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Normally, a dwarf that has committed a crime will be subject to justice at the hands of your sheriff (later, the captain of the guard), who will imprison the criminal in jail. However, if the crime was particularly fun, the hammerer will execute the criminal by using a chain to restrain them, and then, using a weapon that uses the Hammerman combat skill, will deliver a number of hammerstrikes; in most cases, a war hammer is used. While this typically results in the death of the criminal, it is possible for a particularly lucky and tough dwarf to survive the hammering, in which case they are released.
The hammerer is generally reserved for particularly heinous crimes, such as dwarves murdering one another, or for (attempts at) dealing with discovered vampires. Hammerers are an ineffective way of killing vampires, however, as most non-military dwarves are not strong or skilled enough to kill one due to their enhanced toughness, leading them to free the vampire back into the fortress where it can murder innocents again.
If you are not willing to get your dwarves potentially killed by the justice force, it's better to simply not assign a hammerer at all. If you want a hammerer but would prefer to up the chances of dwarves surviving hammerstrikes, avoid letting them get their hands on a war hammer that's of high quality and made of some good metal like steel or silver, and give them something of poorer (or better) quality instead.
- In order for the hammerer to execute criminals, you must have an available chain in your jail - a cage cannot be used. If you have no available chains, the criminal's punishment will be automatically reduced to a beating.Bug:5172
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There are multiple theories as to why the hammerer has such a huge role in dwarven politics. Experts claim that he serves no real purpose, as Armok usually finds a way to punish any delinquent even if no hammerer exists - magma, justice spiders or bridge mistakes usually lead to a criminal's
untimely demise. Hammerers do, however, present a sort of a calming factor on a typical fortress, and give any unhappy dwarf a simple, just, and brutal(ly effective) way to let off steam.
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