Firsthand accounts of the Cataclysm of December 1066
As related by Simon Keating, shopkeeper:
On the 16th of December, 1066, about two o'clock, P.M., we were visited by a violent shock of an earthquake, accompanied by a very awful noise resembling loud but distant thunder, but more hoarse and vibrating, which was followed in a few minutes by the complete saturation of the atmosphere, with sulphurious vapor, causing total darkness. The screams of the affrighted inhabitants running to and fro, not knowing where to go, or what to do - the cries of the fowls and beasts of every species - the cracking of trees falling, and the roaring of the river - the current of which was retrograde for a few minutes, owing as is supposed, to an irruption in its bed -- formed a scene truly horrible.
From that time a number of lighter shocks occurred; at which time one still more violent than the first took place, with the same accompaniments as the first, and the terror which had been excited in everyone, and indeed in all animal nature, was now, if possible doubled. The inhabitants fled in every direction to the country, supposing (if it can be admitted that their minds can be exercised at all) that there was less danger at a distance from, than near to the river. In one person, a female, the alarm was so great that she fainted, and could not be recovered.
In all the hard shocks mentioned, the earth was horribly torn to pieces - the surface of hundreds of acres, was, from time to time, covered over, in various depths, by the sand which issued from the fissures, which were made in great numbers all over this country, some of which closed up immediately after they had vomited forth their sand and water, which it must be remarked, was the matter generally thrown up. In some places, however, there was a substance somewhat resembling coal, or impure stone coal, thrown up with the sand. It is impossible to say what the depths of the fissures or irregular breaks were; we have reason to believe that some of them are very deep.
Excerpt from the diary of Robert Madrid, Commander of the garrison. Dated 16 December 1066:
Our defenses were in place and we had just engaged a small party of the enemy’s scouts when the ground began to heave and groan as if it were alive. There was a moment of silence and then a much greater motion brought down the roof of the hall. Before my eyes, my second-in-command was crushed by a large beam falling from the ceiling. At first I thought this to be some new weapon of the enemy but then realized that the earth itself was protesting and contorting beneath our feet.
I freed myself from the rubble and emerged to find a scene of great confusion and destruction. Many troops had been killed or wounded by collapsing walls and roofs. Many also had been trapped within the ruins or cut off by great fissures that opened up in the solid ground. Our position is now precarious and I fear that if the enemy should attack in force we will be unprepared and vulnerable. Nevertheless, we shall make all haste to regroup.
*****Before you begin*****
This is a “novelty” or “puzzle” map. There are a series of steps you must take in order to prepare for the final attack by the Wolf. Note that almost all of the structures and fortifications on this map are created in an enemy “color” and cannot be deleted. Exceptions include the Keep, the Granary and one of the animal pens. It will play through quickly and should take not more than 8 to 10 game years to win or lose.
I recommend that players begin on NORMAL difficulty. Once you have sorted out the correct approach to take you may wish to try on HARD or VERY HARD for a proper challenge.
I have provided a series of hints in the download file (please use these only if you are really stuck!). Also you will find a file with actual accounts of the real earthquake which occurred near New Madrid, Missouri Territory, March 22 1816.
An interesting note - the original idea for this map came to me in a dream.
Enjoy the eArThQuAkE! As always, your comments and reviews are welcome. Bismuth