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The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Away from Home (Oct 29)
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:48:30 PM »
Greetings!  Welcome to my SimTech Dynasty challenge.  All the rules can be found in the Challenges section of this forum.  Many, many thanks to the Challenges Team for coming up with such great content month after month, year after year.  This particular challenge is one that appealed to me right from the start.  I'll be writing it up a little differently than my Sharebear Legacy-- basically, more of a narrative style.  So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy the Tribe of Mann.

Chapters:

Introduction

No Tech Era
A Fresh Start
Close Encounters
Baby Makes 3
Another Sign
They are Growing Up

Low Tech Era
The Move
The Journey
New Alliances
The Spirit of Mann
The Changing Times

Mid Tech Era
The Story Continues
Away from Home

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Re: The Tribe of Mann Tech Dynasty: Introduction
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 12:48:53 PM »
Members of the Tribe of Mann
Names of family members contributing to the challenge will be in blue.

Founder: Wu
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Co-founder: Hu
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Gen 2: Snow
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Gen 2 spouse: Lee
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Gen 2: Tally
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Gen 2 Journey
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Gen 3: Avery
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Gen 3: Otto
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Gen 3: Kay
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Re: The Tribe of Mann Tech Dynasty: Introduction
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 12:49:21 PM »
Challenge Stats:

No Tech Era

Goal: max 5 of the following skills-- Charisma, Comedy, Fishing, Fitness, Mischief, Parenting, Singing
1.  Fishing: Hu, day 17
2. Charisma: Wu, day 19
3. Singing: Wu, day 21
4. Parenting: Wu, day 21
5. Fitness: Hu, day 23

Low Tech Era

Max 5 of the following skills-- Cooking, Gardening, Flower arranging, Guitar, Violin, Wellness, or previously unclaimed skill (Comedy, Mischief)
1. Cooking: Hu, day 30
2. Violin: Hu, day 33
3. Wellness: Wu, day 39
4. Gardening: Wu, day 40
5. Guitar: Snow, day 41

Complete 5 of the following aspirations-- Angling Ace, Freelance Botanist, Friend of the World, Outdoor Enthusiast, Serial Romantic, Soulmate, Curator
1. The Curator: Wu, day 24
2. Angling Ace: Hu, day 26
3. Soulmates: Hu, day 30
4. Friend of the World: Snow, day 36
5. Freelance Botanist: Wu, day 43

Mid Tech Era

Max 5 of the following skills-- Baking, Handiness, Logic, Painting, Pet Training, Veterinarian, Writing or previously unclaimed skill (Comedy, Mischief, Flower Arranging)
1. Handiness: Snow, day 47
2. Painting: Snow, day 47
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Complete 5 of the following aspirations-- Big Happy Family, Body Builder, Fabulously Wealthy, Friend of the Animals, Painter Extraordinaire, Super Parent, or previously unclaimed aspiration (Outdoor Enthusiast, Serial Romantic)
1. Painter Extraordinaire: Snow, day 49
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Builds:

No Tech Era
Lot: 40x30 Cypress Terrace in Willow Creek
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Low Tech Era
Lot: 50x50 Oakenstead in Willow Creek
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Mid Tech Era
Lot: 50 x 50 Oakenstead Lot in Willow Creek (same as Low Tech)
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I'll do my best to list cc that I used here.  The history challenge cc tumblr page is a great resource.  Also, I've found a lot of stuff directly at blackyssimszoo.
   
No Tech Era
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Low Tech Era
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Re: The Tribe of Mann Tech Dynasty: Introduction
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 12:49:42 PM »
The Tribe of Mann: Introduction

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My name is Wu, of the tribe of Mann.  I am the youngest child and only daughter of the honorable Chief Acu.  Under my father’s reign, the tribe of Mann experienced great prosperity and peace.  But the happy times did not last.  When my father crossed over to the spirit world, my eldest brother became Chief.  Soon after, the famine began.

That was also the year of the Great Winter.  The tribe of Mann suffered not only from a lack of food, but from sickness and the effects of extreme cold.  Our very wise and elderly Sha Mann believed that the spirits were testing my brother to see if he had what it takes to be a Great Leader.  If that was the case, then my brother failed miserably.

When the Great Winter began, several of the Hunters suggested that our tribe follow the herds.  We are a semi-nomadic people, so this was a reasonable plan.  There were others, however, who wished to stay put.  Perhaps the many years of prosperity we had experienced lulled them into complacency and made them too comfortable.   At any rate, my brother could not make up his mind whether to stay or go, and his indecision cost many lives.

By the time my brother decided to move on, we had already lost over half our number.  Morale was low and there was much bickering.  We could not even agree on which way to travel.  Most of the remaining Elders wanted to follow the river to the West.  The Hunters wished to go either South or East.  In a misguided attempt to assert his authority, my brother chose to go North.  North. 

We traveled for three days and then the first blizzard hit.

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When it was over, there were only a few of us left.  As soon as the wind and snow stopped, my brother insisted we continue our journey.  My best friend, Hu, said no. 

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Hu insisted that another storm was coming. He said we should build a snow cave and wait it out.  My brother called Hu a coward and Hu said my brother was a fool.  In the end, my brother set off again with the others following him.  I stayed with Hu.

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Within a few hours, the next blizzard began.  For two days, Hu and I were stuck in the snow cave, huddled together for warmth.  When rays of sunshine finally peeked through the opening of our temporary shelter, Hu went out and looked around.  He came back with a handful of berries and said it was safe to move.   I asked if he had seen any sign of the others.  Hu hesitated before admitting that he had.  Fearing that I already knew the answer, I asked if any of them made it through the storm.  Hu just shook his head.

On our own now, Hu and I journeyed in a mostly southeast direction.   The rocky plains eventually gave way to hills and a vast forest.  That’s when I first started to believe that Hu and I might be alright after all.   Any place where trees could survive, so could we.
 
On the first day of Spring, we found our new home.   
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Notes:  The scenes with the blizzard were done in a separate file.  The official challenge began in a fresh save on Spring day 1.   Per challenge rules, seasons are four sim-weeks long and will remain that way.  For No Tech, lifespan is set to short.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Introduction
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2019, 03:52:52 PM »
Excellent!!  Love the story and way you started it.  I kept mine aside to write about later but got caught up with the two I'm doing.  Can hardly wait for the next post.
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Introduction
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2019, 04:40:00 PM »
Excellent!!  Love the story and way you started it.  I kept mine aside to write about later but got caught up with the two I'm doing.  Can hardly wait for the next post.

Thanks!  I started this several months ago and wasn't sure whether I was going to write it up or not.  I finally decided to go for it.  I have fewer screenshots for this than my Sharebear Legacy, but I think that will actually make it easier to finish posts.  I'll probably have 10-15 pictures each update instead of 25. 

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: A Fresh Start
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2019, 05:06:10 PM »
A Fresh Start

Our little clearing in the woods has everything we need.  There is a cave for shelter, a small pool of fresh water, and a stream nearby with fish. 
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Hu helps me find rocks to make a fire ring, then goes off to inspect the stream.   I gather sticks and brush and get the fire started.  As I watch the flames slowly dance to life, I sit back and let myself relax for the first time in months. 
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I’m still staring at the fire, lost in thought, when Hu returns carrying two fish.  He beams as he holds them up to me. 

“Full bellies tonight!”  he declares and lets out a whoop.

His exuberance is catching and I find myself laughing.
 
I’m tempted to eat the fish raw—it’s been so long since I've had meat—but I force myself to patiently roast it over the fire.  I glance over at Hu.  He has his eyes closed, savoring the aroma of roasted fish. 
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I’m glad Hu is here.  Or rather, I’m glad we’re both here.  If I had followed my brother and the remainder of the tribe--  I stop myself.  I’m not ready to think about that yet.  I force my mind back to the present.  I’m here.  Hu is here.

This is Hu, of the tribe of Mann.  Hu is the son of Bo, a great Hunter.
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Hu and I were born on the same day—the first day of Spring-- and the Sha Mann told our mothers it was a sign from the spirits.
 
 “What kind of sign?” I remember asking my mother when she first told me the story.

“Spring is the season of rebirth.  Two babies born in Spring are a sign of good things to come,” she replied, adding a wink.

I asked Hu’s mother the same question.  “It means you share a special bond,” was her answer.  She also added the wink.

As a very young girl, I didn’t understand all the winking, but I knew better than to ask too many questions.  Now, as these memories flash through my head, something suddenly occurs to me.

“Hey Hu!”  I say, sitting up straighter.

“Hmm?” he replies lazily, lost in his own thoughts.

“Today is the first day of Spring.”

“Yeah,” he responds, then catching my meaning, “Oh!”

“Happy birthday,” we say in unison. 

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It doesn’t take long for Hu and I to establish a comfortable routine.  Hu wakes early and spends most of the day fishing.  He’s usually already caught a few fish by the time the sun and I get ourselves up. 
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I spend my mornings gathering the wild strawberries and snapdragons that grow near our cave.  Sometimes, I spot a nice rock with a bit of metal or a crystal in it. 
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I also search all of the hollow logs for frogs.  The frogs aren’t good for eating, but they are otherwise great resources to have. 
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In the early afternoon, Hu takes a break from fishing and we roast whatever he caught that morning.
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Then, it’s back to fishing and gathering until the sun goes down.  In the evenings, we sit by the fire if it’s cold.  Or, if it’s warm, we take a dip in the pond.
It’s on one of those warm nights that I notice Hu is deliberately not looking at me. 
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Why is he being weird? I wonder. Under normal circumstances we’d be married by now.

It’s true.  Our parents—the whole tribe, really—used to talk about us as if marriage was a given.  Not every marriage within our tribe was arranged so early. In fact, most weren’t.  But with Hu and me, a lot of things were just assumed.  Now that we are of age, there should have been a ceremony.  We should be husband and wife. 

This thought makes me blush, especially when I realize Hu must be thinking the same thing.  I cover up my embarrassment by aiming the biggest splash I can muster at the side of Hu’s face.  He sputters and splashes back and the tension is broken.
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We’re still feeling playful later when we get out of the pool.  I can’t stop smiling.  This is a new side of Hu that I’m seeing, and I like it.
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Hu grabs both my hands in his—a move that makes my belly do a flip—and suddenly he gets serious.
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“Wu, there’s something I have to know,” he says.  “Are we, or are we not, the tribe of Mann?”

I’m not really sure what he’s getting at.

“What else would we be?” I ask, confused.

“We were born into a great tribe,” Hu says carefully. “But now we are all that’s left.  We have to decide: are we going to remain together as the tribe of Mann, or do we try to join another tribe?”

The possibility of joining another tribe isn’t something that ever occurred to me.  I have to admit, though, that it makes sense.  Our chances of survival would certainly improve as part of a larger group.  We would probably be well-received, too, since we are both young and strong and adept at learning skills.  However, we would likely be at the bottom of any kind of hierarchy and we would surely be separated for fear that we might try to start some kind of uprising together.  Could I really let that happen—even if our lives depended on it?

“We are the tribe of Mann,” I tell Hu, in a voice that sounds more confident than I feel.

“Good,” Hu says, exhaling.  I realize he must have been holding his breath while waiting for my answer.  “That’s what I thought.  I just needed to be sure.”

Then he leans forward and puts his lips on mine and I’m so shocked I just stand there like a stone.
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Hu doesn’t seem to expect any kind of response, though, because he just turns and heads into the cave.  I stay up most of the night thinking about everything that’s just happened and pray to the spirits that I’ve made the right decision, for both of us.


Notes:  Sorry that some of the screenshots are dark, but Hu and Wu have no lights (not even candles).  I did what I could with editing.
You can see more of Hu and Wu's home in the third post of this thread under Builds.




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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Introduction and Ch.1 (June 14)
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2019, 09:25:48 PM »
I love their outfits, and their looks.  Both gorgeous Sims.  Ah, sweet romance.  Nothing like cuddling together on long nights, eh?  I'm wondering if they will make up a ceremony of their own now they are the only members of their clan.
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Introduction and Ch.1 (June 14)
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2019, 10:11:28 PM »
First of all, I LOVE THIS! I read about this challenge awhile back and it seemed so cool and much different than the others (obviously). Also I love the play on words you did with their names. I chuckle every I read "Hu mann" and "Wu Mann", wonderful job! Can't wait to see more soon :)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Introduction and Ch.1 (June 14)
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2019, 11:34:02 PM »
I love their outfits, and their looks.  Both gorgeous Sims.  Ah, sweet romance.  Nothing like cuddling together on long nights, eh?  I'm wondering if they will make up a ceremony of their own now they are the only members of their clan.
Thanks!  I always like the beginning of a challenge when they don't have much but each other.

First of all, I LOVE THIS! I read about this challenge awhile back and it seemed so cool and much different than the others (obviously). Also I love the play on words you did with their names. I chuckle every I read "Hu mann" and "Wu Mann", wonderful job! Can't wait to see more soon :)
Thank you! I tried to resist starting this challenge while I still had my legacy going, but eventually I caved.  I'm glad you appreciate the names.  I've wanted to use Mann for awhile now and this seemed like the perfect family for it. 

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Close Encounters (June 15)
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2019, 12:13:26 AM »
Close Encounters

There’s a new understanding between Hu and me.  Since we’ve decided to try to make it on our own, we’ve both been working extra hard. 

Hu studies the fish and decides to use my snapdragons as bait.  As a result, he brings home bigger fish more often.
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I’m still harvesting and digging and looking for frogs.  I’ve also figured out how to breed the frogs.
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The warm weather we’ve had lately brings out the wildlife.  We see bears, raccoons, and even some large rodents.  Most of the time it’s not a problem.  The animals around here are brightly colored and easy to spot from far away.
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Even so, we experience a few close calls.  One morning, a raccoon startles me while I’m out collecting. Luckily, it doesn't follow me.
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But the scariest encounter happens one morning as Hu is getting up to go fishing.  A bear comes right up by our cave and prowls around for several hours.
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Eventually the bear leaves.  I sleep through the whole thing, but Hu tells me the story later.
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One morning, Hu surprises me by coming back early.  When I ask him why, he gives me a goofy smile.
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“I didn't go fishing this morning,” he admits. “I've been working on something and today I finished it and I want you to see it.”

I look around, wondering where he’s hiding this mysterious object.  Hu kneels down and clasps his hands together.
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“My family ought to be negotiating with your family, but since none of them are left, we’ll have to settle this ourselves,” Hu says.

I feel a lump forming in my throat.  Is it because he mentioned our families?  Maybe it's because he really doesn't need to do this, but he's doing it anyway.

“Will you, Wu, daughter of the Great Chief Acu, be my bride?” Hu asks. He pulls a ring from his waistband.  He’s made it from a piece of bone and polished it until it’s smooth and shiny.

In a daze, I take the ring and hold it up between my thumb and forefinger.  It gleams and sparkles in the sunlight, brighter than any crystal. 
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I realize Hu is waiting for an answer.  I don't know what to say, so I just turn to him and nod.  Hu grins and stands up.  Without thinking, I leap into his arms.
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The next morning, we say our vows beneath the big oak tree.  It is our tribe’s tradition for marriages to take place at dawn because the sun rising symbolizes hope and new beginnings.   
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Since we do not have a Sha Mann to perform the ceremony, we do our best to remember the vows on our own.  Fortunately, our efforts please the spirits and they shower us with white and gold sparkles as we finish.
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It is unlucky to work on your wedding day so we enjoy a rare day off.  We watch clouds…
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We sit by the pool…
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We inspect the bushes…
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After everything we’ve been through, we’ve never been happier.


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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Close Encounters (June 15)
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2019, 02:12:32 PM »
What a lovely wedding.  And then, "inspecting the bushes"!  Your writing is so clever and the words are so appropriate.  I can hardly wait to see how the Mann clan proceeds.
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Close Encounters (June 15)
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2019, 05:50:03 PM »
Lol, inspecting the bushes! I really like how thought out every section of your story is and how it flows easily into the next scene. Very well done!
Congrats Hu & Wu <3

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Close Encounters (June 15)
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2019, 01:22:56 PM »
I love how this is shaping up. You're really a good storyteller.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Baby Makes 3 (June 20)
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2019, 07:23:32 PM »
@Joria @kattiq @reggikko :  I'm so glad you are reading, and thank you for your very nice comments! 

I lost power while trying to post an update the first time, let's see if I can finish this time!


Baby Makes 3

A few months after my marriage, the spirits send me a sign.  I am out collecting when I see the gold and white sparkles, and I know immediately what it means.
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I find Hu at his favorite fishing spot and attempt to explain my vision.  At first, Hu looks at me with concern because I’m so excited that I’m not making much sense.
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Eventually, I manage to string together enough of the important words— “spirits…sign…nooboo” --- for Hu to understand my meaning.
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Then, Hu throws his hands up and offers praise to the spirits.  I put my hands up, too, and jump around like a crazy woman. 
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Traditionally, an expectant mother in our tribe would be kept out of sight and waited on by other women, but I don’t have that luxury.  Hu and I only have each other, and I’ve got to keep working.  Hu tells me it will be alright, and I can’t help but believe him.
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I weave a basket for our baby to sleep in, and Hu makes a tent from the furs he’s been saving.  And then it starts raining.
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And it rains, and it rains, and it rains.  And that’s okay because the rain makes everything greener, and Hu and I are a whole lot cleaner.
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Late one afternoon, the rain stops and is replaced by…snow.  Hu and I are in the pool when the weather changes.  The air is warm, the water is warm, and yet, it is snowing.  I haven’t seen snow since the Great Winter, and this snow is nothing like that.  This snow is unexpected and gentle and soft.
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I find the situation so funny that I get out of the pool, stand in middle of our clearing, throw my arms out wide, and laugh. 
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That night, our baby is born.
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Hu and I feel that we have no choice but to name him Snow.
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In the morning, I perform the naming ceremony by presenting him to the rest of the tribe—which in this case is just Hu.

“You are Snow, of the tribe of Mann,” I say. “Firstborn son of the reigning Chief Hu and grandson of the Great Chief Acu.  May you always find favor with the spirits of our ancestors.”
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Now we are a tribe of three.
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Notes: As much as I love a good name pun, I had no intention of naming this kid after a snowman, or of making a GoT reference.  But when it snowed in the game and the baby was a boy, I had myself a good laugh and typed it in.

Also, I wish the Off the Grid lot trait had been available when I started this challenge, but I guess it doesn't matter since they didn't have plumbing or electricity anyway.   :)


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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Baby Makes 3 (June 20)
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2019, 08:09:25 PM »
Snow-Mann, oh lordy how could you resist?  Perfect! 

I haven't finished mine and hope for the best for you and the Manns.  We're in, I think, More Tech.  Victorian clothing?  I also am doing a do-over because I learned a lot and am not happy with the stats in my original one.  Too many people, but it got to be interesting and may be a story later on, after I finish my dual dynasty and Island Living.  Meanwhile I can enjoy Clan Mann!
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Baby Makes 3 (June 20)
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2019, 11:15:51 PM »
Always love a good GoT reference! Once I get the new game pack I may try to do this challenge too! And I might PM you later about where you got some cc for it :)
Welcome to the clan Snow!

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Baby Makes 3 (June 20)
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2019, 02:43:33 PM »
Snow-Mann, oh lordy how could you resist?  Perfect! 

I haven't finished mine and hope for the best for you and the Manns.  We're in, I think, More Tech.  Victorian clothing?  I also am doing a do-over because I learned a lot and am not happy with the stats in my original one.  Too many people, but it got to be interesting and may be a story later on, after I finish my dual dynasty and Island Living.  Meanwhile I can enjoy Clan Mann!
In game, I'm in More Tech, too.  I'm probably using more people than I have to.  Maybe next time I'll try to finish with just one sim, but I didn't want to stress myself out too much on this attempt!  ;D

Always love a good GoT reference! Once I get the new game pack I may try to do this challenge too! And I might PM you later about where you got some cc for it :)
Welcome to the clan Snow!
I think Island Living would be perfect for this challenge-- the whole stranded on a desert island thing-- but I started this before I knew about the new game pack.  If you decide to do it, I'd love to know how it goes, whether you do a story or not.   :)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Another Sign (June 27)
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2019, 02:55:53 PM »
Another sign

If we hadn’t named him Snow, we could have named our son Shadow because he’s the kind of kid that always wants to be near.  I’m not complaining about that.  It’s actually very useful.  I don’t have to worry about him running off and getting lost or eaten by a bear.
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I take him everywhere and teach him as much as I can.
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At dinnertime, Snow likes to tell his father all about our day.  Snow’s version is always far more entertaining than my version would be. 
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And at the end of the day, my boy always sleeps soundly…
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…which is a good thing for many reasons.
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Much time has passed since Hu and I first settled in Willow Creek.  Snow is a child now, and Hu is teaching him to fish. 
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Hu says Snow is a natural.  That’s good because fish is still our primary food source.
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When he’s not fishing with his father, Snow can usually be found in a tree.  He is still just a boy, after all.
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One evening, the spirits send me another sign.  This time Hu is with me and sees the sparkles, too. 

“I hope it’s a girl,” is the first thing he says.
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I ask Snow if he thinks the baby will be a boy or a girl.

“A girl,” he says.  “You already have me and Father.  You don’t need any more boys.”

I guess there’s some kind of logic in that.
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Several months later Hu’s wish and Snow’s prediction come true.
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The next morning, we name her.

“You are Tally, of the tribe of Mann,” I say. “Daughter of the reigning Chief Hu and granddaughter of the late Chief Acu.  May the spirits of our ancestors always be pleased with you.”
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Now we are a tribe of four.
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Notes:  Short lifespan moves fast!  Hu maxed fishing on day 17.  Wu maxed charisma on day 19.   

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Another Sign (June 27)
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2019, 03:23:00 PM »
Welcome to the World Tally!
Also I literally just created my new game file for SimTech in Sulani! Still working out how I'm going to start off the story (I feel like I've spent the majority of my time just getting prepped) Once I get that down I'll start a thread on here. :)

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« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2019, 04:55:47 PM »
Snow and Tally are both adorable. I loved the scary bear that Hu encountered!
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Another Sign (June 27)
« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2019, 02:59:18 PM »
Welcome to the World Tally!
Also I literally just created my new game file for SimTech in Sulani! Still working out how I'm going to start off the story (I feel like I've spent the majority of my time just getting prepped) Once I get that down I'll start a thread on here. :)
It took me a long time to get set up, too.  I don't have IL yet, but it looks so perfect for this.

Snow and Tally are both adorable. I loved the scary bear that Hu encountered!
The "bear" was Vlad, trying to break in.  It was pretty funny watching him stalk around.  :)  Fortunately, he never found my sims inside their cave.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: They are Growing Up (June 29)
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2019, 03:17:05 PM »
They are Growing Up

My children like to play with rocks.  I don’t know if that’s normal or not, but it keeps them happy…and busy.  Hu says it’s perfectly normal and great for their imagination.

Snow’s favorite rock is shaped like a duck.
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Tally has a pointed one that looks something like an arrow.
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Snow still spends a fair amount of time in the trees, most of it upside-down.
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I’m sure that Tally would join her brother in the trees if her little legs would allow her.  But for now, she must rely on her father’s help to gain elevation.
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As for me, I have started a new project.  I am trying to remember all the songs that Hu and I learned when we were younger.  I want to teach them to our children so the songs will not be forgotten.   
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One night I kiss my toddler and my child goodnight and when I wake in the morning, they have each aged by one life stage.  At least, that’s what it feels like.
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My girl Tally is a happy child who loves to be outside.  She refuses to wear any kind of covering on her feet.
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Snow is no longer a child, but not quite a man either.  He wants to be friends with the world.
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I don’t know about the world, but Hu and I allow Snow a little more freedom to wander farther on his own and to introduce himself to members of other tribes who seem friendly.  Someday, our boy will need a spouse so it makes sense to start forming a few alliances now.
5.9 Snow with a girl.jpg

Snow soon gets to know many young people in the area.  And by many young people, I mean mostly girls.  I like this girl named Grace, from the tribe of Bheeda.  However, my son seems to have no particular interest in her beyond friendship.
5.10 Grace Bheeda.jpg

When I mention this to Hu, he reminds me that the Bheedas are vegetarians.

“They don’t eat meat,” Hu points out. “Not even fish.  That wouldn’t work with our diet.”

I hadn’t thought of that!  I mentally resolve not to be a meddlesome mother. 

Besides, I have many more immediate concerns—such as this raccoon that stands by our fire ring for several hours one night.  Hu says it’s probably just looking for food.  Whatever its reason for being there, we have to hide out in the cave until it leaves.
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The very next morning, we are shocked to find this strange woman swimming in our pool.  I ask Snow if she is one of his new friends, but Snow says he has never met her.
5.12 Lilith swims.jpg

Hu takes this as a sign that it is time to move.  For our safety, he wants to build a wall around our dwelling and we can’t do that easily at our current location. 

Hu and Snow talk it over and come up with a plan to build a simple hut.  While they discuss the details, I go to find Tally.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.
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Notes:  This is officially the end of No Tech!  Wu maxed both singing and parenting on day 21.  Hu maxed fitness on day 23 to usher in the Low Tech era.

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« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2019, 04:00:09 PM »
Woo congrats on finishing No Tech! You did a great job :D
I like how you used different story elements to explain the new requirements for the next era.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: They are Growing Up (June 29)
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2019, 12:49:34 AM »
Congrats on getting through No Tech!  Loved little Taly and Snow.  I keep thinking of the Harry Belafonte song, (Come, Mr. Tally-Man, tally me bananas) every time I think of Taly.  Can hardly wait to see how this goes.
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: They are Growing Up (June 29)
« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2019, 03:48:03 PM »
Yes, when a strange (but lovely) woman is creeping in your swimming pool, that's the sign that you should move  ;=)
Loving this so far.  Can't wait to see the next technological era!!

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: They are Growing Up (June 29)
« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2019, 01:26:06 AM »
Woo congrats on finishing No Tech! You did a great job :D
I like how you used different story elements to explain the new requirements for the next era.
Thanks!  Low tech coming up!

Congrats on getting through No Tech!  Loved little Taly and Snow.  I keep thinking of the Harry Belafonte song, (Come, Mr. Tally-Man, tally me bananas) every time I think of Taly.  Can hardly wait to see how this goes.
Thank you!  I hope you like the Banana Boat Song.  Otherwise, I'm sorry for the earworm.   :)

Yes, when a strange (but lovely) woman is creeping in your swimming pool, that's the sign that you should move  ;=)
Loving this so far.  Can't wait to see the next technological era!!
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Move (July 7)
« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2019, 01:45:58 AM »
Low Tech Era begins

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The Move

When Hu and I first settled in Willow Creek, we sought shelter in a convenient, but small, cave.  Now that our tribe is growing, we find ourselves wanting to spread out.  We choose a nice, flat open spot just down the hill and build our first hut.  It is a simple structure with four walls and a flat roof. 

Hu insists on building a stone fence around the hut for protection.  He and Snow spend many days hauling rocks from the creek.  Finally, Hu is satisfied and we move in.
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Hu’s fence proves successful at keeping out both unwanted guests and stray wildlife.  As a result, I am able to plant some strawberry bushes and snapdragons without fear of others reaping what I have sown. 
6.2 Wu garden.jpg

In addition to gardening, I take up the ancient art of meditation.  The kids don’t understand how I can “just sit there,” but Hu encourages me.  He says I have always had a special connection with nature and the spirit world.  Hu finds me a flat, comfortable rock and places it under a shady tree. 
6.3 Wu meditate.jpg

Tally has picked out her own favorite tree at our new home.  Whenever she’s not helping me or fishing with her father, you can find her swinging from its branches.  She grows stronger every day.
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Snow has discovered a talent for woodworking and spends much of his free time crafting sculptures of bunnies, dragons, and bears.  He’s getting quite good at it and successfully trades his handiwork with other tribes. 
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Snow knows the other tribes better than any of us.  He still believes he will befriend the world someday.  I tell him that he will only know half the world because it seems he only talks to girls.

“I talk to men, women, and children,” he claims. “I can’t help it if you only notice when I speak to girls.”

Perhaps there is some truth in that.
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But there is also truth in the fact that my son is about to come of age, and I am certain he intends to take a wife.

It is Tally who first informs me that her brother shows a preference for one particular girl.  Tally is climbing her favorite tree and notices Snow gazing at clouds with a pretty stranger. 
6.7 Tally spies.jpg

The girl’s name is Lee, from the tribe of Santos.  The first time I see her, I know she is smitten with my son.
6.8 Snow Lee.jpg

Who is this Santos tribe?  Lee tells us that her people took refuge in the mountains during the Great Winter.  Of course, she is too young to have experienced the Great Winter, but her elders still tell the story.

When we ask what she is doing so far from home, Lee says that the mountains are beautiful, but isolating.  By asking a few more questions, we learn that some of her people are starting to leave the mountains and marry into other tribes. 

Hu and I discuss the matter and decide that we must travel to this place called Granite Falls to negotiate with Lee’s family. 

“I might have hoped that Snow would choose a girl from a tribe nearby,” Hu says as we make preparations to leave. “But Lee says the fishing is great where she is from, and I am curious to see what’s on the other side of the mountains.”

That’s my Hu, always thinking of fishing.

The excitement of a new adventure has Hu and me feeling giddy the evening before our departure.  In the morning we might regret staying up late, but tonight we don’t care.
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Notes:  In Low Tech, sims can visit Granite Falls.  Lee Santos is a not-in-world sim but I took liberties with the story to explain why the family might travel there.

Wu completed her original Curator aspiration on day 24.  I was just waiting for Low Tech to begin so she could mail off five metals/crystals and get back five elements.  She is now working on Freelance Botanist.  Hu still has his original Angling Ace aspiration.  He just needs to finish the “catch 20 types of fish” step.  Snow is working on Friend of the World.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Move (July 7)
« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2019, 05:41:22 PM »
Awesome! Congrats on making it to Low Tech (aren't you glad No Tech is over? haha)
Can't wait to see how this tribe evolves :)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Move (July 7)
« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2019, 06:04:08 PM »
Really enjoying how the narrative is fitting this whole idea of the world getting bigger.  Well written, but with you, that's not surprising  ;=)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Move (July 7)
« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2019, 09:32:35 AM »
Such an interesting tale!  Question, how do you get the kids to use the trees for their mobility skills?  I know it's cc but who and where?  (Like I really need more cc in my games.  Sigh.)
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Move (July 7)
« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2019, 01:25:49 PM »
Awesome! Congrats on making it to Low Tech (aren't you glad No Tech is over? haha)
Can't wait to see how this tribe evolves :)
Thanks!  No Tech is no joke, that's for sure.  And I didn't even have twins!

Really enjoying how the narrative is fitting this whole idea of the world getting bigger.  Well written, but with you, that's not surprising  ;=)
Thanks for making me smile.   :)   I hope you continue to enjoy this little tribe .

Such an interesting tale!  Question, how do you get the kids to use the trees for their mobility skills?  I know it's cc but who and where?  (Like I really need more cc in my games.  Sigh.)
I sent you a PM with the link.  Those trees are awesome.  One of these days I'll clean out my cc, (ha!) but a few things will stay, including the monkey bar trees.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Journey (July 9)
« Reply #32 on: July 09, 2019, 03:20:53 PM »
The Journey

We arrive in Granite Falls on a cold, wet day in Spring.  Lee seems a little disappointed by the weather.  I think she was hoping her homeland would make a better first impression.
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The weather clears by the next morning and the main purpose of our visit is soon completed.  After brief negotiations, the match between Snow and Lee is pronounced acceptable to both sides.  Lee’s people are very willing, I would even say eager, to allow her to marry into our tribe.  I silently wonder whether they are impressed that Snow is the son of a Chief. 
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We are invited to stay as long as we like and to fish and gather as many wild plants and insects as we can carry. 

Hu and Tally enjoy fishing.  There are varieties of fish in the lakes and streams here that Hu has never seen.
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Snow and I collect insects.  The locals tell us insects are used in various herbal remedies and the beetles are edible.
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I also harvest all the plants that I can.  I am hoping to add some new varieties to my garden.
7.5 GF plants.jpg

Lee tells me that if we stay until Summer, there will be even more plants to harvest.  However, something happens that makes us wish to return home earlier than planned.  One night as I eat a dinner of grilled fruit, the spirits send me a sign.
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I find Hu and give him the good news.  He is understandably surprised, but excited.  Given this unexpected turn of events, we arrange to return home as soon as possible. 
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Hu jokes that traveling with a pregnant woman causes his hair to turn gray.
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I should be an elder now, too, but my body is still young.  I remember my mother telling me that the more children a woman has, the longer she will stay youthful.  I have heard legends about women trying to have 100 babies, but I don’t know if those are true.  Anyway, it seems that Hu and I are no longer physically the same age.

Hu is not the only one who enters a new life stage.   Tally celebrates a birthday just as we arrive home.  My little girl is not so little anymore.  She loves to fish and is eager to follow in her father’s footsteps.
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It is not long after we return home that I feel a familiar pang.  Hu stands by me, ever watchful.
7.10 Wu birth 3.jpg

And then she’s here.  My third, and probably last, child.
7.11 Wu Journey.jpg

When the sun comes up, we take her outside and call the others over for the naming ceremony.

“You are Journey, of the tribe of Mann,” I say. “Daughter of Hu and granddaughter of the late Chief Acu.  May the spirits protect your journey through life, as they protected your mother while she carried you.”
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“It’s a beautiful name,” Hu says later.  I didn’t tell him what I was going to call the baby.  I wanted to surprise him.
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Everyone is feeling joyful—about coming home, Journey’s birth, and the upcoming marriage of Snow and Lee.  In the afternoon, we end our work early and celebrate with music.  Hu plays the violin and Snow accompanies him on guitar.
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Notes:  Hu completed Angling Ace on day 26.  His new aspiration is Soulmates. 

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« Reply #33 on: July 09, 2019, 09:20:28 PM »
Oh, I hope Hu makes it!  It is so scary once they become elders.  You are like watching every second.  You and Hu could have another child, which would keep you young enough for a second marriage, (and more children).  Hard thing to do though.  Soul mate's find it extremely difficult.  I'm wondering if you are going to run out of puns for names,  (Candy-Man, Muffin-Man, Fire-man,  I guess not.  lol)
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Journey (July 9)
« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2019, 12:00:12 AM »
Well done! I loved their time in Lee’s homeland and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Journey (July 9)
« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2019, 05:31:34 PM »
Aww, so cute!!  Just an adorable little family and I'm glad things are going so well for them.  Super cute ending with the parry music and all  :=)

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« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2019, 11:02:27 AM »
I love all their outfits! Welcome to the fam, Journey!

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Journey (July 9)
« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2019, 06:07:15 PM »
Oh, I hope Hu makes it!  It is so scary once they become elders.  You are like watching every second.  You and Hu could have another child, which would keep you young enough for a second marriage, (and more children).  Hard thing to do though.  Soul mate's find it extremely difficult.  I'm wondering if you are going to run out of puns for names,  (Candy-Man, Muffin-Man, Fire-man,  I guess not.  lol)
Short life span is tough, especially on the men.  I thought about letting Wu have a 4th baby, but ultimately decided to let Snow and Lee have kids instead.  As for names, I don't think I'll run out of puns.   ;D  I have a huge list.

Well done! I loved their time in Lee’s homeland and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.
Thank you!  I really liked this era.  It was restrictive enough to be a challenge, but not as hard as No Tech.

Aww, so cute!!  Just an adorable little family and I'm glad things are going so well for them.  Super cute ending with the parry music and all  :=)
Thanks!  I am quite fond of their classical instruments as well.

I love all their outfits! Welcome to the fam, Journey!
Thank you!  I spent an absurd amount of time trying to dress the women for this era.   :D 

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: New Alliances (July 17)
« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2019, 06:20:20 PM »
New Alliances

Early one morning, Snow and Lee meet each other under one of the tall oak trees to say their vows.  Lee is officially a member of the Tribe of Mann, a visitor no longer.
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The spirits send their approval.
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The newlyweds are happy, as newlyweds tend to be.  In this case, I think the happiness has a good chance of lasting.  Lee is a cheerful girl, a little clumsy sometimes, but a hard worker and seems pleased to be a part of our family.
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We build Snow and Lee their own hut and extend the fence around it.
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Something tells me that it won’t be long before the tribe of Mann welcomes a new member.  The spirits haven’t sent Lee a sign yet, but it’s probably only a matter of time.
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It is summer now, and my garden is thriving.  I move my strawberries and snapdragons indoors to protect them from the intense heat.  Outside, I now have lilies and basil which I found here in Willow Creek.  I also have sage, parsley, and growfruit from our trip to Granite Falls.  Someone fishes up an apple, so I plant that, too.  The apple tree is not in season, but I hope it will bear fruit in the fall.  On a whim, I plant a strange seed that Hu fished up a long time ago and the cutest little cow head sprouts up.
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Since I spend so much time in the garden, Hu has taken over cooking most of our meals. He’s getting quite good at it, and I would almost say that he enjoys grilling fish as much as catching them.
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In fact, it is Tally who does most of the fishing these days.
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Several of the friendlier tribes and clans in our area have recently joined together in a loose association, for protection.  Although Hu and I have survived well enough on our own, Snow convinces us that it is a good idea to have allies.  He says we cannot rely on our stone wall alone to keep out our enemies. 

Besides pledging to help defend each other, the tribes in the alliance build a gathering place for all to enjoy. 
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In the middle of the gathering place is a circle of benches, used for meetings and ceremonies. 
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There is also a small space for a community garden.  In the spirit of cooperation, I contribute a few plants.
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One night, we stay late at the gathering place and I see Tally talking to a boy.  I’m not sure why, but something about it makes me think I need to keep an eye on this one.
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As nice as the new gathering place is, there is nothing quite like being at home. I can’t think of any better way to spend a summer evening than sitting around our own fire, with little Journey tucked safely in bed and the rest of us enjoying a meal of fresh grilled fruit and telling stories late into the night.
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Progress since the last update:  Hu maxed cooking on day 30.
 
Notes:  The low tech rules allow a park to be built, hence the ‘gathering place.’  Since I chose to build my own park, the Willow Creek park is still bulldozed. They don’t really interact with other sims who show up there, though, except Tally who will need a mate and Snow with the Friend of the World aspiration. 

In this era, they are allowed one formal outfit, but I didn’t make much use of that rule. The picture of the whole family at the gathering spot is the only one I have with any of them in formal outfits; and it’s just Snow, Lee, and Hu.  I spent time looking for those outfits, though, so had to include the picture.  :)


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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: New Alliances (July 17)
« Reply #39 on: July 23, 2019, 01:20:38 PM »
The gathering place is amazing!  Really lovely.  I'd like to see more pics of it.  Maybe in the Building and Construction spot?  I also loved the "formal" outfits.  Your tribe of Mann is growing and looking more and more like our Native Americans.  The wedding was lovely as well.  I think this has to be one of my favorite reads.
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: New Alliances (July 17)
« Reply #40 on: July 25, 2019, 09:30:12 PM »
Awesome!!! You did a great job building the gathering place.
I'm with Joria on this one being one of my favorite stories to read also!

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: New Alliances (July 17)
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2019, 12:33:45 PM »
Loving the story as a whole, but the comment about including that family gathering picture just so you could show off the outfits just struck me as delightfully amusing and relatable.  Can't even tell you the number of times I've included a picture just because I really liked the picture or the outfit or the lighting or whatever it may have been  :=)
Snow and Lee are adorable and I can't wait to see how adorable their baby is...or babies are?  Guess we'll see ;=)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: New Alliances (July 17)
« Reply #42 on: August 08, 2019, 03:51:11 PM »
Great storytelling, beautiful screenshot, and spot-on choice of outfits!
I'm not surprised that this challenge would appeal to you since the way your Sharebear generations have changed over time seems to have prepared you for this challenge.

The Manns also have incredible genes. :D

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: New Alliances (July 17)
« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2019, 02:09:11 PM »
@Joria , @kattiq , @PeregrineTook , @oshizu : Thank you everyone for the kind words.  I'm sorry that I've been neglecting this story lately.  I haven't forgotten about it.  Hopefully, I can get back to it soon. 

And oshizu, welcome back!  :)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: New Alliances (July 17)
« Reply #44 on: September 02, 2019, 01:57:51 PM »
I'm now all caught up here, too. I just really love your stories!

Do you have plans to do any of the other dynasties?

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« Reply #45 on: September 05, 2019, 11:28:01 AM »
Popping in to say I've been really enjoying this story!

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Spirit of Mann (Sept 11)
« Reply #46 on: September 11, 2019, 02:01:54 PM »
@reggikko and @Shewolf13 , thank you!  Here's a long overdue update...

The Spirit of Mann

I’ve known Hu all my life. Now that he’s an elder and I’m not, I am forced to face the fact that I will someday have to go on without him.  This realization makes me want to linger over every embrace and hang on to every kiss.
9.1 Hu Wu kiss.jpg

I don’t say this to Hu, but I think he knows.  He’s been extra attentive lately. 
9.2 Hu Wu again.jpg

One of the sweetest things Hu does is to stay up after everyone else has gone to bed, lulling us to sleep with his beautiful music.  It’s a talent he only discovered in his elder years.
9.3 Hu violin.jpg

Early one morning, the spirits come and quietly take my Hu away.  Everyone else is sleeping, which is probably the way Hu wanted it.
9.4 Hu death.jpg

We all deal with our grief in different ways.  I seek solace in meditation, as I always have.  Tally joins me, and even though she is a beginner, I think it helps.
9.5 Tally Wu meditate.jpg

Journey, who is still but a child, finds her own way to remember her father.  I often find her fishing at his favorite spot.
9.6 Journey fishes.jpg

As for Snow and Lee…
9.7 Lee labor.jpg

…it is through them that we are all reminded that life must go on. 
9.8 nooboo Avery.jpg

As is our custom, we have the naming ceremony the following morning.

“You are Avery, of the tribe of Mann,” I say.  “Firstborn son of the reigning Chief Snow and grandson of the honorable Chief Hu.  May the spirits of our ancestors always watch over you.”
9.9 Avery naming.jpg

And in no time at all, my first grandson is toddling around and old enough to feed himself at dinner.
9.10 family dinner.jpg

It isn’t long before Lee discovers that she is expecting again. Avery will soon have a little brother or sister.
9.11 Growing family.jpg

I wish Hu were here to meet his grandchildren and see all these wonderful changes.  But then again, I kind of feel like he is here.
9.12 ghost Hu.jpg

Challenge progress:
Hu completed Soulmates day 30
Hu maxed violin skill day 33
Snow completed Friend of World day 36
Wu maxed wellness skill day 39

Avery Mann is meant to sound like ‘every man’ because he’s pretty important to the rest of the challenge.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Spirit of Mann (Sept 11)
« Reply #47 on: September 11, 2019, 02:46:11 PM »
The Manns continue to make great progress and in marvelous style. What a stunning family, each and every sim.
Love your choice of clothing for the Manns.
And Avery Mann and his name are simply adorable!

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Spirit of Mann (Sept 11)
« Reply #48 on: September 11, 2019, 10:00:17 PM »
D'awww, Avery is adorable! RIP Hu, you were a terrific founding spouse.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Spirit of Mann (Sept 11)
« Reply #49 on: September 12, 2019, 11:05:41 AM »
Beautiful, just plain, purely beautiful.  It reminds us in a way that those we "lost" are never really truly gone, and so Hu comes to give love and hugs back to those he left behind.  Avery is a perfect name and a most adorable child.  I love how you have planned out the lot.  It looks like a true village of a clan, one that is growing.  Those fish drying are a perfect touch.  Glad to read more of the Mann dynasty.
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Spirit of Mann (Sept 11)
« Reply #50 on: September 16, 2019, 01:11:18 PM »
The Manns continue to make great progress and in marvelous style. What a stunning family, each and every sim.
Love your choice of clothing for the Manns.
And Avery Mann and his name are simply adorable!
Thank you!  I really like this little tribe.  I took a long break from playing them, and now I'm trying to get caught up.   :)

D'awww, Avery is adorable! RIP Hu, you were a terrific founding spouse.
Hu really was a terrific founding spouse.  I always feel bad for the poor guys who don't get the life extension from pregnancy.  And on short lifespan, they become elders so fast!

Beautiful, just plain, purely beautiful.  It reminds us in a way that those we "lost" are never really truly gone, and so Hu comes to give love and hugs back to those he left behind.  Avery is a perfect name and a most adorable child.  I love how you have planned out the lot.  It looks like a true village of a clan, one that is growing.  Those fish drying are a perfect touch.  Glad to read more of the Mann dynasty.
Thanks!  I like to keep my ghosts around for a while in my games.  I'm usually not ready to let my sims go completely. 

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Changing Times (Sept 16)
« Reply #51 on: September 16, 2019, 01:30:56 PM »
The Changing Times

Daughters.  Some days I don’t know what to do with them.

This one decides to make a mess, and when I ask where she got the dyes from, all she can say is “I don’t know!”
10.1 Journey mess.jpg

And this one has me worried.  She has a frequent visitor.  His name is Youseff and he’s the young man Tally met at the gathering place.  The one I had an uneasy feeling about.  Even though he stands at an appropriate distance on the other side of the fence, I still can’t shake my uncomfortable feeling.
10.2 Tally Youseff fence.jpg

I ask Tally how well she knows this young man and her blushing response, combined with a mumbled “I think he’s romantic…” is the very opposite of reassuring.  As calmly as I can, I suggest that she might want to ask some questions designed to get to know him better.  If she doesn’t, I will.

To her credit, Tally does as I request and reports back the next day that Youseff is not only romantic, but also dislikes children and is a thief.  A thief!  Can you imagine?
 
“Don’t worry, Mama,” she tells me. “As soon as he said he hated children, I told him we could never be more than friends.” 
10.3 Tally Youseff.jpg

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that my family-oriented girl is more concerned about him not wanting children than the fact that he steals.  Whatever her reasons, I am relieved to be rid of Youseff the thief.

And fortunately, Tally’s cheerful nature helps her quickly get over whatever feelings she might have had for the boy.

After dodging that arrow, I turn to my son for help.  Snow knows the other tribes better than any of us.  He arranges a meeting between Tally and a man from the tribe of Mori.  My son tells me that Noah is family-oriented, like Tally, and is self-assured and loves to be outside.  Well, what do you know?  I guess my son really did talk to more than just girls when he was getting to know the world!  I should have come to Snow sooner.
10.4 family meets Noah.jpg

Tally’s marriage to Noah, of the tribe of Mori, is swiftly arranged.  Since the Mori tribe is nomadic and owns no land, we move the new couple into our old cave, just up the hill.  Tally tells me I have another grandchild on the way. 
10.5 Tally baby.jpg

But first, we welcome the arrival of Snow and Lee’s second child.  Avery protectively guards the door while his mother is in labor.
10.6 Lee labor.jpg

10.7 Snow Otto.jpg

All of the adults in the tribe gather on a misty morning for the naming ceremony.
 
“You are Otto, of the Tribe of Mann.  Second son of our Chief Snow and grandson of beloved Chief Hu.  May the spirits of our ancestors always find favor with you.”
10.8 Wu present Otto.jpg

It is nice that Tally and her new husband are there.  I never know when they will wander down the hill to our place, and it’s always nice to see them.

Sometimes we return the favor and wander up the hill.  One day, Noah’s parents are there, too.  They must be excited to meet Adeline, Tally and Noah’s daughter.   
10.9 Group at Tally's.jpg

Adeline resembles her father with her light blonde hair.  Toddler Otto looks just like his brother did at that age.  Speaking of which, my oldest grandchild, Avery, cannot sit still and runs off to climb trees.
 
Worn out from tree climbing, young Avery sleeps soundly that night while his parents discuss important plans for the future.
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And he doesn’t even stir when a bear breaks into one of our huts.  Those of us who are awake watch helplessly as the bear walks right past Otto.  Fortunately, Hu’s spirit appears and protects my youngest grandson from harm.
10.11 Vlad bear break in.jpg

I would like to say the encounter with the bear is what causes these gray streaks to appear in my hair.  But the truth is, I noticed that gray many moons ago.  I can feel that my journey here is almost at an end.  I only hope that I have prepared the next generation so that our story will continue to be told.
10.12 Wu meditates.jpg


Notes:  This is the end of Low Tech!  Wu maxed gardening skill on day 40, Snow maxed guitar on day 41, Wu completed Freelance Botanist on day 43.  Wu has already received her final notice from Grim and I was afraid she wouldn’t get to evolve her 10th excellent plant in time, but she made it!  Barely.

The score so far is 3.  (Hu and Wu count for 2 in No Tech + Snow counts for 1 in Low Tech)

*edited to add* Looking back at these pictures, it sure looks like Tally has a ‘type’ (both Youseff and Noah have long blonde hair).    Sorry if it’s hard to tell them apart. 

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Changing Times (Sept 16)
« Reply #52 on: September 16, 2019, 02:47:46 PM »
Good riddance, Youssef! That's one disaster averted.
Ooooh, Noah has two of the Watcher's favorite traits, I imagine! What a perfect match for Tally!

Congratulations to the Manns on completing the Low Tech era. I'm glad Wu was able to see her family through to that milestone!
Can't wait to see the next transformation of your household, BallerinaHippo!

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Changing Times (Sept 16)
« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2019, 06:31:45 PM »
Oh my! Heh, love the fact that Tally was more worried about Youseff hating children than being a thief. Congrats on completing low tech! Can't wait to see how things go.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Changing Times (Sept 16)
« Reply #54 on: September 17, 2019, 12:41:38 AM »
My day is complete I got the chance to read your story!  I love how there are so many toddlers and so many different looks to where they live and all.  The clothes are gorgeous of course.  Good thing Tally got rid of hates kids and steals. I think I'd rather have a thief than a hates kids person.  She has quite a sensible head on her shoulders.  Great marriage too.  I love your naming ceremonies.  So sweet and brings the lineage all in line.  I think yours in one of the most unique stories being told.
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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Changing Times (Sept 16)
« Reply #55 on: October 23, 2019, 07:58:59 PM »
Good riddance, Youssef! That's one disaster averted.
Ooooh, Noah has two of the Watcher's favorite traits, I imagine! What a perfect match for Tally!

Congratulations to the Manns on completing the Low Tech era. I'm glad Wu was able to see her family through to that milestone!
Can't wait to see the next transformation of your household, BallerinaHippo!
After discovering that Youssef was a klepto, I went searching in Snow's relationship panel hoping to find someone good.  Noah was that someone.  The only downside was that he was already an adult.  Fortunately, Tally seemed to like him and they were married quickly.

I was really worried about Wu making it to the end of Low Tech.  Her age bar was bubbling when she finally evolved her last three excellent plants to complete Freelance Botanist!

Oh my! Heh, love the fact that Tally was more worried about Youseff hating children than being a thief. Congrats on completing low tech! Can't wait to see how things go.
Haha!  Yeah, Tally is family oriented so I figured kids would be her primary concern.  Wu was more worried about having a kleptomaniac for a son-in-law.  Can't have him visiting and swiping stuff.

My day is complete I got the chance to read your story!  I love how there are so many toddlers and so many different looks to where they live and all.  The clothes are gorgeous of course.  Good thing Tally got rid of hates kids and steals. I think I'd rather have a thief than a hates kids person.  She has quite a sensible head on her shoulders.  Great marriage too.  I love your naming ceremonies.  So sweet and brings the lineage all in line.  I think yours in one of the most unique stories being told.
Thank you!  I didn't mean for it to take over a month to get the next update out.  I hope you enjoy the transition to Mid Tech. 

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Story Continues (Oct. 23)
« Reply #56 on: October 23, 2019, 08:19:45 PM »
Mid Tech Era begins:
 
The new era begins right in the middle of Summer.  Life span changes from short to normal.  Pets and clubs are now allowed.  Wishing well is allowed for this era only.  Kids can go to school, but no after school activities.  Still no careers for adults.
 
The Story Continues

My name is Avery, of the tribe of Mann. 
11.1 Avery Mann.jpg

Actually, we don’t refer to ourselves as a tribe anymore.  It’s an antiquated term.  However, that’s the way my grandmother introduced herself so it felt right to say that here.

Our story thus far has been told by my grandmother, and she told it well, but now it is up to me to continue.  Why me?  Well, I guess it’s because I’m the one who used to sit and listen to Grandmother’s stories.  She told me all about the Great Winter and how she and Grandfather Hu survived and everything else. 
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When I went to school and learned how to read and write, I found the means to tell Grandmother’s stories so they would not be forgotten.  But I am getting ahead of myself.
   
The last story that Grandmother told me was about the bear breaking into one of our huts and how Grandfather Hu’s spirit came to watch over my baby brother.
10.11 Vlad bear break in.jpg

It wasn’t long after the bear got in that father rebuilt our huts into something much more substantial.  Looking back, I am impressed by what Father accomplished in such a short time.  He built separate spaces for sleeping, cooking and eating, gardening, bathing, and playing games.
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11.5 Mid tech village overview.jpg

We even got new beds, but Grandmother did not get to rest in hers very long. 
11.6 Wu death.jpg

I remember my mother pleading with the spirit who came to take my grandmother.  The spirit took Grandmother anyway, but it means a lot to me that my mother tried.
11.7 Lee pleads.jpg

Mother took over Grandmother’s garden, and Aunt Journey started keeping bees. 
11.8 Lee Journey in garden.jpg

In addition to woodworking, Father took up painting as a hobby.  He paints a lot of different things, but Mother likes his mountain scenes best.  I think it reminds her of where she grew up.
11.9 Snow paints.jpg

My baby sister was born in the middle of Summer.  Everyone says she looks like Father, but I really don’t know how you can tell with a nooboo. 
11.10 Lee with Kay.jpg

With my grandmother gone, it fell to my father to perform her naming ceremony.

“You are Kay, of the tribe of Mann,” he said.  “Daughter of Snow and Lee, granddaughter of Hu and Wu.  May the spirits watch over you always.”
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When Kay was born, I couldn’t help but wonder how my brother would adjust to not being the baby anymore.  He was used to family members and visitors all doting on him.  I remember one day when my Uncle Noah and Patchy the scarecrow spent several hours teaching Otto how to stack blocks.
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Have I mentioned Patchy?  Both Kay and Otto were good friends with him.  Kay probably learned to talk by babbling to him.
11.13 Kay talks to Patchy.jpg

I once asked Mother if everyone had a scarecrow like Patchy. She said some do, but not everyone, and it might be best not to mention Patchy at school.  Apparently, some people don’t believe in things like talking scarecrows and ghosts.
11.14 Avery Lee chess.jpg

That seems strange to me.  Do some families not have spirits that visit them?  How odd.   
11.15 Wu with grandkids.jpg

Notes:  Snow was held at handiness level 8 until the end of Low Tech.  Once the new era began, he was allowed to resume the handiness skill and also took up painting.  The result is that he maxed both handiness and painting four days into Mid Tech, on challenge day 47.  Snow completed the Painter Extraordinaire aspiration on day 49.

Wu’s age bar was already bubbling when Mid Tech began.  The original plan was to have Wu complete Big Happy Family in Mid Tech, but it didn’t happen.  Wu died before her fourth grandchild, Kay, was born.

Since it’s been a while, here's a brief family history.
  • Hu and Wu (our founders) had three children:  Snow, Tally, and Journey
  • Snow married Lee Santos and they also have three children: Avery, Otto, and Kay
  • Tally married Noah and moved out.  Their daughter, Adeline, was conceived before Tally moved.

Current household members are Snow, Lee, Journey, Avery, Otto, and Kay

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Story Continues (Oct 23)
« Reply #57 on: October 23, 2019, 09:51:26 PM »
RIP Wu! You will be missed! Congrats on getting to Mid Tech! Love this family so much ^^

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Story Continues (Oct 23)
« Reply #58 on: October 23, 2019, 11:53:45 PM »
The Manns are doing so well with everything, thanks to their Watcher!
Love your choice of everyone's clothing, too. :)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: The Story Continues (Oct 23)
« Reply #59 on: October 29, 2019, 11:05:23 PM »
RIP Wu! You will be missed! Congrats on getting to Mid Tech! Love this family so much ^^
Aww, thanks!  I was really hoping that Wu would get to enjoy more of Mid Tech, but her age bar was already bubbling and switching from short to normal lifespan didn't help. 

The Manns are doing so well with everything, thanks to their Watcher!
Love your choice of everyone's clothing, too. :)
Thanks!  I probably spent waaaay too much time searching for just the right clothes for each era.  It's fun, though.  :)

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Away from Home (Oct 29)
« Reply #60 on: October 29, 2019, 11:17:13 PM »
Away from Home

One day, Father announces plans to travel to Granite Falls.  The reason?  Aunt Journey has come of age and my parents hope she might find a spouse there.
 
There are eligible men closer to home, but Aunt Journey has rejected them all.  Many of them are elders, or close to it, and the others have less than desirable traits.

Mother says traveling has a way of generating new possibilities, whatever that means, so off we go.

Fortunately, Mother and Father don’t seem to be in any hurry.  It looks like we’ll be staying awhile.

After setting up camp, Father and I go fishing.
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The next day, Aunt Journey and I collect insects.
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Then I collect native plants, many of which I have never seen before.
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Father is fascinated by this large statue.  He studies it intently.
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I meet a hermit who teaches me how to brew herbal remedies.  I may have found a new passion.
12.5 Avery herbalism.jpg

A few days later, Mother thinks she has found a suitable young man for Aunt Journey.
12.6 Lee meets Shingo.jpg

His name is Shingo, but everyone calls him Go.  Journey and Go.  Sounds poetic, doesn’t it?

Journey and Go get to know one another under the watchful eye of Mother.
12.7 Journey meets Go.jpg

The meeting goes well and soon Father is having a serious discussion with his younger sister about her future.
12.8 Snow Journey talk.jpg

While Father talks to Aunt Journey, I am left alone with Go.  I have to admit, I find him a little odd.  He’s family-oriented and neat, but also childish.  I don’t quite know how to react when he picks up a rock and starts playing with it.
12.9 Avery sits with Go.jpg

All too soon it is time to leave Granite Falls.  Otto has developed a case of homesickness, and Mother says it’s about time for us to go back to school.
12.10 Lee Otto talk.jpg

Go is invited to visit.  He and Aunt Journey are soon married and she moves out. 
12.11 Journey Go kiss.jpg

I’m going to miss having Aunt Journey living here.  The bees are going to miss her, too.
12.12 Journey collects honey.jpg

I guess I will have to help Mother in the garden now.  My siblings are still too young.  I start by planting the herbs I collected in Granite Falls.
12.13 Avery plants.jpg


Notes:  The last time the family visited Granite Falls (in Low Tech) it was Spring.  Now that it is Summer, Avery was able to collect all of the herbalism plants.

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Re: The Tribe of Mann SimTech Dynasty: Away from Home (Oct 29)
« Reply #61 on: October 30, 2019, 12:34:08 AM »
How lucky that Aunt Journey met someone nice in Granite Falls!
Aunt Journey and Uncle Go--too bad you can't pick their children's names, too! :)
She is such a pretty sim, like her mother.

Did Journey need to move out because Avery is approaching his YA birthday?
Or do you move out household "spares" when you feel like they've individually achieved "enough"?
Also, I'm unfamiliar with the SimTech Dynasty rules--do you edit Granite Falls to be era-appropriate, too?
Or just camp out?

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« Reply #62 on: October 30, 2019, 11:22:43 AM »
How lucky that Aunt Journey met someone nice in Granite Falls!
Aunt Journey and Uncle Go--too bad you can't pick their children's names, too! :)
She is such a pretty sim, like her mother.

Did Journey need to move out because Avery is approaching his YA birthday?
Or do you move out household "spares" when you feel like they've individually achieved "enough"?
Also, I'm unfamiliar with the SimTech Dynasty rules--do you edit Granite Falls to be era-appropriate, too?
Or just camp out?
The idea of Journey marrying a man named Go was just too perfect; I couldn't pass it up.  Plus, his traits weren't bad.  I moved Journey out mostly to keep the household size small.  There isn't a lot of stuff for spares to do right now besides gardening or fishing.  They can't have jobs yet, so I couldn't even send her to work for a portion of the day. 

Good question about Granite Falls. For Low Tech the rules specify: "Rental buildings in Granite Falls should be bulldozed, but you can keep what's in the National Park and the Hermit's house."  I'm not really sure whether you can re-build Granite Falls to be era-appropriate.  I'd have to ask over on the challenge thread.  I just left the rental lots empty and they used tents and such from their inventory.