The Minecraft Travelogue: Searching for Diamonds: Days 118-119

Seven witches are destroying this world by raising an army of undead warriors. My job is to hunt and kill them. Perhaps killing these witches will restore balance to the world.

Six witches have been slayed: one more remains.

This is my journey. My only goal is to tell a good story.

Days 118-119

To face the last witch, I wanted to be as prepared as possible. Before I enchanted my weapon, I wanted to make sure it was a diamond sword, something more powerful than iron. To get diamonds, I’d have to venture into the caves.

I’ve heard of these deep caves, but have avoided them as much as possible in my journey. I’ve only briefly explored them to get coal and iron. But diamonds were at the very bottom, so I had to plan this trip carefully.

I put all of my valuable supplies in a chest—in case I died again—then put Lightning in a pen.

Minecraft Travelogue

Minecraft Travelogue

The desert was right next door to these plentiful plains. This cave entrance looked just as good as any.

Minecraft Travelogue

The cave was deep. I planted torches to light my way, but I had no way of knowing if this cave system would lead me to my goal.

Minecraft Travelogue

Immediately I found valuables like iron, but I had to ignore them.

Minecraft Travelogue

Within the hour, I found an abandoned mineshaft! I’ve heard that people used to mine this world, before the rise of the witches, but I’ve never seen evidence of such a mine before.

Minecraft Travelogue

Minecraft Travelogue

Perhaps the village to the north, near my temporary home, was the owner of this mine. When I meet those people, I’ll have to ask.

To my dismay, this cave system was not entirely abandoned: the skeletal bodies of yesteryear’s miners haunted this place!

Minecraft Travelogue

The skeletons spawned from a wire box: what was this black magick contraption? I destroyed it before it could spew any more filth.

Minecraft Travelogue

I searched any chest I found, hoping to find a diamond stored for safe keeping, but found only useless effects, like dry bread and cobwebs.

I found another dungeon, a wire box generating spiders, and quickly destroyed it. I was getting sidetracked from my mission!

Minecraft Travelogue

I continued deeper, deeper, and came across gold. The pressure was building in these rocks, but gold wasn’t my prize either. I had to press on.

How warped my desires have become to pass up gold!

Minecraft Travelogue

Zombies were crawling around these caves as well. Thanks to my new supply of arrows, I could dispense with them safely from a distance.

Minecraft Travelogue

I finally got to the bottom of the cave system. I went as deep as I could go, and saw lava, hot, boiling lava, covering the ground.

Minecraft Travelogue

Diamonds had to be around here somewhere! The lava didn’t leave much room for walking, so I constructed stone bridges to get from one end of the lake to the other.

Minecraft Travelogue

No matter how widely I searched, I found not a diamond. I had to leave this cave system. It was getting too dangerous traversing all this lava.

Minecraft Travelogue

As I reluctantly climbed to the surface, I found an enderman blocking my path. He stared into my soul with those glowing eyes and initiated a battle.

I struck the creature down, and his death screams filled my head, causing me agony and despair.

Minecraft Travelogue

I went back to the surface. It was night, and I had to cross a field filled with skeletons to get back to Lightning and my shelter.

Tomorrow I would enchant an iron sword—that’s the best I could do. Then I would introduce myself to the villagers.

I’m only hoping they can provide some direction in finding this last witch.

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