Totems are made from skulls by a bone carver at a craftsdwarf's workshop. Totems cannot be built as permanent structures, but careful management of custom stockpiles will allow the player to place totems at artistically pleasing locations around the fortress.
Skulls can end up in a refuse stockpile or could be dumped to a garbage dump activity zone. I'm trying to constrain a specific subset of refuse, from a category of creature, to a specific stockpile for use with a specific workshop in order to produce artifact level finished goods to put on display near the fortress entrance.
- How could I create a stockpile to host only megabeasts refuse (bones, skulls, shells, teeth, and horns/hooves), which can then be set up to give only to a my megabeast dedicated workshop?
- What is involved with the careful management of stockpiles to allow for the displaying of a totem at a specific location?
- How close must someone be to the art installation to "get the picture" (trying to assess where to place the installation exactly for all travelers to see)?
Context. I'm building a dinning room for the dwarves, and we only have a raising bridge at the entrance and no walls or moat to speak of. We're disturbed in our task by this megabeast werebeast. It appears very close to our entrance, but luckily a zone was set up to pen a few war dogs which stall the creature down while the militia is summoned from a nearby training facility. So it was struck down pretty much on the spot, but we sustained injuries. The subsequent freezing of the river during winter prevented the hospital staff from properly dressing the wounds as another water source had not been identified, and soap was rare. Then on those cursed nights, some dwarves started turning into werebeasts and made a mess out of the hospital...
This is when the decision was made that from that point on, totems would be crafted by a legendary skilled bonecarver from the skulls of all the megabeasts (when applicable, with adaptations) showing up. A special room will be dug in the rock face, with it's own shop and stockpiles set therein. As masterpieces are crafted, an art installation will be built outside the fortress, surrounded with glass walls and eventually by platinum flooring, and the megabeast-remains-based art will be put on display for all future megabeast to see; there will also be engravings. A megabeast should then understand you don't ever interrupt the setting up of a dining room surrounded by a twelve-tiles wide magma channel and such in the year 154.