The first recap of the Vetinari Dualegacy, covering the Founders through the rebuild at Generation 4.This mostly just hits the high points. For more details, and more about the spares, youll just have to read thewhole thing!
"Whats up? So, I was sitting around sorting through pictures, and I thought to myself, Self, it just might betime for a recap. What better way to get back on track after the rebuild than to go through the four generationsthat came before? The old fans can refresh their memories (and maybe catch sight of a few never-before-seen pics along the way), and the new fans can get caught up (but of course youre going to go back and readthrough all of it, arent you? I thought so!)."This is basically a down-and-dirty whos who and whats what, sort of a basic character and plot guide to thefirst four generations of the Vetinari Dualegacy, up to Gen 4 leaving college when I got hit by the Bork OfDoom. From PseudoBruty to Spider Jerusalem, its all here!"Enjoy!"
The Vetinari Dualegacy is a concurrent 10-generation Prettacy and Uglacy begun with identical twin Founders,Isaac (left) and Orson (right). The two have the same genetics, middle-of-the-road facial features, andmoderate Aries personalities. At the end of college, the one with the prettiest girlfriend would found thePrettacy, and the one with the ugliest girlfriend would found the Uglacy.The sophomore year re-roll, obligatory for Founders, left Orson a Popularity Sim and Isaac a Pleasure Sim,somewhat problematic given Isaacs three playful points.
Dorks to the last, Isaac and Orson would wave at each other every day when they got back from class--theexact same class, given that they were both in the Philosophy major.They both graduated with 4.0s and moved back to Riverblossom Hills; Isaac would found the Prettacy, Orsonthe Uglacy. And so the genetic experiment begins! How far can I get identical genetics given nine generationsof selective breeding? Well just have to wait and see.
Orson rose to the top of the Culinary career, becoming Permaplat and marrying Yvette, aka PseudoBruty. Heloved her, despite her complete lack of interest in anything that wasnt skilling, propensity for wanderingaround looking empty-headed, and utter inability to remember his name.She sucked and I hate her. Can you tell?
PseudoBruty gave birth to the oldest of Gen 2, a boy named Larch whom she promptly dropped on thebedroom floor; making the bed and cleaning the counters took precendence over bonding with the baby.Orson, however, made up the difference, somehow knowing that the tiny child would someday be able to paintMasterpieces that he could sell for the Aspiration points.When Larch became a toddler, the full effect of his personality became apparent, and it was a doozy--ten neatand outgoing, nine active, three playful, and a whopping one nice point. Much to Orsons dismay, Larch easilytook to plotting his eventual world domination and Eeevil.At some point, PseudoBruty may have realized that there was a short blonde guy walking around. Or maybenot. Its so hard to tell.
Isaac married Calista, his college girlfriend whose nose continues to haunt the Prettacy to this day. PleasureSim Isaac and Family Sim Calista got along great, since the dates in Isaacs Want Panel tended to lead to thebabies in Calistas.Id have liked Calista less if Id known about the nose thing. But Id still have liked her more than PseudoBruty.
It wasnt long before Isaac and Calista welcomed Banyan, their sloppy, nice daughter who was instantlyadored by everyone who met her.Isaac could often be found snuggling his little girl, or playing with her, or tucking her in at night, and trying tobeat Calista to the punch when she wanted to do the same things.
Over at the Uglacy, Orson and PseudoBruty had another son, Cypress, who suffered from the First-BornEffect. He was completely identical to Larch in both appearance and personality, right down to Larchs onenice point.Right from the start, the two brothers were antagonistic to each other, driving Orson crazy with their bickeringand plotting.And as if that werent bad enough...
...Calista, following a long-honored Legacy tradition, gave birth to twin girls just after she and Isaac builtthemselves a decent house and were therefore slightly strapped for cash to buy wardrobes for the Well-Dressed Sims handicap.The twins, Juniper and Sycamore, were as adored by their parents as their big sister Banyan.
Larch, now a teenager, lived up to his one nice point, and never stopped trying to cheat at chess, even if his equallynasty little brother usually caught him.Isaac decided to throw a birthday party for the twins, and Larch, whod become a Family Sim, grabbed Sycamoreand fed her a bottle, joking about making her Eeevil. Nobody was laughing when Sycamore grew up to have theexact same personality as Larch and Cypress, however, least of all Orson and Isaac.
Despite her personality, Sycamore (right) was great friends with both her sisters, but was especially close toher twin, Juniper (left). However, her relationship with her "boss" Larch surpassed any other, and she took hiscause to heart--Larchs side wins, Cypresss side loses.
When it came time to choose an heir, Orson ultimately chose Eeevil Family Sim Larch over Eeevil Knowledge SimCypress. While he acknowledged that an Eeevil heir of any kind wouldnt have been his first choice, Larch wouldwant to protect his family where Cypress wouldnt, ensuring that the Legacy would endure.Both Orson and Larch agreed that it would be best for Cypress to remain in the dark about the Legacy and Orsonschoice of heir for as long as possible, giving Larch time to counter-plot.
As Larch had made a minion of Sycamore, so did Cypress attempt to make a minion of Banyan, intending toexploit her popularity for his own ends. Banyan tended to view the whole thing as a game, but played along,not realizing the seriousness of Cypresss plans.Juniper and Sycamore and their three playful points each rolled Pleasure when they hit teen, making a grandtotal of three serious Pleasure Sims in one house. That was three serious Pleasure Sims too many.
However clever Cypress thought he was, though, Larch was resoundingly unimpressed, and took everyopportunity to assert his superiority over his brother, while being careful never to mention the Uglacy.Even without knowing about the Legacy and the heirship, Cypress was determined to set himself againstLarch, and to be the cause of Larchs complete and utter failure.
When it was Isaacs turn to choose his heir, he opted for Juniper over his Eeevil daughter Sycamore and theslightly flaky Banyan. For her part, Juniper treated it as an adventure, and was fully supported by her sisters.With the heirs chosen, it was time for Gen 2 to head to college and find spouses for the heirs.
Larch, the first to arrive at college, traded his teen coif for a fauxhawk and began his reign of terror as a nakedhot-tubber.Larch being Larch, he joined the Secret Society for the sole purpose of ransacking their Career Rewards,stealing their camera, fingerprint gun, Bone Phone, and cowplant (whom he named Brunhilde).
Larch also being Larch, he didnt waste any time making enemies, starting with a hapless smelly Dormienamed Kevin, and moving through the ranks of the mascots, on one occasion stalking a Llama Mascot untilsuch time as he could beat it up.
On the side of not being a total nasty piece of work, Larch wooed and WooHooed Christy, a Dormie with amashed-in face whose three nice points made her seem like a real peach next to Larch, Cypress, andSycamore.
Sycamore, whod changed to Family aspiration after her sophomore year, bagged Bluewater Villages MostEligible Bachelor, Malcolm Landgraab IV, whom shed known since her teen years.Malcolm liked to hang around the dorm and bask in the heart-farts from anyone who walked into the room.Sycamore liked to hot-tub naked and shock passers-by.
Not realizing that Cypress had no idea about the Dualegacy, Banyan made an offhand comment aboutheirship during a conversation with Cypress, and, when he professed confusion, explained everything.Cypress immediately connected this information with things Larch had said, and went off to confront hisbrother, leaving a very guilty Banyan behind.
Cypresss conversation with Larch was as enlightening as his talk with Banyan, if carried out at a highervolume and with far more scowls.When Cypress told Larch that he, Cypress, should be considered equally for heir, Larch was forced to revealthat he, not Cypress, would be producing Gen 3 of the Uglacy, and that no amount of angry faces wouldchange that fact. Cypress, understandably furious, vowed revenge.
Never one to leave anything to chance, Larch introduced his Secret Society friend Stephan to Juniper, whowas instantly smitten. While he was friends with Juniper, Larch knew that shed been warned to avoid hisconflicts with Cypress, and having another friend in Stephan inside the Prettacy could only work to hisadvantage.
Finally tired of beating up Enemy Kevin, Larch fed him to Brunhilde before graduating, taking the cowplant andher cargo of sweet, delicious Enemy Kevin with him.
Cypress, ever the Eeevil Knowledge Sim, used the Bone Phone Larch left behind to make a zombie out ofEnemy Kevin. Shortly after the zombification of Enemy Kevin, the Bone Phone mysteriously disappeared asthe rest of Gen 2 headed back to Riverblossom Hills.
Larch wasted no time in getting married to Christy and starting a family. Christys miserable pregnancy wasexplained when she had twins, Zinnia and Delphinium, much to Larchs delight.
Family Sim Larch took to parenting like a fish takes to swimming, spending every moment he could with hiskids--when he wasnt stalking Christy with a romantic interaction in his queue.He often referred to Zee and Finn as his "childrinions," given their nice points of one and two, respectively.
Juniper married Stephan, the same guy Larch had introduced her to, and they tried to start a family almostimmediately, but met with little success. By the time Juniper became pregnant, Isaacs lifebar was short, andhe died a few short hours before the birth of his grandson.
Said grandson is Jonquil, nerdy neat-freak with five nice points; practically a saint in the Vetinari family.Jonny is the first to reveal the true effect of Calistas nose. As for Jonnys grandmother, she was alive to meetboth Jonquil and his younger brother, the playful and mean Geranium.
At the Prettacy, Jonquil (left) and Geranium (right) got along well despite their differences--while they wereboth neat and active, shy Gerry never understood Jonnys need to finger-gun, and compulsively neat Jonnyhad a fit every time he saw playful Gerry jumping on the furniture.Both boys sport what has come to be known as Stabby Death Nose.
At a party shortly before Orsons death, Cypress first lit into his father about not being considered for theheirship, and then made what Larch perceived as a threat towards Zinnia. Larch erupted, warning Cypress tostay away from his children and threatening him with Brunhilde the cowplant should he attempt to harm hisfamily. Cypress, never one to back down, gave it right back to Larch, telling him that Larch would never seeCypresss blow coming.Time moved on, as it must, and Orson and PseudoBruty met Death Spicoli, who whisked them away to anendless beach with gnarly curls and umbrella drinks galore. And then PseudoBruty made it her mission indeath to scare as many people as possible.
Zee very much proved to be Daddys Little Girl, bonding with Larch over the flaming lady on the food channel.Larch was somewhat dismayed by both of the twins rolling Romance when they hit Teen, as that Aspirationdoes not always lend itself towards Legacy living. Seeing that further steps were needed, he continued to plot.
Still considering Larch her boss, Sycamore was only too glad to talk things out with Larch, agreeing to dowhatever was necessary to protect the Prettacy from Cypresss plans. Larch assured her that the Uglacywould be taken care of and didnt require her intervention, though he went into no detail about what his safetynet for the Uglacy involved.
As for the spares, Awesome Banyan had an awesome wedding to Awesome Drake, her awesome collegesweetheart, who thought she was awesome.
Sycamore tied the knot with Malcolm Landgraab, who was only too happy to start a family. Oddly, Family SimSycamore never rolled the Want to get married or have a baby (until the last day of her pregnancy), whileFortune Sim Malcolm rolled both.
Not long after the wedding, Sycamore gave birth to the facially-challenged Eddie, who definitely took after hisfather.
Cypress married his college girlfriend, Jane Stacks, in a shotgun ceremony designed to provide him with acaretaker for the alien baby he was carrying, the result of a deliberate abduction. Prior to the ceremony, hedrevealed to Larch that his ultimate goal was to create his own army of nasty children to help him take down theLegacy, making his marriage to Jane little more than a convenience.
Cassidy was born and promptly ignored by Cypress. Jane and Cassidy bonded immediately, and she doted onthe alien baby as if he were her own son. The easygoing Cassidy proved to be a disappointment to Cypress,far too nice to be of any use in Cypresss plans for the Legacy.When Cassidy became a child, Jane learned that she was pregnant.
Though Jane was excited by the prospect of children, Cypresss reaction was more lukewarm. He finally cameclean, admitting to Jane that the only reason he wanted to have children was to use as pawns in his plan todestroy the Legacy. Appalled, Jane threatened to leave and keep her baby safely out of Cypresss clutches,but Cypress in turn threatened to harm Cassidy if Jane tried to run, using her affection for her stepson asleverage.
Jane was alone in the house when she gave birth to twin girls, Delight and Delirium. Realizing that she had anarrow window of opportunity, she made a snap decision to give one of her daughters up, protecting her fromCypress, whod never know about the second baby.
Jane left Delight, the meaner of the two girls, on Drake and Banyans doorstep, rightly thinking that the nicecouple would be a positive influence on her daughter. Though she regretted having to give up her daughter,she was glad that at least one of her children would live a happy life free of Cypress-induced trauma.The other twin, Delirium, like Cassidy, was too nice to be of use to Cypress, so, also like Cassidy, she waslargely ignored by her obsessed father.In a last-ditch effort to get a mean child, Cypress did the unthinkable.
He locked Jane in a room on the third floor of the house with a moldy pizza and waited. After several days,Jane eventually succumbed to illness, and the appearance of the Grim Reaper on the premises brought with itanother pregnancy for Cypress.Delirium and Cassidy, both close to Jane, were devastated when she died, but Cypress was somewhat moreelated at the prospect of getting his hands on the fabled power of a Reaper child. Teenage Cassidy, whoclearly understood what had happened, tried to fill Janes role with Delirium, and the two grew close.
At long last, Cypress had what he wanted--a child every bit as nasty as he was: his Reaper child, SpiderJerusalem, with one nice point and whatever supernatural abilities were conferred by his Grim parentage.Cypress hoped to twist Spider Jerusalems loyalties so that hed do anything to help take down the Legacy, butuntil his youngest son was old enough to do real damage, he was useless to Cypress. Since hed murderedhis wife to get pregnant, Cypress chose Cassidy to care for Spider, threatening his oldest son with meeting thesame fate as his stepmother should he fail.
Despite being a Pleasure Sim, Cassidy doted on his little brother, though he deeply regretted not being able toprotect Spider Jerusalem from Cypresss machinations. Cassidy understood what Spiders purpose was, andknew that it would be all too easy for Cypress to bend the equally mean Spider to his will.While Cassidys relationship with his brother grew stronger, his relationship with his sister started to fracture.Delirium had figured out why her mother died, and deeply resented Cassidy for paying attention to SpiderJerusalem.
Delirium refused to accept Spider Jerusalem at all, and despite her niceness, took great pleasure in seeinghim upset for any reason. When Cassidy attempted to broker peace between his siblings, Delirium would lashout at him, telling him that he didnt understand what it was like to lose a mother, since Jane hadnt really beenhis, refusing to accept the close relationship between Cassidy and Jane.Dealing with feuding siblings, caring for Spider, keeping up with his household responsibilities, and trying tomitigate Deliriums hostility began to weigh heavily on Cassidy, who often found himself napping during schooland sucking down cup after cup of coffee to stay awake at home.
Delight, or Didi, as she came to be known, was quite happy, a dramatic contrast to the siblings shed nevermet and didnt know she had. Drake and Banyan were good parents, and while Didi may have had occasionalbouts of surliness, she was rarely overtly mean. If Banyan occasionally saw facial similarities between herfoundling daughter, the woman whod married Cypress, and herself, she wisely kept those thoughts unsaid.
Despite the fact that he was coerced into caring for his brother, Cassidy and Spider Jerusalem became close,Spider viewing Cassidy as a surrogate parent. Intelligent, Spider quickly realized the weight of Cassidysresponsibilities, and did what he could to lessen them, though, as a child, there was little he could do torelieve Cassidys burdens.
As a teenager, Delirium could have chosen to take on some of Cassidys chores, but she was still angry overthe perceived trade of her mothers life for Spider Jerusalems, and refused to lift a finger, choosing to dateand get away from the house rather than spend any more time with the family she despised than she had to.Deliriums prickly nature ran contrary to her personality on paper, but she would not accept what she saw asCassidys choice of Spider over her: in her mind, it was tacit approval of Cypresss choice to kill his wife. Hergrumpiness was further enhanced by having to fight over boys with Cassidy, who was still struggling to haveat least some part of a normal life.
The weight of his responsibilities took a toll on Cassidy that was both mental and physical. Increasinglystressed, he found himself snapping at Spider, who always forgave his big brother. For his part, Spiderunderstood Cassidys deteriorating emotional state, but was frustrated by his inability to help.
On the eve of Spider Jerusalems birthday, an attempt by Cypress to add even more weight to Cassidysalready-overburdened shoulders culminated in a shouting match between the two. Cassidy, whod been on theverge for some time, finally snapped, calling Cypress out on his treatment of his family. Cypress againthreatened Cassidys life, and Cassidy stormed out, knowing that if he returned home, it would be the death ofhim.
As Cassidy waited for the taxi that would take him to college, Spider begged him to stay, claiming that the onlyreason he felt safe around Cypress was because he knew that Cassidy was there to protect him. However,perhaps for the first time in his life, Cassidy acted in his own best interests and got in the cab, leaving asobbing Spider Jerusalem behind with the sister who loathed him and the father who merely ignored him.
Jonquil and Geranium hit Teen, each developing his own sense of self. Jonny was very much an OCD neatfreak, who got up in the middle of the night to clean toilets, while Gerry had something of an addiction toGilbert and Sullivan, and could often be found tub-pirating to "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
A teenage Didi was a frequent visitor to the Prettacy, making friends with Gerry in a somewhat torturousprocess, given the total number of nice points involved (4), and kept coming back despite Isaacs apparentvendetta against her; she was scared by the Founders ghost no less than four times.
Didis twin sister Delirium continued her angry warpath, Cypresss relationship with sorostitute Tiffany fuelingher rage. Unable to take it out on her father, she directed it towards Spider Jerusalem instead, still mad at himfor Janes death.
Spider Jerusalem was used to Deliriums scorn and hatred, but Cassidy had always acted as a buffer betweenthem before. Deliriums willingness to pick fights with him, coupled with the raging teenage hormones and hisguilt over his role in Cassidys abrupt departure made it difficult for Spider to keep his anger in check. Morethan anything, he feared what might happen if he allowed himself to give in to the lure of his nice point, andwith each day that passed, it seemed more and more likely that Spider would soon be unable to restrainhimself.
Spider Jerusalem found himself coming home from school with his cousins Zee and Finn. Intimidated byeverything hed heard about Larch and knew about his fathers identical personality, Spider wasunderstandably reluctant to stay. Finally, Larch managed to convince his nephew that he, unlike Cypress, wasa Family Sim, and that he, unlike Cypress, wouldnt hurt a member of his family. More than that, he invitedSpider into his home and offered the desperate teenager a place to recharge.
Grateful for even the slightest hint of affection, Spider Jerusalem found himself trusting Larch, opening up tohis uncle in a way he hadnt done since Cassidys flight. Jaded in many ways but naive in others, Spider neverstopped to consider Larchs motivations, so blinded was he by the promise of a little spot of normality andsomething that, while not a perfect family, was close enough for him.
Appalled by the shortness of his lifebar, Larch drank Enemy Kevin to give himself a few more days as an adult,allowing more time to plot against Cypress.
Neither Zee nor Finn was keen to become heir, as it meant marriage (for Finn, at least) and babies (for themboth). Though he hated to see either of his children upset, Larch took the longer view and a more broaddefinition of family, and named Finn his heir, much to the relief of Finns twin sister.
At the Prettacy, Junipers decision was met with equal relief, as she named Jonquil heir. Assured of a lifetimeof couch-jumping, Gerry happily let his brother assume the mantle of Gen 3 heir.The decisions made, the Gen 3 kids hit college. In the case of the cow mascot, this was occasionally literal.
Shameless Romancers Finn and Zee used the college directory like a giant inventory of dates. Finn inparticular dated often to keep his Aspiration up so he could Energize for stargazing. Zee was less forcefulabout going after men, but didnt mind getting walk-bys in the sack.
Cassidy was a frequent visitor to Havelock House, and would generally talk boys with his cousin Zinnia, thenspend several days migrating from the keg to the bubble blower to the poker table to the pizza and back,single-handedly draining at least one keg. His behavior raised a few eyebrows, but since he tended to playcards badly after hitting the bubbles, no one said anything.
Pleasure Sim Gerry enjoyed the partying aspects of the Greek House more so than the studying aspect ofcollege, and threw regular toga parties when he wasnt on the bubble blower or playing poker.Despite his inherent goofiness, Gerry was far from stupid, and soon noticed that the only one in the housewho wasnt dating was Jonny: particularly problematic since he was required to marry a pretty girl to bring inGen 4 of the Prettacy. A conversation between Gerry and his brother set Jonny on the right track.
While at the park to get a little space from the chaos of living with two Romance Sims and a Pleasure Sim,Jonquil met Jeannie, and a bit of shared nerdiness created an instant connection between them. It wasnt longbefore Jonny was discovering the wonders of WooHoo for himself, and Gerry was able to breathe a sigh ofrelief that he wouldnt need to be the heir instead.
Didi, also in college, found love with Nolan Wade, who wasnt fooled--he knew that the pink and the frills wereDidis attempt to camouflage her lack of nice points.
Cassidy, finally free from responsibility and able to live the hedonistic lifestyle he so craved, hopped from bedto Dormie bed, trying to find what he was looking for...
...but he ultimately found it with Mr. Big, whose money could easily provide Cassidy with everything he wantedand everything he thought he needed--but Cassidys perception and actual reality were two very differentthings.
Upon graduation, Jonquil married Jeannie in a fully-attended ceremony marred only by the trash can-kickingTownie, an action that resulted in Jonny, Juniper, and Stephan catching the flu, isolating the pregnant Jeanniefrom her new family.
The flu epidemic was short-lived, and Wren came along in short order. Another finger-gunner, he was morecongenial than most of his relatives, and shared his fathers most distinguishing feature.
At the Uglacy, Finn had no desire to get married, so his wedding to Rosemarie took place in the front hall andwas attended by the dogs. Despite his reluctance, he got no red rings, and did, in fact, spend the rest of thenight stalking his newly-minted wife.
On a trip Downtown with Delirium, Spider ran into Cassidy, who was bar-hopping until he ran out of money.Having not seen each other since Cassidys hasty exit, Spider was all too glad to talk to his brother, until helearned of Cassidys relationship with Mr. Big. He accused Cassidy of anesthetizing himself with booze andbubbles, and Cassidys defensiveness only convinced Spider Jerusalem that Cassidy was not in a good place.Following an offer of dinner, Cassidy went with Spider for food.
The brothers continued to talk, Spider trying to make Cassidy understand that his relationship with Mr. Bigwas unhealthy, but they were interrupted by the arrival of the man himself, who pulled Cassidy away with thepretext of getting him presentable for a party.
Desperate to help Cassidy, Spider turned to Larch, the only other person he trusted. He outlined the situationand begged for help, but Larch refused, claiming that Cassidy had to be free to make his own decisions.
Spider Jerusalem finally cracked, admitting both his reliance on Cassidys influence to keep his anger incheck and his powerlessness to help the person he cared about most.
Things were not sailing smoothly at the Prettacy either. Jeannie questioned whether Jonny loved her, citinghis inability to articulate his feelings for her, and wondered if getting married after a whirlwind romance wasthe right thing to do. Jonny found the words to say, reassuring Jeannie that there was no one else for him.Another lullabye followed shortly.
Jeannie took time to make sure that Wren didnt feel pushed aside by the new baby. Life at the Prettacyseemed to be going well until...
...a tag-team haunting by Isaac and Calista left the pregnant Jeannie dead.
The grieving Jonquil attempted to comfort the equally distraught Wren, who was virtually inconsolable. Aftertwo job searches on the computer a few hours apart, Jonny was able to get a job in Paranormal and acquiredthe Bone Phone. He wasted no time in resurrecting Jeannie.
Though Jeannie was still pregnant when she was brought back, her worst fears were realized--she and Jonnywere no longer married. More than that, their relationship panel showed that they werent in love, and noamount of flirting was able to restore their hearts.
At the Uglacy, Rosemarie gave birth to two boys: Kestrel, a nice, mellow kid who looked a lot like his father...
...and Cormorant, a Scorpio like his daddy but with a delightfully smooshy face that melded the best--or worst,depending on your point of view--of both his parents features.
Larch, ever the Family Sim, adored his grandkids--even the nice one.
Jeannie gave birth to Raven, a healthy baby girl who showed no outward effects of having been dead forseveral hours. Ravens parents, however, were still unable to repair their relationship.
While Jeannie worried about her relationship with Jonquil, Juniper worried about what Cypress would do whenshe and Larch died. Larch assured her that all was being taken care of, and told her that her twin sisterSycamore would watch over the Prettacy, but Juniper was unconvinced.Juniper and Stephan died within a few days of each other. Wren was crushed.
In the days before his death, Larch exhorted Finn to spend more time with his sons, lest they end up followingin the paths of Delirium and Cassidy. Finn admitted that he hadnt thought that far ahead, but shrewdlymentioned the relationship between Spider Jerusalem and Larch as falling into that category as well. Larchtold Finn to stay out of it, and also left him a cryptic message to pass on to his heir, ad infinitum: "When thetime is right, let the rain wash away the sins of the past."Due to Enemy Kevin, Larch got a few extra days more than Christy. He was devastated when she died.
A few days after Larch died, Sycamore committed suicide, timing it so that Eddie would be coming home fromschool and little Malcolm Landgraab V wouldnt be taken by the Social Worker.
After a frantic call from an hysterical Eddie, Malcolm rushed home to find a pair of crying kids and an urn onthe floor. Torn between calming the toddler and trying to comfort Eddie, he tried to console the teenager whodcome home to find his mother dying in the dining room.
Little Mals grief was easier to assuage; the youngest Landgraab seemed to recover quickly, and thoughoutsiders wondered if Malcolm even missed his wife...
...he was merely choosing to grieve in private.
Larchs death was also the first sign that Raven was more than she seemed. Now a child, Ravens eyes wentdark and she spoke to her mother in an otherworldly voice.
Disturbed by what had happened, Raven tried to mope, but Wren would have none of it, forcing his little sisterto see her uniqueness as a gift rather than a curse. He played the big brother role to its hilt, snapping Ravenout of her mood and helping her make a snowman.She wanted it to be a mean snowman. Raven has one nice point.
Banyan resurrected Sycamore with the Bone Phone Larch stole from the Secret Society when they were allback in college. Cypress now believed Sycamore to be dead, and would therefore no longer be looking for herto oppose him. Sycamore gave Banyan strict instructions not to tell anyone she was still alive--includingMalcolm and her kids, lest a bit of troublesome gossip get back to Cypresss ears. Larch had left her a job todo, and she intended to do it.
Lonely without his uncle Larch to turn to, Spider attempted to get advice from Cassidy, though he was loath tospend any time in the company of Mr. Big.Cassidys advice to his brother was to run, but it was not the answer Spider was looking for.
Upon hearing Cassidys agitation, Mr. Big interrupted, once again pulling Cassidy away from his brother.Forced to choose between Mr. Bigs life of ease and Spider Jerusalems Cypress-created drama, Cassidychose Mr. Big, though Spider confronted the manipulative jerk, swearing that someday hed figure out how toget Cassidy out of his clutches.
Jeannie, despite her lack of bolts or hearts with Jonny, found herself pregnant for a third time. Jonny followedin the footsteps of his grandfather Isaac, and married her in the living room while she was pregnant, with nowitnesses but the portraits on the wall. As soon as the wedding kiss was done, the bolts and hearts returnedwith a vengeance, and all was right with the world.Jeannie had another boy, Rhea. There are no pictures of him because he bugs me. He looks just like Wren,and has Ravens personality, right down to the one nice point.
Once Rhea became a child, it was heir-choosing time at the Prettacy. As Jonny named Wren the heir...
...Raven had another episode, announcing that she would be able to protect the family if she were the heir,and suggesting a link between herself and Spider Jerusalem.Faced with incontrovertible evidence, Jonny took the heirship away from a relieved Wren and awarded it toRaven.
Kestrel and Cormorant, despite Corys complete willingness to make fun of his brother, were close, andneither one of them wanted to eat the fish that Finn caught and stored in his pants.
After much deliberation and one glance at the teenage Corys face, Finn decided to make Cory his heir. Corysmission, whether he chose to accept it or not, was to stargaze from the night he turned Teen to the night hewas 6 days from Elder.The Gen 3 kids, along with Spider Jerusalem and Delirium, headed out to college.
College proved a most educational experience. Kestrel learned not to play punching games with his one-nice-point roommates.Cory dated nonstop to achieve his LTW of 50 First Dates, also hoping to meet an unattractive girl to marry asa backup plan.Wren changed his Aspiration from Romance to Popularity and joined Raven and Cory in Permaplatness.Rhea continued to bug me.
Raven, unlike Cory, found a potential spouse for the Prettacy in Ryker Trottier.
Then, during a normal conversation, she gave her vaguest prophecy yet. Before they could even begin todecipher it, Raven noticed Ryker, who was displeased to realize that his girlfriend was not quite what sheseemed. He dumped her on the spot.
Kest, Cory, and her brothers let Ryker have it while Raven dealt with the aftermath of the breakup. Though noblows were actually struck, Rhea did unload two days worth of food poisoning all over Rykers shoes.
Spider Jerusalem was enjoying college life until his fathers girlfriend Tiffany crashed the party. First coming onto him, she later revealed that her purpose was to keep tabs on him for Cypress--a job shed do with or withoutSpider Jerusalems consent.Realizing that his father would do anything to keep control over him, Spider Jerusalem moped for a while...
...and then took his anger out on the cow mascot. Several times.
Cassidy, perhaps sensing Spider Jerusalems predicament, tried to visit his brother at college, but Mr. Bigtalked him out of it, making his affection contingent upon Cassidys doing what Mr. Big wanted him to do.Though everyone else saw through Mr. Bigs controlling, manipulative behavior from the start, Cassidy sawonly someone who said he loved him. Cassidy again chose his life with Mr. Big, and the rift between himselfand Spider continued to widen.
At Havelock House, Raven got back on the horse after prompting from her brothers, and found Mr. Right inTom Kearney, who not only accepted her gift of prophecy, but embraced it.Cory failed to find his own Mrs. Right, though several good possibilities did emerge via his endless string ofdates.
So thats it. The Vetinari Dualegacy, Generations 1 through 4.Check back in another, eh, four generations or so, and therell most likely be another!I love Spider Jerusalems angryface! Which, considering how often he makes it, is a good thing...