A Study in Lilac

Happy New Year, and Happy New Generation!

Barium and Cerium will be taking the reins this time, but it’s just Barium for now because Cerium’s still a teen.

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Antimony: WHO DID THIS?

I don’t know, Antimony, but I can’t control you anymore, so you’ll have to figure that out on your own.

Anyway, unveiling of the YAs!C

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Caesium here got charismatic, so hopefully she’ll be able to be a movie star or whatever it is she wants to do with her life when she’s an uncontrollable sim.

I remembered to upload her when I did her makeover! Yay!

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I have no idea why I took this picture. Possibly because I remembered that there was a hats section for hairs… which is understandable because 99% of the time I don’t use random cowboy hats and bicycle helmets on my sims… and gave Lanthanum a hat that might hopefully make up for not having a horse?

Lanthanum: IT DOESN’T.

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Lanthanum: You know what would be a great gift, Dad? A motorcycle! It’d be a stress-reliever to ride one of those around town…

Lanthanum is a vehicle enthusiast, because cars and motorcycles are the closest he has to horses.

Lanthanum: … I could name it Brownie and give it hay.

Lanthanum is available here.

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And here’s… oh my.

I think the facial hair really looks good on him. That’s another thing I feel like I forget 99% of the time when giving sims a makeover.

Barium’s final trait is good sense of humor, and he wants to be a private investigator. Hopefully we can get in 35 cases on the days when he’s actually controllable.

I forgot to save him but I’ll nab him next time I’m in the game.

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Barium gets a job as soon as possible so he can get working on his career. The Motive Mobile that he can probably keep working for days on end without stopping, so I think we’ll do alright with the cases.

Barium: But… the Motive Mobile wastes gas… it might be filling my needs, but what of the EARTH’S needs? The Earth is the biggest sim of all!

The Earth is one big ISBI, Barium.

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Antimony: Gee, Mom! I’m glad we both agree that this game of ping pong is more important than the unfinished portrait in the other room!

Silver: Indeed!

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First case!

Katja: I think someone is kicking over my gnomes.

Barium: … is that really all that important? And also I don’t see any gnomes on this lot?

Katja: I mostly called you because your hot. Dig in my neighbor’s garbage and I’ll pay you.

Barium: Fair enough.

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Barium: Livin’ the dream!

It’s your LTW.

Barium: You couldn’t have picked ‘International Superspy’?


Barium: For you, maybe. : /

Hair: *is afraid of hats and disappears whenever one is present on Barium’s head*

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Barium: Okay, I have photographic evidence. Apparently, they WERE kicking your gnomes. But she pinkie-promised to stop.

Katja: Wow, is it hot out here, or is it just you?

Barium: … it’s just you. You’re a vampire, remember?

Katja: Oh. Right.

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Barium: Hold on, I gotta graduate first.

Katja: Can I come with you? 😦

Barium: I have a girlfriend. And you’re engaged or married or something.

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I’m sure I had some clever line planned for this picture, but all I can think about right now is the adorable snowman snowglobe in front of city hall.

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… except that his entire job consists of wandering around town doing tasks for random townies.

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One: Barium’s not psychic.

Two: I’m pretty sure this was the glitchy opportunity that Antimony had.

Three: Antimony’s not a psychic, either; the ghost-hunter career uses gadgets and doodads to find ghosts. There’s an actual fortune-telling career.

So we’re not going all Psych on the local police department.

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Barium: So… you want me to do what again?

Lady: Dig through my neighbor’s trash for… reasons…

Barium: I’m beginning to think that this town is either really petty, or full of people who are conspiring to have me dig through trash for shits and giggles. But I’m being paid so whatever.

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Cerium: GRANNY NO!

SILVER! Don’t die! We have room in the house after Caesium and Lanthanum got kicked out into the snow! You don’t need to die after all!

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Silver: It’s alright, Cerium. Go back inside. You’ll catch your death out in that little dress… Hm… *examines t-shirt* Come to think of it, maybe that’s what’s happening.

Cerium: *sob*

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Death: Silver Mendeleev, your time is up.

Silver: Wait! I still have to finish that painting!

Death: I gave you MORE than enough time, Silver. Now get in your gravestone. It’s the best one; come on, no complaining.

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Barium was away from the house so didn’t hear of the news.

Barium: Um… green lady? I did what you wanted. : /

Lady: Wait until I’m done, kid!


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Barium: Hey, fellow torch-holder! Wanna have a long conversation about developing film?

Cerium: … our grandmother just died.

Barium: Oh. That explains the huge gravestone out front.

Cerium: Also, your sideways hat makes me want to break your jaw.

Barium: … I’m going to go find another case now.

At this point, Barium’s next ‘case’ is… study at a library.

Okay then.

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Barium: I don’t think this is working.

Yeah, there’s no study option outside of university. : / Go find another case, then.

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Dym: Look, I know you’re upset, Barium, but you need to take that hat off and get some hair.

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We invited Wren over to give her a birthday.

Wren: Omigod! That’s why you didn’t come to school today!

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Apparently she’s already graduated university with a degree in science and medicine.

Barium: … and you’re in high school because?

Wren: People don’t trust doctors who are too young to drive, and I was tired of sitting at home all day. : /

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Happy Birthday, Wren!

If you’re lucky, you might actually see your parents again in your lifetime.

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Barium proceeds to go watch television rather than watch his girlfriend become an adult.

Barium: You’ve seen one birthday, you’ve seen them all.

That’s just a little rude, Barium. Just a little.

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Oh god that hair.

Maybe it’s better that Barium didn’t witness this.

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… she wasn’t kidding about the medical degree.

And I don’t know her traits yet. Oops.

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Wren: He wasn’t there for my birthday.

Oh, I’m sorry, baby. : (

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Barium pounced her directly after her makeover.

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And then this:

Barium: Will you marry me, Wren?

Wren: Oh, Barium… I’m trapped in this house until I say yes, right?

Pretty much.

Wren: Then yes! Yes I will!

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Barium: Wahhhh! This was Grandma’s bathroom we just woohooed in!

Wren: … it was still good, right?

Barium: But we wasted WAAAATERRRR!

Oh well, off to solve a case.

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Wren: So this is what you do for a living?

Barium: Basically.

Wren: This is kind of disappointing.

Barium: Could you leave? I can’t do this with you watching.

Wren: Barium Mendeleev, I am going to be your WIFE, and–

Barium: No, I think that coding literally won’t let me do this with someone watching.

Wren: Okay, I’ll go back home, then.

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Barium: … my butt is cold.

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Barium: … I don’t have exams?

Police: Then we don’t have any cases for you. : P

Barium: … could you check again?

Police: Well, there is one…

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Mulan: I need you hack computer and get dirt on assholes who fire me from being teacher!

Barium: Er… alright.

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How’s the case going.

Barium: I’m mostly finding things on the school’s website that make me think she should have got fired sooner. But… I think a teacher was watching Mythbusters on a school computer once to see if it was appropriate to show their science class? I guess we can pass that off as ‘dirt’.

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Barium: … I never said any of that. As long as I’m getting paid, though. : / Next case.

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And then I sent Barium into the building like five times, and each time he was told to go study at home or at the library.

Police: If you can’t study at home, and you can’t study at the library, I don’t know what crimes there are that you can solve, Mr. Picky.

Barium: … any way to fix this?

I guess we’ll need to resort to spawning cases through cheats? It’s not really cheating since there would be an endless stream of cases during normal game play, anyway, and I’m just fixing the glitch where the police apparently think they’re giving out opportunities to college students. : /


Self Wetting : 13 -115
Fires: 4 -20
Electrocutions: 3  -15
Passing Out : 33 -165
Failing School : 0
Accidental Deaths : (0)
Social Worker Visit : (0)
Game breakiness that’s my own fault : 1

Every Birth : 10 +50
Twins : (5) +50
Triplets : (1) +20
Fulfilling LTWs :  5 +200
NTH Spouse Reaching Top of Career : (0)
Every Honor Roll : 8 +40
Every 100,000 simoleons earned : 1 +20
Painting of Torch Holder (4) + 20

TOTAL = 80

2 thoughts on “A Study in Lilac

  1. I vaguely remember having trouble with the “study” thing myself – Not sure what I did about it, or if I just gave up. You seriously crack me up – I adore your blog posts so much!

    Bummer about Silver. Cerium’s little face was super sad…

  2. Man, that’s annoying with the University opportunities for PIs. I haven’t had that issue yet, though I have seen the glitchy psychic opp for the ghost hunter. Stupid game.

    Barium: … my butt is cold.
    PMSL, that cracks me up every time I see my sims doing it. Like seriously, EA, make a PI career outfit that doesn’t glitch? How hard is that? And don’t even get me started on the no hair hats.

    Caesium is a cutie, I’m definitely downloading her. And Barium later. Can’t wait until Cerium ages up!

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