A Line of Dwarves

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A Succession of Dwarves

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A New Fortress Begins
Welcome to Boltsnarrow!

Setting Out

Deinol, 1st of Granite, 301

I come from a long line of miners. My father and my father’s father were miners. My great grandfather could say the same. It was with this distinguished history that I was chosen to lead an expedition to found a new mining outpost.

Surveying the area it looks a little bleak.

Fortress Site

It is a good solid mountain though.

Elevation Map

With a few steep areas.

Cliff Map

Should be full of rich deposits and easily defendable.

So before we set out I need to select some supplies. I opted to bring extra beer and wood, as trees will probably be a bit sparse that high up the mountain. I also brought plenty of seeds for cave farming. A pair of dogs are always good to have around to keep vermin under control.

Supply List

My expedition is mostly filled with inexperienced youngsters looking to make a name for themselves. There is nothing like a year of carving out a home to put hair on your beard.

Settler List

We said our farewells and set out on the road. We wanted to get there at the beginning of spring so we’d have plenty of time to stock up before winter.

Setting Out

We finally arrived on the 1st of Granite. We stopped the wagon on a crest to get a good feel for the area.


To the northeast is a creak which will be our primary source of water. We’ll work on making an underground resevoir immediately.

Nearby Creak

I think this would be an excellent area to create the entry to our domain. It’s the best source of wood in the area, and we can gather a few plants and fish too.

Initial Site

I laid out some plans for workshops and rooms. Then I tell my lazy companions to get to work.

Initial Build Plan

The first spring begins.

Spring 301 Status

A Quiet Summer

Deinol, 1st of Hematite, 301

It was a pleasant spring. Here’s some of us taking a break from digging and other jobs to have a drink.

Drink Break

By the end of spring we have several workshops up and running. If that lazy carpenter would finish the rest of the beds, everyone else would have a place to sleep. As it is only myself and Ducim, the mason, have bedrooms. Ducim has been working double time to make enough doors. Next up is to have him build enough tables to create a real dining hall.

Living Area

We’ve made a start on an underground reservoir. We have a well in place, we just need to get water to it. The plan is to finish the aqueduct by the end of summer, then install floodgates while we dig out a bigger reservoir.


All and all, things have been going well. It looks like it will be a pleasant summer this year. Now back to digging!

Summer Stats

Fall Rush

Deinol, 5th of Limestone, 301

The summer passed too quickly. I don’t think we have time to completely finish the reservoir. I’m going to partially flood it so we have water for the winter. Once the water level goes down to a safe level we’ll get back in and finish digging.

Partial Reservoir

At least the rooms are furnished. Not much to look at yet, but I’ve left room for them to be expanded in the future. Dining hall is getting closer to completion. There are food stores and the new well right near the entrance.

Living Arrangements

Fall will be a busy time. Hopefully we can stockpile enough food for the winter. Once the reservoir has water I will begin working on a farming cave. Time to get back to work!

Fall 301 Status

Winter Descends

Deinol, 4th of Moonstone, 301

Fall was a very busy time. I had our mechanic install a lever operated floodgate at the entrance to the aqueduct. There wasn’t time to place on the reservoir side. I’ll have him work on that once the initial flood subsides.

Main Aqueduct Lever

A caravan of fellow dwarves arrived. We don’t have a wide selection of goods yet, but they were willing to accept a few mechanisms in exchange for some extra food. We came to an agreemant about next time. We’ll work on improving production of the following goods:

Trade Agreemant

As the caravan left our first batch of immigrants arrived. 8 adults and 2 children. They of course didn’t bring any food with them, so it’ll be a scarce winter. At least we have enough extra hands to help clean the place up a bit.

First Immigrants

With the new arrivals I’ve started work on expanding the living quarters once again. Do children need beds? I’m a miner, not a parent. We’ll figure something out. At least we can get more workshops operational.

Expanded Settlement

The farming plot is ready to go. Once the floodwaters recede a little, we’ll poke a hole and install a new floodgate. We should be ready to plant plump helmets and other crops in the spring.

Farm Outline

It’ll be a rough winter ahead but after this it should get easier.

301 Winter Stats

Year 1 Complete

Deinol, 1st of Granite, 302

So I was busy trying to get everyone organize for the winter. There were a bunch of new people in the fortress and I tried to find something for everyone to do. I asked Stinthäd to take an axe and go hunting. I forgot to check if we had any spares. He goes off and tries to wrestle an elk. The elk bit his arm off.

Don't Hunt Without Axe

Since he was way off by the creek it took a while to get someone to drag him back to bed. He’s resting, but the well isn’t filled yet. None of my dwarves can pay attention long enough to bring a bucket of water all the way from the creek.

Hospital Bed

By the end of the winter he died of thirst. Well almost has water. Next time I design an aqueduct, it is going to have a little more pressure to speed filling.

First Loss

Stinthäd only ever did as I asked and it is my fault he died. I’m digging a tomb for him so we can lay him to rest properly.

First Tomb

Living areas for the new migrants are complete. I’ve laid out room for more workshops and ready supply areas. I also gave our accountant an office.

Living Area

The well is just now getting the first of its water. I’ll never make an aqueduct that way again. Needs just a little more pressure in the system. Oh well, it works for now. The farming area is about ready to go, I was just waiting for the well to get enough water first.

Farm and Well

So that’s it for me. I’m done being in charge. I’m going to retire to a simple life of digging. There’s plenty left to do, but it is the next guys problem.

I suggest:

  • Start farming. Needs a floodgate put in.
  • Move the stockpiles into an indoor area.
  • Build up defenses.
  • Search for Magma. There is a volcano to the south east, so I would dig around in that direction.

Deinol Retires Spring 302

Doomshifter Begins

Doomshifter, 1st of Granite, 302. Early Spring

So, I was sitting in our little meeting hall when my good friend Deinol comes up to me. He taps me on the shoulder. ‘I’m done. It’s your turn.’ he told me. I assumed he wanted me to mine or something. Hadn’t he told me to go fishing? ‘No,’ he replied, ‘I’m tired of leading. You’re up.’ No sooner had he told me that, he ran off to go mine something. Ah well. I guess I could give this leadership thing a go!

I looked over our fortress, something I hadn’t done properly yet. I had a few… concerns.

Why are these out HERE? Surely the kobolds, monkeys and goblins will be all over them in no time! I will have to move them.

I can’t seem to remember what these are for. That second one has instructions to link it to.. something. I guess I’ll remember in a bit! I’ve announced that no one is to do anything with these levers quite yet, as I’m unsure of their function. I’ll be sure to write their function down once I discover it.

Is that… By Edim’s charity, that’s Stinthad! I thought we were going to bury him! I’ll order up a casket for him IMMEDIATELY!

I cringed when I heard this. Are we truly out of booze?! I will get the stills working right away!

Apart from that, I have no other immediate concerns. I shall get to work on my duties immediately!

Doomshifter, 10th of Granite, 302. Early Spring

Buried Stinthad. May he rest in peace.

On a lighter note, I solve the mystery of ONE of the levers!

This floodgate is controlled by the lever above it. Now, why would Deinol want to flood this area? We have a perfectly good layer of soil to make farmland on.

Doomshifter, 12th of Granite, 302.

I never thought I’d say this, but…


Erm, that is, the things they bring are brewable… I’m happy for the booze, not the elves…

What is this?! All our trade goods are in WOODEN bins! With LEATHER items! We can’t trade with the elves like this! They shall surely scoff at us. It seems they leave me no choice but to take their goods by force.

Doomshifter, 16th of Granite, 302.

The elves were ‘persuaded’ to leave their trade goods for the profit of dwarfkind. Hopefully we can get some booze made up before we all have to start drinking WATER!

21st of Granite, 302.


I’ve ordered someone to take him down.


Fortunately, a nearby woodcutter turned his axe from the trees to flesh and cut down one of the as the second fled for his pathetic life. We’ll see you again sometime, Glidisinkis.

Doomshifter, 26th of Granite, 302.


Doomshifter, 2nd of Slate, 302.

Began work on a wall, to protect our external stockpiles. It’s a temporary and shoddy job, in my opinion, but it will clear some of the rock from inside, protect out assets for now, and prove a useable base for a more impressive wall later!

Doomshifter, 5th of Slate, 302.

What in the world is this?

Stockpiles… INSIDE? Madness.

Doomshifter, 19th of Slate, 302.

Blasted kobolds! That’s three of them already! Our clerk, who was storing something or rather, made short work of it, beating it to a pulp without taking a scratch. That’s the sort of ethic I like to see in my dwarves!

Doomshifter, 28th of Slate, 302.

Now THAT’s what I like to here

Our food and alcohol stockpiles are now nice and high!

Oh, I hear calling outside! One moment, diary.

Migrants! The calling was migrants! Let’s see what we got.

... I watched on in horror as they kept coming. It was like an endless tide of migrants… They finally stopped when we got to a population of 40. Considering we had 16 before… That makes a population jump of 24! 24 hungry mouths to feed! Well, they shall all be put to work, every single one!

We received:
  • 1 Miner
  • 1 Woodworker
  • 3 Rangers
  • 1 Metalsmith
  • 1 Jeweller
  • 2 Craftsdwarves
  • 9 Peasants
  • 1 Fishery worker
  • 4 Farmers
  • 1 Engineer

Doomshifter, 5th of Felsite, 302.

I’ve decided I may as well make these peasants do SOMETHING. I’ve told them all to get started on my wall. I think this wall will become a little more glorious than I suspected!

Doomshifter, 13th of Felsite, 302.

Some idiot hunter decided to chase a muskox towards the entrance of the fort. Some of my migrant builders panicked and now refuse to work, but on the bright side, my newly installed cage-trap has one muskox happily tucked away.

On another note, I tied a bear (that we stole from the elves) to the wall-entrance of our fort, to detect sneaky kobold thieves and goblin snatchers. No thief will even consider trying to break in when a savage bear guards the entrance!

Doomshifter, 24th of Felsite, 302.

The first layer of the wall is finished! It has ensured that there is only one entrance and exit, so all those who would seek to do us harm will be destroyed by our traps and guard-animals!

Doomshifter, 26th of Felsite, 302.

Erith, our carpenter, who was in the middle of building beds suddenly shouted aloud, “I HAVE AN IDEA!” and ran off towards the carpenters workshop with some logs. I have heard of these fey moods, and only hope it succeeds, for great profit!

Thus ends Spring… Next up is Summer!

((The carpenter took three birch logs. Goodness knows what he’ll make. If he makes a furniture item, I’ve so got dibs on it ;3 ))

Summer of Love

Doomshifter, 3rd of Hematite, 203. Early Summer.

Our carpenter finished his work! Tilesh Ríbar, he called it, which translates to ‘The Trusses of Homage’. It’s a Birchen casket, with an image of three waves on the front. I hope this isn’t a bad omen… I sure hope we aren’t anywhere near an ocean! Haha.

In honour of my own rulership here, I assigned it to be built for my use in the afterlife. Erith is now back to work on beds, and I must say that all the work he is doing is rather nice!

Doomshifter, 13th of Hematite, 203.

The wall is going well! Inner and outer sections are complete. I’m flooring it, and then I will roof it.

Doomshifter, 17th of Hematite, 203.

All hail! Deinol has become a legendary miner.

Doomshifter, 22nd of Hematite, 203.

My far superior flooding system for some large underground farmland is nearly ready for action! One floodgate still needs to be placed, and both of these connected to mechanisms before we can use it.

Doomshifter, 4th of Malachite, 203.

Began work on larger meeting/dining room, so I could house more dwarves and widen the choked pathways!

Doomshifter, 6th of Malachite, 203.

So, I was talking to Deinol today, and…

No WONDER he gave me this job! I’m so happy!

((Just a note here, I had NO IDEA THIS HAPPENED. I went to see how I was doing, and then I noticed I was in love, and then I noticed… hehe..))

Doomshifter, 20th of Malachite, 203.

Not much happened lately, but I do have some notes. *The wall is finished, except for the roof. *The chamber is almost ready to flood. *We ran out of wood. *My tomb is coming along nicely. It even has engravings of my coffin! 8The new dining room is up and running.

Doomshifter, 4th of Galena, 203.

The dining room is all carved out, tables and chairs are being moved inside, and all the walls and floors are being smoothed.

Doomshifter, 15th of Galena, 203.

Warm rock? Rith, the miner, tells us that this may mean that there is magma around here! I can only hope that we’ve found a vein of the mountain’s blood, so we can start metalworking!

Doomshifter, 23rd of Galena, 203.


I am overjoyed! I might make some modifications to it, too. All those useless migrant workers need something to do!

Autumn Magma

(( And NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED oOo till of course we got to autumn. ))

Doomshifter, 1st of Limestone, 302. Early Autumn.

The weather changed today, so I know today is the first day of autumn. I could just feel that cool wind blow when I stepped outside to inspect my new wall.

I’ve written up a list of stocks so far, just in case someone else reads this journal.

As I was walking inside, I passed by one of our trained masons, Ducim. I waved hello to her, but she suddenly went all quiet and ran towards her mason shop. Apparently she’s locked herself in there. I hope I didn’t offend her or something!

Doomshifter, 4th of Limestone, 302. Early Autumn.

I hear sounds of furious scraping and chipping from where Ducim is working. She’s taken 3 lumps of Phyllite and a rough moonstone.

Doomshifter, 6th of Limestone, 302. Early Autumn.

What is this? Why didn’t anyone tell me?! I had to sniff the burning scent of molten rock out myself!

Well, whatever. I found the magma! I count 4 fire imps and a man of flame, so we’ll have to be careful for now!

Doomshifter, 7th of Limestone, 302. Early Autumn.

A groundhog walked into one of our traps. Our legendary carpenter, who was nearby at the time, decided he’d take this opportunity to tear the mangled animal to pieces with his bare hands. I’m a little worried for him.

Doomshifter, 9th of Limestone, 302.

Ducim finally came out of her workshop holding the nicest hatch cover I ever did see!

Doomshifter, 16th of Limestone, 302.

An injured muskox appears to be flopping around outside the walls, spooking the workers. I’ll send someone over to deal with it.

Doomshifter, 18th of Limestone, 302.

Traders arrived!

Snatcher arrived! Liason found him. But, I know that guy. He’s crazy tough, that goblin is as good as dead.

... or not. I watched as the liason fled from the pathetic goblin.

Doomshifter, 22nd of Limestone, 302.

Some potash maker was stuck up on this ledge. No one even likes him, but I thought I should save him anyway.

Doomshifter, 5th of Sandstone 302.

Deinol reported back to me with what the next caravan would like from us.

Why would the mountainhomes want windows so bad? What are you going to look at with them underground?

Doomshifter, 7th of Sandstone, 302.

My watchtower is coming along nicely!

Doomshifter, 17th of Sandstone, 302.

The traders left, finally. With them they bring our useless junk high quality trade goods to the mountainhomes.

Doomshifter, 18th of Sandstone, 302.

The dog at the gates started barking like mad, and I heard the distinctive swing of a cage trap loaded with a wooden cage. It’s a beautiful sound…

I ran out to see what it was. I was both surprised and greatly amused at the same time. Okay, I laughed when I saw what poor creature got stuck in the cage. I laughed right at it, but I don’t think anyone else will mind.

I’ll leave our friend here for public jeering in the dining hall.

Doomshifter, 19th of Sandstone, 203.

I saw a rather soggy dwarf holding some stone before. It’s not raining… why was he so wet?

((What the fuck? Get out of there, you!))

Doomshifter, 9th of Timber, 302.

I was staring out at our glorious traps today, and one… one just caught my eye. It wasn’t very special, just a weapon trap with a kobold’s dagger attached to it, but it made an impact on me. I decided to give him a name.

He shall surely serve us for years to come!

Doomshifter, 15th of Timber, 302.

We found a large vein of copper! Excellent!

Winter at the Wall

Doomshifter, 1st of Moonstone, 302. Early Winter

Ah, there’s a chill in the air today. Winter has arrived, at last! Not that anyone seems to care. The well is finally operational, thanks to me putting a wall in place to make the reservoir a bit smaller. The original size was a little over the top, and I doubt we’ll need that much water.

Doomshifter, 2nd of Moonstone, 302.

I am SICK and TIRED of dwarves tracking their filthy muddy boots ALL OVER my courtyard. So, I’ve come up with a FINAL SOLUTION.

“PAVE THE COURTYARD! NOW!” I shouted at them!

Maybe this will teach those filthy fools…

Doomshifter, 13th of Moonstone, 302.

What is that we caught in our cages today, diary? A goblin you say? Boring. A goblin MASTER THIEF you say? Now we’re talking.

What sort of a MASTER THIEF walks into a cage trap?

Doomshifter, 17th of Moonstone, 302.

Ms. Wetdike here has a penchant for running into kobolds! How fortunate for a woodcutter to be running into them! She clubbed the thing right to the edge of our road with a single swing and kept going.

Doomshifter, 22nd of Moonstone, 302.

You’d think that goblins and kobolds WANT to die. Another woodcutter found a goblin thief and sliced his head off with her axe. I saw it about 10 paces away from his body. 2 paces in the other direction lay it’s arm. Clearly it didn’t stand a chance.

Doomshifter, 28th of Moonstone, 302.

A fisherdwarf went secretive. He barged into the craftsdwarf’s shop and booted the guy out. Goodness knows what he’s going to make, but I have a feeling it will be very pretty and probably rather useless. ... I’ve seen what he took, and I know that it will be VERY shiny. He took a lump of native aluminium, a rough pink tourmaline and some elk leather.

Doomshifter, 6th of Opal, 302.

Our fisherdwarf friend made an AMAZING bracelet! It even has a picture of THE QUEEN in native aluminium! I’m impressed. ‘Steelold the Pungent Fortification’. It certainly reeks of fish, that’s for sure…

Doomshifter, 14th of Opal, 302.

Our chef has given birth to a bouncing baby boy! Yay! She is quite the baby-machine, this lady. She’s already got two other children, but this is her first boy.

Doomshifter, 7th of Obsidian, 302.

I promoted Deinol to Sheriff! He seems pleased. So pleased, in fact, he asked me for a nicer room. Considering that I one day may be sharing that room, I gladly obliged.

Doomshifter, 19th of Obsidian

Diary, I’m getting tired of this leadership stuff. I think it might be time soon to settle down and get back to my mechanisms… I’ll give it to the end of the year, and fob the job off on some other unfortunate.

Doomshifter, 24th of Obsidian

I told the dwarves to give me something nice to commemorate my leaving. I ordered them to build another layer to my wall, purely out of the cinnabar I found. A bright red wall! It will be glorious!!

a few teardrops mark the page

Doomshifter, 1st of Granite, 303. Early Spring

It’s new years day, Diary! Time for my leadership to end! Hopefully my brilliant red wall will go ahead as planned to mark my leaving the post. I’ll leave a note of our fortress’ stocks for the next ruler, may he or she rule prosperously and lead Boltnarrows to it’s inevitable greatness! I’m so sad, but I’m so happy!

So long, Diary! May you reach good hands, and may Edim’s charity reach the next ruler!

(( Okay, so my year is up! I’m a bit sad, because I had sooo much fun! My paving project was half-completed, so just let that run. As well as my big red wall :3

Some notes for the next ruler.
  • Down below, there is a room very slowly flooding. Once it is all flooded, or at least all muddied, I recommend you pull the levers to close the flow of water and open the room to the public (I’ve marked all of the levers with a N)ote.) Use this muddy rock to farm on.
  • You might want to do something with that magma, which I left untouched. I don’t have a military, so four fire imps and a fire-man are kinda dangerous. That area is blocked off at the moment. ))



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