DF2014:Sphere

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A sphere is an aspect where a being has influence. Deities, forces, demons, megabeasts, semi-megabeasts, forgotten beasts and titans may be associated with one or more spheres. Civilizations may prefer certain spheres when selecting creatures to worship. There are currently a total of 130 spheres.

Understanding spheres[edit]

A being such as a deity, demon or megabeast may come to represent or epitomize certain things like emotions, qualities, terrain, and items. They are called "spheres". As an example from real-world mythology, the Greek goddess Athena is goddess in the "spheres" of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts and reason.

Gods and adored megabeasts can grant secrets related to their spheres. In unmodded Dwarf Fortress, this means that death gods can teach the secret of life and death to worshipers, turning them into necromancers.

Dwarves and other creatures will come to worship certain "powerful beings" and, as such, will follow the "religion", and have a relationship with its "deity".

All megabeasts and semi-megabeasts are associated with defined, unchanging spheres, which influence their names and titles:

  • Bronze colossus: Metals, strength, war
  • Cyclops: Light, longevity, minerals, strength, thunder
  • Dragon: Fire, wealth
  • Ettin: Speech, strength
  • Giant: Food, strength
  • Hydra: Muck, rebirth, strength
  • Minotaur: Caverns, chaos, darkness, deformity, strength
  • Roc: Sky, wind, hunting

Available spheres[edit]

According to Toady:

Spheres have a parent/child list, a friend list, and a preclude list. A deity has either one or two base spheres, and then they pick friends of those spheres, while never choosing a precluded or parent/child sphere of any of the spheres they already have. I tried to be pretty lax with the preclude list so that interesting relationships could pop up.


As extracted from the string dump, the spheres available are unchanged from 40d; their relationships with each other may also be unchanged.

Available sphere tokens are:

Sphere Friend spheres Parent/child spheres Precluded spheres
AGRICULTURE FOOD, FERTILITY, RAIN
ANIMALS PLANTS NATURE
ART INSPIRATION, BEAUTY DANCE, MUSIC, PAINTING,
POETRY, SONG
BALANCE
BEAUTY ART BLIGHT, DEFORMITY, DISEASE, MUCK
BIRTH CHILDREN, CREATION, FAMILY, MARRIAGE,
PREGNANCY, REBIRTH, YOUTH
BLIGHT DISEASE, DEATH BEAUTY, FOOD, FERTILITY, HEALING
BOUNDARIES COASTS
CAVERNS MOUNTAINS, EARTH
CHAOS WAR DISCIPLINE, ORDER, LAWS
CHARITY GENEROSITY, SACRIFICE JEALOUSY
CHILDREN BIRTH, FAMILY, YOUTH, PREGNANCY
COASTS LAKES, OCEANS BOUNDARIES
CONSOLATION MISERY
COURAGE VALOR
CRAFTS CREATION, LABOR, METALS
CREATION CRAFTS, BIRTH, PREGNANCY, REBIRTH
DANCE FESTIVALS, MUSIC, REVELRY ART
DARKNESS NIGHT DAWN, DAY, LIGHT, TWILIGHT, SUN
DAWN SUN, TWILIGHT NIGHT, DAY, DARKNESS
DAY LIGHT, SUN DARKNESS, NIGHT, DAWN, DUSK,
DREAMS, NIGHTMARES, TWILIGHT
DEATH BLIGHT, DISEASE, MURDER, REBIRTH, SUICIDE, WAR HEALING, LONGEVITY, YOUTH
DEFORMITY DISEASE BEAUTY
DEPRAVITY LUST LAWS
DISCIPLINE LAWS, ORDER CHAOS
DISEASE BLIGHT, DEATH, DEFORMITY BEAUTY, HEALING
DREAMS NIGHT, NIGHTMARES DAY
DUSK TWILIGHT NIGHT, DAY
DUTY ORDER
EARTH CAVERNS, MOUNTAINS, VOLCANOS METALS, MINERALS, SALT
FAMILY BIRTH, CHILDREN, MARRIAGE, PREGNANCY
FAME RUMORS SILENCE
FATE LUCK
FERTILITY AGRICULTURE, FOOD, RAIN BLIGHT
FESTIVALS DANCE, MUSIC, REVELRY, SONG MISERY
FIRE METALS, SUN, VOLCANOS WATER, OCEANS, LAKES, RIVERS
FISH OCEANS, LAKES, RIVERS, WATER NATURE, ANIMALS
FISHING FISH, HUNTING
FOOD AGRICULTURE, FERTILITY BLIGHT
FORGIVENESS MERCY REVENGE
FORTRESSES WAR
FREEDOM ORDER
GAMBLING GAMES, LUCK
GAMES GAMBLING, LUCK
GENEROSITY CHARITY, SACRIFICE
HAPPINESS REVELRY MISERY
HEALING DISEASE, BLIGHT, DEATH
HOSPITALITY
HUNTING FISHING
INSPIRATION ART, PAINTING, POETRY
JEALOUSY CHARITY
JEWELS MINERALS, WEALTH
JUSTICE LAWS
LABOR CRAFTS
LAKES COASTS, FISH, OCEANS, RIVERS WATER FIRE
LAWS DISCIPLINE, JUSTICE, OATHS, ORDER CHAOS, DEPRAVITY, MURDER, THEFT
LIES TREACHERY, TRICKERY TRUTH
LIGHT DAY, RAINBOWS, SUN DARKNESS, TWILIGHT
LIGHTNING RAIN, STORMS, THUNDER WEATHER
LONGEVITY YOUTH DEATH
LOVE
LOYALTY OATHS TREACHERY
LUCK GAMBLING, GAMES FATE
LUST DEPRAVITY
MARRIAGE BIRTH, FAMILY, OATHS, PREGNANCY
MERCY FORGIVENESS REVENGE
METALS CRAFTS, FIRE, MINERALS EARTH
MINERALS JEWELS, METALS EARTH
MISERY TORTURE CONSOLATION, FESTIVALS,
REVELRY, HAPPINESS
MIST
MOON NIGHT, SKY
MOUNTAINS CAVERNS, EARTH, VOLCANOS
MUCK BEAUTY
MURDER DEATH LAWS
MUSIC DANCE, FESTIVALS, REVELRY, SONG ART SILENCE
NATURE RAIN, SUN, WATER, WEATHER ANIMALS, FISH, PLANTS, TREES
NIGHT DARKNESS, DREAMS, MOON, NIGHTMARES, STARS DAY, DAWN, DUSK, TWILIGHT
NIGHTMARES DREAMS, NIGHT DAY
OATHS LAWS, LOYALTY, MARRIAGE TREACHERY
OCEANS COASTS, FISH, LAKES, RIVERS, SALT WATER FIRE
ORDER DISCIPLINE, DUTY, LAWS CHAOS, FREEDOM
PAINTING INSPIRATION ART
PEACE
PERSUASION POETRY, SPEECH
PLANTS ANIMALS, RAIN NATURE
POETRY INSPIRATION, PERSUASION, SONG, WRITING ART
PREGNANCY BIRTH, CHILDREN, CREATION, FAMILY, MARRIAGE
RAIN AGRICULTURE, FERTILITY, LIGHTNING, NATURE, PLANTS,
RAINBOWS, STORMS, THUNDER, TREES
WATER, WEATHER
RAINBOWS LIGHT, RAIN, SKY WEATHER
REBIRTH BIRTH, CREATION, DEATH
REVELRY DANCE, FESTIVALS, HAPPINESS, MUSIC, SONG MISERY
REVENGE FORGIVENESS, MERCY
RIVERS FISH, LAKES, OCEANS WATER FIRE
RULERSHIP
RUMORS FAME
SACRIFICE CHARITY, GENEROSITY WEALTH
SALT OCEANS EARTH
SCHOLARSHIP WISDOM, WRITING
SEASONS
SILENCE FAME, MUSIC
SKY MOON, RAINBOWS, SUN, STARS, WEATHER, WIND
SONG FESTIVALS, MUSIC, POETRY, REVELRY ART
SPEECH PERSUASION
STARS NIGHT, SKY
STORMS LIGHTNING, RAIN, THUNDER WEATHER
STRENGTH
SUICIDE DEATH
SUN DAWN, DAY, FIRE, LIGHT, NATURE, SKY DARKNESS
THEFT LAWS, TRADE
THRALLDOM
THUNDER LIGHTNING, RAIN, STORMS WEATHER
TORTURE MISERY
TRADE WEALTH THEFT
TRAVELERS
TREACHERY LIES, TRICKERY LOYALTY, OATHS
TREES RAIN NATURE, PLANTS
TRICKERY LIES, TREACHERY TRUTH
TRUTH LIES, TRICKERY
TWILIGHT DAWN, DUSK LIGHT, DARKNESS, DAY, NIGHT
VALOR WAR COURAGE
VICTORY WAR
VOLCANOS EARTH, FIRE, MOUNTAINS
WAR CHAOS, DEATH, FORTRESSES, VALOR, VICTORY
WATER FISH, NATURE LAKES, OCEANS, RIVERS, RAIN FIRE
WEALTH JEWELS, TRADE SACRIFICE
WEATHER NATURE, SKY LIGHTNING, RAIN, RAINBOWS,
STORMS, THUNDER, WIND
WIND SKY WEATHER
WISDOM SCHOLARSHIP
WRITING POETRY, SCHOLARSHIP
YOUTH BIRTH, CHILDREN, LONGEVITY DEATH