Shovels In Spades



Book 1 Chapter 37: Jesters and Fort


A note from Lone

Second guaranteed chapter of the week.

I hope you enjoy.

Daz stepped out into the main living space of the cabin and saw that both Sarah and Ellie were looking at him curiously.

"Bur bair?" Ellie sounded out her attempt at 'your hair'. "Bur buys too," she added as she stared into Daz's grey eyes with her crystal blue ones that hid behind her glasses.

"Did you go blind?" Sarah asked in interest. 'He probably got an upgrade from the system, right? He looks pretty cool now despite his normal face... kinda like a Korean pop-star,' Sarah thought as her eyes lingered on his hair.

"Ah, right, It's a change I got from the system. It's a pretty powerful upgrade, actually. Side-effects included a little visual change though, hahaha," Daz laughed as he approached the girls that were a few years older than he was.

"And no, I'm not blind, but apparently my vision has changed a bit. I need to test out my new skills at some point. Anyway, there's gonna be at least forty-six new people arriving here very shortly. Don't worry, me and Lyle rescued them, but I might have to let a few sleep in here tonight. Depends really, but I thought I'd let you two know," Daz explained briefly.

"Forty-six? That's a lot! You really are becoming a Lord, aren't you? It won't be long before you're 'King Daz', hahahaha," Sarah laughed. Ellie joined her and the two twins painted a pretty picture as they smiled and giggled.

"Make fun of me anymore, and I'll force you two to become my royal Jesters when I do get crowned King," Daz chuckled. He always did have a way with words when it came to women, otherwise, he would have struggled to get his current girlfriend whom he was certain was still alive.

"Please spare us fair Maidens, Your Majesty," Sarah said with an overemphasised bow. Ellie stood up and followed suit after her sister.

"Hmm, perhaps I shall forgive you, just this once though. One more offence, and you'll be wearing clown costumes for the rest of your lives. Are we clear?" Daz questioned with a false haughty attitude, all the while a smile covered his normal face. 'Fucking around like this every once in a while isn't so bad. I need to lighten up more, or before I know it, I'll go crazy, hahaha!' he happily thought.

"Of course, Your Majesty! Thank you for your leniency!... .HAHAHAHA!" Sarah burst into laughter alongside Ellie at the silliness of their little 'play'. 

Daz smiled before he moved towards the cabin's front door. "Oh, right, Ellie," Daz said as he turned around to face the beautiful girl who was still giggling a bit with her twin.

"Bwhat, Bwaz? do buu need bumthing?" she happily asked in an attempt at English. Clearly, she was trying her best to relearn how to speak properly.

"Nah, I don't really need anything, I just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work. I'm sure you'll have learnt how to speak again soon. Seems my points weren't wasted on your hearing," Daz said in a rare moment of praise.

He then exited the cabin, leaving the two young women alone. "Heh, for how much of a weirdo he can be, that was kinda sweet. Do you think he has a crush on you?" Sarah poked fun at her younger twin. 'He is a little bit crazy, but I think he's a nice guy, he saved us and he even cured Ellie's deafness so it's kinda hard to not like him, as a person of course... after all... Sean can't be dead... he can't be...' Sarah thought as memories of the past surfaced in her mind, but she quickly buried them again and waited for her sister's embarrassed response.

"Bat's imbossible," Ellie said as her face turned a light shade of pink, reigniting Sarah's earlier laughing fit.

Daz stepped out into the base's open air and he smiled. 'This is my base. I won't let anyone steal it from me like Matt wanted to. I WILL become powerful. Powerful enough to stay the ruler of my slice of Earth. I won't involve myself in any conflicts that won't make me, my people or my base grow. I think I'll name this base, 'Fort Skip'. Nice and simple,' Daz declared in his mind.

Confirm name of Tiny Base[Unnamed] being set to [Fort Skip]?

'Confirm, Please,' Daz thought in affirmation.

Confirmed. The name of Tiny Base[Unnamed] has changed to [Fort Skip].

Daz decided to check the base's status sheet now to confirm that everything had changed properly.

[Fort Skip] D-Rank Tiny Base
Base Name: Fort Skip Base Owner: Daz
Base Type: Storage Base Size: Tiny
Base Stats
Health: 60,000/60,000 Offence: 5,000(7,000)
Security: 200 Defense: 2,000(2300)
Citizens: 5  
Base Facilities
Facility Number Owned Description Bonus
D-Rank Storage Container [Closable]  3  A simple steel container with a hatch lock door mechanism. 1 inventory slot per container for citizens 
D-Rank Storage Container [Not Closable] 8 A simple steel container with an open top. 1 inventory slot per container for citizens
Base Walls and Porticullis 1 A circular wall made from stone that surrounds the base and an iron portcullis. 15% increase to Defense for base
Training Ground 1 A simple training ground. 10% boost to skill growth for citizens
Living space 1 A simple living space designed to house citizens 10% boost to stress relief for citizens
Automated Steel Ballista Tower 2 A complex weapon designed to defend a set location 10% increase to Offense for the base

"Mmm, looks good. It's still a bit weird that the screens are all grey now..." Daz mumbled as he walked towards the portcullis. Just as he reached it, he could see Ger and Lyle with the group of forty-six survivors and surprisingly enough, two of Matt's group had stayed behind, the timid man, Dorian, and a young girl who looked roughly fourteen years old.

"It's gonna be a lot of work housing these people for tonight... guess I need to spend all of my base points tomorrow on land expansion and cabins, huh?" Daz said to himself. He was quite happy at how his little Kingdom was slowly growing.

It took some time, but Daz, with the help of Lyle's good coordination skills and Ger's experienced way of dealing with customers, managed to find a suitable place for everyone to sleep and almost all of the survivors went to sleep on the grassy patches that Fort Skip held in its centre, next to the training ground. They each had one tin of soup or beans before they went to sleep on a large pile of clothing. 

A few of them had spent points on a sleeping bag, but Daz had urged them to simply endure for today and to not waste their points on something so useless, of course, there were always idiots, but Daz couldn't punish them for thinking about their comfort.

Naturally, Lyle and Ger were shocked regarding Daz's appearance change, but Daz simply explained it to everyone as a power he had bought from the store.

After everyone had finally settled down, Daz went to the outside of the base and walked up to the still sitting Rimmy. "Well, you two, I guess we should introduce ourselves?" he said with a sly grin to the two people that were still sitting in front of the gory mess from earlier for whatever reason.

A note from Lone

A big thank you to the user Mortismorte, who's idea I went with for the base name. Also, a huge thank you to the user, cthulupillar, who was kind enough to make the cover photo for me.

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