DF2014:Giant sponge

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Giant sponge

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Urist likes giant sponges for their squishy texture.
Biome

Variations

Sponge - Sponge man - Giant sponge

Attributes
Alignment: Savage

· Aquatic · Genderless · Exotic mount

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

· Exotic pet · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Size
Adult: 560,000 cm3

Age
Adult at: Birth
Max age: 20-30
Cannot be butchered
This article is about the current version of DF.
A huge immobile sponge.


Giant sponges are larger versions of sponges. They can be found in savage rivers, lakes and oceans.

Physically, giant sponges are blobs made of "sponge" tissue. Despite their lack of articulations or body parts, the combat mechanics of v0.40 have made it invulnerable no longer, due to the mechanics of pulping. Due to the sponge's weak material properties (even weaker than flesh), pulping sponge tissue with blunt weapons is surprisingly not too difficult. However, their large size means they can shatter bones, articulations, bruise organs or even kill a dwarf via headshot using their default push attack. They may also themselves pulp body parts beyond recognition, as the push attack is also a blunt attack. How a giant sponge's soft structural tissue can break a dwarven skull is a mystery for the ages.

If some hapless dwarf appears near their water, giant sponges may feel suddenly threatened and charge (!) the hapless dwarf and engage in combat - the only occasion when they move at all. They may also become enraged or unconscious or feel pain, as utterly improbable as that sounds.

"Without a nervous system, the only thing it can feel is ANGER."

According to its raws, the giant sponge can not only be tamed but even ridden as a war beast by invaders. No reports of goblins or elves riding giant sponges has been documented, but maybe its strictly aquatic lifestyle prevents it from being chosen.

[edit] Bugs

  • Rangers and Hunters may try to hunt the Giant Sponge, wasting bolts that become lost in the water or lodged into the Sponge itself. This may also lead to near endless "Urist McHunterpants Ranger cancels Hunt: Could Not Find Path" messages.
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