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In between missions setting characters to make arrowheads, purses, collect apples and herbs, etc BUT when I return from mission nothing has been produced!!!

Anyone have any ideas please???
Production seems to occur only during missions that advance the plot, not during generic missions for money or shields. The production parchment tells what was produced during the last plot mission. I find no mention of this in the manual. However, the question has been asked and answered before in this forum.