So the last time I played, the game was kind enough to pick the perfect time to suggest that Tantalum go to Egypt. Iridium needs cheering up, Tantalum needs to bond with his daughter, and Iridium wants to go travelling. Bingo bongo!
Hopefully we won’t break anything.
Iridium is still sad about the grandmother she actually never met.
Or maybe she’s sad that I kept the plumbbob in the shot when I clearly could have switched control over to Tantalum to very easily get it out of the way. I know I am.
Because that worked so well the last time, right Tantalum?
And we don’t need a new butler anyway because Ernest has level 10 in the relevant skills and nothing else to do with his life.
I mean I could conceivably check out what his LTW is, but I got bigger fish to fry.
Tantalum: I’m off to pick up a camera! Keep out of trouble.
I had a very nice shot all lined up and then the bush materialized when I went into camera mode. : /
As a child, Iridium actually can’t do much in Egypt, but she can go visit a graveyard if she so chooses. And meet some new people.
Iridium: So are you gonna go grave robbing?
Explorer: Um… when they’ve been dead long enough we call it anthropology. Makes us feel better about digging up graves. But also no. It’s dark and scary down there.
Iridium: ‘kay. I’m gonna go check it out.
She can’t break through any rubble or look for hidden doors, but she can sit in a room full of sarcophagi and sing to them.
Also did you know that the word sarcophagus comes from a word for an Ancient Greek word for limestone, which would ‘eat’ the flesh dead bodies. Sarc- ophagus.
Iridium: All the dead bodies here remind me of my grandma’s dead body. ;_;
She’s in an urn, so it’s more like ashes than a body, but you’re right. Let’s get you out of here.
He tried to comfort her but Egypt seems to not want me having good pictures in my legacy.
Tantalum: I hope at least that my picture turns out alright.
Iridium: Are we gonna go inside?
Tantalum: Oh, heavens no.
Iridium: : I
Tantalum: Now that I’m done taking a photograph, what do you want to do tonight? And also the rest of our vacation time.
Iridium: Rob graves.
Tantalum: Did I hear ‘camping’? Camping it is.
Actually mostly indistinguishable from Egypt’s base camp, but there’s fewer people here, at least.
Tantalum: … and those are the venomous snakes of Egypt. Some of which may be lurking around this campsite as we speak.
Iridium: That is the scariest story I’ve heard so far. o_o
It is the only scary story she’s heard in her life.
Tantalum: And here’s a gift.
Iridium: Wow! It almost makes me forget about my dead grandmother.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a moodlet manager.
Okay, party’s over. The paparazzi just showed up. : I
This guy isn’t paparazzi. He’s just here to camp.
Realized that Iridium can collect gemstones. That’s almost like being an adventurer.
Iridium: I want shawarma.
I’m inclined to fulfill Iridium’s travel-related wishes, since she can’t really do much right now. So off to the market.
… where Iridium can’t actually buy something.
Iridium: Just because I’m a kid! This is discrimination.
So… time to get Tantalum to buy shawarma for her.
Cracking open a cold one with the boys.
Iridium: You got me shawarma?
Tantalum: They didn’t have any. But I got a dessert pizza.
Iridium: … oh.
So we bought a book on how to make shawarma.
Iridium: It’s erally okay, dad. Butler Grandpa can make it for me when we get home.
Tantalum: I promised you shawarma and I’m getting you shawarma.
Then back to base camp to do some cooking.
… or not.
Forgot that there was no stove at base camp. And I can’t even use ‘buy on this lot’ to cheatingly put one in; no stoves appear in the catalog!
Tantalum: Not now, quest board. The only quest I care about is my quest to feed my daughter delicious shawarma.
I figure that someone’s house is the best bet for finding a stove.
Tantalum: Hello. My daughter is mourning the death of her grandmother. Can I use your stove to cook her something that will make her feel better?
Guy with a stove: Sure, but you have to be good enough friends with me or I’ll get upset at you being rude.
… she absolutely does not, dude.
Why you lie to us?
So Iridium amuses herself while her dad makes friends. And shawarma.
And the family did get mad at him for using the stove, but he didn’t get kicked out so who cares.
Iridium: This is really good, dad! *tongue attempts to burrow through lip to get to shawarma*
And then I realized why neither of them needed to eat or sleep as much as I expected.
But Iridium missed her ride on the motive mobile so she uses a tent.
It’s the last day of vacation, and the Mendeleevs spend the entire day doing this, basically. Tantalum has completed his opportunity, ShawarmaQuest has come to a happy conclusion, and we can’t go on any of the quests until Iridium is at least a teen. So we’ve got some downtime.
Until Iridium decides to eat raw food.
But we only have a crocodile and that’s too ‘strange,’ for Iridium to eat.
Iridium can check for monsters under the tent and it amuses me. Especially because this is our tent, which was just set out. So how would there be a monster hiding under there.
Iridium: Haven’t you ever seen Tremors???
One last hug for the road.
Tantalum: I’ll see you on the other side, sweetie.
Iridium: I’m not gonna be lost to the void, am I?
Tantalum: Just don’t think about it.
It’d be cruel to leave at a cliffhanger like that, so I can say with confidence that everyone has survived the first trip to Egypt, at least. No one’s missing!