It’s easy to disregard a Loner sim when you’ve got a houseful of others all working on careers and aspirations and skills. In a legacy story, those sims tend to fade to the background if they don’t have some other spark or quirk of personality to keep the player’s attention. Even something as lackluster as the Bookworm trait, to keep them in the house where the camera is likely to at least be nearby and accidentally catch them sometimes, can make the difference between notice and obscurity.
Fennel Wolff has none of those things on his side. I see him when it’s time for school and that’s about it.
This family has a long history of nature nuts. The founder and all of the 4 heirs since but one have had the Outdoor Lover trait. Fennel’s one-upped those folks – nearby nature isn’t even enough for him. He needs the deep and distant wilds to satisfy his aspiration. I don’t wanna take another darn vacation right now and I feel slightly guilty about that, so I’ve really been ignoring this poor kid.
He’s a great sim, though. I’ve made myself notice.
He’s quiet alright. But he’s also helpful and loving, and has his father Malcolm’s easygoing disposition.
Fennel took a keen interest in his mother’s pregnancy, autonomously coming over to feel the baby, calming Ede down when she’s stressed and making me wonder a couple times if I was perhaps looking at a future doc.
When his new sister Freesia was born, Fennel was the first to tend her. He kept a close eye on her thereafter. She was often fussy and hard to console, but it never seemed to bother him.
At the end of the last generation I decided that I would modify my Living Will succession laws going forward so that, if I want to, I have the option of locking in the next heir on the current heir’s elder birthday, rather than at their death. A workaround, hopefully, for that awful “hurry up and die already” feeling this succession law tends to cause towards elders. With Malcolm and Edelweiss both just having celebrated their adult birthdays, and Fennel with a pretty nice lead over his sisters in mom-relationship, he actually has a decent shot at being our next heir.
Especially since little Freesia got the Hot-Headed trait. Oops.
And the dreaded Social Butterfly aspiration. Ugh. I hate that thing.
Freesia’s pretty much the spitting image of her mom when she was that age.
This probably shouldn’t amuse me so much, but it does. Hahaha.
Forsythia has gone as far with her Joke Star aspiration as she can until she’s an adult.
I wanted to work on her academics, but she STILL somehow manages to “lose” her homework on a daily basis – I got tired of buying new ones so I just gave up. It’s not like attending school is gonna bring her C grade up to an A by the weekend, so I figured we probably should-oughta just go ahead and take the next few days off & get nature boy to the woods so he can get cracking on this darned aspiration of his.
Aside from directing Fennel to his quota of unidentified plant nodes, and then to a nearby fishing hole, I let the Wolffs enjoy an autonomous vacation.
I decided I wouldn’t even peek at them unless they started turning red or something. That way it’d be a vacation from me, too. They could probably use one.
. . .
Since I didn’t have to watch my sims, I looked around instead.
I’m feeling kind of bummed about mortality lately. Not just these little guys’, but my own.
Commitment and obligation are weighing on me.
Whoa! I found the hermit hut!
It’s so quiet and green out here. Even the bugs are lovely.
And there are cute little chipmunk-things, aww.
I remember what I was going to do, now. I was going to plant more things at the legacy lot.