I'm on my second fort. Not surprisingly, my first fort wasn't successful. However it is known for one thing - a stunning siltstone grate studded with red zircons.
In my second fort, this grate was famous. Even humans brought items with pictures of the grate on it. One of my dwarfs understood, the only way to become really famous was to make a fantastic grate. He went into a strange mood, and produced a grate called the Youthful Perfection, made of yellow zircon, studded with yellow zircon, banded with yellow zircon, with menacing spikes of yellow zircon, and with a picture of the Vampire King in yellow zircon. Strangely, there was some native silver and wool on it too. People have stopped making picture of the siltstone grate.
My other favorite artifacts are and iron crossbow named the Fell of Forever, and a chain named the Polished Strangulation, a perfect name for a silver chain embellished with silver, native silver, and clear zircons.
We recently lost our broker, and I'm sad to lose her. After a battle in the fortress, there was a lot of blood everywhere. Being a proper dwarf, she would never go to trade with blood on her clothing. So she took off her clothes and took a bath before going to the trade depot, and arrived naked and soaking wet. Didn't bother the dwarfs or humans, but did seem to shake up the elves...
The Vampire King in now at our fortress. Aside from being a vampire, he has to be the best noble ever, so I don't really want to kill him. He's obsessed with woodworking, and happily churns out bins and cuts trees. He became mayor, kicking out the long time mayor who was obsessed with figurines. That leaves us with only one noble setting mandates. The King's obsession with battle axes is much easier to handle, and we were finally able to sell the 1000+ figurines we had sitting around. He likes tin, which is a little tricky since we don't have it on the map, but doesn't get impatient waiting to get it from caravans. I was able to draft him. He won't train, but will go into battle. The lack of skill didn't hurt him at all, he killed five assorted goblins and trolls without a scratch.