In hindsight, I probably should've started on the aquifer before designating all the ramps to be nuked and going around and destroying all the colonies of ants/bees/beetles/whatnot on the map.
In my defense, ramp patrol is important to keep unicorns out, and I really fucking hate bees.
Oh well. At least the aquifer is only 1z deep, it'll be done in no time. I've got enough wood to last me approximately a while, DEFINITELY until we hit the caverns, and I can probably even burn some for charcoal--which I'm gonna need to do, as I was unable to bring coal with me.
Anyway, while I wait for the miners to finish, I've declared war on boulders. I'm smoothing every single fucking aboveground stone I see, because, they're ugly and get in my way. And I don't recall but I -think- they have a random chance of dropping a stone, which is gonna be nice, so I don't have to use wood to seal up the aquifer. No clay, for once--it's all loam and peat. Which, frankly, is a first for me. I sort of forgot DF actually had
All right. Got the ramps dealt with, got the first stair channeled out... oh hey migrants. Sweet. Now I have an army of stone-murderers and pump operators and wall builders. Excellent. We might see stone before winter. Maybe. Hopefully. I should get a trade depot and some spiked balls made so I can buy out the caravan when it shows up.
FUCK. Two children and a fish dissector. God dammit. Okay, so I have ONE stone-murderer/pump operator/wall builder. That's one more than I currently have, you lazy fucks.
Ran out of booze while micromanaging the aquifer. Lol. At least I have plump helmets.
Animals are giving birth now. Time to cage the cats. That fish dissector? He's a cat slave already. I know who I'm drafting first.
On second thought.... He has a preference for Wagon Wood. Hahahahaha. Oh man. I forgot about that. WELP. Guess who's not allowed to be a noble?
EDIT: I actually think his wagon wood preference makes up for both the cat-loving and him being "extremely quick to tire." He probably isn't the best candidate for pump operation. I've gotten several "Cancels Operate Pump: exhausted" messages already. I -hope- I can put him to work in the pump gym to get that fixed, but it's unlikely to happen.
Bloody hell. The first safe z-level below the aquifer, and we've got iron, BUT IT'S UNDER A SECOND AQUIFER. That's it. I'm gonna go nuclear on this shit. I'm building a drain to the caverns, then strip mining THE ENTIRE FUCKING Z-LEVEL.