57: Origin Story: The first year.
/blows the dust off.
So i decided to do a little string of updates with Banished. This isn't some big flashy 'look at my city!' It's just a little zen story because Banished is a little zen game.
The Ring of Fire, Origins:
A thousand years ago humanity spread out from the densely populated established nations into the open wildernesses of the colder north. A group of five families fleeing the oppression of a corrupt country banded together. Pooling their resources they commissioned a small ship and sailed north through the sea of storms. Amongst the snow-capped mountains they found a meandering river with a nice wide valley. After a bit of exploration they came across a small clearing with suitable conditions. It was decided: they'd settle here.
Beaching their ship they unloaded their supplies. They quickly dismantled their boat and used it to build a single barn where they stored their provisions.
It was still early enough in spring to plant crops. The first priority for the settlers was break ground in the clearing and use it to plant their crops.
Once the crops were planted it was time to start clearing off the surrounding land. It was hard work. The deer were friendly (and looked delicious).
As spring turned into summer the settlers used the spoils of the land to build houses. Sleeping on the floor of the barn was undoubtedly getting old. No written records from this time tell us exactly who snored in the barn at night, but the topic was a subject of much debate and not a little family feud in those early years.
The early settlers brought beans and potatoes with them. This was a wise choice since beans are such an early crop, and potatoes last all through the winter.
To have an additional food source the settlers resorted to hunting. The deer in the area were not exactly skittish, which made for easy kills.
Although the initial settlement was made in a clearing off the main river, the plan for later expansion was to work back towards the river.
It was a hard first year. Much of it was spent sleeping on the ground hungry. But they got that first crop in before the winter snows hit, and everyone had a roof with a fireplace to stave off the cold and rain.
There wasn't a lot to do that winter, so the early settlers plotted out the further expansion of the town in years to follow. The footprints of houses to come were scryed out, and more land was broken for farming.
Soon enough spring broke and the winter snows melted away. The settlers had survived the first year.
And that was year one for the settlers.
Not sure how long i'll take this or where it will go, but we're off to a start.
@47ply. Hopefully the readme answered your question.
@47ply, timmie, schriefer, gugu3, shoko, simcoug, Benedict: Thanks for all your kind words: it's really appreciated.