As Squirrelton is left reeling and Mayor Michael Nutter is left scrambling from the PR disaster that resulted from The Squirrelton Inquirer’s Day in the Life Of… (See last CJ update), Mayor Nibbly Murphy seizes the opportunity to expand his territory and establishes the tiny settlement of Gopher’s Pocket. It is said his behavior bordered on gleeful as he hastily buried his ceremonial shovel in the ground to commence the building.
“Marmot Hollow is my queen and Gopher’s Pocket shall be my rook,” Mayor Nibbly exclaimed to a Marmot Hollow Gazette reporter. “And you can quote me on that,” he added mischievously. Michael Nutter declined to comment in response to Nibbly Murphy’s thinly-veiled insult.
With only 417 residents, Gopher’s Pocket is basically a Mining Town. Two-thirds of the residents named The Molly Maguires as their favorite movie. Coming in second was Groundhog Day.
Workers in Gopher’s Pocket sometimes wonder if they are delving too deep and waking a nameless fear. Regardless, they excitedly named the mine Moria.
Seen in the upper right is a vein of Alfalfa Ore, a mineral that forms the backbone of the Rodentia economy at this time. It is used in everything from computer chips to oven cleaner. Residents also gnaw on it to comfort themselves in times of stress.
Not far from the mine, however, many natural wonders remain.
On their one day off work, miners will often picnic with their families near Lake Nuts and Berries. The lake is named after the many nuts and berries that grow near the water. Where do all the nuts and berries come from? Perhaps from the great blue grid.
The tiny town center of Gopher’s Pocket. To the right is Shepherd PJ’s sheep flock. From afar, they often are mistaken for albino hamsters. PJ is often seen guiding his sheep safely through the cliffs of Gopher’s Pocket while continuously listening to Jefferson Airplane’s “Good Shepherd” in his iGopher.
Credits: Mods are SimPeg (Big John’s Mine, MTP, SPAM, Pond, Stream, Rail Mod, (various lots and mayor-mode ploppables)), Cycledogg trees, SFBT trees, NAM & SAM, Lowkee33’s Appalachian terrain, SHK HD Rock Mod, Riverside Beach Mod, Euro sidewalk texture mod. Various RLS houses by Sim Goober, Shmail’s Commercial Finals, JB SmalltownUSA, BSC UK Village Church, ALN Pasture Flora, Wild West series, Murimk’s rocks, Old Mining Co.
Moria mines reference from Tolkien
Took a break from Squirrelton while I figure out how I want to build it up more. Will be upcoming!
Thanks for looking at my City Journal and Gopher’s Pocket!