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0003645Dwarf FortressAdventure Mode -- Combatpublic2010-11-16 17:522014-08-20 12:17
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0003645: Adventurer broke lower spine, suffered no ill effect.
My adventurer had his lower spine shattered, he was still able to walk fine and it healed on travel.

The nervous tissue wasnt damaged, just the bone was shattered.
related to 0005918new  Compound fractures seem backwards from real life 
related to 0001534new  Broken/mangled limbs/joints can still be used for walking, attacking, flying 
related to 0004877confirmed Footkerchief Breaking the upper spine of a creature with a targetable neck doesn't cause symptoms of spinal cord injury 
related to 0004874new  Brain "completely impaired" by syndrome, but creature can still move/fight 
Issue History
2010-11-16 17:52toybasherNew Issue
2010-11-16 18:51FootkerchiefTag Attached: Intentional/Expected?
2010-11-16 18:52FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0001534
2012-05-14 09:25FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0004877
2012-05-14 09:26FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0004874
2014-08-20 06:18FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0005918
2014-08-20 12:17AquillionNote Added: 0029372
2014-08-20 12:17AquillionNote Edited: 0029372bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0029372#r11301
2014-08-20 12:17AquillionNote Edited: 0029372bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0029372#r11302

2014-08-20 12:17   
It's technically possible for this to happen in real life, although obviously it shouldn't happen every time. Probably the real bug / missing feature here is that the game fails to recognize that moving even the slightest amount with a broken spine could damage the nerves.