The Hermit Strikes!

Some strange things pop up across the Kingdom. Turns out the Hermit is having some fun! Also, I discuss a book that I finished recently.

Some weird stuff has appeared around the kingdom today, folks.  Turns out my hermit of a brother has added his own special “flare” around the kingdom.  His first build? A golden pig.  Why? Who know. But yes, now we have a golden pig in the kingdom.

Steve's PigTo be perfectly honest, this screenshot reminds me of the anime Seven Deadly Sins.  The main character, Meliodas, owns a bar called the Boar Hat. At first, you just think, “ah, cool name!” Turns out that it’s more than just a name because it’s literally the hat on a giant pig named Hawk Mama.  Oh, and Meliodas’s assistant at the Boar Hat? Hawk, a much smaller pig. I know, random, but I’ll take it.

So, the book series that I wanted to share today was Brilliance, book one of the Brilliance Trilogy.  Imagine the X-Men, but without all the crazy super powers.  In this world, people were born “brilliant” or with more advanced cognitive abilities.  It takes place 30 or so years after the initial discovery of the first brilliants.  As someone who has studied sociology in college, I find the way that how society is forced to change incredibly exciting.  Marcus Sakey does a great job with this story, and I would highly recommend it.  For those of you

Marcus Sakey does a great job with this story, and I would highly recommend it.  For those of you who don’t like the science-fiction, mutant, fantasy mumbo-jumbo, don’t count this book out. Sakey does a fantastic job of keeping it grounded in “real.”

Attack of the pigs What can I even say about this? Here I am, having a conversation with my brother about this library and he decides to spawn in pigs.  A lot of pigs.

I wonder what his fascination with pigs is?


Exploring a build…that I didn’t build?

So, I logged on to my world this morning to build some more and discovered something odd.  An arrow had appeared on top of a mountain in the kingdom.Hermit Arrow

So, I took off.  The day passed, night fell. I was just thinking about turning around when I noticed a glow coming from over the ridge.  Thinking it was lava and some trees were on fire, I hurried over to investigate and save my forest from being burned down (I hate cleaning up after fire damage…)

I didn’t see lava. Nothing was on fire. It was…weird.

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Mushrooms. That were glowing.  So I followed the path into this little valley and began to question many things…like when did I build this? Hermit 01

The first thing that I noticed was this gravestone…weird, right? The message was even more bizarre…

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Thinking “Who is Gregory?”, I proceeded inside and froze. I think I figured out what Gregory was….

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A pig. Gregory must have been a pig…but who loved Gregory? There was a sign there as well, labeled “Hermit Hut.” It appears I have stumbled onto a hermit, with this strange affinity for pigs, hiding in my world…

So, creating this world on my own is a huge undertaking, and let’s face it…I’m not a good builder. If only I knew someone who was….

Oh yeah! My brother!

So, the story goes I was in a rut (You may have read a thing or two about that in previous posts…), and I needed some inspiration.  That’s when I decided to invite my brother into the world and play some good ole’ Minecraft with him.  Best. Idea. Ever.  The build we went through today was his first addition to the world, and I love it.  Not only did he build his mushroomy-hermit house, but he also has moo-shrooms galore as well as some mushroom fields.

The best part? Now I get to include this crazy, mushroom loving hermit into my story. This is something that I never would have come up with on my own.  So, as this blog progresses from here, not only will I be discussing and sharing my builds, but my brother’s as well!

Portals Between Worlds

Lore for the portal?! What?! Yeah, I free-wrote a piece of lore that could ultimately be used as a starting point for the portal/connection…stuff.

The cake is a lie. Sorry, couldn’t resist! =)

Long before the current age, before the dwarves carved out the mines before the elves settled in the XCXCXCXC Forest, a wanderer found himself lost in the woods.  The summer was wearing on, and the Wanderer knew that should he not find shelter, he was in for a bitterly cold night indeed.  

As the sun was setting, the Wanderer found some ruins bordering on what was left of a road–a road that nature had already reclaimed a majority of.  Seeing this as his best chance, he followed the path up a hill and finally to a cave.  

The cave was overgrown, and it looked as though neither man nor beast had disturbed it for quite some time.  The air was silent, but the hair on the back of the man’s neck stood on end. There was power here, the man knew.  The night was coming quickly, and the Wanderer, with no other choice, pushed through the vines for the evening.  

The cave was mostly dry and surprisingly warm, though the source of the heat alluded the Wanderer.  Setting his pack down inside of the mouth of the cave, the Wanderer quickly created a small fire.  When the wood took, the man sat back and surveyed the area from the glowing embers.  At first, the cave appeared to be nothing more than that, a stone recess that proceeded back briefly before ending abruptly. 

Thanking his lucky stars, the Wanderer settled in for a quiet and warm night when he noticed that a shimmer on the wall.  No, not a shimmer on the wall, but that the wall itself was shimmering, like a pond that rippled after a stone had been thrown into it.  It was subtle, but as the man moved closer to investigate, the ripples began to move faster.  

The Wanderer picked up a stone from the ground and tossed it at the wall, but the rock never hit.  Instead, it just passed through the wall as if nothing was there. Perhaps this was the source of power he felt upon entering the cavern…

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Well, here it is! The completed (until I go neurotic and start changing things) portal build! I’m actually quite pleased with how this turned out!  As for the lore, well, can we talk about cathartic? It needs work, no doubt, but it definitely was relaxing and is a good start!  Man, this feels so good! Hope you enjoyed this build!

Map time!

A map showing the layout of the kingdom thus far!

I love making maps in Minecraft.  It’s crazy, you spend so much time building things and then getting this bird’s eye view… It’s weird, I know, but I truly enjoy it.



It’s really cool seeing the kingdom starting to come together.  I’ve been worried about the size of the Grumpy Bear, but this looks like it seems to work! Nothing looks too….off! Did I actually do a good job?! I feel pleased!