PrologueYes gang, that last (GTA) story was a horrid mistake Well, the story in itself maybe not too much but the platform was ill chosen. Thanks to those who commented and told me straight up that they didn't like it. Because I like that, you can't win 'm all (but you can try!).So the decision was quickly made: A Minecraft story... But not just that: an Empire Minecraft story. I had some help, and I'll be honest straight up: we 'cheated' a little. Just so we're clear:It's an EMC story, its going to actually take place on SMP9 but I had to cheat for the start due to time & location considerations (more below).The story will tell you that we have nothing. While that is true playing-wise we did cheat a little:Brought plenty of food so that we didn't starve before we found a suitable location. Once we're there the food goes. But before that...Used an ender chest from the get-go which contains a silk-touch pick. The story will be truthful for most part but we do keep problems in mind as well. As such: an Enderchest will be in place from the start to help protect ourselves against griefers.This is going to be a Minecraft fantasy story, and I think (hope) that some of you may even learn a few things over time.It begins"Hey, are you alright? Can you hear me? Hello down there?!"... I hear a voice, somewhere in the distance. Everything is still blurry.. I try to get up and "Ow, my head...".... "You'll be alright", the voice says: "I'm glad, I thought that creeper had you for sure. You are one lucky guy, I can tell you that". Wait, wha? What is this? Last I remember... Come to think of it, what was the last thing I did anyway? Oh, this is not good, not good at all...I thought that creeper had you for sure..."Can you walk?", the girl asks me. I slowly nod my head. Well, at least I think so: "where am I anyway?". She looks at me with a puzzled look in her eye: "Don't you remember? I was afraid of that, those creepers sure pack a punch alright". "Creeper?", I ask. "Don't worry about that for now, quick, lets get a move on. We really need to find shelter before the sun goes down. Because if we don't then we're both doomed. I don't think we'll get a lucky shot like yours again", she answers and helps me get to my feet.When I look around I see the savanna we're on. While we're walking some things slowly start to come back to me... "Are you ok?", the girl asks. I nod once more: "Who are you anyway?", I ask. "Later, we need to find shelter. It's already past noon", she answers and points to a location in the distance: "Think you can make it to those hills? There's water there and plenty of wild stock, we should be able to hold out there for a while..". "Lets just get this over with", I answer while groaning. My foot hurts like heck, but... "Something wrong?". I shake my head: "I'll live, lets get going".We walk for hours and finally the mountains start to become more clear. The only thing between the mountain and us is a forest. "Need to rest, gimme 5 min", I say. "Yeah, I could use some rest myself as well. Lets sit over there", she answers and a few moments later we're sitting near the edge of the forrest."So what brings a boy like you to a place like this?", she asks. I grin: "that's my line!", I joke. "But seriously: its slowly coming back to me now. Surely you heard the rumors and read the news?", I ask. She nods: "you mean the confirmation that the Empire actually exists, right?", she says. I nod. "Legend has it that a man called Aikar has managed to raise a massive Empire. And instead of being crowned Emperor he's actually the chief builder; always trying to make it a better place than it was before", I say: "The towns are said to be unimaginable. Wide roads, plenty of food for everyone, large spaces where people can live and most of all: no hostile monsters".She nods: "Yeah, I heard those rumors. So you think there's truth to them?". "Has to be", I say: "Some stories are just... too wild for anyone to imagine. I mean, have you heard about the outposts?". The girl looks at me with a puzzled face: "Outposts?". "They're the structures which guard the town from invasions. Rumor has it that you can see the quartz steps from miles away. Tales go around of majestic towers which spawn waterfalls so that travelers can lesten their thirst and it also drives any hostile invaders off". "Speaking of which", the girl continues: "I'd feel a lot safer if we'd get to those mountains". I nod my head in agreement. I take one step and immediately yell out from the pain. "This is no good, we need to get moving", she said. "Stay here, I'll scout ahead to see if there's a quicker route".Yeah, the legendary Empire.. I dunno.. Did I do the right thing by dropping everything in order to pursue my dream? What if its just that? A dream... No... I can't let my thoughts go out into despair now. First we need to find shelter, then we'll see about the rest."RUN! GET OFF YOUR BUTT, RUN, FOLLOW ME!!", I hear the girl yelling while running right towards me. Wait, wha?While she's running towards me I can slowly make out a green shape which is slowly following her. Is that the cause for all this panicking? That creature doesn't look that tough to me. "No wait", I shout back: "We can take him". "For the love of... come on!!", she yells. But no, honestly; that creature doesn't look dangerous at all. I slowly stand on one and a half foot, my other leg still hurts like heck, but even with the pain I'm sure I can deliver some close and personal punches.Suddenly the girl shows up close besides me and yanks me around by my arm: "This is no time for heroics you idiot, get on your feet and RUN ALREADY!", she snaps. When I look up I see a bewildered look on her face. This looks serious....I quickly get to my feet and make a run for it, closely following her. A few moments later we made our way past the forest and are now nearly by the mountain. "What.... what was that? Why... the panic all of a sudden?", I ask while gasping for breath.This is no time for heroics you idiot, get on your feet and RUN ALREADY!I can hear her breathing heavily as well: "Have... you.. already forgotten... about creepers?", she asks. I raise my shoulders: "That was a creeper?". "Actually...", she starts: "It's... not the creepers I'm usually worried about. It's their skeleton overlords with their bow and arrows which worry me the most". "With that foot of yours we wouldn't have stand a chance, take my word for it". "So now what?"."S, S & B", she says. "S, s, what?". "Shelter, supplies and food. But considering the state you're in I think we should settle with shelter for now. Can you walk?". And so we continue. Past the mountain, leaving the savanna and now entering the border between a desert and the green plains. And in the middle: one large hill at the edge of a river.Half an hour later we make it to a cave. "Excellent, there's lava here. Watch your step though!". Eh? "You call that luck? One small step and we'll be cooked and done", I say. "Yeah, but at least its a light source and this way we won't have to worry about the cold night either". What is she talking about?"You don't know, do you?", she asks: "'They come at night' ring any bells?". "who are they?", I ask. "How old did you say you were?", she asks. Oh come on, no need for the sarcasm all of a sudden. "During the night the creatures of the night come out. Spiders, zombies, the skeleton overlords and who knows what Herobrine has in store for us.... But for now we'll be safe here.. Why don't you get some rest? I'll stand guard and wake you when its your turn...".I nod while I make myself comfortable against the side of the cave. Hmm, she's right about one thing: that lava does help make these walls a lot more pleasant to lean against. Before I know I'm vast asleep....End of part 1, to be continued.And that's one. I really wanted to get this out today even though I didn't have as much time as I needed / wanted. But alas; more next time!