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IDProjectCategoryView StatusDate SubmittedLast Update
0010921Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Holdingspublic2018-10-07 14:572020-12-22 04:51
Assigned ToKnight Otu 
PrioritynormalSeverityminorReproducibilityhave not tried
PlatformOSOS Version
Product Version0.44.12 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0010921: Requested worker is a "Merchant", doesn't work
DescriptionI requested a worker from a holding. When the dwarf arrived, he was listed as a "Merchant" and (almost) completely uncontrollable.

Request worker should clear the merchant flag, or, at the very least, inform the player that the potential worker is a merchant who won't actually do any work.
Attached Files

- Relationships
related to 0005098resolvedToady One "Friendly" migrants with Trader profession act like on-the-job merchants 
has duplicate 0011129resolvedLoci Requested worker is a "Merchant" and arrive with traiding horse 

-  Notes
Shonai_Dweller (reporter)
2018-10-07 15:26

If you post a save to dffd, that would help solve the issue. It's almost impossible to replicate.
Loci (manager)
2018-10-21 14:25

Unfortunately I don't have a save from before I requested the merchant. As a workaround, I made the merchant a militia captain using the [n]obles menu and sent him on a suicide mission.
Loci (manager)
2019-07-26 11:45

v0.44.12: frase222 posted a save in 0011129: [^]
Orkel (reporter)
2020-03-02 07:56
edited on: 2020-03-02 07:56

Had this happen with two requested workers in 0.47.x, save is unfortunately gone as I did not know this bug report existed.

FantasticDorf (reporter)
2020-03-02 08:11

Merchants appear sometimes as a 'traveller' type of visitor if you have a organized-religious site and/or a tavern (along with other guests who wish to visit both with no speciality roles attached to temple visitation, just shared faith) on ver 47.xx's (last seen on 47.03)
FantasticDorf (reporter)
2020-03-02 12:07

Weird offsite behaviour can also be seen in normal long-term visitors being sent & returned like through 0010966, excluding spies because they now drop their identities.

No real change will probably occur until player is put in full ownership of the population or the parent civ is halted from assigning certain roles in those economic hamlets.
Sarmatian123 (reporter)
2020-03-26 04:25

What I did:
I have requested 19 workers. My messenger was an administrator hauler turned into an elite swordsmen in my professional military squads. Basically hauler without profession.

What happened:
All 19 requested workers arrived with profession "merchant" and refuse to work. I can't assign them even to military squads. The messenger, who was impossible to be removed from hauling before, now refuses to do anything but non-stop "idle" in yellow or "socializing!" in bright purple color.

Does this feature works for any one? If it works for anyone, then please tell:
- What profession of messenger you had?
- Did the messenger ever got back to work, after that mission?

PS. I could bother with hex edit poke on the uncompressed save, but I would need to know what number is for bugged "merchant" and what number is for normal "peasant". Still, it would not return me my poor idling now for ever messenger. His skills did not change a bit. Now, I need to reload from an earlier save. Why Toady even bothered to put this broken thing into DF?
psychowico (reporter)
2020-12-19 12:13

I have the same issue. I requested 2 workers and both come as merchants.
I uploaded my save, maybe it will help with debugging. [^]

I called the mentioned workers "Merchant1" and "Merchant2".

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2018-10-07 14:57 Loci New Issue
2018-10-07 14:58 Loci Relationship added related to 0005098
2018-10-07 15:26 Shonai_Dweller Note Added: 0038860
2018-10-21 14:25 Loci Note Added: 0038891
2019-07-26 11:44 Loci Relationship added has duplicate 0011129
2019-07-26 11:45 Loci Note Added: 0039452
2020-03-02 07:56 Orkel Note Added: 0040296
2020-03-02 07:56 Orkel Note Edited: 0040296 View Revisions
2020-03-02 08:11 FantasticDorf Note Added: 0040297
2020-03-02 12:07 FantasticDorf Note Added: 0040298
2020-03-26 03:57 Sarmatian123 Tag Attached: 0.47.04
2020-03-26 04:25 Sarmatian123 Note Added: 0040413
2020-12-19 12:13 psychowico Note Added: 0040826
2020-12-22 04:51 Knight Otu Assigned To => Knight Otu
2020-12-22 04:51 Knight Otu Status new => confirmed

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