A dirty and stained A4 sheet of paper, printed with purple images and text in a monospaced font. A logo including a sun, with an ocean wave cresting inside it, in a shape vaguely reminiscent of a tongue ringed by sharp teeth. A large headline reading Last Resort News Report with the tagline Where Else Would We Find The Stamp? (under the desk, of course) and the date July 15th, Year 2
Body text, headline in all caps: Cold Snap
Well, it’s a good thing the heater experiment worked out, isn’t it? We hope you’re all staying warm! The kitchen has a big pot of water constantly on the boil, so if you have a hot water bottle, run up & back to warm your family’s bed! You can also collect some herbs and use some of the water to make tasty tea – warmth inside is the best antidote to cold outside!
Gemma is also firing up the forge to repair and make tools for the coming season (only two months to spring!) so if you can brave the cold, the workshop should still be pretty warm! Wire drawing has been very successful, and we’re really getting into the swing of things, so head by, warm up your hands over the forge, and listen to a good book! Spare a thought for those rostered on the guard towers in this weather, though!
Headline in all caps: Crank It Up
Speaking of guard duty, have you ever considered becoming crossbow qualified? We’ve just gotten word that the new crossbows have finally been tested for safety, and now we need people to handle them! For now, practise will be in the dining hall, which means focusing on fast loading, but everyone who meets Ellie’s high (new column) standards there will be invited to aiming practise in the Spring!
Don’t worry, even if you can’t learn fast, accurate shooting, what our crossbow corps really needs is a whole lot of loaders to keep our best shooters busy, and loading is much easier to learn than shooting! Everyone who qualifies gets a hook for their belt, to mark you out as qualified, plus the knowledge that you have an important role to play in defending the Resort!
And yes, the heaters will be on!
Headline in all caps: Ice Patrol
Finally, with the cold comes a chilling concern (forgive us!).
We mostly don’t think about our water supply, since it’s such a constant in our lives, but our water all travels here along the aqueduct from the hills, helped by a series of wind-driven pumps. In the current weather, we have to be a little worried about the possibility of ice – the snow hasn’t reached us here yet, but we can see it on the hills. Ice in the aqueduct could shut off our water completely, so we need volunteers to check on the flow of water regularly, and go out to break the ice if it slows!
Talk to Alice to join up – extra warm clothes will be provided to those going beyond the fence!