Ah, you again! To be honest, I would have thought the Queen would have killed you by now. No offense to you, of course. The office of Royal Messenger just happens to have a rather quick... turnaround. Anyhow, your usual room has already been prepared, so feel free to look around all you like.
Most of Tome heaven's efforts over this past year have gone into subtle improvements to the courtyard, and one large one. You'll surely have noticed the spire as you approached, and the fact that we've moved our trade depot into the base of it.
We've, after the merchants got over what they saw in the spire, gotten various reactions. The Elves thanked us for having the sense to do business out of the rain (snotty pricks, the Queen ought to declare war on those treehuggers). The humans marveled at our new Obsidian trade depot. We can't wait till they come back next year, then they'll really have their socks knocked off (and sold back to them).
We've also begun building paths between various structures, to reduce the amount of mud that gets dragged everywhere. With 101 citizens, and 17 of them children, it was getting a bit too filthy, even for us. These sturdier stone paths being added should cut down on this quite a bit.
Lastly, if you begin to miss the great tower cap forests of the mountain home, feel free to sit in the park being created, behind the obsidian maker. We noticed that spores from the river had apparently taken to the dark, damp crevices there, and have been slowly expanding the cave, and then making it suitable for a small forest with the runoff from our obsidian factory. Just be sure to listen for the calls from the control tower, lest you get a bit too...damp. - Razin
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( 77 Early Spring to onwards )
You may have noticed a group of statues on your way in, depending which path you took through the forest. Oh, you missed it? Well, had you come from the north-west, you would have seen these statues. This marks the first battle to take place on our new home. In Mid-Autumn of last year (76), the caravan from the mountianhome was ambushed by the filthy Green Menace, you may have heard about it back in the city.
Be the time our lookouts spotted it, the trio of goblin bowmen and a horde of wrestlers had butchered most of the civilians. The brave caravan hammerdwarves managed to break the cowards' resolve and forced a rout, though the few that survived were mortally wounded. By the time we got there, there was but one surviving dwarf, and his mule. It took a while to get the story from him, as he had gone quite mad. Our would-be rescuers ended up being witnesses to his wedding (to his mule, who also seemed to have lost it's mind).
After salvaging what we could (we desperately needed the animals and supplies we had ordered from them the year before), we decided something should be done to honor the brave soldiers who drove the goblins away from our home. These statues were commissioned to do just that. Admittedly, they're rather plain, as our mason was still learning his trade. Though if he asks, tell him it does indeed look like three armored dwarves killing a green goblin. He's a rather sensitive lad. - Razin
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