Episode 19: Antagonizing The Wildlife
It is the 4th Day of Winter, and the new pasture area is now closed off to the outside. Work is designated to start filling in the under area of the pasture with dirt, mostly for cosmetics sake. Cleaning is still being done around the fort. By the end of this episode, the gnomes are hoping to have all the seeds and other plant parts off the ground and stored in proper stockpiles. While all the work is still being done, Trickstur goes ahead and starts moving the yaks from the old pasture to the new one, and makes room in the valley for new constructions.
The gnomes working outside the pasture soon spot a honey badger. It seems to be minding its own business, but they make sure to keep an eye on it, in case it decides to attack. Instead, someone (who shall remain nameless, mostly because I'm not entirely sure who), decided to get frisky and attack the honey badger. The badger immediately defends itself and bites the gnome, causing it to bleed and run back into the base, honey badger right on their heels.
There was a call to sound the alarm bell during the fight, but due to some poor mismanagement, every gnome thought someone else was supposed to ring the bell in case of emergency. Fortunately, the soldiers were able to hear the commotion in the valley and were able to reach the combat before any major injuries could be inflicted on the population.
Everything quickly returns to normal after the quick skirmish. Floors are being cleaned, dirt walls are being constructed, and Jabba gets to mining further down into the earth to hopefully find some gems or metals, maybe some new stone colors as well.
As it passes midnight on the 5th day of Winter, a monitor lizard shows up at the front of the gates. Gravewalker and Wolfa are in their beds, but the alarm is set to be rung as Sophie runs out to kill it by herself. The alarm is actually sounded this time now that priorities and responsibilities have been properly distributed. The alarm doesn't need to be sounded though, Sophie easily kills the monitor lizard without so much as a scratch.
To end the episode, Jabba finishes the long tunnel at depth -7, and at the very end...he finds...sapphires! Finally, the kingdom has gems in its possession! Finally, truely valuable trade goods can be made and traded to neighboring kingdoms for precious resources and animals.Episode 20: All That Glitters
It is the 5th day of Winter, and there is a problem with the armor situation for our soldiers. Currently Sophia and Gravewalker are missing a few pieces of armor, even though all the required armor pieces have been crafted. It seems Xzen and Zefrine have been conspiring to join the army, as they have taken the new pieces of armor and equipped them for themselves. I assume it is because the pieces were made as Sophia and Graves were sleeping.
In anticipation of the next goblin raid, work is suspended on the new pasture area to prevent the goblins from getting in a back door or gnome civilians being caught out in the open. Once the next raid has been dealt with, work will resume in (hopefully) safety.
At the end of the last episode, some sapphires were found in Jabba's exploratory tunnel down in the depths. Today, work is started on creating the gem workshops so that the gems can be converted into valuable, expensive jewelry. Jewelry in gnomoria is ridiculously valuable as a trade good. One ring can often be worth dozens of pet rocks or other similar trade goods. The hope is that the next merchant will bring more valuable metal ores and some new animals in the trade caravan that the kingdom can trade for. Eventually the merchants will be bringing a steady supply of silver, a valuable trade metal, and tin, which is needed for bronze. Bronze is much more powerful and durable than simple copper items.
Work is also started on creating workshops for engineering and invention. The gnomes have heard tales of magnificent inventions being created throughout the lands, and they are anxious to test their minds and ingenuity. Zefrine seems the most inclined to tinkering and so volunteers to be the first engineer. In her off time from tinkering, she will also be doing the gem cutting and jewelry making.
With the success of finding gems, Jabba sets to work mining out a much larger area down in the depths. Hopefully he can find a few more gems, and of course some more metals down in the depths. The farmers and woodcutters of the fort are keeping occupied hauling items from the depths up to the proper stockpiles, but are also starting work on replacing the floors in the great hall to add a bit more decoration to the area.
To end off the episode, Balburse, the ambassador from the Childlike Twine, has noticed the prosperity of the kingdom and has demanded that she has a more oppulent room to live in during her visit. If we want to keep trade going between our two nations, we will have to add more value to her room.