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[0426 UPDATED BUG FIX] ARKHELIOS - A murder mystery and sci-fi scripted hood by redandvidya and nappe

by redandvidya Posted 23rd Mar 2021 at 9:33 PM - Updated 27th Apr 2021 at 8:18 AM by redandvidya
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04/26/2021: All name bugs, including sims, lots, and bios are now fixed. Apologies for the wait as I had a brutal two weeks of school finals, only could get back to my gaming PC now. Thank you!

It's here!! It's all finally here! An original, unique hood that resulted as the first collab between Red (simstate) and Nappe (nappe-plays-the-sims).

Founded by Abraham Helios and disillusioned citizens protesting laws limiting freedom of expression (or freedom of partying) ARKHELIOS is embedded in the midst of nowhere between mountains no normal sim would dare climb. The community managed by itself up until the untimely death of Abraham. As succession is called into question and secrets unravel, will the inhabitants of ARKHELIOS be able to find peace again or plunge into chaos?

What is Arkhelios? Arkhelios is a 10 household, 50+ sim story hood that revolves over the founder, Abraham Helios, being suddenly murdered! Find out who the killer is and look into all the drama and storylines of all the families!

What does Arkhelios require and is it CC-Free? Arkhelios was created with the Ultimate Collection in mind, so you'll need all EPs and SPs for everyone to work as advertised. Arkhelios does come with some CC, but it's purely for lore reasons and it's only a little bit! Arkhelios REQUIRES a camera mod to play all the households.[/B]

How long does Arkhelios take to complete? We recommend you play through all the households in this playing order. Please note that YOU ONLY NEED TO PLAY THEM for 1-2 DAYS at a time to solve the main mystery, no need for full rounds!

More features of Arkhelios:
  • Scripted events for all households!! With custom notifications!
  • A secret puzzle in the hood you have to solve!
  • After you'll solve this secret puzzle, you?ll know who the killer is in a "machinima" style cutscene!
  • Secret easter eggs everywhere! Will you find them all?

Custom Content Included:



Notes: Certain behavior changing mods like Story Progression can cause a lot reset, which will break the scripted events. In that case, I recommend taking out SP to finish the main story, and then putting it back in once you've completed the story :D

Note 2: Certain pics in the game might trigger your eyes- some of them are photosensitive. If you have sensitive eyes, please take care and don't play for now!

Don't wanna listen to the same old Sims 2 music while playing this hood? We have two Spotify playlists based on the story of Arkhelios!! We put a lot of care in them, we hope you like them! [ Playlist One | Playlist Two ]

Lastly, here are all the statistic stuff for the households:

Neighborhood Number: ARKH
Number of Lots: 16
Number of Sims: 68, including Townies and Pets

Lot Statistics:
  1. Fontana (5x4 Lot) : $370,148
  2. Chun (3x2 Lot) : $87,225
  3. Rivales (5x3 Lot) : $170,088
  4. Helios (3x2 Lot) : $77,976
  5. Hydes (3x2 Lot) : $92,818
  6. Bellamy (4x3 Lot) : $125,744
  7. Mishra (3x3 Apartment Lot, shared with Soileh) : $72,160
  8. Soileh (3x3 Apartment Lot, shared with Mishra) : $66,992
  9. Durant (3x4 Lot) : $87,126
  10. Armstrong (2x2 Lot) : $29,493

Enjoy! - PSYCHDUO (Red & Nappe)

Additional Credits:
And of course, what wouldn't be a download post without crediting and thanking some people?

lazyduchess​ who helped a lot: she helped on the modding stuff, and is responsible for making this hood as unique as it is! Thanks!
whattheskell​ who gave feedback on the hood and playtested it! <3
reginacyrkonia for feedback and help on making the video and giving filming tips to me, a newbie! <333
general inspiration for arkhelios style: katatty​ and moocha-muses​'s nekojima, penig​'s widespot, eddysims​ for photos, skell (again) for story.
special thanks to some people who helped: ara-fusilli, xwhitepolar, premiumfeel, bob aka lapis, MAGLX, ri2xe, residentgoth, superlegal, thybrid21, zan
special thanks (nappe): Hans, 70% dark chocolate, free meditation videos, weird apartment neighbor

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2 University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs
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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#26 Old 13th Apr 2021 at 7:07 AM
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Originally Posted by I_am_dead
I want to play, but in my Russian language game half of sims names translate into Russian. I don't remember what to do with this, in SimPE maybe


Idk that should've been fixed, the version I updated this to SHOULD have all the names normally- I have no idea what's going on in your game, apologies
Test Subject
#27 Old 16th Apr 2021 at 8:08 PM
Hi! I love how detailed this is, and the writing in the bios and such is very well done. However, I'm having some issues figuring out the key. I'm not sure how to add a spoiler block on here so I won't be detailed, but I've found what I think is the key somehow but none of the passwords I try work. I can't message you on the tumblr so I thought I'd try here- is there a hint you can give? I've scoured every corner and played each for 3 days/followed the scripted pop-ups, but I'm stumped. Is there a hint you can give? I'd love to be able to finish your story!
Test Subject
#28 Old 17th Apr 2021 at 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by redandvidya
Idk that should've been fixed, the version I updated this to SHOULD have all the names normally- I have no idea what's going on in your game, apologies


Hi ! I had the same issue when I tried it in french. Thankfully the sims have bio, otherwise I think I would just have quit. Strangely, it did not change for all the sims, I didn't test any futher, so I can't give you much detail, sorry. As far as I know, I don't have in my game any fix/mod that would randomize the names.

Nice work on the lore by the way.
Field Researcher
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#29 Old 18th Apr 2021 at 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by belugasandrum
Hi! I love how detailed this is, and the writing in the bios and such is very well done. However, I'm having some issues figuring out the key. I'm not sure how to add a spoiler block on here so I won't be detailed, but I've found what I think is the key somehow but none of the passwords I try work. I can't message you on the tumblr so I thought I'd try here- is there a hint you can give? I've scoured every corner and played each for 3 days/followed the scripted pop-ups, but I'm stumped. Is there a hint you can give? I'd love to be able to finish your story!


Thank you! Well, (BIG SPOILER HERE) the password is formed if you order the letters in the family playing order. Say Family 1's letter is A, and Family 2's letter is B. Therefore, the "password" would be AB. You can find the playing order of the families in the story hood.
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#30 Old 18th Apr 2021 at 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Odahviing
Hi ! I had the same issue when I tried it in french. Thankfully the sims have bio, otherwise I think I would just have quit. Strangely, it did not change for all the sims, I didn't test any futher, so I can't give you much detail, sorry. As far as I know, I don't have in my game any fix/mod that would randomize the names.

Nice work on the lore by the way.


Thanks! Is this the most recent version? The most recent update did fix the language issue by defaulting language all the names (this was the method used to fix them) I have conflicting reports of the names being fixed and the names not being fixed after the final update which fixed these things. Some people said in the bugfix thread that the language issue had gone away, but some in this thread have said it's still here (the file WAS updated, I think)

A good flag if the name issue is not prevalent is also the bios. Bios were also fixed with this update, so you chould check if they show up for you as well.
Test Subject
#31 Old 18th Apr 2021 at 12:15 PM
Hi again, I was using the fixed version (so the last), but just to be sure I redownloaded the files on both MTS and SFS. The issue is the same on both, with the same sims getting localized names. I'll send more details on the forum page.
Test Subject
#32 Old 19th Apr 2021 at 7:19 PM
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Originally Posted by redandvidya
Thank you! Well, (BIG SPOILER HERE) the password is formed if you order the letters in the family playing order. Say Family 1's letter is A, and Family 2's letter is B. Therefore, the "password" would be AB. You can find the playing order of the families in the story hood.


Ooh that's kind of what I was trying- glad I'm on the right track. Gotta hunt for the missing letter or letters from my guess! Thank you so much.
Test Subject
#33 Old 25th Apr 2021 at 4:57 PM
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Originally Posted by belugasandrum
Ooh that's kind of what I was trying- glad I'm on the right track. Gotta hunt for the missing letter or letters from my guess! Thank you so much.


Did you managed to solve it eventually? I would give one more advice for those who are little bit lost.
There is actually a feature for you to take photos of your sims and write a description for them in each household. I didn't know about it and was therefore missing some important information.
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Original Poster
#34 Old 27th Apr 2021 at 8:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Odahviing
Hi again, I was using the fixed version (so the last), but just to be sure I redownloaded the files on both MTS and SFS. The issue is the same on both, with the same sims getting localized names. I'll send more details on the forum page.


26/04/2021 UPDATE - As stated, the sims with localized names bug are now fixed. Apologies I couldn't get to it longer, I had a brutal finals TWO weeks of school and studying and I couldn't use my gaming PC Everything should be fixed now, ty
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#35 Old 27th Apr 2021 at 8:15 AM
Lmfao wait my dumb ass actually forgot to fix lot bios. Updated the x2 version to fix lot bios for diff languages as well, no more "the household possibly needs a robot or a kid" stuff. Ty!
Test Subject
#36 Old 27th Apr 2021 at 11:26 PM Last edited by belugasandrum : 27th Apr 2021 at 11:47 PM.
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Originally Posted by Adria22
Did you managed to solve it eventually? I would give one more advice for those who are little bit lost.
There is actually a feature for you to take photos of your sims and write a description for them in each household. I didn't know about it and was therefore missing some important information.


Not quite yet- I did another pass through the houses and tried some more of what I was thinking but got stumped again. Like I recognize the things that are weird but am having trouble getting a password from them.
I looked at the family stories but will look again- a lot of families have pictures with no descriptions so maybe I skimmed those too much

Thank you for the help!

Edit: yay I got it thanks!
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This message has been deleted by k-athleen. Reason: figured it out. look at the family scrapbooks.
Test Subject
#37 Old 11th May 2021 at 4:18 PM
When we download, what are we supposed to do with the _R3CYCLEB1N folder?
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#38 Old 6th Jun 2021 at 8:38 PM
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Originally Posted by scentysims
When we download, what are we supposed to do with the _R3CYCLEB1N folder?


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This message has been deleted by kaligi. Reason: I don't wanted to spoiler, sorry :)
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#39 Old 9th Jun 2021 at 8:09 PM
Hi guys, first of all, thank you for this gorgeous neighborhood & story, scripted events. Im not done yet, but nobody told, it's gonna be easy. I played all families through as requested.

Now, i just found out something interesting accidentally @redandvidya ... when you play the Bellamy family (in the latest version) i've realised, that Hunter is not showing up in the family tree as a child from Malika & Salem, but they're flagged as family. This means also, if, he having a child, this child will be not set as a Grandchild, also no memory from this event by the Granparents will showing up. If you guys have the Memory Manipulator mod in your game, you can give them this memory, after the baby's birth (basegame memories). Because this happened in my game right now, i just watched and i was so surprised. I thought, im gonna tell ya'll immediately, so, here it is.
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#40 Old 10th Jun 2021 at 2:18 AM
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Originally Posted by kaligi
Hi guys, first of all, thank you for this gorgeous neighborhood & story, scripted events. Im not done yet, but nobody told, it's gonna be easy. I played all families through as requested.

Now, i just found out something interesting accidentally @redandvidya ... when you play the Bellamy family (in the latest version) i've realised, that Hunter is not showing up in the family tree as a child from Malika & Salem, but they're flagged as family. This means also, if, he having a child, this child will be not set as a Grandchild, also no memory from this event by the Granparents will showing up. If you guys have the Memory Manipulator mod in your game, you can give them this memory, after the baby's birth (basegame memories). Because this happened in my game right now, i just watched and i was so surprised. I thought, im gonna tell ya'll immediately, so, here it is.


This is kind of on purpose because of the spoiler. But yeah.
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#41 Old 11th Jun 2021 at 7:35 AM
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Originally Posted by redandvidya
This is kind of on purpose because of the spoiler. But yeah.



Alright thanks. Never thought that it could be on purpose. There is one more thing .. who is Tanya Willow? One of the townies is called that and is a man. Long hair, with glasses, I believe this one here: https://sims2defaults.dreamwidth.org/277949.html
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#42 Old 17th Jun 2021 at 12:47 PM
The style of the houses are fabulous!
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#43 Old 13th Oct 2021 at 8:07 PM
This hood is awesome! It's a unique concept that is tastefully done! What you guys did just amazes me. I played it for the first time a few months back and I loved it so much I am even planning on playing it from the beginning again soon, once I kinda forget the details!! The work and love you put into it show and I really hope everyone gives it a chance because it is one of the best experiences I had playing the Sims! And the story is written in such a way, that it makes you want to continue playing the hood even after you solve the mystery! Very Very good job guys, thanks for all the hard work, it's a shame you're not getting paid for it lol
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