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Cave swallow man

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Cave swallow man
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Urist likes cave swallow men for their coloration.

  • Underground Depth: 1-2

Cave swallow - Cave swallow man - Giant cave swallow

Alignment: Savage

· Flying · Learns · Egglaying · Humanoid

Cannot be tamed 
Birth: 3,505 cm3
Max: 35,050 cm3

Adult at: 1
Max age: 20-30
Cannot be butchered
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A feathered man with the wings and head of a bird. It lives underground.

Cave swallow men are humanoid versions of the common cave swallow and are one of the many races of underworld tribal animal people found living on any cavern level.

Despite being labelled as hostile in the unit list, cave swallow men initially found in the caverns will ignore your citizens unless provoked. They will usually be observed carrying wooden spears, blowguns and shields, although they are sometimes seen using metal items instead, which can range from copper to steel, and is presumably a bug. Depending on which other subterranean creatures they have access to, their blowdarts will be covered in different poisons, which can vary from mildly annoying cave spider venom to highly dangerous giant cave spider toxins. You can preemptively check for poisons by selecting a blowgunner, looking in their items tab and viewing their blowdarts.

Cave swallow men may launch group attacks on your fort. When this happens, all tribesmen on the map will become hostile, even if they were peaceful minutes prior to the invasion. They may arrive with pets and mounts, some of which will be able to fly or easily catch up to your fleeing civilians. These invaders, unlike their above-ground counterparts, will not leave after some time has passed, even if your fort is completely sealed off from the caverns, nor will they prevent migrants, caravans or other invaders from arriving; including more waves of cave swallow men. Because of this, several unchallenged assaults from them can quickly cause your game's FPS to drop to single-digit levels, thus making your fort completely unplayable.

Cave swallow men can fly, meaning that they will be able to fly over your walls, or through gaps in your floors and ceilings, so plan your defenses accordingly. It can also make them marginally harder to hit than other creatures their size.

Some dwarves like cave swallow men for their coloration.

Artist's depiction of a sculpture of Âsax, a renowned cave swallow man.
"Cave swallow man" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: äs mozib udos
Elvish: garetho thicera onino
Goblin: omo nabok ngorûg
Human: ngethac cocu abo