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DF2014:Unit list

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The unit list is a menu screen which lists creatures on the map. It is accessible with u, and is subdivided into four separate screens, whose individual counts are visible at the top of the screen. All have four options: viewing the creature, zooming to the creature location, opening the manager, and removing a job order (although this is currently only usable for actual citizens).

Preview of the unit list.

The first and primary screen is the Citizens screen, which lists your dwarves according to their profession. Dwarves are ordered by category: mining, carpentry, stoneworking, rangers, metalsmiths, jewelers, craftsdwarves, fishery workers, farmers, peasants, active-duty soldiers, children, and finally babies. It shows the current job of each dwarf, highlighted in light blue; repeating tasks are additionally reported with a "/R" at the end, and joblessness is reported with No Job. Any administrators will appear in purple where they would appear normally according to their profession. Position in the sublists is determined by the order in which the dwarves arrived. If the unit's name is flashing in this list, it means that they have attained legendary skill level.

The second screen lists livestock. This is useful for quickly zooming to particular animals; most animal management actually happens in the animal status screen.

The third screen lists any creatures that are neither dwarves nor dwarven livestock under "Other"; this means that the list is populated by visible local wildlife (there may be unseen creatures underground), caravan traders and guards (as well as their pack animals and for-sale animals), exposed thieves and ambushes, the contents of sieges, and anything really scary. This list is most useful for zooming on their location, and lists a few statuses:

Status Description
Wild animal Wildlife.
Merchant Merchants, as well as their pack animals and wagons.
Diplomat Diplomats and outpost liaisons.
Guest Foreign visitors.
Friendly All non-hostile creatures that do not fit into any of the categories above.
Invader Sieges and ambushes.
Caged Prisoner Caged invaders.
Uninvited Guest Megabeasts, semi-megabeasts, forgotten beasts and titans.
Caged Guest Uninvited guests you managed to catch in a cage.
Current Resident All named beasts you encounter upon embark.
Berserk Werebeasts, berserk dwarves and creatures with the [CRAZED] token.
Undead Undead, such as zombies and ghosts.
Opposed to life Creatures with the [OPPOSED_TO_LIFE] token, hostile to all living creatures.
Hostile All other hostile creatures.

This menu is important for keeping track of the local wildlife; regular looks may very well save you from a deadly giant lion attack.

The final list/screen is the Dead/Missing list, which keeps tabs on everything that entered the map and didn't leave. This is the best record of your hunting returns, siege rebuffs, accident victims, and battle casualties. As a dead or missing list, it reports either Deceased or Missing; the missing status will be tacked on the moment a dwarf goes missing, not a week later as with the announcement, making it extremely useful for checking for vampires. For fortresses with long histories, this list may very well be hundreds or even thousands of units long. Note: cluttered unit lists can interfere with things like immigration; you can prune less interesting dead units with DFHack's "fix/dead-units" command.