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Dwarf Fortress: Ago Seducefungi and the Troll Patrol
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't find a way to work this into the narrative so I can't really show it to anyone without making a separate post for it but this is an actual engraving from Hazeabbey. I don't know what the hell it is.

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The fortress's administrators, namely the survivors of the original seven colonists, grew increasingly frustrated with Count Bendy's demands that Hazeabbey's artisans produce golden objects for him. When they pointed out that no gold had been found within the walls of Hazeabbey after nine years of digging, the count insisted that they had been digging in all of the wrong places and that they should dig long, snaking tunnels deeper into the mountain. Unable to put up with Bendy's pestering, Pyyk requested from the annual Mountainhomes caravan several blocks of the motherland's finest gold. He had requested not just regular gold, but rose gold: an alloy of gold and copper that had a pink sheen and would be easier for the artisans to work. The next year, the caravan had brought the gold, and the broker Aphal had purchased it by trading away some suits of chain mail pulled off the corpse of a goblin. So much attention was paid to the massive quantities of alcohol that Aphal had purchased that the gold bars were forgotten for a time by all who knew of them.

Then, in 1059, a fey mood happened upon a dwarf who had previously been living a largely unremarkable existence.



Akemi had woken in the night climbed down three flights of stairs to the fortress's main workshops, claimed ownership of an unused metal forge, and began hunting around for materials to use to create his object d'art. The rest of the fortress awoke the next morning to find Akemi had at work, and heard nothing from him for the next four days, at which point he brought forth a weapon unlike any seen in Hazeabbey or among the dwarf-kind.





It was heavy, as one would suspect of a spear made primarily out of gold. It also made for a very poor weapon, as gold is a very soft metal and not good at holding an edge. But this was of little concern to the dwarves. In addition to the novelty inherent in the epic purple weapon, the craftsdwarfship was extraordinary, and Akemi had learned enough during his four-day reverie that he would be able to forge weapons out of other metals with the same skill. He was immediately put to work forging masterpiece-quality iron swords for the dwarven army, and possibly for export to the Mountainhomes.

The count was less impressed with the weapon. Bendy flew into a rage, screaming at Pyyk and Aphal at how they'd found gold, tons of gold, in the halls of Hazeabbey and hidden it from him. He wanted to know where the gold was, where the hidden mining tunnels were, how they'd been processing the nuggets and which dwarves were participating in their scam; he alternated between admonishing them for their disloyalty and begging for answers. Then he had Pyyk beaten.





On the other hand, some dwarves made some friends.

Knot the tanner finally made a friend. He had been friendless for six years.



Sam made some more friends.



Yangn the maimed champion had been holed up in her bedroom for so long that she didn't know anyone that she wasn't already friends with before her injuries.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Early Winter, 1059:

With Pyyk bedridden, a replacement clerk would have to be found.



Many dwarves were considered.



Eventually Vecdran the master stonecrafter was selected.



Vecdran's new task, calculating the value of everything in Hazeabbey, was staggering.



He couldn't be entirely sure of the worth of the fortress and everything inside it, but his numbers suggested it was worth over a million crowns.

Much of this value came from the staggering number of artifacts that had been produced in the last ten years:



The merchants who visited Miskulet brought with them many types of valuable jewels and metals, but they did not bring any gold.



More work continued on the temple Sam had started designing six years prior.



The first few stories of the building had been completed.

Sique, the veteran speardwarf, gave birth to another child.



This child was named Kuran, after one of Hazeabbey's founders and the fortress's first sheriff.

Meanwhile, Yangn's arm was healing.



Pyyk's wounds, on the other hand, brought him immense suffering.



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late Winter, 1059:

Count Bendy, still angered over the lack of gold in the fortress, ordered a siege mechanic beaten.



Crow, the city's hammerer, chased Zonr to the top of the new temple's construction site, shackled him, and dragged him down thirty flights of stairs to the basement dungeon.



He was hit only once with the massive warhammer. Zonr's right leg was mangled and he was left unable to walk, but his wound wasn't life-threatening.

The same could not be said of Pyyk. Driven by melancholy, Pyyk left his room one afternoon, walked downstairs, went into Sam's empty bedroom, walked to the edge of Sam's porch overlooking the lake, and took another step.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spring, 1060

The celebration of the Fortress entering the tenth year of its life, a scheming giant, a creature alive since the beginning of time, had picked out a new place to live, a new abode in northern climes far from the homeland of the dwarves.



On top of the mountain, in much the same manner as the dragon Betan Kathilsodel had done six years earlier, Ayanu Nawirilali charged down the stretch of road leading up to the thirty-floor stairway leading into Hazeabbey.

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The chain of command:



Yangn would have been in command, but her sword-arm was still broken which left Starfighter in charge.

All of the dwarves in the army were in the barracks at the base of the fortress (elevation 1460'), while Ayanu was further up on the mountain (elevation 1760'). Starfighter's plan was to take out the titan the same way that the army had successfully defeated Betan Kathilsodel six years earlier: bring everyone together at the bottom of the Long Hall, then charge at the Titan as soon as it was visible. The chief problem with this plan was the ongoing construction of the temple twenty-four stories above them (elevation 1700').



Among the townspeople at the construction site was Mayor Aphal, so it was quite fortuitous that Ayanu avoided the construction site, preferring to dive straight down the Long Hall toward the center of the fort.



The army gathered and waited.



At elevation 1620', Ayanu encounted the ranger Gaiden, who had been hauling stones upstairs for work on the temple. Ayanu grabbed Gaiden and threw her into the wall. She died instantly.





Two more dwarves were following behind Gaiden. Rina was a mason sent to the construction site to build flooring tiles.



With her was a dwarf named Loco. The two dwarves saw the titan marching through the tunnel and fled in terror.



These two dwarves were followed by their pet dogs, who charged Ayanu.



Soon Ayanu was surrounded by dogs. Their jaws clamped onto the titan's legs, but their teeth weren't sharp enough to break the skin. Ayanu calmly reached down, grabbed each dog that was biting her, broke its grasp on his legs, and ripped the flesh from its bones.

This gave time for Rina and Loco to escape.

Tankian, a recent immigrant who was helping build the temple, was walking down The Long Hall to get a drink when he came face to face with Ayanu.



All of this killing to starting to wear the titan out.



There was one dog that hadn't been killed when Ayanu had been mobbed earlier. This dog, another of Rina's, had somehow survived the initial onslaught and decided to try again a moment later. This dog Ayanu strangled.



The titan was at the old fortress trading depot, halfway between the top of the mountain and the base of the fortress (elevation 1610'). The first fifteen floors of the fortress had been taken without incident; Ayanu had encountered no resistance and had suffered no injuries.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the bottom of the Hall, the dwarven army waited for Ayanu. When she emerged, there was a flurry of crossbow bolts. One struck her in the leg. It would be incorrect to say that the bolt bounced off her harmlessly, but it would be equally incorrect to say that the bolt actually hurt her.



Then the dwarves charged. A dozen dwarves piled into the Titan. Her skin turned back most of the blows, but she was bruised in a couple places. She was clear that she was getting tired, however. She wouldn't be able to fight forever.





Ayanu got a good punch in at Isamu, which shattered his pelvis.



Now exhausted, Ayanu backed up the ramp into the Hall. The dwarves followed her, hoping to defeat her in her tired state.



Eventually she fell unconscious.



The dwarves crowded around her, trying to bash, stab, and rend her unconscious form apart. Unfortunately, the Titan was as invulnerable unconscious as she was when she was awake. At one point someone managed to break her leg, but her other injuries were limited to minor bruises.



They were getting nowhere, and they were getting tired. Fruitlessly bashing and stabbing the titan proved exhausting.



So, surely, you can imagine how angry Ayanu must have been when she woke up again.



Recovered from her cat-nap, Ayanu bolted up the Hall--her broken leg slowing her down only a little.

She emerged in the abandoned trade depot part of the tunnel.



She had marched up fifteen stories exhausted. For the last seven of those fifteen, one of her legs had been broken. Weapons had been sticking out of her body for at least a few of those floors:



The dwarves had followed. Ayanu's body was healing quickly. All of her minor injuries were vanishing before the dwarves' eyes, although her leg didn't seem to be getting any better. It looked as though the battle was forced into a stalemate.

But then one of the dwarves got lucky.

History doesn't record who performed this deed, but one of the dwarves got a lucky blow in on Ayanu. Someone had stabbed Ayanu in the back, in her spinal column, and the weapon had penetrated deep enough to hit and sever the spinal cord. She died moments later.



Meanwhile, back on Hazeabbey's first floor...



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Later that day, Rina went outside, pulled all the bones out of a butcher shop, and claimed it as her own.



The butcher shops were placed outside of Hazeabbey to better deal with the odors and miasma: two things which proved problematic when slaughtering things while indoors. For this reason there was no one around when Rina claimed her shop; she had to walk halfway back to the fortress entrance before finding a suitable victim.



She dragged the body back to the fortress.





A week later, she emerged with an unusual artifact.







More unusual artifacts were produced during the spring of 1060:

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nThe annual human caravan arrived Not long after the titan's corpse was dragged to the garbage piles.



Someone else showed up at the same time, too.



At the base of the mountain, off the edge of Basin Lake, the goblin warchief Song Poisondungeons lead a squad of goblin soldiers.



This wasn't an unusual approach: the goblins had tried to take Miskulet from the banks in the past. The addition of a squad at the top of the mountain was a novel addition to the strategy.



Unfortunately for the human caravan, the goblins had shown up shortly after their own wagons had reached the peaks.





The dwarves rallied. Yangn, the swordmaster, had finally healed and was put in charge of the forces of Hazeabbey.



Yangn set up a command post in the exact center of Hazeabbey. From this point, they would best be able to deal with the assaults coming from the banks of the lake to the south, and from the peak of the mountain to the north.

It was at this time that they got an idea of how many goblins they were up against.









A much larger squad of trolls than had attacked in the years before had marched to the banks. Whereas in previous years the trolls had wallowed in the back of the army, in 1060 they composed the front line.



The trolls marched over the outside of the fortress entrance, toppling every single single standing structure built outside Hazeabbey. Every workshop, every archery target, every single structure was torn apart.



When they finished demolishing everything, the trolls charged the front entrance. There a contingent of crossbow dwarves, led by Sharuminar the elite marksdwarf, was waiting.



They opened fire, reloaded, and opened fire again. Most of the trolls fell with a single shot, and in just a few seconds the entire contingent of trolls was removed from the fight. But Poisondungeons wasn't far behind the trolls, and the goblin warchief slew Sharuminar.



Meanwhile, the squad of goblins at the top of the mountain was descending the hallway; they were already halfway down the Long Hall.
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