Once upon a time....
...there was a Sims 2 legacy called The Ten Caesars, by Ben/Blite27.
I ran across it somehow as I tooled around on the old Sims 2 Exchange. It caught my eye right away, because I'd been a huge fan of I, Claudius back in the day. Goodness, children, those were the days of PBS and appointment television and begging my Mom to let me use up my half an hour of TV per week for a WHOLE HOUR watching something cultural on Masterpiece Theatre. Once in a while, I could talk my parents around into permitting me to watch whole Shakespeare plays. My, my, they were cunning.
For obvious reasons, Ten Caesars became an instant favorite with me, so much so that I started my own legacy, which the nice writers at Boolprop.Com were very nice about. I'll spare you the Squeaky Clean meta for another day.
It was common to swap around simselves and Legacy characters in them days, although I always, always asked the author's permission first. As the story rolled along in Ten Caesars and got to Tiberius, my simself made a brief appearance at the Patrician House fraternity and somehow decided to hop into a hot tub with the one Roman doofus who brought his mom along on an outing--and this was in a group of Romans who were such dim bulbs that they would stroll down a street and all think "What's This?" at a lamp post.
Flavius Marius is the kind of innocent, pratfall-prone character I've always loved, and Blite was nice enough to marry my simself to him. Since I knew my Suetonius, I also knew we were headed for Caligula and that Blite's Rome was about to turn into the Hunger Games. This did not sound nice at all to me. Flavius had about the same chances as a goldfish in a tank of piranhas. Since I also ran one of the most aggressively pink and cute legacies around, I asked to import Flavius back, along with his cousin Publius Scipio for my legacy heiress, Sunny Goodytwoshoes. Surely they'd be reasonably safe there, right?
Publius had made a fairly accurate assessment of what Rome had been like and was about to be like. No, thanks. He married into my legacy house, changed his last name to Goodytwoshoes, and with the help of my legacy family and a looootta time playing OFB, got Five Top Businesses.
Flavius, however, maintained an unreasonable nostalgia for the old place and started a political and cultural clash in Pleasantview. He got it right up the nose, ran for mayor, insisted on Rome in the Home, and began a set of shenanigans you would not have believed possible of a relatively unpopular Pop Sim. Oh, yeah, and married my Simself, which boosted things along.
The Exchange went down, and two kind people kept it alfloat: WriterTina, who wrote a Python script that converted the Exchange stories into Open Office, and Hoopytrib, who created Hoopty's Ark. Until a week or two ago, many legacies could still be read there. I'm so grateful to both of them, and think fondly of WriterTina, who sadly passed on several years ago.
For some reason, I started converting my legacy into Slideshare format a week or two ago. The latter chapters were already on Slideshare, but I wanted for them all to be there. I got up to Generation Three, Sunny's generation, and paused.
Explaining Flavius was relatively easy: married in another legacy, brought back to author's home legacy, and married and married and married in a lot of other legacies, too. There was another Roman, though, who needed a lot more explanation.
As Ben's story progressed towards Caligula-Hour, my simself and Flavius somehow produced a fearsomely weird-looking, grouchy Romance Sim. Cassius Marius, as I've said elsewhere, was like an unfixed tomcat: loud, belligerent, and lecherous. Like a tomcat, he was devoted to fights and sex, but mostly sex. I was fascinated and appalled. Didn't he know what his mom was like? Yeah, he did...and wanted no part of it.
Something had to be done. I asked permission for a few more Romans, including Cassius. The idea was to put him into the Bachelor Challenge From Hell. Multiple slapfests, aspiration failures, squeegee mop-kissing, and so forth. It didn't quite work out that way.
Once again, I asked for Cassius, this time to be imported into the Legacy proper, where he proceeded to become an antagonist bent on degrading the morals of the place.
If a reader interested in a twelve year old legacy were to start from the beginning and continue reading, there would be a point where he or she would exclaim, "egads! Who is this Cassius Marius? From whence did he come?" And the answers are 1) Ten Caesars, and 2) this Bachelor Challenge.
Fair warning: my picture skills were TERRIBLE at the time. Walls down, open skies...I wouldn't get the hang of Cameraman Mode or even know what it WAS for years.
Nevertheless, for my own, and possibly your amusement, back from the dead: the Cassius Marius Bachelor Challenge.