TS4→ Stratus Burne Matchmaking and History

As in most cases, to understand the present we must journey to the past. In this case, the past before that fateful day that changed everyone’s lives.

You may remember that before the burnings Stratus Burne was a vampire-led society. There weren’t a lot of humans to begin with and what happened cut down that population even more. Those that had worked for and depended on the vampires struggled to care for themselves and many died.

Most humans never put any thought to procreation. For the most part, pregnancies were planned between a human male and a vampire female. When a mortal dhampir was born they were considered fully human and sent to be raised by their family group.

Using methods known only to them, the vampire “mothers” influenced their pregnancies so that there were cycles of male and then female births. The result of which was catastrophic for the survivors. When they looked to the other family groups outside of their own those of similar age were from the same birth cycle and thus the same sex.

In the past, those few that had sought committed relationships turned to the matchmaker requesting assistance. Finding a good match that wasn’t closely related even before most of the population was wiped out wasn’t an easy feat.

The first council of human elders that came into power after the vampires went into hiding insisted that inter-breeding was the only option. Of course, they would say such considering they were too old to be held to such practices themselves. Since all sims in a family group considered each other as brothers and sisters this thought was abhorrent to them.

In a desperate search for answers, someone remembered that in the past males could have children through alien pregnancies. They begged the matchmaker to share her knowledge but as she had never even met another alien she confessed the technology behind the “how” was beyond her comprehension. What they did take from the experience is that it is possible.

Slowly, the lonely sims began to pair off. The few male/female matches resulted in children of course and incited much jealousy. And then, suddenly, things just changed one pregnancy after another. The actual cause remains unknown. Whether it be a natural evolution to preserve the species, magic, or a result of the dimensional shifts nobody knows and nobody wants to know. To them it just is and that’s all they need to know.

To this day, the sims still seek out the matchmaker’s aid in pairings. Some with excitement and hope in their heart and others with dread. Regardless, it is mandated. Great consideration goes into the matchmaker’s selections. And, in the end, the clients can refuse. Or, in some cases, there are no ideal matches. Regardless, all sims are required by law to produce at least one child.

If no match is made or all possible matches are refused, they can enter into a partnership agreement with someone else with no prospects to fulfill their procreation requirement. This agreement can be absolved at any time if an ideal match becomes available. Meaning, when making matches, all unmarried sims are taken into consideration.

Technical-type-stuff: When I create a brand new family with starter rolls I almost always get parents that have hardly any or in some cases negative chemistry. Thus, the partnership agreement. The matchmaker’s charting or whatever you want to call it is a chemistry profile based on their personality profiles. In the equivalent lingo to Sims 2… two or three bolt chemistry can result in an ideal match if accepted.

The same-sex pregnancy decision is pretty self-explanatory… I want to use autonomous risky woohoo and try for baby but I can’t with same-sex couples. In Ash Shore, I had to resort to counting whims and doing random rolls. I hated it and it always felt so unfair. Especially considering the fact that I match based on chemistry profiles which resulted in at least half of the couples being same-sex.

Hopefully, this solution works. I’d hate to have to come up with another explanation if I have to change it. I’ve read and re-read this post so many times I swear I have it memorized. If something’s confusing or doesn’t make sense please let me know.

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