I awoke to day 23 thinking about the fish stored in my small barrel inside the large cart. I had a few things I wanted to do during the day and a meal would provide me with the energy to do my best. I lit the forge right away and headed outside to my farming ritual. Another cotton was ready for harvesting as well as a pumpkin. Pumpkins are great crops because they weigh 1.0kg and can be used to add bulk to meals. After planting another cotton seed and pumpkin seed, I returned to my forge and then to my iron source. I wanted to make a long sword and I needed the very best iron I could mine.
Mining provided several lumps of 16 quality ore. I placed them inside the forge to smelt into lumps while I worked to make the meal. Pulling a catfish from the barrel, I placed it inside my lone frying pan along with some parsely and a potato from the food bin. Within a minute I had a wonderful meal! I then started my longsword attempt.
Creating the blade was not too difficult. Since the willow logs were my highest quality wood, I created a shaft and then a handle for the sword. I cringed as I noticed a measely 15% chance to attach the sword to the handle. I knew right then, the day would be as long as the blade I was holding. However, miraculously the sword was created on my first attempt! I was absolutely elated. Holding my meal in one hand and my sword in the other, I shouted a victory shout which echoed in the cave.
I needed to get my skill up with the longsword before I would take it into battle with me. The old timers told of a method that allowed skill gain without actually fighting a creature. I went outside and found a stout tree. Placing the longsword in my right hand, I selected it and then used it to start chopping on the tree. Each time I finished my chopping action, I repaired the 1.0q longsword and rejoiced in the skill I was gaining with each attempt. In no time, my skill with the longsword surpassed my skill with the short one. Also, I noticed my woodcutting skill was increasing as well. By the time the old pine fell to the ground, I had gained 4.45 skill with the longsword. The old timers knew what they were talking about!
I returned to the forge and started improving my iron needle. I knew that needle quality would have an impact on the success rate for creating the leather armor I hoped to make. With a good needle and my new longsword, I was confident I could go hunting for deer and get more leather for my armor set. Day 23 ended with a much improved needle, a leftover meal in the forge and a new longsword on my side. I was very anxious to get my armor and planned to do some hunting as soon as I could. I wondered how much longer it would be before my journey would come to and end.