It's been a long day, here I am on top of our wagon listening once again to Tobul's ranting about the weather and conditions. She has never had an optimistic day in her life! I did not even want to bring Tobul with me on our expedition to find a mine for the Mountainhomes. Yet she is a very good smith and was one of the few that volunteered to come, her own reasons are unknown to me. Our carpenter Besbul is a much better person to have a conversation with, even though all he says is "Bork bork". There is Ingiz who doesn't talk a lot and keeps to herself. She's very pretty and I'm hoping to get to know her some more. The three miners keep to themselves mostly. Unable to take her ranting any longer I ordered the wagon to stop and begin prospecting at this site. Our three miners Bembul, Zuntir, and Thizak began exploring and inspecting the area. They dug a few holes, eyed the rocks, and stuck their beards into the soil. I was quite surprised when Bembul and Zuntir said this site actually has a rich sedimentary layer for metal production and there is even plenty of clay for farming. Zuntir was talking my ear off about the quality of the stone here and all the boring details about it when Thizak came running down the slope screaming and a foul stench following her. Everybody gathered around Thizak and she told us that an undead gerbil snuck up on her and scared her. It was a little obvious she soiled her trousers and we are all laughed at her expense. With these freezing conditions, undead neighbors, and rich stone I decided we will start our mining operations here. I Cilob Evonrovod shall name this ground Arelgur, "Waterbowels" in honor of our first battle with the undead. Thizak does not appreciate the name. I sent Ingiz to go chop some wood and our miners to begin digging the farms and entrance halls. As soon as I sent everyone out it began raining this horrible yellow goo! It hit us like rocks, but luckily it seems to only affect the hills on the west side of our wagon. This rain doesn't seem to be lethal yet but it does leave bruises. After that episode the miners went back to work and found some iron ore and a source of coal, a good start. Our entrance is coming into shape. The miners have begun digging out our quarters as well, of course I will have the largest and nicest housing. Due to "budget problems" Ingiz and I will be sharing a bedroom. Hopefully I can woo her... It's early summer now and we gained a few migrants. Nobody outstanding, a married couple who is a surgeon and poor blacksmith. Some other new blacksmith that is just as bad, a fisherdwarf, and a mason. That mason will be quite helpful though for building all the doors we're going to need!