In 1.10 those kindly folk at Mojang inserted a great many cool bits and bobs into the game. Most notably was cool stuff in The End. Not just blocks to build with but wings to fly on and other treats. While I've been pottering about and building here and there and working on THE SECRET PROJECT, I've not really had an adventure in a long time (Horse House might have been the last one). So, off to The End to kill the dragon it is!
A tiny bit of Prep
I tried this before with Felix in an amplified world with little joy. You take an Ender Pearl, cross it with some Blaze Dust and get an Eye of Ender. You then chuck it and it zooms off in the direction of the End Portal. It then either explodes or drops to the ground (at random). After heading that direction for a while, you do it again until the Eye of Ender just sort of hovers. So I grabbed all the Ender Pearls we had (only 7 as I'd been making Ender Chests a bit recently) and made them into Eyes of Enders with Blaze Powder collected from the Blaze Farm in the Nether.
Starting at Nordcastle
The End Portal would have only been created in more modern parts of our map in an underground Stronghold maze so I decided to start at Nordcastle (which is 0,0 on our map co-ordinates). Armed with my usual adventuring gear, I climbed to the top of Chicken Tower in Nordcastle and chucked the first Eye of Ender. Unsurprisingly, it shot straight toward the Evil Mountain.
I hit the Eye again just north of Evil Mountain and it went due West through the swamp. I had to end for that evening so I put a wooden marker in the ground.
Out of the swamp and into some fields. Two Eyes of Ender shattered as I used them, which was quite annoying! Much of the map had been filled in around here as this was the overland route to the Northern Mesa Tower.
It's easy to keep tunnel vision when you're adventuring but I caught a glimpse of this odd shaped hill. I descended carefully and found gold horse armour and a few other nick-nacks of little consequence. Bit of a shame, really. You can get some good things from a temple.
Snapped en route, I rather thought this natural formation looked like a lion. I think that might have to give the are its name.
I overshot Lion Mountain and found that the Eye turned back on me. I created a little hovel at first and dug straight down. The Stronghold is built from stone brick with mossy and cracked variants. I discovered a big library (which I will ransack for books) and finally the end portal. This snap is after I cleared up a bunch of lava and inserted the Eyes of Ender that I had left over. There are still a few more needed before it will turn on.
I ran stairs up to the surface straight from the portal and built a safe (not from spiders) tower at the top.
First, we need a bunch more Ender Pearls. They can be tricky to get hold of but I have a plan for that. Secondly, we need to make the squat tower a bit safer (give it a roof and maybe an actual tower so it can be seen from afar). Once the portal is running, I need to get a plan for killing the Ender Dragon. If anyone fancies joining in, it's going to be manic!