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* [[http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=63861.0 Zulban Rulbomrek]], faithful, eternal hound of Numal Dumatalm˘sh. Even people who hate the game and don't understand why you like it (assuming you do, of course) will smile at that.
* In the ashes of the doom of the soul, when all else is dead, in the smoking ruins of LetsPlay/{{Boatmurdered}}, [[TearJerker the last survivor - a child - presses a shining stone into the hand of the departing mercenary.]] He cannot bring himself to MercyKill her, even though his sanity is shattered.
* [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/magazine/the-brilliance-of-dwarf-fortress.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all The New York Times article written about Dwarf Fortress in July]]. The writing was brilliant and conveyed the passion that Toady/Three Toe have for the game perfectly... just a CMOA and heartwarming moment in general.
* A general one: Once a dwarf finds a lover, said dwarf will stay with said lover for the rest of its life. Even after the lover dies, the dwarf will not find another.
* Something about having a tavern full of people from all over the world chatting, telling tales and poetry, and sometimes even forming an improvised singing troupe for everyone to enjoy tends to cheer one up. As some in the forums have said, .42 is the first release where you can see your dwarves are truly ''alive''.

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