A grave injustice has been perpetrated against my species. Ettins have been made out to be thieves, yet has anyone taken the time to understand why we need all that machinery? We have a grand plan to put all those gadgets together one day and create the best piece of machinery known to Creatures! Ha ha ha! Yet we constantly find ourselves ridiculed for our stockpiles. What say you on this subject? Shouldn't Ettins be supported in our quest for machinery dominance?
- A Ma---Exmly Clever Ettin
Dear A Ma---Exmly Clever Ettin,
While, of course, it's not nice of any creature to make fun of another, or be called bad names, it has to be said that no one ever saw you do anything with the gadgets you collected. Where is this "best piece of machinery known to Creatures!" that you so eloquently describe? I also couldn't help but notice that the gadgets collected by some Ettins weren't rightfully theirs, either. Sometimes they're even hooked up to bigger contraptions, providing food for the local community, until an Ettin comes along and just takes the gadget without even asking! If you want to get rid of the social stigma of being kleptomaniac hoarders, you'll have to reach out to your fellow Ark dwellers and involve them in your plans. Let them know what you're up to, show them some prototypes, blueprints, or even PowerPoint presentations! But perhaps most importantly, ask before you take a gadget! Always make sure the gadget that caught your eye doesn't belong to anyone. And if it does, perhaps they'll let you borrow it if you ask nicely!