Day 7 - It's free real estate
As I was about to set out this morning, another new arrival appeared: Akbar. He was quite an eccentric fellow, but I liked him, we spoke about my ideas on recolouring my armour and he was all for it. Turns out, other people like to make dyes as well!
I was sorting through my potions as we talked, and set aside 2 particular types for me to actually start using: lesser mana potions, should I ever find proper magic spells, and lesser healing potions. These ones aren't very effective sadly, as the reagents in them do the bare minimum in restoring your mind or body. I need to find something with more energy, so I can power them up... My body can only process so much potion before rejecting it, after all.
As I went to buy a dye vat from our newest guest, he hesitated, and said he would have to charge a premium. Confused, I asked why... and found everyone in the building unanimously agreed: "There are too many people here. I'd like more space." I tried rearranging the rooms, spacing them out a bit... No good. How much space is enough space?
Glancing outside, I see a handful of slimes trundling this way, dissolving small plants as they go... It's not like I can make it far yet, to make any new outposts. I could still see the shack if I climbed the tree I found before! If they want to have more space, they are welcome to help me explore...
Okay, take a deep breath. I found an alternative solution, anyway. Wandering back to the forge, I collected some metal scraps, and looked at my small pile of coins. The metals were close enough: The main difference was there was a faint magical energy inside them, a very consistent one. Helps prevent forgery.
Unfortunately for these guys, I'm skilled at manipulating mana. More skilled than Gran even. I may not have much of it... But I have enough. Melting some copper scraps onto the existing coins, I split apart the coin carefully, reshaping it just right... Then boosted the amount of mana to the exact level I saw before. And went back to Akbar to see if he would accept the new coins, not telling them the origin.
He didn't even notice.
Satisfied with my work, I used some more metal to expand my finances considerably. I should look into alchemy... I never have a shortage of dirt, and if I can change it's structure to items I have seen before... Hmmmm. Either way, while Gran was... Undecided on my response to the pickiness of the people that had moved in, I wasn't. Not until I make it further than throwing distance from the shack, at least.
Speaking of, I set out to the East again, past the tree I... Ahem, had difficulty escaping from before. Turns out there was another large tree tucked behind it, so I delved down in there too. This one had a similar treasure chamber, with some peculiar branches in the chest... That looked like they were still growing? Fascinating, hmmm...
Making it past the trees, I encountered an expanse of sand, with a quite pleasant oasis in the middle. Hovering over some reeds were a bunch of dragonflies, which I scooped up to show Cole. As I stumbled into the oasis itself, I remembered my Grans warnings that armour makes you sink... But it's better than being eaten. Clawing my way out the other side, I made a vow to work on my lung capacity.
Seeing a pair of large, angry shapes swooping at me from the sky, I took a strategic retreat and used the mirror to return home. When I got there, I found a fifth guest had already joined in on the fun: Mollie, who cared for various critters! She made a passing comment about crowds as well, but I ignored that. Not like I had much choice yet.
As I discussed the creatures I saw out East with her and Cole, I glanced over her wares, and found some useful ones. I bought a Squirrel Hook from her, which would draw my towards walls and trees... With the help of a smiling woodland creature on the end. I'll try not to throw him to far. I also bought a Cat Licence, and use the attached magic envelope to send it off to... Somewhere?
Just as I was about to settle down for an early night, I heard a thud on the roof. Climbing up, I found a fallen star, brimming with magic energy. Scooping it up, I had to dodge to the side to avoid another star, then another! It appears this was my lucky night, as they were falling in droves.
Running around with arms outstretched to collect them, I also found the worms on the ground had a particular glow to them... Apparently some worms get ambitious, and eat
fallen stars, drawing these guys out. I scooped them up too, I bet fish will love them. A huge swarm of fireflies had also gathered outside the house, bumbling about and not doing much... But I couldn't let such a good source of bait pass me by.
Staggering in with my arms full of loot, I sorted most of it away, condensing the stars into a more usable form... This turned them blue, and I had a ton of them after that lucky shower. Pooling them together, I will sleep on top of them tonight, and broaden my lacking mana reserves... I feel I will need it for that alchemy I plan on trying.