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This article is about the current version of DF.
Not to be confused with Fortress.
A fort as seen from the two travel screens. There are three structures in the fort.
A fort seen in play and on the travel map. Notice how the temple of this fort is marked as white on the travel map.

A fort is a site inhabited by mercenaries or bandits.

Forts are sites surrounded by tall walls. They will often have dining halls and dormitories. If a Mercenary Company dedicated to a religion is in charge of the fort, there may also be a temple dedicated to their deity. As only mercenary companies can have such a temple, and bandits are rather violent, it can help to look for a white structure on the mid-level travel map, which marks the location of the temple.