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Urist likes humans for their stature.

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· Learns · Humanoid

Cannot be tamed 
Child: 4,000 cm3
Adolescent: 17,500 cm3
Adult: 70,000 cm3

Child at: 1
Adult at: 12
Max age: 60-120
Cannot be butchered

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This article is about the current version of DF.
A medium-sized creature prone to great ambition.

Humans are intelligent humanoid creatures that live in cities on the plains. They are one of the races playable in adventurer mode. Their buildings are made entirely of wood (or in the case of towers and castles, stone), and usually include several houses and shops, and a tavern. Their metal-working technology specializes in bronze, though they also make use of copper, iron, and silver. The typical lifespan of a human ranges between 60 and 120 years.

In fortress mode, they are primarily interested in trade, and generally send large caravans in summer. Humans usually bring overworld food stuffs, cloth, leather, extra-large clothing and bronze items. If their caravans are destroyed or if their diplomat is killed, regardless of cause, they will eventually send a siege force to your fortress.

In Adventurer mode, they are the dominant civilization - their nobles can be found living in castles, and after earning sufficient fame, they can give out challenging quests.

The language they speak is human.

Some dwarves like humans for their stature.


[edit] Ethics

In-game humans have a system of ethics similar to real-life humans of past times. Through world generation, humans will almost always become friendly with dwarves, most likely become enemies with goblins and elves, and may possibly become enemies with kobolds and animal-people.

The devouring of sapient beings and of dead enemy combatants are the two most horrific crimes to humans, who see them as unthinkable acts; this puts them at odds with both elves and goblins, who are more lenient. Humans routinely use torture to extract information and to set an example, but find torture for sport appalling and shun the torture of animals.

In stark contrast to the ethics of elves, kobolds and animal-people, humans find keeping trophies of animals, sapient beings and of other humans perfectly acceptable. Like dwarves, humans find killing animals, enemies and plants acceptable. However, humans can avoid punishment for killing other humans if the killing had been done for good reason, unlike dwarves who sentence murderers to death regardless of whether they can provide justification. Humans find the killing of neutral beings acceptable so long as there are no repercussions.

Human ethics regarding crime are the same as dwarven ethics (where assault, theft, trespassing and vandalism are seriously punished while some crimes such as breaking oaths and treason are punishable by death) with the one exception being that slavery is considered acceptable.

In .40.xx humans value martial prowess, stoicism, friendship and family. They place a certain degree of value on self-control, power, loyalty, fairness, merriment, skill, craftsmanship, and commerce. They slightly respect law, leisure time, independence, hard work, perseverance and romance.

As of .42.01, each human civ has randomized values.

[edit] Playing as Humans in Fortress Mode

There are two ways to have human in your fortress. You can either have an

[edit] Starting a Human Fortress

To start a "Human Town" (or, alternately, an Elven Forest Retreat, Goblin Tower or Kobold Cave) one need only add the tag [SITE_CONTROLLABLE] to the entity_default.txt file in the /raw/objects folder, under whichever race you wish to play. You should only do this after having already generated a world, otherwise you may encounter bugs. It's also advisable to only have one race playable at a time by removing the [SITE_CONTROLLABLE] tag from all but the race you wish to play, for similar reasons. Gameplay adapts remarkably well, as if Toady intended us to do this, although there are a few bugs mostly relating to traders from certain races not arriving at your fort. The Elves can carry with them many different pets upon embarking, and the races will start with the appropriate food and plants (for example, humans have prickle berries instead of plump helmets by default). Also, one of the 7 humans you start with will be a "warlord" and will not work. Another thing to note is that, when playing as humans in fortress mode, humans are unable to make adamantine wafers unless modded to do so. They can, however, work adamantine as cloth.

[edit] Human Mercenaries/Performers

If you have set up a tavern in your Dwarven fortress and you live near a human civilization, Humans may visit your fortress. In time, one of them might petition for long-term residency, either as a performer or as a mercenary. If they enlist as a performer, they will remain in your inn and perform music, tell stories and poetry, and provide social contacts for your Dwarves. If they decide to become a mercenary, they will have a weapon skill, and can be enlisted in your army and controlled as you would any dwarf. Note, however, that you cannot assign them labours until they become citizens, making a human-only fort take a very long time, because it usually takes two years before they apply for citizenship. Because humans are larger than dwarves, they can wield weapons that your dwarves cannot wield, such as two-handed swords, pikes, and mauls.

Humans may also visit as monster hunters, occasionally attacking creatures in the caverns, though that may be bugged.

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