Last of Her Kind – Chapter 1: Welcome to Sunlit Tides

Upon arriving in Sunlit Tides, Arthur and Mia knew that they would have to find some way to get money.  The funds that Arthur had saved for his expedition were nearly gone, and mermaids hadn’t used money since the Toxin decimated their people.  Arthur decided that he would use his guitar skills to play for tips.  Mia didn’t want to do anything to help humans (with the exception of Arthur) but she knew that she wouldn’t survive without doing something.  So, she looked back to mermaid history to think of something.

Before the Toxin, there was an order of female mermaids whose job it was to use their beauty to lure human men to a life of servitude beneath the waves, doing the jobs that were too menial for mermaid hands.  The Sirens, as they were called, had disbanded after the Toxin appeared and killed many of their members.

Mia had no intention of enslaving anyone, but she did intend to use her beauty to steal from human men.  As far as she was concerned, they deserved it for unleashing the Toxin on her people.  She wouldn’t tell Arthur about it, though.

Duck Notes: In game, Mia joined the Criminal career (and will be taking the Thief branch, as that is what I rolled and she is stealing as opposed to doing evil); unlike in-game, she is working alone in the storyline.

As Mia was exploring the island, Arthur practiced his guitar to get the rust out.

Finally, Mia got home.  Both Arthur and Mia were quite hungry, and they hadn’t been able to find any kelp – the favorite food of mermaids – that wasn’t contaminated with the Toxin.  Arthur promised to Mia that he would make something that she would like, and he did.

(Duck Notes: This is the Homemade roll being annoying.  As a player, I really wanted to have Mia eat kelp, but I couldn’t find any recipes that used it.)

Their house didn’t have room for a proper double bed, so Arthur bought a bunk bed for the two of them.

The next day, Mia went out again, ostensibly to explore, but actually to steal.  She stayed out a little too long, though, and collapsed of dehydration on her way back home.  Luckily, she was able to call Arthur, who hurried and splashed water on her, then helped her get home.

(Duck Notes: Yes, that is what it looks like: Mia came very close to dying.  If I hadn’t intervened and sent Arthur to save her, she would have died – on day 2 of the legacy!)

From then on, Mia was very careful about not getting dehydrated!  But she did get into the newspaper.

(Duck Notes: One star already?  It’s the first week of the legacy, and I wasn’t even trying for stars!)

Mia’s troubles with water, however, were far from over.  She knew that without saltwater in her system, she could die just as easily as she almost did when she was dehydrated.  And she was running low, so she took a trip to the beach and played in the ocean – the clean ocean – for a bit.

(Duck Notes: Mia does not know the complete truth about that game mechanic.  She would not die; she would just turn human.  However, what she had been taught is that she would die.)

Arthur finally got to the point where he was comfortable playing for tips, and he was first going to go over to City Hall and turn in the final papers to get a business license.  He wasn’t sure whether he actually needed it, but he felt it would be better safe than sorry.  Mia volunteered to turn in the papers, and so she did.

(Duck Notes: Mia actually had a career opportunity that involved going to City Hall.  But since the career is in-game only, I needed a reason for her to go storyline-wise.)

And with that done, Arthur went to the Summer Festival to play some music.  He wasn’t going to let a little thing like illness stop him!

The day after that was Leisure Day.  But it may as well have been Love Day, as Arthur and Mia decided to consummate their marriage on that day.

(Duck Notes: There still isn’t enough room in the house for a proper double bed.  I do plan on eventually fixing that.  On another note, I have Risky WooHoo on, so I don’t know when Generation 2 will be coming.)

Unfortunately, their…action…was a bit too much for the shower.  Fortunately, Arthur could repair it.

(Duck Notes: In game, the shower actually broke the day after the WooHoo happened.)

The next day was a rainy day.  Arthur decided not to go to the festival grounds and play because of that; instead, he spent his time practicing at home.

And so ends Arthur and Mia’s first week in Sunlit Tides.