The Cabal Rises

Big thanks to the EA Content Creator Network for providing a key for this kit.

A few years ago, I created 11 episodes of a vampire saga called “Lucy and the Vampires”. To sum up: young Lucy Cabrillo joined a small clan of vampires whose time together was all too short. A forbidden act by her vampire sire broke their tiny family, leaving Lucy adrift and without companionship in a harsh world. Until now.

Years later, Lucy has become the third member of another trio, alongside aged vampire Agneta the Grey and the medieval-era Joshua of Dale. And the three are the perfect choice for shouting out the fun, versatile Goth Galore Kit.

Cheery, creative jock Lucy has been betrayed and abandoned, leaving her wary and hard. Agneta, a thousand-year-old vampire warrior, knows no other way but sword and fang. Joshua is kinder than them both, but his poet’s heart embraces the darkness as if it was a deity to worship.

A young female vampire in Goth Galore Kit attire.
Lucy is no longer a baby vampire, innocent and naive.
Two vampires, one female and one male, in Goth Galore Kit attire.
Agneta and Joshua prepare for one of the hundreds of sparring sessions they’ve held over the long years.
A female vampire in Goth Galore Kit attire is ready to fight.
Agneta strikes first, as usual.
A male vampire in Goth Galore Kit attire, ready to fight.
Joshua doesn’t hold back in response — otherwise, Agneta would easily destroy him.
A female vampire about to strike.
Agneta prepares a winning blow – or so she thinks.
A male vampire in a sparring fight.
But today, Joshua prepared a new trick: his ability to mesmerize his opponents.
A female vampire watching a fight ending.  Joshua has defeated Agneta.
The surprise is enough to break Agneta’s focus. Down she goes.
Lucy and Joshua in conversation.
Afterwards comes the discussion — how to do better, how to fight and win.
Three vampires in conversation.
Strength is all that matters when the darkness calls.
Strength is all that matters when the darkness calls.

The Goth Galore Kit works wonderfully with items from Realm of Magic, Vampires, and even basegame — it’s detailed, well textured, and fantastic for all your darkness-worshipping creatures. Thanks again, EA!

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Two Factions, One Town

The Count in his hilltop mansion leads the vampires of Forgotten Hollow. So I am told every time I meet another of my kind, whether casually or otherwise, and I can only infer that my sire and I offer the Count some great disrespect by not presenting ourselves for his approval. Ordinarily, a vampire would do so when settling in a new nexus. It’s only polite.

However. Apuleius is not a vampire who bends the knee, and he cares little after all the long centuries for niceties. When the Count meets my sire, he will understand. Apuleius has seen the legions of Rome, the arrival of the barbarians, the rise and fall of knowledge, the darkness of plague, the shining glory when art and industry became once again important in the mortal world. I spent the first decade of my new life sitting at his feet and hearing his tales.

Our exile from our last nexus was…unfortunate. I am sorry, truly. But Apuleius seeks to be a father of many, and so we have come to a place where our kind is able to live freely. Yes, others were here before us. We plan no disruption of their ways, only the chance to live as we have chosen.

The girl has given herself to our side, not theirs. Will that be the feather on the scale that tips all of us into bloodshed? Perhaps. I am not concerned. Apuleius protects us. Who is this Count to think himself worthy of our time?

Lucy and the Vampires

I’m loving my current Let’s Play, “Rags to Riches with Patrice,” but two other concepts have been rolling around in my thoughts since I returned to the Sims. I even recorded one episode of Lucy’s adventures, but I had no idea what I was doing and it didn’t work out, so…I’m retconning!

I’ve been preparing “sets” and characters, and for fun and my own memory, I’ll show the planned characters here! All of these are in addition to the game’s NPCs and a few vampires that friends “lent” me through their galleries to give the world some texture.

Lucy Cabrillo: Our Heroine

Lucy’s had dreams her whole life — dark, recurring dreams that foretell frightening paths. She’s also too smart for her own good.

Her family: Hector, Louisa, and Ian Cabrillo

Hector’s a minor league athlete, Louisa’s a renowned artist, and Ian a kid who wants to be a baseball player just like his dad. Louisa is very much in charge.

Her immediate neighbors now that she’s moved out of the house: Apuleius Numidius and Penelope Masters

An ancient tactician and scholar, as well as a bemused observer of mortal foibles.
A Regency socialite clinging to the last vestiges of her former vivacity.

The strange artist across the square: Philippe L.

Beautiful, vain, troublesome, and ambitious.