I started improving my roadway system but it’s not much at the moment.
But the Nether Portal is complete.
I got some inspiration wandering through branch mines, and looking at how striking the white diorite veins were. So I decided to make a Diorite Portal.
Step 3, was to make the entrance and walk in be impressive.
The portal leads to a medium sized cavern in the Nether, populated by a bunch of zombie pigmen and one ghast. After several tries, I managed to bat one of his fireballs back to him and kill him, after he set a lot of fires and blasted a lot of netherack. Thankfully, I didn’t hurt any zombie pigmen.
After building a cobblestone barrier around the portal, putting in a chest and a crafting table, I started making a pathway through the nether.
Now, to explore and find a nether fortress.