Spot of Simmery- 8: Tying the Knot

Plans for Iva and Enio’s wedding were quickly underway. It was nothing large – just a gathering of folks from the community who came to see them give their vows in-house. However, it was not without its difficulty.

First, Iva came down with an illness right before time to exchange vows.

Not wanting her to be sick on the day of her wedding, I had her order medicine which took care of the situation quickly. However, within that time Enio had gotten bored. And what does an addicted techie do when bored?

Why, browse social media on his phone while standing at the altar, of course!

Once the attention of both bride and groom were once again gained, they managed to exchange rings…

And finally vows.

However, with so many people over at the house, using the facilities, somewhere in there, the toilet backed up and needed repair. So Iva decided to put her magic to work and cast the Repario spell, thinking that would take care of the situation.

Only… it didn’t. Instead, the toilet caught on fire. During their reception.

Which caused all the attending Sims to pile in to see the spectacle.

Enio took charge then, ushering people out of the small enclosed place full of flames and noxious fumes. He then was able to put the fire out with no one harmed.

To add insult to injury, though, the toilet was then both scorched and still broken.

And the guests sorta milled around outside on the road for the rest of the event. It wasn’t the best end to their biggest day.

But Enio and Iva had tied the knot, and the wedding bouquet on Enio’s desk was proof of that!

{Spot of Simmery- 8: Casting Magic || }

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FFXIV: Syrcus Tower Gate Guard Chronicles

Posts Originally From: July 13, 2019 – July 21, 2019

A silly series wherein Amon pulls every trick in the book to try to get past the Syrcus Tower gate guard to gain access to the Tower.

I Have Arrived!

“The gates are open and the Tower is fully functional! Nothing’s going to stop me!

Moments later:

Reassessing My Options

Must get past that gate guard…

‘Tis an Idea!

“I’ve deduced ‘tis my finery that is giving my intentions away. Therefore, I shall once again attempt to approach the Tower gates… in disguise!

“Naught more here than a normal, every day, well-meaning Elf, aye!”

Round Two!

Operation Soulful Sad Stare

Yet Another Disguise?

“No… no… just trying out the local fashion. I heard it’s called something like “la HEE.”” 

Where Do We Go?

♫Where do we go? Oh! 

♫When our prayers are answered

♫Where do we go? Oh! 

♫When our prayers are answered but the answer is…

Rainy Night

“‘Twas a rainy night outside the gates with nary a quiltfort to be found.”

Lali-ho!

Spot of Simmery- 8: Casting Magic

Once Enio and Iva’s relationship started getting serious, I had Iva move in with Enio. This was so I could keep an eye on Iva (Sims can be devious) and start to develop her skills.

For one, I wanted her and Enio to become magic users. This is because Amon would eventually be a magic user, and being born of two magic users makes his magical bloodline stronger. Sadly, it’s not as strong as it could be because I didn’t create his parents as magic users from the get-go (my bad).

First, I have Iva take a trip to the Realm of Magic where she meets the different instructors and chooses a path. This fellow, Simeon Silversweater – the sage of practical magic, becomes her teacher.

Once she’s completed the tasks set out for her and proven her mettle, she becomes a spell caster!

But casting spells, even of the practical type, require study and practice…. while poor Enio is in the background trying to learn programming for his own tech job.

When Iva is not working on her spell casting, she’s learning to play renaissance fiddle. After all, she supposed to be the future musical influence in young Amon’s life. So someone has to teach him how to play! Even if she doesn’t start out playing well…

Once more, poor Enio soldiers through.

He must not mind at all because it’s not that much longer before he finally pops the question!

Iva says Yes! There’s wedding bells in the air!

{ Spot of Simmery- 7: RIP Bee Box 🐝 || Spot of Simmery- 8: Tying the Knot}

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FFXIV: Shadowbringers Release Part 1

Posts Originally From: June 28, 2019 – July 14, 2019

All the excitement and exploration of the then-new expansion – Shadowbringers!

Crystarium

Long Hair Amon

“When you wake up one day and you suddenly feel like a different person…”

Not sure if I’m going to keep the new hair or not, though it actually matches the length of Boss!Amon’s hair quite well. It works (mostly) with the hat – only some clipping while running. 

I do miss the messy mop, so I think I’m going to trial this hair for a bit. One way or another, I’ll need to switch back for story purposes, but if I find I like it, this might be a future style for him! 

(Buy the hair in the Gold Saucer at the Prize Claim II for 30K MGP)

Tiny Dancer

~Tiny Dancer~

Doing Alliance Roulette Be Like…

The Twinning

Just what the heck did those crazy Allagans have hidden down in the Tower anyway? Looks like the Ironworks had a hand in some of the fun, too!

It was super cool to see the technological side of the Tower that was hidden to us during the raids! I always felt there was a LOT more to the Tower that we didn’t see.

Amon – Dancer

Truth is, he’d break his neck trying this stuff, but it was still fun to snap a few screens!

Darn It!

When you finally arrive in the First…

…and even your Free Company won’t let you throw wide the gates. 😦 

Bonus: 

Yet More FC Sass

FFXIV: More Free Company Housing Shenanigans

Posts Originally From: April 14, 2019 – May 12, 2019

The FC house continues to expand in themed private rooms to include a Recreation Room, Guest Quarters and Sparring Room.

Lazy Sunday in Shirogane

We used to love to sit out by the ocean.

Guest Quarters

In the event Homewood Cottage (my FC house) should have visitors who need to stay the night, we have a brand new Guest Quarters (Koh’s Personal Room)! 

There’s a bright and cheery main room for reading, dining or just relaxing by the fire. In a more private section, you’ll find the sleeping area and an upstairs hot tub. 

The beds are screened off for a bit of privacy. And there’s a little sitting corner for late-night reading or early morning beverages! 

This room is open to visitation anytime! If you stop by, feel free to leave a comment in our guest book on the counter in the main room! 

Shirogane Plot 14, Ward 14 

Sparring/Training Room

Mateus – Shirogane – Ward 14, Lot 14 – Room #5

My newest private room design for our FC house is a sparring/training room. This was a great theme for the alt who owns this room being he’s big into fitness and battle. 

He’s also into blue – can you tell? Which is perfect because the FFXIV iteration of the character ended up a Dragoon main.

Anyhow, there’s a large open area in the center of the room with some red mats for the actual practice space. There’s also a training dummy (mannequin) set up. 

For the record, I’m not calling Roes dummies. There were only three races to pick from and this seemed to fit the idea of a sparring partner best.

There’s a trophy display of an Ixion horn in the back corner. 

Next to that, we have some lockers for changing, and a curtained-off shower station. Gotta wash that training funk off after practice! 

Lots of windows to brighten up the otherwise darker room. And a scuffed-up PotD floor which lends to the feeling that it’s seen better days. 🙂 

I still feel like there’s some more I can add to this room as new housing items come out – it was only in Eureka that we got the chainmail hangars and the crossed halberds (which aren’t listed at the FFXIV Housing site!). Why don’t we have more weapon displays? It’s hard to make a convincing sparring room without some weapon racks. But.. maybe one day. 

Anyhow, this personal room is labeled RP at the Homewood Cottage FC house, and is open to visit, like all the RP personal rooms. Address is up at the top! 

If you stop in, please let us know in our Guestbook – located on the counter of our main room right near the front door. We appreciate the Likes and the comments! 🙂 

Who Killed Amon…?

…and tried to hide him under the chair in the FC room? Scylla swears he was like this when she got there. Looks sus to me. 

Relaxation & Recreation Room

Mateus – Shirogane – Ward 14, Lot 14 – Room #3

This isn’t actually a new-new room for our FC house, but one I just put some final touches on, making it ready to post about. I still think there can be some additional wall decor added, but I’m holding off to see what the new expansion releases for housing before investing a whole lot more.

Here we have a rec room – there’s an attended spa to get you in a chill mood. Lots of reading nooks, including one under the loft. Up top, is a couch perfect for arts and crafts, a musical moogle and a peaceful little aquarium. 

There’s also a cushioned window nook and an art corner with another aquarium for inspiration. A number of of comfy napping spots and cushions are included for your enjoyment. 

This personal room is labeled RP at the Homewood Cottage FC house, and is open to visit, like all the RP personal rooms. Address is up at the top!

If you stop in, please let us know in our Guestbook – located on the counter of our main room right near the front door. We appreciate the Likes and the comments! 🙂

FFXIV: The FFXV Crossover Event

Posts Originally From: April 17, 2019 – April 19, 2019

Celebrating the FFXV Crossover Event and earning the car mount!

Just cruisin’!

Who gave Amon the license to drive that thing?

Goodwill

See, Noctis has figured out the fastest way to win Amon’s good will!

And Tonight on Mateus…

Mid-Life Crisis

I think Mocho is going through a mid-life crisis.

FFXIV: Shadowbringers Hype and 4.56 MSQ

Posts Originally From: March 23, 2019 – March 29, 2019

The last thing I ever thought I’d hear was that the Crystal Tower was going to become relevant in Shadowbringers. Needless to say, that was extremely exciting to me (and Amon). Also, I had some fun during the 4.56 MSQ!

I Think I’m Moving to Norvrandt!

Be still my heart, Crystal Tower is relevant again! I’m so excited, even if it’s a dimensional version of ST. I’m really looking forward to how they’re going to develop this! 

I’m also stoked to see that the idea of a city at the base of the Tower came to be – I wrote about this concept in my Memories series, but didn’t imagine it to be quite like this!

Oh, and Zuri is going Dancer.  

The Crystarium

-Happy sigh.- 

Riding Home

Hey! Who Took My Hat!?

This isn’t canon, since Amon’s story doesn’t follow the MSQ. STILL. I thought it was hilarious that the recovery scene in 4.56 forced Amon to take off his hat in front of other people. 

It’s like, he wakes up in utter confusion – even the child who sees him without his hat seems in shock. Then he starts shooting angry frowns, even at Aymeric! 

Finally, Aymeric chills him out again in the end.

Fallen

Also not canon, but have a screen of Aymeric and Estinien protecting a fallen Amon from a scene in the MSQ. It would never actually happen, but it was a sweet picture. So I had to capture it.

Become What You Must…

Poke

“And if it doesn’t take you seriously, just poke it!”

…’Twas Worth a Try

FFXIV: Roleplaying a Bard – Telling Stories, Jokes and Riddles

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Roleplaying as a bard in FFXIV can be a lot of fun! For one, you can get away with being a little over the top and eccentric with your character if you choose to be. Bards are, after all, supposed to be masters of performance and drama, right?

One thing I’ve found when playing a bard is that sooner or later, you’ll find yourself in a position where someone is going to ask you to tell a story. Or a joke. Or a riddle.

Then what do you do?

You might be the kind of person who has a million stories they can pull off the cuff. But if you’re anything like me, it’s better that you prepare for this ahead of time! And that’s where the wonderful Internet comes in.

Finding Jokes and Riddles

Jokes are probably the easiest material to work with. If you have a joke book, or just Google up jokes, you can quickly stash away a bunch of funny things in a text document somewhere to reference if needed. If you can, though it’s not required, try to change the joke a bit to better fit the context of the FFXIV world.

Riddles are much like jokes with one catch. If you can Google a riddle, so, too, can the people you’re telling the riddle to. And the whole point of a riddle is to make people think for themselves. If you are pulling riddles off the Internet, try to switch up the wording to make it a little harder to Google. Even better, if you can find a resource of riddles that aren’t online, I would highly suggest you going for it!

Finding Stories

Getting together a library of stories is a bit more involved.

I suggest that you keep it simple. Folks might ask for a story in RP, but they don’t want to sit there for 15 minutes as you copy-paste text lines at them. So keep it short and sweet – you don’t have to recount the Epic of Gilgamesh Greg to fulfill your bardly duties.

Good resources to pull from include:

  • Fables
  • Tall Tales
  • Fairy Tales
  • Folk Stories
  • Traditional Tales (Especially from other countries)

Many of these folk tales are short to tell and end with some kind of moral of the story. While this might not seem as exciting as an epic story filled with battle (feel free to tell those if you have one), there’s a reason why these kinds of stories were told and passed around in times of oral storytelling traditions. There’s just something satisfying about a story that makes a point and has a solid ending.

If there’s any way to adapt the story to have FFXIV lore or context, do re-write it do contain these things.

Here’s an example of a story I used in an Google Docs group RP – this one may is probably too long to use for in-game RP, though. I don’t remember the exact origin of the tale, and there might be many different re-tellings of it, but I remember it was a folk tale from another country.

I Googled for a folk story, found one I liked, revised it, and added FFXIV elements to it to make this:

How the Chocobo Got Her Colors

A long time ago when the world was young, every type of bird was gray and without color.

One spring day, the king of birds – the Firebird – summoned all the birds together. They gathered, chirping with excitement and flapping with wonder. What did their king have to tell them?

Once all of the birds of the world were there, the Firebird pointed a great wing to the sky. There, for the first time ever, a glorious rainbow stretched overhead.

The birds stared in awe, having never seen anything so beautiful before! There were so many colors and they were all so bright and wonderful!

“Oh,” the birds cried wistfully, “If only our feathers were so colorful!”

To this, the Firebird nodded, “I have brought you here to gift each of you one of the colors of the rainbow. Choose the color that you love most, and it shall be yours.”

This sent the birds into a frenzy of joy! At once, they began to squawk and flap, trying to get ahead of each other. They were afraid their favorite color would be taken before they could choose it!

“I want green!” cried the apkallu. “Give me green!”

“Pink is most lovely! I want to be pink!” chortled the colibri.

“I must have brown, like the warmth of the earth!” chirped the sparrow.

“Blue! Blue! Blue!” was all the bluebird could trill. (It was later named after the color it chose.)

Only one bird sat quietly waiting her turn. The gentle, noble chocobo.

Finally, all the colors were chosen and given. The rainbow began to fade.

“Now each of you has a color,” the Firebird said, his own feathers aglow with the gold of flame. “And just in time, for the rainbow has gone.”

As the other birds capered and preened, the Firebird then noticed the gray and colorless chocobo, who still sat quietly in the corner. Awash with pity, the king of birds called to her.

“Why did you not ask for a color?”

The chocobo looked up, full of respect for her king. “Your Majesty, I was waiting my turn.”

“I see,” said the Firebird sadly. “But now the colors are all gone.”

Though noble and strong of spirit, this filled the chocobo with great sorrow. Still, she bore this news with strength, head held high, “Then I’m afraid I shall always have feathers of gray.”

“Shall always have feathers of gray? Because you did not push or squawk and instead waited your turn pleasantly? I think not!” the king of birds said with determination.

He then called to the capering flock of colorful birds who looked to be ready to return to their homes, and told them to line up. The Firebird instructed them to walk by the chocobo, one by one, and when they did, he pulled a little color from each, giving it to the chocobo.

“Henceforth, you and your kind shall have the ability to become all the colors of the rainbow! Eat of the fruits of the world to change the color of your plumage, and pick the one you love most!”

And that is why the chocobo, even today, can change the color of their feathers.


That’s just one example of what you can do when pulling and revising a story from another source to fit the FFXIV world lore. You can, of course, write your own, but taking inspiration from other tales is no crime!

So go out there, find or write some stories, and make yourself a document that you can proudly pull from anytime someone asks your bard to weave a tale during an RP session!