In the year of our Dwarven Lord 1055 I was approached in the mines by a rather desperate looking fellow. Setting down my pick a while to hear him speak, I only catch the end of his phrase: “So I’m leaving you in charge.” I reach back for my pick and grunt, “Good,” before getting back to work; and there is a lot of work to do.
Looking over our living arrangements, I quickly realize that the planners of this place had not listened to the Dwarven Philosopher ThunderClaw’s Treatise on Decentralized Living. It was time to educate them. I quickly set down a bold new plan to deal with Barracks and Dining for our few remaining troops. Additionally, I order the masons to pave over the stairs to the “Under Dark.” That’s a headache for another Dwarf.
1st Granite 1054
I have just been put in charge of Earthdance. It is spring, and we are hungry. There is nothing to eat in this entire fortress, nothing to drink. No wells. Nothing but river water. Too many dwarves rotting in the sun. We have mad dwarves running amok and I’m fairly sure there’s still a loose goblin somewhere. Our fortress is vulnerable to attack in the winter when the river freezes. And I’m hungry.
I’ve assigned a few dwarves to gather the plants near the entrance. It’s not much, but it’ll be something. I’ve also assigned more to the farms.
5th Granite 1054
I knew there was a loose goblin! He ambushed my dwarves as they were cleaning up and emptied his quiver on them. He slew Thikut Lolorritas and Udil Agsalmonom with silver arrows! He shot and then bludgeoned to death Iton Unnosaban, our bookkeeper. More corpses to pile with the rest. So many dead. Thankfully he ran out of arrows before the militia got there. They cut him in half.
(First of all, this is out of sequence, something which is entirely my fault for not writing this up in time.)
Upon examination of the fallen leader “Macha” Besmarilral’s possessions, it has been discovered that contrary to prior belief, he did keep journals of the latter half of his reign, and here they are.
Autumn has begun with a goblin attack on the fortress. I decide to sound out our militia to deal with them. This was a mistake. Our militia has now fallen, and the goblins are camped outside.
1 Year of Power: Exerpts from the diary of Ushrir “Alex” Gatinstukos, Temporary Leader of Earthdance
My Name is Ushrir “Alex” Gatinstukos, and here I present you some excerpts from my diary of the last year.
1st of Granite 1053
Even if I’m not around for that long, having arrived with the greatest influx of dwarfs has its advantages; I, “Alex” Gatinstukos have been challenged to run this fortress for 1 year (Okay, I did some complaining, and they challenged me to do better).
2nd of Granite 1053 (early morning)
After getting out of bed, I knew I couldn’t back out on this challenge and had to accept it!
2nd of Granite 1053
I’m currently checking out the fortress, looking around for things that I’ve missed while I hadn’t this heavy responsibility. (What was I thinking this morning?)
4th of Granite 1053 (end of the evening)
Finally done walking around this hole in the ground that is supposed to be a fortress, time to go to bed now, and start working tomorrow. (Too tired now…)
5th of Granite 1053
First day of work and the first thing I do is change around some of the assigned labours of my fellow dwarfs, which allows them to have all the time for what they do the best. I allow our previous Leader, Chief Medical Dwarf and Accomplished Butcher “Macha” Besmarilral to keep handling our diplomatic relations with the Elves and Mountainhomes, while I focus on the more important things here, like giving ourself a proper fortress, instead of this makeshift hole in the ground
(This is part of the Dwarf Fortress succession game that members of Gaming.SE are playing. This is the second turn. The first player has yet to write a post to publish here, but his summary is linked to)
So, I have recently been appointed, and by appointed I mean exiled, to this new fort called Earthdance. Which means that after finally making a name for myself and achieving a level of comfort at my last fort, Regoddom, I now have to go through the whole bloody process again. Luckily, the last leader kept a good record of his decisions, even if they weren’t great. I was told to keep quiet and observe at first, so I disguised myself as a Medical Dwarf. Now that I’ve got a good idea of the state of this fortress, I’m taking over.