I found a huge cache of obsidian, an extremely solid rock that’s essentially a giant blob of lava glass.
It’s hard as hell to mine and I have to be really careful not to cut myself on the everything. Yes, the everything. The dust, the shards, the fragments, the big pieces, the little pieces… I mentioned it was glass, yes?
I also have to cover myself head to toe (which let’s face it i pretty much already was) to not breathe in the obsidian or cut myself on it.
It makes for hot sweaty work.
Fortunately, there’s a waterfall in the area (which explains how the obsidian got here, because there’s also a lava pool) and I can rinse off, or rinse the area I’m working in, frequently enough to not die. Well, so far anyway.
I hope they find me soon enough that they can grow me new lungs.
So it turns out that, while, giant lime-colored gelatinous cubes over a certain size can’t actually get down stairwells under a certain size, they can jump up and down on them in an attempt to kill you by bouncing on your head.
This also makes them difficult to kill because as you slice them apart, they become smaller murderous desserts that are now biting you on the ankles.
So it’s been a long day, and I’m definitely heading for a bath. Then I’m going to spend the rest of the time rinsing my sword and then covering everything I own in rendered chicken fat so that the acidy stuff in the gelatin monsters stop pocking my metals.
The trees here are often so tall and wide that I can saw boards quickly and cleanly and end up with solid wood doors that need very little reinforcement.
It’s good, because, well, good doors in this place mean the difference between being able to sleep soundly and being spider chow.
I spent the day sawing logs into doors and making wrought iron hinges so that I can continue to make things safe around here. I twas cold and rainy but that doesn’t matter much when it comes to sawing wood, because I have plenty of chambers where if I get sawdust all over the place nothing’s hurt.
Making hand saws has gotten easier as my tools have progressed, but it’s still a good day’s worth of work.
The rain let up this afternoon so I took a little while to fish. Didn’t catch anything notable but also didn’t get sunburnt and it was a nice way to relax.
I have to admit I was really hoping there’d be a cache of, well, anything in these rocks that I’m removing between chambers, but nope, rock, rock, and more rock.
Rock is boring, heavy, and boring.
I’m going to bed.
Technical the stairwell I’m digging is connected to other chambers by definition, because otherwise why would I need stairs?
But I noticed on my map that it’s actually not too far away from two other chambers on this same floor, so it occurred to me that connecting it would be kind of handy.
Of course, it occurred to me to do this after I had already finished out the walls.
But hey, progress.