"
But all those tasty satisfaction points Ying!



Ying spends the next few days (i.e. every waking hour) getting around town (and outside of town) meeting people here, there and everywhere. And all I've got to say is that, Ying might be good at making money, but she has absolutely horrible luck with partners. All those randomly generated sims keep rolling a 'Hates Children' trait. How is that possible? I don't know. But Ying keeps meeting sims with that trait it's ridiculous.



First up is Sergio Romeo. He's a townie so I already knew his traits (Hates Children, Active, Materialistic) but unff, if it weren't for his 'Hates Children' trait he would make a fine spouse. He is a pretty boy.

Ying: "Dresses really smart too. I have a thing for men in cardigans."
If I remember correctly, his aspiration is to be rich or something like that. Which also means he probably is Buisness Savvy. 
Ying: "A man who knows how to handle money! Oh, I'm in love."
Are you?
Ying: "Eh, not really. But hey, I can respect a man who knows how to bring in the dough!"
*sigh* Yes. He would've made such a fine spouse if it weren't for that 'Hates Children' trait...
Ying: "God is fair?"



The next guy Ying got cozy with was Ayaan Savalani who's actually not that bad. He's cheerful, materialistic and lazy. The lazy trait makes Ying a little uncomfortable; It clashes with her personality.

Ying: "So what do you do during your off days?
Ayaan: "Nothing very exciting. Everyday's an off day for me, so it gets kinda... boring?"
Ying: "Everyday's an off day?"
Ayaan: "Yeah, I'm unemployed. Haha!"
Ying: "Oh.. well, if it's boring doing nothing then why don't you find a job?"
Ayaan: "It's a bit troublesome, don't you think?"

Well... he's not that bad of a guy.
Ying: "..."
If there's no one else I guess we could settle for him?
Ying: *whispers* "I sure hope it doesn't come to that. He'd make a nice friend. But a spouse? No thanks."



Next up, Kengo Kobayashi. He's a snob, squeamish and hates children. Too many meh traits and not a single redeeming one. Ying didn't care much for him. She just snuggled up with him for a bit, got her kiss, made him her boyfriend and got out of there to check out the other fish in the sea.

Ying: "If he were just a bore to talk to, that would've been fine. But he's not a bore. He's just plain annoying."



Ahhh, Nobuya Sasaki. A man Ying had the greatest (dis)pleasure of encountering. He's an insider, which isn't so bad. But he's also evil and, wait for it... hates children.

Ying: "Him hating children isn't even an issue anymore! This pasty keeps insulting me for no reason other than to be insulting!"
It's his evil trait talking.
Ying: "I don't even want to seduce a snake like him! Hmph!"
But you've already gotten so far! I can see his relationship bar with you! He may talk like that to you but he quite fancies you! It'd be a waste for you to stop now!
Ying: "If this is how he talks to someone he likes, I wonder how he'd treat someone he doesn't."
Just bear with it a little bit? You won't have to see him again ever once we're done getting what we need from him.
Ying: *sigh* "For the legacy."



While Ying was smooching Nobuya though, Ayaan happened to be there to witness it as seen in the photo above.

Whoops!
Ying: "Well, better have his heart-broken now than later. At least now he can move on from me and perhaps find someone suitable for himself."



I wasn't really familiar with the townies of San Myshuno so I initially had no idea Baako was a townie. Let alone married with kids. It was really a shame though, because he really was a great guy. He's a goofball, music lover and family oriented. And to top it off, he's well established in his comedian career. It's everything Ying would want in a man. Except...

Ying: "I could never break up a family though."
Of course, I understand. 

Besides, Baako is already an adult and it'd be much better to search for a partner closer to Ying's age.

Ying doesn't want to homewreck Baako's happy family so she just flirts with him enough to get a kiss from him for her Serial Romantic aspiration and breaks it off instantly thereafter. It does hurt their relationship a bit, but Ying truly does hope they'd be able to stay friends. Baako really is a good guy and it'd be nice to see him and his family around.



It's the same story with Brent Hecking who is Ying's co-worker. I also had no idea Brent was a townie initially (I usually stick to Willow Creek or Oasis Spring).
Brent's a dog lover, romantic and goofball. And also happily married.

Shucks!
Ying: *sigh* "If he weren't taken he'd have been a fine catch."
All the good men are unavailable, and all the men that are have questionable personalities. Finding 'the one' is tough!

Ying deals with Brent the same way she did with Baako. Steals a kiss, and asks to just be friends. They live in the same town, so she hopes that they'll have an amicable relationship in the long run.



Ying even had a short tryst with the Don. Ying doesn't know of his reputation, but I certainly do, and as Watcher I have to protect her from that Casanova.

Just make him your boyfriend and get that kiss from him and kick him off the lot! He ain't worth your time! I'm telling ya he already has like 2 women.
Ying: "I trust you. Didn't really like him anyways."



Things start looking up when Ying happens upon Rachid Assaoui during a trip to Windenburg's library. He's neat, a bookworm, and jealous.

Ying: "I do love myself an intellectual."

Rachid would've been first choice for primary spouse — because at last! a decent, available man (he's pretty cute too)— had Ying not happened upon...



Seiji Sakamoto. He's materialistic, a genius and family oriented. And honestly, the last trait had Ying sold. A family oriented man to be the founding spouse of her legacy? Yes please!

Ying: "We'll need to do something about his hair though."
Yes. Indeed. I say he's using way too much gel. 
Ying: "A man bun would look good on him don't you think?"



Since Ying has decided she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Seiji, she spends more time (compared to the other guys) getting to know him better before popping the question. And when she does, she does it in the hedge maze.

She thought it rather romantic.

Seiji moved in that night. For the time being though, they will be putting off the wedding till they're a bit more financially stable since Ying just splurged on renovating the shack into a home more fitting to raise a family in. Meanwhile, I gave Seiji a much needed makeover.



If you look closely you'll notice how pre-makeover Seiji has some 'monster eyes' with solid black scleras and golden irises; A cc of mine meant for my vampire sims. Clearly that's a no-no. And so is that 'too-much-gel' hair.



Looking much better. 

You can't see it from the front, but Seiji's rocking a pretty cool man bun.
(Also, ignore that visual glitch through the wall, one of my buy CC when crazy — it's fixed now.)



In other news, Ying hasn't forgotten about Marcus. And she reckons it's a good time to abuduct bring him in as the family's servant/attendant a secondary spouse.

Ying: "So, what do you say? Not a bad idea huh? There's shared family funds. And we get to casually stick together, no strings attached. No commitment needed. It's just like living in a shared home and we get to see each other more easily. That's all."
Marcus: "Doesn't sound bad. I've been getting pretty tired of my current housemates lately..."
Ying: "You'll just have to sign some papers. You know how landlords can be. Guy wants to be sure about who's moving in and all."
Marcus: "Sure, what papers do I have to sign?"
Ying: "Just sign, here. Here. And here."
Muahahahahahahahaha!
Marcus: "Okay."
Ying: "Thanks! Now you can start with taking out the trash and preparing dinner for us!"
Marcus: "Huh?"
This is why you always read the fine print. *cackles*
Ying: "You just signed away your life to the Jin family. The servant's quarters are that way. We'll call you when we need you."



Anyways, gonna end the post with a screenshot of the renovated house. Marcus's room is the one on the left. It's separate from the main household. I plan to expand the children's bedroom and add in more child-rearing goodies later on, but for the time being most of the money has been spent so it'll have to wait for a bit.



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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.3 — Most Eligible Bachelor(s) (Updated 30/04/18)
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2018, 01:09:49 PM »
I loved reading about Ying's serial kissing spree! And I agree that the choice of the founder's spouse is oh-so-important!
When Ying was discussing her harem, I started imagining something like the Amazon Challenge but with Ying as the only Amazoness, haha.

So happy for you and Ying that she finally found The One. After all her searching, how perfect that she found him---cute AND excellent traits!
(In one of my failed challenge attempts, my heir married Sergio of the gorgeous abs and he was fine with his own kids.)

It was great seeing how your house grew, too!
A great update all around!

P.S. Sounds like I would love your mom! Huge fan of history and lit, too!

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.3 — Most Eligible Bachelor(s) (Updated 30/04/18)
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2018, 05:05:38 PM »
Very nice! Aw, poor Marcus lol Could be worse. Congrats to Ying on finding the one ^^

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I loved reading about Ying's serial kissing spree! And I agree that the choice of the founder's spouse is oh-so-important!
When Ying was discussing her harem, I started imagining something like the Amazon Challenge but with Ying as the only Amazoness, haha.

So happy for you and Ying that she finally found The One. After all her searching, how perfect that she found him---cute AND excellent traits!
(In one of my failed challenge attempts, my heir married Sergio of the gorgeous abs and he was fine with his own kids.)

It was great seeing how your house grew, too!
A great update all around!

P.S. Sounds like I would love your mom! Huge fan of history and lit, too!

@oshizu Ooh, gotta look up that challenge. Sounds interesting! Ying's not too sure how many extras she'll want to move in but we'll see how things slowly pan out. The idea of a satisfaction point farm is very appealing.

Sergio is a fine, fine, fine man. Twas seriously considering him because I'd eventually need to get a primary spouse with a 'Hates Children' trait down the line anyway, and if it's gotta be like that, why not Sergio? But then I decided not to because of the slew of bad moodlets that's bound to crop up and it's still a bit early in the legacy; They won't have the resources to effectively deal with those moodlets so that trait can wait a bit. Just a precaution. Don't want to accidentally flub the legacy so early on haha ~

S/N: You and my mum would hit it off! Now, if only I could just get her into sims...

Very nice! Aw, poor Marcus lol Could be worse. Congrats to Ying on finding the one ^^

@Shewolf13 Heheh ~ Thanks. :) But Marcus shouldn't have it too bad. We plan to farm him of his satisfaction points so he should still be a pretty happy guy! Sort of! Just that we'll be blowing his points on stuff he'll never use lol


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1.4 — Surprise Nooboo!
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2018, 06:54:50 AM »
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1.4 — Surprise Nooboo!

All is well in the Jin household. Seiji got a job in the tech guru career, Ying is churning out paintings and progressing her career while Marcus spends most of his time either painting or fishing to supplement the household income and to help get Ying that cowplant berry.

Then came the surprise...



Ying: "Urgh, I'm not feeling so good..."
Woah woah woah! Wait a minute what?! This isn't what I think it is right???
Ying: "I, I think I might be pregnant."
What?! Who??? HOW! You've never tried for baby!!!
Ying: "I don't know! But the body doesn't lie!"
WAIT! Waaiiiittt... I just remembered now... Oh. Oh. Uh...

( I forgot I had the risky woohoo mod in play. )

Ying: "What? What! What is it?"
Ahahahaha... nothing. But er, who was the last person you woohoo-ed again?
Ying: "Erm. Rachid? I guess. That was before Seiji and got together of course."
How about Seiji? Have you and Seiji like. Woohoo-ed recently?
Ying: "Seiji and I haven't woohoo-ed yet. The opportunity never came up... The father is probably Rachid huh?"
Oh. Okay. Erm. Yeah, basically.
Ying: "What are we going to do about this?"
... I guess, we just have to tell Seiji? And Rachid?



Rachid took the news pretty well. Boy am I glad he and Ying ended on good terms.

Rachid: "It must've been quite a surprise."
Ying: "Yeah it was. I'm sorry for dumping this on you out of nowhere."
Rachid: "No, we should've been more careful. But what's done is done. I'll be there for you and the baby regardless."
*sniffs* Such a good man. Let's invite him to join the household Ying! He should have the option to stick around for his child if he wants to!
Ying: "If you want to... you could move in? That is, if you want. If you'd rather not want to be burdened by a child that's fine too. Because I've already got Seiji."
Rachid: "I'd love to! I'd love to stick around to watch my child grow! And Seiji doesn't have to worry. You and I, we're just friends now. What we had is all in the past. It's only because of the baby. Cross my heart, hope to die!"

And thus, Rachid became the first official, secondary spouse of the Jin Legacy.



Seiji was just as understanding.

Seiji: "Don't look so down. I'm not upset! Besides, this was before we got together, so what's there to be upset about?"
Ying: "But it's not your child..."
Seiji: "A baby is a baby. Doesn't matter if it's not mine. I can still make a great step-dad!"
Ying: "So.. you're actually okay with this?"
Seiji: "We've been wanting a baby anyways right? We got one!"
Ying: "How about Rachid? Are you okay with him moving in?"
Seiji: "Oooh, he's moving in? Great! It takes a village to raise a child. It'd be nice for the baby to know their biological father too... he's a nice guy right?"
Ying: "Errr, yeah? I guess? He's a good guy."
Seiji: "Great! Then the baby will be in good hands... I can't wait to see who the baby takes after!"

Wow, it's great that he's family oriented. He took it really well.
Ying: *whispers* Yeah, he's more excited than all of us combined.



It isn't long before D-Day arrives and Ying heads to the hospital to give birth.

How you feeling?
Ying: "Not too great."



Annnnddddd..... IT'S A GIRL. Which was sort of expected, considering how Ying basically gorged herself on strawberries after learning of her pregnancy. After all, only a female can be an heir.
In any case, meet Jia! The first poteintial heir to the Jin Legacy!

Ying: "Isn't she adorable?"





The dads with their baby girl is an absolutely adorable sight. Rachid is a very nurturing father, and he's almost always the first to respond to Jia's cries. And Seiji is absolutely smitten by his step-daughter. He just loves cooing at her! Jia has seemed to have taken a liking to Seiji too!



On a side note, here's a random photo of Marcus hanging with Ying's exes (Ayaan, Kengo and Nobuya were there too, but not in frame).



While the family was dealing with the pregnancy, Marcus was out socalising and raising his charisma because he has that annoying 'Friend of the World' aspiration.

You're such a pain, even as a servant. Urgh.
Marcus: "Well... you could just fire me?"
Nice try. Also watch your mouth. Say anything funny about Ying to her exes and I'm taking away your bed and you can enjoy sleeping on the floor. I won't stand for slander against my Watched. I only had Ying call them here so you could complete your stupid aspirations. Make friends with them and get back to fishing!
Marcus: *sigh* "Okay."

We're gonna milk this man of his satisfiaction points as much as we can! Muahahahahahaha!



Authur's Notes:
Jia's name is written — 甲 — and has the meaning of 'first'. She's the first born child, so I thought it'd be a pretty apt name for her. Hehe ~

Man. I probably should've done a survey of my mods before I started playing the legacy. Ying's pregnancy nearly gave me a heart attack! My mods folder is a mess so I haven't been able to check every inch of it, but I did a quick one over and I think there shouldn't be anymore surprises. Hopefully. I think I'll keep the risky woohoo option 'on' though, because I like it for my other gameplays. It just means I have to be more careful when woohoo-ing from now on.

Anyways, I finally got a 'Meet the Jin(s)' section up! Woohoo!

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.4 — Surprise Nooboo! (Updated 05/05/18)
« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2018, 10:43:44 AM »
Ahahahahaha!  I love the Risky Woohoo option XD There is a birth control option that goes with that, just so you know.  Welcome Jia!  And watching the two of them with her is adorable ^^

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.4 — Surprise Nooboo! (Updated 05/05/18)
« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2018, 05:22:31 PM »
That's quite the curveball!  And so early in your legacy, too.  I love how understanding Ying and both of the guys were.  Jia has a great "village" to raise her.   :)

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Re: The Golden Legacy: 1.4 — Surprise Nooboo! (Updated 05/05/18)
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2018, 10:45:36 AM »
Ahahahahaha!  I love the Risky Woohoo option XD There is a birth control option that goes with that, just so you know.  Welcome Jia!  And watching the two of them with her is adorable ^^
@Shewolf13 There is? Thanks for the heads-up! Haha ~ But I probably won't be using the birth control much. The surprise is the fun part. ;)
Jia gets way cuter as a toddler! Just wait! :3

That's quite the curveball!  And so early in your legacy, too.  I love how understanding Ying and both of the guys were.  Jia has a great "village" to raise her.   :)
@BallerinaHippo I had a huge 'oh no' moment when I found out about the pregnancy and was all ready to nuke my legacy before I calmed down and realised that secondary spouses are a thing and Rachid was cute as hell too. Am somewhat glad that I found out about that rouge mod via Rachid. Cause I vaguely remember woohoo-ing either Ayaan or Kengo at one point (it raises the date meter really fast). The little 'village' is really helpful. There's always an adult around for her and phew! If she wants Top-Notch Tod, she needs all the help she can get!

 

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