DF2014:Record keeper

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Record keeper
Profession Administrator
Job Title Clerk
Labor Noble/Admin
  • Update Stockpile Records
  • Ponder
  • Discuss
  • Research
  • Analytical Ability
  • Memory
  • Focus
This article is about the current version of DF.

Record keeper is a skill associated with the Bookkeeper appointed noble. It is used to determine how quickly the bookkeeper can take an inventory of the fortress and update the records to reflect any changes. It is trained by a bookkeeper doing the update stockpile records administrative labor. To do this, the bookkeeper needs at least a meager office, created from a chair or throne (Since Meager is the lowest possible room quality just a 1x1 room, i.e. just the throne or chair itself, suffices.). For more information on room quality, see Room.

As wealth and items are created or lost, e.g. by dwarves drinking up all your booze, the records will gradually deteriorate in precision, eventually ending up at the lowest precision rating. An assigned bookkeeper will therefore periodically update the records. How often depends on what precision he is trying to maintain, with the highest precision requiring the most work.

An experienced bookkeeper can easily maintain the highest precision level without working around the clock, even in large fortresses. Getting to the highest precision level is mostly a challenge only in the first 2 years or so.

The record keeper skill is also used by scholars when thinking about history topics:

Topic Description Wikipedia link Subdivision
Alternate history The exploration of how history would be different if some key past events had transpired differently Alternate history Form
Autobiographical adventure The method of writing a biography of oneself, particularly as it concerns a military campaign or adventure Autobiography Form
Biographical dictionaries The compilation of brief biographies into one large collection Biographical dictionary Form
Biography The method of writing the history of a single individual Biography Form
Comparative anthropology The method of comparing and contrasting different cultures Cross-cultural studies Form
Comparative biography The method of compiling several biographies to compare and contrast the subjects' character and to gain insight into history Biography Form
Cultural history The method of accurately and comprehensively describing cultures and civilizations Cultural history Form
Encyclopedia Encyclopedia Form
Genealogy The compilation of family lineages and methods of displaying them artfully Genealogy Form
Treatise on tech evolution Technological evolution Form
Archaeology The method of collecting and evaluating artifacts to learn about history and culture Archaeology Sourcing
Personal interviews Using personal interviews as sources Interview Sourcing
Role of cultural differences The role of cultural differences in source reliability and interpretation Cultural relativism Sourcing
Role of state bias and propaganda Propaganda Sourcing
Role of systemic bias Systemic bias Sourcing
Source reliability The reliability of sources Source criticism Sourcing
Historical causation The causes of historical events Causality § History Theory
Historical cycles The notion of historical, governmental and social cycles Cyclic history Theory
Social conflict Social conflict Theory
Sociology The notion of bonds between members of a community Sociology Theory