Much has passed in the last 7 years, but this year has been hell for the dwarves of Silverstraps. It started with a simple goblin siege, and the fortress' first champion. Sadly, he charged out and caught some bolts, and in an effort to save him in an attempt to stop his demise, lost more dwarves. Then the chaos struck. Chain tantrumers everywhere. The river bridge was destroyed no less than five times, and the secondary bridges three, each. Many pets were claimed, making even more dwarves unhappy, and drowning more dwarves. Silverstraps was nearly consumed by madness. Dwarves fuming from the ears, throwing objects, punching cows, and toppling bridges. Dwarves running around spouting nonsense and merrily hopping into the river. Ratmen pouring from the chasm, chasing dwarves and pushing a few unlucky dwarves into the chasm or the magma flow.
I count myself lucky though, as the madness subsided, leaving the fortress still 147 dwarves strong. Just goes to show what tantrums can do to a fort. When the siege hit, the fortress had mid 190's. Only about 10-12 dwarves were lost to the goblins, the rest lost to the chaos.
In lighter news, the Arena was built and has hosted a few matches already. Pitting the enemies of the fortress against each other is quite fun.
Many more deaths over the years. Majority were a horribly managed goblin siege that resulted in all but two of my founding eight dead, and three dead artifact creators. Fourth artifact creator also died to a damnable fire imp (The fire imp in Arena fight 1, in fact. It got the death it deserved.) - Lightning4
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