Monday, November 22, 2010
My apologies for the utter lack of updates this past week. My life became very hectic very abruptly and I now have more writing commitments that I must deliver in the next week or so than I anticipated having. Towards Dawn will return to its regular schedule early next week. I appreciate everyone who has been reading and commenting with motivation and suggestions and I'm sorry for the delay. I'll make up for it somehow when I post again, perhaps by doing something with TNT!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
The night was eerily quiet. At one point I through I saw a skeleton looming behind a mound to the north, but it was just a sheep.
|Where are all the mobs?|
As the sun climbed higher I looked to the horizons, but not a single mob was in sight. Warily, sensing things were not right, I chipped away at my tower and returned to the ground.
|Still no mobs.|
|My defenses did more harm than good :(|
I refused to pick up the pork. I left it where it lay, stowed away some cacti, and climbed up out of the canyon back to the west and walked around on the northern side.
|Mushrooms! (looking north)|
|Looking south at my camp in the canyon.|
Beyond the eastern edge of the canyon, the ground rolled down towards an ocean. A slither of land continued east just to the south of my location.
|Looking east and a bit north from atop the eastern edge of the canyon.|
|Heading east-south-east through a small wood.|
Peppered among the hills were several abrupt, deep shafts. I kept my eyes on my feet as I walked.
After a brief forest, the ocean came up abruptly from the south as well to cut off my path. I backtracked into the forest and took the northern pass that put me closer to the next continent.
|Through the forest|
|Dead end this way. I backtracked as to come down the hill visible to the right of this photo.|
|Hills and desert to the south of the new continent.|
|Large mountains and an interesting monument.|
|Like a staircase up the centre of the mountain.|
The path up the mountain could not have been easier to traverse. The ground dropped away to the north and south but my eastern path inclined gradually and comfortably.
|Waterfall to the north as I climb.|
|The view back west from the top.|
|The top of the mountain was amazingly flat.|
|Islands in the clouds.|
As I descended back beneath cloud-level, a breathtaking valley appeared before me.
Getting into the valley, however, proved something of a problem.
|Not this way.|
I had to head some way north to find a way down before returning to my eastern path.
|Looking back west at the mountain.|
I mined a vein of coal from the side of a cliff wall before heading off to get a closer look at the monument and waterfall I spied from the mountainside.
|Looking back west.|
|Continuing east out of the valley.|
|Mountain on the horizon.|
|Yeah. Don't think I am climbing over this one.|
|East around the mountain.|
|And looking down. Meep!|
|Looking back at the overhang from further east.|
|Looking back west at the mountain.|
|Into the desert.|
|Setting my defenses.|
|Up we go.|
I turned the difficulty back to normal, and instantly the zombies, skeletons, creepers, and spiders began to litter the hills and crawl towards my tower. So much for another peaceful night.
|There they all are.|
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I dug deep beneath my island in a tight spiral until I hit a vast, dark cavern network. I took several tentative steps into the cave, hoping a block of diamond might just appear before me. Of course, it didn't, and I hastily retreated back up my shaft before mobs could swarm me.
Back in my island camp, there were no mobs to be seen so I knocked down a wall and went outside to gaze at the stars.
|Leaving camp before dawn.|
|Being outside at night is an odd sensation.|
|My hastily-built shelter.|
|Can you tell I am eager to get going?|
|That's close enough to dawn.|
I headed for my boat and headed off, keeping an eye out for any mobs swimming out towards me, but I did not see a single spider or creeper all morning.
First things first, I needed to grab some wood and make a chest to dump all the dirt and stone from the night's mining in. I decided to keep a stock of stone on me so I could continue to build towers to camp on while my resources lasted, but plenty more went into the chest.
|Sorted. Now to just get back in my boat.|
|Damn it. (Looking north)|
I swam out to my boat and was on my way. The ocean looked to continue for some time yet.
|Almost crashed on those.|
There was a continent off to the north. At first I thought that it was a desert but as I came closer, I realised that the slopes were stone, not sand. I sailed closer to investigate.
|Can't say I have ever seen coal underwater before.|
I used my steel pick to quickly mine the iron and most of the coal (not the underwater stuff, though). The iron ore went several cubes deep. Quite a decent find. I jumped back in my boat and sailed back to the south to regain my eastern path.
|The sheer, eastern face of the stone hill.|
|Looks like I might finally have found somewhere to land.|
So that was a long boat ride. Perhaps twenty-four hours since I first crafted it. I left the boat at the beach and continued up to the mountain. Its base was pocketed with deep shafts and a honeycomb of caves.
|Not even off the beach and I'm already almost falling into a cavern.|
|And more tunnels.|
It took some time to work myself across to the second vein, but I now had a dozen cubes of iron ore. Not bad for a day's travel. I climbed back out of the caverns and circled around the southern side of the mountain.
|Entrance to the caves from the southern side.|
|Tree pigs! (There were two of them, I swear!) (Looking north)|
|East and south.|
|Sandy islands to the south.|
|Looking south again, a pillar standing alone.|
|I think I've walked as far as I can (Looking east).|
|On my first attempt to take this photo, I managed to drop my axe to the bottom of the ocean.|
|Heading east onto the new continent.|
|Home for the night.|
|Building the tower is still an unnerving experience.|
|Perhaps the bottom of a gully wasn't the greatest idea after all.|