OOC; No, I apologize. I took a little vacation and neglected the RP. Hmmm...well, Rifa got the meteorite. I think I'd like to do a small adventuring team, but I'll see what I can do about getting the people to cooperate.
It was winter. After Rifa had gathered the Thunderbolt from the crater near the valley, Otro set out to design and build a forge under Hassa's direction. He gathered what large stones he could to build the walls nearby, but others had to go out farther to find ones Otro himself couldn't carry due to his leg. Soapstone is common all over the planet, and was well known at the time for its soft yet dense form good for making pipes to smoke ceremonial herbs. However, it was also found that it's very heat resistant, and good for holding warmth in a single area - making it great to use in constructing a forge. A low-set stone igloo-like structure with a hole to collect wind from the sea, a chimney to vent smoke, and an open face that could be covered with a large, flat piece of soapstone to build up heat.
Trying to unite so many cultures into the belief that helping the outsiders all around them would actually benefit them too, was not an easy task. Initially, Otro had to ask what particular skills allowed each respective tribe to flourish throughout the ages. Given the age range of all those in the cave, of all the available tribes, it was easy enough for the literally minded Otro to realize a combination of these strengths and the ability of the young to learn from their elders would create a mutually beneficial environment for all those in the tribal amalgam.
There were tribes that predominantly foraged, while others would hunt. Of those that foraged, some were very knowledgeable in edible (as well as toxic and psychedelic) mushrooms. Some were experienced in mainly the edible vegetation that flourished in the lands around them, such as wild berries and various other fruits, as well as tubers and greens. Of those that hunted, some were primarily anglers that took their bounty from the sea or lakes nearby. Others would take small and medium game, and still others, Otro's and Animagus' people included, had knowledge of hunting the large and most powerful of prey. Included in their experience was whatever game and plants were available in this valley, due to the amount of time people spent here and the regularity of the festival.
It was tense at first, but people eventually eased into life as a community and shed their fear of other cultures that was only overtly obvious when they had to live side by side. Spiritual leaders would still argue, but that was fairly normal. Especially when one man's guiding spirit was another man's dinner, though sometimes it was both.
Fires were pretty interesting. Different tribes would take turns starting the fire, and it seemed there were almost as many ways of starting one as there were tribes. Some people brought in kindling and sparked it with flint, some would rub sticks together, others used a notch system where they'd have a wooden base with notches, a straight stick that fit it, and would rotate the stick to make a piece of bark underneath it catch a spark. One tribe even collected Haethor's droppings dried them out, and used that to start fires with any number of the other methods available to get a spark.
After the completion of the forge over two long months, Hassa spoke to Otro.
You have collected more than enough coal from having built fires from cooking and for warmth. The forge you've made is exceptional, and should serve your needs well. You must decide the form of the talisman and the weapon you will make, and start a fire. When you've started, I'll instruct you further.
At this point in time, Hassa had lost a great deal of weight, and wheezed when he would breathe. The closer he got to teaching Otro all he could, the more he let himself slip away.
...Of course, Master.
In his younger days, Hassa had come into possession of an oblong piece of Thunderbolt Iron that was conveniently flat on one side. He used resin and sinew to attach it to an oak handle, making a fine hammer - and the only one suitable for working with the freshly discovered Thunderbolt.
Hassa told Otro how to break the Thunderbolt into pieces by heating it and cooling it rapidly, just like what happens when a hot stone falls into cold water. The makeup of the meteorite is what allows this to happen, with certain internal structures having a different density from others. Ox femurs were used to manipulate the meteor out of the forge, and a tray made of auroch ribs was used to quickly carry it to the water. A piece large enough to be made into a wearable totem broke off, and the rest of the pieces could be heated and hammer welded into a larger tool, with a decent amount left over for future projects. Otro made smaller hammers for fine details on the totem with some of the smaller pieces.
There was a large, flat piece of granite to be used for striking the Thunderbolt, and animal ribs were used to manipulate the hot iron as it was being worked. It was noisy work, but eventually Otro began to crave the sound of metal ringing against metal. He spent weeks forging and hammering his masterpiece, and it slowly took the shape of a weapon no one had ever seen before. He was instructed by Hassa to place it in the water, and was told it would break if a mistake had been made while forging. It didn't break.
It was a single piece of Thunderbolt iron about 3.5 feet long, with a handle he wrapped in hide (to absorb shock and assist the grip) long enough to accommodate two hands. It had a blade a little over 2.5 feet long, but on the whole it was surprisingly light considering what it was made of. Otro sharpened it on one side, starting with sandstone and working his way up to the piece of granite he made it on, giving it an incredibly sharp and mirror like edge.
The totem he made commemorated the fortune of the falling iron, the lives lost in its wake, the skills learned, and the young mammoth who found its way to the cave with him. Oddly enough, all of those things could be represented by the same image according to Otro's tribe; A mammoth head. However, it had to be made in a particular way to reflect each thing. Fortune is with full, curved tusks. Mourning is with broken tusks. Knowledge is worn tusks with grooves, and a young mammoth is represented with larger eyes, more often than not. The totem ended up with one full tusk worn at the tip and with grooves, one broken grooved tusk, and larger eyes.
Shortly after Otro's task was completed, Hassa died quietly in the night. A ceremony was held according to Otro's tribal customs; A chasm was found and Hassa was dropped in, wrapped in an animal hide with his most valued possession, which was a rose quartz blade. Prayers were given to the local deity, who just happened to be Haethor.
The days were shorter and colder, and the solstice would arrive soon.
I expect it's something to do with cheap rolex watches enlarging his penis while he makes $400,000 an hour working from home.