Daughters of Hesperia – The Firstborn (1.12)

Polgara heard the cries of her queen from the nursery, and ran as fast as she could. Molpe was supposed to be resting, as her child was due soon, but when Polgara reached the room she found Molpe stood over the cradle, clutching her stomach.

“My queen!” Polgara cried out, rushing forward and taking her in her arms, trying to walk her away from the cradle. It was clear from her cries that the queen had gone into labor, and would need help.

“My…sister…”

“Sleeping, my queen,” Polgara steered her away, trying to get her towards the bed.

On the Isle or indeed any well populated Amazon territory, many would be able to attend and help a queen during labor, but here, Polgara would be the only one. She took a deep breath, steadying herself as she laid Molpe down on the bed. Polgara would need to see Molpe through this virtually by herself.

***

The next morning, a gurgling baby rested in Molpe’s arms, while behind her Polgara tried not to worry. The baby was healthy, at least, and Molpe was speaking softly, but…

Odysseus was a boy.

Their firstborn was a male, and of course, someday, would die. His children could not even inherit the throne. And for the firstborn of the tribe to be a boy was worrying.

“He is precious, Polgara, do you not think?” Molpe asked, dreamily. “So small…”

“All babies are so, my queen.” Polgara cleared her throat. “I shall need to ask his father to come see him soon, of course, and then…”

“Oh…” Molpe seemed to awaken from some sort of trance. “Of course, Polgara. And have Meda sent to me, too. I need her to make her decision soon.”

Polgara nodded, and came over to help the queen return to her bed. “Rest easy, my queen. I will take care of all matters while you rest. I will take care of it all.”

Molpe smiled gratefully as Polgara eased her under the covers of her bed. “Thank you, dearest Polgara. You are of great service to your queen.”

Polgara stood over the cradle, looking at the baby. He was not an heiress, but on the bright side, he was a healthy child, and very sweet. She found herself drawn to talk to him.

“You and I will be friends, Odysseus,” she said, gently, “for I will raise you. I will provide for you, and you will have as happy a life as you may, but I will be your protector and provider.” She smiled at him, and he stared up at her, not understanding a word.

“Your father is coming to meet you.” She lowered her voice. “You may only see him once, but he will give his life in exchange for yours, and thus he will be giving you the greatest gift of all. As you are given to us, he will be given to the Goddess. You will see him.” She moved as if to pick him up, but heard footsteps and moved away from the cradle.

“Septimus?” she called out.

“Yes, my lady.”

The visit was short, but Polgara averted her eyes as Septimus faced his son, the firstborn of Tribe Hesperia. She heard him sniff as though he was weeping, but whatever he said to his son, whatever words of love and affection were given, those stayed between the two.

And as she had promised Molpe, Polgara took care of everything as she led Septimus into the trees nearby. She gave him the vial that she had asked Andromeda to prepare, and held his hand after he drank from it, staying with him until the very end, and when the sun rose she came back alone.

The Whitmore Legacy (2.4)

Without further ado, I would like to introduce….Noelle’s birthday! I’m hyped, are you hyped?

Her birthday cake meant that Nia mastered the Cooking Skill, which I adore because I don’t think that’s ever happened in game for me before. It was winter in game, so I chose the winter cake, which is actually also thematic given she joined the family at Winterfest!

Sadly I didn’t get a picture of her blowing out the candles, but here’s a picture of her as she is now! She’s pretty much 100% Dream Home Decorator for her outfit, and I absolutely adore her. Look at how cute she is!

So now I absolutely have to redesign her room, as it’s now the master bedroom! I wanted to really go for a pastel pink theme for Noelle overall, and I really love how it turned out (with some space left over for hobbies and such later on!)

With that out of the way, it was time to send our girl spouse hunting! I decided that San Myshuno was probably the best place for her to scout out potential partners, so I sent her over to the art gallery.

(Rowan showed up here, and I was so excited to see him in his painter’s outfit. Look at him!)

However, pretty soon I noticed two young men at one of the stands outside.

Bingo!

I sent Noelle over to make Polite Introductions (she’s got the Good Manners trait as well as Responsible as a Young Adult) and she got to chatting with both of them while I weighed up who I thought it should be.

Eventually, I decided on the lovely man behind the counter, Loario, and Noelle and he had a really lovely time talking.

I think he’s going to be an excellent addition to our legacy! Welcome to the family, Loario!

Here he is after a clothing makeover! I tried to make sure his clothing would complement Noelle’s style, and honestly, it really suits him.

I’m very excited to see how this will go! Roll on, Generation Two!

The Whitmore Legacy (2.3)

Guess what, we had a birthday! I know things seem to be speeding by, but Noelle is still a teenager, so there’s not much I can do at the moment. However, Nia has finally become an Elder!

First, Ritvik autonomously made her a cake, which was the sweetest thing ever – look at this man remembering his wife’s birthday even when he’s dead! Look how proud he is!

They also flirted for a bit, because they always do.

Aaaaand….

Tada! Nia Whitmore, the Elder!

I think she’s still pretty cute, though! One step closer to a reunion with Ritvik, however….

But I really love how she looks. Thank you, Snowy Escape! (It’s got a lot of my favourite fashions.) I’m also able to spend a little more time letting her do what she wants, although she still has a job.

By the by, Rowan is completely devoted to baby Poplar. Look at him being such a devoted dad! This is such a cute picture!

However, it wasn’t long after Nia’s birthday that Poplar’s rolled around! He’s so cute, and the Whitmore genetics are definitely strong…He looks so much like his father! This could almost be baby Rowan, I swear.

And Nia loves him too! She’s a doting grandmother, and I’ll have to see if I can invite the babies around at the same time for a playdate in the future!

So with Poplar grown up, Cali and Rowan have moved out into the Chauhan household, leaving Nia, Ruby, and Noelle in the very, very big house.

Noelle still has the curse, which is a bit of a problem as it means she can’t really do magic, but I’ll be looking for the potion on Plopsy. We still have our indoor garden, which is helping out majorly when it comes to providing funds, and I’m really enjoying the new features that have come along with Dream Home Decorator, which a friend kindly bought for me as a gift. Nia has decided she likes Writing, and I just think it’s amazing that Sims can develop their own likes and dislikes now!

Harvestfest rolled around again, and Power Conservation hit at the same time…

But later in the evening Rowan swung by to see how his mother and sister were doing (Noelle is going through a Distant phase, but Nia was delighted to see him!)

Noelle was also challenged to a duel by Morgyn Ember, who is also now an elder, and OOF, Noelle, that poor man! (She won!)

Next time, we have some exciting changes coming up, so watch this space!