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. Obviously, much of it is the invention of my own mind, though at the very least, a goblin siege did show up as I finished tearing down the very last bit of scaffolding and was preparing to take pictures.
About the Colossus of Cacame:
The colossus is 33 z-levels tall, from the very bottom to as far up in the sky as I could build it. It's about 32 tiles wide and 8 tiles thick at it's widest points.
His cape is made of solid gold. It took 949 bars of gold to forge. The vast majority of that gold was home-smelted. The head of his hammer is made of mithril with an iron band around it, spike at the top, and handle. That's 132 bars of mithril and 37 bars of iron.
His armor and helmet are made of obsidian. I'm not even going to attempt to calculate or count how many stones it took. It was a lot of them. The horns on his helmet are cinnabar. His flesh is forged of platinum. 33 bars in total. His eyes are clear glass blocks. Behind his eyes are pools of magma that were pumped from the pipe a fair distance away. Sadly, Visual Fortress doesn't display this as two huge glowing orbs of elf-hating malice.
Five dwarves were killed building the project, mostly due to my own mistakes. Three died due to deconstruction of the scaffolding being done in the wrong order. One was on top of the scaffolding and simply fell, the other was on the bridge and got sucked knocked off the side by falling debris, and the third was beneath the scaffolding and was crushed at the bottom. The other two simply died because of ambushes that got in while I was constructing it and had moved my guard animals that served as an early detection system.
All visitors to the fort must first pass through the colossus's legs before making it in. I imagine this is an effective tactic of psychological warfare against the goblins and elves.