This settlement is my penance for every fudge roll I've made in the past. I will detail the exploits of this new settlement year by year, the highs and the lows.
Welcome to death's embrace
He was the first to waken, he had no name no idea of words but the idea that he was first to wake was embedded in his mind, around him others stirred, a woman Holden onto a lantern, another whose hair was red like fire and a man, powerfully built. In the darkness around them first to waken could see others stirring and a great shadow that prowled towards them, so it was amongst them tearing flesh from bone and dimming lanterns.
The four fought back and quickly slew the beast, strings stone ripping off its paw, and harvested its corpse. All others around them were dead so they move off into the darkness. First teaching the others words that came into his head. Soon they neared a light, a hoard of lanterns with others like them cowering around it. Strong boldly approached and introduced them to words, first felt something stir in his chest, he called it jealousy.
As Storng organised the others in the building of the settlement first sat in front of the lantern hoard and contemplated what was jealousy.
The settlement was growing hungry, the meat they had brought back from the lion was running low and bellies ached. Strong, brandishing his new bone axe decided to take some of the other survivors with him. Able, joyment and laughs at darkness. They soon found a smaller version of the lion and set about butchering it only to have a larger version appear.
The battle was hard fought, Able had his chest crushed by the beast and Joyment's back was broken, but laughs at darkness and Strong vanquished the beast. Between them they hauled back the massive bounty, Able's body and helped Joyment.
Back at the settlement Joyment maintained that she could still help the settlement and challenged others to a triathlon. Alas she lost the race and had her arm ripped of in the wrestling, though she debated quite well. Her hunting days were over. They then decided to burry Able's body, after deciding that if they ate someone so weak, they would become weak, just as they had eaten the strong lion and become strong.
They all then hard strange screaming, but Strong said it was just more meat waiting to be eaten. First then explained to everyone how to tap into their inner lantern and fight harder and the settlement were impressed.
Strong then took to the organ grinder and his understanding increased and he realised that there were two types of survivors and he thought back to the small lion. Using his new insight he and head of flame disappeared behind the skinnery. They soon reappeared with a smaller survivor without ink around his eyes. Strong said that it should be trained had to help them fight to claim this world. Impressed with his own ability Strong then showed laughs at darkness what he did and another new survivor was born.
The settlement reached a consensus that they were as much a part of the world as the animals they hunted and embraced the darkness.
Finally the resources they had stock piled were forged into items to help them kill. A set of rawhide clothing, a spear, a bow with special arrows, a costume to imitate the lions they hunted and a skull helm
Strong looked at the lantern hoard and mused over the settlement. It was too big, too noisy, it would attract more line more streamers and who knew what else. They needed to be less. Boldly stood and spoke to the others, "we need to hunt, need more food. First wife and second son shall lead the hunt, with laughs at darkness. Also.... Also my,eat shall go." Mummers spread amongst the other survivors, what could joyment do? Her back was broken and she was missing an arm. strong continued, "joyment has one last chance to prove to settlement that she can hunt, she shall prove she is not weak."
The hunt was quick, without ink able to track a male lion from its mating calls. The fight went well with many blows struck against the beast. Head of flame enraged the bast by cutting off its tail, at which point she and without ink vanished into the tall grass, leaving joyment and an aspartic laughs at dark to deal with the enraged monster. They soon both fell to their wounds at which point head of flame and without ink reappeared and attacked the beast. And without ink slew the beast. On the way back to the settlement they found cracked ground and pulled free a sharp stone.
At the settlement they told how joyment and laughs at darkness fought bravely but ultimately fell, as strong looked on nodding.
Strong lead the hunt, wanting to see how born without ink could hunt. With them they took inner peace and bold face, both inexperienced of the darkness and the horrors beyond the lantern hoard's light. The journey was long, but both strong and born without ink learnt how to explore better. They passed a many armed statue, holding a strange looking sword, but they had enough weapons, so they left it alone.
During the fight with the lion strong and born without ink betrayed inner beach and bold, letting the lion kill them, before they slew the beast. Strong tearing its tail off with his bear hands.
As they returned to the settlement a stranger approached and offered to help fix their teeth. Strong chased them away, they didn't need help, they would survive on their own, and besides what were these teeth she was going on about.
The settlement lamented their loss, first to waken felt troubled by the deaths, fully armoured hunters shouldn't fall to such monsters, didn't they defeat such a thing, with noting but sharp rocks?
They then built a weapons smith to better arm themselves, they also researched new ideas and found out how to make ammonia.