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9. Spiralling

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Many moons ago, I finished my speedy uglacy and decided it’d be a hoot to do an even speedier prettacy. It was meant to take a few months to do the whole thing. Instead, it’s become a few months in between generations.

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It wasn’t the plan. Still, last time we were with you, Drumstick Knight was crowned heir.

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His pregnant partner is Jennika Wong.

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To cheer them up, I hired a magician.

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Come on guys, it’s a lamp!

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A car?

Tough crowd.

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The pregnancy isn’t helped any by grandma Shirley (from the stripe gen – even though the spot gen died ages ago – popping her clogs as the oldest sim in this legacy ever).

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We crowned Code Orange Kids Knight the cat heir.  The cats are meant to be engaging in an uglacy but it’s quite hard to get ugly pets in this game.

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His mate is called Agent Orange.

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While the kitties were littering, the adults had graduation to go to.

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Never too early to start the spouse hunt.

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Lots of people died at the ceremony.

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Which meant the baby was left to fend for itself.

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And everyone route failed all over the place.

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But for some reason, it was the romantic setting these two needed to finally agree to get married.

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Right before Drumstick aged up. Male heirs on this speed are a nightmare.

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It wasn’t long before we had litters of both the human and cat varieties.

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A baby boy called Slinky…

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And a little girl…

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…called Spira.

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And a litter of four kitties…

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Goldfrapp

And Lemon Jelly.

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As kittens I can’t really tell them apart, but as adults I can, so there’s something to look forward to later in the chapter!

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Now make me another baby before Jennika gets old and dies.

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Like you Drumstick.

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A rare shot of Jennika in wood gear just to prove I did give her a makeover.

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So Drumstick died.

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Whilst Jennika was pregnant.

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With two toddlers to care for.

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That’s speed legacies for you.

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Kids don’t seem too fazed though.

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Awww.

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Our third and final Spiral genner is…

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Helter Skelter.

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He is super-smiley, which is unusual for this family.

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The kids are kind of cute.

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If a bit generic.

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They’re a pretty contented trio though.

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Even doing homework despite the fact that they’ll barely spend any time at school.

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We interrupt this prettacy to show that the scenery will win all the prettiest polls ever.

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‘Am I bovvered though?’

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Love these placid kids.

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Helter Skelter seems to be the one with the best skin-tone though.

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This is Lemon Jelly…

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Lemonheads…

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Yello…

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And Goldfrapp, who was the heir, I think by virtue of being the only female when only male cats were available to adopt. None of these cats are ugly!!

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Her mate is called Goldie.

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Birthdays for the people who are supposed to be pretty now: Slinky…

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…Spira…

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…and Helter Skelter.

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Jennika got old and the last of the red kitties died whilst Jennika was wearing an appropriate jumper.

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Whilst I am kind of favouring Helter Skelter at present…

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I am not ruling out either of the others.

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And Slinky clearly has the hots for this townie.

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Who is a bit generic looking.

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Speaking of townies…

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I am not

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sold on any of them yet.

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Almost enough to drive you to despair, eh, Slinks?

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They’re an adorable and sociable trio.

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Love them.

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I didn’t seem to be able to get the cats pregnant so I cheated them in four kids.

Al Green

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Professor Green

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Green Day

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And Caro Emerald. (This might not actually be Caro – I don’t know if I have any pics of her as a kitten)

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‘Err, Rad? How many kittens did our cat just give birth to?’

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Gulp. That’d be four more then. Guess I was a bit presumptive with the cheating.

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The Green

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Green Jelly (yes, we had a Lemon Jelly last gen. Hey, bands are unoriginal!)

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Green Gartside

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…and Mint Royale.

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The kids aged up.

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Spira is a lot prettier than I thought she’d be.

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Jennika decided enough was enough.

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This gen are all pretty cute actually.

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But Slinky is a bit of a Jennika clone.

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Not sure Spira looks that much like either parent, so I’ll keep her around for a bit.

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Professor Green

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Green Day

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Caro Emerald

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Al Green – currently the uglacy contender, so we kept him around whilst shipping the rest out with Slinky.

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To celebrate the cats and Helter Skelter ageing up, we threw a party.

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Spira and Helter Skelter were both into the idea of a gift giving party, so why the heck not, I thought.

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I wasn’t overly impressed with the townies.

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Not that they seemed uber-keen on us.

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A lot of face-ones and kids with bad make-up choices.

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We aged up the vaguely interesting ones.

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With mixed results.

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This guy seemed my best bet.

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But Code Orange Kids dying, a bunch of bladder fails and dirty plates meant no gifts were given and the guests were miserable.

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Welcome to legacy life, Chris Beaker-Clark!

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Helter Skelter is lovely, albeit perhaps a tad generic. I was in a bind – him or Spira. I didn’t really want joint heirs for the final gen, as it feels a bit cheaty, but I kind of favour him. However, with Chris as the mate, we need a woman around or else the kids will go into care.

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In the meantime, we aged up and shipped out the last four cats, meaning Al Green, the only vaguely ugly one, is heir.

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His mate is Fiona Apple.

With the cats some way off ten gens, I moved their lifespab from short to shortest to see how far we get during the next human gen.

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Helter Skelter’s LTW is cat herder. We’re making vague attempts at it. Spira’s is Master of the Arts, Slinky’s was Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous, and Chris is after becoming a surgeon (hahaha).

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And we are going with the joint heir thing – heck, they’re bringing in the final generation so I want the best chance possible at a super-stunning sim. Join us then to see which animal-themed Knight comes out top of the pack!

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8. Knock on Wood

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Once upon a time, many moons ago, we saw the Knights elect a couple of the circle generation to become joint heirs – Twister…

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…and elder sister Ladybird.

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…They are aided in their task of bringing in the wood generation by Steve Texas.

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Who does kind of like Ladybird, even if she pretty much had to stalk him to get to this stage.

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I gave the boys triplets…
a girl

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called Coffin.

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Two boys – Pinocchio

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and Bread Bin.

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Despite all the usual measures such as kids’ TV and music (not enough LTH for fertility treatment), Ladybird gave birth to ONE SINGLE, SOLITARY KID.

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His name is Drumstick.

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Although Chess died, Shirley still lives and is able to help out with the kids.

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We got Ladybird pregnant again just before she could become an elder, and the babies became toddlers. This is Bread Bin.

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Coffin – who has her papa’s eyes.

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Pinocchio…

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…and Drumstick. Two out of four who’ve picked up some of their father’s colouring is OK, I guess.

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Red kitty gen picspam!

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We settled on this one

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I think he’s Red Dragon. It took so long to play this chapter I am having trouble remembering which child is which, never mind which cat.

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The cats’ colourings are quite in keeping with the wood theme.

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We found him a mate.

Rose Royce.

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Bless.

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Then Roaring Heights became a big steaming glitchy mess, so we left Steve, Shirley and the non-heir kitties there and moved to Aurora Skies.

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Where the kids aged up. This is Bread Bin…

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…Pinocchio…

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…Coffin…

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…and Drumstick.

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Early favourite…

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Hmm.. I think Rose Royce is secretly too pretty to be an uglacy cat, but non-elder adoptees are hard to come by.

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Baby time!

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The final member of this generation is called…

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…Billy Bookcase.

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I really like the school rabbithole here.

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All a bit white and blonde, though.

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I didn’t realise at the time that this was a Scandinavian-style hood, which might not have been my best option for genetic diversity.

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OMG why is the game taunting me with all these priceless uglacy specimens?

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Age comes to Twister…

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…and Billy Bookcase becomes a toddler. Cute but notsomuch into that skin tone.

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More townie-hunting!

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At least not blonde…

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Blonde.

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Blonde.

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Not bad, but looks like Kevin in the film of We Need to Talk About Kevin so I’d end up afraid of crossbow incidents.

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Not bad, but a bit face-bland.

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Same.

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More blonde.

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Ladybird got old…

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And kittens got born. Their names are:

Code Orange Kids

Orange Juice

Tangerine Dream

and

Jason Orange.

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‘Which one is which?’

Search me, Pinocchio. I had to take screenshots to remember which kid was which, never mind the moggies.

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‘So which one am I?’

One of the ones that won’t be heir.

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I do like that this hood is quite wood-y given this generation’s theme.

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The kids all grew up. Coffin reminds me a bit of Annalise Populous from my WYDC.

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Billy Bookcase looks a little traumatised to be in his pants.

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Indeed, where the last gen were emo in a grumpy sort of way, this lot seem perennially sad. C’mon Pinocchio, it isn’t that bad.

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A smile, perchance, Drumstick?

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I’ll take that, Bread Bin, even if I know it’s because you’re not yet wearing wooden garments (I imagine they must be super-comfortable).

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Kittehs!

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Kids looking somewhat possessed…

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G’bye Twister.

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I still fancy Drumstick for heir, he is the best mix of parents, I think.

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‘If I just sit here, will you let me be a child forever and then not have to worry about acidentally getting made heir or anything?’

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‘DAMN YOU WORLD’.

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So Billy Bookcase is also a teen.

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He is cute enough but there are enough white blonde sims in this town, let’s face it.

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Speaking of which…

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Let’s assemble a bunch of sims and age them up in an not-at-all creepy fashion.

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Hi Kevin. stay away from small creatures and sharp objects.

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Hello Face One. We won’t be needing your services, but nice of you to attend.

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You may be blonde, but you are quite cute, so…

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Eh.

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What about you, little androgynous being?

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Mmmm… maybe?

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Although if you want to go ahead and add more mixed-race babies to the hood, that’s also good.

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Holy crap, what kind of CC accident is that?

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It isn’t 2010 any more, you know.

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Let’s sort you out with age-appropriate hair and clothing.

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…or not.

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Much better.

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We interrupt the formalities of ageing up the kids and pretending the heir isn’t already decided to bring you some cats growing up!

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Find out which is heir next chapter as I haven’t decided yet (and there are no suitable mates to adopt anyway).

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Bread Bin is so unloved that he was at the Beakers’ house when he had his birthday.

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He is a proper, artistic, friendly technophobe who hates the outdoors yet wants to be a master acrobat.

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Coffin, meanwhile, has a whole Molly Ringwald vibe going on. She is an adventurous, frugal, genius, loner cat person who wants to be a cat herder. Fingers crossed all those moggies don’t eat her body when she dies alone, eh? She’s also likely to be the recipient of the spare cats seeing as though she wants them.

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Pinocchio is childish, never nude, athletic, friendly and a diva who wants to be a vocal legend.

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And Drumstick is neurotic, family-oriented, charismatic, hydrophobic and a virtuoso who wants to be surrounded by family.

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He’s also (duh) going to be the heir.

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So we may as well age up Billy Bookcase.

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I think he will fit very well into the Scandi-vibe of this town.

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Meanwhile, I’d grown quite fond of Ms Wardrobe Mishap.

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Her name is Jennika Wong.

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She and Drumstick are pretty into each other already.

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With the legacy future secured, Ladybird checked out.

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These two got to more romancing…

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Aww.

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So we got to do this.

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But then this happened.

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So more of this ensued.

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As did this.

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And this.

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Nevermind…

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…make babies first and we can discuss weddings later.

Join us next time for swirls and curls gen!

7. Circle of life

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We left the Knights with Shirley about to pop out the first member(s) of circle gen, so without further ado, let’s get on with the show!

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Welcome to the family Domino…

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…Mr Blobby…

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…and Ladybird.

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Chess got old 😦

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Now go and make more babies before you die.

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Here the triplets are as toddlers – Domino

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Ladybird

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and Mr Blobby. Sullen bunch, aren’t they?

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We managed to get all three of them trained, though, no mean feat on a 13-day lifespan.

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Meanwhile, Chess got abducted, just as his mother had before him. Nothing really occurred from it though.

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Spinderella died. At the same time…

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…as Shirley gave birth and a townie passed on…

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…and our new members of the cat uglacy were born:

China Black

and

Black Sabbath

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More triplets!

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Bubble Wrap…

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…Smarties…

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and a boy I forgot to photograph, whose name is

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Hula Hoops.

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I know. Exhausting, isn’t it?

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Kids aged up – Ladybird.

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Domino, rocking a reverse ombre hair there.

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And Mr Blobby.

Would it kill any of you kids to crack a smile?

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Sigh.

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Sadface.

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Most emo gen ever.

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Not that the littlies are faring much better – Smarties…

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Hula Hoops…

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…and Bubble Wrap.

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‘What did I do to deserve such mardy children?’

No idea Chess, sorry.

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These two wanted to woo-hoo again. So… I made it risky…

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‘More babies?’

Afraid so, Bubble Wrap. At least you guys are in no danger of being orphaned too early.

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‘Such a pleasing development on my birthday.’

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‘New babies can go DIAF.’

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SO MUCH HAPPY.

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Being teens doesn’t cheer up the older triplets, either.

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I am trying to figure out if it’s just the colouring or if Mr Blobby really isn’t that attractive.

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Domino, on the other hand, is lovely. But without the make-up and hair, she’s a total Shirley clone.

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Ladybird at least seems more of a blend.

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Would it kill any of you to smile, just once?

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They are all super-emo but I think Domino just takes the prize for the best moody faces.

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The cats aged up. China Black…

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…and Black Sabbath.

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We made China Black the heir (they’re both male, by the way).

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Townie watch! No.

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Eh.

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Hmm.

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Nah.

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Oooh, nice.

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Nice colouring but notsomuch with the face.

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OMG WHY IS THIS NOT STILL AN UGLACY YOU AMAZING SPECIMEN.

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These two are still totally adorable.

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Time for Def Leppard to check out…

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…and as he ascends…

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…we welcome our final baby this gen!

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Hello Twister. It’s going to be a pain waiting to see how pretty he is so I’m thinking the heir will come from the first six and if he’s the best looking he can be a joint heir.

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After all, time waits for no-one and they’re all getting older. Hula Hoops is a most chirpy teen…

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…as is Bubble Wrap, who is not as unattractive as she seems in this shot, she just likes to pout.

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Smarties is totally gorgeous, but a bit of a throwback to Zoom genetically.

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I normally let babies have a day before ageing them up but time is not on our side so I aged up Twister almost immediately.

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We needed to, as the oldest kids are now YAs. Domino is lovely looking when she’s not scowling, but she is a Shirley clone through and through.

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Mr Blobby didn’t turn out too badly, but he is a Chess face clone.

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Therefore, as a decent mixture of both parents, Ladybird gets to hang around until the next set of triplets age up.

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Meanwhile, Smarties got in on some toddler training.

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This gen are very studious, always autonomously reading or doing homework.

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Bless ’em.

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We tried forever for mates for China Black and none came up. In the end we were forced to adopt an elder female cat and edit her down to an adult in CAS.

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Meet Black Lace.

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Don’t panic – although Chess and Shirley are at it yet again…

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…she’s too old for more kids now.

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Oh Smarties, why must you be such a clone?

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Difficult to tell how Twister will turn out, but he’s a cute enough kid.

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Hula Hoops as an adult – not really feeling it.

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Nor am I putting Bubble Wrap in charge of a prettacy.

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Smarties is totally gorgeous, but she’s also a total Zoom clone. So instead of being heir, she’s my next entrant in Boolprop’s Next Top Model.

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Which means Ladybird is going to have to take her chances at heirdom as she’ll be an elder before Twister ages up and I don’t want to put all the eggs in his basket. As she’s turning into a full-grown adult in this shot, things are “interesting”.

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Time for more townie hunting, then. And am I late to the party in not noticing this Sims 4 mural in Roaring Heights?

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Perfectly timed throwing the diploma / father passing over shot.

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This town is a full-on clone zone. Look at all the sims with default EA faces. I want none of their babies. The pretty girl I saw as a child doesn’t even exist now. Stupid town.

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So I sent Ladybird to university in desperation. I hope this mascot isn’t a sign of things to come.

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So far, so ho-hum.

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O hello.

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Not only is he cute, he’s black, which is a godsend given the Aryan dominated ethnic cleansing programme that is story progression (both EA’s and NRaas’). I am sick of every single hood being a bland sea of white face ones. Hurrah for diversity!

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His name is Steve Texas.

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And whilst these two are friends, he’s unflirty. Bah. I also learned that pollinating a sim at uni doesn’t work although at least they don’t age there.

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Back home and one single, solitary kitten is born.

Called Simply Red. (Insert jokes about ugly gingers here if you must)

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Twister’s an OK looking teen but not stunning enough for me to get rid of Ladybird just yet. He’s as cheerful as his siblings.

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Shirley got arrested. Grief has made her badass.

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So I had to cheat a bit. Ladybird came back from uni at her max adult span and we invited Steve over straight away, but it would take a day for him to get here. I couldn’t pollinate her with his genes until he came to town, so I had to pollinate her with a random townie and then cancel the pregnancy when he turned up. The perils of super-short life spans.

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I added him to the household straight away and had him go for a heat of the moment kiss, even though sims always reject these.

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Except Ladybird.

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Girl is obsessed with him, even if he’s a little less bothered.

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He then got electrocuted! I’ve never seen that before.

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I didn’t catch them in the act, but they tried for baby in Chess and Shirley’s sex shower. Then Ladybird pranced around nude. So skeevy.

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Twister aged up and whilst neither he nor Ladybird are the best looking this gen (I’d say Domino and Smarties) they do both have a great blend of genetics, and I decided they could both make heir – not least as he’s a bit younger so may live long enough for the kids to be teens.

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Just in time, as Steve’s ageing up to adult and trying to pretend he shouldn’t be in a prettacy.

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MOAR kitties. Four this time – not sure which is which, but their names are:

3 Colours Red

Red Dragon

Red Box

and

Scarlet

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I can’t pollinate men effectively at the moment, not sure why, so I’ll instababy the boys’ offspring. Meet them and the product(s) of Ladybird and Steve’s amour next chapter when we welcome wood generation!

6. It’s hip to be square

]'Am I supposed to remember what on earth is going on here?'

‘Am I supposed to remember what on earth is going on here?’

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Well, you are Zoom Knight, heir to the crashiest legacy in the world. Probably.

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Your duff has been upped by this fellow, Roderick Lozano.

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So I am not sure this is the most suitable recreational activity for you.

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Slightly better.

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I swear this challenge is going to be the death of me. Never did I think a legacy on ultra-fast speed could drag its feet the way this one has, but the Knights are as crashy as ever, hence our long gap between posts yet again.

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Still, I can’t get enough of the scenery in Sunlit Tides.

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This is hilarious. The Knights’ money has all gone into their house. They have about 10 grand in cash, and that’s dwindling fast.

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Now, if we were going on ‘most likely to die surrounded by cats’ that might be more appropriate.

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Last time we were with you, a whole bunch of kittens were born, and now the house is overrun by felines.

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thedoors

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This last one is Phil Oakey.  The colour mix this genertion of cats is really interesting.

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I decided to make The Doors the heir

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And this is her mate, Woody Guthrie.

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It’s not just the cats who’re mating, of course. And despite all the usual efforts, we just got twins.

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Chess

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And Battenburg

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Which should probably be spelled Battenberg, but too late now.

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And we remembered the perils of super-speedy legacies.

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I know Roderick. I didn’t want you to get old, either.

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Although I have no problem with cats getting old so we can get rid of some.

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Fortunately we’ve got Zoom pregnant again – partly to delay her ageing.

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New kitties!

Their names are:

Spin Doctors

Spinderella

And Twisted Sister.

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As usual, I can’t tell them apart at this stage.

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Fortunately I colour-code the kids. This is Battenburg…

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…and Chess.

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Someone decided to check out before the next baby/ies arrived… 😦

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And for some annoying reason, it was baby singular.

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This is Tartan.

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With a baby and new kitties in the house, the training of the toddlers is non-existent.

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And with our game freezing every single save, we decided it was time to move again. Hello, Roaring Heights.

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And hello, more birthdays.

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Unlike the others, we have time to skill Tartan.

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Someone is mummy’s favourite.

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As the kids might expect, I took full advantage of their names.

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So Chess played a lot of chess

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and Battenburg baked.

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I sent the kids out to explore the new hood.

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Which is not quite as nice as Sunlit Tides but still fairly pretty.

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They were a bit non-plussed by the tourist centre type place.

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And you would think the rollercoaster might give a moodlet or something.

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Still, there’s enough to keep them entertained.

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Even if, left on free will, they prefer homework.

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Whilst Tartan gets skilled up.

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We spied on the townie kids, even if you can never tell how they will really turn out until they hit teens.

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Kittens became cats.

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They have some ace colouring going on.

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We chose Spinderella to be heir.

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And this is her mate, InspiralCarpe(ts)

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And our human kittens also grew. Here’s Tartan…

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…Chess…

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…and Battenburg.

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Meanwhile…

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Zoom got, um, zoomed up by aliens. She seemed OK though.

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I think Battenburg might be her face clone. The make-up and hair disguise it a bit, but I don’t see much of Roderick here.

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And now for another townie check…

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Could be cute with different hair.

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Reasonable.

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Nah.

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Not really.

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Could be cute if she smiled.

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As could she.

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Tartan served us well by bringing a cute friend home.

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‘Does this mean he will be the heir?’

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‘Noooo!’

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Tartan turned into a not-at-all bad-looking teen

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…who spent all day chatting up the maid when she should have been cleaning.

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Meanwhile, MOAR KITTIES.

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The one with white bits is a boy.

Called Def Leppard.

The other one is a girl

called Jungle Lion.

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The twins aged up.

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And Battenburg was sent packing for her clone-ness.

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While I waited for Tartan to grow up, Chess got a job.

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Cute magician costume! Poor Bunnicula Daye never got one of those.

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He is pretty good-looking – but the downside of him being heir is if I wait until Tartan is old enough, he’ll be ancient himself and therefore will die sooner.

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Tartan checks out the scenery…

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…and she has aged up OK.

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I still quite like this one, though.

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We interrupt mate-hunting for this piece of cute.

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Which doesn’t last long, as Jungle Lion ages up…

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…as does Def Leppard.

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I declare him the winner of the cat prettacy, being its tenth gen. It’s harder to do a prettacy with animals, they’re all a bit much of a muchness.

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Still, that won’t stop us now trying a cat uglacy with our new mate

Whitesnake.

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Tartan ages up to look quite a bit like his brother.

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He gets a kilt… and then I kick him out, as I think Chess is a bit cuter and a better mix between the two parents.

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So now we pursue Lil’ Miss Red Cheeks, whose name is Shirley Templeton.

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She is unflirty and has a boyfriend, so it might be a challenge.

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Or not.

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She is so into him.

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D’aww.

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They both graduated.

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As did Tartan.

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Shirley was voted valedictorian. It was a beautiful event.

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And then Zoom died.

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Surrounded by her children.

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And about five other elderly townies also died.

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Shirley’s baby bump emerged and Chess aged up.

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It was the most romantic setting for star-gazing.

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And for this.

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Our first Knight wedding in a long time!

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Innit beautiful?

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A pregnant Shirley pulled some awesome dance moves to the kids’ music.

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Join us next time to see how circles and spots gen turn out!

5. Starry Starry Knights

This update is brought to you by the words PAIN, IN, THE and ARSE.  Which is about standard for this legacy these days.

This update is brought to you by the words PAIN, IN, THE and ARSE. Which is about standard for this legacy these days.

So, last time, we moved to Isla Paradiso, brought in Teodor Medina and although his family tree said he had a kid, Palmira, she didn't turn up.  However, a recover missing sims operation later and she turned up.

So, last time, we moved to Isla Paradiso, brought in Teodor Medina and although his family tree said he had a kid, Palmira, she didn’t turn up. However, a recover missing sims operation later and she turned up.

Welcome to a future of babysitting.

Welcome to a future of babysitting.

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The Dayes couldn’t get into the future, so when the portal thingy arrived on the Knights’ boat, I couldn’t resist.

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To the future, Teodor!

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Turns out the future, whilst pretty, was a bit boring. I guess things only happen when you get those pop-ups.

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Speaking of happening, the kittens all grew up and I still don’t remember which is which.

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I do know we kept Oblong to be the heir, though.  Pretty sure he’s the bottom one.

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Baby time! Teodor gave birth first. To our only boy…

Mars Bar…

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… and two little girls…

Button Moon…

…and Voyager.

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Poor Palmira got to age up…

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…and was immediately set to work.

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Teodor wants to scuba dive for his LTW, so he got right on to it.

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He looked like he was drowning so I told him to come back in.

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But instead he drowned in the carpet.

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I think this may be the first accidental death in this legacy.

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Idiot.

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Come on you, no sleeping. You’ve got three babies to care for and you still have to give birth.

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There we go.

Astrid…

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…and Zoom make this a four girl, one boy generation.

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Life on the houseboat was sort of fun at first.

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We found an island.

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A babysitter came over while Pacer Mint took a water taxi around our island.

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She smelled the flowers.

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And it rained.