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A grudge is a type of relationship a dwarf can have with another dwarf. Grudges are the opposite of friendships, and tend to develop between dwarves of conflicting personality traits. Sometimes it is possible to have your starting dwarves form grudges even before they arrive at the new fortress location. Making a grudge causes an unhappy thought, but ironically, the death of a grudgee actually causes a bad thought as well.

It is currently unknown how a grudge is formed, but a dwarf that talks to another that he/she has a grudge with will generate an unhappy thought ("He was forced to talk to somebody annoying lately."). This will happen more likely if you only have one meeting spot or many jobless dwarves.

It is more likely to see a grudge form between dwarves with opposite ideals and/or personalities. A recent in-game example would be between dwarf Mistem Okoluzul who formed a grudge with dwarf Adilina Kubukthiz. In examining their respective "Thoughts and Preferences" specifics, we find an obvious clash:

- Adilina Kubukthiz: "She is candid and sincere in dealings with others. She finds helping others very rewarding."
- Mistem Okoluzul: "He is often sad and dejected. He does not go out of his way to help others."

A personality clash is not necessarily a requirement to the forming of a grudge. Likewise, grudges are not always going to be mutual.[1]

Dwarves can in fact form grudges with animals. Bug:7890 - fixed in 44.06