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24.1 Mines and mining

Mining is a system unlike any other in Achaea. It is not about you - the
adventurer - heading out into the mountains and swinging a pickaxe yourself.
Goodness, no. You are way too awesome for that.

Since this is a somewhat involved system, we'll start with a summary of how it
works. For further information on the related mining topics, please see 
HELP 24 for a list of mining-related HELP files.

1. You now have a Legion, which is composed of squads of two overarching 
   types: Mining and Soldier. However, until you purchase squads to go in it,
   your Legion is empty.

2. Hire yourself, at minimum, one mining squad for your Legion. You may also 
   want to hire soldier squads for protection. That's up to you.

3. Go find a Mining Camp.

4. PROSPECT within 6 rooms of the mining camp to see if there are any lodes to
   be found in that room.

5. Lode types are of 'raw commodities' like iron ore, silver ore, raw bone, 
   impure ice (See: HELP RAW COMMODITIES).

6. Assuming there isn't another mine already built in that room, you can now 
   CONSTRUCT a mine of small, medium, or large sizes. The mine's size plays 
   into how much it will cost to operate and how many squad members can be put
   in it at once.

7. Enter the mine.

8. Deploy your squads. The mining squads will immediately set to work on the

9. As they extract the raw comms, they will go into the mine's storage. You 
   can CLAIM STORAGE at any time while in the mine in order to get those raw
   comms into your inventory, at a cost of 1500-4000 gold. Commodities brought
   into your inventory this way will then begin to decay with an eight (8) real
   life hour timer.

10. Every time you CLAIM STORAGE, the adventurer, if any, who controls the 
   stronghold in the mining camp will get a bonus of 5% of the raw comms 
   claimed. Please note once again that claiming this way begins the eight real
   hour decay timer.

11. Alternatively, you can CLAIM STORAGE WAREHOUSE <warehouseID/Name> for 
    your mines and strongholds, this will take the commodities from your 
    stronghold or mine and fill any appropriate leases without the worry of

12. You can use your soldier squads to attack other people's mines and 
   strongholds, capturing them if you succeed in wiping out any soldier squads
   inside them.

13. Your mining squads may occasionally dig up a rare mineral that can grant 
   (usually temporary) special powers (See: HELP RARE MINERALS).

14. When the mine is depleted, it'll collapse about 10 minutes later, 
   transferring squads back to your Legion as well as moving anything in 
   storage to your inventory.

15. You must now convert your raw comms into normal, usable comms. Every 
   mining camp has a refinery for this purpose (See: HELP RAW COMMODITIES for
   more information)

16. There are rankings showing which adventurers have mined the most of each
   comm, and a global ranking showing the most accomplished miners. There's 
   also a global ranking based on the total number of days an adventurer has 
   controlled Strongholds for. RANKINGS MINING and RANKINGS MINING <comm>.

You find a lode by PROSPECTing the room you're in. One important thing to note 
is that after a room's lode gets emptied, another lode will eventually appear
there. If you use the PROSPECT command in a room with a mine already in it, it
will tell you what size of mine there is there, the comm type it's mining for,
the lode size, and the approximate amount that has been mined out of the lode.

When you find a lode, it will be of tiny, small, medium, large, or huge sizes, which correspond to how many raw comms can be extracted before that lode is emptied.
Lode can contain up to 6500 commodities.

When you find a lode you like, it's time to establish a mine:

CONSTRUCT <small/medium/large> MINE
 - Small mine  : 60 squad members (max. 40 miners)
 - Medium mine : 200 squad members (max. 120 miners)
 - Large mine  : 480 squad members (max. 280 miners)

NOTE: The above numbers are inclusive, so for a small mine you can have a
maximum of 60 squad members, up to 40 of that number may be miners.

Mines have costs to establish, of course, and these comms must be in your 
 - Small mine  : 75 iron and 180 stone
 - Medium mine : 140 iron and 300 stone
 - Large mine  : 230 iron and 550 stone

Note that these costs will scale proportionately with how much of the lode has been mined out. So if a lode is 80% mined out, it'll only cost 20% of the above to build a mine on that lode.

Next, you will:

 - Only the owner of a mine can enter it via the entrance.
 - You'll now be in your mine, which will have a few rooms.
 - LEAVE MINE will leave it, as long as you're in the first room in your mine.


You'll pretty much always want to put your mining squads in the final room of 
the mine. Your soldier squads could be placed anywhere, but you'll want to 
understand how squad combat works (See: HELP MINING ASSAULT).

If you don't deploy any mining squads within 10 minutes, your mine will 
collapse, killing you if you're in it (but not killing any squads in it - they
will return to your Legion).

While your mining squads are in the mine, they will be working away, producing
raw comms that will go into your mine's storage. Each raw comm type takes a 
different amount of time for a single miner to produce, and the more miners 
you have, the faster the mine will produce comms.

Mine and Stronghold Storage
Where do the raw comms that your mining squads produce go? Into your mine's 

You can see what's in the storage of your mine or stronghold at any time 
you're in it by doing SEE STORAGE.

In order to get them out of storage and into your inventory, you need to be 
in your mine and CLAIM STORAGE. This will transfer, five minutes later, the 
raw comms in your mine's storage to your inventory. In a small mine this costs
1500 gold. In a medium mine it's 2500, and in a large mine, 4000 gold.

NOTE: Claiming commodities into your personal inventory will cause them to begin decaying. After eight real life hours, these commodities will decay entirely unless appropriate storage is sourced.

To avoid dealing with decay, you can CLAIM STORAGE WAREHOUSE <warehouseID/Name>} for your mines and strongholds, this will take the commodities from your stronghold or mine and fill any appropriate leases without worry.

Your mining squads will continue working the mine until you recall them or 
there's nothing left in the lode, at which point your squads will return to 
your Legion and the mine will collapse. Don't be in the mine when it 

Anything in your mine's storage in storage will be transferred to your 

Mine Costs
Aside from the upfront costs in iron and stone (see above) to establish a mine,
there are ongoing costs. These costs will come out of your bank accounts, so 
you must be sure to have enough gold in your accounts to cover the costs, 
which are as follows:

 - Every Achaean day, a small mine will cost 200 gold, a medium mine 350 gold,
   and a large mine 600 gold.
 - 5 gold/Achaean day for every individual miner. There are, in an uninjured
   squad, 20 miners to a squad. Soldiers cost nothing on an ongoing basis.

If the system tries to take money out of your bank accounts and there's none
there, the mine will be destroyed and all comms in it lost, though your squads
will be returned to your Legion.

Make sure you keep enough gold in your bank accounts to cover these costs!