Daughters of Hesperia – A Royal Visit (1.11)

Meda was checking the hive earlier than usual, preparing for the visit of the royal sisters and Polgara. She had not really met Anikka, and wanted to ensure that everything was perfect for their visit. Of course, she would warn both the princess and the queen to be wary of the hive, as she did not want to lose even a single worker bee.

“It is unusual for you to be up and about so early.”

Meda turned away from the hive with a smile.

Perseus stood a short distance away. Since they had spoken, he had seemingly made a conscious effort to behave himself, and while he still did not act with the decorum that Lukos did, he behaved in an acceptable enough manner. Meda had to admit she was impressed.

“Are you truly worried about this visit? I am sure everything will be to the taste of the queen, Gatherer Meda.”

“I am simply making sure everything is ready. But I would be grateful if you would see about preparing some of the herbs to send back to the palace, and store them in my quarters.”

Perseus nodded, and walked away, while Lukos came up behind her.

“Do you wish us to meet the queen today, my lady?” he asked, quietly.

“No, for she comes with the princess. Were it just for the queen, I might wish to introduce the two of you so that she might get to know both of you, but this is ostensibly an educational trip for the princess. It would be…desirable for the two of you to spend as much time on other tasks as possible, or even to go swimming.” A bee buzzed around her dress, and she let it, staying as still as possible.

“Understood, my lady.” Lukos smiled. “I know our queen is protective of the princess, and I would not wish to worry her.”

As Anikka had been confined to the palace and its grounds and placed under supervision, visiting the garden compound was a rare treat. She had been taken with the idea of Evadne, and her cloak of flowers, and she wondered what their own Gatherer was like.

When she had been informed that Molpe would be coming with them, she had not known how to feel. Still, it was not as though she could argue with her sister more than she already had, and she was not even sure that she wanted to.

But as soon as they arrived, she forgot her worries, racing ahead of the party to look around the small garden, amazed at how the plants were blooming.

It was not just the plants, either, but the lush scenery. A waterfall gushed behind the compound, and the sea was closer than it was at the palace. Should Anikka wish, she could easily go paddling, and the heavy smell of greenery almost overwhelmed her.

“Princess Anikka!” Polgara caught up with her, a smile on her face. “Princess, you must not rush off like that.”

“This place is so beautiful!” Anikka was unable to stop herself. “It smells so lovely, and the sea is so close…”

“It is very lovely. Meda and the men worked very hard on making it the perfect place to raise the plants we need. See how they are in boxes? That is so they can grow in soil, even here, and be looked after perfectly. Sand can be a good place to grow plants, but it is not always so.”

“And I can hear the bees!”

“Meda has asked us not to get too close to the bees, Princess Anikka. They do not know us, and so may be afraid. Why not look at all of the plants? I am sure they will not be so defensive.”

As Anikka ran off to do so, Polgara watched her with a fond smile.

It was not a secret that she was happy to care for her ward, and she had found her a very engaging child. To see her having so much fun felt so rewarding.

Meanwhile, Meda and Molpe were walking together, the queen now slower in her walk due to her pregnancy.

“The bees seem to be settling in well, my queen, and I do not see any sign of a rival queen yet, so we should have an uneventful summer here.” Meda smiled. “They are happily producing honey, and helping with the garden. In fact, they have taken to the change better than I could have hoped.”

“And the men?” Molpe asked, quietly.

“Much like the bees, my queen. They have settled in very nicely.” Meda smiled. “They have been a great help to me, and I know that we will bring in good harvests for the tribe.”

Molpe paused. So far as she knew, Meda had not yet formed an attachment with either man, although as an Amazon, she was well within her rights to. However, with a tribe so small, she could see why her Gatherer was more focused on her duty rather than anything else.

She smiled at Meda, confidingly.

“You know, you have not told me much of them, still. I know only what I have heard from the men in the royal compound, and they are quick to tell me that Lukos and Perseus are working hard, but not much of their personalities.”

“Well, they both work hard, and at the moment there is so much groundwork…but Lukos is very dutiful, while Perseus is slightly more lighthearted.” Meda seemed to be careful with her words, and looked puzzled. “May I ask why you wish to know about them, my queen?”

“Meda, they likely will end up as fathers one day. Getting to know them, even by proxy, will be of use to me.” Molpe stifled a laugh. “And I must admit, I want to know which you may pick. Call it entertainment, if you must, but I am curious.”

“Queen Molpe…”

“I understand you are not thinking of it at the moment, Meda, but it is interesting to think that you may end up choosing one of them. My mother and her best friend used to place bets sometimes on who would choose which man, and I suppose I see the amusement of it now.”

Before Meda could answer, Polgara and Anikka came up to them, with Anikka excited.

“I recognised some of the plants!” she announced, proudly.

“Indeed. The princess has been paying attention in her studies.” Polgara smiled warmly. “She recognised them just from seeing them in the books, my queen, and was even able to list off some of the uses.”

Anikka seemed a little unsure, but Molpe smiled down at her. “Anikka, that’s wonderful! You clearly have worked hard.”

“I have!” In her excitement, Anikka seemed to forget her awkwardness. “We have been studying plants so that I would be prepared for the trip, and I have been learning so much! Polgara said that some of what was in the books is for Gatherers to reference, but that some plants are useful because you can make poultices for wounds out of them. She said I can learn to make some in our lessons next week!”

“A poultice is a useful thing to learn for any warrior, and yet more useful if you can find the plant.” Molpe looked to Polgara with approval. Learning to make treatments was a good lesson for any young woman, especially one who would be nearing the age where she would start to begin more strenuous training.

“Why don’t you show me the gardens?” Molpe asked her sister. “I should like to see the plants that you know, if you should like to show them to me.”

Anikka seemed slightly hesitant, but nodded, turning and walking back slowly towards the gardens. Molpe followed behind her, smiling as she looked at her younger sister.

Certainly, she seemed brighter since Polgara had arrived. Her energy seemed to have blossomed, and her enthusiasm was lovely to see, though she was still unsure around Molpe. But seeing her so happy was a delight to the queen’s heart.

The Whitmore Legacy (2.2)

So, it turns out that if your Sim messes around with the cauldron, they get a Glimmerstone. Now, I could have just destroyed it, but honestly, Scruberoo and Repairo are really useful spells, especially as Ritvik haunts and breaks things a lot…

So, I sent Noelle to Glimmerbrook.

Once there, she approached the Sage of Practical Magic.

And of course, was sent to collect motes.

She was successful in her quest, and congratulations to the legacy, because Noelle is now a Spellcaster! I’ll be going into practical magic with her, because I think it would be a useful branch of magic for a parent later down the line.

She ended up duelling someone after a day or so, which was fun. I think she got challenged by someone who was also a teen?

But in the end, Noelle won!

She was quite smug in victory, in my opinion.

So, Noelle is on her way to becoming a powerful sorceress! I’m really loving Glimmerbrook at the moment, anyway. It’s something you can spend aages exploring.

In other news, Tabitha aged up, and wow, does she ever look like her dad!

Her uncle is still one of her favorite people, too!

And of course, Nia adores her granddaughter. It’s still so strange to me that Nia has a granddaughter, even though this is all down to me. She was just a young adult at the start of all this!

But, as per my previous stipulation, I moved Lea, Luca, and Tabby out into the Ember household. The house needs to be a bit emptier, and it’s only getting emptier from here. I’ll still see them from time to time, but I’m set on this now.

Nia will stick around, but both boys will be moving out, as their sister is the heir. Speaking of which, Cali moved in, and she and Rowan were expecting a baby! Nia looks so smug in the background, now.

I guess Rowan decided he needed to workout as a result?

Also, Noelle is currently cursed. How do you get rid of that? I tried sending her to talk to a Sage, but essentially, her spells are all going wrong at the minute. Darn. I guess my plan for fixing and cleaning things has drawbacks.

Luca invited Rowan to the Spice Festival, and they got to see each other again! I feel like we’re going to see them less and less as time goes on, but that’s just how it goes with Legacy spares.

Cali joined him later on, too. As you can see in this screenshot, she’s pretty preggo.

She’s also a fire hazard, apparently, because she set the oven on fire by mistake while cooking.

Noelle looks super annoyed here. Well, I’d be annoyed too if I just inherited a legacy and someone tried to burn down my new house.

Not long after that, Cali went into labour, and we’ve officially welcomed Poplar Whitmore to the family – our first boy of the next generation! Again, like Tabitha, he’s not a potential heir, but I like that the tree name thing is continuing.

So, when he ages up to a toddler, they’ll move in with Cali’s family – I realised it was far easier to move Cali’s family to be ‘in world’ rather than save up and by them a house. I think he’ll look more like his mother, truth be told, but I don’t know – Tabitha overrode the Ember and Proserpin genes to look JUST like her dad, so maybe the Whitmores have those strong genes.

Stay tuned, and I’ll be updating again soon!

The Whitmore Legacy (2.1)

The results are in, folks – Miss Noelle Whitmore is the winner of the polls! I ran the polls over on the forums, and she was very popular.

However, as she’s still a teen and quite a way away from aging up, I’m not moving Luca, Rowan, or Lea out just yet. Instead, I’m going to focus on them a little bit for the time being. With Lea moved in and Cali coming over, the boys are set to create ‘cadet branches’, which will then merge with the rest of the NPCs.

I’m also not ready to let them go just yet, if I’m honest!

So, for the first announcement of our second generation…Lea and Luca are expecting a baby!

I downloaded a pose pack for this, and it crashed my game (so I had to get rid of all my pose packs, sadly) but this shot was so, so worth it. That’s right – we’ve got the first baby of the second generation on the way! As Luca didn’t end up as the heir, the baby won’t be in the heir pool, but I’m still super excited.

Speaking of Luca, he’s becoming a very successful artist! He’s been selling paintings to the art gallery, and I’ve basically been having him work very hard, as at least one couple will need to move into a brand new home (I don’t want to just send them to a new household without a physical location.)

It also means he’s been getting promoted very quickly at work, which I’m thankful for!

Nia also got promoted to a Botanist at work, and she’s really bringing home some nice money as well as showing off her gardening skills! I think it suits her, somehow.

I renovated the spare room to serve as a nursery, too. We really ought to build more rooms and give the house a makeover, but I figure I can do that when Noelle becomes an adult, so it more matches her style! Plus, we are really saving up at the moment…so, uh, collection nursery. (Sorry, future baby.)

Rowan’s birthday swung around really quickly, too – I think when I stopped playing for the polls his birthday was two days away! So, I had Lea make him a Winter Cake…

And, tada! Rowan aged up into the goofy, hand-knit man he now is! He’s even knitted a baby onesie for the expectant couple, something his brother absolutely loved.

As for Noelle, I decided to have her join the Paragons for her Aspiration! I’m not sure I still like the swimwear I picked for her, though.

But she really brought home the crown! As in, she managed to convince Siobhan to step down and let her lead the Paragons. I am AMAZED.

I also had her invite Cali to join Paragons, because, you know, it’s wiser to keep it in the family! So, now they chat whenever Cali comes over, even when Luca is just trying to paint.

Speaking of people who come over…Alice showed up out of the blue and was really surprised by Lea and her baby bump! I suppose it must be weird, given that she knew Luca when he was a toddler!

Lea also broke the news to her family during a visit – her mother invited her over, and it’s actually a good chance to show you all where Luca and Lea will be living in the future (yes, they’re moving in with Lea’s parents!), so I took a bunch of screenshots.

Here’s Lea with her siblings – her brother, Royce, who takes after Jenny, and her sister, Cassiel, who is the spitting image of Morgyn!

Morgyn was waiting inside the flat, as this is actually the first time any of them have heard of Lea’s pregnancy (because of how Sims works.)

Jenny, my beloved Jenny, was so happy to see her daughter! I mean, she still has two teenagers living at home, but still! She looks so wise here, and I’m so glad to have her in this game. (She was, after all, my first Sim, so I’m very attached to her and always will be.)

By the way, Nia and Ritvik are still lovebirds! Here’s Nia reading him some love poetry, because they’re adorable, with Noelle escaping the love fest in the background.

And, of course, because it’s me, I wouldn’t end on a low note! Lea went into labour a little while after this!

She looks just as happy as Nia used to.

But it was absolutely worth it, because after some time pushing, we had the lovely Tabitha Whitmore, the first baby of the second generation, and the very first grandchild!

Nia is besotted, by the way, and dressed Tabby up in a knitted onesie as soon as she could. Tabby gave her the most beautiful smile, and I just love this picture.

And of course, her uncle is a big softie too!

So, my plan for Luca and Lea is that once Tabitha ages up into a toddler, they’ll move in with the Ember family. I’m really excited that we have the first grandchild, and the first of this generation’s children, even if Tabitha can’t be an heiress. I’m just so excited!

Next episode, I’ll be showing more about Noelle, with a magical surprise! (Don’t mess around with cauldrons!)