I start out in a plain plains biome surrounded by small hills with trees.
My plan is to make some stone tools and then search for villages or other structures before the first nightfall
But this plan gets scrapped immediately! I turn around to discover a village right behind me! Delighted I head over there. On the way I stop to punch down and replant a tree [gamerule #3 - half-elf!] I also get an apple for the effort.
The village has a plantation from which I stock up on beats and carrots. I also get some potatoes to cook and 15 wheat to craft into 5 loafs of bread. It looks like I won't have to worry at all about food to begin with. It was my biggest concern, I couldn't have wished for a better start!
But YIKES, this village held a dangerous secret, a big hole in its middle! After this near-death-experience, I head over to the blacksmith to check the chest...
Double iron chest plate and triple iron leggings, an iron pick and an iron sword as well as gold!!! The armor will serve well while running away from mobs [gamerule #2 - Ahimsa, nonviolence] and an iron pick will speed up progress immensely!! Even the sword will be useful, despite with gamerule #2. Why? For ripping up spider webs like Bilbo with his short sword Sting! =D A mineshaft would be great to find, then I could make a bed, which will be crucial when I find a place to settle and build something.
I dive into the village's treacherous hole with connected caverns to acquire my first 20 block of cobblestone. These I quickly craft into a shovel, an axe and two furnaces. In the meanwhile three potatoes roast in the furnaces at the smithy.
I won't be killing any animals, nor trading with leather [gamerule #1 - Vegan], so I decide to loot the bookshelves in the village library. I really want to enchant my equipment as soon as possible, especially the armor!
As the sun is setting and a zombie already burns up exiting a nearby cave I decide to make a speedy exit in a boat on the nearby ocean. In this way I will preserve my stamina. I wouldn't want the villagers to be harmed by me staying around in any cave nearby.
Now to celebrate surviving the first day, I exit the world of Minecraft and head out to pick figs and apples from the trees growing in the town neighborhood for a delicious dinner!
I actually try my best to follow all the three gamerules the best I can IRL!
Night 1 : Avion's Journal - Skirting Along the Shores
I travel along the ocean, cautiously looking for anything worth daring a landfall. I would love a temple, or a mineshaft, but I am also on the hunt for beautiful locations.
An enderman on a lonely cliff greet me 'Hej', hello in my first native tounge. In the distance lava lits up the pine covered hills with pigs and zombies. I enter a bay surrounded by birch forest. More zombies, endermen roam.
A flowery hill shines brighter than the stars above. Definitely a beautiful panorama, I jot down the coordinates.
Distracted by the misty distant hills, trying to make out whether they are roofed forest or not, my boat suddenly crashes into the shore. I get showered by arrows and my health is halved before I manage to turn around and make it back to safe distance. The battle on the shore continues between a skeleton in golden armor and an unfortunate zombie who took an arrow for me. RIP. I eat beet roots to recover and vow to proceed more carefully.
I peek around the peninsula and spot a mighty mountain range in the distance, reminding me of my first build in this creative world.
After seemingly endless forest I finally reach rivers and plains. Daring the rivers would surely end in death by arrows, so I continue grazing the shoreline as the moon sets and the second day dawns.
Yes, bone meal is a good option, BUT, getting bones won't be that easy either, since I don't kill mobs directly! I even consider waiting for sunrise to kill skeletons as abuse as well! So I will have to keep an eye out for other sources of dye, like cocoa, the occasional suicidal octopus etc! I also think chests can hold dye if I remember correctly
When the sunrise comes my eyes, keen from the night watch, spot horses in the distance. Riding a horse would greatly assist my journey, but alas! I have no saddle yet. I want to disembark so I chew on my beets while I wait for the nightmobs to disappear.
Stupidly I approach to soon and lure a skeleton out in the water. I am forced to retreat and make landfall a bit further away.
I hop out and climb the slope to find a family of four white horses! I note the coordinates [-560, -770] and continue my way inward.
I soon encounter a river with its source below a steep pine covered hill. I decide to employ my boat and follow it. It turns out to be very short, and I once more step onto land. A small sandy beach with an interesting cave entrance. I decide it is time for my first caving! But first I need some torches, so I chop down four oak trees, making sure to replant them [gamerule #3 - half-elf].
I also grab some gravel at the cave entrance which I make into yellow concrete and mark the shore with, slightly bored waiting for the charcoal. With torches made I venture down. The cave quickly ends after only about 15 blocks descent, but it has just enough iron (9) to complete my gear with a helmet and a pair of boots! It also yields seventeen coal, and I decide to dig up to a stack of gravel to have for any later build as well as for flint.
Looking up to the mouth of the cave, the night is already upon me. I hunker down at the bottom of the cavern to smelt the iron and craft.
I guess this will be a night to dig!
True to my habit I dig a high tunnel down and craft cobble stairs for a more energy saving ascent. I decide to stock up a stack of granite on the way down, to be used for my first build when the opportunity arises.
Then I almost fall down in a hole! I use it to throw away some items and clean my inventory, and proceed over it for now. More coal is always good! Fuel, XP, a trading opportunity and a neat block, I have no qualms about hoarding it! Running low on my lucky iron pick axe, but high on coal. Gravel keep falling in the way, so I decide to go for another stack of it. I would really love to try out the new concrete blocks! Just after my pick breaks I luckily find some more iron ore to craft a new iron pick. With over a stack of coal and plenty of building material I consider the dig over and ascend to the surface where morning has already broken.
Here is a look at my inventory at the moment
I stack up on diorite while digging a staircase down. In the texture pack I use (BdoubleO100's), it looks really good, so I want to include it in my first build.
A deja vu hits when another steep drop reveals itself! I see a possible path of descent down the right side of the wall, so I take the challenge!
But I slip! (not used to crouch on SHIFT!) and fall!!! To my death... I think, but I suppose thanks to the iron armor I end up with 2 hearts left!
I hear the clatter of bones nearby and quickly dig myself into the wall. Carrots, save me with thy crispy crunchiness!
After healing I peek out and it seems the fear is unwarranted. The coast is clear and I can safely go and collect some iron.
I spot the skeleton, it can't get to me. But it blocks the way to further direct exploration of the raving.
While the iron smelts, I ponder how to proceed from here...
I decide to try my luck and proceed along the walls above the skeleton. Somehow it doesn't follow me and I dig my way behind the lava fall. The prospect of gold, diamond or lapis is appealling! But more skeletons, creepers and the sound of baby zombies tells me it is not worth it. Time for a brave retreat to the surface! Greeted by the friendly oinking pigs I stare up towards a sun already at zenith.
After moshing my way through the woods, foraging mushrooms along the way I reach a highlands area, rich in coal and iron. I explore some surface caves without much result. As the sun set I feel a bit lost as what to do. I decide to stay close to the surface this night to have a fresh day ahead for exploration.
Down I go and make myself a comfortable little room to chill in and clean up my inventory. I stack my coal, discard a bit of cobble, gobble some mushroom stew, and smelt some iron with my old oak boat as fuel =D and get everything neat and tidy.
After some more iron and coal gathering and the night is over.
I climb the snowy plateau when I hear sounds unknown to me! What is this?
It turns out to be a bunch of llamas! I pay my respect to these wise creatures and marvel at their furry strangeness. They politely decline my attempts to feed them apples, carrots, eggs and bread. With nothing more to talk about I take my leave.
The mountain offers some stunning view of the landscape ahead, so I stop to take in the landscape. I have two main directions to proceed descending the mountain.
Unable to choose, I go for their intersection! I am heading towards what in the distance appears like a canyon.
Pigs and wolves are chilling as I pass by. I get good vibes resonating with my pacific nature.
Instead of a canyon I enter something of a natural quarry in the middle of the forest. Here I gather enough coal to get level 15, take a swim in the quarry's pond as it dawns upon me: On this fifth day, I have had enough of walking and hiding. This place is going to be my first home! I will build a stronghold here, something I have never before attempted. Full of inspiration, I start the labour! It is time to build something to last at last.
Go for f3 coordinates. It may be part of the debug menu but coords are insanely useful...
Also do you have any desert biomes around you?
If you're having issues locating bones, I usually find bones in the desert temples
you could also wait out the night in a spot with a bunch of skeletons and wait for them to burn up in the sunlight!
Though you said pacifism to "creatures" are you counting skeletons in this restriction as well seeing as they aren't technically living creatures?
I haven't seen a desert yet, I will explore when I get the base somewhat set up.
Yes, skeleton may not be considered living, by they are still encompassed by my intention of non-violence.
So going for a desert temple is an excellent idea. They often have other great treasures too. I would really love some books with a good enchantments
Let's see how it goes!
I start by making a two block wide staircase down from the end of the quarry,
as rain and thunder rolls in through the night. I also start smelting cobblestone to have a larger variety in building materials.
I feel a bit like building in Khazad Dum, the mines of Moria when I have to bridge across a chasm deep down the tunnel. I realize I no longer need stone tools, and make an iron shovel and an iron axe as an arrow wiffs past my head. Have I dug too deep? What beasts will I uncover in these unexplored depths? My heart seeks treasures, diamonds, obsidian, redstone and gold!
On a more practical note, I should probably start a wheat farm very soon!
Even though the forest is thick with apple-giving oak trees, a small farm is much more efficient to maintain in the long run.
I dig down to bedrock and make my way back to level 10 to branch mine a bit. It doesn't take long before I find my first redstone!
And lava bubbling all round it reveals a deep lava pool, with GOLD some blocks up! Great, now I can use lava as fuel instead of coal, and use the coal as building blocks if I want, or trade if I should find a nearby village. And make a clock to finally know when to exit the mountain to build on the exterior! I am jubilant! To top it I find some lapis and hit level 20!!