I played 3 Lantern Years in a row. It was mostly just more Gorm hunting to grind materials into gear and get some innovation going in the settlement. These 3 games are actually quite some time ago now, but I’ve been super sick with the flu. And then having to catch up that entire week lost.
Lantern Year 5 offered my first encounter with the Lonely Tree. Drew it as a terrain card if I remember correctly. So the settlement now has The Lonely Fruit. No one is gonna bite down on it just yet. Lantern Year 8 introduced the Sunstalker. So I am planning for a group of survivors to go fight him in Lantern Year 9. Had one loss (1st of March lost his head) and one new baby (Tonight). 1st of March became a dad just before his death. At some point I gotta make a weird ass family tree for the settlement. They’ve gained access to Scrap Smelting, the Weapon Crafter and the Barber Surgeon. And have one full set of Rawhide Leather. They’re lacking in weapons though.
She tends to the graves. 1st of March was last to the ground. Most of him anyway. Another mate laid to rest. Is it her that is cursed? Looking at the little one, playing with her big sister near the Barber Surgeons tent. At least 1st left her this. Another chance at motherhood. Maybe this is how she breaks the curse? Raising her children to be better, do better. Already they are better. Off. At least. These last few hunts have brought back prosperity to Clocktower 6s meagre lantern hoard. They’re smelting metal now. Crafting weapons. Eating well.
Should they eat better? Unconsciously she starts wandering towards the supply pile. There’s a strange fruit there. Something weird, pulsating, like it has a heartbeat. She’s been dreaming about it, ever since a small group of hunters brought it back. She wants to…no she yearns to…no that’s not it either…she needs to taste it. Bite into it. It’s calling her. Closer. Closer.
Scaled Back lay a hand on her shoulder. Her head clears. She’s holding the weird fruit in her hand. T almost looks lonely. How can a fruit look lonely?
“Come. It’s time to go inside. A storm is coming.” Scaled Back takes her hand. She drops the fruit back into the pile and follows him and the rest of the settlers inside. They will hide here. Wait here. The storm will pass. It always does.