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Nightmares Ñ are procedurally-generated, fanciful night creatures summoned by necromancers and demons[Verify] to fight in battle, larger than your standard humanoids, but smaller than titans and forgotten beasts. They are short-lived, and neutral to creatures with [NO_FEAR]. Nightmares summoned in fortress mode will be friendly. When summoned, nightmares will possess Talented skill in observing, fighting, wrestling, biting, striking, kicking and dodging. They do not need to sleep, eat or drink, feel no pain (though still have nerves that can be damaged, therefore affecting motor function), cannot be stunned, feel no fear, completely avoid traps, don't need to breathe, or feel dizziness, nausea, and never get tired from over-exertion.

Graphically, the sprites that nightmares use will be of black, mysterious-looking creatures that resemble the generated appearance they've been given. This same setup is used for other procedurally-generated creatures, such as bogeymen and experiments.

Since they are procedurally-generated, their in-game appearance (which can be seen by spawning them in the object testing arena) will vary by world, but will always end with: "Now you will know why you fear the night." This same quote is associated with bogeymen. By default, there are multiple nightmare types per world, and the number can be set in advanced world generation. Like many procedurally-generated creatures in the game, not only can their appearance be randomized, but the color of their blood.

All nightmares are linked with the spheres of misery, night, and - unsurprisingly - nightmares.

Some dwarves like nightmares for their unfathomably horrifying nature.

Too much for the neurons to handle.
Art by jlcseiles (John L C Seiles)