It has been a while since the last Orchard Valley update! Now that there is more than one house per family (for some families, anyway) it’s taking longer to play, plus I’ve been busy. But a lot of things happened during this five-day round!
I did introduce a couple of new families this round since I didn’t marry/reproduce as strategically as I should have, and I already saw problems coming in the next generation. I am hoping not to have to create more than one single Sims in the Roman era (I want all of my families to have roots to the Neanderthals) so the Morris family and the Adams family will be popping up this round, and then hopefully no more new Create-A-Sims in the foreseeable future.
Let’s begin with THE MORTONS:
Tasha grows up and marries Bram Smith. Orlo kindly gives her a $1,000 dowry, even though he can’t afford it and the Smiths are well-off…
The kids are growing up fast, and Orlo becomes depressed and lonely with Tasha gone. He needs a woman around to help him care for the little tykes.
Ruthie Smith and Brooke Morgan are both available, but he isn’t really all that into either of them. Ruthie is from a really good family though, and she is looking to get married since she has recently suffered a heartbreak.
So they get married, and with her comes a $5,000 dowry!!! He’s practically a wealthy man just for marrying a Smith!
They have a baby, and it is a little girl they name Danielle!
On to THE SMITH FAMILY…
The lovely Kenna Smith becomes an adult, however with the shortage of men, there are no good prospects for her and it looks like she may not get to move out and begin a family of her own… Kenna does not take this realization well, while her brother tells her to relax, more than likely at least one of the tribe-ladies will die in childbirth and then Kenna can swoop in and nab her husband.
Kah and Gur both die of old age, but they leave lots of money to their children, which significantly helps them out in the social climb.
While everyone is mourning, Tasha and Bram have their first baby together! It’s the first of her births she has really been excited about…
She was also pretty excited about marrying well. After all her years of toiling and suffering, she deserves an easier life.
Stupid Dinah Smith, on the other hand, is determined to make her own life harder. She slept with Arnold Bishop (her sister’s husband) again…and got pregnant by him AGAIN.
A birthday and a birth!! Roy and his young wife Callie have a baby boy that they name Calvin!
Miana and Calvin are both growing up so fast–they become toddlers, and Roy is finally so very happy with his life and his perfect little family… although he would love another son.
And at the BLACK RESIDENCE….
In terribly sad news, raven-haired Pebbles Black has complications with her pregnancy and suddenly dies before she is able to give birth. 😦
Though saddened by the loss of his wife, Darius is still young, his family still small, and his former girlfriend Brooke Morgan is in the market for a husband. Darius goes over to her cave for a party and ends up making some poor decisions, but also one good one–he proposes to Brooke, and she happily accepts!
They get married, exchanging woven bands, and just after they consummate their marriage, they receive some unexpected news.
Brooke’s mom is pregnant again!
Twins Lilya and Lorella grow into cute little kids, and Kalomina is finally old enough to help out in the garden.
Poor Brooke becomes pregnant and gets to experience being pregnant at the same time as her mother, and by the same man. She can’t believe that Darius would do such a thing, and his pitiful excuse that he was mourning the loss of Pebbles and wasn’t in his right mind is wearing thin.
She gives birth, and it’s a healthy baby boy that they name Gumo.
As if the place isn’t crowded enough with THE MOORE FAMILY, AND THE KENMORE FAMILY… THE MORRIS FAMILY came onto the same scene this round…
Jayla gives birth to a cute baby girl (they had wanted a boy) named Jillayla!
Her younger sister Khana is quite a beauty and the witch doctor predicted Khana would be the most fertile of her siblings, so given the shortage of husbands, an excellent hunter named Abraham Morris comes in from a neighboring tribe, hoping for Khana’s hand in marriage. She likes him well enough and he seems pretty nice, so she agrees to marry him!
Unfortunately for Khana, shortly after they move into their own place and she becomes pregnant, Abe meets Delilah Black-Smith! He can’t believe how beautiful she is. They become friends, since she is married, but then he finds out that her husband has actually cast her aside for a much younger woman, and only keeps her around because she has nowhere else to go.
Khana gives birth to a baby girl named Khanella, and when the baby isn’t a boy, Abraham announces he has made a decision.
Despite traveling here specifically for his young wife, he sets her aside, and marries Delilah, making her Delilah Morris.
Young Khanella becomes a toddler while her mother Khana is reduced to a glorified housemaid.
It’s a hard harvest, many of their crops dying in the extreme heat, and both Abraham and Delilah suffering from heat stroke.
Shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby, poor Delilah suffers another heatstroke, and that time…loses consciousness. Delilah perishes!! 😦
With Delilah gone, Khana resumes her role as Abraham’s wife, and now mother to Khanella and young Sterling.
Back at the original Moore home, Jayla becomes pregnant!
This pregnancy is rough on Jayla and she nearly dies in labor! She manages to pull through, and welcomes a baby boy named Thorne! Jayla is so relived that she had a boy, since she doubts she will be able to have any more babies, and Levi was a Moore, not a Kenmore.
Alonso is also greatly pleased to finally have a son to carry on his name. He wants another, just to be safe, but Jayla is in no condition to have another child…
Jillayla becomes a toddler, and now adult Ajani becomes good friends with her brother-in-law.
But then Alonso nearly dies of heat stroke! It’s Ajani who pleads with Death to spare Alonso, confessing that she loves him and won’t be able to bare the loss.
Death decides to give Alonso a pass, and as soon as he is revived and realizes Ajani saved him, Alonso takes her in his arms and gives her a great big kiss!
Understandably, his wife is mightily displeased.
It doesn’t matter. Alonso tells her that he wants to be with Ajani, who can still give him babies, and heartbroken Jayla takes to her room, feeling betrayed by the sibling she sacrificed so much to raise.
Jillayla grows up, but she is not a happy child, unlike the sole Moore male, Levi, who watches pleasantly.
Ajani becomes pregnant by Alonso, but as soon as she finds out, they find out Jayla is pregnant as well… since they aren’t bringing in nearly enough food in their small garden, and he hasn’t had a lot of luck hunting lately, Alonso goes to work for the wealthy Woods family, as a way to bring in a little extra food each week.
While working there, he meets Rachel Woods, the wife of Rock.
Rachel is pregnant, but while he’s working there, they develop a sort of friendship, and one day when she brings out his lunch and no one else is around, they cross the friendship line quite irrevocably….
The affair goes on for a few months and then Rachel gives birth to a daughter named Lyra! Unlike most of the other men, Rock isn’t even disappointed that it’s a daughter, and is so happy to meet her…
Then a couple of weeks pass and Alonso’s time helping out draws to an end, and after putting Lyra to bed, Rachel packs a sack with a few things and slips outside.
She leaves her husband and new daughter, and runs off to be with Alonso!
Rock went after his wife and hauled her back home, furious that she would betray him with another man–and the help, at that!
But Rachel can’t be reasoned with. Even her family (the Hamiltons) threaten to cut Rachel off if she abandons her husband and newborn daughter, but Rachel lashes out at Rock, telling him she never loved him and she would rather die than spend another day as his wife. Rock is horrified, and that time when Rachel leaves, he does not go after her.
Rachel moves in, not even realizing she is displacing not one, but TWO women, both of them sisters, both of them pregnant by Alonso.
Jayla gives birth shortly after Rachel moves in, and Alonso suggests that since there isn’t a lot of space in the small home, maybe Jayla should consider moving to the Women’s Home/Morgan House (for discarded women).
Rachel and Alonso are in their own little lust-bubble.
Ajani is absolutely devastated, and Jayla knows she stands no chance of holding onto her husband, so she packs what few tokens she has collected over the years and kisses her newborn son, Jonah, on the forehead before leaving her family home and heading to Morgan House.
THE WOODS FAMILY, short one member….
Rock Woods, general good guy, manages to rescue his younger sister Selma from the ruthless kidnapper!
Now a teen, the girl immediately sets her sights on Gabriel Bishop, who charms her (his father wants an alliance with one of the Woods girls, he doesn’t care which). Selma is a bit damaged, after spending years with the wretched Tyron Whitman as her slaver, but she’s a resilient little thing.
She confides in Gabriel that sometimes because of her family’s money, people try to get close to her for the wrong reason. Gabriel agrees that’s awful, but hopes her sister Rena won’t tell her that he has been flirting with her too, not wanting to put all his eggs in one basket….
Rock was too devastated when Rachel left him to take another wife, so now Lyra is a toddler, and she is still basically motherless.
Wilsa and Asher are just the cutest little kids around! Wilsa becomes an animal-loving child and Leah and Barney find out they’re expecting again, which triggers a certain sadness in Rock, who wants more children of his own.
Deciding it’s time to stop moping over Leah, Rock calls up his childhood friend, Kenna, and invites her over for dinner. He has heard she’s looking to get married, and he remembers her being a loving, beautiful woman and a natural nurturer, so he wants to see how she interacts with Lyra.
Things go very well, and before she leaves that night, Rock proposes! Kenna happily says yes! 🙂
Although it’s certainly customary to rush into marriages, having been burned before, Rock takes his time before marrying Kenna, wanting to make sure she wants no one else. Kenna is patient and waits for him to be ready.
Leah and Barney have another baby girl, and name this one Fiona!
Rock and Kenna marry, and not only is he rewarded with a lovely, faithful new wife… he also gets a $10,000 dowry for marrying into the Smith family!
Over at THE MORGAN HOUSE…
There is a lot of drama.
This house began as a normal family, then became a sun-worshiping
house of religion? cult? something. Finally it became convent-like in that they seemed to collect women who were found useless for one reason or another, but then they started hosting some wild parties, and it became more of a… less-than-savory house-of-fun…for the gentlemen, more like.
For Belinda’s 13th birthday party, Lela Woods and her maybe-boyfriend Jali Whitman show up. Everyone walks on eggshells around Jali Whitman, who is known for his short temper and his knack for jumping to conclusions. (He’s also “dating” Lela’s sister Rena, so…)
When Jali overhears Jayma Black telling Lela that she doesn’t think Jali is a good guy to be hanging around, Jali overreacts. He attacks Lela for listening to Jayma, and tells Jayma she better keep her nose out of his business, or else.
Even though she has done nothing wrong, Lela begs Jali to forgive her, and he’s pretty much a jerk about it, telling her not to hang out with Jayma Black anymore and he’ll think about forgiving her.
Belinda regrets ever inviting Jali to her party.
Later that night, Jali viciously attacks Jayma, and he ends up killing her!
Lela comes outside when she hears all the commotion and can’t believe what she’s seeing!
Lela wants to leave him, but at the point she is too afraid to, so instead she keeps her mouth shut and goes home.
The following day, however, she comes back to the Morgan house with Bree, who is still talking about Belinda’s crazy birthday party. Lela’s sister Rena comes over, and since they barely know each other, they decide to hang out!
Then their other sister Selma stops by! The sisters can’t believe they’re finally getting a chance to get together, and even more unbelievable, it doesn’t come up that Rena and Lela are both dating the same dangerous boy, and Lela and Selma both lost their virginities to Tyron Whitman (Jali’s father).
Then TYRON stops by!!! They all get to talking and damaged Selma begins to revisit the weird, Stockholmy crush she developed on Tyron.
But it’s BREE who invites Tyron to sneak inside when no one is paying attention for a little…fun. Tyron can’t believe his good luck–Bree is gorgeous!–and takes advantage, but neither of them counts on Tyron’s former lover (Bree’s mother) to walk in on them!
Momma is furious!
Jinella and Jayla are both living at the Morgan house, but Jinella meets Richard Hamilton outside one night after dark and they flirt a little bit. She really likes him, but knows that marrying a Hamilton is out of her reach.
Another little girl! This one is named Meadow.
Bree Morgan finally grows up–age-wise, at least. Tryon likes what he sees, but Momma is still furious at her daughter.
But Bree doesn’t care. She’s enamored with the idea of Tyron, so when he asks her to marry him, Bree says yes! She moves to Camp Whitman without looking back, and instead of worrying for her daughter, Momma cries because Bree stole her boyfriend.
Luckily by the time adorable little Meadow will be old enough to steal Mommy’s boyfriends, Momma will be too old to care. (The irony that this child is her SON-IN-LAW’S is apparently lost on Momma, who feels both of her eldest daughters failed her. Hopefully the youngest two won’t!)
Over at CAMP WHITMAN…
Brooke suspects she is already pregnant, but since she and Tyron are tying the knot right away, it doesn’t matter.
After a rough pregnancy made no easier by the brutal conditions of Camp Whitman, Bree gives birth to a boy named Jerome!
Tyron decides to give Barak Morton back to his family to make room for his own brood, and decides to take a “break” from enslaving kidnapped children!
Jinella’s daughter Vanessa becomes a toddler, and Jerome becomes a toddler as well, and Bree realizes that her husband is old and no longer as impressive as she thought he was.
Bree decides to just end it all one night, but Tyron walked in before she managed to succeed. He saves her life, and Bree thanks him. She can see so clearly now! The answer isn’t to kill herself…
“Honey, what do you think about kidnapping some of the Smith children?”
Revenge, after all, is a dish best served cold.
Hunter holds his newest baby brother, Brian, while Vanessa is just happy to be a big sister!
Bree, through with being a brood mare for the time being, begins to plot her revenge…
And at the BISHOP HOME…
Gerta inherits money from her dead parents, which pleases her overly ambitious, social-climbing husband.
With Gerta out of commission during this pregnancy (and Dinah also knocked up) Arnold pays a visit to one of the village whores, a young one named Kimberly. Although he didn’t realize that his son had a crush on the girl, he probably would have still slept with her even if he would have known.
The girl became pregnant with Arnold’s child, and when she gave birth to a boy, Arnold agreed to take the son in, since another boy meant more clout to the Bishop name. The baby was named Kevin.
Gabriel is bitter about it, despite his own betrothal to one of the Woods girls, most likely Lela, if she can manage to stay away from that dirtbag, Jali Whitman.
Gerta also gives birth to a boy, and they name him Kurt (inspired by Kah and Gur).
It soon becomes apparent that while Gerta tolerates “the whore’s baby” she does not love or want Kevin. At all.
Also apparent: Gabriel’s resentment of his father is not going away, and Gabriel takes to caring for Kevin since his mother doesn’t want to and his father is too busy. He tries to get in touch with Kimberly, even tries visiting her at the whorehouse, but he isn’t able to locate her or find out what happened to her.
Meanwhile, Max becomes a teenager and Calah becomes a child.
If Gabriel doesn’t come around to being the heir, it falls to Max, but Max starts studying under the tribe’s witch doctor… he’s kind of a bad egg.
Kevin and Kurt become toddlers, and Gabriel (still not over it, still unable to find Kimberly) suggests that he and Kevin move out on their own, and he will raise his baby brother like his own child. He will still be a Bishop, so his father’s all-important legacy will be safe, but Gabriel won’t have to live under the same roof anymore, and Gerta will be free of the daily reminder of her husband’s unfaithfulness.
Gerta agrees–under one condition. He has to marry Lela Woods.
Even though he cares for Lela, he accepts the terms bitterly.
Then, to spite his father, he rejects Lela’s dowry, preferring to be penniless than to further his father’s agenda.
Max is pushed toward the Woods girls as well, since his brother had screwed up the financials, and Arnold no longer trusts him or his new marriage to solidify an alliance.
A bad egg himself, Max becomes seriously entangled with Rena Woods, who fancies herself in love with him, and then comes onto her sister, Selma–Gabriel’s old flame.
Max consults his magic to see what his future holds, and it’s foretold that he must become “familiar” with four more young ladies before his path will become clear.
Brandon becomes a teen, and he’s actually a normal kid. He develops a crush on Selma, but she is thoroughly distracted by “bad boy” Max and isn’t interested.
And keeping up with THE HAMILTONS…
Poor Selma, she is out fishing with Richard Hamilton, who is a really unhappy youth, and finds his–unwelcome–attentions shoved upon her quite forcefully.
On the way home from that fishing trip, he is attacked by a rival tribe who beats him within an inch of his life and steals his fish. Luckily Selma didn’t come back with him, or she probably would have been kidnapped again!
The Hamiltons fear that Richard will never recover from his attack…
The witch doctor finally tells him he will live, but he may not be able to have any more kids. When Richard is confused and says he has no sons to begin with, the witch doctor explains he has one on the way.
Richard pays a visit to Jinella, thinking the medicine man must mean her, but Jinella assures Richard she is not pregnant…
Figuring the man must just be wrong, Richard goes about his life, and comes of age–finally 18!
Then Michael finds out about the day at the lake with Selma Woods… and it turns out SHE is very much pregnant. Michael brings Selma–reluctantly–and her new daughter back home to show Richard, and he is none too pleased. He tells Michael he wants to be with Jinella, not Selma, and Selma assures Michael she has NO interest in being with Richard the rapist.
Richard apologizes and asks if her family wants the baby, since it’s just a girl. She informs him her family isn’t full of jerks like his family, and her family value their sisters and daughters, but admits she’s hoping to marry well, and if they want to care for Orchid, that would be fine with her.
Enter the ADAMS family!
Richard wants Jinella, but Michael forbids the marriage.
When Richard meets the newly married–and newly moved to town–Yolanda Adams, he knows he must have her! She’s stunning, and she seems to like him, too.
He offers her new husband a house in exchange for Yolanda. The man accepts (he was only married to Yolanda because she was the last single woman in the village) and Richard and Yolanda become engaged!
Owen has other interests of his own. He spotted Gerta Smith-Bishop by the watering hole one day and knew he had to see her again! She is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen…
Orchid becomes a toddler!
Richard marries Yolanda and goes to let Michael know that she’s pregnant (so he will be able to have another baby!) and Michael is still displeased. Yolanda has no surviving family, and does nothing to further the family name.
Then Richard gets an idea to smooth things over a bit. Instead of watching Owen and Gerta Bishop carry on their affair, Richard suggests introducing his wayward sister Rachel to Owen and seeing if she bites. True, the Adams family won’t help the family legacy any, but the Hamiltons could help them if they were all intermarried…
Owen prefers Gerta, but Rachel is really pretty too! Before long, the two of them are making out, and Richard lets Alonso in when he comes looking for his betrothed.
Alonso can’t believe his eyes! Owen tells Alonso to get out, and Rachel is torn…but she stays with Owen, since Alonso is mad at her anyway.
When Owen impulsively asks Rachel to marry him, she agrees and they marry right away.
Rachel becomes pregnant, and Yolanda gives birth to twin girls!
The twins Hannah and Hazel, grow up so fast!
Back at the main Hamilton house…
Fasil becomes a toddler, but then spoiling the joyous occasion, stupid Phillip picks a fight with Thomas Till and kills his own brother!
Pregnant Mara becomes deeply depressed over the loss of her son, and resorts to magic…
THOMAS TILL comes back…but as a zombie!!!!!
The cursed Hamilton family…
And baby Nicholas becomes a toddler! Hopefully his generation will overcome the Hamilton family curse…
Round 10 TOTALS:
- Smith: $159,339
- Woods: $123,169
- Hamilton: $109,428
- Bishop: $57,887
- Black: $44,538
- Morton: $44,527
- Morgan: $29,849
- Whitman: $29,560
- Moore/Kenmore: $26,009
- Adams: $21,471
- Morris: $11,012