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Tales of Camelot - Updated 06/06

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  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 4,056 Member
    I enjoyed that bonus bit. So how were you doing these days, Yimi?
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    @DeafSimmer I'm glad you liked it! I'm doing well - we were very busy at work for a while because of the whole Suez canal fiasco, but things have calmed down. I'm currently enjoying a four-day weekend and trying to get at least a little caught up on my simlit. What about you? 😊
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  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 4,056 Member
    @_sims_Yimi I've been doing great. Just working on my drafts.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    edited May 3
    Evening, guys! My cats got a clean bill of health from the vet today and after looking after them for a year, now they are officially mine! 😁

    Also this.

    But mostly the cats. I hope you're all doing well 😊

    Edit: obligatory cat spam:
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  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 4,056 Member
    The cats are so adorable.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    Hi, everyone. The final bonus chapter is out: A Dragon's Will.

    This will be the last one until next arc. I'm going to enjoy the rest of my break and cuddle my cats and catch up on other things for a bit. I'll be back with the banner, and the start next arc, on May 28th!

    See you all then. <3
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  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 4,056 Member
    The final bonus chapter has lots of awesome screenshots.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    edited May 17
    @DeafSimmer Thank you! I wanted to end with a bang, so to speak 😁

    Holy potato guys look what @SnowBnuuy made 😍😍😭🤩
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  • SnowBnuuySnowBnuuy Posts: 440 Member
    @_sims_Yimi I am so glad you like it ;o; < 33
    - < 3 wishing a safe Pride month to all fellow LGBT+ Simmers < 3 -

  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    Hi, guys! It's ToC's birthday. Today, the story is exactly one year old 😊

    Story time!
    I want to thank you all for reading along with me. I'd originally started writing ToC as a way to distract myself from being alone. Prior to 2020, I'd spent 2 years training at a company in Japan, away from friends and family. Japanese companies are notorious for being “all work and no play”, 24/7. I'd have no energy left for hobbies, writing, or even socialising with friends. It was incredibly educative but also very depressing, and I powered through it with the mindset that, in 2020, I'd be home and able to do things and be with friends again.

    Then COVID hit.

    It was pretty rough. It took a little while, but I started writing again. At first it was just to distract myself from being alone – but then I found the wonderful community that is TS4 forum. Reading other people's stories and getting to know the people behind them has been a blast, and I've made some real friendships along the way. You guys have been amazing. <3
    Vaccinations are progressing steadily here, and the world will probably go back to normal soon. I'm going to keep writing. TS4 and you lovely people have made me re-discover my passion. Thank you all so much for being there this past year, and helping me make some great memories along the way. <3

    Right! Ramble over. Let's get to the thing that's actually important. Without further ado, the banner for next arc! I recommend opening it in a new tab. 😁

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    Work is incredibly busy so I wasn't able to finish the prologue in time. Soon, though. Very soon. :mrgreen:
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  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 930 Member
    It's a really beautiful banner :love:
    Do you make your own banners?
    I can not imagine how it can be done without photoshop.

    I can recognize so much in regarding your last year.
    I'm not sure I would have made my own website if it had not been for the forced isolation.
    The whole Simlit community has been a life saver through the last year in isolation and it has been a great pleasure to get to know you and your adventurous universe <3
  • ThePlumbobThePlumbob Posts: 4,970 Member
    It's been quite the year for all of us, but I'm definitely thankful that last year brought us Camelot. And unlikely friendships <3 I'm no good at being mushy so I'll just move on to gushing about your banner!
    Oof, I love the composition there. And I'm very pleased with everyone in the banner, because they're all characters I would love to get more screentime. Even though most of them look miserable, lol. So sad to see Morgana and Arthur drifting apart, even though it was inevitable. Unless you're just trolling us with the banner teaser and everything will actually be super bright and happy against all odds.... yeah, no :lol:

    Special shoutout to Cenred and Nimueh on the contrasting sides, I can already tell this will be lots of fun.

    Can't wait to see what you have in store for us! :blush:
  • SnowBnuuySnowBnuuy Posts: 440 Member
    I love this!!! I’m so hyped < 333

    Also I’m so sorry you had to go through all of that but I’m glad you found some comfort on this forum. As the first person on here whose story I read, and the first one of my returning readers, thank you so much for supporting me and my work and for your detailed feedback. Reading ToC gives me something to look forward to which I very much need right now, so thank you for writing it. < 3
    - < 3 wishing a safe Pride month to all fellow LGBT+ Simmers < 3 -

  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 4,056 Member
    edited May 28
    It's definitely been quite a year. I might have been writing a bit prior to 2020, but been involved in the Simlit community ever since COVID hit the world with quite a storm. Writing is a form of therapy, and I too found comfort in the community. :smile:
    By the way, the banner tells me there's gonna be more tension. Wonder what's gonna happen, and who/what the next villain could be.
  • mercuryfoammercuryfoam Posts: 1,119 Member
    Daaw Yimi! <3

    Happy TOC Birthday!
    You’re probably bored of hearing this given I’ve been yapping this since I first stumbled on your story. I am so happy you picked up your old hobby and wrote ToC. ToC is a reward for me. Knowing that you’ll keep writing is making me all fuzzy and happy inside. :blush:

    Also I hear you on 24/7 work and being so burnt out that even time off doesn’t count. I’m glad you’re past all that and hopefully things turn out better for everyone. :)

    I said this already but aah! You’re going to rip me heart with Guin looking like that. And did you put her in between Arthur and Mithian for a reason? Now I can’t help but think that Mithian is looking at Guin. Nuu.. Don’t hurt Guin! This sucks! (which I actually mean to say its great because drama, but I’m conflicted) That sword looks fantastic! Don’t know anything about the legends, so can’t wait to find out what’s its significance.

    Hype hype hype~

    p.s – Nimueh looks awesome in that dress. :love:
    p.p.s - I second Plumbob. Everyone's looking so grim. Am already feeling the tension! Release a chapter please! Naaaao (please)! :D
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  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    edited May 28
    @MonaSolstraale Thank you so much 🥰 I do. They’re made with a discount version of photoshop called Adobe fireworks, and my usual filter/lighting program. Mercury taught me to use Blender for this one too, though I still have a lot to learn there.

    I’m hoping that we’ll all still be here a year from now, writing and reading each other’s stories. Both because I really like all of you and because by now I’m extremely invested in what is going on in everyone’s simlit 🤣

    @ThePlumbob Hear hear on unlikely friendships! You’re never getting rid of me eeeever (just kidding. Mostly. 🤭)
    Hey, at least three of them are smiling! That’s a whole third of everyone on the banner – perfectly balanced, as you can see 😂 Maybe everything will be bright and happy. Maybe I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf and turn it into a legacy/bachelorette show. Not entirely sure who the founder is going to be, though. Arthur? Arthur would be fun. Let’s go with Arthur. He'll get the choice between Guinevere, Mithian, Gawain, Nimueh and Lionel. 😗
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  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    @SnowBnuuy Your hype is making me all giddy 🙈 Is the work day over yet? Can I go write? Yes? No? Nggghhhhhh….
    Aw, thank you so much 🥰 I adored TSAHF as I’ve gushed to you before. I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a time where you need things to look forward to, but glad ToC can help a little bit there 😁

    @DeafSimmer It really is like therapy sometimes. Especially the scenes that are the hardest to write end up having a really big impact on your mind. But even just writing about a world that makes sense while our own world is turned upside down by Covid.
    Tension is definitely on the menu! Who will the next villain be, indeed? Agravaine? Cenred? Gawain? (How’s that for a plot twist, lol – it was Gawain all along) Either way, there’s only a few people on that banner that are smiling…
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  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    @mercuryfoam Thank you! 😁
    I haven’t gotten bored of hearing it, I’m actually glad for the encouragement 🥰 brains are strange sometimes.

    Oof, I’m glad I got past that, too. It was a pretty close call, come to think of it. Originally Japan wanted to keep me for a few months longer. I was planned to go home in March, but pushed for December because I wanted to see my family for Christmas. Covid hit in March – if we’d kept to the original schedule, I would not have been able to come back at all. ToC probably wouldn’t have existed. 😶

    Everyone is where they are and making the expression they are for a reason, I’m afraid 🤐 I tried to go for subtle foreshadowing this time around. We’ll see how well it holds up.

    P.S. I legit forgot about the fact that she’s wearing nothing but flowers and algae and almost put her on the banner as she normally is. I wonder how fast EA would have banned me. 😂
    P.P.S. By the end of the weekend, with a little luck!
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  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    edited May 30
    Sorry for the wait! And welcome to the start of Arc 3 :mrgreen: I have a nice, easygoing prologue planned to calmly ease you into things.

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    I also lie. 😏
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  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 4,056 Member
    @_sims_Yimi
    "Not even Lady Mercury." Is that a reference to Mercuryfoam? By the way, it wasn't a good idea to walk straight through the faerie ring. No wonder the glowing red eyes appeared! :o I thought the huntress would faint from terror, but she didn't. Is Monroe or whatever she was called gonna attack the knights? And about the creature in the last two pics - it reminds me of the forest sentries from the movie Maleficent. Destroying nature is an irresponsible choice.

    This prologue left me on the edge of my seat. Wow. Can't wait for the next chapter.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    @DeafSimmer
    Starting with the tournament, ToC has been host to a number of simselves from other writers. It’s been fun to slowly integrate them into the world. 😁 And you’re absolutely right – waltzing straight through a faerie ring uninvited is just asking for trouble. So is blatantly messing with and destroying nature. Is Monoroe going to attack the knights? Will she have a choice? Both of those questions will be answered in due time.

    Thank you! It feels good to be posting chapters again 🥰
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  • ThePlumbobThePlumbob Posts: 4,970 Member
    Forgot to say...
    So Richard is sending his men to start setting up vanguard camps in Camelot, huh? Based on the events of the finale, apparently Morgana and him are no longer engaged (so many blanks to fill there though!), but does that mean Mithian's engagement to Arthur is off as well? And if not, what role will she have in the upcoming war, I wonder? Does Richard just not care about his sister, or is the plan for her to spy for some time and then retreive her? Probably the former. But hey, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe. Probably not. Lol.
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    ThePlumbob wrote: »
    Forgot to say...
    So Richard is sending his men to start setting up vanguard camps in Camelot, huh? Based on the events of the finale, apparently Morgana and him are no longer engaged (so many blanks to fill there though!), but does that mean Mithian's engagement to Arthur is off as well? And if not, what role will she have in the upcoming war, I wonder? Does Richard just not care about his sister, or is the plan for her to spy for some time and then retreive her? Probably the former. But hey, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe. Probably not. Lol.

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    Seems that way, yes! There’s a lot of blanks that are going to be filled in over the next few chapters – I won’t leave them up in the air for too long. I took a page from your book with my approach to this, actually 🤭 What will Mithian’s role be, indeed. There’s a reason why she’s on the banner this time around, and why she’s not looking particularly happy, too. Oooh the benefit of the doubt for Richard! I’m not sure which one of those options is worse, tbh 😂
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  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,287 Member
    edited June 6
    Hi, everyone! I didn't think I'd finish this one in time but I did, so here you go!

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    Apologies if the images appear a bit blurry. They're very sharp by the time I finish editing, but for some reason Wordpress decides to make them just a little more blurry than normal when I upload them. I'm trying to figure out what to do, but blog tinkering is not my forte. 😅
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  • ThePlumbobThePlumbob Posts: 4,970 Member
    They didn't look blurry to me!
    Once again, I forgot something in my comment, though not a major thing this time around - I wonder who was in that portrait at the end. Is that baby Uther? :open_mouth:
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