So I recently got into Dwarf Fortress. I am only on my second fortresses (my first one died of dehydration as soon as winter came and all the water froze) and my poor dwarfs were recently attacked by a werpanther and I lost 6 dwarfs before the monster was killed. I figured that the dwarf that killed the beast died in the fight (there was blood everywhere) and started preparing an honorable burial for him (bejeweled coffin anyone?) but I found out that the one who did it survived the fight. I obviously can't put him in that coffin now. So what can I do to honor him?

P.S. He has absolutely no leadership skills. I think he is either a lumberjack or a hunter.

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    Is killing the dwarf an option?
    – Golden Cuy
    Jun 8, 2015 at 4:58
  • "(my first one died of dehydration as soon as winter came and all the water froze)" If you're dwarves don't have any alcohol, then you've probably already lost. Jun 11, 2015 at 13:55
  • Yep@ColonelThirtyTwo that was my main problem
    – unknown
    Jun 11, 2015 at 16:20

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You can give him a fancy tomb, even if he isn't dead. Create a room, put a fancy coffin in it, and select the coffin to make it a tomb (similar to how you make a bedroom out of a bed). It will give him happy thoughts to know that he will be remembered well. (Certain nobles insist on having tombs made for them while they are still alive)

Also, as @StarPilot and @Studoku said, give him well-decorated fancy rooms, and have them engraved (you will likely end up with at least one picture of a cringing were-panther being struck down by the laughing owner of the room). And a noble title just for good measure (and to prevent other nobles from getting jealous of his nice things). Most of the titles are honorary anyway (Do NOT make him hammer-dwarf or captain of the gaurd!! You NEVER want a strong fighter in either of those positions, unless you are fond of tantrum-spirals)

But a word of warning:

you should probably keep him locked into those fancy new digs for a while. There is a very high possibility he has been bitten & become a were-panther, and if so, then if he is loose in your fort during the next full moon, that will probably be the end of your fort. You can let him out if enough time passes without him transforming.

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    Keep your friends close and your heroes-who-might-now-be-were-panthers closer.
    – Reafexus
    Jun 8, 2015 at 2:47
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    What's the take on the spoilers tho.. I say hide what 'might' happen. Jun 8, 2015 at 13:02
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    @djsmiley2k -- good thought. I made the edit. :) Jun 8, 2015 at 14:06
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    I keep forgetting DF players consider dwarfs getting killed in weird ways "fun" Losing is fun!
    – unknown
    Jun 8, 2015 at 19:31
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    Yep right after I read your answer I checked on my fortress and my hero was infected and had started killing off everyone in my hospital. Needless to say he will not be getting honored now.
    – unknown
    Jun 11, 2015 at 16:22

Give him a noble title. What titles you have available will depend on the size of your fort but the title of Baron (and its upgraded versons) are perfect for a hero like this.

You could also honour him with material rewards. Carve out an underground mansion for him, filled with high-quality furniture (of his favourite materials or valuable metals if you can get them). You can have a lot of fun designing homes like this and you guarantee that dwarf is going to always be happy.

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    Note: Actual nobility will get upset if someone below their social rank has nicer things than they do. Jun 7, 2015 at 22:07

Engrave the wall and floors. Eventually, one of the engravers will engrave the fight scene with the were-panther.

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