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0002290Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Militarypublic2010-06-12 11:202012-04-02 23:22
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0002290: Dwarves locked in combat will not stop fighting to drink
I got raided by a few mountain gnomes early. So I sent out a militia wrestling squad to take them out. Once the gnomes had been driven away from the entrance I canceled the attack order but one dwarf wouldn't (couldn't?) stop fighting a single mountain gnome.

He was listed as having "no job" in the status screen but despite being dehydrated, hungry, drowsy, and unhappy he was locked in combat with this gnome for DAYS. Despite suffering no wounds himself, he was unable to kill the gnome in time... and died of thirst.

a) Even two very inexperienced wrestlers will eventually kill each other before several days are up. This is a bit unrealistic.
b) If the dwarf is about to die of thirst, he should prioritize drinking before continuing combat. Especially since the combat itself wasn't dangerous at all (he sustained no injuries from the gnome).
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has duplicate 0000356resolved Footkerchief Creatures (especially dwarves) sometimes impossible to kill. 
related to 0001559new  Dwarf wrestles foe until he dies from starvation; squad refuses to help out 
related to 0001712new  Injured expedition leader dies of thirst during meeting 
related to 0002718new  Chained dwarf hauling item refuses to drop it, preventing him from interacting with other objects. 
related to 0001086new  Dwarves can die of dehydration while drinking 
Issue History
2010-06-12 11:20muusbollaNew Issue
2010-06-12 12:35smjjamesNote Added: 0008210
2010-06-14 13:53FootkerchiefRelationship addedhas duplicate 0000356
2012-02-20 18:44FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0001559
2012-02-20 18:48FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0001712
2012-02-20 18:48FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0002718
2012-04-02 23:22KogutNote Added: 0022047
2014-01-27 21:04FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0001086

2010-06-12 12:35   
This sounds familiar. There was a bug in 40D where your wrestlers would get locked in combat. Although given that the whole combat and training system was overhauled, it might not be related.

It still sounds like a general issue with wrestling though.
2012-04-02 23:22   
It is result of inability to command retreat, still in 34.07.