About the Story

The Theme

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If you’ve read all or part of my story, you’ve noticed that my sims live in a rustic, primitive setting.

I’ve been playing this way for awhile, and I love it.

This style of game play was inspired in large part by the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel, which is better known by the title of the first book in the series, Clan of the Cave Bear. If you’re a reader, and like historical/prehistorical fiction, I highly recommend these. The setting is 30,000 years ago, in the Paleolithic era in which neanderthals were dying out, and Cro-magnons were becoming the dominant human species. The author weaves an epic story around extensive historical and archeological information discovered about how people lived, and the plants and animals that inhabited the earth at that time.

So my sims sort of live the same way. They are fishers and gatherers, live in tents and crude shelters, and clothe themselves in leathers and simple weaves.  They don’t, of course, live 30,000 years ago, as you can tell by Shane and Lilith’s visit to Champs les Sims; I think of them as a tribal-type people who enjoy a simple way of life.

 

The Ouroboros
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The word ‘Ouroboros’ refers to a snake or a dragon eating its own tail. The meaning is “an endless cycle of self-destruction, self-creation, self-renewal, the Eternal Return of the Self” (1). It’s a fascinating symbol and concept, and it seems appropriate for a 10 generation legacy, no?

 

Sexual Content
Sexuality isn’t as rigid for my sims as it is for us. As depicted in the Clan of the Cave Bear series, sex was a celebrated, expected, sometimes even mundane part of human nature. My sims are not forbidden from engaging in homosexual and bisexual activity, so yes, I may go there. Sexuality is human nature and is perfectly natural in the context of teen and adult love. Yes, I said teens. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t a virgin when I got married. Whether politically or religiously correct society acknowledges it or not, we learn about love and sexuality starting in our teens. I consider that perfectly normal and it is treated as a matter of fact in this story.

 

Supernatural and Seasons
Zombies don’t turn me on, and I don’t like werewolves unless they bear a more-than-striking resemblance to Taylor Lautner with his shirt off. Following my reading proclivities Lord of the Rings and Lives of the Mayfair Witches, there will be a witch or few, and a sprinkling of fairies. Kaila we know is a witch, and so is Daniel, if you hadn’t caught on. Mayhaps I’ll brew my own Mayfair legacy. Hmm…maybe I can even find a good Lasher-esqe ghost, and bite my perfect Louis.

And in the vein of A Song of Fire and Ice, better known by its first book A Game of Thrones, seasons in the world of my sims last a long time–years. This goes far in explaining how a sim can be born, grow into a toddler, and maybe make it all the way to childhood in the turn of one ingame season.

 

Happy reading.

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous Miss
    May 22, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Oh my god, you are so cool. I love how all of your themes are related to literature, and especially the Mayfair witches!! You should totally incorporate some of them into the Ouroboros. That would be too cool. (:

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    • Margaret Pendragon
      May 22, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

      You seriously just made my day…I haven’t been called ‘cool’ in ages 😛 Have you read the Mayfair Witch books? They are _awesome_. Love them. Since there are witches on the island already, it’s very likely there’ll be witches in the legacy family in a future generation. Maybe I could send Shane back to haunt the family, lol. Or Daniel. That would be funny.

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  2. Anonymous
    August 6, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Love your intro to what you are playing and your take on sex, sims and life in general is refreshing!

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  3. Morgy8755
    August 7, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    You have officially made my day and are amazing for referencing Game of Thrones, please please tell me you have read the rest of the series?

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    • Margaret Pendragon
      August 7, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

      All of them! And eagerly awaiting the last 2! I haven’t watched the tv series yet though.

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  4. Camille Ellis B.
    March 27, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    A primitive society for Sims sounds very interesting. I’ve always wanted a dystopian type story.

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  5. FluffyMao
    November 10, 2016 @ 3:27 pm

    That’s an awesome idea, explaining the weird aging and seasons by seasons lasting years! Brilliant! 8D

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    • Margaret Pendragon
      November 10, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

      Right? I always thought it was an interesting but strange concept in the GoT books, but it suddenly made sense one day when I was reading. I wonder if Martin plays Sims…maybe that’s where *he* got the idea 0_0

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