I carefully opened a hole in one side of the pit roof.
|This about gave me a heart attack.|
I opened the hole wider and ran screaming for the horizon. But, being a Brave Horse Caretaker, I then summoned all my courage and turned around, swinging my sword madly. I hadn't run far enough, and was frankly quite lucky there weren't any creepers. I took out the spiders, taking only minor damage, while Squares shouted encouragement from our shelter. I scanned the horizons nervously for creepers, finding only a cow that was lingering near our shelter, looking up at me as if to say, "What spooky cow noises? I don't know anything about no spooky cow noises."
|Only a cow.... or IS it?|
Immediately the cow scrambled into the shelter we had just vacated and hid its head in the corner.
|Cow in the corner. I translate its "Mooooo" as "You can't seeeee me! I'm invisible! Invisi-Cow!"|
We crested the hill, and the horizon fell away.
|Oh, my, this will be much easier going.|
We approached a herd of horses that was bouncing about under a distant tree. From my screenshot timestamps I see that we made it in about nine seconds.
|How pastoral! This is definitely country for horses.|
We left the herd and raced like lighting - like lightning, I tell you! - across the plains, soon coming across another herd scattered across a group of low rolling hills. In the screenshot it looks like I found the God of All Horses, a 50-meter megahorse, which truly would have been the best thing ever (yes, I would have tried to tame it. Of course), but I think it was merely an ordinary horse that jumped at just the right moment to create an impressive piece of forced perspective.
|BEWARE the 50-meter MEGAHORSE|
|Howdy! Howdy! Howdy!|
We covered the distance to that tree in under ten seconds.
Can it be - the rare - a - really a - GOLLY!
I leapt off Squares and approached the pegasus. "Nice horsey, niiiice horsey, c'meeeere horsey." I tried desperately to remember how much food you were supposed to give a horse before it would accept a saddle. Pegasus were supposed to require the most food of any wild horse. I readied a sugar lump. "Niiiiice horsey."
I gave it a sugar lump. Crunch. I gave it another sugar lump. Crunch. I tried the saddle. "Poink." The saddle was on the pegasus, and I couldn't believe my eyes.
|Pegasus with a saddle! Getting closer!|
After you put the saddle on, you're supposed to bribe the horse with lots of food and then climb on - it'll throw you, and you'll take damage, but you should get back on repeatedly until it finally stops throwing you off. I think when I was taming Squares he threw me at least seven times. When I was attempting (and failing) to tame a unicorn it nearly killed me and I gave up. Pegasus are supposed to be worse. When it threw me, would it do so from a height of 500 meters?
I nervously readied my sugar lumps. "Niiiiice horsey, you'd like some more sugar, wouldn't you? Nice sugar?" Sugar. Crunch. Sugar. Crunch. Sugar. Crunch. The pegasus devoured ten lumps of sugar in quick succession and then stared at me fixedly. I got on. As expected, after a short pause the pegasus threw me off, but I didn't even take any damage. I got on again, and waited for the pegasus to throw me off. And waited. And waited. Nothing happened. "What, really?"
"Sure, whatever," the pegasus seemed to say.
I tried to steer to the right. The pegasus turned to the right. I experimentally punched the "jump" button twice. We rose up into the air. "Why were you just standing there under the tree when you can do THIS?" I asked the pegasus. The pegasus made no answer, as if I couldn't possibly understand the complexities of her decision to fly or not fly at any given point in time, and really shouldn't I understand that the difficult thing is not learning how to fly, but learning how NOT to fly?
Sunset was nearing, so I reluctantly let us settle to the ground. I hadn't exactly planned this next part out, how I was going to possibly secure TWO horses, plus myself, from predators all night, especially given that one of the horses could leap into the skies at any point she chose. Pit. I would build another pit, and then drop the horses into it, and then build a roof over the pit before digging my way in later. I started digging as fast as I could, musing that perhaps I should have made room for a shovel in my inventory.
|C'monnnn, dig dig dig dig dig hurry|
|Why have you put me in a hole?|
|Sunset! Sunset! Gotta hurry!|
|Squares was very very excited by the prospect of being in another fun pit.|
|"Why is the human sitting there huddled in a corner with its paws over its ears?"|