I've created a nice fortress with taverns, beds, dining room, etc, but how do I access some of the mythology of the world they are in?

I have no idea of the context and the history of my world, but I'm sure it's somewhere, how do I access it?

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For an immersive approach, have your dwarves create art. This can include statues, engravings on walls or floors, and decorations on other objects.

These works of art will often depict significant historical or mythological figures relevant to your fortress or the artist dwarf. However, such pieces of art will not include a description of what they're referencing, leaving that for you to figure out.

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    What a lovely answer!
    – Adjam
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 15:11

The easiest way to do this is to make a copy of your save, load up the fortress in the copy, then abandon the fortress and start up the game again in Legends mode.

  • very interesting! Is there no way to do it without abandoning my game? What a loss of interesting history! Thanks for your reply!
    – Adjam
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 14:15
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    That's why you do it in a copy of your save, so you can then go right back to playing your fortress in the main file.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 14:31
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    I have tried this and it works great! The save files are in 'data/save', and are named 'region1', 'region2' etc. Once they are backed up (copy paste) abandon the copy first then chose 'start playing' > Legends. Thanks!
    – Adjam
    Commented May 8, 2019 at 10:03

If you're running dfhack, one approach is to use the command exportlegends all to generate a set of files with the world information, and then access those files with an external tool like Legends Viewer (Windows) or Legends Browser (cross-platform). One advantage of this is that it does not require abandoning your fortress or moving save files around.

Similar xml files can also be created from Legends Mode without use of dfhack.

This has the drawback of being more complicated, but many people find that these tools have nicer interfaces than Legends Mode itself.


In case people are finding this answer at a later date, there is now a Legends Browser 2, depreciating the first one: https://github.com/robertjanetzko/LegendsBrowser2


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