StrangeTown Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC) #7: Liaisons

51 Road to Nowhere, Grunt Boot Camp

The following morning, General Buzz Grunt was outside his house, evaluating Tank’s progress on the obstacle course.

The General did not expect to be approached from behind. “General Grunt,” called a male voice.

Grunt turned around. “Vidcund Curious, what are you doing here? I swore to never talk to any of you Curiouses again. You are the ones that got me expelled from school, remember.”

General Buzz Grunt is hostile to Vidcund Curious' approach

Vidcund rolled his eyes. “Let’s put that behind us, Grunt. There are more important things going on in our neighborhood. What happened on your side during the Beaker Castle battle?

The General motioned to Tank to continue with the obstacle practice without his supervision. He turned back to Vidcund, maintaining the frown he reserved for members of the Curious-Smith family.

“Oh, you wanna know what happened back there? My wife and other son got injured because those Beaker zombies attacked them!”

General Buzz Grunt is frustrated about the injuries to his family team

“Oh, don’t act like you’re the only one with casualties. My brother and nephew are both injured too! But we aren’t sure if those zombies are really from the Beakers. Or if they’re even the true problem at all.”

“Clean your glasses, Curious! Of course they’re the problem! They’ve hurt both of our relatives. So the Beakers must pay.”

“The Beakers will pay, but not because of the zombies. On the morning of the battle, I saw through the telescope that the zombies were dispatched FROM Specter Yard, marching to Beaker Castle. I think their target is Nervous Subject.”

Vidcund Curious explains his team's stance to General Buzz Grunt

Grunt smirked. “You think the zombies from are from 13 Dead End Lane, and are on some rescue mission to save that test subject? I don’t believe it, that doesn’t make sense. I think you Curious nerds are biased, because you three mistake Nervous’ raiding your fridge for true friendship.”

Vidcund sighed. “I knew you weren’t going to agree with me. But maybe this could work in our favor. If we can combine guard duties and sync our attack, with your army causing a distraction, and ours freeing Nervous, maybe the zombies would hold off. Isn’t that what you want, restoring the peace? Look, your army can smash anything you want, and do anything you like with the Beakers, while we free Nervous. I think that may achieve better results than if our armies work separately.”

Vidcund Curious appeals to General Buzz Grunt's military sensibilities, while RM Walter Baptiste observes from afar

Grunt took a quick glance at Tank, who did not seem to be slackening without the General’s eyes on him. “Hmm, I get it,” he muttered, his expression finally softening into a cordial neutrality. “If you’re right, then this plan may indeed be successful. If there’s one thing the military taught me, it’s to focus on the big picture. As long as I am free to command my side, while you command only your own, I agree with this plan.

Vidcund Curious & General Buzz Grunt come to an agreement, as Tank continues his military training

Grunt held out his hand. Vidcund accepted the handshake.

“I agree that we’re likely to succeed if we focus on different things, because our distraction will be justified,” added Grunt. “If you think those zombies are really onto Nervous, then you must rescue him first. We’ll kill any zombies in our and your way.”

Erin Beaker throws something into the pit

1 Tesla Court, Beaker Castle

In Beaker Castle, Erin Beaker threw down a plastic bag of food into the pit. After the electric fence was implemented, Nervous Subject was fed twice a day in this fashion. An hour after his meal times, he would be allowed up to use the bathroom.

“You monster!” Nervous’ accusing wail echoed from the pit.

Nervous Subject complains from within his basement chamber

“You are the monster in the pit (*), Nervous Subject!” taunted Erin’s brother,
Loki, who was hobbling nearby, his limp a result of his fridge mishap in the previous battle. “Mind your words, you ungrateful dog, or I’ll let you starve down there!”

Loki Beaker retaliates, while Erin tries to suppress her conscience

Loki sighed. His wife, Circe, had since regained consciousness, but was still resting upstairs. But Loki was sure that like himself, his feisty wife would force herself onto her feet, long before any doctors would typically advise her to.

Circe Beaker resting in bed, fully dressed for battle

Loki was also sure that another assault was imminent, but the Beakers were certainly in no health condition to pack up and leave now. Besides, would they not be admitting defeat if they fled the battle zone? What would they do with Nervous then? Melt him (^), because if they could not keep him, he should not have any chance to testify against them?

No, the Beakers had too much pride and too little working equipment to do any of that. Loki shuddered at the thought that he would probably still be trapped under the fridge now, if not for Erin’s intervention.

“Erin, did you recognize any of the fighters in the last battle? I only remember seeing Pascal Curious, that green Smith boy, the General and his son.”

“Not many. I think my green roommates were among them too.”

“Hmm… them. I’m not surprised. Anyone else?”

Loki & Erin Beaker have yet another sibling conversation

Erin hesitated for a moment. “No one else.”

“Why hasn’t Ajay moved in yet? Doesn’t he want to help us?”

“Loki, Ajay has been busy lately, working… for his new boss. He’s a Fortune sim, you know.”

Erin Beaker twists the truth for Loki

“So career is more important to him than family. Or in-laws. Whatever. Are you sure he loves you?”


Erin did not even know how to reconcile within herself the idea that her boyfriend was technically “working for the enemy” in this civil war. To add insult to injury, Ajay’s Team Grunt affiliation had openly aligned him more closely with Erin’s roommate Kristen Loste, than with Erin herself.

Kristen Loste chats with Ajay Loner outside his house

Erin tried her best to push away all her worst fears. She thought Ajay was absurdly lucky to have not been seen by either Loki or Circe during the last skirmish.

Erin Beaker in denial

Jenny Smith approaches Olive Specter in her own graveyard

13 Dead End Lane, Specter Yard

Meanwhile, Olive Specter was out in her yard, counting her tombstones. A female voice rang out behind her.

“Olive Specter.” The elder woman turned around.

“Hello, Mrs Specter. My name is Jenny Smith. We need to talk.”

Jenny Smith talks to Olive Specter

“Address me as ‘Ms Specter’. My husband is no longer alive. If this is about the battle at the Beaker Castle, you have some nerve showing up here. What makes you think you’ll walk out alive?”

“Ms Specter, I’m not here to be intimidated,” Jenny remained firm. “I’ve come to talk to you, mother to mother.”

Specter frowned. “I have no kids. If you continue like this, then you might end up with none yourself.”

Olive Specter threatens Jenny Smith

Jenny tried her best not to roll her eyes.

“Ms Specter, I know you’re acting tough just to cover up. But I know what happened in Midnight Hollow. We know you want your son back. My brothers are friends with Nervous Subject, and our goal is to save him too. We want peace. Nervous doesn’t deserve to be hurt anymore.”

Specter gasped. “What are you talking about?!” Involuntary tears stung her eyes. “You know nothing!”

Olive Specter is surprised that the neighbors knew her true intentions

“I feel your pain. There isn’t a mother in the world who wants to see her child taken away and be abused. We want to stop the Beakers too, but our main priority is to save Nervous. We know you love your son, and we will do everything in our power to bring him back to you.”

Jenny Smith reassures Olive Specter

It had been a long time since Olive Specter had shown any emotions, besides anger and frustration, in front of strangers.

“I… I… I just want him back!” she sobbed. “I… I… thank you very much. I’m sorry I was so rude to you…”

Jenny smiled. “It’s OK. We can call the police, and then everything’s solved.”

Olive Specter breaks down and weeps in front of Jenny Smith

Specter wiped her tears. “No, don’t call the pigs… I mean cops, please. I have done… some stuff the police considers to be ‘bad’. If a gumshoe comes sniffing around now, I’ll spend the rest of my elder days in prison. The only way I’ll see my son is through bulletproof glass, with five guards behind me. Not a good idea.”

Jenny nodded. “I understand. But if we go into Beaker Castle, we’ll be attacked by those zombie guards.”

“Believe me, they’re not Beaker’s guards. They’re my goons.”

Jenny tried her best not to look too enthusiastic at Specter’s confession.

“If your goal is to really save Nervous, I can make the Beakers their only targets,” blurted Specter. “Your team will be left untouched. Just tell them to not verbally taunt the zombies, because that’s the only way I can lose control of them. They wouldn’t lapse for TOO long, but when they DO lapse, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Olive Specter reveals her plan to Jenny Smith

“I see. I’m glad we have an agreement.” Jenny extended her hand. “To Nervous’ safe return.”

Specter shook Jenny’s hand warmly.

After Jenny left, Olive Specter wondered how it was like to have others on her side, for once. By that, she did not mean zombies under her command, but real people who chose to help her on their own free will. It felt strangely warm, but that was not enough to dissolve her grudge against the Beakers.

Olive Specter walks back to her house (13 Dead End Lane)

Specter would honor her promise to command the zombies not to attack Team Curious. But the zombies would still ensure that the Beaker family and property would be utterly destroyed. That would be the Beakers’ ultimate punishment for hurting her son. Her “agents” in both camps would ensure the zombies’ timely arrival for each battle.

Specter walked up to her niece’s room, hoping to ask her to cook lunch, while she reprogrammed the zombies.


Olive Specter enters Ophelia's bedroom

The girl did not seem to be inside the house.

She was not in the yard either.

Where could Ophelia be? (#)

RM Walter Baptiste stares at Ophelia Nigmos in this unlikely location

(#) To identify this place, look carefully at the earlier screenshots in this chapter (and before), or recall what you saw in the STM Machinima series. Whatever Ophelia’s reason is to be here, it seems important enough for a Racing Man Observer to be staring directly in her face.

(*) In STM 1.06, Nervous Subject was playing the “pit monster” scenario in Sims Medieval (time 3:53-4:04), as an ironic reference to his premade starting condition.

(^) In STM 1.07, Loki and Circe Beaker were faced with this same dilemma, about “melting” one of their captives. Will this captive get their revenge against the Beakers in the STSYC universe?

Make your GUESS for the Battle of StrangeTown winner.

For the POLL on the Grunt-Smith Feud, vote according to what happened in your game, or what you like to happen in your own story.

Will Team Curious, Grunt and Specter’s attempted coalition work out?
How important are Ajay Loner’s choices?
What is Ophelia REALLY up to?

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


10 Replies to “StrangeTown Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC) #7: Liaisons”

  1. Uh oh. I think that Team Grunt is going to get very suspicious about why the zombies aren’t attacking Team Curious and potentially think that they’re responsible. I noticed that Ophelia is quite close to the Grunt house, but I’m not 100% sure off the top of my head whose house that is.

    1. Many things could possibly go wrong with a coalition effort, especially in matters of interpretation. Ophelia is indeed somewhere near the Grunt house, a (non-RacingMan) place that has appeared several times in both STM and STSYC…

  2. You should do a blog where you play a megahood and combine all the sims 2 neighborhoods and play with all families for one week and fulfil their wishes,what do you think?

    1. That’s true but General Buzz may have been in denial after all if Olive was responsible what would that mean for Lyla. Perhaps in his denial he misdirected his team.

      1. Olive Specter made an “excellent” first impression with the zombie apocalypse display, and has so far pulled almost everyone’s strings to near perfection. General Grunt is definitely not the only one who’s in denial… even if Jenny heard Specter’s confession first hand, will that change how she WANTS to see PT9? 😮

    2. Surely Specter is at the back of their minds… yet with everyone’s attention refocused on Beaker Castle, and all the reasons for them to be in denial, her yard may just be the biggest elephant in the room (or the biggest elephant in StrangeTown).

  3. I have an interesting idea.When Specter Yard ends you should do strangetown lothario where Don gets kicked out of Plesantview by the Goths and his mission is to inpregnate all the women in sims 2 (Not includin university and bon voyage women) I think it will be a fun series.What do you think?

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