I think you do not have to reveal your base. Mostly, I feel the thread is about remembering and recording the passing year.
The first time I took on a dragon in the unnamed city, I was mostly a lower level still. I killed one of the small ones and thought, “that wasn’t so bad.” So I poked around a little longer. Then the big one showed itself. I was jumping and hauling and doing very little damage. I ran into a wall and climbed it to a safe level to heal. I thought the dragon left, it was dark, very dark. I started to climb down, and the dragon attacked, I was scampering back up when I ran out of stamina. I fell and was thinking, “Is this where I am to die?” But the fall was very short as I landed on a ledge. I stood there, on the ledge, shooting arrows until I had nothing left to throw, then leaped into the “fire.” I fought gallantly but with the idea that I was dead already. Most of my bar was corrupted. No life, no stamina, no more arrows. I would be a great story if I could write that my “last efforts” turned into a win, but the truth is, when I saw the opportunity, I ran to safety.