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This article is about the current version of DF.

Quests, or "Agreements", are tasks in adventurer mode that your adventurer receives and is expected to complete that go into your Agreements list in your Quest log when you ask your military commander about "duty or advice pertaining to service as a hearthperson/lieutenant". Quests can also refer to more self-directed "quests" like chasing after rumors, by questioning individuals about their troubles or by asking after specific rumors.


Though the standard quests of olde have been replaced with a more robust rumors system, "true" quests with objectives that need to be completed still exist in the form of agreements. If you are a hearthperson or any other kind of subordinate to a lord or, for example, a bandit leader, you can now "Request duty or advice pertaining to service as a hearthperson/lieutenant", these include agreements to kill bandits, beasts, and night creatures or to even cause problems for opposing factions. You can also be tasked to reunite families and rescue people, and kids that are rescued this way may be adopted or put up to adoption.

Once you complete it, talk to your superior and tell them about the fact that you completed it. The option to request a service will be replaced with the option to report your success or to report the status of your agreement. Reporting your status before you complete the agreement will get you a "I am confident in your abilities" message.

If you complete these tasks successfully, you will build up a reputation as a loyal soldier or even a hero, or a defender of the helpless depending on the agreement.

You can check the status of your various quests/agreements by pressing "Q" for quest log and scrolling to "Agreements"


If you are not a subordinate to anybody and you don't wish to be, you can make use of the rumors system. To spread a rumor about yourself killing a creature, for example, you must talk to someone and Bring up specific incident or rumor and find the You slew 'soandso' message.

There are many different kinds of rumors you can spread, rumors about the presence of people in places, rumors about site takeovers and succession, rumors about beasts, basically; any rumor an NPC can spread, you can spread as well, which leads to a rather messy screen when you choose to spread a rumor. Luckily, this screen is limited by what your character actually knows, and you can Filter the list with f and there are ways around using it, listed below.

Other ways to spread rumors[edit]

You can also spread rumors via k->begin performance->Tell a story and find the death of the creature you killed, usually under sites, this would be the lair of the creature or the place you killed it. It can also be found in the "region" section if it was in no specific place. A third method is to show someone part of the corpse, eg; its head, and simply drop it in front of the person you wish to tell.

Brag about your past violent acts also works to a lesser extent, but spreading the rumor and telling the story are agreed to be more reliable.

Once someone in a village knows of your deeds, the news will start spreading throughout the village, then to other nearby villages and then to places farther away (depending on how "important" the news is considered to be) sometimes it takes a day or two for everyone in the nearby area to know, sometimes it takes a week - it can vary quite a bit - so it is best to simply tell everyone you want to tell directly.

Avoiding rumor spread[edit]

Rumors begin to spread off-screen when a person who knows of the rumor is offloaded (or if they were never loaded, such is the case with people spreading rumors of wars, ransacking etc.)

In order to prevent word spreading of, say, a murder you committed, you need to kill all witnesses or at least get them off-site before they are offloaded, and ideally get rid of the corpses, in, for example, a nearby river, or via burning. However, as long as the corpses are offsite and hard to locate, you should be good (people could see them if they are loaded when you just happen to walk by, so hide them as well as possible to be sure). This procedure is the same for theft and other crimes you committed, and for any other rumor. If you told someone you killed a monster and for some reason you decided 'maybe NPCs shouldn't know that', you will have to kill them as well.

"Quest" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: iseth
Elvish: elabe
Goblin: osmod
Human: akul