Year 10 of Construction
The dwarves celebrated the 10th year of Razorlength by opening the newly completed tower cap chamber. The sprinkler system is fully functioning, and has already been tested.
Further joy is provided by the marriages of the remaining 2 pairs of romantically linked founding dwarves. This year there was plenty of spare time for the dwarves to get to know each other due to the testing of the new system. The marksdwarf married the craftsdwarf and the mason married the axedwarf. I suppose their gender is inconsequential.
The carpenter has also given birth yet again. I am thinking of renaming the carpenter the queen because she is also the expedition leader. Then I can do ridiculous things like call the new dwarves things like prince or heir apparent or something similarly stupid :P
The dwarves also killed time by engraving the whole fortress. Next year we will carve out a safe working space where the tower is supposed to breach the surface. I need somewhere to put all my blocks. Hopefully this expedition will pass without incident.
SPRINKLER SYSTEM TEST RESULTS:
2 salient points are noted about the performance of the sprinklers.
1. The mass dump feature does not work. Or at least it doesn't dump as much water as I had hoped. This is due to problems with flow and pressure, detailed in point 2.
2. Given that the sprinklers are about 5 z levels below that of the cave river, I was hoping that the pressure would deliver water to the sprinklers with incredible speed. Unfortunately it seems that there a long delay between the opening of a single sprinkler and the wall of 7s rushing towards the opening. There is no need to even the case where multiple hatches are open. It seems it takes some time for the pressure to randomly path towards low pressure zones. Hopefully this problem will be mitigated by the eventual installation of the pump towers.
Built Blocks: 3855
The Challenge: Construct a mega fortress without immigrants!
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The dwarves have harnessed this cave river for their own purposes. There are no cave creatures since they all fell into the chasm years ago. - Jong89
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