I have explored more of the ocean and some of the swamps that border it. I got a bit lost navigating rivers through canyons, but managed to make it back out into the ocean before the sun set.
I still have not found a mesa in this world. I am disappointed - I had hoped to make the exterior walls of my home out of hardened red clay, to make for an interesting contrast to the surrounding landscape. But this plan may have to wait until I have a secure shelter constructed. First I need a functional home. I will work on the fancier decorations later. I’ve considered using polished granite instead, but the idea of living within a pink tower is one I do not find appealing.
I have found a small village in an unusual location. The village seems to be in a simple plains region with rolling hills, but there is an extensive cave complex beneath it. There also is a large peak nearby, with a tremendous cavern. The people report that they occasionally hear noises within this cave, which makes me fear for their safety.
I am thinking that I should construct my mine here. My first duty will be to find some coal, to make torches, and then to construct a wall around this town, to protect the villagers from zombies and other monsters. Given my lack of light sources and armor, I am thinking of changing my usual technique. Rather than delve into the caves, I may start from the top and work my way down, grinding away the dirt and the stone and thus, exposing the caves to direct sunlight. The light of the sun kills many monsters, so this may be the best way to help the villagers, as well as obtain the resources I need for my own construction projects. It will be an interesting experience