Why Xanadu. I looked at all of the maps from the WURM Online Map Dump Portal. They all looked incredably crowded and developed except Xanadu. So that's where I went because I wanted an adventure and that looked like the best place for that. I did the tute thing but that was a few weeks ago. I forgot that character while deciding to do this so I made this one. I want to get started so off I go. DAY ONE: I came in at Greymead so I could get as close to the place I spotted on the map as I could. I wanted to get in water for safety from the beasties. So that seemed like a good place to start. The trip south was had no events to talk about. I stopped at some clay and made 4 jugs to hold water and take 11 clay for when I left the lake and struck out cross land. I arrived at my jump off place in fairly short order without any beasties trying to eat my bones. Maybe the don't like to swim. I was going to take a road that went south from a settlement and then I was going to go west across a mountain to get to my picked spot. When I got to the settlement I discovered someone made a road from there that went west so I took that instead. When I got to a spot on the road that looked direclty north of my spot I started off across land. I hit forest immediately. It was much worse than anything I had imagined. I could not see more than a couple of tiles ahead. Sometimes more. Sometimes less. I tried to go in a straight line but steep hills made me detour. I ran from a troll first. I went downhill so I could run faster. Then a mountain lion. Then a wolf. And now I was hopelessly lost. I decided to go uphill to try and find a spot I could see from but then I got chased by another wolf. I stopped running long enough for my compass to show what direction was west. So I went west. I found a cow, caught it and tried to ride it but it was worse than walking because it put me up in the tree branches where i could see nothing so I just led the cow. Finally I came to a tall mountain. I looked at the dump map. Lo and behold, I was twice as far as I needed to go. This is when I realized I needed some shelter but had no way to make one. So I logged off. End of day one. DAY TWO: I logged back on and immediately went to the mountain to rummage. I found a few bits of iron. Melted them and got a whopping .8 of metal. So, I would have to climb the mountain to find more. I would need six more to make a anvil. Then more to make nails. So up I went. After I found two more I got chased by a wolf. I could not run with climbing turned on so I turned it off. I went very fast until I hit the ground. Like the say, it isn't the fall that kills you it's the sudden stop at the end. At least I got away from the wolf. I foraged for cotton and food and got some of both after a while. Cooked the food and that back up the mountain. I started looking for iron again, found two more and then another wolf found me. This time I was up higher and down I went, plop. Got away again but with several bruises. Then came the troll. It came at me, I went to the tent to get the cow for a get away and would have made it to. But the game lagged. When I got back i was dead. Wow, that sucked. I thought to myself, "Self, there must be an easier way". So I went to the wiki and looked up iron. I discovered prospect. Back to the mountain I go. I went to the lowest rock tile, prospected and EUREKA. Iron. Someplace in there was iron, the magical salve of living. This is where I decided someone had forgotten that logs could be made into cabins without iron. But we had to have this stuff to survive. So now I knew it was in there someplace so I started to 'tunnel' Alesondra, don't 'mine'. This is where the hell hound came. I tried to run but it had bit me so I was slow. The game lagged. I came back dead. Big surprise there. If I had shelter I would have been ok. But no IRON yet. Pfffft. I was beginning to see why people didn't stay. But I'm on an adventure so I plod on. I mine straight in and after four tiles run straight into the iron. The gods are smiling on my bruised up dead/undead self. So, I make a fire, make anvil, make nails, make fence, make little house and get ready to go back the way I came to find my spot. End of day two. DAY THREE I log on, make enough nails for a small fence and four walls. I leave the things I made here except for the magic nails. I have to travel light so I can run. Too bad the stupid cow can't carry my pack. Must be cow union rules. I look at the map. I have to go west to a mountain. Travel north and follow the mountain as it curves back to the west. Where it curves back to the south I have to strike off to the north and should make my target very close. Just have to look for a steep spot. So, off I go. I am running short of water so I have to do this quick as I can. All goes well. I come to the mountain. Go along it until it starts turning south again and head off to the north through the forests that seem to never end. For three days I am mocked by trees. They blind me and offer nothing. I can't even climb them for safety. These are cruel trees. Maybe some day I will kill them all, mwahahaha. I am losing my mind. I run from a wolf. I run from a mountain lion. All the while I stick to my direction, north. Then I come to a steep spot to my right, east. This must be it, at least I hope. So, up I go. more rocks. I look at the map. They have the same shape as the map. I am here. I want to weep but have not time. Now I prospect and the very first time iron. First I climb to the top of this small mountain my rock face is on. At the top it is nice and flat for a very big area but lots of trees. Big surprise. Ha ha. I put my tent, hitch my cow. Why I have this cow I don't know. Guess it's now my companion. A cow with no name. Then I mine. I go in two tiles and decide to throw a die. 1 and 2 I go straight. 3 and 4 left. 5 and 6 right. It's 5. I go right. Three tiles and iron. I decide to mine back to the direction I came in so maybe I can have a second exit. I go one tile and...MORE iron. The WURM gods must like me. Again, make anvil, make nails, make bucket. I will make a well and push it from tile to tile and see if it gets water. I spend all day pushing a well and no water. I make a deed but cannot afford a guard. End of day three. DAY FOUR: I push the stupid well all over the place and forage while I wait to see if it produces water. I make 27 coppers from forage. Finally the well lands in a good place and I have water. Now I have food, water and the magical iron. No clay but I can survive until I can chop a clear path to the road to my north and then take the road to the lake for clay. I wonder how many times I will die hauling clay. Better take the tent. This day is spent on planks and nails and foraging and pushing a well and chopping trees and some leveling. End of day Four. DAY FIVE: This morning I woke up and a thought struck me. I thought, Ale girl, you are stupid. I was worried about running out of water but the whole time I have a four leg milk machine with me for any time I am thirsty. What a dummy. When I logged on there was a nice kitty outside my little square fence area I made for my security. Now what do I do. I had a brilliant idea. I will put all my stuff into a box and then run with the kitty chasing me until I am far away and then I will run back and no more kitty. So off I go with it chasing me. But instead of going downhill I just stayed on level ground so I did not get away far enough and it chased be back to my little square fence. So I did this again but went down a steep hill. So now it worked and I could get busy. Today I leveled the whole deed edge to where it will all be so I could make the fence all around. Then I leveled the place for a small house. Made a 'road' down to the mine. I got iron made all I need for blacksmith and made a bsb, fsb and little cart. All of this took a long time. It is slow going for a noob. I will now do the work everyone has done. House, garden, livestock. Maybe I will be premium, don't know. But the adventure is over. Now the work. I have learned much in five days. What to do. What not to do. And advice for other noobs. Especially GET A COW. But remember to milk it for drink. You will never be thirsty. So everyone have some good days and think about those on the bad days. Maybe I will see some people out here in the no place wilderness. Maybe I will make a road so this is wilderness no more. I bid you all adieu.