Fortress

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Fortress town on Adventure Map
Fortress town with Fort, as seen on the Adventure Map. Yellow color on the flags are replaced with the color of corresponding player.

Towns
Castle Castle
Rampart Rampart
Tower Tower
Inferno Inferno
Necropolis Necropolis
Dungeon Dungeon
Stronghold Stronghold
Fortress Fortress
Conflux Conflux

The fortress town is a neutral alignment town type with beastmaster and witch hero classes. Fortress towns are built at the edge of swamps. Their armies are primarily made up of deadly creatures – born of the swamps, and then subdued and trained for warfare. While among them there is only one ranged attack creature, Fortress units are possessed of many special abilities to offset this deficiency. Fortress represent Tatalia.

Fortress' native terrain is swamp.

Structures

Halls Castles Tavern, Marketplace & Resource Silo Mage Guilds
Village Hall Village Hall File:Fortress Fort large.gif Fort File:Fortress Tavern large.gif Tavern File:Fortress Mage Guild level 1 large.gif Mage Guild level 1
File:Fortress Town Hall large.gif Town Hall File:Fortress Citadel large.gif Citadel File:Fortress Marketplace large.gif Marketplace File:Fortress Mage Guild level 2 large.gif Mage Guild level 2
File:Fortress City Hall large.gif City Hall File:Fortress Castle large.gif Castle File:Fortress Resource Silo large.gif Resource Silo
Produces +1 Wood & +1 Ore
File:Fortress Mage Guild level 3 large.gif Mage Guild level 3
File:Fortress Capitol large.gif Capitol File:Fortress Blacksmith large.gif
Blacksmith Produces
First aid tent.png


Common Buildings:

Fortress-specific Buildings

Fortress creature dwellings:

  • Gnoll Hut
  • Lizard Den
  • Serpent Fly Hive
  • Basilisk Pit
  • Gorgon Lair
  • Wyvern Nest
  • Hydra Pond
Fortress town seen from inside.
Resource Basic Upgrades All
Gold 28900 25500 91400
Wood 70 50 175
Ore 45 20 105
Crystal 0 0 10
Gem 0 0 10
Mercury 7 12 29
Sulfur 17 22 49
Troop cost/week: 26660 Gold + 2 Sulfur


Heroes

Name Class Specialty Skill 1 Skill 2
Alkin Alkin  Beastmaster  Specialty Gorgons small.gif  Gorgons Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Offense  Basic Offense 
Broghild Broghild  Beastmaster  Specialty Wyverns small.gif  Wyverns Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Scouting  Basic Scouting 
Bron Bron  Beastmaster  Specialty Basilisks small.gif  Basilisks Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Resistance  Basic Resistance 
Drakon Drakon  Beastmaster  Specialty Gnolls small.gif  Gnolls Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Leadership  Basic Leadership 
Gerwulf Gerwulf  Beastmaster  Specialty Ballista small.gif  Ballista Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Artillery  Basic Artillery 
Korbac Korbac  Beastmaster  Specialty Serpent Flies small.gif  Serpent Flies Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Pathfinding  Basic Pathfinding 
Tazar Tazar  Beastmaster  Specialty Armorer small.gif  Armorer Advanced Armorer  Advanced Armorer   
Wystan Wystan  Beastmaster  Specialty Lizardmen small.gif  Lizardmen Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Archery  Basic Archery 
Andra Andra  Witch  Specialty Intelligence small.gif  Intelligence Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Intelligence  Basic Intelligence 
Merist Merist  Witch  Specialty Stone Skin small.gif  Stone Skin Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Learning  Basic Learning 
Mirlanda Mirlanda  Witch  Specialty Weakness small.gif  Weakness Advanced Wisdom  Advanced Wisdom   
Rosic Rosic  Witch  Specialty Mysticism small.gif  Mysticism Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Mysticism  Basic Mysticism 
Styg Styg  Witch  Specialty Sorcery small.gif  Sorcery Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Sorcery  Basic Sorcery 
Tiva Tiva  Witch  Specialty Eagle Eye small.gif  Eagle Eye Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Eagle Eye  Basic Eagle Eye 
Verdish Verdish  Witch  Specialty First Aid small.gif  First Aid Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic First Aid  Basic First Aid 
Voy Voy  Witch  Specialty Navigation small.gif  Navigation Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Navigation  Basic Navigation 
Adrienne Adrienne  Witch  Specialty Fire Magic small.gif  Fire Magic Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Expert Fire Magic  Expert Fire Magic  

Creatures

Name  Town Lvl Att Def Dmin Dmax HP Spd Cost  Special
Gnoll Gnoll Fortress 1 3 5 2 3 6 4 50 Gold  
Gnoll Marauder Gnoll Marauder Fortress 1 4 6 2 3 6 5 70 Gold  
Lizardman Lizardman Fortress 2 5 6 2 3 14 4 110 Gold  
Lizard Warrior Lizard Warrior Fortress 2 6 8 2 5 15 5 140 Gold  
Serpent Fly Serpent Fly Fortress 3 7 9 2 5 20 9 220 Gold  Dispel
Dragon Fly Dragon Fly Fortress 3 8 10 2 5 20 13 240 Gold  Dispel, Weakness
Basilisk Basilisk Fortress 4 11 11 6 10 35 5 325 Gold  Petrify
Greater Basilisk Greater Basilisk Fortress 4 12 12 6 10 40 7 400 Gold  Petrify
Gorgon Gorgon Fortress 5 10 14 12 16 70 5 525 Gold  
Mighty Gorgon Mighty Gorgon Fortress 5 11 16 12 16 70 6 600 Gold  Death stare 10% chance/unit
Wyvern Wyvern Fortress 6 14 14 14 18 70 7 800 Gold  
Wyvern Monarch Wyvern Monarch Fortress 6 14 14 18 22 70 11 1100 Gold  Poison
Hydra Hydra Fortress 7 16 18 25 45 175 5 2200 Gold  No enemy retaliation, Attack all adjacent enemies
Chaos Hydra Chaos Hydra Fortress 7 18 20 25 45 250 7 3500 Gold +1 Sulfur  No enemy retaliation, Attack all adjacent enemies

Strategy

Pros

  • High defense (Defense themed town)
  • With a two-hex moat and several buildings which increase the stats of the defending hero, a Fortress castle is a real pain to attack.
  • Resilient hand-to-hand troops with excellent specials (Death Stare, Petrify, Poison)
  • Their swamp native terrain makes them move much faster than any hero (without pathfinding) in the swamp.
  • The Wyvern Nest is very cheap and has very low requirements compared to the other level 6 dwellings, allowing the Fortress town to get level 6 units in their army early even on impossible difficulty.

Cons

  • The heavy focus on Defense can be disadvantageous in many cases, as a hero with high attack can kill their enemies before they have a chance to attack back. Attack can therefore be used as a type of defense, while defense cannot be used as offense.
    • The heavy focus on Defense combined with the fact that fortress only have got one shooter makes it more difficult for fortress to win battles without casualities than the other factions.
  • Highest level Mage Guild is 3.
  • Some creatures have poor stats (in Shadow of Death some stats for Lizardman/Lizard Warrior and Serpent Fly/Dragon Fly were increased, but overall they are still relatively weak. In wake of gods, this can be fixed by use of some settings making Fortress creatures better)
  • With two relatively weak fliers (lvl 3 with 20 hp, lvl 6 with 70 (!) hp) and one very weak shooter, the Fortress has a very hard time invading other towns properly. So Expert Ballistics, Expert Teleport and/or Expert Earthquake are a must.