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Supports are pillars built to prevent cave-ins. They can be linked to mechanisms and collapse when triggered, causing a cave-in if the support was the only thing preventing it.

Supports are built through the build menu and require one stone, log, block or bar of any type. They are built in two stages - first the material is moved into place by an architect, and then (depending on material) completed by either a carpenter (for wood), metalsmith (for metals), or mason (for all other materials, such as stone, glass, or soap).

Supports do not create a floor tile on the Z-level above. Supports must be built on solid surfaces, so stacking supports atop each other only works if a floor is added between. Supports do not block movement, fluids or missile fire.

Supports can hold up both ceilings (from below) and floors (from above).