Modification:Civilization Forge

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Civilization Forge
Version 2.7
Updated November 1, 2013
For DF Version 0.34.11
Out of date for current version

This page is an in-depth Wiki for the Civilization Forge Mod.

The basis for the mod is pretty simple, it's my own edited version of Dwarf Fortress with a bunch of elements that I wanted to add in. New races, creatures, metals, stones, gems, plants, pretty much everything. These are all additions to the basic DF, so this isn't a full conversion mod. Much of what I want to do is still impossible, but as Toady fleshes out Dwarf Fortress more I'll be able to tweak things to my satisfaction.

Download the Mod Here

New Races[edit]

I've added in quite a few new races to this mod. They add flavor, increase your trading options, and give a bit more challenge besides. Originally Hobgoblins, Dyansauri, and Frost Giants were enemies, but with the Army Arc changes they've been reduced to minor trading partners unless you managed to start at war with them. Hopefully as the Army Arc continues they'll go back to being their vicious, conquering selves. Until then, the various baby-snatching races will have to do.

High Elves - Noble and Wise, the high elves are a little more similar to Humans then their woodland cousins, living in cities and using metal weapons and armor. They are known for forging weapons of great beauty and power. They will accept items made of wood, but still hold life in high regard.

Silver Xelics - A strange race of Insectoids, these creatures live in the wetlands of the world. The Silver Xelics appear as large, humanoid beetles with brilliantly silver carapaces. While at peace with the world, like Elves, they do not seem to mind other races cutting down trees they way Elves do. They dislike bone crafts and bone engravings.

Vamarii - A race of ice-dwelling fox-like humanoids, they live off of the land and sea. When the snows come, they bring caravans of goods to trade for dwarven crafts, metals, and weapons.

Chaos Dwarves - A twisted branch of dwarves tainted by the powers of Chaos. They have no honor, black souls, and foul tempers. Otherwise, identical to normal dwarves. Tainted dwarves are a baby snatching race, and are always your enemies. They are a difficult foe, since they fight as well as dwarves and avoid most traps. Some few are even rumored to be possessed by demonic spirits, and possess unholy strength.

Hobgoblins - A cruel but noble race, the Hobgoblins have more honor then their smaller cousins. They do not hold with the thieving ways of goblins, and will not approach an enemy until it is rich enough to be worthwhile attacking. When they come, however, it is in force.

Bugbears - Large and brutish, unskilled in metalworking, they attempt to take what they cannot make themselves. They are found in the deep forests of the world.

Dyansauri - A race of Savage saurian warriors who live to fight and die in battle. They do not sneak, they do not steal, and should they war upon you they will come swiftly and in great numbers.

Violet Xelics - Evil kindred to the Silver Xelics, the Violets ones make dark fortresses within the swamps of the world. They use no armor, nor do they need it. Unlike goblins, a single Xelic is more then a match for a dwarf, and fighting them should be done cautiously. The Violet Xelics appear as large, humanoid beetles with multi-hued purple carapaces. They are a baby snatching race, and are always your enemies. Xelic warriors use their four arms to good effect, carrying multiple shields into battle.

Frost Giants - Twice as large as a dwarf, and with hearts as cold as the glaciers they live on. Frost giants generally keep to their frozen strongholds, but any who incur their wrath have cause to fear their strength.

Sand Raiders - A mysterious race of robed humanoids that lives in the deserts of the world. They frequently raid surrounding settlements. They are very stealthy, and even their sieges are done in stealth. They are a baby snatching race, and are always your enemies.

Zephyrs - A mountain-dwelling race of intelligent rodents. They're thieves like Kobolds, and usually killed for the vermin they are.

Jawas - A strange desert dwelling race. They sometimes sneak into the settlements of other races to steal things, or perhaps just cause a bit of mischief. They use iron and bronze and can speak with other races, which makes them a little more noticeable in the world than kobolds.

New Equipment[edit]

New Weapons[edit]

Mattock - A two-handed pick often used by dwarven miners. It is no military weapon, but can still do considerable damage when necessary.

Club - A simple blunt weapon, usually used by more primitive races

Hand Axe - Lighter than a Battle Axe, the hand axe hits with less force but has greater speed.

War Axe - Larger and heavier than a Battle Axe, the war axe is often used two-handed by dwarves.

Raven's Beak - A pole weapon with a hammer-head shaped much like a Raven's Beak. It is useful when fighting armored opponents.

Skullcracker - A dwarven maul that has been adopted by a few other races. The Skullcracker is heavy, and usually used two-handed.

Light Hammer - A common dwarven working hammer, the Light Hammer can be used in combat as well. It is not a particularly good weapon, however, and is usually reserved for civilians to use for self defense.

Flambard - A one-handed sword with a blade that is curved like fire.

Falcata - A long bladed sword curved inward and weighted for hacking.

Falcion - A short, heavy sword weighted for hacking.

Kopesh - An ancient design, the Kopesh is a sword with a sickle-like blade. It is favored by Bugbears, but generally considered inferior by other races.

Bastard Sword - A large sword in-between a long sword and a two-handed sword.

Dire Blade - A humongous sword wielded by the Frost Giants. It is unlikely that any normal creature could use one.

Dire Spear - A humongous spear wielded by the Frost Giants. It is unlikely that any normal creature could use one.

Dire Maul - A humongous hammer wielded by the Frost Giants. It is unlikely that any normal creature could use one.

Dire Axe - A humongous axe wielded by the Frost Giants. It is unlikely that any normal creature could use one.

Dread Star - A humongous spiked mace wielded by the Frost Giants. It is unlikely that any normal creature could use one.

Scorpion Dagger - A thin-bladed dagger used by the Sand Raiders. It is good at piercing armor.

Scorpion Blade- A thin-bladed sword used by the Sand Raiders. It is good at piercing armor.

Scorpion Spear - A thin-bladed spear used by the Sand Raiders. It is good at piercing armor.

New Armor[edit]

Mail Vest - A light vest made of woven chain. It provides less cover than a chain shirt, but requires fewer materials and is considerably lighter.

Mail Hauberk - A long coat made of woven chain. It provides even better protection than a chain shirt, but requires more materials and is considerably heavier.

Scale Armor - A coat of armor made with overlapping scales. It is generally equivalent to chain.

Scale Hauberk - A long coat of armor made with overlapping scales. It is generally equivalent to a chain hauberk.

Lamellar Armor - A coat of armor made with small plates sewn next to each other. It is stiffer than chain, and so provides better protection against blunt attacks. However, it is heavier and less flexible.

Heavy Lamellar Armor - A long coat of Lamellar. It provides great protection, but is quite heavy.

Apron - A work apron often worn by dwarves. It can be made of leather, which provides some amount of protection in combat.

Scale Leggings - Armored leggings made of overlapping scales. Generally equivalent to chain leggings.

Lamellar Leggings - Armored leggings made of small plates sewn together. Slightly better than chain leggings, but a bit heavier.

Chain coif - A hood of woven chain. It provides better cover than a metal cap, though it protects less against blunt attacks.

Chain gauntlet - A glove of woven chain. Not as protective as full plate gauntlets, but they are much lighter

Scale gauntlet - A glove of overlapping scales. Not as protective as full plate gauntlets, but they are much lighter

Lamellar gauntlet - A glove of small plates. Not as protective as full plate gauntlets, but they are much lighter

New Shields[edit]

Kite Shield - A large shield with a pointed tip at the bottom. It provides better cover than a standard round shield, but is heavier.

Tower Shield - A very large shield that acts as a portable wall. It provides the best cover, but is very heavy.

Targe - A small round shield, in between a standard Round and a Buckler. It provides decent protection and is fairly light.

New Animals[edit]

Pig - Cheaper than cows and provide a lot of meat when butchered.

Chicken - No eggs yet, but they are cheap and breed quickly. A good renewable source of food.

Giant Beetle - A domestic animal used frequently by dwarves, the Giant Beetle can be used as both a pack animal as well as trained for war or hunting. A powerful asset for any fort.

Cave Crab - Another cavern based domestic animal, the Cave crab is a hardy creature. It is often trained for war or hunting. It can also be butchered for meat and shells.

Sugar Beetles - A large beetle (about cat sized) that builds up lots of sugary goodness in its meat.

Land Strider - A huge creature found wandering the grasslands of the world. It is often domesticated for its immense strength and used to haul goods.

Giant Wasp - A serious threat found in Savage lands, the Giant Wasp is nearly the size of a dwarf and boasts a deadly poisoned stinger. They will raid your fortress for food. It is recommended that young forts simply appease them with a pile of extra food stuffs well away from the fortress rather than attempt to actually fight the wasps.

Redstripe Wasp - These medium-sized forest critters can be a serious pest. About the size of a cat, these wasps will raid your fortress for food. Not too dangerous, generally, but their poisonous stings can be deadly.

Giant Ants - While only a minor pest to an established fortress, they can be a serious hazard to a young outpost. They will attempt to raid your food supplies, and Soldier ants especially can be quite dangerous. Butcherable: 11x giant ant meat, 11x giant ant fat, 1x giant ant brain, 1x giant ant intestines + 1x giant ant chitin.

Fire Beetle - A rare beetle found in savage lands. It is generally docile, but can spit a gout of fire when threatened.

Spike Beetle - A medium sized insect that roams the forests of the world. They can be hostile, but are generally too small to be a threat.

Woolly Mammoth - Elephants of the Tundra

Arctic Fox - Silver-white fox

New Plants[edit]


Glowcaps - Strange glowing mushrooms. They take a long time to grow, and the yield is small, but they produce one of the finest drinks in the world.

Crystal stalk grasses - The crystals that grow on these fibrous plants makes excellent dyes. The types are Golden, Verdant, Crimson, and Dark

Slime Mold - Not very tasty, but edible and grows fast.

Cave Bulb - Milled into spice, or brewed into a drink, this is a grand addition to any dwarven kitchen.

Web Lichen - A delicate and somewhat rare underground plant, it can be eaten raw or brewed into firewater.

NOTE: This mod will make all underground crops grow in every season, thus making gameplay much easier.

Above Ground[edit]

Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Crowberries, Lingonberries - Just to add some variety. They're on par with wild strawberries.

Cotton - new, high value clothing plant

Cinnamon, Black pepper - more spices.

Sugar Cane - Produces sugar, molasses, or Rum.

Rime Berries - A rare tundra plant, these berries make a drink of unsurpassed quality

Silverwood - A rare tree that grows only in goodly lands, the wood of this tree is said to be as hard as iron. It is highly prized by the Elves.

New Materials[edit]


Bladestone - A rock found in small pockets around the world, this stone can be easily chipped into very sharp stone weapons.

Marble variations - Marble will now have veins of Green, Black, Midnight, and Celestial marble running through it. They are used primarily for decorative purposes, although Celestial Marble is very valuable and the others can be used as flux.

Verdenite - A new bright green stone, which I added in to round out the selection of stone colors to work with. Also works as a good source of rock crystal and various types of jade. Common to many stone layers.

Nightstone - A bright blue stone. It's mainly a decorative stone to use for crafts and furniture. Worth more then basic stone. Generally found in Alunite and Orthoclase.

New micas - Lepidolite, Zinnwaldite, Muscovite, Phlogophite. These show up as colored mica veins within the mica blobs. Not quite accurate, but it adds some additional flavor. They're worth more then normal stones, so they're worth mining out.

Nivocite - A blueish-gray stone, this mineral is highly resistant to heat. It shows up in volcanic regions. According to some scholars, it is the result of magma coming in contact with traces of elemental water.

Flint- A blueish stone found as pockets within Chalk and Limestone. It can be used to make stone weapons.

Alum Shale - An oil shale that can be used to make Alum. This Sedimentary Layer stone is dark blue.

Melanterite - This green stone is often found in veins of coal or iron ore. It is used in alchemy.

Chalcanthite - This blue stone is often found in veins of copper ore. It is used in alchemy.

Truesilver - This purple ore is the only source of Mithril in the world. The mithril must be separated from the silver in the ore in a Separation Chamber

Levitite - This green ore is the only source of Levisium in the world. The levisium must be separated from the copper in the ore in a Separation Chamber


Fine Jet - Gemstone quality Jet. Should be fairly common in jet clusters.

Nightfire - A Precious gem occasionally found within clusters of Fine Jet.

Amazonite - Gemstone quality Microcline.

Frost Crystal - A hardened shard of Elemental Water. It can be combined with iron to make Glacium

Fireheart - A hardened shard of Elemental Fire. It can be combined with iron to make Incendium

Storm Crystal - A hardened shard of Elemental Air. It can be combined with iron to make Tempestium

Ward Crystal - A hardened shard of Elemental Earth. It can be combined with iron to make Ward Iron

Flare Crystal - A strange glowing gem. It can be combined with Fireheart to make blazing Incendium, a very dangerous material

Ironworks Industry[edit]

Wrought Iron - Iron created at the smelter can no longer be used for weapons and armor. Instead, Iron can be work-hardened at the Finishing Forge to create Wrought Iron, which is about equal to Bronze.

Steel is no longer created at the Smelter. Instead, I am using some more historically accurate ways to create steel.

'Pattern-welded steel' - This method of creating steel is done by taking Iron Bars, Pig Iron Bars, and charcoal or coke and hammering them together at the Finishing Forge to balance out the carbon levels between the two types of iron. This is the most labor intensive way to make steel, and dwarves usually have better options, but can be done if other resources are lacking. Note that Pig Iron no longer requires Flux

Crucible - Two types of Steel are made at the new Crucible furnace. Normal steel is made by taking Iron Bars and Wood and heating them with fuel or magma to add carbon to the iron to make steel. Crucible Steel is a special form of naturally alloyed steel made from Ilmenite (now an iron ore found in gabbro). Crucible Steel is made using Ilmenite, Wood, raw green glass, and fuel/magma. It is stronger than normal steel due to impurities of Vanadium in the Ilmentite.

Blast Furnace - This dwarf-only building allows for large-scale steel production. Six iron ore, six flux stones, and six coke/charcoal are placed into the blast furnace and fired with fuel or magma to create six steel bars. This is by far the most efficient way to make steel, but since it only works in large batches and requires flux you may still find yourself making steel using the other two methods as well. It requires 3 blocks, two units of leather for bellows, and a wrought iron bar to stir the molten iron.

Charcoal furnace - This high efficiency furnace turns wood into two units of Charcoal, although it is slightly harder to make than a normal wood burning furnace. It requires stone blocks to create.

Alchemy Industry[edit]

Alchemical Items[edit]

Alchemical Jar - Used for Alchemy Jars

Transport Tube - Used to trade Alchemical substances with merchants

New Workshops[edit]

Alchemy Laboratory - Used to perform most Alchemical jobs

Alchemy Workbench - Used to transfer Alchemical Components between transport bars and alchemical jars

Jarmaker's Workshop - Used to create Alchemical Jars from glass

Saltpeter Beds - Used to create Saltpeter for Alchemy

Oil Press - Used to Press oils from plants. Currently only for alchemical purposes.

Frothing Pool - Used to separate out usable minerals from Cobaltite

Tempering Chamber - Used to create the various Tempered Crystal bars

Separation Chamber - Used to separate Mithral and Levitite from their ores

Infusion Chamber - Creates powerful Elemental metals

Crystal Furnace - Workaround building to make Crystal Glass items, since they are currently bugged in DF

Alchemical Metals[edit]

Mithril - A rare and precious metal, Mithril is stronger than steel and much lighter

Bright Silver - When smelted normally, Truesilver gives Bright Silver. This shiny metal is roughly equivalent to Iron or Bronze, though a good bit lighter

Orihalcum - Mithril can be alloyed with Gold and Platinum to create Orihalcum. This Red metal is dense, but much harder than steel

Royal Bronze - When alloyed with Copper and Tin, Mithril gives you the purple Royal Bronze. This metal is stronger than regular bronze and a bit lighter

Levisium - Nearly weightless, this bright green metal does not make for good weapons. However, it does make for decent armor that won't weigh down the wearer.

Green Copper - When smelted normally, Levitite gives Green Copper. This metal is a bit stronger than copper and a bit lighter.

Verdant Bronze - When alloyed with copper and tin Levisium gives the brilliantly green Verdant Bronze. This metal is slightly lighter than regular bronze, and nearly as strong.

Shimmersteel - When alloyed with iron in the creation of steel, Levesium gives you the glittering Shimmersteel. This metal is slightly lighter than regular steel and nearly as strong.

Tempered Crystal - When tempered properly, Crystal Glass can be made into metallic bars. By themselves these bars are a good bit weaker than bronze or iron.

Blood Crystal - When crystal glass is tempered with Quicksilver you get Blood Crystal. Stronger than iron and razor sharp it makes for superb weapons.

Night Crystal - When crystal glass is tempered with Midnight Elixir you get Night Crystal. Stronger than iron, this dark blue metal makes good armor and blunt weapons.

Void Crystal - When crystal glass is tempered with Quicksilver, Midnight Exlixir, and Black Antimony you get the nearly black Void Crystal. This crystal is stronger and sharper than steel.

Glacium - Imbued with Elemental Water this metal is permanently cold to the touch. It is far superior to Steel.

Incendium - Imbued with Elemental Fire this metal is permanently warm to the touch. Some of the best weapons in the world are made from this metal.

Blazing Incendium - Imbued with Elemental Fire this metal is permanently hot to the touch. It is quite hazardous to work with.

Tempestium - Imbued with Elemental Air this metal crackles with energy. It can only be worked in small amounts, but ammo created with it can pierce the strongest armor.

Ward Iron - Imbued with Elemental Earth this metal is fantastically tough. Some of the best armor in the world is made from this metal.

Elementium - Imbued with all four Elements, this Metal is superior to everything but the fabled Adamantine.

Alchemical Recipies[edit]

Alchemy Basics


NOTE - Neither of these graphic sets has been confirmed to work with the new version

Stridor has started making a Graphics pack for the mod.

Undeadstag has taken up the mantel, and has a fairly complete Graphics pack done.