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v0.31:Personality trait

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Dwarven personalities are determined by a set of traits. These traits are distinct from attributes.

Personality traits are shown in a dwarf's "thoughts and preferences" description page, which can be accessed by viewing that dwarf then p, z, Enter, or from the unit menu with view, Enter.

Each trait has a value from 0 to 100. The value triggers a report in "thoughts and preferences" depending on where it falls in these seven levels:

Token Value Range Value Points Effect
 ??? 91 - 100 10 Highest
76 - 90 15 Very High
61 - 75 15 High
40 - 60 21 Neutral
25 - 39 15 Low
10 - 24 15 Very Low
0 - 9 10 Lowest

The 40-60 range does not cause a report.

Traits are also influenced by species via the use of the PERSONALITY creature token. For example, dwarves are slightly more straightforward than average with a median of 55 in that trait, whereas goblins aren't likely to help others out - their altruism median is a mere 25, and is capped at 50.

Traits also have an effect on which social skills are learned in social interaction, and determine whether certain actions may give a good or bad thought. Traits may have other, more subtle effects on creature behaviour, which are currently not entirely understood.

Token Value Description Gameplay effects
ANXIETY 91 - 100 is a nervous wreck More likely to go stark raving mad.
76 - 90 is always tense and jittery
61 - 75 is often nervous
25 - 39 has a calm demeanor
10 - 24 has a very calm demeanor
0 - 9 has an incredibly calm demeanor
ANGER 91 - 100 is in a constant state of internal rage Prone to becoming enraged. More likely to go berserk.
76 - 90 is very quick to anger
61 - 75 is quick to anger
25 - 39 is slow to anger Not prone to becoming enraged
10 - 24 is very slow to anger
0 - 9 never becomes angry
DEPRESSION 91 - 100 is frequently depressed More likely to be stricken by melancholy.
76 - 90 is often sad and dejected
61 - 75 often feels discouraged
25 - 39 rarely feels discouraged
10 - 24 almost never feels discouraged
0 - 9 never feels discouraged
SELF_CONSCIOUSNESS 91 - 100 is socially crippled by thoughts that everyone is watching and judging (him) Cannot gain Comedian experience
76 - 90 is concerned about rejection and ridicule
61 - 75 is self-conscious
25 - 39 is comfortable in social situations
10 - 24 is very comfortable in social situations
0 - 9 is absolutely unfazed by the opinions of others
IMMODERATION 91 - 100 is ruled by irresistible cravings and urges
76 - 90 feels strong urges and seeks short-term rewards
61 - 75 occasionally overindulges
25 - 39 doesn't often experience strong cravings or urges
10 - 24 only rarely feels strong cravings or urges
0 - 9 never feels tempted to overindulge in anything
VULNERABILITY 91 - 100 becomes completely helpless in stressful situations
76 - 90 cracks easily under pressure
61 - 75 doesn't handle stress well
25 - 39 can handle stress
10 - 24 is confident under pressure
0 - 9 is impervious to the effects of stress
FRIENDLINESS 91 - 100 genuinely likes others and openly expresses positive feelings toward them
76 - 90 makes friends quickly
61 - 75 is very friendly
25 - 39 is somewhat reserved Cannot gain Conversationalist experience
10 - 24 is very distant and reserved
0 - 9 does not actively seek friendships and is incredibly distant and reserved
GREGARIOUSNESS 91 - 100 truly treasures the company of others
76 - 90 enjoys being in crowds
61 - 75 enjoys the company of others
25 - 39 tends to avoid crowds
10 - 24 prefers to be alone Will not throw parties
0 - 9 considers spending time alone much more important than associating with others
ASSERTIVENESS 91 - 100 loves to take charge and direct activities
76 - 90 is very assertive
61 - 75 is assertive
25 - 39 is unassertive Cannot gain Persuader experience
10 - 24 prefers that others handle the leadership roles
0 - 9 never speaks out or attempts to direct activities
ACTIVITY_LEVEL 91 - 100 is constantly active and energetic
76 - 90 is very energetic and active
61 - 75 is very active
25 - 39 is relaxed
10 - 24 lives life at a leisurely pace
0 - 9 can't be bothered with frantic, fast-paced living
EXCITEMENT_SEEKING 91 - 100 lives for risk and excitement More likely to join adventurers
76 - 90 is a risk-taker and a thrill-seeker
61 - 75 loves a good thrill
25 - 39 is not a risk-taker
10 - 24 doesn't need thrills or risks in life
0 - 9 is entirely averse to risk and excitement
CHEERFULNESS 91 - 100 often feels filled with joy
76 - 90 can be very happy and optimistic
61 - 75 is often cheerful
25 - 39 is rarely happy or enthusiastic
10 - 24 is a pessimist
0 - 9 is never optimistic or enthusiastic about anything
IMAGINATION 91 - 100 is bored by reality and has a wonderful imagination
76 - 90 is incredibly creative
61 - 75 has a fertile imagination
25 - 39 isn't given to flights of fancy
10 - 24 is grounded in reality
0 - 9 is interested only in facts and the real world
ARTISTIC_INTEREST 91 - 100 can easily become absorbed in art and the beauty of the natural world
76 - 90 greatly appreciates art and natural beauty
61 - 75 appreciates art and natural beauty
25 - 39 does not have a great aesthetic sensitivity
10 - 24 is not interested in art
0 - 9 is completely uninterested in art
EMOTIONALITY 91 - 100 has a profound understanding of (his) own feelings
76 - 90 has a great awareness of (his) own emotions
61 - 75 has a good awareness of (his) own emotions
25 - 39 tends not to openly express emotions
10 - 24 is mostly unaware of (his) own emotions and rarely expresses them
0 - 9 does not display (his) own emotions and has no awareness of them
ADVENTUROUSNESS 91 - 100 is highly adventurous and loves fresh experiences
76 - 90 is eager for new experiences
61 - 75 likes to try new things
25 - 39 prefers familiar routines
10 - 24 is uncomfortable with change
0 - 9 is resistant to change
INTELLECTUAL_CURIOSITY 91 - 100 is entranced by riddles and puzzles and loves to debate issues and ideas
76 - 90 loves new and fresh ideas
61 - 75 is open-minded to new ideas
25 - 39 dislikes intellectual discussions
10 - 24 regards intellectual exercises as a waste of energy
0 - 9 is completely uninterested in ideas and debates over intellectual issues
LIBERALISM 91 - 100 revels in chaos and disorder Receives unhappy thought from talking to noblesVerify
76 - 90 loves to defy convention
61 - 75 is put off by authority and tradition
25 - 39 admires tradition Receives happy thought from talking to noblesVerify
10 - 24 prefers stability and security to ambiguity and disorder
0 - 9 is an ardent believer in convention and traditional society
TRUST 91 - 100 is naturally trustful of everybody
76 - 90 is very trusting
61 - 75 is trusting
25 - 39 is slow to trust others
10 - 24 does not trust others
0 - 9 sees others as selfish and conniving
STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS 91 - 100 is incredibly frank and candid in dealings with others Cannot gain Flatterer experience.
76 - 90 is very straightforward with others
61 - 75 is candid and sincere in dealings with others
25 - 39 is guarded in relationships with others Cannot gain Consoler experience
Can gain Liar experience.
10 - 24 is not straightforward when dealing with others
0 - 9 believes that some deception is necessary in relationships with others
ALTRUISM 91 - 100 is truly fulfilled by assisting those in need Receives happy thought from rescuing wounded
76 - 90 finds helping others very rewarding
61 - 75 finds helping others rewarding
25 - 39 does not go out of (his) way to help others Receives unhappy thought from rescuing wounded
10 - 24 dislikes helping others
0 - 9 views helping others as an imposition on (his) time
COOPERATION 91 - 100 sacrifices (his) own needs to get along with others Cannot gain Intimidator experience
76 - 90 dislikes confrontations
61 - 75 is willing to compromise with others
25 - 39 doesn't like to compromise with others Cannot gain Pacifier experience
10 - 24 would rather intimidate others than compromise with them
0 - 9 would never deny (his) own needs just to compromise with somebody else
MODESTY 91 - 100 would never claim to be better than somebody else
76 - 90 finds immodesty distasteful
61 - 75 is modest
25 - 39 is immodest
10 - 24 is very willing to compare (himself) favorably with others
0 - 9 would never shy away from an opportunity to say (he) is better than somebody else
SYMPATHY 91 - 100 is incredibly compassionate and feels the pain of others
76 - 90 is easily moved to pity
61 - 75 is compassionate
25 - 39 is not easily moved to pity
10 - 24 is not affected by the suffering of others
0 - 9 would never let an objective judgement be tempered by mercy or pity
SELF_EFFICACY 91 - 100 is incredibly confident
76 - 90 is very confident
61 - 75 is confident
25 - 39 lacks confidence
10 - 24 does not feel effective in life
0 - 9 always feels as if (he) is not in control of (his) life
ORDERLINESS 91 - 100 loves to make lists and keep schedules
76 - 90 tries to live a well-organized life
61 - 75 is organized
25 - 39 is disorganized
10 - 24 is very disorganized
0 - 9 is completely disorganized
DUTIFULNESS 91 - 100 has a profound sense of duty and obligation
76 - 90 has a strong sense of duty
61 - 75 has a sense of duty
25 - 39 finds rules confining
10 - 24 dislikes contracts and regulations
0 - 9 hates rules, contracts and other confining elements in (his) life
ACHIEVEMENT_STRIVING 91 - 100 constantly strives for perfection
76 - 90 thinks it is incredibly important to strive for excellence
61 - 75 strives for excellence
25 - 39 doesn't go out of (his) way to do more work than necessary
10 - 24 very rarely does more work than necessary
0 - 9 does the bare minimum necessary to accomplish the task at hand
SELF_DISCIPLINE 91 - 100 will persist in the face of any difficulty until the task is complete Affects duration of breaksVerify
76 - 90 possesses great willpower
61 - 75 is self-disciplined
25 - 39 is occasionally given to procrastination
10 - 24 has very little self-discipline
0 - 9 rarely completes tasks and is often overcome by distractions
CAUTIOUSNESS 91 - 100 thinks through every alternative and its consequences before acting
76 - 90 is extremely cautious
61 - 75 takes time when making decisions
25 - 39 often does the first thing that comes to mind
10 - 24 acts impulsively
0 - 9 always acts without considering alternatives or thinking through possibilities
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