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- About military activities in fortress mode, see Military.
Armies are groups of people wandering the world with a specific purpose and direction. The word 'army' is used loosely here, as is the word 'group'; it simply represents the abstract data structures used by Toady One to keep track of moving people, and a 'group' can very well be one single person. Armies draw from existing populations (both abstract and historical figures) and can be encountered in the wild after world generation. Non-army entities always sit where they are, at their site of origin, and don't move after world generation.
The following groups are considered armies by the game:
- Your adventuring party (i.e. your adventurer and their companions)
- Non-player adventurers (i.e. questers) and agents
- Invading forces; this includes both offsite invaders and armies marching to siege you
- Squads sent offsite on a mission
- Bandit groups on a raid
- Refugee groups
- Migrant groups
- A necromancer's horde on patrol