|"it was relatively close to spawn, because his idea of the game isn't going millions of blocks away with speed hacks to build a safe base." -fastvincent1, in reference to LegitYarik|
A view of Hatehart in its second inception from the North
|Inhabitants||LegitYarik (originally), Negative_Entropy and IvoireThePaladin (1st main reconstruction), Fredmodulars and GKappaPride (2nd main reconstruction) Unknown (Lavacast reconstruction)|
|Location||X:-8291, Z: 1467|
|Griefed||July 2016 and August 2016 (originally), January 2017 (after 1st Main Reconstruction), May 2020 (after 2nd Main Reconstruction) January 2023 (after Lavacast Reconstruction)|
|Griefers||"9" (originally), Tavux (after 1st Main Reconstruction), Venroy15 and Komila (after 2nd Main Reconstruction) Dima788 (Lavacast Reconstruction)|
LegitYarik, the creator of the Old Spawn Road, decided to build a large castle for travelers in conjunction with the old spawn road around about 2013/2014. Since it was built during the construction of the road, it was specially built to accommodate for the path. This castle would serve as an early start to travelers, having mines, food, and all the necessities an early player would need at the time. In 2016, throughout the 4th Incursion, the castle would serve as a good meeting point for veterans.
The Easternmost point of Castle Hatehart (excluding an old hut on the Old Spawn Road) is one of the large towers that overlooks Castle Hatehart. Unlike the West Tower, it is completely made of stone bricks and other stone material, and its foundation goes around the mountain instead of on top or beside it. This is, like many other points in the castle, very barren in its original version. The reconstruction by Negative_Entropy added some detail, but it remained relatively plain.
The West Tower of Castle Hatehart overlooks the exit of the castle to the Old Spawn Road and is now partially developed into for way of 1533 Highway. It implements wood and more complex architecture relative to the East Tower.
The church is an outlier, lying outside the wall which encloses Hatehart and is a small build. The church's watchtower directly oversees the majority of Castle Hatehart. It can alternatively be seen as a meetup point, although considering the initial purpose of the base was to serve as an inn for travelers, it is unlikely this was its original purpose.
The large wall of Castle Hatehart envelops the large build, save for the church. It has three layers: stone brick, cobblestone, and stone brick. Overhangs of the wall have barriers made of stone bricks and stairs. The East Tower incorporates much of the east wall, and four wooden pillars at different heights connect fortified towers along the wall. There are three main entrance/exit points within the wall:
- The South Entry/Exit (was also next to an about 100 block path)
- The West Entry/Exit (exit to continue the Old Spawn Road)
- The East Entry/Exit (the main entry into Hatehart)
There is an unofficial entry/exit in the North of the tower, however, it is too small to be counted. The 1533 Highway Entrance, which was made after the tower's demolition, can also be counted but isn't official.
The Watchtower is almost directly centered in Hatehart. It overlooks the castle, surrounding highways, and the outlying areas outside the castle.
The Northern part of Castle Hatehart includes some decorations, such as a small nether wart farm, two portals that can be alternatively used as very small gold mines, a small hut in the back, a brick house near the farm, a large house in front of the East Tower, a café, and leave/tree/flower decorations.
The Main Farm of Hatehart is almost contracted with the West Tower and includes a small waterfall and 6 large squares of wheat. There are also a lot of farms dotted around, the Next Main Farm being one underneath the West Tower, with about half as much wheat.
The Rusher War
The castle was griefed in 2016 by Team Veteran due to the road being directly connected to spawn via the Old Spawn Road, thus giving away their meeting point to Rushers. The castle was repaired by individuals multiple times, with subsequent griefs of increasing intensity.
After the castle was griefed, it seemed abandoned and desolate. Traffic from the Old Spawn Road was diminishing, and the main visitors of the castle were newfags from the 1533 Highway, which was developed over a large section of the ground demolished and tunneled through the West Tower. Some mines and mob spawners are intact underground, although griefed very badly by withers. The Castle was griefed again by someone nicknamed "9" in August 2016 (check comments of 2nd reference).
1st Main Reconstruction
Negative_Entropy, a traveler finding the castle, began to repair the relatively intact ruins December 27th, 2016, according to signs he left. Traveler IvoireThePaladin coincidentally found the castle as well and began to help the small restoration needed. All was going to plan and the castle was nearly finished when Mines, a YouTuber, made a video on the restoration attempts by Entropy and Paladin. Although not confirmed, this can be thought to mark the castle's demise. Demolition to the castle occurred after with withers and TNT, and the castle seemed to be gone for good. The griefer was later revealed to be a player by the name of Tavux in January 2017, according to a now private YouTube video (check comments section of reference). It was nearly unrecognizable at some points, with later individuals simply turning the ruined builds far from their original state (example: the area right near the South Wall, supposed to be a path, grass, and stone floor, is now a large rectangular block of air appearing to be a quarry for materials). According to IvoireThePaladin, Negative_Entropy did the main building in a very short amount of time while Paladin supplied materials.
Entropy later became a notable player in the 2b2t community. When questioned, he said "restoring things is somewhat calming" in reference to Hatehart. He also commented, "this was my first and last build restoration on 2b. patching it up was fun but only made it get blown deeper into the ground[...] i let ruins be ruins since".Players who assisted in this reconstruction are:
2nd Main Reconstruction
On April 15th, 2020, reconstruction began by Fredmodulars. Fredmodulars eventually found GKappaPride, a traveler on the Old Spawn Road who had recently lost many of his materials and old base. Originally, Fredmodulars would recreate structures block for block from the original build until he found schematica and GKappaPride found baritone, where the process was much faster. Two travelers stopped by flying towards spawn and one, Blueser, helped with demolition to a part of the castle beyond repair later on. On May 9th, the castle was near to completion when Venroy15 and Komila attacked GKappaPride and he fled after combat. The castle was later destroyed. Players who assisted with this reconstruction were:
- GKappaPride (account now reactivated)
After Venroy15 and Komila ended the Castle's life throughout the 2nd Main Reconstruction and GKappaPride had his account deactivated after buying it for pennies, Fredmodulars had joined the NFPR. After he rose the ranks quickly, he directed a very active operation to restore the castle. It was assumed to be the largest project inside the republic at the time, including base activity. It was led in early May by Fred and Jeffrey_214 (the VP at the time) oversaw the operation, although he had very little part in it. Even c0mmie_ assisted in conducting the project after a failed attempt to participate in the previous reconstruction. Midway through the project, it was ruined by griefers who left signs. One known griefer was Manafilms123. It is estimated around 10 people were either signed up to help and restore the castle and the only verified time a community assisted in restoring it.
Known people assisting in this reconstruction were:
- Jeffrey_214 (Administrated, Did not arrive at the castle before the grief)
- Several other participants
- <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWzlCmrU65E, the History of the Old Spawn Road, told by fastvincent1, LegitYarik, and Armorsmith
- <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oTc7-2j__8, SalC1 and FitMC visit griefed bases
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDvC3M6pdZw, a sign reading of the castle's history by one of the reconstructors
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6viIF9MrQA, Mine's Restoration Video
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XxcUJl_hdw, Entropy's comment on his restoration experience (check comments).