The first new residents to Ayre this summer are its first Merchant family, the Stroganovs. Leonid, an ambitious man of trade, hopes to start a thriving merchant guild in Ayre, and is willing to start from the ground up by developing Ayre’s rudimentary market.
During the summer, with the patronage of the Squire and Lord Stirwuard, he will begin to sell families of Ayre on the idea of selling their goods to him, to trade, rather than maintaining their farmgate businesses. The Squire, who is anxious to develop a thriving market economy, has given the Stroganovs until next Spring to pay rent or taxes, if necessary, in hopes of stimulating Ayre’s growth more quickly.
Leonid is joined by his new wife, Natalia, and her mother, Tatiana, both of whom are anxious for the arrival of children in the family. The family are devout followers of the Allfather.
Early in the summer, The Stroganov’s introduce coin purchases into the economy, which up till now has been primarily based on barter between private citizens.
With Ayre’s new growth, the hamlet also attracted a mid-summer faire. The Squire has announced that she will hold a tournament this season, for the men-at-arms to display their skills. A grandstand has been set up for the occasion. In the meantime, residents can enjoy the food and wares, drink, dancing, and singing, as well as street performers, or try out their own skill at log rolling or axe throwing.
The Stirwuards try out log rolling. It feels good to strip to the skivvies and take a plunge in the cold water, with the summer heat bearing down.
On a bright summer morning, Ella Wise makes a friend at the Faire. Ralf Forester cuts loose after a pint of ale, singing of his longing for a wife.
Meanwhile, residents meet and chat. Cadby regals Lady Eithne Stirwuard with his dreams for the future, to marry Marigold and settle down to a peaceful life of basket weaving. Lady Eithne meets Natalia Stroganov, and tells her a little about what its like to live in Ayre.
Rhett and Ella share a few moments of fun flirting, but Rhett doesn’t allow it to go any further, and walks off to find a pint of ale, instead. There he meets and gets to know the new merchant, Leonid Stroganov.
The Stirwuard’s dog, Cinad, is fascinated by the fire dancer.
Brice, who is a tournament champion already, scopes out the jousting lists and the fencing arena.
Lady Eithne enjoys talking with Leonid Stroganov, and wishes he were single, and a proper match. It is no secret that she worries she will not find a husband and will die unwed.
The Barracks have received an overhaul, with stables being added, and some of the ancient imperial stones that form the keep and the lower level, which had been buried under new rocks, being restored.
Brice is practicing for the tournament. In the war room, Rob, Cadby, Alistair, and Oakes strategize the defense needed in a future attack on Ayre.
James is the Captain’s bodyguard, and is stationed outside his chamber, or near to him. Henri, who is a well-studied noble as well as a war hero, has been appointed Captain of the Guard by the Squire. Brice and he often hold private conversations in his chamber over a game of chess.
The bath has been restored with wood panelling.
Ayre also has a foundling home now, and the Stirwuard’s niece, Jada, who entered a monastic life, is it’s caretaker. She begins her oversight of the home for orphans by planting a garden and tending to the rabbits, and then seeks out the place of worship for followers of the Allfather, where she meets Lady Elizabeth, Lady Joslyn, and Leonid Stroganov. They tell her that church is now held at the Squire’s chapel, since the village church is in ruins.
Jada attends chapel at sunset, where she meets Oakes, Rourke Honeycutt, and Natalia Stroganov.
Rourke must have told his wife, Anais, about Jada, because she visits to welcome Jada to Ayre. Although they had never met before, the two hit it off as if they have been best friends forever.
The Stroganov’s were moved in and set up as the owner of the market.
The Stroganov’s update will be last during the summer, since they need to buy goods from the residents throughout the season.
I played the Stirwuard household to test the set up of the Faire. I was holding my breath when Rhett and Ella began flirting at the faire, and so happy to see that Rhett, who already put his family through a lot, walked away from Ella pretty quickly. Since I wasn’t playing their household there wasn’t a lot I could do.
This update also included the set up of Jada Stirwuard as the caretaker of the Foundling Home. Jada was randomly rolled a while back for another purpose. She is a romance sim so I’m not sure how well she suits religious orders or how long this assignment will last, but I wanted a sim that wasn’t an elder to run the orphanage. I think of her backstory including being sent off to the nunnery by her father, perhaps when she had an illegitimate child. Where she goes from here, we will see. The foundling home is not a regular rotation. There aren’t any orphans for now, anyway, except the orphans who live with Zelda and Hilda Berry.
The Barracks were updated, with Henri being set up as the Captain of the Guard. (Basically a change of outfit). He’s the only man-of-arms who is a knowledge sim, so I thought it would work well. I expect/plan for Cadby to marry Marigold soon and take up weaving, and for James and Daralis to marry as well, with James taking up goat-herding. Brice (Fortune) is in the Knighthood career as a Tournament Champion. Rob (Romance) and Oakes (Popularity) will probably be career army men, but Alistair is also a family sim and might eventually leave the barracks.
Next week’s update will introduce the McGobhan’s, Ayre’s new blacksmith. They will be next of the summer updates. Here’s a sneak peek of the randomly rolled family.
Thanks for reading!