|User Story: The Best Lives are the Ones That Make You Cry, by Morti|
September 11, 2018
So, another life, born to a mother wandering about, with a name, not an Eve, but someone away from home, that appears lost.
I say little, I don't beg for food, I just watch.
She pulls milkweed, makes thread, stands there looking at it for 10 seconds, probably going through the Tab menu, looking at options, then she carries me away.
Next she pulls some clay from a pit, looks at it a few moments, grabs a stone, makes bowls, looks at them for a second, turns them into plates, then carries me away.
This continues as she is moving along. She is experimenting, making items on the spot and leaving them where she finds them.
I will be very patient with this person.
I'm a few years old and she carries me far from those items, first to the west, and then to the south. A bell rang and it was 4.4k away the year I was born. Pointing south. We've traveled roughly 100 meters west and nearly 100 south, but the distance doesn't change. I grow hair on this journey. Eventually she can no longer pick me up.
So, I ask "Where / is / your / home?"
What word did she use? I can't recall. She basically said she was orphaned or that things were tough where she came from.
I decided not to ask more about that. I'm just guessing she ran off to gather food at a young age and never found her way back home.
"So / what / do you / want / to do?"
"Let's find a village" she says to me.
"Or we / could / make / one?"
She seems a little reluctant at first, but says "There is no water here."
"We will / find / some. / But / first / set a / home / marker / so we / have a / point / of / referen/ce."
She agrees, I set mine, ask her to do the same, but she doesn't. Instead she makes rope, a hoe, and uses flint on a berry to make a seed while I am off scouting and find a nice place where the grassland and desert borders meet a swamp with ponds. I return to her and let her know I've found a good place. I take her to it, explaining how it's nice and warm and show her the ponds.
Around this time my sister is born, the one who will go on to give my mother her only grandchildren. I tell my mom I'll get rope and for the next 20 years, go through the motions of running out to gather everything that is necessary at the time to basically tech up.
The farm is just getting started, the hoe my mother made where we were when we decided to start a home has broken and there are 8 tilled plots of soil, 6 of which have gooseberry seeds growing in them. My mother says she's too old and is just wasting our food but I assure her her presence is welcome and that she should stay and live till she is sixty. She agrees to stay alive.
I then decide to set off to get a rabbit for the bellows and I am near the spot where my mother made the hoe and skinned the berry when we decided to make a home. I bring back the seed along with the rabbit. She's still alive at the farm.
"Do you remember when I first started talking? When we decided to make a home? You made a hoe and skinned a berry for the seed. This is that seed." All the while she is making teary faced emotes; T.T and saying how happy she is.
"Shall we plant it here?"
She agrees, we should, but as I am typing "Would you like to do the honors?" she says "byee" and passes away.
This was the first time I cried this life.
I plant the seed. Find a basket, gather up our mother's remains, circle the camp for a place to rest her body and settle on a spot north of the forge about 30 meters and a warm corner of the desert.
Now I would like to let you know something I do, or at least try to do, every life that I find myself the son of an Eve, or any mother, who's other children do not survive to have children of their own. Rather than stop playing, I focus all my efforts on the forge; so that I have the tools necessary so that I may bury my mother and mark her grave. If I have time I will also bury the other members of the family that stuck around to work as long as they could, maybe even marking the grave of a helpful brother, but there isn't a whole lot of time to do all that.
If the family is still thriving, I will try to bury our mother, but my attention is very often divided between that goal and ensuring that there is enough food an resources to support the mothers and their children. But if it's just me, I will try to stay alive until 60 no matter what and once my mother is gone, the only thing left that matters is giving her a proper burial with a marked grave. A grave I will also usually decorate with an item that reminded me of her.
Now the clock is ticking.
I've only just returned the rabbit for the bellows, there is only 1 piece of iron at the kiln that I brought while gathering rope. I bring back 2 full baskets of iron and by that time I have about half of my food meter left. Luckily one of my sister's children takes an interest in the forge and starts helping me by making charcoal and gathering branches. We make the hammer and the ax just as we are on our last piece of kindling and branches are far off in the distance. Next I make the shovel and the chisel and let my sister's kid know that I only want to make enough to mark my mother's grave before I die. Someone comes up and asks for a hoe. I only need the adze, for the mallet, so I agree to make the hoe as well. And with the adze, chisel and shovel done, I run the shovel up to my mother's grave, bury her, find a headstone, return back home, place the chisel and mallet in a basket, bring up to my mother's grave and set off for three skewers to make the M. As I am returning home I read "I found some abandoned tools north" and while darting around for the flint and sharp stone in town to make the M I say "they were not abandoned, please return them" I wasn't sure I was going to have to take anything more than the M up with me. I didn't think I was going to make it. Everything needed was so far apart, but, in the last year of my life, I managed to bring it all together.
M on the grave, chisel, mallet, done.
And I sat there. Tools on the ground as I looked at her grave. And I began to cry again.
Stomach nearly empty, hot water welled up in my eyes, it was an instinct to go for the nearest cactus, but, an instinct that kicked in a little too late. I'd stopped looking at the meter, my mind was full of the highlights of the last 59 minutes. I died at the cactus.
Not shown in this picture are my sister and her kids, for them, see the link.
Well done, Sue.
All of you.
Thanks for making and playing this game with me.
Thank you, for being human.
|User Story: Sacrifice to save my family, by JonySky|
September 6, 2018
I was born in a village with most tasks already done ... my mother raised me, dressed me and gave me a backpack .. I even let me choose what kind of hat I wanted to wear ... she named me "Dennis"
My first years I dedicated myself to compost, and to the raising of the sheep
a grandmother before she died she gave me her knife to continue my work with the sheep
I spent a few years raising and killing a lot of sheep and creating more and more compost with the help of my relatives
when we had excess compost (you never have enough) I started to create a small hospital ...
First create pads and needles with thread for the sutures and after creating 2 bowls full of pads, I made a small construction to store and have controlled the medical supplies
When I was about to finish construction, I heard a conversation from afar where someone was threatening someone who was going to kill her
I approached and was a girl with a seal coat that was threatening another for no reason ... anyway not having listened to all the conversation did not know if this person was right or not right and I decided to continue to mine and look from a distance this girl, she was called "Birdie"
When the clinic ended, I saw Birdie doing nothing, turning the city senselessly ... it seemed that I was looking for something, but I was not doing anything
I decided to follow her and review her movements ...
Suddenly she realized that he was watching her, and started to scream that he was chasing her to kill her ... that I was a murderer and wanted to kill her ...
Here I realized that this person was not looking for anything good ...
the people of the town did not pay much attention to her, I never threatened her, did not talk to her, did not even take the knife out of her backpack ... but she knew that I was watching her and that prevented her from doing anything bad.
After a while I saw her trying to forge something, but she gave up (I do not know very well the reason, but I think someone hid the Steel File)
imagine what would be happening to plan B, the bow ...
When I got to this point I knew that I would try to hurt the city and I began to warn people, sisters, brothers, children ... all who could avoid a mass murderer
I was already getting older, and here I realized that I could not fight against her ... I was beginning to have the risk that she would steal my backpack and my knife ...
What I did was give my backpack and my knife to a girl who was building a road: "Zebulon"
I had noticed her since she was a child, and she had been working hard for everyone
I was 56 when Birdie came with his bow trying to kill people ... first he tried with a girl, then with a woman ...
I knew I was going to kill someone, and I was not going to allow it ...
I noticed that in this game people do not realize the real problems of murderers until they see blood ....
I was 56 years old and I could not contribute much more to the city ...
I got in front of Birdie and I stayed still, without moving, so I was an easy target ... I just had to shoot, and of course that's what he did
she was in the middle of the city when she shot me and everyone saw it, that's what I was looking for ... that everyone is aware of what happens when this type of idiots is let loose
When she was relaxed, I told everyone not to worry about me, to kill her and Zebulon, she nailed the knife without mercy ...
The whole city surrounded me and I was fed during my last breath, I saw the idiot die ...
they wanted to cure me but I did not want them to heal an old man of 56 years ... they should not worry about me ... I'm happy to have fulfilled my obligation to sacrifice for mine, for my family, until the end
Original thread here: https://onehouronelife.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=3698
|User Story: Ea family migration, by Tarr|
September 4, 2018
I was born in a rather large scale family migration to the Ea family. I think at the point I was born there was almost seven people traveling in a pack to a nearby city. Our group ended up getting separated at one point, our group changed from a strong six or seven to a meager three. Mother held my younger brother Jason close as we kept chugging on through the harsh environments. Swamps loaded with pigs, freezing arctics, badlands brimming with hostile animals. Everything you could imagine challenged our families migration.
I eventually got lost from the group as I refilled a stray berry bowl I found in the wilderness. At first I thought this food was a blessing from the gods when in reality it was anything but. Mother had forsaken her berry bowl at some point on the journey to make sure Jason wouldn't have to go hungry on the journey. Mother kept going as long as her body could hold out but with no food she was running a losing race. I found Mother not too far away from her bowl, Jason now holding her stuff while my older sister Kawai refilled her bowl.
Even with low morale we ran hand in hand until we finally found the first road. We all rushed to greet the people of the Kane family who met us with open arms. Not too long after we had started to settle down cousin Ricky, and my two aunts showed up and we had nice little family union. I ended up having to break the sad news of mothers passing to her own sisters which really brought the mood down.
What mattered most is we had each other and our new friends in the Kane family to celebrate our new life with. It was a peaceful little place minus a few accidents here and there.
I normally wouldn't have stayed in a family migrating like that but I just felt something special about this family. I made sure to give our little family a special graveyard attempting to mark everyone's grave but time isn't easy on an old man.