@LTK, interesting read. Their lifestyle sounds quite similar to URW, if you deny yourself human contact you’re very limited in what you can achieve, as you can’t do metalworking yourself. Every character starts with a knife, but it’s quite possible to start without an axe, and the only way to get a decent axe is from other people. You can make yourself a stone axe, but its very slow to do anything with, and not useable at all for tasks like making boards from a log. Which, in game, means no cellars, no cabins and no paddles, as I found out when I decided to start on an island and couldn’t get off it.
One thing that doesn’t happen in game is unseasonal weather, so you can’t have your crop ruined by late snow, but if you were living as a farmer and managed to lose all your seeds you’d be in serious trouble.
1st June 16
With a room to smoke meat, it’s time to deal with the bear caught in the pit. As Juhani approaches, he sees fresh bear tracks in the moss. Warily he draws his spear, perhaps the bear is loose and hungry. But as he reaches the fence, he discovers not one but two bears in the pits!
He’ll leave the second one alone for now, it doesn’t seem like they can go anywhere. Standing near the pit, he fires a few arrows into the other. Judging by recent experience he may have overestimated his skill with a bow, as the arrows fail to find any vital organs and the bear is left slightly angrier than before. Juhani moves in to poke it with a spear, and hurriedly retreats when the bear takes a swipe at him.
Losing a few arrows is better than losing his life, so Juhani empties his quiver into the bear. Eventually it collapses under sheer weight of arrows, and he finishes it off safely.
A bear is a good kill. Not only does it provide plenty of meat (though less than an elk), its fur is the thickest and warmest of any animal. Juhani prepares most of the meat for smoking, using the clothes from the Njerpez warrior and a stag fur he made a mess of for cord.
With plenty of cord left over, he gathers branches and rocks to fashion more arrows. A few broke or sailed off into the forest, but arrows are easily made as long as he has fur to spare. The bear skin is tanning while he does all this.
When the bear fur is ready, he makes himself a cloak from it. It’s heavy to wear, but worth it.
Armour has separate protection values for different kinds of attack. Fur is warm, gives good protection against blunt weapons and some against tearing (animal claws), but isn’t much use against swords and spears. It will still help against glancing blows or light cuts, but won’t save me from serious wounds. Different clothing pieces also cover specific body parts, with some clothing overlapping. A cloak for example covers my shoulders down to my knees, but not my arms, while an iron breastplate only covers the chest and waist but does so very well.
Next: Expanding the homestead**