A little while back the ever industrious Aaron declared that he was going to go after one of the many under water ocean monuments that dot the oceans. I have noticed a few these temples in my own explorations, but haven’t done more than wave in passing. I have managed to make water breathing potions, but haven’t actually used one yet.
Then this week I rendered a copy of the world into the map format and, in looking around, found where Aaron had apparently started on his project.
He said he had put a portal to the location in our portal network in the roof of the nether, so I went out there to see what he had done.
As it happened, I wandered through the nether and into the portal just in time to catch a sunrise over Aaron’s project. Very pretty.
Of course, this being an Aaron settlement, there had to be some PETA-enraging animal practices in the vicinity.
Anyway, after noting his use… efficiency… I went on to see what he had done with the ocean monument. The entrance was nice and dry.
The glassed in top section gave it an airy feel, and you were still able to observe the guardian fish that are found around such sites.
They were actually able to zap me when I was outside of the structure, but inside and behind the glass, all they could do was leer at me.
Inside was also quite spacious, and well lit by sea lanterns and torches.
It was quite a sight. Later, when I caught Aaron online, I had to ask the obvious question: Was this whole thing full of water when he started?
As it turns out, yes, the whole thing was filled with water and, after building the retaining wall around the top, he drained the whole thing. He described the process as “a bit of a chore.” The large rooms were reported to be especially fun.
He did say that if he got really bored, he might wall off the whole structure so we could farm it for materials. Right now doing so runs the risk of the sea rushing back in.
So that is our new vista in Minecraft. I’ve been on something of a Diablo III binge for the last week so haven’t been on the server as much as usual. But I still have some projects in mind.