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Old 03-12-2019, 04:58 PM   #251
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In support of the two Kickstarter projects,
Dire Sheep Farming!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...sters-2-and-ga

And

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...del-at-norvorn
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:27 PM   #252
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When I read abput this, the dwarven farming write up sprung to mind. Fungal Leather.
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:53 PM   #253
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When I read abput this, the dwarven farming write up sprung to mind. Fungal Leather.
Do you know how it's made? Could the Guild of the Worm replicate the technique?
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From what I've read its made from a mat of "agricultural byproduct" which I think is a mat of compressed and dried cow manure or other fibrous decomposing material that is placed on a dense base of pre-fruiting fungus which then grows a collagen rich stalk through the dung.
If rather than the stalk of the fungus, the roots of fungus were used then it would be a matter of finely controlling the growing environment to keep the fungus growing a thicker and thicker root mat through the growing medium.

Timing and cutting the right layer is next step, followed by sterilizing the material to prevent further growth.

Given the assumptions with the setting its feasible, there might be something like an incredibly expensive early thermometer involved though.
[Edit] I think they have the glass technology required.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40562633...rooms-not-cows
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Given the assumptions with the setting its feasible, there might be something like an incredibly expensive early thermometer involved though.
It wouldn't be any more difficult than the temperature control required for brewing ales though, would it?

For thermometers, I think the halflings were the manufacturers of fine glass goods, and we had telescopes and brass astronomical instruments in there, so they sound viable.
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It wouldn't be any more difficult than the temperature control required for brewing ales though, would it?

For thermometers, I think the halflings were the manufacturers of fine glass goods, and we had telescopes and brass astronomical instruments in there, so they sound viable.
While it might be a bit more complicated than brewing ales as you are dealing with a solid rather than a liquid there is one other technique that might work.

The cooling system for the city is a slowly working system that draws the heat of the earth up to the heights of the mountain. The consistency of the system is such that the temperature of the water is predictable at fixed distances from the cooling cisterns. This consistency is exploited by the guild of the Worm who through trial and error have discovered where the perfect conditions exist to create all manner of wondrous products from simple fungi.
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This consistency is exploited by the guild of the Worm who through trial and error have discovered where the perfect conditions exist to create all manner of wondrous products from simple fungi.
... the first of which is a fungal "thermometer," using different indicator breeds which thrive at different specific temperatures.

But yeah, I was thinking that they'd have a fairly stable, consistent and predictable thermal environment.
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