After being soundly rejected by the Reive, Joshua and I got to planning.
Better not to wallow in defeat, but try to find another path to victory!
We got together what we thought would be a pretty comprehensive plan for our water project.
It consists of three sections; City Infrastructure, Defensive & Food Industry. The City Infrastructure section includes a Base Camp and Quarry, Running hot & cold water, a sewer system, the construction of an aqueduct and pressure mining. The Defensive section include a Moat and the ability to flood the surrounding plains, slowing down invading troops. The Food Industry section includes Mills along the aqueduct to produce breads (saving us from possible sieges), improved irrigation and a flooded area for growing of non-native plants.
We were putting together the presentation and we realized that we had no way to show these new ideas to the very nobles we hoped to gain the favor of. Luckily, we stumbled across a traveling artist who, after some negotiation, agreed to paint our concept sketches.
Joshua Tariq Aziz, after having planned the idea, discovered that he did not have the necessary skills to develop such a plan. It was interesting to see how quickly the humans want to move with projects and ideas. I suppose it’s a natural offshoot of their mortality, but it seems more akin to the orcs than anything civilized. We decided to take a year and improve ourselves.
A year well spent
During this year while he studied, I started my own Herbalist & Alchemist Shoppe. It is doing quite well. I ask people only to pay what they can and their generosity amazed me!
Also during the year I studied; forest management (to better grow the forest), my alchemy skills, also my herbalism, the Latin (written, I still can’t get my tongue around it!), I learned more and more about the Catholic religion and I worked to improve my Essential Wood spell. I was able to significantly improve my speech and lose most of my heavy Elven accent. My insights into the humans are a bit deeper now, I’m not as constantly surprised by everything that they do!
In the Lands here is what transpired
April – June – Animal Plague kills 60% of all animals
June – Granite mine discovered south west of the area (a quarry began construction)
July – A large drought, which we both helped with. It improved our relationship with the Reeve.
August – Murder most foul! (a guard murders and rapes a peasant’s wife – he’s hung by his neck until dead!)
September – Lord Wallace announces new vassal, a Landed Knight for the north.
October – Sir Titus Horatious loses his Keep!
November – a necromance is discovered, put to trial and escapes outside of a village to the North East of Wallace.
January 2006 – Lady Talia has border disputes with Richard Scrape.
March – a gold mine is discovered northwest in the desert (towards the foothills)
The Waterworks (part two)
He figured out what we will need! He got his plans together as well. Laborers – 100 Craftsmen – 50 Miners / excavators – 50 Guards – 25 General Labor – 25 Cooks – 10 Whores – 10 Teamsters – 10 Quarrymen – 20
The initial price – 50 million copper. We worked the number and brought is down to about 33 million. We had many talks about how my magic could help and we agreed to examine that more completely, but we think it could bring the price down to about 15 million.
We then went to speak with Master Thomas who suggested we speak with Brent Stonecutter, he advised that we let him know that we had already spoken with the Master who had briefed Lady Wallace, Bailiff of Wallace as he has a penchant for stealing ideas. Humans.
We returned home to plan, had a nice discussion with the artist and, as we were leaving the bush we met Fuzzytop Pathtreader. An adventurer looking for work, I decided to hire her after she mentioned that Marly had mentioned the site to her. I have to find out how many others he has mentioned this to. She had tales of the approaching army of the King.
Meeting with the town leadership
We then went to Brent Stonecutter, and told him our plans for the Waterworks. He let us know that while the plans seemed fine, the King’s army’s were days away and that the only work going on was defensive in nature, and very, very rushed. I let him know that I had spells that could turn the walls of the castle (stone) into iron. He got extremely interested and rushed us to the palace to speak with the Lord and Lady. Along the way, he requested that we not mention our Waterworks project.
When we got there I presented my idea to the Lord and the Lady. As a side note, the Lady is definitely functionally in charge. Back home, this would present no problem, here, it appears the facade of male rule, must remain intact. I discussed the possibility that I could change the castle (and a surrounding city wall, quickly constructed) to iron. She expressed disbelief at which I turned a section of the keep into iron. I explained how we could work on this problem in the short term and then I explained how the Waterworks could assist in improving the mining of the nearby gold, limestone and other precious metals. The Lord got bored and left while we explained further to the Lady.
The Lady let us know that if we were able to convert the castle (or at least survive the assault) we would reexamine the Waterworks issue. I then explained what I would require for a Ritual version of the spell (more casters, mana, people) and talked with her about timing. (If only I did not fatigue so quickly!) She said she had to plan and that I should return to my bush, prepare and be ready for her call. Which we did.
After we left it became apparent that Brent Stonecutter was extremely angry we brought up the Waterworks, after he had said he did not want us to. Sadly, he told Joshua Tariq Aziz that he would prevent him from working in the town again.
We return to the bush and I enjoy some medicinal smoke. At that point I see three robed priests entering the Keep hurriedly.