Though I have very much wanted to update this thread several times, my "unlimited" Internet plan from Verizon has been throttled (a synonym for limited) and will continue to be so for about five more days. I can't even view threads with more than a few pictures, including this one. We watched Netflix for a couple nights and that's enough to do it. So, I can't finish my "Thermopylae of Hades" story until I'm able to upload several pictures in a moment's time. Right now, it takes a couple minutes to upload just one.
However, I wanted to mention, since we talked about it in this thread (I think; can't really check), that I've since captured a couple more skeleton horses and their stats were identical—as well as being different than the others I have captured. So, there has definitely been a change to skeleton horses for the worse. Much worse, and that was a horrifically bad game design choice by Mojang. The skeleton horses I already had were worthless compared to an upper-mid-range horse, but as they can't have a lead rope attached, I doubt I would have ever used them anyway. So . . . Reduce their effectiveness even further? At the same time, remove their variety? Totally remove any chance that anyone would ever ride them as mounts? Why even let players saddle them at all?
All that is, of course, compounded by the fact that elytra completely replaced horses after the rocket update. In addition to being far and away the fastest and most efficient form of transportation, the elytra have also proven invaluable during large scale building processes.
One more thing, today, I again met a diamond-armored enemy on the field of battle:
He was a worthy adversary. He clearly had a Power and Punch bow, and at the same time, he had Depth Strider III boots. I know they were, because retreating into the water—normally a safe haven—gave me no respite from his attack. He gave chase and was no less hampered by the water than I. Try as I might, I couldn't elude him.
What the picture doesn't show is that there was a hoard of zombies behind me—a dozen, perhaps more—and their rank was mottled with creepers. As the glittering skeleton's arrows whistled past my ear, I heard them bury into the wall of rotten meat at my back. Not good. If he stuck enough of the walking dead, they would turn on him. I wanted my Looting III enchantment to do its work, so I had to land the final blow.
I dove into the water, not to slow the skeleton, but to limit the battle field to he and I, we being the only two who could wade as fast as we could dodge and sprint. He didn't take the bait. Instead, he stood on the bank and fired away, most of his arrows finding their mark. I was hungered and down to half my hearts, arrows streaking through the rain all around me.
That's when the zombies sought their revenge and piled onto their victim. He shrugged them off, but I didn't know how much more he could take considering I had already delivered a Power V arrow right to his skull. I rushed the shore and dove into the melee hacking and slashing, desperately trying to slay the diamond skeleton. A nearby creeper charged to detonate, but I loosed a flaming Punch II arrow from my off hand just in time, sending him flying back an instant before he could explode.
One more scything sweep of Frost Fate's Sharpness V blade and the path was clear. As I surged forward, the skeleton back peddled, drawing his bow for one last shot, but my sword was quicker. I chopped through his bow, sending his bones scattering.
My prize was a single pair of diamond leggings, though I was hoping for his boots at least.
They went into one of the junk equipment chests in Old Tower's cellar.
I can't wait to update this thread with the gold farm. It's really impressive.
Thanks for reading!