This Sims 2 blog follows the lives of the Nuidya tribespeople of the northern mountains, as they try to survive, thrive and figure out what exactly it means to be a lizardsim. Along the way, there'll be drama, romance, utter silliness and lots of cats. Just watch out for those storm demons - they're sneaky. :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lifting the Mood, Year 121

VT says: OK, OK, remembering to take screenshots took a back seat to playing and this update takes place about two years after the last story post. The next updates will start nine months or so after this one. But it is an update.

Year 121, mid-spring
Casey zan-Ellen is 69; Li Yoo is 60; Natabu zan-Ellen is 5
Whoops - I haven't introduced Natabu yet, have I? She is Casey's recently orphaned granddaughter, sent to live with him after her parents' death because I felt mean not bringing any of his family along to new KS.

Casey's wig was itching again. He'd had to wear one today, because his ceremonial headgear wouldn't stay put on a hairless head. At least it hadn't taken as long to put together as Li's hairstyle. And nerves did distract him from it somewhat.

Everyone had gathered at Grandmother Grove already by the time he'd arrived with Li and Natabu. The atmosphere in the small clearing was buzzing - which was to be expected, really. It wasn't the first wedding in the settlement, but it was the first that hadn't been hastily thrown together while older relatives waved spears around.

Back in the old village, it probably would never have happened. They'd always been more like friends with benefits, and that was for twenty years. The move had brought them closer together, to the point that they were willing to discuss it, and everyone did need a celebration right about now.

Li and Casey were soon surrounded by neighbours offering congratulations.

Some of them (Hestrie zan-Avira...) had clearly been at the nectar already. Casey wasn't prepared to dance just yet.

Zareb even got caught sneaking a bit of it just before the ceremony started,

which was a little worrying considering that he was the one who Casey would be mock-duelling with to kick it off.

Fortunately, he didn't go too wild with the wooden sword. (Casey's own son had nearly poked his sparring partner's eye out at his wedding, seventeen years earlier.)

Zareb conceded defeat surprisingly fast for a werewolf, but he did happen to be looking at the wedding feast a lot during the "fight".

So, it moved on quickly after that. Zareb was a demon when he was hungry.

For the second part of the ceremony, Li tossed a little shell into the small spring and made the three wishes for love, luck and prosperity.

Casey did the same, and the couple moved over to the wedding pavilion to recite their vows.

After which Zareb quickly led the charge to the tables full of food

and everyone let their hair down and started joking, dancing and passing around cups of nectar.

Even Markal, who had lost his wife a couple of months ago, was smiling. Turi's death had been the first since the move, after the birth of a second pair of twins, and it had affected everyone in one way or another. That was why they'd held the wedding today. The tribe needed a party.

Although Markal did seem to be courting Zade on the rebound. She turned down proposals from him twice during the party, both most likely the result of the nectar...

which there was probably far too much of.

VT says: Li and Casey had been engaged for a few rotations before Turi died, and Casey had the want to get married. Since the untimely death of a 25 year old in a very small village really dampened the mood in Kulo Seeri, I thought I'd take the opportunity to throw a wedding party, show off Nuidya marriage customs and take screenshots for an actual story update. There were plenty of shenanigans to photograph, I had to cut out a lot of pictures for this post.
Congratulations Li and Casey! :)


  1. Recording pictures taking a backseat to gameplay makes for fun shenanigans! It was really fun to see the wedding customs. The wedding pavilion is so pretty! So the groom has to "spar" with someone at the wedding? How is that person chosen?

    And I don't think I've seen swords in Sims 2 before. Does that use the pillow fighting interaction?

    This is really interesting, feels kind of like Sims 2 Castaway.

    1. Thanks! I love creating new cultures in TS2. It's nice to be interesting as opposed to "the weird one". :)

      Funny you should mention Sims Castaway. I was playing Kulo Seeri before it came out but I did move them over there for a while once. I adapted the backstory so one of the island hoods was where Sena, the alien ancestor of the Nuidya was found as a baby. Some of the island Sims did follow them back to regular TS2 later - CS townie Manewa Kirikiri was S'Ahmisa zan-Ace's mother and Anyu zan-Avira's grandmother, as well as becoming a patron ancestor of the hunt after her death.

      The swords require BV and can be found at under Sims 2/Objects/Other Objects. Usually at Nuidya weddings the mock fight is between the groom and a male relative of the bride. In this case Zareb was the closest they could get - Li's other son-in-law Daniel can't handle too much physical activity due to old injuries. In other cases it might be a close friend rather than a relative, which is what I think I'll do for the next upcoming wedding, where the bride has no family in the village.

  2. Wow, Li married? Didn't expect that. Loved the wedding

    1. Thanks, it surprised me a bit too but Li and Casey couldn't keep away from each other since I started this version of KS. I guess 20 years and a move will do that. :)

  3. The wedding was lovely, very bold colors, and I really enjoyed seeing the customs, especially the sparring, the sword fighting looks great. I had never seen that before.

    1. Thanks maisie, I enjoyed playing it out myself. I figured the bright reds and blues would really stand out against everyone else's white formalwear. :)