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Fortress Mode[edit]

Art is a generic term for a way of recording history. You can order your dwarves to create art by ordering them to smooth and engrave stone walls, or to decorate objects. Art images can also appear on coins and statues.

Art records your fortress's history, such as when your dwarves were besieged by bloodthirsty elephants.

Ordinarily, simply inspecting a piece of art only shows what the art is of. If you are in adventurer mode, or if the option is enabled in the init.txt file, inspecting a piece of art gives a history of what it depicts, including the names of those depicted.

Adventure Mode[edit]

Art from previous fortresses or NPC races can be seen and appreciated. Use l to look around, then a over an engraving you want to look at. For cloth tapestries, you can see their description from your inventory.