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Slabs are buildings which serve primarily to commemorate the dead. Unlike coffins, slabs do not require any body part of the deceased to function, allowing you to prevent the appearance of ghosts of dwarves whose bodies are no longer recoverable. Engraved slab memorials are usually made for your fort's citizens, but can be made in remembrance of any historical figure which dies on your lands.
A slab must first be constructed at a mason's workshop ( + lab) from a single stone, and can then be turned into a memorial at a craftsdwarf's workshop by an engraver (using + :Engrave memorial slab). After it has been engraved, the slab may be built from the uilding menu under + . In order to prevent placing slabs which have not yet been engraved, make sure to e pand the list when selecting which slab should be placed.
You can use an engraved slab to create a memorial hall from the slab's menu. This is functionally identical to a sculpture garden. Engraved slabs can be read in fortress mode using , revealing information on the arrival and death of the creature. If the subject slew any important figures or fortress dwarfs, this may also be noted on the slab. If you're not sure how a dwarf or creature died, engraving a slab in their memory may reveal the killer.
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 Adventurer mode
In adventurer mode, slabs are occasionally used as signs. They also appear in two particularly interesting places. If you manage to infiltrate or conquer a necromancer's tower, you may find an engraved slab which contains the secrets of life and death. To read this, you need to pick it up with , enter advanced interaction menu with + , select the slab, select to read it, and voila! You can now raise the dead too. Basic reading skills are required to do this, so make sure to start your adventurer with some reading skill.
|Workshops • Furnaces|
|Furniture|| Animal trap • Armor stand • Bed • Box • Bucket|
Cabinet • Cage • Coffin • Display case • Pedestal
Restraint • Seat • Slab • Statue • Table • Weapon rack
|Tools||Bookcase • Hive • Nest box|
|Access|| Bars • Bridge • Door • Floodgate • Grate|
Hatch • Road • Window
|Constructions||Floor • Fortification • Ramp • Stairs • Wall|
|Machine and trap parts|| Axle • Gear assembly • Lever • Millstone|
Pressure plate • Roller • Screw pump
Support • Trap • Water wheel • Windmill
|Other buildings|| Archery target • Kennel • Shop • Siege engine|
Trade depot • Wagon • Well
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