Smells Like Dwarf Fortress, Part Ten: The Fall of Zaskidet

01 Feb

The Year of the Forks 410

Vile glacier-mists spread anew through the halls of Zaskidet, seeping into empty rooms, permeating the empty workshops. Blood and Dwarven viscera stain the walls and floors, drip from the ceilings. A tribe of Troglodytes fight Goblins for loot, scavenge what they can, and return to their cavern homes. Doors kilter off their hinges, rats run rampant, and the last Dwarf of Zaskidet throws himself from the Shrine and into the molten core of the Scintillating Ash.

The Cult of Forks is no more. The pilgrimage is over.

As Austin Jones drowns in magma, he thinks back on what he has done and laughs a mad laugh. After five years of torture, death and disease, it is over. No more will friends suffer and die under the mismanagement of ill-trained medical staff, or from the assault of giant maggots wreathed in flame. No more will the terrifying visage of Ishashstumäm haunt the sleep of family. They sleep their eternal sleep now.


All the Dwarves of Zaskidet. That long balancing act on the edge of insanity finally wore the Dwarves of the Cult down. When Austin snapped, he took with him the entire fortress. When the dust settled and the blood pooled, only he remained standing – missing an arm, and an eye, and a tooth, but he lived.

Then I abandoned what has been the most exciting, !!FUN!! fortress I have ever had the honour of playing.




Smells Like Dwarf Fortress.


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6 responses to “Smells Like Dwarf Fortress, Part Ten: The Fall of Zaskidet

  1. Austin Jones

    February 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    I am great, first I’m the fortresses best warrior, I”m one of the original settlers and I finished the fortress to boot. Yeah, I’m the most !!FUN!! dwarf of this fortress.

    • snarkangel

      February 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Yeah, I had no idea you were the last one until just before I abandoned. I wanted to see who was left.

      Your injuries were INSANE.

  2. Justin Currie

    February 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Whatever happened to the Xth me? Jesus balls I died a lot.

    • snarkangel

      February 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      I think you ended up with six different Dwarves. Your final death wasn’t even at the hands of Urist McBerserkmurder Jones – you snapped all on your own and starved to death.

  3. Jeff Copp

    February 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    How many dwarves did i go through?

    • snarkangel

      February 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      Just the one – which is to say, one died and you were on your second.


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