Rival 8.85: I’m a Political Man (Get into My Big, Black Car)

Rival Cowfolks in Newcrest: Ayato Zanna (2/4)

Week 8/Monday 

Ayato: There’s not really much I can do in the middle of the night in my neighborhood.

After working from home on Sunday, I didn’t get my guaranteed promotion after all.
And since I can’t secure votes yet, all I can do is promote my World United cause.

So I promote my cause to every vampire roaming our hood, making new acquaintances along the way.

Alfonso: I’m trying to raise my parenting skill, Makoto. Will you work with me?

Makoto: Of course, Uncle Alfonso. I love the attention!

Ayato: Just think, Ruki!
By the time you’re a toddler, you might have four adults who can give you a second wind!

I won’t be one of them, though, because I need to focus on my career first, little fella.

At 7 a.m., I choose to work from home then finally receive that guaranteed promotion.
Talk about luck! The Well grants me a full promotion to Level 5 so I branch, of course, to Politician.

I’m waiting until Masato gets home from school, though, before we all head out.

Finally, Watchette decides to build me my own office.
When I go to check the progress of my cause, however, the option is unavailable.

I wonder if my progress resets now that I’ve chosen the Politician branch. Or is that only for the Charity Organizer branch?

Ayato: And this is the conversation during which Alfonso and I reach Level 5 Parenting.

Alfonso: Once Laura’s Parenting dings Level 5, Ruki will have five adults who can give him a second wind.

Masato: Instead of using the computer or skill books, the three of us spammed the “Give Parenting Tips” social on each other.

Makoto: Cool! I’ve been wanting to start the Rambunctious Scamp aspiration!
But aren’t the Magnolia Blossom and Desert Bloom Parks much bigger? Why here, Papa?

Masato: I’ll explain to you when you get older, son.

Laura: I’ve been wanting you to start The Curator aspiration, Alfonso.
Alfonso: Yeah, so have I. But is this the best place to start?

Laura: I’ve never visited this area.
Alfonso: Me neither, but there’s a surprisingly large number of dig sites!

Laura: You think we’ll ever get to go to Korma Chameleon to dine?
Alfonso: Eh, why bother? The menu’s changed so we’re better off learning to cook Indian food ourselves!

Ayato: For a father who’s supposed to never be home, why is he always here when I visit?
Eh, I seize the opportunity to promote my policies and secure his vote!

Ayato: I’ve stopped by today because Kendall’s stomach pains yesterday have me worried.
I click on her parents’ double bed, secretly hoping that the “Try for baby” option will be greyed out. It isn’t. *disappointed

Oh well, my father taught me never to start what I can’t finish.

Father: This is so awkward! Maybe if I turn up the volume on the TV?

Ayato: I have a work-from-home assignment to protest at the gym so here we are in Windenberg.
Laura: What are we protesting in the name of World United this time?

Alfonso: What about vampire-friendly blinds on all this gym’s windows?
Masato: What about complimentary Plasma Janes to attract vampire clientele to the gym?

Ayato: I’m thinking a daily water aerobics class for the pregnant, both female and male.
Masato:  Oh dude, you’ve got it baaaad!

Ayato: Just as our protest is winding down, we get our nooboos’ birthday notices.
We rush home as fast as we can to age them up.

Obviously, that’s my son Ruki on your right and my cousin Poppy on your left.

Ayato: Father will be happy to see that Ruki inherited our eye shape and color!

Bella: Where’s my toddler portrait?
I’m sorry but that would have involved reloading a new game and using an age-down cheat.
For a non-heir, Bella, you’re one of the luckiest sims in this challenge!

Bella: How so?
You’ve ended up with three children and two grand-children, two of whom are Gen5 heirs.

Laura: Our little Poppy is so adorable, though she doesn’t really resemble either of us at this point.

Alfonso: But don’t you think she has my lips and eyes?
Laura: And with my skintone and chin, perhaps.

Tuesday

Ayato: Around 2 am, I finally max my Charisma skill so no more skilling for this vampire!
On a hunch, I slip away to make another visit to Kendall, this one very brief.

Uh huh, it wasn’t the spicy Indian food after all!

Makoto: Doesn’t Nanny Daichi ever come to this house, Papa?
I need to work on this project, but Nanny Imane and her dramatic stories are super annoying!

Masato: Sadly, we can’t control which nanny comes when we hire one, son.

Bella: Will Ruki only be maxing three toddler skills like the Soma toddler?
Ayato: Of course not! We aren’t so desperately behind that we need to take shortcuts.
Ruki will only age up once he’s earned the Happy Toddler trait.

Bella: But the challenge rules only require Ruki to max Potty and two other skills. Why the extra time and effort?

Ayato: Because we vampires can’t buy reward traits, Ruki will benefit from the skilling boost that Happy Toddler grants.
His rivals will no doubt be buying the Morning Sim and Night Owl traits.

Ruki: I love doing things with Papa! He can move at super speed, which is totally cool!

But sometimes Papa seems really sad when he looks at me. I don’t know why.

Bella: What a cheeky little girl! Poppy becomes sad due to her potty accident.
But when I go to “Soothe” her, she has the nerve to reject my hug!

Poppy (internally): I blame Auntie Bella for her poor potty guidance!

Ruki: Before leaving for work, Papa phones the Founder and invites her over.

I can’t really interact with her yet except for “Show toy” and “Talk to Stranger.”

Makoto: I know nobody really cares since I’m only the son of two helpers, unrelated to the Zannas.
Still, I wanna share that I completed the Whiz Kid aspiration today by bringing home an A!

Ayato: Today is the very first day that I actually worked at the office!
My work-from-home assignment had included “Promote Cause,” which I couldn’t complete.

Thanks to Masato’s aromatherapy massage, however, I manage to max my performance bar and get promoted, anyway.
Note that my daily task is already complete, because my boss counts all votes I secured before the promotion!

And when I visit The Well next, I receive a full promotion to Level 7 Councilperson. Thanks!

Ayato: While I’m outside securing votes for my next promotion, I spot a co-worker in front of my parents’ home.

So, Victor, you’ve been a politician much longer than I have. May I ask you a professional question?
Victor: Sure, go ahead, Ayato. I’m always glad to help out a colleague.

Ayato: Will I also have to wear those weird medical-intern slippers someday? Oh, and thanks for the vote!

The day is not yet over, but I’m closing this update with a shot of Poppy in her pjs.
She’s been awoken by a nightmare and is inconsolable.

Still, she refuses to be comforted, neither by Masato nor even by her mother or father. Is this typical behavior for an Independent toddler? So not kawaii!

 


Current Week 8 Status: Zanna Line

Gen4 Heir: Ayato Zanna
*Completed bloodline requirements:
Aspiration: Family Vampire (done)
Two tier-5 vampire powers: Tamed Thirst and Immortal Pleasures
*Incomplete bloodline requirements:
Career: Politician/Politician (Level 7)
Garden (5/6 plants): needs Deathflower

Gen5 Heir: Ruki Zanna 
Traits: Inquisitive
Toddler Skills: L2 Communication, Imagination, Potty, and Thinking; L1 Movement

Rivals 8.86: Ruki Rocks On

One thought on “Rival 8.85: I’m a Political Man (Get into My Big, Black Car)

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