Day 10: It has been a few days since I have written, I have been very busy, I have finished up the house and even made a bed. My monkey, who I have named Munken, now stays in my "room". I talk to him a lot as he is the only sapien I have seen, and the only animal that shows concern for me. I do not think I could keep my sanity without him and his insistent chattering. I thought he would be a pet, but now he is more of a best friend to me.
The home is two stories tall, I have made a small room for myself as a bedroom. Hanging off the side of the second floor, is a stone section that I have built for a fireplace and cooking pot. Although it is dangerous to live with a fire in a wooden house, the stone room should stop any potential disasters. I do not know if it gets cold here, but the fireplace offers warmth and lets me cook with ease and safety on the inside. Starting a fire I began to cook some fish. I would need more than fish and berries to survive, I had a craving for vegetables now, and was probably lacking nutrients. I would have to find a replacement soon, I had some random seeds I had found, maybe I should start a farm.
Taking my cooked fish, I went to a window that overlooked the pond and saw fish swimming around. It was easy food and it kept me alive, but I always hated fish and wanted red meat. Sadly I thought about my dilo, and decided it might be time to find a new carnivore to help me hunt. I needed something stronger and bigger, something that could attack and hunt effectively. I would need meat to tame it and my home made narcotic muck. Gathering my spear, bow, and the narcotic mixture, I headed down to the first floor, or the pen as I called it.
I had tamed 2 more Dodo birds. I think two were female, with darker and less extravagant colors while one was male, a bright red colored feathers. I had been collecting eggs from them, hoping for some to be fertile but no luck. They offered a good alternative to fish, which I was grateful for. I fed them berries and they happily ate them. They had no understanding of fear in the wild, I had seen one walk up to a Dilo before becoming lunch. It was baffling how could they survive on this island with no survival instincts, or fear. They made a mess of the pen floor, but was easy to wash as I poured water on the floor and it washed into the pond. It seems that the fish in the pond are bottom feeders, and eat the refuse from the birds.
The last thing needed was meat that fish would easily provide. Diving into the water I positioned my spear in front of me and swam toward fish slowly, keeping me head just below water so I could catch a quick breath if I needed. I would launch the spear forward and missed many times. I had learned to keep trying and eventually I would hit one. I kept at it until I had harvested 3 fish, taking just the meat, I would be needing to tame a new carnivore. I threw the rest on the beach. Pteradons were scavengers and would come by to eat the fish's internals and heads.
I walked between the forest and beach, but keeping quiet was difficult, the ocean waves and wind helped cover my noise though. I spotted something in the distance, it looked like something was fighting but I couldn't quite make out what was fighting. I started to crawl on the ground reaching for my bow and readying a tranquilizer arrow. I painstakingly inched along until I was close enough to see what appeared to be a raptor that was eating a fresh killed Triceratops. Usually raptors hunt in packs, but this one was alone, a lucky find for me. Even better is that this one appeared to be unusually strong being able to take down a Triceratops by itself. I slowly drew an arrow, praying it found it's mark, if it didn't I would not be able to fend off a full grown raptor. It feel like slow motion as I watched the arrow gently soar through the air, finally landing its mark on it's leg. It began to run around and jump at the pain, eventually the narcotic took affect and it laid down subdued.
I slowly approached it, another arrow at the ready, it hissed and screeched at me. It would take longer to tame this than a simple Dodo or other smaller dino's. I went through the same routine of feeding it some fish and some narcotic infused meat. Luckily I had a Triceratops to harvest meat from to feed it, which I took advantage of. I looked over the raptor, figuring this would be a Utahraptor, the largest of all raptors. It never got recognition back home, as a famous movie portrayed it as the Velociraptor. The Velociraptor was only about half a meter tall, while Utahraptors were over 2 meters tall. I was very wary if it had a pack, raptors were supposed to be able to have a crude call language, but the narcotic effects might have caused him not to call out. It took nearly half the day to tame, eventually he was calm enough to let me touch him. He had a wonderful green with red feathers. Perfect for hiding and ambushing prey. I stopped feeding him narcotic meat, and he began to regain control of limbs. I made sure he was friendly the whole time. He stood up and looked at me calmly. I walked backward and it followed me. I was waiting for him to attack, but it never came. Eventually I whistled and it followed me again.
Bringing it back to the pen, it seemed like I could ride it. Hoping on its back, it barely flinched or even seemed bothered about my weight on it. Staying on the Utahraptor, was another story, the body was slender and scaly offering no friction to stay on it. I would require a saddle and harness if I was to steer and ride on top of it effectively. I went upstairs, worried if the raptor would attack the Dodo's, I left it as a test to see if I could leave them together. I quickly went to a storage chest I had built and took out all the leather I had, and began to cut it with the end of the spear. Eventually I had made a crude saddle and harness that I could use. During this process everything was quiet, but Dodo's were dumb and probably would walk up to the raptor and been dispatched easily and without a sound. Taking a deep breath in, I headed downstairs fully expecting to see feathers everywhere and a raptor munching on a new meal. To my relief, I found the raptor sitting in a corner, while the Dodo's walked around. If I kept the raptor fed, maybe he wouldn't attack any other animals in the pen, I would build a wall and gate around the raptor just to make sure.
I mounted the harness on the raptor, climbed on and attempted to ride it, It was stubborn at first, and refused to listen and tried to shake me off. I kept on though and eventually it stopped fighting when it realized it could not win. I lead him through a ravine outside the oasis, up a cliff that was overlooking the home. I could see my old thatch building on the left, that I had spent many cold and wet nights. The new wooden home on the right, a place where I could keep comfortable, and keep my tamed animals there in safety. I rubbed the feather on the raptors neck, compared to its camouflage green, the red stuck out... Red was a good name. I rode Red down the cliff back to home, where I put Red in the pen and fed it. For now I go to bed, I pray that those Dodo's would live another night.
Signed, Ark Survivor