HaggisPK has visited to see how I was doing. I think he was merely being polite, but I could tell that he was unimpressed with my simple hut. Then again, I have a long way to go before I can match the kind of buildings that he has envisioned for his northern expanse. But he kindly left me two gifts - a bed to sleep on (it’s more comfortable than the sandy nest I had made) and a shield. It isn’t much in the way of armor, but it’s a lot more than I had! I thanked him for his generosity, and I hope that I have a settlement that is more worthy of respect the next time he visits. I was pleased that he didn’t attack me based on my appearance, either. The residents of this world have a lot more tolerance for my kind than many other worlds I have visited.
While working on the trees, I caught a glimpse of a tall, black figure that moved surprisingly quickly. It didn’t see me, fortunately - from what I’ve read, those creatures are known as “Endermen,” and tend to fly into a rage if they are seen. They also are deadly combatants. But something near the river had drawn its attention, so once it left, I had to investigate.
There are two tremendous mushrooms there, on the river’s edge. They are large enough for me to walk underneath! I had seen gigantic fungus like this in other worlds, but this was the first I had seen of them here. While one was intact, the other one looks to be heavily damaged. I wonder if the Enderman had been eating it, or if it was the results of the rampant growth of the tree next to it. In any case, it saddened me to see such a magnificent structure in such disrepair. I hope I can figure out a way to nurse it back to health.