by Sean "I'm not just an engineer, I'm also the Mayor" Marlow
Construction continues in Marlowville, thanks greatly to the financial
contributions of Tyng Industries (see
Marlow & Son / Tyng Industries Legal Dispute)
and other shady deals (see Bunker Comet / Marlow Realty
Merger). These extra funds (along with excessive town
taxes) have helped repair and enlargen the farm village.
Making its debut only a few years ago a barn was added to the Orion
Farm, though lacking many of the useful features such as paint and
a roof. These were resolved last fall, though many repairs were
necessary (again due to Tyng Industries). For The Uprising, the barn
was fully repaired and ready to take more abuse.
The intelligent design of 'build to be destroyed' has continued to
work better than expected. Constructed with full knowledge that it
would repeatedly be run into, the barn was engineered with several weak
links that were to break, preventing damage on the larger structure.
Time and time again this has worked perfectly, causing either nylon
Zip Tie to break (when will the carnage end),
or a small screw-eye to be pulled from the barn
before anything could be damaged. This proven method was used again
for the construction of the Farm House.
Realizing that the farmer could no longer live in the barn with his
animals and equipment, he decided to build himself a house. Though,
due to a late and long planting season, he was not able to finish
the roof (notice a trend?). While not a mansion, this modest sized
house provides plenty of room for the farmer (and stored tools by
the Marlow Engineering Battalion while in battle) and room to grow as his
family is sure to expand. We can only hope that he will have a roof
in the near future.
After noticing the mass destruction and continual assaults on his
estate and on Marlowville, the farmer saw only one option: to increase
his defenses. Over the winter off-season, during the nights when
he could no longer continue construction on his new house, he built
an army of Czech Hedgehogs. After great success of the few he had
thrown together at the previous fall's attack, the farmer appeared
this year with a whopping 38 hedgehogs. When asked what happened he
replied, "I guess that's what happens when you leave them alone over
the cold winter!"
The hedgehogs proved to be yet again a formidable opponent for the
tanks and helped protect the city (once the proper usage was figured
out). Most tanks avoided them at all costs respecting the (larger
than scale) defenses; however, one always has to show off (guess who).
Once again, Tyng Industries (apparently by accident) decided to engage
in battle with a hedgehog. Neither suffered serious damage, though the
Cromwell was able to use one of the beams as a ramp to get airborne,
only to land in the center of a hedgehog circle. When trying to exit
by ramming into one of the defenses, he was promptly stopped and was
forced to seek an alternative route out. When asked to comment on the
continued construction of such defenses the farmer said, "Well, I've
got other jobs that I should be focusing on now. My village is safe
enough for me. However, don't let me discourage any other villagers
from bringing out their own defenses, be they hedgehogs or other."
What does the future hold for Marlowville? That is uncertain.
There are talks of another house for the Orion Farm. But, as more
villagers move in, some more 'towny' structures might become necessary.
Don't be surprised if a town hall, church, post office, school,
or various stores appear next.