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IDProjectCategoryView StatusDate SubmittedLast Update
0007427Dwarf FortressUndeathpublic2014-07-17 14:152014-08-17 13:31
Assigned ToToady One 
PrioritynormalSeveritymajorReproducibilityhave not tried
PlatformWindowsOSWindows 8OS Version8.1
Product Version0.40.03 
Target VersionFixed in Version0.40.09 
Summary0007427: Unslabbable invader ghost acts like a living invader
DescriptionI got besieged by a vile force of darkness made up of dwarves with goblin names (?). Afterwards, one of them came back as a ghost, but I couldn't memorialise him, and my dwarves wouldn't put his body in the tomb I made for him.

Since then, he's spent the entirety of his undeath following people around as if attacking them, but not actually hurting them or even producing combat logs. My dwarves all react to him as if he's a living invader (civilians run away, soldiers attack), and when too many soldiers attack him at once he enters a martial trance (The last time this happened, the game crashed).
Additional InformationSave file: [^] (0.40.03)
From 0007721: [^] (0.40.05)
TagsNo tags attached.
Attached Files

- Relationships
related to 0005755resolvedToady One Caravan Guard Ghosts are still not appearing for slabs 
has duplicate 0007721resolvedFootkerchief Cannot lay non-fortress member ghost to rest. Ghost causes all dwarves to abandon all tasks resulting in death of fortress. 
related to 0001156confirmedFootkerchief Dead berserk dwarves are treated like outsiders, don't get burial 

-  Notes
thvaz (reporter)
2014-07-17 14:17

This game is awesome.
lethosor (manager)
2014-07-29 20:38

Imagio posted [^] at 0007721 - adding a link above.
imagio (reporter)
2014-07-29 21:00

Is there a way to prevent this from happening? It destroyed my very first fortress and there was nothing I could do about it which was very frustrating.
Symmetry (reporter)
2014-07-30 06:31

when dfhack works again you can use it to remove ghosts. Until then it's just a game ender I guess.

I'd thought he was a poltergeist when it happened to me but your idea about him being an invader ghost actually makes more sense.
Numerius (reporter)
2014-08-11 15:35

I've had this same problem with the same disastrous effects. With DFhack this would be no problem but, of course, the new versions don't have that.

I have managed to make a very temporary fix. In my current fort I had an unslabbable ghost spawn and chase around one of my dwarves at the edge of the map until the dwarf died of starvation. So, for the survival of the fort, I sacrifice one dwarf to be chased by the ghost for the rest of its dwarfy life. It makes for some nice role-playing, but its by no means preferable to fixing this bug outright.
Olith McHuman (reporter)
2014-08-11 22:56
edited on: 2014-08-11 23:04

I've had this happen twice now? (0.40.08, world gen in .06, lost to tantrum spiral in .07, reclaimed in .07) Anyway, in my case I was able to slab the ghost. Also, it looked like he sent a dwarf flying a few times when attacking him (the dwarf was never injured and I never got a combat report.)

Interestingly, while their names were on the engrave slab menu, they were not listed as being a ghost and were not at the top. His slab claims that he "Went missing in the year 92".

DungApe (reporter)
2014-08-12 09:18

I can confirm that issue appeared in my 0.40.08 game. Save continued since 0.40.03/04 (can't remember).
Nail (reporter)
2014-08-13 11:52

I've had the problem twice now, the first time in 0.40.06, then in 0.40.08.
The ghost appeared in the slab menu in .08, but not as a ghost and not in the top spot, and disappeared after slabbing.
In the earlier instance, the ghost didn't appear in the slab menu.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2014-07-17 14:15 Tharwen New Issue
2014-07-17 14:17 thvaz Note Added: 0026777
2014-07-29 20:13 Footkerchief Relationship added has duplicate 0007721
2014-07-29 20:16 Talvieno Issue Monitored: Talvieno
2014-07-29 20:17 GanjaBoss Issue Monitored: GanjaBoss
2014-07-29 20:38 lethosor Note Added: 0027926
2014-07-29 20:39 lethosor Additional Information Updated View Revisions
2014-07-29 21:00 imagio Note Added: 0027927
2014-07-29 21:33 Footkerchief Relationship added related to 0005755
2014-07-29 21:35 Footkerchief Relationship added related to 0001156
2014-07-30 05:42 imagio Issue Monitored: imagio
2014-07-30 05:52 Dwarfu Relationship added has duplicate 0007735
2014-07-30 05:54 Dwarfu Relationship deleted has duplicate 0007735
2014-07-30 06:31 Symmetry Note Added: 0027940
2014-07-30 06:34 Symmetry Issue Monitored: Symmetry
2014-08-11 15:35 Numerius Note Added: 0028837
2014-08-11 22:56 Olith McHuman Note Added: 0028865
2014-08-11 23:04 Olith McHuman Note Edited: 0028865 View Revisions
2014-08-12 08:14 Footkerchief Assigned To => Footkerchief
2014-08-12 08:14 Footkerchief Status new => confirmed
2014-08-12 09:18 DungApe Note Added: 0028876
2014-08-12 19:04 Olith McHuman Issue Monitored: Olith McHuman
2014-08-13 11:52 Nail Note Added: 0028964
2014-08-13 12:38 Toady One Status confirmed => resolved
2014-08-13 12:38 Toady One Fixed in Version => Next Version
2014-08-13 12:38 Toady One Resolution open => fixed
2014-08-13 12:38 Toady One Assigned To Footkerchief => Toady One
2014-08-13 13:09 Talvieno Issue End Monitor: Talvieno
2014-08-17 13:31 Olith McHuman Issue End Monitor: Olith McHuman

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