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Reptile man

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Reptile man
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Urist likes reptile men for their terrifying features.
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  • Underground Depth: 1-3

· Amphibious · Learns · Egglaying · Humanoid

Cannot be tamed 
Birth: 1,500 cm3
Mid: 10,000 cm3
Max: 50,000 cm3

Child at: 1
Adult at: 12
Max age: 60-80
Cannot be butchered
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These creatures are shaped like men covered with rough scales. They have the head and tail of a lizard and possess a dark and evil intelligence. They are found deep under the earth.

Reptile men are one of the many races of underworld tribal creatures (animal people, per se, but design choices apparently voided them of that status) found living on any cavern level. They stand at roughly the size of an adult dwarf.

Despite being labelled as hostile in the unit list, reptile men initially found in the caverns will ignore your citizens unless provoked. They will usually be observed carrying wooden spears, blowguns and shields, although they are sometimes seen using metal items instead. These can range from copper to steel, and is presumably a bug. Depending on which other subterranean creatures they have access to, their blowdarts will be covered in different poisons, which can vary from mildly annoying cave spider venom to highly dangerous giant cave spider toxins. You can preemptively check for poisons by selecting a blowgunner, looking in their items tab and viewing their blowdarts.

Reptile men may launch group attacks on your fort. When this happens, all tribesmen on the map will become hostile, even if they were peaceful minutes prior to the invasion. They may arrive with pets and mounts, some of which will be able to fly or easily catch up to your fleeing civilians. These invaders, unlike their above-ground counterparts, will not leave after some time has passed, even if your fort is completely sealed off from the caverns, nor will they prevent migrants, caravans or other invaders from arriving; including more waves of reptile men. Because of this, several unchallenged assaults from them can quickly cause your game's FPS to drop to single digit levels, making your fort completely unplayable.

Reptile men are amphibious. That means that they can swim through your reservoirs in order to get through your defenses, or will lie in wait to ambush your fisherdwarves. Fortunately, it turns out that being in the water washes any blowdarts clean of their venom, meaning that blowgunners that travel aquatically will have their threat level minimized. Plan your defenses accordingly. Despite their description, they do not possess the [EVIL] token and are not any more malevolent than any other race of animal people.

If you ssspeak to a reptile man in adventure mode, they will talk like thisss, becaussse of the [LISP] token.

Some dwarves like reptile men for their terrifying features.

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The dwarves do not seem to worship this creature, and no mentions of them secretly ruling the world have been found in engravings. However, they can often be found in the deepest caverns nearest to the magma sea.

Not always as menacing as pictured.