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Author Topic: Smallhands - nearly 40 years and still tiny!  (Read 348392 times)

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Re: Smallhands - it's like a tiny home but filled with ghouls
« Reply #855 on: December 23, 2020, 06:31:25 am »

Shit guys, I've been hoping to avoid this post, but I have to pass on this turn - StrikaAmaru can pick it up or anyone else can if they'd like to. Very very sorry about that. 

A bout of seasonal depression, exhaustion from a cold, a restless newborn, and now a round of year-end "surprise" events I have to host at my school have made it clear I won't be able to put in the time I want to on this turn. I just don't have any free-time and probably won't until January. Rather than keep the thread dead for that long, I'd prefer if someone else picked it up and I took a turn later.

Sorry again guys, but you know - 'tis the season and all that.

Thanks for reaching out, recon - that was kind of you to see if I was alright. I'm good - just exhausted.

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Re: Smallhands - it's like a tiny home but filled with ghouls
« Reply #856 on: December 23, 2020, 07:08:56 am »

Crikey. I didn't expect to pick up the save, and with Christmas being just around the corner, I probably won't be doing anything with it for the next week.

So, um, Merry Christmas, and SmallHands will update when it updates?

Edit, 2 days later: My hurdle with playing SmallHands is that I don’t have a project to start or complete; there’s always the option of having a kind of maintenance year, but those aren’t fun to read, even if they can be challenging and interesting to play. In the absence of fancy builds, I’ll try to lean on roleplaying - I’ll resume the identity of mamzel Malfoy, and play it off as if she’s currying favor with the dwarves after she got like a dozen of them killed. On purpose.
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« Reply #857 on: December 26, 2020, 12:46:44 pm »

hey, would love to be part of this succesion game.
please reply if i am the heir of the fortress
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Re: Smallhands - it's like a tiny home but filled with ghouls
« Reply #858 on: December 27, 2020, 07:13:19 am »

Crikey. I didn't expect to pick up the save, and with Christmas being just around the corner, I probably won't be doing anything with it for the next week.

So, um, Merry Christmas, and SmallHands will update when it updates?

Edit, 2 days later: My hurdle with playing SmallHands is that I donít have a project to start or complete; thereís always the option of having a kind of maintenance year, but those arenít fun to read, even if they can be challenging and interesting to play. In the absence of fancy builds, Iíll try to lean on roleplaying - Iíll resume the identity of mamzel Malfoy, and play it off as if sheís currying favor with the dwarves after she got like a dozen of them killed. On purpose.

This should be !!FUN!!

The tankard still requires magma. I didn't quite manage to make it work...
If you want projects I can suggest a few
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Re: Smallhands - it's like a tiny home but filled with ghouls
« Reply #859 on: December 28, 2020, 01:00:47 pm »

... Or I could finish the year five days later, that works too.

SmallHands, Year 170

From the diary of Malfoy, dwarven miner, doctor, and wannabe Hard Woman Making Hard Decisions.

Ö and was successfully elected as overseer, once again. I am sincerely astonished by how easy people are to manipulate; one act of public bravery, and they suddenly forget all other harm youíve done to them. I could write a book about that, as well; perhaps I will, in due time.

But I digress. My goals for this year have to be focused on the benefit of the fort, and perhaps even more importantly, the fools that live in it. No grand designs, no laying the groundwork for glory. I have to look only after the small fort of SmallHands.

The biggest problem I can see right now is that the fortress is no longer fully cut off from the surface. Salmeuk was right in sealing off the cursed fevering biome, but then for some reason he built a staircase opening into the tree farm that I ordered during my previous mandate. This endangers the fort because the tree farm itself was considered part of the fort and connected directly - why would it not be, it was supposed to be a safe sealed area.

As matters stand now, normal attackers can just climb down on the dirt wall to the floor, and any building destroyers also have the option of punching through the gem windows that overlook the pit.


The simplest fix is to rebuild the bridge the other way around, and also build a bit of wall to ensure that when that bridge raises, the outside is closed.


(ooc: the floor isnít strictly needed, but in older forts I had issues with trees growing through bridges and breaking them; it may be fixed, but Iím not going to risk it)

Also on the subject of bridges, the outer bridge to the Ďarenaí, the one which deconstructed due to magma, is being rebuilt out of magma-safe quartzite, and will be connected with magma-safe mechanisms too. Its new lever is moved indoors, in the main living area. The lever above has been controlling the inner gate since time immemorial, now the outer one can be near it too.


Lastly, there is still a way from the surface into the fort: the Tall Bar. Itís only available to fliers, and has been used by a bunch of buzzards to steal prepared meals. It can probably be handled with some minimal flooring, but the Tall Bar can also be isolated at the bottom, so itís not as critical as the entry in the tree farm.


Another issue is the state of the graves; or, rather, their recent deconstruction. I didnít see fit to cover it at the time, but a persistent anti-elven feeling has been pushed to the forefront by Recon. Normally this wouldnít be a problem; the knife-ears are at best tolerated, but this particular iteration of anti-elven propaganda has burnt too brightly. For what may be the first time in history, actual dwarves were caught in its flames. All those deemed Ďinfectedí by elven mores have been at best ostracized, and at worst purged; not only the living, but the dead as well. Recon had built a new and spacious catacomb, to which she will only allow those who were deemed pure:


Meanwhile, the old catacombs have been excavated; I suspect a full deconstruction was planned, but so far, most of the old graves were left where they were:


I quietly disagreed with this course of events; I didnít say anything, though, as that time I was nearly an outcast, and expressing an opinion on one point of view may well have counted as an argument for the opposite viewpoint. But I did think it hypocritical, in light of how much importance we place on ďthe honored deadĒ. And not lastly, it was unnecessary; I pride myself in doing what is needed; but this, in particular, is not needed. There is no gain in interfering with the departed.

As if to prove the last point, some of the honored dead have proceeded to peek right back from the afterlife; one child, previously listed as missing, has returned and is now loitering around the under-surface. More will certainly follow, and normally I wouldnít care, but as overseer this is now my problem. Theyíll be memorialized or buried, and I hope that will be the end of it.

My policy of appeasing the dead has been rewarded beyond initial expectations: two more ghosts have risen and been memorialized before summer even started. A few coffins were carved from granite, built, and immediately occupied.

Spring brings with it the elven caravan, and the stuck-up, snotty, infuriating blowhard that elves call a diplomat. He demands we cease logging operations; with some back-and-forth, we come to a compromise number of 148. Salmeuk and I successfully conceal that there arenít 148 mature trees in the entirety of SmallHands, and allow the tree-dwellers to think they have won a diplomatic victory.


About the caravan itself, there is nothing to say: a few trinkets were hauled to the depot, but there genuinely wasnít anything to buy in return. The only real benefit of their passing was that the few worn clothes around the fort were all moved to the depot.

While the elves were milling about being annoying, it has come to my attention that two citizens of  SmallHands are locked in cages; not as prisoners, but simply by misfortune.


They will be released immediately, and Iíll make sure they both know it was I who is responsible for it; having two people indebted to me can only serve me in the long run.

Next on the priorities, the smithy was thoroughly neglected. Steel making operations were never restarted, despite that the third cavern was sealed exactly so we can safely exploit wood. I order two wood furnaces built by the existing stockpile, and will have them turn all our available wood into charcoal. While Iím at it, I also put in an order for more bins.

There isnít a decent weaponsmith in the entirety of our fort (not that thereís much of it). I choose someone who isnít in line for any other strange mood, and get him crafting some silver bolts; itís not the best material, but we have loads of it. His name is Edzul, and by sheer coincidence he actually likes bolts. Sometimes the stars align. Heíll join our existing furnace operators and the master armorsmith, named Solon (heíll get to work too, after we stockpile some steel).

(ooc: there used to be some steel available, until somebody used it for statues, of all things. Honestly, why not make them out of silver, theyíd have been much more blinged out)

SmallHands has an industry that we dwarves usually ignore: bee keeping. From what I have been able to find out, a long-dead citizen was responsible for pushing this through; a complete lunatic who thought he was a colony of bees in dwarven shape. I would scoff, but Iíve seen dumber. Since his (their?) passing, not much has been done in the domain; honeycombs are harvested, but not processed, and royal jelly isnít collected anymore; all available jugs are full, and stay unprocessed in an extract stockpile. We have some jet stone that can be carved into more jugs; this will allow the existing honeycombs to be pressed into wax and honey. Iíve never had mead before, Iím looking forward to it.


Another project to begin this spring: finally dealing with all the corpses from the third cavern. My fellow dwarves often complain about seeing corpses, but never bother to handle the situation. So, since my tolerance for whiners is minimal, I ensure everybody receives permissions for butchery and tanning. There are five butcheries in the cavern, and two more closer to the surface. I expect that by the end of my turn there wonít be any more ignored corpses laying about.

Food receives not an overhaul as much as a minor tweaking. Before, all food in the fortress was stashed in a series of 5x5 rooms, each holding a separate stockpile. It was annoying to designate each stockpile for the kitchen, so I decided to knock down a few internal walls and just have one Ďpile for each main type. In related news, all that royal jelly is getting cooked.


The new arrangement has three stockpiles, for extracts, eggs, and meat + fish + cheese. All plants were moved two levels lower, where they have clearly been before, judging by the container stockpile and workshops. The old cook, Aban, was fevered; he was removed from all crafting duties, like all fevered dwarves have been. Two others have been appointed fortress cooks, and left to prepare lavish meals until either the input stockpiles run out, or the target stockpiles are filled. By the end of the year, one has been recognized as legendary and the other is not far behind.

The military has begun the year as small, but skilled; seven dwarves are in the Siege Breakers, and all are legendary. The Siege Breakers squad is completed with three useless morons, and the marksdwarf squad, The Swamp Hunters, is recreated from the ground up. New barracks and archery rooms were made in two unused rooms; the archery targets are facing the tree farm.


All military members are un-fevered. (ooc: I advise you leave them to train; on the other hand, thatís one third of the fort right there. So really, do as you will)

For the fevered legendaries, I devised a different path. No, not involving the necromancer; the only place they got Ďenlistedí is in the library.


Itís entirely possible the fever will also impact their writing abilities; nobody knows at this point. So I can only let them be, and watch the results.

Another thing I asked done: building display furniture wherever possible, and showing all manner of artifacts. With this occasion, nearly a dozen artifacts were dug out from bins or workshops, and I discovered we have both an artifact bucket, and an artifact chain. This sounds like a great opportunity to rebuild the well:


Summer has passed without the human caravan; autumn did have the dwarven caravan, with whom we made some modest trade; they had no wood, stones, metals, or silk. I ordered some for next year, but I can only hope they treat our requests with more seriousness than we treat theirs.

At the end of the year, I can at least say we have finished processing the corpses in the third cavern. There are still loads of corpses in the other two caverns, but dwarves donít see those, and what they donít see they donít get angry about. They can rot where they are, Iím not keen on punching it out with forgotten beasts.

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On the list of things that didnít fit in the narrative: during winter, I emptied a bunch of bins by way of dumping, and will be sorting the metal items for melting. There was a lot of crap in them, ranging from worn clothing to masterworks and artifacts. Despite my repeated complaints advice, people keep putting all possible finished goods in a single undifferentiated stockpile. Those are evil! Stop making them!

There is a quantum stockpile in the melting area; so far, it doesnít include the metal cages. It has six pages (on my laptop screen) with various items; most of them are iron, and most of them are from outside the fort.

The third cave is indeed a poor tree farm; it could likely benefit from an extended flooding, and an even more extended session of channeling and expansion. At level 34, we have the lake from cave 2. Cave 3 begins at 26 and ends at 22 (technically 21, but thatís a bit too close to magma). At its most ambitious, this could be a multi-layered excavation, with three channeled out levels and one Ďfloorí, descending from level 34 to 22. Itís probably never going to be made, but I can still dream.

Save: smallhands at the start of year 171.
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Re: Smallhands - it's like a tiny home but filled with ghouls
« Reply #860 on: December 29, 2020, 05:32:50 am »

We could have kept those dwarves in the cages and put them in the tavern and made them dance for our amusement.
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Re: Smallhands - it's like a tiny home but filled with ghouls
« Reply #861 on: December 31, 2020, 12:56:19 am »

Can't wait to pick up the save! I have a couple of ideas for story, but I think the general happenings are going to be   d o w n t i m e .
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might be a while though with school and such.
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« Reply #862 on: January 05, 2021, 06:36:11 pm »

Can't wait to pick up the save! I have a couple of ideas for story, but I think the general happenings are going to be   d o w n t i m e .
 :D
 
might be a while though with school and such.
Meh, I'm patient. Take your time, just want to make sure this stays alive  :)
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« Reply #863 on: January 06, 2021, 06:47:38 am »

agreed, this fort is too good to let die in its 22nd turn

I'm hoping it goes till at least my birthday in late march
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Re: Smallhands - it's like a tiny home but filled with ghouls
« Reply #864 on: January 06, 2021, 08:35:30 am »

Wow. this fort is almost a year old !
22 turns in 11 months is a good rythm actually.
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« Reply #865 on: January 07, 2021, 10:28:40 pm »

I will hopefully have an update out on the 9th.

Thanks for the support!
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« Reply #866 on: January 07, 2021, 11:18:06 pm »

Looking forward to it! Luckily as baby sleeps a bit better and work is slowing down, I should be good for a turn after Murr. Anyone else want to sign up?

Castimier, I'll add you to the list.
Gonna try to spruce up the OP now.
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« Reply #867 on: January 08, 2021, 12:07:53 am »

Looking forward to it! Luckily as baby sleeps a bit better and work is slowing down, I should be good for a turn after Murr. Anyone else want to sign up?

Castimier, I'll add you to the list.
Gonna try to spruce up the OP now.
I have the sudden urge to sign back up. Once again, no idea if school will provide by then, but we'll see.
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« Reply #868 on: January 08, 2021, 07:25:10 am »

Looking forward to it! Luckily as baby sleeps a bit better and work is slowing down, I should be good for a turn after Murr. Anyone else want to sign up?

Castimier, I'll add you to the list.
Gonna try to spruce up the OP now.
I have the sudden urge to sign back up. Once again, no idea if school will provide by then, but we'll see.

you can always be put down and then if needs be take you off again
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« Reply #869 on: January 09, 2021, 04:04:35 pm »

Aight, I have begun.
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Journal of Murr Four (page 1)
YES YES YES YES! The queen jus' told me I'm the overseer for the smallest fortress in all the land! Which is quite good (smallness).

Because the most work I've done in my life is giving me Pa a plump helmet to brew!

I'll get to tell everyone what to make an' things! Can't wait for 'at.

(page 2)
I'm finally 'ere! Exciting place, but all those ghouls creep me out


I've even got me own bed an' everything!


On the other hand, I got no idea'r  wha's goin' on around here. I mean, after all
...

(OTC but I think I will leave off here and post another update when something of note happens. A hauler was fighting a necromancer, and got put in jail for some reason, but that's the only thing I've had so far. Also for anyone wondering (aka nobody, probably) Murr1 is my Unity account. Haven't used it so far ._.)
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