So my command is pretty cool. Metaphorically and literally. It’s a lot of fun to run (I get a kick out of doing stuff with my bird friend Pepe!) – very busy at times though. I have so many things to do just to keep the place running. First things first though, I had to upgrade. Initially the place was pretty small. My town hall was literally a hut. Not a very well constructed hut either. Just take a look at the gaps in the walls! A very cool place to run my command from, but also a very cool place. Well actually – freezing! It snows a lot here. I just had to upgrade and order a new town hall. Now I have an actual building, with stone walls (no gaps), wooden floors and even a few bearskin rugs to keep my feet warm. I seem to need to drag my cloak around with me everywhere in this region, but not in my new town hall! Nice and cozy in there. Which is good, since I seem to spend a lot of my time in there. Like I said – so much to oversee and do, to run this place.
Actually, speaking of running this place, would you believe I’m still expected to get my hands dirty? I mean it’s one thing to get a bit messy when out adventuring. Killing animals and monsters (not to mention a few Iron Horde) can get a bit umm bloody.. Seriously though, they even expect me to do my share of the mining here. I have my own mine WITH miners! Why do I need to physically grab a pick and dig it up myself? I will say though, I’m not completely convinced of the capabilities of my miners. See this picture here? I’m standing right next to a truckload of ore and the miner nearby? Well, she’s just hittin’ the ground with her pick. There was no freaking ore there!
Mind you, I also wonder where these great big chunks of ore come from. I can go in, clear out the place, and a day later? BAM! There’s more. It’s like it springs up overnight. Don’t know how… ore just doesn’t work that way. My quartermaster Sergeant Grimjaw said he heard a rumour that the miners do it deliberately. He said they might look like they’re clueless, but when I’m not around, they dig up the ore and stack it up for me to come ‘mine’. I haven’t been able to confirm this but if it’s true, I wish they’d just do it themselves. Really, this is just one more job I don’t have time for. I want to get out and have some adventures too. I’ve been asked to go to a place called Gorgrond, but I just haven’t had the chance yet. I might just have to sneak off one day.
At least my newest improvement might help my chances of sneaking off. I figured I needed something to improve morale and to keep my minions… err followers happy. So I’ve built a tavern. I have a few different buildings around the place now. Lots of plans for more too. So many options though. It’s hard to decide what would be useful. The minions are pushing for a war mill. They say that once it gets into production, it will really help them out and give them the opportunity to improve their gear and skills. I’m considering it – I did hear a rumour about the awesome loot and spoils that can be had from some of the missions I send my minions on. They’ll need excellent skills for those though.
Speaking of my minions, I have a new one! Makes no sense to me, but it’s true, I swear. I was out adventuring and ran across this ogre dude locked in a cage. He convinced me to let him out and then was incredibly rude and just ran off! I was annoyed but brushed it off. Prison changes you, I’m told. Anyway, a few days later, I swear I found him again. Locked up again (different area though) and begging to be let out. I figured I might as well play the sucker a second time and let him out. Sure enough, he runs off laughing. I figure that was it and vowed that if I found him again, he could just figure his own way out of trouble.
That wasn’t the last time I saw him. I was heading back to my garrison and got a bit of a shock because there he was. Bold as brass, standing at the gates (cage and all) begging to join my minions. Obviously, my fame has grown in the area! I let him join, because, let’s face it – I need the help. Not to mention, it might be easier sending him on missions (with other minions to keep him out of trouble), than stumbling across him locked up in a cage somewhere.