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0005172Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Justicepublic2012-02-16 06:112012-10-17 09:17
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Summary0005172: Hammering gets downgraded to beating if no restraint (rope/chain) has been built
DescriptionAn dwarf accused of 8 murders has after each only received a beating by the captain of the guard. The vampire now has "no sentence pending" and is free to strike again.

The captain is wielding a war hammer, and the hammerer position has been appointed -- but yet no hammering has been applied.
Steps To Reproduce1. Wait for vampire immigrant to appear and murder
2. Accuse a dwarf (preferably the guilty party) of the murder
3. Watch a light sentence be administered by the justice system
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- Relationships
has duplicate 0005762resolvedFootkerchief Vampire kills four, gets convicted, sentenced to beating (also, spouse not reporting murder he saw) 
related to 0001016resolvedToady One Captain of the guard performs beating with combat weapon. 
related to 0005532resolvedFootkerchief dwarf punches criminal instead of using a weapon 
related to 0006406new Criminal sentenced to jail followed by hammerstrikes, hammerer does repeated cage/uncage 

-  Notes
Orkel2 (reporter)
2012-02-16 06:28

Yeah, this is a problem. My vampire got sentenced to 200 days in prison for two murders. No death sentence. I locked him in so he can't strike again, but he doesn't seem to be dying of thirst/hunger so all I can do is to keep him imprisoned behind the locked door for eternity.
HammerDave (reporter)
2012-03-02 09:21

Got one sentenced to 100 hammerstrikes. Now it's been downgraded to a beating.
Quietust (reporter)
2012-03-02 13:29
edited on: 2012-03-02 13:30

HammerDave: unless it's changed since 40d, hammerstrikes can only be delivered to dwarves that are restrained in a Jail (which prevents then from getting away).

HammerDave (reporter)
2012-03-05 10:56

Building a restraint (iron chain in my case) resolved the problem, for the next murder. The hammerer dragged the accused to a chain, went to get a hammer, and then started whacking away.

I'd like to leave this in bug status though. Instead of just downgrading the sentence, shouldn't we get a cancel message with "no restraint available"? Back in the day when the most common kind of criminal was a random craftsdwarf charged with violating production orders due to an unreasonable demand, it made sense to exploit the justice system to force downgraded sentences. But now, when a vampire kills my legendary stonecrafter I want justice.

There is also opportunity for a more dwarven response from the hammerer. We should get a "build a restraint" demand and he should go nuts if you don't satisfy it. :D But that's new function IMO.
AbuDhabi (reporter)
2012-04-06 12:12

This problem is still present in 0.34.07, and here is a save and a screenshot.

Screenshot: [^]
Save: [^]
Quietust (reporter)
2012-10-17 09:17

HammerDave: A variant of "build a restraint" actually exists in the form of an unhappy thought for the Sheriff/Captain of the Guard if you have insufficient jails, though it's currently broken due to 0005844. Perhaps a variant could be added to the Hammerer that insists on a certain number of jails being restraints instead of cages.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2012-02-16 06:11 vaderflag New Issue
2012-02-16 06:28 Orkel2 Note Added: 0019777
2012-02-20 00:22 etherflan Tag Attached: 0.34.02
2012-03-02 09:21 HammerDave Note Added: 0020995
2012-03-02 13:29 Quietust Note Added: 0021001
2012-03-02 13:30 Quietust Note Edited: 0021001 View Revisions
2012-03-05 09:00 Footkerchief Relationship added related to 0001016
2012-03-05 10:56 HammerDave Note Added: 0021132
2012-03-05 11:53 Footkerchief Relationship added has duplicate 0005532
2012-03-05 11:56 Footkerchief Summary Accused murderer/vampire receives mild beating instead of death penalty => Hammering gets downgraded to beating if no restraint is available
2012-04-06 08:12 Footkerchief Summary Hammering gets downgraded to beating if no restraint is available => Hammering gets downgraded to beating if no restraint (rope/chain) has been built
2012-04-06 08:12 Footkerchief Relationship added has duplicate 0005762
2012-04-06 12:12 AbuDhabi Note Added: 0022134
2012-10-17 09:17 Quietust Note Added: 0023664
2014-01-13 09:38 Footkerchief Relationship added related to 0006406
2015-07-08 09:42 lethosor Relationship replaced related to 0005532

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