Tecumsah Blog Entry: Letter to ‘Home’
My wife and kids of the St. Pierre family;
It’s my fifth year here in the Newland and things are much simpler than I expected. I am thoroughly enjoying my experience here so far, rather than in Britain, where I had much more to worry about. There haven’t been many run-ins with the government and I am almost positive they are oblivious to my criminal record. I hope the King himself hasn’t threatened or come after any of you. If my child, Joshua, is reading this, you will be proud to know I have learnt many new hunting techniques to teach you when I see you next. For you, Aislin, I have learnt many cooking and farming skills from my fellow 3 settlers. And as you are already realizing, I have learnt to read and write. I have high hopes for you all to visit so I can explain to you in detail my new skills. Overall I am doing quite well. Although food is scarce in the entire country of Newland, our lot is doing quite well. I am lucky for my other landowners, as they have brought many seeds to plant, blankets for shelter, and many useful tools for cooking and preserving our belongings. The two of my fellow female settlers have brought many skills of cooking and creating shelter and clothing. The male fisherman has taught me many ways of hunting. I have been feeling as though I haven’t entirely expressed my skills. I am glad I came with my bow and arrow as well as my armor because they have been very useful. However, I am afraid that if I use my skill of stealth and persuasion into stealing from other lots I could end up in serious trouble. As the four of us have travelled around the country, we have made trades with richer lots. For our seeds, skills and garden fruits and vegetables, we have gotten farm animals, meats and other quality supplies. In another five years the four of us will own this land and I am hoping you all will have the ability to stay here with me. Laws in Newland are few from what I’ve heard. However, I am not going to risk trespassing here, for this may be unheard of. In the next few months we plan to travel North and make more trades with richer lots. I believe that all would enjoy it here very much. I am hoping that you are all having prosperity back home and I hope you children, Aislin and Joshua, are participating in school in staying out of trouble. For you, Bethany, I have missed my wife very much and hope that you are taking great care of the children as always. I love you all very much and hope to see you three soon.
The Queen of our country made her second visit today with more news about the foreseen war coming to our newly named land, Tecumsah. In order to keep our land for longer, the Queen is requesting we supply her with three main things; weapons, food, and soldiers. Our lot is providing an abundance of food as well as one of our settler’s medicinal knowledge for the soldiers. We are also giving up another settler to become a soldier and fight in honor of the Queen. Although these sacrifices come with another year on our land, in the past years we’ve become some kind of family and losing two members is going to make things very difficult. We have been contemplating joining up with Lot 5 in order to be more prosperous with the land we have and increase our resources. Unfortunately, members of Lot 5 have just become two Governor’s Generals. This may make joining more difficult as they have lots of wealth and power that may not want to be shared. I fear that soon, if my fellow settler and I can no longer provide for ourselves, I will have to venture onto other lots take their resources. I am hoping it does not have to come down to that. As always, I’m still wishing that the near future will give you three the ability to come abroad and finally make this place home. I hope all is doing well back home and I hope to hear back.
Until next time,