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snotty, good-for-nothing parasites dwarves appointed to office and rule over your fortress. They provide a critical happiness bonus to unhappy and stressed dwarves, who yell at or cry on the nobles. This provides a safety valve for your most stressed dwarves. They are also responsible for interacting with outpost liaisons.
However, some of them can make demands and set mandates, which, if not met, will upset the noble and result in random punishments of your dwarves if the fortress has a sheriff or captain of the guard. They are also aware of their status and, therefore, do not want a lesser dwarf to have a better room. If the noble is too much of a problem and cannot be fired, it is possible to
arrange experience an unfortunate accident.
It is possible for some of your dwarves to hold noble titles over other parts of the kingdom. These dwarves are still capable of issuing mandates in your fort, however, and demand the same sort of privileged treatment as any other noble.
Humans, elves and goblins have nobles of their own, with some of the positions of their civilizations being exclusive to them, such as human law-makers and elven druids. While civilized, kobolds and subterranean animal people have no nobles.
Below are the room demands made by each position. For details on room values see: Room. It also lists the number of chests, cabinets, weapon racks, and armor stands they demand. Finally, it shows the maximum number of demands and mandates they can issue at any given point.
|Baron||Decent Quarters||Decent Dining Room||Decent Office||Tomb||2||1||1||1||2||1|
|Captain of the Guard||Quarters||Dining Room||Office||—||1||1||1||1||—||—|
|Chief medical dwarf||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Count||Great Bedroom||Great Dining Room||Throne Room||Mausoleum||3||2||2||2||3||2|
|Diplomat||Great Bedroom||Great Dining Room||Throne Room||—||3||2||2||2||3||—|
|Duke||Grand Bedroom||Grand Dining Room||Opulent Throne Room||Grand Mausoleum||5||3||3||3||5||3|
|General||Quarters||Dining Room||Decent Office||Grave||2||1||3||3||2||—|
|Mayor||Decent Quarters||Decent Dining Room||Decent Office||—||2||1||1||1||2||1|
|Monarch||Royal Bedroom||Royal Dining Room||Royal Throne Room||Royal Mausoleum||10||5||5||5||10||5|
|Outpost liaison||Great Bedroom||Great Dining Room||Throne Room||—||3||2||2||2||3||—|
|Sheriff||Modest Quarters||Modest Dining Room||Modest Office||—||1||1||1||1||—||—|
This shows various notes for each position taken from the raws.
- # - lists whether one or more dwarves can have this position. Duke/Count/Baron don't have a number listed, but each fortress can only have one.
- Squad - Lists the number and type of dwarf that this position leads
- Spouse - The noble's spouse is also considered a noble, being called "[noble] consort". No privileges are attached to them, except of course the fact that they share the rooms with their spouse.
- Heir - Is this individual replaced by an heir when they die?
- Appointed By - Which position appoints this person initially? Note that the player actually controls all appointments via the noble screen; this is, in effect, only which dwarf is necessary before the player can make the appointment. Barons aren't directly appointed but elevated (presumably by the mountainhome) upon recommendation of the player. They cannot be replaced via the 'n'obles screen. Once a baron/countess/duke dies, no new noble can be created, either.
- Replaced By - What position replaces this one?
- Pop Req - Minimum population required for this position to become available.
- Wealth Req - Minimum created & exported wealth (respectively) for this position to become available.
- Elected - Is this dwarf elected?
- Lazy - Such nobles won't do any regular labors aside from pulling levers, deconstructing walls, and some other things. Currently non-functional, so "lazy" nobles can still be assigned to perform any labor.
- Immunity - Immune dwarves aren't punished for any crimes.
- Econ Exempt - These dwarves don't need money to pay for goods or rooms after the economy arrives. The economy is currently disabled, so this privilege goes unused for now.
- Military Screen Only - This position is only listed on the military screen.
- Jealous - These dwarves will become upset if their rooms are not better than those of "lesser" dwarves. They don't have to see the rooms to become upset, since they somehow just know such rooms exist.
|Position||#||Squad||Spouse||Heir||Appointed By||Replaced By||Pop Req||Wealth Req||Elected||Lazy||Immunity||Econ Exempt||Military Screen Only||Jealous|
|Baron||-||-||Yes||Yes||Monarch||Count||20||100k / 10k||-||Yes||Yes||Yes||-||Yes|
|Captain of the Guard||1||10:Fortress Guard||-||-||Exp.Leader/Mayor||-||50||-||-||-||-||Yes||-||-|
|Chief Medical Dwarf||1||-||-||-||Exp.Leader/Mayor||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Count||-||-||Yes||Yes||Monarch||Duke||20||200k / 20k||-||Yes||Yes||Yes||-||Yes|
|Duke||-||-||Yes||Yes||Monarch||-||20||300k / 30k||-||Yes||Yes||Yes||-||Yes|
|Militia Captain||1+||10:Militia-dwarf||-||-||Militia Commander||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Yes||-|
|Sheriff||1||-||-||-||Exp.Leader/Mayor||Captain of the Guard||-||-||-||-||-||Yes||-||-|
 Appointed noble selection
Appointed nobles are chosen by the player via the (n)oble menu (though technically, in-universe they are being appointed by higher-ranking nobles; see below). There are certain social skills that are relevant for each appointed noble's job, and not all dwarves will gain experience in a given skill. In fact, some dwarves will never gain experience in certain skills. This is determined by each dwarf's personal traits, and it is therefore important to select the dwarf with the appropriate set of traits for each position.
When choosing a dwarf to assign to a noble position, the list of choices is sorted by the skill relevant to the job. They will also be listed here for completion's sake:
In-universe, when you appoint a noble, the new orders don't just descend from on high. Instead, a higher-ranking noble will actually appoint someone to the position. All appointed noble positions aside from the Militia captain are appointed by the Expedition leader, or the Mayor that replaces them when your fort's population reaches a certain point. Militia captain positions are instead appointed by the Militia commander. If your fort doesn't have the relevant higher-ranking noble for some reason, you can't appoint certain positions until they are replaced.
Nobles may have impossible demands, like cardinal leather items or metal beds. Bug:944 (Feel free to arrange an unfortunate accident for the idiot in question) While no dwarves will get punished for not producing these items, it may enrage the noble.
Since at least 0.34.01, if your fort is unable to find a replacement for a noble, that noble will never be reappointed. Bug:5299 As of 0.42, new mayors and expedition leaders will be elected / "appointed by the monarch" after some time... but it might take a while, and in the meantime, you won't be able to appoint certain nobles. (not really a bug?) Bug:8129
 Selecting Squads which contain Nobles
Here's a link to the DF forum, where some SCIENCE on Nobles in Squads has been conducted. http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=113639.msg3467517#msg3467517
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many all players often constantly get angry murderously mad at nobles, wiser players simply thank their lucky stars that Armok never created congressdwarves.
|"Noble" in other Languages
|Appointed Nobles||Bookkeeper - Broker - Chief medical dwarf - Hammerer - Manager|
|Military Ranks||Militia captain - Militia commander - Sheriff - Captain of the Guard|
|Elected Nobles||Mayor - Expedition leader - Champion|
|Aristocrats||Monarch - Baron - Count - Duke|
|Other||General - King consort - Outpost liaison|
|Unused||Captain - Diplomat - Lieutenant|
|Elven||Druid - Acolyte - Ranger captain|