First of Granite, 102
I wandered through the wilderness for ages now,
searching for some place to stay at least for a while.
A few days ago i spotted smoke rising from a mountain, maybe someone lives there.
i arrived at the mountain.
Lava and charred trees everywhere.
And a bunch of dwarves milling around the area as if lava flowing all over the ground was a normal thing!
All but one at least.
A ... girl.. i guess... just stood outside, staring at the lava and burned trees with teary eyes, mumbling something about a "waterslide".
Oh well, at least they are sentients to keep me company.
I go inside and spot the local tavern.
I walk in, sit down, try to get something to drink.
A few precious minutes,
which were filled with civilisation and actual people to be around,
later a girl walks into the tavern and spots me and freezes at the sight of my stunning, hardened by the time in the wilderness, physique.
Or at least i thought so.
she sprints over to me, grabs me at the shoulder, yells "PUDDING" and drags me off through the hallways.
a few turns and hard corners to my head later we arrive at an office labeled "Mayor", im confused.
she drags me into the office, shoves me into the seat, throws me a fancy jacket with a nice pin on it.
she winked to me, whispered "pudding" and walked out of the office.
seconds later people came storming into the office telling me that they cant put stuff properly away because they lost their child or how their sheep was stung by a bee.
meanwhile puddinggirl sneaks in again, puts an obsidian statue, which is smeared in some undefinable mass, on the desk, winks at me again and walks out.
well, it seems like im the new mayor now.
im also confused.
my first decision as mayor was to initiate building of an aqueduct to the nearby aquifier, because everyone i've seen yet was covered in various degrees of dirt.
i've immediately set out to built a probing shaft.
10th of Granite
The first caravan of the year has arrived, an Elven one.
They didnt appear to eager to begin with, but they unloaded their wares nevertheless.
I didnt pay too much attention to them, expecting the Broker to handle the elves.
21th of Granite
On a walk i stumbled into our trade depot, expecting the elves to be long gone.
But the ones that werent hanging out in the Tavern, idling, rushed up to me and asked me when someone comes to start trading with them!
I tell them that someone will shortly arrive and hurry off to search for the broker.
I find him lurking in some corner in the common hall, i yell at him to get over to the elves, forbid him to do anything else but tending to them.
The other dwarves around him glare at him, he looks appropriately stunned and i regard my immediate job with him to be done and go my way.
25th of Granite
I take a look at the trade depot again to check on the broker doing his job.
He stands there, watching the elves loading up their goods.
I ask him if he got any trading done.
He starts rambling about having to finish his drink and getting a nap before dealing with the elves.
The only thing keeping me from throwing him into the lava is pudding girl dragging me away around hard corners to place me at a desk with some liquor already standing there.
I have no idea how she arranged that, or how she knew that she had to arrange it, but im grateful.
16th of slate
Lor Taloshdodok, bowyer
Momuz Zafalnish, armorer
ilral Zasticatten, craftsdwarf
morul thidasdoren, clothier
kib nishudar, woodcrafter
domas momuzasmel, papermaker
kadol rutodlolor, farmer
as Ilulled, butcher
kadol eribstettad, potash maker
ilral litastokil, soap maker
bim Onshenlikot, peasant
ubbul Ittascilob, peasant
shorast vabokam, peasant
domas tumamdastot, surgeon
4th of Felsite
some smith with some unpronounceable name "sqrrl" or something along those lines seems to have aquired the sanity his name suggests.
The other dwarves claim that he has been posessed and claimed a magma forge!
He runs through the fortress and collects silver ore and leather to hide it in holes he hacked into the ground next to "his" forge.
rambling about the winter and that he has to store nuts for then.
pudding girl that the condition is temporary and if it cant run its course the dwarf would get even more mad.
so it seems that we let him continue for now.
8th of Felsite
The Primary structures of the new water supply system are mostly done, main cistern and channels to the well are dug and cleared from debris.
one of the things that are missing missing is the actual shaft downwards from the well to the supply channel.
So i oder the dwarves to dig downwards from the well location.
they refuse to do it.
one of them goes there, digs two meters down and complains that he wouldnt get out again if he dug that hole.
He goes to get a drink and never comes back to the dig location.
So i order them to build stairs upwards from the bottom level to dig out the shaft and then to destroy the stairs afterwards.
the stairwell (hah! geddit? stair-well?
) is soon done digging and i think the project will be done soon.
i was wrong.
the smartest of the troupe decided it would be best to destroy one of the stairs in the middle of the well, which he promptly does.
now theres a couple of floating stairs in the well shaft, great.
i had to order to dig a helper tunnel to get the channeling for the well done
the floating stairs were promptly removed and the shaft was to be closed off again.
the dwarf closing it off had a very smart day
Lolor "Wheeledstoke" Kolgusgash, Mason managed to trap himself inside the wall to be closed.
i had him cut out of the wall and the wall closed off from the correct side this time.
Lolor didnt even look ashamed when we got him out of there, he just asked for a beer and went off to the tavern.
11th of Felsite
"squirrel" seems to be done with collecting "nuts" for the winter and has now begun hammering away on his forge, im worried what might come out of that.
18th of Felsite
"Squirrel" walked into my office today and showed me what his madness resulted in.
Those leggins were quite stunning, i ordered them to be properly stowed away in a safe location.
First of Hematite
digging works on the aquifier were progressing, to find a good spot for the main channel to be dug to it.
i ordered them specifically to be careful not to dig into damp rock
it seems they only heard "dig into damp rock"
luckily the J turn stairs before the actual tunnel to the aquifier kept the water form flooding the main stairway and down into the caverns.
an airlock system for the next channel is planned.
13th of Hematite
A human caravan arrived.
This time the broker went straight to deal with them and offered them our goods.
they just said "Nah, we're not here for your stuff, just to sleep and drink a bit".
Despite the best efforts of the broker, they refused to trade with us.
A few days later they departed again.
26th of Hematite
18th of malachite
Well, now i know for sure that Waterslide girl actually is female.
'Talvienne' Dishmabemal, Miner has given birth to a girl, Bomrek Zonethab
Pudding girl came to me with both of them to show me the child.
i have no idea why she did that, they seem to be friends, so i guess she wanted me to be part of their little group?
27th of Galena
The main channel to the aquifier is now done, floodgates have been installed and cut points have been designated, we are ready to open up the water flow.
First of Limestone
a great day has come for the fortress!
the cut into the aquifier has been made and water is flowing through the channel!
of course it cant just go as planned a moron got himself trapped in the flow.
he seemed to be okay and slowly making progress towards the outside.
so i left him to himself and a while later he ended up in the tavern with a beer.
during the festivities for the new water supply system some goblin thieves sneaked into the fortress and stole... wooden floor panelling.
i didnt further bother with them.
5th of Limestone
Today i noticed that we didnt have any proper burial sites, so i ordered some to be built.
nothing special, small alcoves of smoothed stone with one coffin each.
8th of Limestone
The first water from the aquifier has reached the cistern.
The new waterfall is beautiful.
Sad that it wont last that long.
18th of Limestone
A dwarven caravan arrived and started unloading their stuff then the outpost liaision Mörul Abanzedot yelled at them for unloading their wares.
The workdwarves grumbled and loaded their goods again.
The outpost liaison offered our fortress to become a barony!
He also asked for a recommendation for who should hold the post of baron of hawkspears, and i thought the mayor of the settlement would be the best choice.
that i am this mayor is of course purely coincidental.
25th of Limestone
6th of Sandstone
a performance troupe arrived
17th of Sandstone
A letter has arrived.
Hawkspears and the surrounding lands have been made a barony of the dwarven dominium
that makes me baron of hawkspears!
A big step for our community!
10th of Timber
Caslu Anataram, lord consort is visiting, he didnt have anything of note to say beyond his congratulations for being declared a barony.
27th of Timber
i decided to dig a channel between the two halves of the aquifier, to increase the amount of water coming into the cistern
i hear the rumbling of dwarvish mining and the rushing of water as they break through the walls.
seconds later Talvienne ran into my office screaming something about her child.
after a few minutes of calming and explaining i found out that she took her child with her down to the wallbreaking.
and she lost it when the water rushed over them.
i immediately ordered a rescure operation to start digging in from above to fish the baby out of the channel.
First of Moonstone
winter has come.
after saoirse's and talviennes alternating "I CANT REACH THE INFANT"
i thought i'd go into the dining hall for once.
and get swarmed by hordes of dogs!
i have no idea who is responsible for that.
well, they are a source of emergency meat supplies for the fortress.
27th of Moonstone
after digging channels from the floor above the water channel in attempt to rescue the talvibaby she got swept past the floodgates of the channel, which were promptly closed
allowing the channel to drain and talvienne to finally retrieve her baby.
First of Obsidian
i just took a look through the construction records of the well system and found that those morons never actually finished clearing out the well shaft!
and they also removed a couple of the helper stairs in it! argh!
im now drawing some plans for tunnels to get to the stairs that are still there!
Second of Obsidian
Ral Berartob, mason has been posessed and claimed a mason's workshop, mumbling something about water and control
8th of Obsidian
ral berartob has begun a mysterious construction!
13th of Obsidian
Ral Berartob, Mason has created Omersanreb, a galena... floodgate..
great gob Ral, great job
30th of Obsidian
on the last day of my term, they finally managed to remove all the stairs in the well... phew... i can leave it to the next person in peace then.
Plans for the final water system.
and the well at the back of the dining hall
left lever for the floodgate from the reservoir to the well
right lever for the floodgate between aquifier and the reservoir