900 AD 6:00 pm...
A metor streaks through the sky, temporeraly lighting the night sky ablaze. Three young settlers see it land in the open desert. You dash off to see what happened.
900 AD Arabian Desert, about breakfast time...
"Sir!" a beaming scribe exclaims,
"Master Lix told me to tell you," he pants "that the test samples are back." more pants.
"He dosen't know what to make of it, anything can be grown there!"
"By thunder, what do the astrologers say?" you quirie.
"They have locked themselves up and will not come out Sire. I found a noose last night." he added, a little more quietly.
"Also, King Agger needs a economical outpost, his orders are for somewhere in the immediate vicinity, sir"
"Fetch Lord Rigoth!" you boom, "and three of the best fighters you can find, and meet me at the craters edge!"
900 AD Arabian Desert (yadayadaya) 1:00pm
"In!" you shout to the first man you see. Screams and shouts come from the crater, then flest being ripped apart. The decapitated head of the man you ordered to death rolled down the hill towards you...
The Beasts in the crater are lions, just added for the story really. The crater can support life, yes really, so any farms can be placed there. I was fooling around with a map when I placed Oasis grass over Sea, creating a lower terrain. Whilst playtesting that map I notest that anything can be grown on there, a type of invisi-oasis. That fits in with the story, in which you must build a castle. Stone can be bought (no low walls though) through the market. Engineers arn't allowed (king's orders).