You have arrived. After a long journey from the Mountainhomes into the forbidding wilderness beyond, your harsh trek has finally ended. Your party of seven has fled from home for fear of being caught in a future war that might wipe out your entire pack. There are almost no supplies left, but with stout labor comes sustenance. Whether by bolt, plow, or hook provide for yourselves. With any luck a wandering trader may stop by before winter, or your new pack may even be strong enough to launch a small supply raid, but it is Spring now. Enough time to delve secure lodgings, ere the wolves get hungry. A new chapter of Diamond Dog history begins here at this place, Numbershadowed. Strike the earth!
>>295999 When the water buffaloes you pilfered finally stop pulling you find quite the surprise. The Jungle is covered in snow! To the northeast lies a small hill. To the east and northeast the ground slopes gently downwards. It wuld be wise to get yourselves and your supplies out of the cold.
>>296018 "Oh sure, you just want to go back to that pit. And then what'll they do? They'll put our lovely gems on their stupid weapons, and they'll ruin them. Gems don't go on anything but ceremonial weapons!" I'll look around for anything edible. Plants, herbs, that sort of thing.
>>296023 "Who said I wanted to go back? We'll have to trade with them eventually, and to do that we need something to show for it. Besides, they're about to start fighting, who's to say they won't come to us?"
>>296028 >>296029 >>296032 The small area that was dug into earlier collapses and leaves a small hole in the otherwise cozy room. You can both feel many frozen pounds surrounding you that are hidden by snow.
>>296031 The axe slips out of your numbs paws. You pick it up and look at all the trees around you.
>>296033 >>296035 Your cold paws don't make it very far into the sand. The roof holds though, and you can feel that the entrance can be modified to make it more defensible.
>>296034 It doesn't. Below the sand you find a layer of peat.
>>296038 You, however, dig into the loose sand and clear out a room for all the supplies.
>>296055 Right. Well. Shake myself off, look like that was completely on purpose, and then go see what needs doing at the main dig site, at the wall. "So, how are we gonna dig this out, anyway? Rooms near the front? Rooms in the back? Long halls, short halls? Or do we just want to drag all our shit out of the cold?"
>>296060 "Let's keep it short and simple right now, eh? We can expand naturally afterwards, but let's put a roof over our heads and a warm bed to sleep in. We'll put the supplies in the back for now, since we need them a lot right now."
>>296072 Now, evenly spaced "rooms", 3x3. Similar to >>296067, and spaced so that the "doors" are in the middle of the room. this should allow for the rooms to all have a wall between them. '1d10' Starting from the top left of the hall, and digging until we've got seven rooms. Should I roll for each room, or let others field their own rooms?
>>296081 "Hey boss, you think we should set up some workshops or something? We can't just sleep on the ground." Heading to the western wall of the main room, I'll start expanding it another 3 columns to make room for the lumber, and the other supplies. '1d10'
>>296092 IT WORKS FOR SOME PEOPLE OKAY I decide to postpone my studies in punching wood to craft things to another day, jotting down my results in my journal, and retire to the carpenter's shop and begin properly crafting what we need. '1d10+1'
>>296092 >>296093 Now that the snow's thawed, I can go out and look for edible things. After I set up the Food Storage Area, of course. It's going to need to be in a place with good ventilation, though. First floor, northern three rows of the front chamber should do it for now. If they aren't already occupied.
>>296108 >>296109 You spend all your time trying to take inventory without an office to keep your recordbooks in. It is slow going but you determine that you have plenty of food and alcohol for now. Most of the seeds even made it off the wagon before it sank.
>>296110 You get to work digging out a large room for the butcher's shop and the kitchen.
>>296144 You head outside and see some giant kangaroos. Holy gems, they are almost twice as big as you are.
>>296145 You start collecting a bunch of tasty looking plants. Many of them can probably be brewed or cooked.
>>296148 "First we need to find out how deep down it is. After that we need to drop a plug on it and dig through the middle of the plug. I think we should start looking for it away from our cave in case there is an accident."
>>296155 You head out there and start foraging too.
>>296156 You'll get started on them once you finish Boyar's order.
>>296159 After I finish gathering plants, I'll try and get Boyar's attention. "Hey, you think we should designate a garbage dump? Somewhere outside, maybe? We're going to need somewhere to dump things we don't eat or need."
>>296166 "Well, since we don't want it to stink to the clouds, I figure we can use this spot here, after we carve up the walls a little so there aren't any ways something could come down and walk around in it.
The end of Spring is drawing close. The adventurous dogs have dug their way into a hill near where their wagon broke down and carved out space to store their goods, sleep, grow crops, clean and cook animals, and make wooden furniture. The most important task ahead of them is locating, then breaching, the aquifer they are standing above.
One moment while I get these fucking dogs to do what they are supposed to be doing.
>>296167 The kangaroo drops dead and does not outrun the rag tag milita I had to form because the fucking game didn't give your character any sort of ranged weapon when it was supposed to do that based on your skillset.
>>306053 The butcher's workshop and kitchen were already built inside. They are in the top left room.
>>306054 >>306056 >>306061 You dig strait down at the foot of your bed. You both find a layer of water up to your chins a layer below the carpenter's workshop, two below the level your main rooms are in, and another layer of soaked clay beneath it.
This aquifer is several z-levels deep.
>>306065 You can hear the sounds of your comrades splashing in the water from somewhere else. The hearty plants can survive with the water they currently have access to.
>>306111 "Alpha, we should either search for a way around the aquifer or try to plug it. The first option is safer and I have a few ideas of where to look. We will also want to build a still soon to begin making alcohol."
>>306109 Can I set that up over here? If I can, I start doing whatever I need to set it up. '1d10' >>306111 "If we really want to be more successful than home, perhaps we should put more towards trade? Diplomatic relations?"
>>306142 >>306143 >>306145 >>306146 The four of you get to digging when Prophecy stops you. "No! No, stop! The plug must be larger!" He draws something in the dirt. Collective roll of 15 to do it right. This will take a while.
>>306207 I gently reach out a paw and pat her head. "Shh… it's okay little Road. We're not going to hurt you. I just wanted to ask you a few honest questions, that's all. Is there anything you want? A young donkey such as yourself much have a few needs, yes?" >>306210 "Which would you prefer, little Road?"
>>306213 >>306225 "An excellent idea, brother. "Glove, if you want to live here then you'll need to surrender your property to the pack as a whole. That includes your slave. She'll live in slave quarters along with any other slaves we capture or buy, and she'll be the property of the pack."
>>306228 "Wha- bu-" I groan and grit my teeth, mumbling. "It's a start…" >>306232 >>306234 "Glove, you release her from your possession or you aren't allowed here. Alpha's orders." AWiYE (+ Compassion) '1d10'
"We all brought things of value to this place, Glove, but we gave of them freely so that the pack would prosper. This is important, because we need to make decisions about our goods and future. What happens if we get into the winter and it comes time to slaughter her? And you don't want to because she's 'your property?' That's not going to work.
"The Noble One commands obedience, and this obedience is demanded from the pack as well as from the thrall. For it was written, 'Ye shall obey thy master in everything, and do as he orders.'" '1d10+2'
>>306243 A majority of them have been working all through the summer and into the Autumn months to build a massive plug for the aquifer. A couple are out hunting while the rest are at work into the Craftsdog's shop and Carpenter's shop churning out useful things.
>>306244 You accidentally snap the arrowhead off inside your paw. It hurts like hell and you will need medical attention soon if you don't want to loose the use of that paw.
>>306246 You are able to remove the head without much more damage then clean her paw in a nearby pond. After that you wrap it up nicely with bandages.
>>306247 He grumbles. "Fine, but if you try slaughtering her before those two waterbuffalo out there or before you finish off the food from the farms I'll use your skull as a helmet." Road was off getting a drink from a barrel while all this was said, and heard none of it.
>>306249 You punch a small hole in the wall for a small donkey.
"It's cute to see you out here hunting. Usually, I am alone. I've been that way since I left my last pack. Do you want to help me clean the kills? Normally I like solitude in my butchery, but for a patient, I will make an exception. Perhaps you will help me hunt again in the future."
Drag that meat home to my domain! We'll clean it when we get there.
>>306258 Another soft chuckle. "Sometimes the fun is in experimenting. I don't know many bug recipes, so maybe we'll sneak a taste as we cook, and try to guess what will go well with it. Worst case, all meat makes good broth."
>>306253 You start to dig out a nicer room for her, but stop when you realize how much your room sucks. It's a sandy hole with a bed in the middle of it. You are one of the few lucky enough to have a door.
>>306255 "You still don't have a distillery? It looks like the rumors back home were right about you lot." He grabs Road and wanders off to another room.
>>306255 Conscious of the finite amount of space you dig out an area on the same level as the Carpenter's workshop for future slaves.
>>306256 Almost done with the first segment of the plug, hold on.
>>306259 One of the dogs speaks up. "I dunno, fourteen?"
>>306261 You drag the corpses back and manage to get some useful meat and a few internal organs. Cooking will require another roll.
>>306279 I bark at him. "Because I built the kitchen so far away! Or you could ask, you know! Or have heard anything about my last pack? … I only dropped the knife because I didn't expect someone else here, and…"
Collect myself and another, this time very big sigh. "It's fine. Just take the food. I'm sorry, Aida. I should have not lost my concentration or my temper."
>>306281 I'll set about a distillery in a corner of my kitchen.
>>306306 "Stoneworking, gem crafting, blacksmith, maybe, once we can find the stone… Clothier's perhaps. Don't think we have the thread for it, though. As soon as we get that aquifer cleared up, we should be able to dig deeper, and find things that are actually worth the dig."
>>306309 I'll go help her with the farm, rather than damage things further in my kitchen for now.
"They weren't so bad. It was me, really. We lived in the lowlands, near the base of the Mother Mountains. I had such a bad temper back then… I am still not good at controlling myself, but it's better than then. They couldn't banish me, because I hunt and heal, too useful… They would exact themselves in other ways. Finally, they did end up sending me away, when I was no longer useful. They found a replacement. I just… don't want that to happen again. I want to belong to a pack in a real way."
IMPORTANT: The aquifer plug stands ready to be used once the ice around the edge of the aquifer melts. If the plug lacks the number of layers needed to breach the aquifer I have seen to it that the dogs left plenty of room for pumps and a drainage system.
Changes: Things are going more slowly than planned, but given that we are a pack of misfits that is to be expected. For better or for worse twenty diamond dogs, including us, now call this place our home. The two water buffalo that pulled our cart here have given birth to a calf, and a wave of refugees have brought with them a yak calf. My recommendations are to let them both mature then slaughter the freshly grown water buffalo, but if the winter is harsh we may need to slaughter all of them. The young donkey slave continues to follow her old master around. Our fisherdogs have reported that none of the small ponds contain any fish with meat on their bones.
Industries: The newest arrivals have built workshops in addition to the ones we constructed. The farmers have shown interest in setting up their own industries, but we lack seeds in sufficient quantities to support them. As it stands we currently have the facilities for the following industries:
Leather - Currently lacking skins to make into leather. This should change come spring. Bone crafts - See above note Wood crafts Furniture - The building of a second Carpenter's workshop may prove necessary
Other Constructions: A trade depot stands ready to welcome any wealthy travelers. Until we reach a layer of stone its location outside does not mater because we cannot protect it with traps. A large room for the slaves has been built, but will lack furnishings until all the dogs are taken care of.
Suggestions For The Coming Year: Breaching the aquifer should be a top priority. We need more rooms, beds, doors, and furnishings for all the dogs we have. We need a larger storage room or several storage rooms dedicated to different materials. We need a dining area with tables and chairs.
-Prophecy Fortifysag -Self-appointed assistant to the Alpha