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Orb & Cone of Centring

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Uploaded: 18th Dec 2016 at 10:01 PM
Updated: 9th Dec 2018 at 3:19 PM - Improved routing & conversation
Title: The Orb & Cone of Centring

UPGRADE August 5th, 2017

1) This upgrade makes several improvements to teacher and student routing, making it more likely that they will position themselves correctly.

2) The teacher and students now uses a more varied vocabulary, including Enthusiasms if FreeTime or any later EP is available.


Having created a neutrally aligned Warlock townie for the Orb of Clarity, I felt that there needed to a female version. In addition, although I had not initially planned to have a magical instructor for the Physiology Life Skill, this newly transformed character seemed to be perfect for the job.


a) To program a crystal ball to create a neutrally aligned and fully skilled witch from the pool of adult townies with an active personality. If a Sim makes friends with this witch they could have her convert them into a neutral magic user with the aid of the crystal ball.

b) On non-residential lots, to enable this crystal ball to automatically invite and/or create a witch to teach the Physiology Life Skill who will also help raise an interest in Sports, stimulate FreeTime Fitness Enthusiasm, develop an Active personality, satisfy Energy, Comfort, Fun and Social needs, and improve magic skill. If Apartment Life is not available then the invited townie cannot be made into a witch, and the Physiology and magic skills are not applicable.

c) To develop a table-top sized "Cone of Centring" to support crystal balls.

d) To give the option for the witch to materialize a random group meal on request.

General Description

The Orb of Centring is a basegame compatible crystal ball, but to actually learn the Physiology Skill, Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden must be available. When used by a spellcaster, the Orb acts as a source of green light and intermittently displays some starry visual effects. The Physiology Skill increases the rate of body and fitness gain, and slows the rate of fitness and energy loss.

This Orb is compatible with the podiums available in the Opportunity Pack Lectern, Reading Desk and Ravendancer projects.

Like the Witch NPCs, the neutral witch created by the Orb is provided with maximum magic skills, to enable her to cast the ninth level Magus Mutatio spell and convert a Sim into a magic user. The witch does not require any reagents to do spellcasting, but unfortunately she does not sell potions and reagents either. However, the witch has earned a gold badge in Stocking, making her a good choice to work in an OFB magic shop.

The Cone and the Orb of Centring are each available from the Hobby/Knowledge section of the catalogue at costs of §156 and §159 respectively.


1) The Orb of Centring - in the hands of an expert practitioner, The Orb of Centring gifts students with the Physiology Life Skill, while raising their Interest in Sports, their FreeTime Enthusiasm for Fitness and a motivation for Activity, and satisfying their energy, fun, comfort and social needs. Those enrolled in school or college will also earn Grade Points. If Seasons is installed, the comfort effect includes the maintenance of a neutral body temperature.

The Orb will transform an adult female townie into a neutral witch to work as an instructor. The witch can materialize a meal, and if a Sim makes friends with her, she may remake a selected Sim into a practitioner of magic. Any Witch or Warlock who attends a session taught by a spellcaster will increase their skill in Magic, while shifting their alignment towards "Neutral". Magic skill and alignment data is displayed at the beginning and end of a student's learning session.

A Sim who has already learned the Physiology Skill may teach using the Orb, gaining Charisma in the process. Magicians who practice "Neutral" magic and moderately Charismatic Sims (those with at least three Charisma skill points) may do so autonomously.

It is college accredited for those majoring in Drama, but regardless of what major they may be specializing in, attending a lecture at the Orb will grant college credits to all those registered in university.

College and school progress is displayed at the beginning and end of each student's learning session. If a school student earns an "A+", additional study will earn Extra Credits which allow a child or teen to take time off without losing a letter grade, or can be saved for advanced placement (up to one half term for 1000 points) in college.

The Orb will also satisfy the "Practice Speech, "Read To" and "Be Read to by" wants.

The Orb of Centring is based on the crystal ball mesh used as a handheld accessory by the Fortune Teller NPC, and like that accessory, it consists of an inner and an outer sphere. The inner sphere of The Orb of Centring is mapped to the glass subset of the basegame "End-to-End" Coffee Table and the outer sphere is mapped to the glass subset of the basegame Centerpieces Coffee Tables. A large number of recolours for these coffee tables are available in the 140+ Tiny Filesize Glass Coffee Table Recolours project. Those recolours labeled "Crystal Ball" are exact reproductions of the textures from the Fortune Teller's handheld ball or of the outdoor decorative balls released in Seasons and Mansion & Garden. The animated glass textures can produce some interesting crystal ball effects.

2) The Cone of Centring - Some say it's magic, but somehow crystal balls seem to balance perfectly at the apex of this cone. For those who cannot accept such mysteries, slot 1 of the cone will skewer whatever you place there.

The Cone of Centring is mapped to the textures available for the basegame "Museé Public Collection Sculpture", such as those from the 150+ Tiny Filesize Basegame Vase Collection Recolours and 64 HiRes Wood Basegame Vase Collection Recolours projects.

Looking into the Future

This set is the fourth in a series of crystal ball projects dedicated to raising Apartment Life and M&G Life Skills, and each including one or more crystal ball holders and stands. While each stand or holder is intended to convey the theme of the crystal ball that is is released with, the crystal ball supports are usable with any crystal ball in the series.

Terms of Use

You may include any item from this set in uploaded lots, whether for free or pay. It is nice but not necessary to provide a credit and link to this page.


I suggest using Pescado's Community Lot Skilling and Enthusiasm patch so that these and all other skill building objects are fully functional on all lots.

Additional Credits

GIMP 2 and Microsoft Paint for graphics editing, file conversion, processing, sizing and titling
Jfade's Compressorizer for minimizing file size
Milkshape 3D, Ultimate Unwrap3D Pro and UV Mapper Professional, for 3D modeling and mapping
Numenor's AnyGameStarter, for testing this project in several game environments
SimPE, PJSE, and CEP for Sims 2 object creation

Polygon Counts

The Orb of Centring: 360 faces, 202 vertices
The Cone of Centring: 290 faces, 226 vertices