I love how so many beasts around here have made a name for themselves by sharing their creations in a journal type format, and I have written journals in default minecraft before, so why not do the same? I give all credit to @epidemia78 for the idea to do one, but I just feel like sharing my builds too. Specifically, the Cor Virtis. Maybe in the future I'll do more of a narrative approach to how I do things, but for now, I feel like I'm going to simply start with a few stories of how I got here in my singleplayer survival FTB Infinity world... The Past This is my sister, joining me on the LAN server for the first time. Spoiler: Valleymoonlight So yeah, it's not totally singleplayer, but it still counts. She mostly did Witchery stuff, whereas I did the Thaumaturgy. That rapier she's carrying did enough damage to kill me on more than one occasion, although it really wasn't of much consequence, it really was quite an overpowered weapon for so early on in the game. I think at this time I was standing next to my house (which I had stolen from a villager). Spoiler: Old Research room The quaint tower in which I did most of my beginning research... Out of frame to the right, above the clock, there was a sign with a quote on it. "Out of difficulties, grow miracles." It was a nice quote to keep me going when I got bored, but it also meant something more. It truly did feel like the art of Thaumaturgy began to sweep me away back then, I started to neglect some of the more basic mods that had allowed me to progress to this point. Thermal Expansion and Big Reactors, old favorites of mine, have seen very little action in this world thusfar. Spoiler: Scruff, The Dapper Dog Scruff, my loving companion of many hats, died in a freak accident in which yellow imbued fire nearly devoured my old base. The fire surrounded him, turning the ground to sand. To my horror, he was swallowed into the lake beneath the grass facade, and he was instantly trapped beneath the cover of sand and water. I do not know if he drown, suffocated, or burned to death, but what I do know is that I had to sacrifice him in order to save my world, and it was all my fault. If I hadn't tried scanning the imbued fires for the research points, then there wouldn't have been the catastrophe that caused the outbreak of the sandy fires. It has been a long time since I found him in the twilight forest and brought him home, and I miss his companionship. However I suppose the Eldritch whispers keep me company in his stead. RIP Scruff. You lived a long and dapper life... Spoiler: Old/Current Infusion Altar In terms of Thaumcraft... So far I've just unlocked Ichor, and I've nearly completed my research for Thaumic Horizions and Automagy, although I haven't made any of the structures associated with Horizions. I plan on hollowing out a large portion beneath the existing basement segments and adding a giant dungeon with various mobs in cages, some of which will be hanging from the ceiling or hanging from the floor (via iron bars and cosmetic arcane levitators). The Cor Virtis is very close to being completed, and it is currently completely functional in that all of my items are kept within it. The only thing I have to rush back to my old base to do is fill up my wands at my old energized node in the old-tower, and to complete infusions. Nowadays the infusion altar has a lot less jars strewn about chaotically. Instead there's a little essentia mirror linked all the way over at the essentia reservoir deep in the castle, some 400 blocks to the east. I have a small wheat farm... Spoiler: ...a small wheat INFESTATION ...a small exp farm... Spoiler: ...with problematically small barrels. And a small... Spoiler: (wait for it) ...okay not so small...tower...thing. Spoiler: (you may now drop your jaw. Leave it at the door, you may retrieve it later.) It's construction has been going on for about a month now, and if you don't have that good an eye for symmetry, the Cor Virtis is clearly not complete. It needs 2 more towers to be completed in the back, as well as a very large upper-piece to the castle that I have yet to add/come up with the details on. It is a nexus of all things magical, Thaumcraft especially, but also Witchery, Botania, and eventually Blood Magic. (Also, a fair bit of Tinker's Construct but who doesn't have that) Spoiler: Cor Virtis before... The castle has come a long way, and so have I. I've been using a Thaumostatic Harness for flight (they are highly underrated forms of aviation) and progress has been steady, however I really haven't scratched the surface of any mods besides Thaumcraft (& Tinker's+a little Thermal Expansion). I understand both Witchery and Botania, but rarely use items associated with either of them that aren't being used to further progress my Thaumaturgy. For instance, I believe the only use I have for mana currently is feeding my Euclidaisy to get ethereal essences. I've recently begun to delve a little deeper into Botania lately, so maybe I'll get my greedy hands that mod a bit more rather soon. I like the sense of humor both Thaumcraft and Botania have, but what really has got me is their aesthetic. For instance, this is my brand new Botania room. I like the glowing crystals I've made. https://i.imgur.com/SUbgIR0.gifv For now, I'm content to sip my coffee and complete my research while I wait for the Arcane Bore to replenish my shards (as I have used all of them continually because I need so much effing arcane stone) and waiting for something to happen. Occasionally an Eldritch Guardian pays me a visit, but usually the numerous guards escort him out of this realm rather quickly. But at least I can thank you for giving it a visit, and stay tuned for more updates!