DF2014:Sphere

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A graph showing the connections between all the spheres. A thin line represents a friendship, a thick line a parent/child-relationship, and a red line preclusion.

A sphere is an aspect where a being has influence. Deities, forces, angels, demons, megabeasts, semi-megabeasts, forgotten beasts and titans may be associated with one or more spheres, and 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 types, and items, which 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 their 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".

Creatures with pre-determined spheres[edit]

While many procedurally generated creatures in Dwarf Fortress are given random spheres upon creation, there are others who have static spheres, which remain constant across all save files:

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