We live in the sub-arctic region of this world, so we knew Winter was coming. However, with all the unknowns that winter brings, we still were not entirely sure we had done enough over the warm period to warrant a feeling toward comfortable preparedness. We were certain we would not run out of food this year, which was good, but we were not so sure about our flax storage, and even less about our storage for straw. It is a different feeling for sure, to try and predict what our needs will be five months down the road. It is quite exhilarating to have that thought process be a part of our guild's efforts along with our day to day struggle to fight off invaders from the north and help our alliance fend off the regional destruction of our resources by the enemy.
A great new project has entered our purview and has invigorated our planners and builders as we look toward the future security of our people. Phoenix nest is the site of what will be our greatest architectural achievement to date. The castle walls will be twice as high as our current walls in Covenant City and made of granite, which is much sturdier than the old stone walls. Our builders are hard at work nearly 24/7, but the pace is slow as only the best quality and components will do. What we could do with ten more apt and able workers....
Harvest season was better than we anticipated thanks to our hard working farmers and foresters. After starting the settlement in the dead of winter, we all worked diligently to make sure the next winter's meals were not limited to roots, berries and wild game. Our agricultural prowess was on full display near the end of fall as you can see in the below images. We hope that we will soon add more to our "farm squad" as we look forward to the next planting season.
War has definitely become a daily part of our lives. Invaders from the north have caused much delay in our building plans. We now must have guarded transports during our resource expeditions and are on full alert at the mere sighting of travelers or the sound of a galloping horse. Recent skirmishes have resulted in clear victories and much loot, hopefully dealing our enemy enough of a blow to give our builders a window of opportunity for progress. To the south, our alliance is in full fledged war and has relied much on our team of battle-hardened warriors. Massive battles involving hundreds of allied forces which were at one time a fairly rare occurrence are now regularly being waged 3-4 times a week. Tactics and strategies are constantly in flux as we adjust to new terrain and different enemies. Several times over the past weeks there have been nearly a thousand warriors spread across the server fighting battles at the same exact time.