The Kingdom of Naroni is an ongoing Machinomic illustrated with The Sims 2. The series debuted as a possible Royal Kingdom Challenge, but the author abandoned the idea of a free-play blog very quickly, instead opting to use the game to stage the illustrations for a pre-scripted story.The serial takes place in the titular kingdom, which is located somewhere in continental Europe (though the occasional hint and outright Word of God indicate that it is somewhere in the France/Spain area) from the year 1155 A.D. onward. Its genre is somewhat ambiguous, possibly a Fantasy or possibly Historical Fiction (although if one were to classify it as such, it would be an admittedlyhistorically-inaccurate one). The story stars an Ensemble Cast and features several story arcs, both completed and ongoing.The story can be found here.
Character Development - The story begins with an almost experimental feel, as if the author is playing around with different ideas and trying to figure out just who they are. As it progresses, the characters grow stronger and more distinct.
Chekhov's Gun - Remember that pond where everyone used to have sex?
Death Is Dramatic - Demonstrated by the fact that the deaths of major characters like Dalston and Alina got more emphasis and buildup than the deaths of characters like Honora or King Farilon of Dovia.
Brother Remiel shows the absolute worst of this trope during an early appearance, but it's not long after that when pervy behavior is the least of anyone's Remiel-related concerns...
Double In-Law Marriage - Falidor, whose sister Nora is the second wife of Severin, falls in love with and eventually marries Raia, Severin's eldest daughter from his marriage to Alina. Thus, Falidor is both brother-in-law and son-in-law to Severin.
And as if those two families aren't already connected enough, Falidor's brother Rifden marries Severin's half-sister Aerina.
Gayngst - There is an entire ongoing arc about this. The angst gets to the point where Sparron decides that he can't deal with the conflicted feelings brought on by his relationship with Searle and attempts to kill himself.
Girlfriend in Canada - Inverted with a male suitor Aspen made up to dissuade Rona from trying to set her up with random boys. Hilla calls the bluff, noting inconsistencies in both the man's name and his occupation.
Law of Inverse Fertility - Played with somewhat in regards to Severin and Alina, who have no problem reproducing when they're careless, but they start being more cautious after Severin decides that they have enough children (seven!!). Alina, who suffers from a form of postpartum depression, silently resents this until she can't take it anymore and tells Severin that she wants another baby. They then have difficulty conceiving and Alina suffers a few miscarriages before dying of an ectopic pregnancy. Also, Medea, in spite of not wanting to have children with Octavius, gets pregnant almost immediately after letting him back into her bed.
There's also Ietrin, who wants an heir and refuses to believe it could possibly be due to a problem with him instead of his wife, in spite of the fact that he took forever to knock up his mistress and has never had any speculated bastards before that.
Further complicated when Cord proposes to Asalaye's older sister Nanalie after their father tells him he won't consent to Asalaye's marriage until Nanalie has had at least an offer... and she accepts. He then seeks comfort by means of sleeping with Riala. They're caught by her angry brother.
This is now resolved: Cord is forced to marry Riala, leaving Nanalie (contentedly) unattached. Asalaye is then officially courted by Lonriad until her father catches them in the act, after which another Shotgun Wedding ensues. Rona's brother Lorn then hosts a tournament for her hand, which is won by Ashe—a.k.a. Aspen post-unintentional (yet convenient) Gender Bender. The two undergo a trial courtship period with Rona ultimately agreeing to marry him. Meanwhile, Nanalie catches the eye of and eventually marries a young widower knight, Garrett.
Laralita especially takes the cake here. Seriously.
Odd Couple - Hints of this with sisters Nanalie and Asalaye.
Older Than They Look - Most likely due to the limitations of the illustration platform, the surviving original characters don't look like they've aged much in the past twenty years. Also, Severin's father is looking mighty fine for a seventy-year-old great-grandfather.
One Steve Limit - Absolutely turned on its head. Seriously, there are like a million Searles.
Sweet on Polly Oliver - Played with somewhat during the crusade arc, when both Isidro and Casimiro develop feelings for Riona, who is masquerading as a boy named Searle. Casimiro, however, is revealed to be gay and loses interest upon realizing that "Searle" is really a girl; meanwhile, Isidro has consciously known about Riona's true identity from the start.
Sweet Polly Oliver - Wild child Riona Kemorin disguises herself as a boy in order to go on a crusade.
Jadin and Isidro seem to be shaping up to be this as well.
Ashe and Lonriad also show shades of this.
Where The Hell Is Springfield? - The most specific location Naroni is ever given is somewhere between France and Spain. Dovia is known to be east of Naroni, but that's it. A third fictional country, Carvallon, is occasionally mentioned and implied to be on the coast.