Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. With the Competition Solo Dates completed, it is now time for a Group Date. And since today marks the end of Pirate Week, what better way to celebrate than with a party! But not just any party. This is a party aboard a pirate ship! The Sulani Preservation Society has opened Captain Samwell Handwich’s* pirate ship for the event. As Sulani history reveals, Captain Handwich ran his ship aground on the jagged rocks surrounding the island. The ship sat partially submerged off of Sulani for centuries until a salvaging firm, under the direction of the Specter Family*, hauled the ship ashore, restored it, and then donated it to the Sulani Preservation Society. And, once a year, as the finale of Pirate Week, a “Pirate Party” is held onboard. Of course, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, have been given the esteemed privilege of portraying Princess Cordelia herself. I mean who else but “moi” could fit that role?
Now some locals claim that the ship is haunted and have seen ghostly apparitions float about the ship. Well, this is Sulani, so anything is possible, and I certainly have seen my share of oddities on this show. But have no fear, as I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, have contacts, and one of them just happens to be a paranormal investigator who loaned me their Banshee Banisher.* So if any of you ghost gals are watching The Bachelor in Paradise Show and are thinking about making a move on Rick – think again! Hands off the Bachelor or be banished! Enough said!
Of course, a Princess could never go unescorted to a party, so Benny has donned some pirate garb. Here he comes now…and he looks…oh my! I can now understand why Princess Cordelia had a penchant for Pirate Captains! Blimey!
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Shiver Me Timbers! Sulani has been overrun by pirates. Oh wait a minute! It’s Captain Rick and his notorious pirate crew. From left to right: Coral Reeves, Iris Costello, Naomi Mahina, Raven Xang, Rick (of course), Octavia Dillon, Brianna Hammond, and Nami Chu.
Author’s Notes: I didn’t want everyone to have the same pirate costume, so created some unique ones. There were two sims who had pirate outfits in their original costumes, but I changed them slightly. And Brianna, have you been working out — where did those abs come from? And doesn’t Iris look like she should have a parrot sitting on her shoulder?
Avast Ye! A sideview of Captain Handwich’s pirate ship, the Jolly Roger flag still flying high. It does appear rather ghostly, don’t you agree?
Ahoy me hearties! Captain Rick is looking mighty fine today! He inspects the crew and does a “Brighten Day” with each one. With that done, it’s time to board the ship and get some of the finest “grog” for everyone.
Yo Ho Ho and a barrel (or two) of rum! They head downstairs and Rick orders a round of some flaming drinks for everyone. Since this is an Incognito Costume Party, Rick compliments everyone on their costumes.
Author’s Note: The game assigns random costumes for the Incognito Costume Party, so I just changed them into their pirate costumes.
Ahoy Matey! Iris, Naomi and Brianna chatting. Maybe they want to know the details about Brianna’s Solo Date with Rick, but it looks like Brianna’s lips are sealed. And there is always one sim who needs two drinks, and today it’s Naomi. Maybe this will help Naomi relax, since she always gets tense around crowds. Or maybe Naomi was thinking of dumping the spare drink over Brianna’s head. Nah…she wouldn’t do something like that. Would she?
Good day me lassies! Captain Rick chatting with Octavia and Coral. Hmm…is Rick giving Coral some steamy looks? Oh, and look at Nami, giving Rick a sideways glance.
Ahoy! And Raven is standing behind the bar just observing everything and looking quite fetching.
And here we go, Rick gets his first whim to Make Out With Raven.
Tally Ho! It’s not only the drinks here that are hot! Steamy looks going on between Captain Rick and that “wench” Raven!
Author’s Notes: There was a secluded bench near the restrooms, so I had Rick and Raven head over there. You know, to be discreet.
“Zombies, pirates…you certainly can make any costume look good. And that costume…ahem…I have never seen a pirate looking quite like that before. Care to give the Captain a kiss?” Rick said flirtatiously.
“Aye, aye Captain,” said Raven as they drew closer together and shared a kiss. Hubba Hubba! The dinner bell gonged and Captain Rick had duties to attend to, so they parted ways. But Raven was certainly on Rick’s mind and he got another whim to “be friendly with Raven.” I would say that they were rather friendly already…don’t you agree?
Captain Rick heads upstairs to the Captain’s quarters, which is filled with pirate “booty”. He puts out some appetizers and punch. There is a long table on the right hand side and that is where they were to eat dinner, but because they kept heading down to the bar to eat, and order more “grog”, I changed their dining location to outside.
And so here they are, dining al fresco outside. The caterer seems to have left some unfinished items on the table, but there is also a buffet, so they help themselves.
Author’s Notes: I had built a small outdoor kitchen, but for some reason, it wasn’t working. Or maybe the caterer was implying that she didn’t cook for “scurvy pirates” and they should cook their own food. Who knows?
And it looks like Ulrike Faust has joined their table as well. Maybe she wants to be part of Rick’s pirate crew. She seems rather enthralled by Captain Rick’s stories of the high seas. Um, Ulrike, don’t get any romantic notions about Rick. Believe me, he already has his hands full.
Oh no! What’s up with Naomi? She is tense. Her Loner trait is giving her the stranger danger warning. Or possibly scowling and wondering why Ulrike is sitting with them. Well, hopefully her mood won’t last long.
After dinner, they all want to head down to the bar area again. Captain Rick hires a guitarist, although no-one seems to be paying attention to them. He was rather hoping for a rousing chorus of Yo Ho: A Pirate’s Life For Me, but his crew seems to be more interested in imbibing more rum.
Captain Rick gets a chance to fulfill his earlier whim of being friendly with Raven. He then gets a whim to “woohoo” with Raven, but that is cancelled.
Captain Rick’s chair near the ladies’ room gives him a great view of his pirate crew. Steamy looks between Rick and Brianna, and Rick gets a whim to “woohoo” with Brianna as well. Uh, no. Dang Rick! Reign in those hormones!
And here comes Naomi surrounded by a green fog. Oh my gosh! She is totally dehydrated and has peed herself. Poor Naomi.
Author’s Notes: I went into build mode and added a shower to the lot. Naomi didn’t need any prompting and headed straight for it.
Captain Rick hires a DJ and the pirate crew hit the dance floor, stepping to a lively jig.
Some landlubber tries to “pick-up” Pirate Coral, but when he hears she is part of Captain Rick’s crew, he wisely scurries off. Wise choice.
The pirate crew is having a great time. And Octavia seems to be doing some type of “come hither” dance to Captain Rick. Is it working?
And so ends the Incognito Costume Party portion. No gold this time, just Bronze. Probably because of that “son of a biscuit eater” caterer. Where was the cake? Where was the taco casserole? Did the caterer even cook? I heard that shortly after this “reward” was announced, that the caterer had to walk the plank.
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Now me buccaneers, this is not where the story ends. Parties are so demanding on a host’s time, and not nearly enough time for Captain Rick to have a little “alone” time with each alluring member of his pirate crew. And so, we have the after-party. Captain Rick plans to have a little tête-à-tête in a private spot near the ship’s helm with each pirate. He needs to know if indeed they were loyal to just him. And so, our swashbuckling Bachelor will woo these scallywags with three romantic actions – “compliment appearance, flirt, and blow a kiss”. Who could resist him? Will they lay claim to a piece of the Captain’s heart, or be found guilty of mutiny? Yo ho ho! Let it begin and the tale be told.
And the first to hasten to Captain’s Rick’s call is Pirate Iris. Oh, she is a sad sort on this group outing. Again! Why is Pirate Iris the only one witnessing these “alleged” flirtations between Captain Rick and another pirate? No other pirate ever seems to have these moodlets. Perhaps Pirate Iris has had too much grog which has dimmed her senses and she is having “visions”. Alas, Captain Rick doth fancy her as a Lovebird, and so he commences the test.
Now Pirate Iris certainly swoons at the compliment that Captain Rick gives her. So, things seem to be fine and perhaps she has forgiven Captain Rick for his “supposed” actions. Captain Rick suddenly has a whim to “embrace” Pirate Iris, and even though it strays from his plan, Captain Rick goes for it.
And then the unthinkable happens just as Captain Rick is about to embrace Pirate Iris. She says no! “Heave to!” And yet Iris had romantic whims for Rick. What happened?
Shiver me timbers! Look at the shock on Captain Rick’s face!
Aaaarrrggghhh! And then the pure embarrassment of what happened sinks in.
And Pirate Iris realizes that she may have made a fatal mistake. Has she fallen out of favor with Captain Rick? Pirate Iris excuses herself and sallies forth to the “head”.
Author’s Note: Oh gosh! From Lovebirds down to Romantic Interest in one swoop. Iris did have to use the facilities, so perhaps Rick’s romantic gesture was ill-timed. But I wasn’t going to have Rick attempt any more romantic interactions with Iris in case their relationship went even lower.
Captain Rick next calls on Pirate Brianna to join him. This time, he’s sticking to his plan. But, will his Lovebird rebuff him, too? Ah, but no, his plan works perfectly and desirable Pirate Brianna gets a promotion to “Lovers”!
Next is Pirate Coral. His Lovebird greets him with a joke, and Captain Rick gets a whim to “tell a joke” to Pirate Coral, too. Was this a wise move on his part? Oh yes! As all of Captain Rick’s romantic overtures are readily accepted. A bewitching and loyal crew member, Pirate Coral justly deserves a promotion to “Lovers”.
Captain Rick calls Pirate Nami next. Pirate Nami does look rather beautiful in her costume, and passes all of Captain Rick’s tests. Perhaps the object of Captain’s Rick previous flirtations, which Pirate Iris saw, Pirate Nami gets a promotion to “Lovers”. I guess a little flirting with the Captain never hurt.
Captain Rick sends for Pirate Naomi. She hasn’t had a very good time on this Group date, and brings a glass of rum with her. An offering to Captain Rick? But no, she is trying to stay hydrated. Captain Rick is unsure of how Pirate Naomi will react to his tests.
But by the time the last test is done, it is clear that the lovely Pirate Naomi is loyal to Captain Rick and remains a Romantic Interest.
Captain Rick next summons Pirate Octavia. Even though, she is just an Acquaintance, Pirate Octavia is being very flirty with Captain Rick. Perhaps she is hoping for a relationship status boost. Captain Rick begins his test.
Pirate Octavia rather enjoys the compliment, and even succumbs to Captain Rick’s flirt. However, Pirate Octavia draws the line on Captain Rick’s attempt to “blow a kiss”, and firmly says no. Aaaarrrggghhh! Not another pirate jumping ship.
But, Pirate Octavia seems to redeem herself and does an autonomous hug with Captain Rick before she heads down to the bar again. And Pirate Octavia retains her rank as an Acquaintance.
And last is Pirate Raven. Such a captivating Lovebird, Pirate Raven is even flattered by Captain Rick’s humorous attempts at flirting.
But it seems that Pirate Raven (or Captain Rick) might have an admirer.
Captain Rick speaking to the stalker: “Are you “sqiffy” coming up here while I am testing a crew member on her worthiness?”
Stalker: “Oh hi, I was wondering where I could get a pirate outfit like that? Did you buy it on plopsy?”
Captain Rick: “Be gone you landlubber!”
The stalker leaves and Captain Rick is alone once again with Pirate Raven. She passes his last test. Perhaps Captain Rick saw how Pirate Raven attracted the attention of mere swabbies, and does not want her to be lured away. He readily promotes her to “Lovers”.
With Captain Rick’s tests now completed with his pirate crew, it was time for more fun and games as they headed outside to the gaming tables. The dining table and outdoor kitchen have been removed, so no reminders of that mere “Bronze” reward from the group date remained.
Captain Rick had summoned three crew members to play Don’t Wake The Llama with him. Pirate Iris, Octavia and Naomi. However, Pirate Naomi was otherwise occupied at the “head”, so unfortunately, they started the game without her. Captain Rick was victorious and “the llama slept tonight” in this round.
Even though Pirate Naomi misses the first game, Captain Rick, being the fair captain that he is, plays a solo game with her. It looks like a rather tense game, but Pirate Naomi smartly allows Captain Rick to win and remains in Captain Rick’s good graces.
Meanwhile, Pirate Raven had decided to play cards with Brianna, Coral, and Nami. But Nami was nowhere to be seen, so they started the game without her. Raven is indeed the card shark and wins this round. But where is Nami?
Ah, there is Pirate Nami. Looks like she had too many trips to the bar, as she appears to be “three sheets to the wind” and has passed out in front of the “head”. Captain Rick decides that shore leave is over.
“Weigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen!” Captain Rick shouts and he and his infamous pirate crew sail off to their secret pirate cave.
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Relationship Stats After Group Date:
Naomi (Romantic Interest-same), Iris (Romantic Interest-down from Lovebirds), Octavia (Acquaintances-same), Raven, Coral, Brianna and Nami (all Lovers-up from Lovebirds). “Lovers: To be in love in a beautiful thing.”
The tale of Captain Samwell Handwich is revealed when finding the Heart of Sulani necklace (See Visit with Keala Hoapili – Part 2 for the full story).
The Specter family is a pre-made sim family introduced in The Sims 2. Olive Specter’s son, Nervous Subject, is rumored to be the son of the Grim Reaper. Olive’s backyard has several gravestones and she is often visited by ghosts. I just randomly picked this family as being a benefactor of the museum. Since the ship is “haunted”, I thought it was a good fit.
In the Sims 3, there is a Ghost Hunter Career and a Banshee Banisher is an instrument a ghost hunter uses to catch ghosts.
Pirate Lingo – I thought it would be fun to add some pirate lingo to the story.
Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me) a Disney song.
Thanks to this simmer for this wonderful build. I added some gaming tables outside, the buffet and made the table in the Captain’s quarters accessible. Also, added a few items up near the ship’s wheel.