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Room requirements  
Office Royal Throne Room
Quarters Royal Bedroom
Dining room Royal Dining Room
Tomb Royal Mausoleum
Furniture requirements
Chests 10
Cabinets 5
Weapon racks 5
Armor stands 5
Mandates 5
Demands 10
Arrival conditions
This article is about an older version of DF.

The King is the dwarf named as ruler of the dwarf civilization in the civilizations screen. When the King arrives, your fortress will be promoted to Mountainhome and capital of that civilization.

The king may, in fact, be a Queen. She will be referred to as such in text relating to the process of her arrival.


Once your fortress becomes the capital of a duchy, 'The Incoming King' will appear on your nobles screen. You will need to reach a certain architectural value, road value (whether from paved roads or bridges), and offerings required (to the dwarven civ's merchants) for the King to arrive. The values needed for each vary from fort to fort, but can be viewed by examining 'The Incoming King' on the nobles screen. Offerings to merchants must actually reach the king: the merchants must make it safely off the map with your offerings.

Alternately, if you find adamantine, this noble will make a surprise arrival, dressed as a peasant. Despite arriving dressed as a peasant, he will make the same room and furniture demands as otherwise.


If the king arrives normally (i.e., not from adamantine), he will come with some Royal Guards and an advisor. The spouses (if any) of the king's entourage will also arrive at this time, all in the form of peasants. The king's spouse will also arrive if he or she is still alive (this is dependent on history generation).

A king that comes dressed as a peasant will have no entourage, and therefore no advisor and no royal guards.

The arrival of the king makes your fortress the mountainhome. The foremost consequence of this is you will no longer receive a trade liaison from your civilization, so can no longer make special request of them, and you can no longer make offerings to the caravan.


Occasionally, a King or Queen will have received crippling injuries during world generation, long before they arrive on your map. These injuries will be permanent - either lost limbs (dark grey) or non-healing spinal/nervous injuries. That's life.

Under certain circumstances, it is possible for the Monarch to die of old age immediately upon entering your map. This is caused by the monarch aging beyond his/her natural lifespan between the end of worldgen and arrival at your fortress.


Due to a bug (which has persisted to many later versions), the king has no preferences of any sort; as a result, the king will be incapable of making any mandates.

Non-dwarven Rulers[edit]

It is possible to have non-dwarven rulers. In these cases your liaison may be of another race other than dwarf and when the king arrives, he will also be of that race. All other nobles that come will still be dwarves. Non-dwarven kings make no room demands, and they do not move into your fortress, instead hanging out at the edge of the map where they first arrived. In the unit list, they appear as "Friendly", and they do not appear on your Nobles screen. The length of their reign is usually limited to the next siege unless you take measures to protect them.