Simnanigans 19 – Business, Not Quite As Usual

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It’s the night after the party, and Auryyn is feeling peckish in the early hours of the morning.

Auryyn: Stars, the state of this kitchen…

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Looks like a stiff breakfast drink is needed, both for helping with the hangover and to face the clean up operation ahead!

Though I’m not sure it’s the best idea, Cole…

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The boys get stuck-in with cleaning, and Theron looks very chipper about pitching in…but then again, the party WAS his idea.

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Although he did then make this…that painting is a bit dark, Theron! Something you want to share with us??!!

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That’s a lot of dirty dishes…

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The clothes are on, the coffee is brewing…let’s do this cleaning thing properly!

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Over in the Tirall house it’s also a busy morning; the little ones are growing up fast! Little Xephyra seems to be getting the hang of walking just fine!

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She toddles off to find her Dad, who spent the entire morning clearing up all the toys!

Arcann: Remember to put Mr Fish back in his home when you’re done, Xephy!

Xephyra: Mr Fishy adventure first!!

Arcann: Of course, AFTER the big adventure!

Arcann then hears Ixa yelling him from then other room and goes running…

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Ixa: It’s…time! And damn it hurts!

Arcann: It’s going to be fine, love! You can do this! And I can’t wait to meet them!

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A few, less calm minutes later…

Arcann: *Panicking in his panic corner*

Ixa: Is this going to happen…ouch…every…time we have…a baby?!

Oh dear, Arcann…you’d have thought he would have known what to do after last time!

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But soon enough, Ixa and Arcann welcome not one…

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Not two….

…but FIVE bouncing new additions to the household!!!

Meet Xanthe, Roxanne, Xander, Ryxa and Xena!

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The proud parents bring Alexis, Thexan and Xephyra to come and meet their new siblings so they can celebrate as one big happy family!

Speaking of another big, happy family…

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On the other side of the neighbourhood, Jenaraa gave birth to quadruplets!

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….And Doc goes into a belated panic about the whole thing!

Jenaraa: The babies are fine, I’m fine…we’re all fine, dearest…

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So…that Kimble family tree is looking interesting…

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With the house now tidy and cleaned up, Theron decides to invite Lana and Raela over for dinner for a casual hang out

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Theron: We have chairs, you know…

 

Lana: What’s the fun in that? Let’s live dangerously!

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Raela: Thanks for inviting us! You know my Mother, always wants to know the who, what when, where and why of my life every five minutes…it’s well meaning but…

Lana: It can be a bit…intense

Theron: I think I understand. Since finding out about the baby, Auryyn is in full mother-hen mode all the time.

Lana: Ha! I can imagine it!

Theron: I’m going to make up some drinks, in case none of us had enough last night at the party

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Meanwhile…

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Lana: …What? You’re giving me *that* look

Raela: Hmm…Lana in “Mother-Hen” mode…now that’d be adorable to see

Lana: What? I…I’m not so sure but…if you say so…

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Meanwhile, poor Khessya has been having a quiet day to herself because of not feeling well all day, but she didn’t want to worry anyone…

Khessya: It’s probably nothing…I mean…probably…

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Cole: Hey! Not seen you all day! Everything okay?

Khessya: Err…yeah!

Cole: While my better half and your worse half are busy, wanna hang out?

Khessya: I…think I could do that

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Grateful to have a distraction, the silly dancing took Khessya’s mind off how terrible she had felt earlier…maybe it really was nothing to worry about afterall…

 

 

 

 

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Simnanigans 18 – Surprise! Pt II

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It’s been some time since Auryyn found out there was going to be a new addition to the household…

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Khessya: Auryyn that’s your fourth breakfast burger

Auryyn: So…hungry…

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Khessya: Meh, I’m not judghing, I’m eating spaghetti for breakfast

Auryyn: Is there uh…more of that in the fridge? Cause… it looks really good right now…

Khessya: …

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After breakfast, Khessya finds Theron in the middle of a phone call…

Theron: Yeah, nothing fancy, just a get together

Khessya: *Mouthing* THERON!

Theron: I mean, most of the neighbourhood…okay, cool. See you soon! Hey Khes!

Khessya: Theron that had better not be what I think it was…

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Theron: A surprise party for Auryyn? Cause you’d be right!

Khessya: Theron! You can’t just spring these things on her. Us. Or…anyone!

Theron: Relax, she’ll love it! Besides, I feel like we’ve been cooped up in here a lot lately…

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Khessya: ….Everyone’s on their way already, aren’t they?

Theron: Yup

Khessya: Then…fine, let’s do this!

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So, with Theron wanting to get the party started, he and Khessya get changed and guests start arriving!

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Cole: If you start feeling bad, just go and lie down, people will understand…

Auryyn: You’re so adorable. I’ll be fine, it’s just a party!

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The early birds gather in the living room…

Ala’naa: So do you guys do this kind of thing a lot?

Senya: Oh, there’s always something going on here

Khessya: And it’s mostly always Theron’s fault

Theron: Hey! ….but she’s not, not right…

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Ster’re, Adaraa and Raela seem to be getting up to mischief upstairs!

Ster’re: Re-organise the desktop icons, Theron HATES that!

Raela: Haha, I love it! On it!

Adaraa: We so need a ladies night!

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Doc has arrived on the scene, and it looks like he still very much has eyes for Adaraa…

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Ixa has arrived, and she and Arcann are expecting again!!!

Ixa: Congratulations!

Cole: Right back at you! When’s the little one due?

Ixa: Any day now! Let’s just hope not in the middle of the party, hm?

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Theron takes to the bar to show off his beverage making skills!

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Theron’s drinks bring all the guests to the bar. & Raela and Lana share a cute moment on the dancefloor!

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Looks like it’s baby season in the ‘hood as Jenaraa is also expecting! The Kimble household is sure getting busy…

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WHO ORDERED THE PIZZA?!!!!!!!!!!

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Looks like Ixa had a few sugary drinks too-many and has the giggles! Ala’naa looks unimpressed with the state of the bar…best get cleaning up, Theron!

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Nothing to see here, just Ster’re casually raiding the fridge and Khessya wondering what the heck is going on.

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Poor Auryyn crashed out on the sofa in the middle of her own party!

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Well, the pizza is proving popular, whoever ordered it, and it looks like the pizza guy wants to stay and join in the fun!

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Everyone drops everything for a slice of pizza!

Wait…was there pineapple on that pizza?!

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And as ever, Arcann can be found on the dancefloor!

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But he’s not the only one with moves to show off!

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Uh-oh, looks like an argument has kicked off between Threl’fall and her sis Azkedellia. Judging by the look on Aquerple’s face, it might be time to call it a night…

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All in all, a successful surprise party!

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Malavai and Doc are the last stragglers, and it looks as though Malavai may have been having some stern words!

 

 

 

 

Simnanigans 17 – Surprise! Pt I

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The next morning, Auryyn still isn’t feeling great and decides to take another day off work.

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And it looks like Cole woke up in a bad mood and is taking it out on the trash (literally) before he heads out to work.

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Meanwhile, Theron and Khessya seem to have spent the night in the observatory…

Khessya: We’re never going to find it, are we? I’m starting to wonder if I was that drunk, I imagined it…

Theron: Well, we could just try and get you another…

Khessya: Nope, I am not setting foot in a rocketship ever again

Theron: …I thought you worked as an…astronaut…?

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Khessya: …Let’s go, I need some breakfast…

Looks like everyone is feeling a bit under-the-weather.

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Khessya: Feeling better?

Auryyn: No, this is my third attempt at breakfast

Khessya: Yikes and ew.

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Maybe some distracting chess will help?

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Khessya: Did it occur to you that you might be pregnant?

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Auryyn: What? Don’t be ridiculous I’m not…I mean…oh.

Khessya: ???

Auryyn: …I have to go.

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Later that day…

Auryyn: So um, Cole. Here’s the thing…

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Auryyn: You’re going to be a Dad…

Cole: WHAT?! Auryyn that’s amazing!!!

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Auryyn: Phew. Now if my heart could stop trying to explode that’d be…great

Cole: Parents. Us. I can’t believe it! I think I might need to lie down

Auryyn: I’ll be right up, I just gotta do something first…

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Auryyn: Well, go on, say it!

Khessya: Say what?

Auryyn: “I told you so…”

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Khessya: Oh my God! Does this mean…..?

Auryyn: I’m so excited and I also have a really, really bad craving for cereal but I don’t care!

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Khessya: I’m so happy for you two!

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Khessya: This calls for celebration hot chocolate! And oh, you might want to tell Theron, I don’t think he can hear anything in that VR thing…

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Theron: I miss something?

Auryyn: How does being “Uncle Theron” sound to you?

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Theron: You’re serious?!

Auryyn: For realsies!

Theron: I’m going to be the most kickass Uncle ever!

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Auryyn: So er…I guess we better start making some changes around here…

 

 

Simnanigans 2 – Or, how not to flirt, by Theron Shan…

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Theron & Khessya started the day with a lovely chat. This is also the beginning of the Khessya Pyjamapocalypse it seems, as that’s apparently all she wants to wear. 90% of the time, she will be in her pyjamas.

The two of them just seemed happy to finally get some time alone…

…until this started to happen

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This is fine…thought Khessya, smiling and going along with it. After all, Theron seemed to be having fun.

(I have no idea what he was up to. I think he was attempting seduction. IDK)

It was not fine.

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THERON WHAT IN THE STARS DID YOU DO?!

*Khessya disapproves*

Well, this just got awkward…

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Theron gets super embarrassed, Khessya’s just like “really?” and despairs. This is a wishing the Earth would open up and swallow you moment, for sure!

Their first attempt at flirting with eachother and it’s ad-awkable, though.

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They’re so embarrassed they won’t even make eye contact!

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Khessya hides from the world (she nailed it, except for the part where Theron was still in the room!) and Theron sulks by the window. Think about what you did, Shan.

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Theron took himself out into the neighbourhood to explore as a distraction, and he met Lana! He decided to overdress for the occasion, as you can see.

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Meanwhile, Khessya, Auryyn and Cole had their first day at work. Khessya came home wearing The Frown™ so it looks as though her day didn’t improve much!

The three of them are currently in the Astronaut career ;). Theron is, a Secret Agent because WHAT ELSE.

Also those yellow helmets are sexy AF.

(Sidenote: I really want more careers for TS4. I only have the base game RN so the options are limited T_T)

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Cole also had a bad day, and Auryyn tried to calm him down but he wasn’t having any of it. Corellians are hot headed, who knew!

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Theron made a new friend in Mrs Azkedellia Revel!

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Theron ended the day by hitting the gym and he somehow managed to punch himself in the face.

A Note

Hi Ducklings,

So you know how I’m terrible at posting regularly and when I do it’s ramblo-matic AF and it’s kinda just my stream of consciousness or me babbling about my head canon?

Yeah?

Well I just wanted to thank yous for reading and sticking with my rambles.

It means a lot to see you guys’ views and reading your comments makes me smile.

So yeah…I guess what I’m saying is THANK YOU and I’M SORRY I’M NOT BETTER AT THIS! 

Stay awesome.
Much love Duckies

xoxox

Chapter X Thoughts, and Downtime Funtime

You don’t steal thunder from a Storm.
Here, I shall share my thoughts on KOTFE Chapter X – Anarchy in Paradise, based on my playthrough with my Jedi Knight, Auryn.
There will be spoilers for the following, however mild:
KOTFE Chapters I-X
Jedi Knight class story
Imperial Agent class story
Downtime Funtime
So I wanted to start by talking a bit about the extended server downtime before 4.1 went live.
It goes without saying that yes, all of us wanted to dive in and get stuck in, but some of the reactions on the forums etc. were incredibly negative. I spent my downtime reading peoples’ speculations on content, or amusing speculations as to why the servers were down. I saw the fun and positive side of it, besides the fact that I’d much rather that everything was good to go, rather it going up only to be taken down while we were all halfway through something important. As an MMO, where everything is saved online and decisions final, players get one shot at the things they do with each character. It’s not like games where you can reload a save that was previously impacted by a bug or glitch and fix it that way. Imagine doing half of a KOTFE Chapter, only to be informed afterwards that there was a bug that meant your character had been unable to say/do a particular thing – however small, it matters.
Anyway, that’s all I have to say on that. Moving on!
Chapter X
Chapter X felt short and sweet, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It felt like a “bridging the gap” kind of chapter, whilst drip-feeding players information that builds on what’s been experienced thus far and building foundations for future chapters.
So, Kaliyo. She’s interesting, and entertaining, and I like that (for the most part) she’s upfront about her being “what you see is what you get” – I have time for characters like that but she’s personally not my cup of tea. She didn’t get on fantastically with my majority light-side Agent, so I had few expectations for her meeting with my Light V Jedi Knight; they juxtaposed each other well enough, but when you know from the get-go your companion is going to disapprove of everything you do, it’s kinda like bashing your head repeatedly on a blast door. From a role-play perspective, it was great, as my Jedi believes everyone deserves a chance, and she is determined to help people. It’s as hard to tell what Kaliyo really wants (if anything) in Chapter X as it was throughout the Agent story, and for the most part, my Knight just sort of went along with it, nodding and smiling, occasionally firmly telling her “no” if needs be.
That being said, I disliked Kaliyo’s whole “nothing will ever return what I lost” moment. For me, it immediately reduced her to a trope character, whereas for the most part, she comes down on the right side of the “dark, tragic mysterious back story that you will never know about” thing. Considering your Outlander’s personal in-game story up until now (discounting all of the personal backstory you may have assigned to them) it carries even less impact unless you’re emotionally invested in her character. However, it was also a good moment for me in the sense that, as Kaliyo was saying this, I almost wanted my Jedi Knight to lose patience and snap at her for being so self-centred etc. But apparently, her patience is infinite.

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I think Master Storm would like some ice for that ego bruise, Kaliyo…

I thought it was great that, for the first time, we’re given a true glimpse of how Zakuulan citizens, not Knights, Skytroopers or Royalty, perceive the Outlander. For my Jedi Knight, it felt particularly hard to stomach, knowing that she was so feared when she (from her perspective) strives to embody goodness, justice and to protect others. It was reminiscent of the scene on Rishi, where Master Orgus Din gently reminds you of the Jedi principles, and the Jedi Knight consequently takes a long look at themselves in the mirror. I have a growing appreciation of games that have the protagonist as part of the resisting, subordinate faction, regardless of their individual personality/agenda/alignment, and KOTFE is definitely a contributing factor. It was a humbling experience.
Another curious thing was that Valkorion had but one piece of Wisdom, which was made more poignant by it being his only input throughout the chapter. Although he’s still very much an unknown quantity, everything that we learn about Zakuul, everything that we see of Arcann and Vaylin contributes to developing who he really is as they’re intrinsically linked. In turn, as Valkorion is (literally) and inherently connected to the Outlander, it all adds up. I really think that the trickle-feed of information and story is effective, and made more so by the episodic release structure.
Summary: A building block that was fun and something a bit different for the Outlander to contend with. I imagine the chapter was more enjoyable for Agent characters, or those with similar methods/world views to Kaliyo, and perhaps even more so for those who romanced her or were interested in doing so. I expect and am hopeful that other chapters featuring returning companions will give all classes more of a “reunion experience”. I’ll be interested to see how Kaliyo fits in with regards to the Alliance.
The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but that’s to be expected for anything released episodically. Though, in truth, I don’t think they need much to keep us hooked – it’s all there already. I look forward to Chapter XI.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Chapter X, on future chapters, etc! This is my first Chapter review/thoughts post, so I’d love to hear any ideas for improvement on that front 🙂