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Tomb None
Furniture requirements
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Arrival conditions

Appointed on the nobles screen.

  • Valuation of items at Depot
  • Visibility of item values
  • Display of fortress wealth on
    z-status screen

The Broker is a useful noble with no demands or requirements. They have several duties in the running of an organised fortress.

If the broker has the appraiser skill, they will allow you to see fortress wealth and trade information on the status screen (z). The exactness with which this can be seen is determined by the duties of the bookkeeper. Your broker's appraiser skill is also used to determine whether to display item values, in general and at the trade depot.

At the trade depot, you can specify that only the broker may trade with visiting caravans. The advantage of this is that the broker gains appraiser skill by opening the trade window for the first time, which allows the display of item values at the depot, and gains social skills by trading, which improves returns on your trading efforts. The disadvantage, however, is that convincing your broker to go to the trade depot in a timely manner can at times be frustratingly difficult. Once your broker has gained the appraiser skill and your fortress has plentiful trade goods, allowing other dwarves to trade will spread out the experience gains and ensure a prompt response. Your traders also use the judge of intent skill to see how merchants react to trade offers.

Relevant skills[edit]

Of the social skills, those in bold are known to change the effectiveness of a Broker:

Judge of Intent Liar Conversationalist Intimidator
Appraiser Comedian Persuader Pacifier
Negotiator Flatterer Consoler
Appointed Nobles
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Elected Nobles