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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36330 on: August 03, 2014, 06:29:12 pm »

Turns out Zefon has the personality trait of being brave in the face of danger, which is why she never fled despite having no discipline. Kadol had the exact opposite, with the trait of being cowardly at the slightest hint of danger. So I guess that explains why one didn't run at all while the other bailed after killing just one elf.

Both Kadol and some other dwarf with the same trait kept passing out on the floor from horror during cleanup too because of constantly seeing dead bodies, so...yeah, pretty cowardly. Probably not a good trait for military dwarves.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36331 on: August 03, 2014, 06:31:17 pm »

Turns out Zefon has the personality trait of being brave in the face of danger, which is why she never fled despite having no discipline. Kadol had the exact opposite, with the trait of being cowardly at the slightest hint of danger. So I guess that explains why one didn't run at all while the other bailed after killing just one elf.

Both Kadol and some other dwarf with the same trait kept passing out on the floor from horror during cleanup too because of constantly seeing dead bodies, so...yeah, pretty cowardly. Probably not a good trait for military dwarves.

You'd be amazed at what a few months of training and a few low-key fights against animals or bandits can do.

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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36332 on: August 03, 2014, 06:36:00 pm »

You'd be amazed at what a few months of training and a few low-key fights against animals or bandits can do.

Well, yeah, but these were basically civilian miners with no prior combat experience or discipline I'm talking about.

In any case, a dwarf with bravery in the face of danger seems like a great choice for early military.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36333 on: August 03, 2014, 06:43:07 pm »

You'd be amazed at what a few months of training and a few low-key fights against animals or bandits can do.

Well, yeah, but these were basically civilian miners with no prior combat experience or discipline I'm talking about.

In any case, a dwarf with bravery in the face of danger seems like a great choice for early military.

Oh, no doubt. For really good soldiers you'll want bravery such as that and an ability to handle stress, coupled with a sense of duty. If they happen to prefer confrontation, even better. Hell, you can hit a jackpot candidate that would actually prefer to be at war with everyone (generally being coupled with a ton of desirable personality traits for a soldier,) though such individuals will train as religiously as weapon masters if they have a place to train, making them poor choices for anything but military duty.
EDIT: At least the last time I had such dwarves that was the case anyway. I had trouble getting them to do anything but train if I gave them somewhere to do so.

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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36334 on: August 03, 2014, 08:29:23 pm »

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Praise the miners, muthafooka.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36335 on: August 03, 2014, 09:20:57 pm »

A Kea has just flown away with an iron minecart.  My soldiers are now forgiven for wetting their pants when I told them to go kill a wounded Giant Kea.
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« Reply #36336 on: August 04, 2014, 05:09:21 am »

Pretty much sums up the boredom in Quickmetals.

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« Reply #36337 on: August 04, 2014, 05:48:34 am »

Genned a new world in 40.06, and proceeded to embark in a conflux of four terrifying swamps. Having embarked in terrifying biomes before, I wan't too worried. I'd had clouds that made the giant mosquito swarms vomit all over the place, cyan exsanguinating ooze, purple goo that didn't do anything at all, and rains of delicious elf blood before. I knew the biomes could be bad, but it seemed much likelier that I'd get a random syndrome cloud that didn't do much. But no, this time the RNG decided it wasn't screwing around.

I wasted some time building a palisade until I discovered that there were Giant Sparrow corpses running about, and I'd have to build a roof as well. I tunneled down, discovered the aquifer, and started work on the plug. When the cloud of nefarious ash decided to roll over my camp, I sent everyone to emergency burrows, and things appeared to be fine.

Nope.

You see, animals don't respect burrows. If I'd just made a butcher shop and killed all my livestock, I could have survived this, but I didn't, and they were still alive for the ash to touch.

I don't know what the ash does, even now. Whatever it touched died instantly. Not twitch-reflexes-required-to-see-the-suffering fast. If the ash was visible in the square, whatever was in the square was already dead. Believe me, I tried to catch it in the act, and no matter how quickly I escaped and reentered view creature mode, it didn't work.

And worse? Whatever died reanimated in seconds. The ash took out a horse. Before the cloud had moved another two tiles, that horse corpse was assaulting a donkey who had escaped the cloud, and almost immediately the now-dead donkey went after the dogs...

Now, oddly enough, the various undead livestock were content to murder one dwarf apiece, and then stand about placidly. But I panicked and had my dwarves seal up the tunnel to survive. Except they refused to do it until I let them out of the warrens. And then most of them proceeded to seal themselves outside while I watched the miner.

One was killed by an ash cloud while fishing. One was kicked to death by the horse corpse. One by the donkey. One was killed by a dog corpse, and his corpse proceeded to stand back up and kill his friend. The woodcutter, embarrassingly, had his skull torn out by a cat. Only the miner was left, and I figured if he could just finish and drop the plug, there was a chance he could hole up long enough for caravans and migrants to arrive while he excavated some stone for use in real dwarven architecture.

Except then he went on break. And an ash cloud spawned right over the plug pit (I know, exposing it to the surface was dumb, but it was a shallow aquifer and I needed all the z-levels I could get for the plug.) and the last thing the miner said as the green ash of death barreled down towards him was "This looks like a good time to take a nap!", promptly falling asleep. Then the ash touched him and the fortress crumbled to its end.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36338 on: August 04, 2014, 06:32:36 am »

a carpenter had her neck split in gore yet she's somehow still alive. I checked the status screen and her upper spine is broken, with no apparent damage to nerve tissue.

This is either the luckiest dwarf ever or the least lucky.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36339 on: August 04, 2014, 06:48:22 am »

It seems that "__ into gore" might not always be quite as bad of an injury as it seems.

At the very least I know that one of my Adventurers had several wounds that reported being split or exploded into gore, only to see nothing but bruising on the wounds list.
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« Reply #36340 on: August 04, 2014, 09:42:01 am »

I thought "explodes into gore" means pieces of minced dwarf literally go flying in all directions in a shower of meat and blood, but apparently it just means "badly mangled".
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« Reply #36341 on: August 04, 2014, 10:05:30 am »

Think of it this way: a pretty bad cut on your hand by a kitchen knife is gory. The explodes part is whats throwing people off.

Just think of it as "part in question is now gory."
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« Reply #36342 on: August 04, 2014, 10:26:03 am »

welp.  started a fort in the beginning of winter. waited till the next autumn to get a migrant wave.....  three clothiers, a glass worker, and an orphaned child.

the child took almost half a month to crawl from the edge of the screen to the wagon.  Not sure where this is going, but I've commissioned a new tomb.
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Re: What's going on in your fort?
« Reply #36343 on: August 04, 2014, 10:36:58 am »


According to Dwarf Therapist, my hermit is ecstatic from throwing one hundred and eighty-nine things. Which is weird because I'm pretty sure I don't have one hundred and eighty-nine things in the whole fortress. It's not a Therapist bug either, since she levelled up to Adept in both Thrower and Archer from it.
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« Reply #36344 on: August 04, 2014, 10:48:35 am »

According to Dwarf Therapist, my hermit is ecstatic from throwing one hundred and eighty-nine things. Which is weird because I'm pretty sure I don't have one hundred and eighty-nine things in the whole fortress.
You know that you can throw same thing multiple times, right?
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