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0004244Dwarf FortressCombat -- Target Selectionpublic2011-03-17 19:062011-03-26 01:47
Assigned ToToady One 
PrioritynormalSeveritymajorReproducibilityhave not tried
PlatformPCOSWindows 7OS Version
Product Version 
Target VersionFixed in Version0.31.23 
Summary0004244: Goblin ambush squads target each other
DescriptionI had a goblin ambush show up, six squads total. Four of the squads appeared from the same place on the map edge, one after another, and immediately began fighting amongst themselves. After one was killed and several others injured, the entire ambush (including the two uninvolved squads) fled the map. They had no contact with my dwarves whatsoever. I checked the Civilizations list and there is only one Goblin civilization known to my fortress.

I consider this a major bug because it makes the difference between a potentially game-changing event and a non-event.
Steps To Reproduce1. Develop fortress susceptible to large ambushes.
2. Wait for large ambush.
3. See nearby squads bicker lethally while your dwarves watch in amusement from afar.
Additional InformationThis is the second ambush my fortress has witnessed; the first consisted of two squads coming from opposite directions, so they did not meet and there was no opportunity for infighting.
TagsNo tags attached.
Attached Files

- Relationships
has duplicate 0004255resolvedDwarfu Goblins attack each other on entering map 
has duplicate 0005252resolvedFootkerchief Dwarven ambushers attack each other 
child of 0003685needs feedbackDwarfu Goblin squads invading a fortress will kill their non-goblin squadmates, sparking loyalty cascade 

-  Notes
Dwarfu (manager)
2011-03-17 19:59

Reminder sent to: Drazinononda

Did any of the invasion squads contain entities other than goblins?

See 0003685 - this is most likely a duplicate.
Drazinononda (reporter)
2011-03-18 13:03
edited on: 2011-03-18 21:22

No other entities, just goblins. I realized also that the first two ambush squads were revealed immediately upon entry to my local map, so they must have been fighting against each other also. I looked around and found a bloody copper bow dropped where the first squad entered.

While there were no non-goblin entities in the specific squads that attempted to ambush my fortress, I have lost a couple dwarf children to snatchers, so this may be related to 0003685 if they both result from a behind-the-scenes bug concerning abductions. Though if I remember correctly, the first, non-bugged ambush came after the abductions, so unless something happened with the abductees between the two ambushes, that theory may not hold either.

EDIT: I went back again to look over the combat log for the slain goblin (the other reports disappeared when the goblins concerned left the map) and there were at least six other goblins attacking him, as identified by unique weapons. Since the other reports have vanished, I am unable to see whether or not the other goblins were fighting each other or just ganging up on the one poor Goblin Swordsman.

Toady One (administrator)
2011-03-26 01:47

I've handled what should be the main cause of this, but I'm going to leave the others open while we observe.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2011-03-17 19:06 Drazinononda New Issue
2011-03-17 19:59 Dwarfu Note Added: 0016343
2011-03-17 19:59 Dwarfu Tag Attached: AWAITING UPDATE
2011-03-18 13:03 Drazinononda Note Added: 0016354
2011-03-18 13:05 Drazinononda Note Edited: 0016354 View Revisions
2011-03-18 14:25 Footkerchief Relationship added child of 0003685
2011-03-18 14:25 Footkerchief Relationship replaced related to 0003685
2011-03-18 14:25 Footkerchief Tag Detached: AWAITING UPDATE
2011-03-18 14:25 Footkerchief Relationship replaced child of 0003685
2011-03-18 21:22 Drazinononda Note Edited: 0016354 View Revisions
2011-03-20 21:32 Dwarfu Relationship added has duplicate 0004255
2011-03-26 01:47 Toady One Note Added: 0016617
2011-03-26 01:47 Toady One Status new => resolved
2011-03-26 01:47 Toady One Fixed in Version => 0.31.23
2011-03-26 01:47 Toady One Resolution open => fixed
2011-03-26 01:47 Toady One Assigned To => Toady One
2015-12-03 10:22 Footkerchief Relationship added has duplicate 0005252

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