Oooh, this is some fine obsidian! The Concern will be well pleased.
In case you're wondering, the spoils of your labor are bound for the Coliseum.
I'm told there's to be an exhibition featuring ancient arms. One of these is the macuahuitl, a wooden sword with shards of obsidian embedded in its edge.
Before man learned to work metal, he used various kinds of stone to craft blades for his weapons. Obsidian was among the most coveted, thanks to the razor-sharp edge it could achieve.
These days, of course, blades are commonly forged of steel, and obsidian has fallen out of favor. But there're still folk out there willing to pay good coin for it, nevertheless.
As an ambitious young miner, you'd do well to pay attention to such customers. Make the effort to stay abreast of demand, and your efforts will be more richly rewarded.
You continue to impress with your progress, Forename. It's past time you learned how to use a sledgehammer.
It's a secondary tool we use in conjunction with the pickaxe. Thus equipped, you'll be able to break outcrops of bedrock and get to the precious minerals within.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go and find a rocky outcrop and give that sledgehammer of yours a swing!