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Even More Mastodon
Mastodon Metal !!? Yes.
Here is how I will suggest this.
Early Life, as Prehistoric Neanderthals...
Imagine life for these Heartlings, life before Carpenters and Knights... Modern Day Varanuses and Goblins... Well the goblins haven't really evolved much.... But you see where I am going, we should have the ability to study the past, and such use it to improve on the future!!!
All Hail the Helix Fossil and other things...
"Hey, whats this shiny Rock? it has weird markings on it"
We should have Fossils and random old stone tools drop from Mountain Mining, or Dirt Mining, Or just. MINING! Some axes may shine light into their past... some Fish Fossils may strike wonder in their hearts. A Triceratops may ultimately make them pee themselves....
Rewriting History with Careers
"My job as a paleontologist is to play in the world largest sandbox and look for rocks..."
We shall have an entire new set of Classes in the Job Tree, Digger, Archaeologist, Paleontologist, and Fossil Dude. That last one was stretch... But essentially when these workers find bones and rocks with fish carved into them, they have to study it.... and give us insight into the world, and depending on the biome (Temperate, Desert, Tundra) You may have a big discovery....
The Mastodon goes there Bob!!!! Using the fossils as Decor.
Admit it, you want, or wanted a lifesize Dinosaur Skeleton in your house at one point... at least these Hearthlings can, Open a Museum, have Private Collectors, open a Souvenir Shop, call it Memories of Time... Sell overpriced Shark Teeth, Rip off little kids 50 Bucks of their money, sorry too personal. Place them like normal Furniture. The Higher level means you can stop putting small Trilobites on your desk and lift that dinosaur skeleton into your house and have it watch you when you are asleep!! Yes!
Publishing your Lifes Work, a Novel
Yes, after all of your conclusive findings, proving that once Neanderlings roamed the Temperate Landscape, found the Long Lost Varanus Species that is ten times bigger than today, figure out that Fishing is a Long lost invention by the ancestors. And how we ate. You need to publish it, and such have your weaver or carpenter craft a Journal. So when you publish a book finding, it attracts scientists who will be more than happy to trade fossils and Data (Think Mobile Traders, but for History, yeah I know, Great Right?) Eventually you will have, depending on where you started, Temperate Goblin Skeletons or Desert Fossils from long ago, complete the Collection.
What happens now, the Future of Gameplay.
Well, now that you have successfully gathered info about the Past, showcased it, published Findings, having Goblins Steal it, taking it back, having a Varanus Eat it, Taking it back, and Traded it, what now? Well, thats where the Past ends, the Present finishes, and the Future Begins, because you can select what to preserve (Think Tapestries, but fossilized, I know, not the greatest Analogy, but Screw it) and when you load up a new world, maybe a new update wipes out your previous town, well after Millennia after Millennia, you can study YOUR past, can't remember what you named a Hearthling in A17? mine up the remains of a lost town and find his name, lost a recipe over generations? Dig it up, your future resides on finding the past and reverse engineering to fit. In order to progress, you need to force a hearthling to Fossil Dude or other rank, and study it, and use that knowledge to make new tools!
If you got this far, and understood my gibberish, have A