Another year in Bladeshoots, but, unlike the previous years, it's been a productive year. Nearly two entire levels were added to the main section of the fort despite the fact that my second obsidian farm wasn't operational until late spring. Compare that to the previous year where I built around 3/4ths a level.
Events of note:
Had two dragons show up. The first was about as anti-climatic as a megabeast fight could be as the first hit from a hammer dwarf knocked it unconscious. The second managed to torch a poor mechanic as he was reloading a cage trap before meeting a similar fate...Although that one managed to at least remain conscious for a few seconds longer. To add insult to injury, the first fell to three dwarves in iron plate of only modest quality and the second faced off against only two dwarves with similar level gear.
A reasonably sized goblin siege showed up (~55), which had me on edge a bit at first. Especially since they had a sizable number of bow goblins. By that time (Winter), however, my other ten melee chaps in training were equipped with excellent quality steel plate (Although they were still using their silver sparring hammers), so the siege was broken fairly easily. Two babies, did, however, die in the fighting as I didn't pick out infant carrying champs to leave back as reserves. As did a pet dog that decided to follow his owner out to the fight.
See PoI's for other bits.
What you see here is the fourth level of the fort. Eventually it will be used as housing for dwarves needing access to the base level, but for now it's been turned into more permanent temporary housing for my nobles. Prior to this, my nobles have been living in cramped rooms in the catacombs...Rooms that'll eventually house the coffins of the everyday dwarves.
If this layout works, it's what I'll use for the actual noble level...up on the 17th floor. - Ashery
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