The newest TV Tropes Dwarf Fortress
Succession Game. Founded after an incident with a piece of cotton candynote
caused the opening of the three-ring circusnote
, with the resultant calamitous drop in framerate.Current thread
, containing the story of Jawmetal.
Jawmetal is absurdly wealthy for its youth, being built near a volcano and possessing a thriving industy built around magma furnaces and easily-obtained precious metals (and other valuables looted from would-be invaders seeking said precious metals).
List of Overseers
- Tuefel Hunden IV, Year(s) ???-252
- Jimmy T Malice, Year 253
- Archereon, Year 254 (passed on the remainder of Jimmy's Turn)
- GandAandR, Year 255
- Durza, Year 254 (had to pick up where GAR started, lost GAR's save)
- NESgamer190, Year 256
- Ringsea, Year 256 (from summer onward)
- Condorito, Year 257
- Bladebound, Year 258
- Tuefel Hunden IV, Year 259 (Paramythion had issues getting the save file)
- PC Deaths during this reign:
- Tarsen, Tarsen II, NESGamer190, Ripsaw, Besserwisser, Snuggle Squid, Caspellaer,
- GandAandR, Year 260
As more of the fortress' tales are told, more wiki-mana will be needed.
The dorfy antics exhibited in Jawmetal so far (up to the middle of GandAandR's second reign):
- A Child Shall Lead Them - Caspellaer's turn for Overseer means his three-year-old Dwarvatar will lead the fortress.
- Averted, since baby Caspellar got impaled on spikes while his parents trained.
- Almighty Janitor - During Archereon's reign, it was revealed that GandAandR's character was the fortress's "lowly chef". Upon Archereon/Infinitus stepping down as Overseer to persist as the fortress Mayor, we are treated to a dream of said chef ruling the fortress for a year.
- Apocalyptic Log - Played completely straight with NESgamer190's account of being killed by a vampire (which was never found using conventional methods), including the log ending mid-sentence.
- Bad Boss - In a rare example, we briefly get to see Dwarf Fortress through a noble's eyes during Archereon's reign as Overseer Infinitus. Unfortunately, his constantly calling for executions of people, even when they're trying to follow his orders, quickly led to the Powder Keg Crowd situation.
- Burial At Fire - Durza suggested that the dead of the fortress be committed to the volcano instead of buried in coffins, so that there would be less clutter and a happier population (dwarves become happy by admiring engravings, memorial or otherwise).
- Death Trap - When a path was made to the volcano's top, there were immediate suggestions for goblin sacrifices via cages and retractable floors. Another later idea was a catapult for lobbing trash and victims into the volcano from further down the slope. While not as impressive (and not involving any lava at all) the entrance to the fortress was eventually lined with weapon traps full of serrated glass discs.
- The LONG DROP, a spike-filled pit built during Durza's reign (since the spikes were wooden, the pit was used to kill a vampire and to possibly humiliate any elves thrown in it).
- Dissonant Serenity - Condorito's reign over the fortress began with written-out incoherence like such things were normal.
- Felony Misdemeanor - Anything and everything in the eyes of Overseer Infinitus.
- Fun with Acronyms - Not even this fort is immune to them, and so far they all relate to harnessing the volcano's power:
- CATAPULTnote , the suggested device for putting en-coffin'd dwarves into the volcano's lava, as well as anything else the operator desires.
- IMPERATOR note , Bladebound's throne inside THRONE, and another Warhammer40k reference when he comments that he could probably sit on it for 10,000 years (his entries are dated using the 40k millenial method as well)
- KFC note , a trap-filled field in front of the fortress drawbridge for trapping invaders and anything else that wanders out there.
- LAVA note , a device with an unknown purpose which may have something to do with a death cult.
- LONG DROPnote , a pit trap built by Durza after "conveniently" hearing about it from some dwarves discussing how to get someone killed. It turned out to be located in the living area, right next to a bed, and with a well built on top of it.
- MAGMA CON CARNEnote , Condorito's plan for his turn as Overseer. It turned out to be a labyrinth/trap for incoming sieges, with the ability to seal it off and flood it with magma once everyone was inside.
- MAGNETnote , NESgamer190's magma-related death trap proposition.
- ODSTnote , Condorito's idea about implementing Tuefel's child-soldiers via Drop Pod. It is not yet known if they would perform High-Altitude Low-Opening insertions, however.
- ONSENnote , Considering the presence of both an aquifer and a volcano on the same map, a Japanese-styled hot spring was suggested (hence the name).
- PDWAFnote , Tuefel's child-soldier project aimed at making the fortress' children useful once they reach maturity.
- THRONE note , Overseer Bladebound's project consisting of a large excavation with nothing in it- yet. It would have also been fueled by children, but the mechanism for doing so was not available.
- TOUMBnote , the name for the area excavated for the inevitable noble presence that would demand lavish rooms.
- WATERMILLnote , NESgamer190's (presumably) obsidian-themed death trap proposition.
- Harmless Electrocution - When Adamantine was discovered and shown to Booze-and-Armorsmith Condorito, his in-character description of handling a chunk of it is reminiscent of mild electric shock.
- Hide Your Children - To prevent lag, the "children" option was disabled in the players' machines. It gets handwaved in-story as no one being able to concieve children that close to "Armok's fiery blood", and only adults are sent in the caravans.
- Some children are born, eventually, during GandAandR's dream reign, as well as other reigns afterward. There were soon enough of them to give the idea for the PDWAF under Tuefel's second reign.
- Humans Are Leaders - During Durza's reign it was discovered that the nearby goblin civilization had a human as its leader, and another one as its general.
- Infant Immortality - Once again, the military training room claimed a number of the children due to, quote:
Durza:[M]embers of the militia that decide that ‘inside the training room’ means ‘in the room near the training room’ or ‘looking into the training room and holding the door open so babies and cats can get in’.
- Irony - The name-changing vampire responsible for NESgamer190's death met his end at the bottom of the LONG DROP, which was lined with wooden stakes. This brought to mind that it was supposed to be the vampire that did the impaling.
- Kill It with Fire - Anyone who has extensively played Dwarf Fortress will consider putting the volcano to this use when they discover it.
- Money for Nothing - The surprisingly easy-to-mine wealth just below the surface, up to and including beds of demon-free Adamantine. Might also qualify as Cursed with Awesome, since that much wealth that quickly made the fort prone to repeated goblin invasions.
- Mordor - The fortress has the potential to become this, what with the volcano and all the armies popping in every year trying to sack the place.
- Powder Keg Crowd - During Archereon's reign as Overseernote there was a minor tantrum spiral in the fort note that somehow ended without anyone being killed or jailed.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis! -
Durza: They! Will!! Not!!! Defy!!!! Me!!!!!
- Shout Out - Not that many have been observed in the fortress (yet; it is still young), but here are some:
- The many golden statues in the throne room include four of hamsters, setting us up nicely for another seige-prone, volcano-based Lord Hamster
- The hammerdwarf squad is named "Forty Thousand", being the only in-game 40k reference so far. In fact, every squad is named after a Tabletop RPG: Pathfinders, the Shot Trouble, the Shadow Runners and the Vigilant Hunters of Reckoning, to name a few.
- When Infinitus began using notes to give his demands to his "secretary" (Overseer Durza), Durza notes that he begins to put 2-3 exclamation points in most every sentence, and that something should be done before he reaches five.
- When the human caravan first sold whip technology to the fortress, there was talk of converting it for use as sword-chucks.
- Shrine to Self - Overlord Infinitus had a throne room built for himself, and populated with as many golden statues of himself as could be made during his reign, which was three due to him getting tired of posing for the craftsdwarves and then ordering their executions.
- Talking Your Way Out - How the appointed-only-seconds-earlier Commander Gemsittirst persuaded the mob not to go after Overseer Infinitus. We later find out they weren't all that motivated in the first place.
- Teeth Flying - Sadly, this does not refer to giant evil teeth that were raised to life by the environment, but the repeat incidences during Tuefel Hunden's second reign. To elaborate, first a donkey in an ill-fated elven caravan lost a mouthful, then most of the subsequent goblin seige.
- A set of dentures was made from them for Hermunster's use, without H knowing where they came from and commenting on their being so lifelike.
- Time Skip: When GandAandR's first turn ended, the save was lost and his turn was treated as a dream... which was remembered by everyone in the fortress. When Durza succeeded as Overseer, he commented that even his journal was altered to one year earlier. The whole event was supposedly triggered by GandAandR (suspected of being some kind of wizard) making the mini-forge Ugosherush and Durza activating it.
- Unfinished Business - In the first year of the fortress, a were-beast "dropped dead for no apparent reason" after mauling a dog. It was later suspected of being supernatural retribution.
- Later on, almost a dozen ghosts were wandering around and had to be put to rest.
- NESgamer190's dorf's spirit was housed inside her memorial slab after the vampire's attack, and while another dorf inherited the name, it was this first one that ran the fortress through influencing the living during NESgamer190's turn.
- Videogame Caring Potential - A pair of vampires were discovered, arrested, and placed inside a glass control room under GandAandR's dream reign. The first was caught in the act of drinking blood, while the second was discerned through the long list of associations they maintained but no living family, eerily similar to how Beigeknife got its vampires (cosmic morphic resonance, anyone?)
- Volcano Lair - The new location for the starting point and resulting fortress is a mineral-rich active volcano. Naturally the dorfs will make a base around/in/underneath it to exploit the easy access to magma. Whether a magma-related superweapon is constructed remains to be seen.