|Gone are my mushrooms!|
I was extremely careful to follow the highway and not venture far from the roads. As I walked along, I also tracked my progress on the wiki community map of Freedom. I could not risk getting lost and then killed. If that happened, I would lose literally days of work should I not be able to find my body. When a toon dies, the crafted tools remain on the body until found and retrieved or until the body decays. Beginner tools (the ones I left at my sponsor's deed when I started) do remain with the toon upon re-spawning and not on the toon's corpse. However, I didn't have those tools, I had Surviverman tools - those I had crafted. I proceeded with caution and finally spotted something in the road.
|A unicorn spawn in the road.|
|A goblin spawn.|
On occasion, the weary traveler in Wurm will happen upon small buildings and fenced tiles along the road. These are created and maintained by kindhearted Wurmians so that adventurers can quickly escape from danger.
|One of many unlocked player-made safe houses.|
|A Freedom tower guard NPC.|
|A water-front village.|
|The compass on top of a settlement token.|
I filled my water containers and decided to do some fishing. The winds of the day had been replaced with the sounds of crickets and frogs. Night was falling fast and I needed to eat again. With food, water, and a fix on my location, it was the perfect spot to settle in for the night. Fortunately for me, the village mayor allowed fishing from the nice pier they had constructed - well it was a road that jetted out into the water - a pier as good as any. No words can quite describe fishing on a pier with night falling over the land of Wurm. It is a feeling unlike anything that can be experienced anywhere. I felt so safe and free. No, I had not found a single creature to take home, but I was happy nonetheless.
|Fishing on the lake.|
|A fishing spot with a great view!|
I fished for quite a long time and secured enough meat for a few tasty meals. I turned to head back to the road and noticed a lava fiend has been caged nearby. Feeling bold, I approached it to see one up close and in complete safety! He was an ugly cuss and gave off a glow from his burning body - a free light source, I thought, for the one who trapped him.
|A captured lava fiend.|
I left and headed along the shore to find a suitable spot for another campfire to cook my food. I wondered if the highway continued along the coast. Following a coastal road would keep me from getting lost. I checked the map and realized the roads mostly followed along the coast, and so I planned to venture further north. I happened upon an abandoned deed with decaying structures of various types.
|A decaying food bin.|
I examined a grass tile and noticed I was not within the perimeter of any village. This means I could cut down a tree and make a camp fire.
|My campfire and meal on night two of the 2-2-2 adventure.|
As I sat by the campfire waiting for my fish and onion meal to cook, I thought about finding creatures and getting them back to Refugio. Once I found a horse, a cow, or a bull, I would have to either walk all the way back home or build a fenced tile. I could tame an animal and have it log off with me, but I could only tame a single animal. These were my logistical challenges.
I thought it not wise to travel at night, especially in an area I was not familiar with. I decided to turn in and take up my journey in the morning. I fell asleep looking out across the water to the Dragon Fang and listening to the night sounds and the crackling of my campfire. It was totally serene!
|The mighty Dragon Fang mountain at night.|