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Goblinite is the term used by players to refer to the metal and clothing resources that can be gathered off of goblin corpses. Depending on the fortress they may be an important supplement to normally produced or traded armor, weapons, and clothing. The clothing content of sieges can almost single-handedly provide an entire fortress with clothes, while melting down weapons and armor can make up for a lack of iron bearing ore at an embark site.
Types of loot
The loot you get will vary from siege to siege, but you will practically always get a few melee weapons, made of copper, iron, silver or bronze. Armour made out of the aforementioned materials is also very common, as are shields. If you manage to kill an archer, you will get up to 40 metal arrows and bolts, as well as their bow or crossbow; the exact quantity you'll get depends on how many times the enemy shot their crossbow, as enemies will always arrive with 40 rounds of ammo. Generally, though, the bolts are more worthwhile using directly than the arrows, as it's difficult to train an archer dwarf, owing to the lack of ammo.
If you manage to kill a warlord, it may yield master-quality weapons and armour, as well as ammunition if they used a ranged weapon. The utility of these weapons varies; while a master-quality iron spear is probably quite useful, a master-quality copper short sword isn't that great.
Sometimes, goblins will arrive riding mounts. While some of these mounts can be trained if captured, they'll always be hostile to your fortress, though their offspring won't. With micromanaging, one can breed them before disposing of the hostile parents.
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Goblinite is an important ore, good for iron, copper, bronze, and/or silver. Unlike other ores, goblinite is not restricted to any particular layer, though it is most often found on or near the surface. It occurs in small clusters, which can sometimes be dealt with by a solitary dwarf with a pick, and veins and large clusters which require greater effort to excavate and process. The discovery of a large vein of goblinite is cause for celebration, a holiday known as goblin christmas. Also, there have been some reports of goblinite spontaneously condensing in the vicinity of strategically positioned catalyzing sharp edges.
Once the mining is complete, the goblinite can be unforbidden and your dwarves can carry it off to the stockpile. To yield the precious metal, each piece of ore must be designated for melting and processed at a smelter; the yield is typically less than that of normal ores of iron and copper, but can be an important resource in a particularly metal-poor location, provided you have sufficient fuel. Many caravans prize raw goblinite, along with its attendant wrappings.
As of the current version dwarves and goblins have the same adult body size, therefore allowing goblinite to be equipped directly without melting and reforging as an early or cheap source of low quality armor for a fortress.
Recent advances in the field of dwarven fashion have increased the demand for the wrapping paper in which goblinite is often packaged. While the dwarves of yore would often throw this into the magma while muttering about FPS, the young dwarves of today have been spotted wearing it.