I have been collecting stone - and have even found some coal - from the ravine next to my hut, but I’ve been concerned about the integrity of the cove. Fortunately, it seems that my thoughts have not gone unheard. I received a visitation from AmyJo who, from the appearance of her dazzling diamond armor, seems to be some sort of authority of this world. She showed me how to teleport back to the Sanctuary, and from there, use a portal to another world where the residents can use exclusively for mining and other resource gathering. I thanked her for her assistance, and was relieved that she took no offense at my reptilian appearance. This world does seem to be much more tolerant than others I have visited. Perhaps it helps that we share a common faith.
I found a nice location at the base of a cliff, surrounded by flowers, and dug a small shelter. From there, I’ve proceeded to dig downward, replacing my stone pickaxe with another whenever it wore out. Within a few minutes, I discovered some iron! My first solid metal. I look forward to smelting it so I might be able to craft some armor.
Unfortunately, I also found a nasty insect that lives within some of the stone. It attacked me, so I killed it. However, killing it seemed to have caused it to call its allies, and soon I was swarmed by the creatures. I managed to use the teleportation spell to return to the cove before I was overcome entirely. I do hope that my mine will be cleared out when I return again in a few days time.