I was showing adventure mode to a friend on a new computer, so I didn't have any of my old standby genocide-machines to rely on, so I just grabbed a starting hero dorf with a normal skill distribution.
Because I doubted that my friend wanted to watch me power-grind throwing, knapping, sneaking and swimming for an hour or so, I set straight off for the first fortress after grabbing a bandit-site quest. This ambition was thwarted by the fact that the fortress was abandoned, so I was unable to recruit any cannon-fodder. Come nightfall, I was stuck between the first empty fortress and a second one where I hoped to fill up my party.
As should come as no suprise to anyone, I was ambushed by bogeys. Fortunately, good tactics combined with a martial trance allowed me to slaughter all but one of them before the trance wore off. That one last lone bogeyman and I spent about 20 minutes of realtime dodging back and forth before he landed a bruising blow on my guts. The vomit-spree that followed didn't change combat much for the next ten minutes before he landed another blow to my guts, and eventually I passed out, and got brained.