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Last Updated: Apr 07, 2015, 09:36:33 pm
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Bearded Ladies Mod
A mod for DF 0.40.19 and later

v1.0 by Dirst

Modern fantasy implies that there is far less gender dimorphism among Dwarves than among Humans. The Dwarven genders in vanilla Dwarf Fortress have identical statistics and opportunities, although there are two differences.
  1. Dwarven childcare is the exclusive responsibility of the child's mother, and coincidentally all mothers are female.
  2. Dwarven males have facial hair but females do not.

Point 1 is hardcoded into the game, but point 2 can be corrected with this mod.

The myths upon which Dwarves are based are fairly vague about the creatures' appearance (it is not at all clear that they were even short), but the image of a stocky bearded humanoid about four feet tall was established by the time J. R. R. Tolkien wrote that Hobbits were "smaller than Dwarves." Mythical tales of female Dwarves are virtually non-existent, and Tolkien continued this tradition by scarcely mentioning them. In his writings, female Dwarves have beards and are rarely seen by outsiders.

Many of the modern depictions of Dwarves are based on Tolkien's, including role-playing games. The written descriptions of Dwarves tend to indicate that the females have facial hair, but the visuals that accompany these works don't always paint them that way. Terry Pratchett's Dwarves have males and females that are indistinguishable from one another, and it is considered impolite to ask. This is done for comedic effect rather than any deep statement about Dwarf biology (even Dwarves can't tell the genders apart, which leads to some uncomfortable dating situations).

Another modern source is C. S. Lewis's Narnia series in which the Dwarves are all male. Gimli's line in the movie version of The Two Towers "...And this in turn has given rise to the belief that there are no dwarf women, and that dwarves just spring out of holes in the ground! Which is, of course, ridiculous." is a condensed version of a passage from the book version of Return of the King "It was said by Gimli that there are few dwarf-women, probably no more than a third of the whole people. They seldom walk abroad except at great need. They are in voice and appearance, and in garb if they must go on a journey, so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart. This has given rise to the foolish opinion among Men that there are no dwarf-women, and that the Dwarves ’grow out of stone’." This was Tolkien poking fun at Lewis.

This mod is very simple; it adds facial hair to female Dwarves. The instructions for making this change are included right in the raws (creature_standard.txt), but doing so could interfere with mod-merging software. Thus this mod. Okay, the whole point of this mod is to test mod-merging.

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1.0: Initial release
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