StrangeTown Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC) #1: The Pleas

StrangeTown: Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC) is a relatively-pure Strangetown story centered on Olive Specter’s graveyard controversy.
Its prequel is Olive Specter’s Timeline (OST).


1 Tesla Court, Beaker Castle

For the umpteenth time, Nervous Subject sat down at the lie detector, the unfriendly halo of electrodes cold against his skull.

Nervous did not remember a time when he had gotten up from this procedure without getting his requisite electric shock, as Loki Beaker always seemed to engineer the tests such that Nervous never escaped the electricity.

Sometimes, Nervous wondered if Loki had a sadistic streak, and secretly enjoyed seeing his poor test subject squirm.

Nervous Subject on the lie detector

No. Nervous was sure that Loki had a sadistic streak. Loki’s wife, Circe, was no different. This boolprop had been going on for too long, so there was no denying that.

Alas, there was no time to muse any further, for Loki was ready to start his next round of torture, no, experimentation.

Loki Beaker experiments on Nervous Subject

“OK, Nervous, I need you to answer this question with a lie. Did you like the dish Circe cooked yesterday?”

“Yes, I really loved it…” The inevitable electricity blasted through Nervous’ calm facade. But this time, his helpless scream took on a slightly different note.

Nervous Subject gets zapped by the lie detector

“AAAAAAARGGHHHHHHHHH… THIS HUUUURTSSSSS… HEELPP MOOOMMYYYY… AHHHHHHHHHHH,” was his agonized cry, before passing out.

“Nervous? Nervous! Oh boolprop, my test subject just passed out again! So early this evening! By Odin’s beard, now I have to look for a way to get him back to his senses quickly, or the other tests scheduled for tonight would be delayed! Well, at least now I know I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like Circe’s gyros…”

Nervous Subject faints, but Loki Beaker is unsympathetic


Olive Specter & Ophelia Nigmos have dinner

13 Dead End Lane, Specter Yard

Meanwhile, elderly Olive Specter was having a quiet dinner with her teenage niece, Ophelia Nigmos. Specter had been Ophelia’s legal guardian since she was orphaned at nine years old. The two were not particularly close, but enjoyed a positive cordial relationship.

“HEELPP MOOOMMYYYY… AHHHHHHHHHHH!!” This inexplicable scream pierced Olive Specter’s mind, shattering her concentration while listening to Ophelia’s routine account of her academic progress.

Olive Specter hears things in her head while having dinner

“Nervous?” Specter muttered aloud to herself.

“No, I’m not nervous. Are you alright, Aunt Olive?”

“Yes… of course you’re not nervous, Ophelia. Don’t worry, I’m just thinking aloud.”

Ophelia Nigmos wonders what's bothering Olive Specter

Ophelia looked askance at her aunt. Silence reigned at the table, as both women concentrated on finishing their meal.

Specter was deep in thought. “But I did hear my son screaming for help. And I know where he is now! I’ve been looking forward to this day, ever since he got taken away by those social workers in Midnight Hollow. Now he’s here in Strangetown! In the same neighborhood! But he cried for help. That isn’t a good sign. I should probably go take a look.”

As Ophelia was leaving the dinner table, Specter called out, “I’m going out, dear, I’m late for the dinner party at Aunt Isabella’s house. See you later, Ophelia.”

Ophelia Nigmos ponders Olive Specter's cover story

“See you, Aunt Olive,” muttered Ophelia tentatively, as she made a quick exit with her plate. First that bizarrely random “nervous” remark, now an “Aunt Isabella” that she had never heard of? Why would Aunt Olive bother eating a full dinner at home, if she were really invited to a dinner party? Was Aunt Olive going senile? Ophelia shrugged. Maybe she was just worrying too much.


Olive Specter goes to Beaker Castle, while Prometheus Hyde silently Observes

It might have been dangerous for an old woman to walk alone at night, on the deserted dark streets of Strangetown. But Olive Specter focused on her inner senses, which led her up the hill to 1 Tesla Court.

Through the multiple archways, Specter glimpsed a red-headed woman crossing from the living room to the dining area. Specter gritted her teeth, as she marched up to the entrance arches. What was this woman doing to Nervous?

Olive Specter wonders about Circe Beaker

“Let me in!”

“Good evening, Ma’am. You are…?” Circe Beaker was clearly not expecting any visitors at this hour.

“Doesn’t matter. May I come in?”

Olive Specter demands Circe Beaker to let her in

“Ma’am, I do like to know who you are first.” It was getting hard for Circe to be polite to this shrewish old woman.

Specter tried her best not to glare. “My name is Lerato Muenda. Can I come in now?” Specter’s late mother’s name was the first to come to mind, when a pseudonym was required.

“Of course, Ms Muenda. My husband will be here soon. Would you mind a cup of coffee?”

As Olive Specter took her seat on the sofa, she caught a glimpse of the back wing of the castle. Industrial-grade scientific machines… and a fence surrounding a basement chamber.

Back wing of Beaker Castle - Machines

Specter would have expected a tall scientific device to be poking its head out above the fence, but there was no way of telling what, or WHO, was in that basement.

Back wing of Beaker Castle - Pit

Her reverie was cut short by Circe returning from the back room with a blond man.

“Hello Ma’am, my name is Loki Beaker. You’ve probably met my wife, Circe, already.”

Loki and Circe Beaker talk to Olive Specter

“Yes, and is it true that you’ve adopted a boy with the nickname ‘Nervous Subject’ a long time ago?

“Umm, that’s true. Is that why you’re here?” Loki furrowed his brow, which made him look monstrously eyeless.

Loki Beaker - eyeless monster

“Yes, I’m his mother. I want him back, NOW!”

“Calm down Ma’am, your son is currently not here,” Circe’s voice was tinged with saccharine sweetness. “He’s too valuable to us, we can’t just give him away to any random person who knocks on our door.”

Nervous Subject asleep in the Beakers' basement

You haven’t even got a door, and I’m not just a random person. I’m his fringin’ mother, and I know you two evil scientists are hurting him. I will ask it politely one more time: Would you two please return my son to me, his own mother? I’m giving you two choices, either you give him back now, or else…”

Olive Specter accuses Loki & Circe Beaker

Loki grimaced. “Ma’am, it has been a pleasure meeting you, but now you’re forcing me to do something I don’t like. Get out of our house, before I call the police!”

“Hmmph, but this ain’t over yet. Just wait and see.” Specter stormed out without looking back.

Olive Specter leaves, with a plan brewing in her mind

After Specter was a safe distance away, Circe stared at her husband. “Call the cops? Are you nuts?”

Loki laughed. “I know we can’t, but it’s not like we need to. What can a miserable old woman like her do?

Loki Beaker is more sure than Circe


Olive Specter’s heavy heart made the long walk home seem even longer. The first thing she did upon reaching home was to check her niece’s bedroom. The sight of Ophelia’s sleeping form relieved her, as Specter closed her niece’s door and proceeded back to her own room.

Olive Specter ensures that Ophelia Nigmos is asleep

Specter proceeded to pry open an old wardrobe that she scarcely used, dragging out an old pedestal with skull engravings. On top of the antiquated structure sat a device that resembled a landline telephone. Specter knew that it would only work via her other connection, as an electrical cord to a mortal telecommunications company would simply not do the trick.

Olive Specter retrieves her skull phone / Resurrect O Nomitron

She picked up the skull phone’s receiver, and dialed a number from memory. She then muttered a name under her breath.

Olive Specter dials on the Resurrect O Nomitron

A humanoid form appeared in a poof of red smoke. Specter had expected a gray zombie, but there stood a very familiar-looking sim that seemed to be made of regular flesh and blood, just as she last remembered him.

Earl E. DeMise appears before Olive Specter

Specter sensed a blankness in the man’s eyes. She hesitated for a moment. Would a being of flesh and blood be of any use for her purposes? Only one way to find out…

Earl E. DeMise. My dear, I haven’t seen you since, well, you know… Hahaha.”

Earl E. DeMise glared at Specter. Now was the moment of truth.

“Earl E., dear, clean up my bathroom.”

Without hesitation, Earl E. entered the bathroom. He began brushing the toilet, shower and basin, till they were spotlessly clean.

Earl E. DeMise cleans the toilet for Olive Specter

Olive Specter washed her hands with glee in the freshly-cleaned basin. It was impossible for her to hide the look of exhilaration on her face.

Olive Specter washes her hands, while Earl E. Demise stares blankly


Authors’ Notes:

Tombstones in Olive Specter's Cemetery in 13 Dead End Lane, aka Specter Yard 1. Earl E. DeMise is one of the many deceased premade sims buried in Olive Specter’s yard. His name, being a pun on “early demise”, is one of the many death-themed names among these tombstones.

According to Specter’s in-game memories, as a young woman, she was due to marry Earl E., but he left her at the altar.

Many fans believe that this betrayal may have kickstarted Specter’s serial killing tendencies, as she is implied to have taken her revenge by murdering him. By this theory, most ex-husbands and other non-relatives buried in Specter Yard are interpreted to be her victims. While murder is not technically possible in Sims gameplay (without mods), it is certainly feasible in Sims storytelling.

See the STSTC prequel, [Olive Specter’s Timeline], for the story form of this “Olive Specter is a murderer” interpretation.

Other fans believe that Specter is completely innocent, but extremely unlucky, because all who get romantically involved with her seem to die an untimely death. As for the service NPC victims, a jinx on Specter’s house, rather than Specter herself, is considered to be the culprit instead.

2. In terms of pure gameplay, most of the DEFAULT dead sims in Specter Yard would cause game corruption if any attempt is made to resurrect them. Therefore, to make this scene possible, the authors used SimPE to extract the physical appearances of the dead sims, then made “safe” clones of them in CAS.

Olive Specter vs Resurrect O Nomitron - Grim Reaper message 3. If Olive Specter uses the Resurrect-O-Nomitron at the start of the game, the Grim Reaper would inform her that she “doesn’t know any dead sims”, which is deeply ironic.


What is Olive Specter up to?
Should Loki and Circe Beaker be worried?
Which Strangetown families would appear in the [next chapter]?


STSYC Chapters:

1. The Pleas
2. Pizza and Family Gatherings
3. One In, One Out?
4. The First Battle
5. Two More Teams Join the Fray
6. The Second Battle
7. Liaisons
8. The Third Battle
9. Ultimatums
10A. New Challenges
10B. New Beginnings

Extras:
STSYC Quiz
STSYC Bloopers
StrangeTown Families Timelines / Lola & Chloe’s Age Discrepancy


Olive Specter’s Timeline (STSYC Prequel)

1. Early Years: Danielle Greaves, Earl E. DeMise

2. DJ Spectra: Rigger Mortis, Hugh Thanasia

3. Midnight Hollow: Thanatos Grimm, Nervous Subject, Doe Family, Ichabod Specter

4. Elder Guardian: Ophelia Nigmos, Lyla Grunt, Strangetown Bella Goth / Jane Doe

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4 Replies to “StrangeTown Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC) #1: The Pleas”

  1. Ooh mysterious – the R-o-N doesn’t usually give you slaves, do it sounds like Olive’s supernatural contacts are definitely in play.
    Also weirdly when I first played Olive way back on my first computer, the sims in her graveyard were available to resurrect 😮

    1. Olive Specter’s extensive experiences with death give her R-O-N privileges beyond most regular sims 😮 Do you recall exactly which of the graveyard sims were available to be resurrected? Assuming you went through with it, did your game show signs of corruption after that?

      1. Olive’s exes and her sister were available to resurrect I think. I remember finding it odd that Willow had white hair when resurrected as an adult, but I don’t think I ever saw any signs of corruption in my game after that (or any of the other things I did before I knew corruption existed 😛 ).

  2. Usually if I move the grave of a sim that sim from Olive Specter’s Graveyard becomes resurrectable by the R-O-N of course I had quite a surprise with Lyla Grunt and Willow Nigmos…

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