Background: I run a lightly modded version of DF with a few more metals and a few more weapons and armor types. Generally speaking, I name all the dorfs after my friends and I, and I give them fairly realistic skill sets. I, being the only avid martial artist of the bunch, usually wind up as our first (and usually only for quite some time) soldier.
Well, on my last save, I get about a year and a half in. I haven't quite gotten my metal industry set up, as I'm busy carving out living space for my workforce of about 30, and trying to make stuff to trade with three traders all at once during each season. I also haven't yet set up defenses, as I keep trading all my weapons and mechanisms away for extra food and booze.
Along comes a black bear. Everyone scatters, except me. I decide to pick up my bastard sword, forget that I'm not wearing any armor, and charge. How
heroic stupid of me.
MaximumZero cancels breathing: Mauled to death by bear.
*facepalm* Way to go,