Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Following a full teen makeover Seteena wastes no time working on her skills to ensure her successful completion of the Inventor Career.
Seteena's traits ~
Her Lifetime wish is to be a Stylist but there is no way I'm even attempting that. All traits were chance rolls and her Inventor career was a pick out of a bag (with only three to choose from Inventor, Sculptor and Architect. She just lucked out getting Eccentric and Inventor.
Not long after Pepper completed the Ghost Hunter Career, Johnny met his LTW to be Leader of the Free World. Pepper retired when she reached old age but Johnny kept his job since he didn't really go to work much anyway.
Johnny always encouraged Seteena to study hard and do good in school. Which she did, even though she was really eager to get out of school and start working on her career.
And so for a few Sim years (weeks!) Things were pretty normal at the Abernathy house.
Pepper studied on the side, after her homework was done of course. And the second she was old enough she entered the Inventor Career!
It wasn't all just learning from books either, there was alot of hard physical work gathering up the scrap and raw materials she needed.
Thankfully her parents had made plenty of money during their younger years and Seteena really didn't need to work an outside job. The money she made from inventing wasn't too good at first, but she pretty much spent every waking minute tinkering... barely taking a break to eat, shower and sleep, and before long she was raking in the cash selling Time Machines.
She did have a little bit of spare time for boys though. Of course it was those who came to her not the other way around and if it hadn't been for the repairmen and maids she might not have met any at all. Life was good and looking better!!
........... wait .. what the heck is going on?? Where is Seteena? Where is the inventor bench??
NO! ... are you kidding me?? Really!... now.. NOW ... a meteor decides to invade my game??? NOW after what a year?? .. more!
People are on fire, Pepper is fainting all over the place.. where the hell is Seteena?? anyone see Seteena???
... and one potential bachelor is off the list.... Hey Grim.. have you seen......
Oh ... great. Well Seteena was well on her way to being a great Inventor so Johnny, stricken with grief... took her ashes to the Science Lab. Being a big honcho in politics has it's rewards... Seteena's remains were reanimated and she returned home to continue her... after life.
Pepper was having a really hard time living with the ghostly version of her daughter.
Shortly after Seteena's return the stress just got too much for Pepper and she passed away one night following a particularly nasty fainting spell.
Seteena was committed to not letting her current ethereal state rule her. She wanted to be the greatest inventor in Bridgeport and damn it that's what she was going to do! Ghost or not!!
As usual Seteena's father encouraged her, he let her know he was behind her 100% .. after all things can only get better now right. The chances of a meteor hitting in the first place is so ... SO rare!... Not like that could ever happen again.
..... really? ............. really????
Well at least this time Seteena couldn't be killed. Johnny however suffered some pretty serious injuries. He blew it off as nothing and continued to try and pretend everything was fine.
.. but he too was pretty old (106 days!) .. and shortly after the second meteor crash Johnny cashed in his chips.
The death of both parents in such a short time triggered a very 'Pepper' like fainting spell in Seteena!!
Alone now Seteena just kept concentrating on her career... scrap collecting, tinkering, inventing and gardening. She'd heard about an inventor who had tried to bring life to one of his creations. She planned to take a trip to China in search of the elements she'd read about to make such a creature.
She also had not given up on the boys... after all she would need an heir! And she was getting pretty close to elder. (What is with all the fainting on this lot?? ) I guess some people just couldnt' deal with a real live ghost in the neighborhood.
Finally she met a guy named Ceasar. He didn't seem to mind her being a ghost and after a short but wild romance she managed to bed him. She wasn't opposed to marriage really but with all the set backs in her life she just wasn't sure she had the time to take on a husband.
Which turned out to be a good thing because the following morning Seteena saw him getting dressed and was shocked to see BOOBS! Yes boobs... now being a ghost herself Seteena didn't really have any issues with people who were 'different' but she definitely decided that not marrying Ceasar was the right choice!
Boobs aside, Ceasar's other parts seemed to have worked just fine!! LOL
And Seteena kept whacking away at her inventor bench.. though now she was much more watchful for large rocks falling from the sky!! Seteena reaches Lvl 10 in the Inventing Career.
Finally the baby is born. Little Izzy Abernathy. Obviously born a ghost (Ahhh!), Seteena (and myself!) worried how a ghost baby would play into the Abernathy family history and future.
Despite having a baby to raise Seteena was always working towards her true goal.. to make a living machine! She often traveled through time looking for clues. She traveled to China and learned the art of breaking stone in order find rare raw minerals and gems to use in her creation.
She really enjoyed time travel and was a bit shocked when random people started showing up at her house claiming to be her children. Most moved on but one daughter stayed. Trish.. who totally resembled Seteena before she was tragically spirited into her current incarnation.
Trish wound up being a real help. She came from a time when there were no dish washers, no clothes dryers .. no showers or ovens. She was not only willing to help out but she loved helping out. Especially when it came to taking care of her little sister Izzy.
Izzy ages up to a toddler.. with hooker boots apparently!
A quick change and Izzy and Seteena settle back into life as usual.
Izzy is Athletic and Friendly and has rolled the Architect Career!
Despite being a ghost she's really a pretty normal little girl.
Seteena continues to have brushes with ... well.... death, if it's possible for the undead to have brushes with death that is. In her frustration to acquire the final ingredient for her living machine .. the heart shaped pink diamond... Seteena has taken on the hobby of blowing stuff up.
With other ingredients ready and waiting Seteena continues to bust open stones and search the beaches and woodlands of Twinbrook looking for pink diamonds. Izzy seems like she is on her own alot but all in all is a pretty contented child.
Like her mother, the residents of Twinbrook seem very interested in this odd ghostly family and one of the local reporters happens to be on scene when Izzy has her birthday.
**So having spent her whole life gardening, inventing and busting rocks to get the Life Core in order to make the Simbot a glitch presented itself. It seems that when playing in Bridgeport there is a common glitch with the Life Core where you can do nothing with it. From what I read it's specifically a LN/Bridgeport issue. Following online advice I saved the lot to the library and then deleted my saved town. Opened a brand new town (TwinBrook) and loaded the lot there. I tried having Trish work up to the same level as Seteena hoping she would get the opportunity to build a Simbot but thankfully the move worked and a short time after Seteena became an elder she herself got the opportunity to create the mysterious invention.**
Finally Seteena finds the pink diamond. She sends it out to be cut and on the day the heart shaped pink diamond arrives in her mailbox she instantly goes to work on her new living machine!
It's Alive.. It's Alive!!! And her name is Kaitlin Abernathy. Even though Seteena would love to keep Kaitlin around she realizes that Kaitlin should have a chance at a life of her own and so releases her to join the local community as an individual.
And so we wrap up... by some miracle!, the Inventor Career!
~ Build a Time Machine Check!! (built MANY!)
~ Reach Top of Inventor Career Check!!
~ Build a Robot Check!!
~ Travel in Time At Least Five Times Check!! (tried to also do 'hole adventures' but the game would never give me the option so not sure if you need a special trait to do that)
And with Izzy tagged to take on the Architecture Career that only leaves the Sculptor (and maybe the Super Star) Career before this Challenge is officially finished. :D
Monday, February 7, 2011
Pepper was beginning to come around to the dangers of the local Vamp gangs in the city... problem was it wasn't because of the talks her mother Rose had given her, it was because Rose herself seemed to keep more and more Vampire company these days. And now when it was Pepper who tried to talk to Rose she was abruptly told to move out and live her own life if she didn't like how her mother was living hers.
Although Pepper was still worried she had no options but to leave. She wasn't going to stick around while her mother had shady visitors all hours of the day and night. Did mother even sleep these days? Pepper couldn't remember.
One Vamp in particular seemed to be hanging around her mothers place quite a bit lately.. he glared at Pepper as she packed some bags and left.
Pepper tried getting more info on the local Vamps but those who knew something wouldn't talk...
... others had no real info other than thinking that the local Crime family might be behind not only all the theft in the city but the increased number of glowing eyed gangs that were popping up.
Pepper even tried to visit her own old haunting grounds to get more info ... nothing.
Although there wasn't much Pepper could do about the local Vamp population she realized that she might be able to help with the local hauntings. She assumed they were at least related. So Pepper made the decision to become a Ghost Hunter.
Pepper studied and read up on every paranormal and occult book she could get her hands on. It was long before Pepper learned that Rose had passed on , leaving her all her property which Pepper sold off to buy a nice little house outside the city limits.
With her mother gone, Pepper put all her efforts into her new vocation. It was a messy job but someone had to do it, and Pepper did it well.
There was hardly a night where someone wasn't calling for Pepper's ghost hunting talents. Which was tiring .. but also profitable.
Pepper used her money to make a comfortable home for herself....
... but she was still pretty lonely. She didn't like spending time in the city these days and detested Vamps. Most of whom seemed to have targeted her for attacks. Though she missed her mother she was glad she had passed away before the Vamps had a chance to change her into one of them.
Pepper even hired a live in Butler... hoping he would prove to be good company. But he was a bit too stuffy and didn't seem to really enjoy the humble qualities of Pepper's home. She eventually let him go and just hired a part time maid to help with the household chores since Pepper was away so many hours doing her job.
Until one day... she met someone. Johnny was his name and politics was his game. Pretty down to earth guy though considering his standing in the world of city politics. The two really hit it off.
It wasn't long before our loving couple got hitched. Finally Pepper's lonely days were over.
... it also wasn't long before the two decided to expand their household...
Hmmm, despite aging up Johnny seems to look exactly the same ... good genes!
Being with child certainly didn't keep Pepper down. Sure she couldn't really do her normal job but she found a hobby. She loved stones and minerals and so decided to mine for some on their property. Not only did this give her something fun to do while she was on leave but it turned out to be pretty darn profitable as well.
"Was that a contraction?" .... no no ... I think I'll just go take a nap....
"Ahhh, it was... it WAS a contraction... the baby is coming"
"... my God woman what are you wearing?"
"... my napping clothes... leave me alone cant' you see I'm in labor?!"
Pay no attention to that weird sunken spot on my childs head... she will grow out of it!
And so Seteena Abernathy joins the family .... misshapen head and all.
And Pepper returned to work as soon as possible. The city's ghosts vacation is officially over.
Seteena ages up to toddler... her misshapen head repaired.
Seteena pulled the Career Inventor and randomly received the traits of Eccentric and Artistic.
Johnny also continues to climb the political ladder. When he's home he is full on parent, taking time to teach little Seteena all the skills she might need in her future.
Pepper is home less but puts in her fair share of child rearing.. especially making sure that Seetna knows all about the pit falls of the supernatural world.
When her parents aren't around Seteena certainly has plenty of toys to keep her busy.
Pepper has reached the top tier of her career.
Reaching the top of her career however was the easiest part... to truly be recognized as the best in her field she needed to be awarded the most coveted of all awards... the Paranormal Memento!
...... some jobs were easy and the ghosts rather friendly.
.... others not so easy.. and some ghosts could be down right nasty!
Pepper actually made some pretty good ghost friends, and of course a few ghost enemies as well!!
Another birthday ... no time for cake as Seteena grows into a child.
Even as a child Settena seems to entertain herself. She loves building things.
"so I read online that if you put Mentos in a bottle of Coke..... "
Finally a birthday remembered!
... hmmm, Seteena certainly inherited the extremes of her parents already strong features.
..eh... nothing a little bit of make-up and hair can't .... help.
... genetics... funny how they work
More ghost friends for Pepper....
...and finally !
Pepper has finally completed the Ghost Hunter Career-
~ Reach top of Ghost Hunter Career Check!
~Make five ghosts friends and one ghost enemy Check! (** Ok this one was near impossible for me I was unable to meet any ghosts in the cemetery long enough to friend them, then the ONE I did meet and start to make friends with didn't come back, when he finally did show up over a week later the friendship was at zero again. I then tried to bring tombstones to my lot and visit them regularly... over the course of two sim weeks not one ghost showed up on my lot. So finally I decided that the ghosts I met on hunts could count. It took very little time to friend them, even easier to get them to hate you...not sure if this what the challenge meant, if there has been a ghost glitch or what but this is all I could manage in the ghost friends thing. Even those ghosts disappeared on the 'friends' panel as soon as the night was over.)
~ Receive the Paranormal Memento Award Check!