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Proposed Canon

Level is a statistic of Units. Units increase in Level by gaining experience.[1] When a Unit's Level increases, it is called "leveling".Erf-b1-p065Same-site.PNG Leveling increases a Unit's power by increasing statistics and granting access to new abilities. The Unit's power increases linearly relative to Level.[2] The (theoretical) experience requirements for leveling are exponential, requiring croaking many more enemies (or enemies worth more experience) to increase a Level than the previous level.[3] Although there is no maximum Level, levels beyond 10 or 11 are extremely difficult to attain.[4] Because of the immense Experience requirement, surpassing Level 20 is very rare.

It is possible, though difficult, to gain levels by training alone. Artemis went from level 6 to level 7 this way, while managing a city: it took her 640 turns. She also trained up her knights this way.LIAB Text 50

It was implied by Stanley that Uncroaked Warlords can continue to level, at least until they fully decay.Erf-b1-p055Same-site.PNG

Known Levels of Living Units

Level Unit Name Details
11 Isaac Cipher Barbarian Thinkamancer, strongest member of the Great Minds and master class in both Thinkamancy and Lookamancy. Adept in Foolamancy. 21,500 turns old.
10 Prince Ansom Decrypted Warlord of Gobwin Knob, formerly Chief Warlord of Jetstone. Probably the most powerful warlord in the Royal Crown Coalition. Originally croaked in the Battle for Gobwin Knob; a decrypted unit retains the level it had had before croaking.Erf-b1-p145Same-site.PNG
Jillian Zamussels Queen of Faq,Erf-b3-p147Same-site.PNG she achieved Level 9 as barbarian mercenary prior to becoming a Ruler.
9 Bonnie Decrypted Archon of Gobwin Knob, has a level 4 leadership, formerly of Charlescomm
Caesar Borgata Regent and former Chief Warlord of Transylvito.
8 Artemis Decrypted Warlady of Gobwin Knob, formerly of Jetstone.Erf-b2-pT50Same-site.PNG Currently garrisoned in Magic Kingdom, prisoner of barbarian casters.
7 Pierce Chief Healomancer of Jetstone. Currently "bucking for an eight." Erf-b2-pT41Same-site.PNG
6 Vinny Doombats Chief Warlord of Transylvito.
5 Skyy Appletini Warlady of TransylvitoErf-b3-p307Same-site.PNG
Doller Bill Dollamancer of Charlescomm, turned from Transylvito Erf-b3-p154Same-site.PNG
4 Maggie Thinkamancer of Gobwin KnobErf-b3-p154Same-site.PNG
Cheri Maraschino Warlady of TransylvitoErf-b3-p307Same-site.PNG
Duke Joseph Forecastle Warlord of Seaworld and Governor of Eagle Keys
3 Parson Gotti Chief Warlord of Gobwin Knob, though he is "special"Erf-b1-p077aSame-site.PNG
2 Ace Hardware Dollamancer of Gobwin Knob. Formerly of Jetstone, croaked and decrypted following Siege of Spacerock. Erf-b3-p154Same-site.PNG
Double eagle Tamed by Duke Forecastle of Seaworld
1 Prince Albert Heir of New Faq
Michael Knight of New Faq
Garth Knight of New Faq
Zhopa Twoll Lackey of Gobwin KnobLIAB Text 48

Estimated Levels of Living Units

Level Unit Name Details
~8 Wanda Firebaugh The (currently-captured) Chief Croakamancer of Gobwin Knob confers a bonus of 8 to Decrypted in her stack. If this bonus mirrors level, as Leadership bonuses seem to, that would put her at level 8, which seems about right.
>=4 Sizemore Rockwell The (interim) Chief Dirtamancer of Gobwin Knob leveled twice during the Battle for Gobwin Knob and again while rebuilding conquered cities, and so is a minimum of level 4; given that he was Qualified before the battle, he is likely a fair bit higher.
<=6 Lloyd Elliott Dittomancer of Jetstone. Since the level 7 Pierce is the side's highest-level Caster,LIAB Text 41, Lloyd is at most level 6.
Lloyd Elliott Dittomancer of Jetstone. Since the level 7 Pierce is the side's highest-level Caster,LIAB Text 41, Lloyd is at most level 6.
Cubbins Hat Magician of Jetstone. Since the level 7 Pierce is the side's highest-level Caster in Jetstone,LIAB Text 41, Cubbins is at most level 6.

Known Posthumous Unit Levels

Units marked with an asterisk (*) are currently croaked; units marked with two asterisks (**) have been dusted.

Level Unit Name Details
12 Olive Branch* Overlord and Chief Caster (Hippiemancy) of HaffatonIPTSF Text 49. Croaked attempting to escape from Efbaum.
10 Roger Victor Clarence* Thinkamancer, and oldest of the Great Minds at 28,800 turns old. Croaked by Bill's dolls while linked with Parson and Vanna.Erf-b3-p295Same-site.PNG
9 Prince Ossomer** Decrypted WarlordLIAB Text 47 of Jetstone, croaked by Lady Sylvia, decrypted by Wanda Firebaugh, turned back to Jetstone, and finally dusted in action at Spacerock.
Tisha* Thinkamancer, member of the Great Minds who helped create the spell used to Summon Parson. 20,200 turns old. Apparently croaked in Charlie's bombing of the Temple of the Thinkamancers.
8 A.V. Club* Thinkamancer, member of the Great Minds who works closely with Isaac Cipher. 14,100 turns old. Apparently croaked in Charlie's bombing of the Temple of the Thinkamancers.
Georgia Power** Decrypted Warlady of Gobwin Knob, formerly of Hobbittm. Dusted by Marie.
7 Pamelor* Master Thinkamancer, originally popped in Hoffspace. Currently the youngest of the Great Minds. 2,900 turns old. Apparently croaked in Charlie's bombing of the Temple of the Thinkamancers.
6 Duncan Scone* Chief Warlord of New Faq. Croaked by Marie and Georgia during their raid on I'm Coming For You Stanley.
Hedda Splode* Warlady of Old Faq
Lady Sylvia Lazarus** The Warlady who led Unaroyal's army of the Coalition. Croaked in the event of Volcano Uncroaking during the Battle for Gobwin Knob, decrypted by Wanda, and dusted during the Siege of Spacerock.
5 Sir Webinar* Warlord of Jetstone.Erf-b1-p50Same-site.PNG Croaked in tunnel action, uncroaked by Wanda Firebaugh, and destroyed by Charlescomm Archons.
Delphie Temple* Predictamancer of Goodminton
4 Mack Ramay* Warlord of Goodminton.IPTSF Text 17 Croaked during Goodminton's last stand.
Prince Ponzie* Heir of Transylvito. Disbanded by his father Don King.
3 Rex Cakes* Warlord of Goodminton.IPTSF Text 17 Croaked during Goodminton's last stand.
Homme de Trop* Warlord of New Faq. Croaked by Marie and Georgia during their raid on I'm Coming For You Stanley.
Clay Dice* Luckamancer of Goodminton.
2 Dora* Warlady of Jetstone. Comrade of Sir Webinar.Erf-b1-p50Same-site.PNG Croaked in tunnel action, uncroaked by Wanda Firebaugh, destroyed by Charlescomm Archons.
Chip Tunage* Warlord of Old Faq
Belzon* Warlord of New Faq. Croaked at the Battle of Binding Arbitration.
Bobtail* Warlord of New Faq. Croaked during the campaign for Spacerock.
Carrie Spear* Warlady of New Faq. Croaked by Marie and Georgia during their raid on I'm Coming For You Stanley.
1 Bart Lightrail* Warlord of Old Faq. Croaked by Wanda.
Don King* King of Transylvito (level one as of Ponzie's abortive coup). Croaked by Bunny.

Estimated Posthumous Unit Levels

Level Unit Name Details
~10 Tondelayo* Fox Force Five Archon of Charlescomm. When Bonnie was AA-ranked, Tondelayo was level 8 and AAA-ranked, and so Tondelayo is most likely higher-level than Bonnie. Bonnie is currently level 9. Croaked by Isaac in the standoff under the Magic Kingdom.
>=5 Pom Fritz* Goodminton's highest level warlord.IPTSF Text 6 Since Mack Ramay was level 4,IPTSF Text 17 Fritz was at least level 5. Croaked during Goodminton's last stand.
>=3 Bogroll* Twoll Lackey of Gobwin Knob. Leveled twice upon croaking Ansom, a level 10 Chief Warlord, and so at the time he croaked, was at least level 3.

Cities

The term "level" is also used as a statistic describing the defensive difficulty of a city. Improving fortifications increases a city's level; damage to a city's fortifications can reduce the level. The range for the level of a city is from 1 (weakest) through 5 (strongest).

Level City Name Details
8 Gobwin Knob Theoretical level once defensive bonuses are consideredErf-b1.5-p002Same-site.PNG.
5 Charlescomm Base level of the lone city of CharlescommErf-b1.5-p046Same-site.PNG; however, its effective level might be supplemented by the additional "truly murderous defenses".
Dhrystone Jetstone city. Erf-b1.5-p040Same-site.PNG At level five, it can pop a stack of eight pikers or one of six stabbers per turn, or one Gump every third turn.
I'm Coming For You Stanley (formerly named Gobwin Knob) Base level of 5 without defensive bonuses,Erf-b1.5-p002Same-site.PNG and the apparent natural maximum level of a city. Now the only remaining New Faq city. Jillian was interrupted before ordering destructive foraging that would have reduced it to a 4.Erf-b3-p289Same-site.PNG
Spacerock Gobwin Knob city (formerly controlled by Jetstone)
Efbaum Former Capital.IPTSF Text 51
4 Transylvito Technical level of Transylvito Erf-b1.5-p017Same-site.PNG due to the minor outer walls, although the difficulty of approach might make for an effective higher level.
Faq Capital of FaqErf-b1.5-p37Same-site.PNG
Unaroyal Capital of Unaroyal
Goodminton Capital of Goodminton.IPTSF Text 3
Kiloton Haffaton cityIPTSF Text 11
Forecastle Seaworld city. (Forecastle pops Dukes, and so we can be certain that it is higher than a Level 3 city, which pop Counts. But Joseph Forecastle still requested that the city be upgraded, and so we can be certain that it is not yet a Level 5 city.)
3 Kona Jitterati city sacked by FaqErf-b1.5-p049Same-site.PNG
Spatula Transylvito city
Orgchart Gobwin Knob city
2 Aqua Velva Transylvito cityErf-b1.5-p013Same-site.PNG
Chocula Transylvito city seized from CarpoolErf-b1.5-p47Same-site.PNG
Shana-Na Transylvito city
Otoh Faq farming cityErf-b1.5-p37Same-site.PNG
Kibo Faq farming cityErf-b1.5-p37Same-site.PNG
Valdez Jitterati city conquered by FaqErf-b1.5-p049Same-site.PNG
Warchalking Gobwin Knob city retaken from Unaroyal
Plankton Haffaton cityIPTSF Text 11
Eagle's Gift Eagle Keys city
Motoroyal Unaroyal city, razed by Gobwin Knob
1 Gobwin Knob Base ranking at the nadir of the Battle for Gobwin KnobErf-b1-p133Same-site.PNG
Pantstown City disputed by Haggar and JetstoneErf-b1.5-p040Same-site.PNG
White Castle City disputed by Jitterati and Transylvito
Frankburger Goodminton city
Hamfurter Goodminton city

Speculation

According to Scripture, analyzing one's performance, such as in combat or casting, is part of the process of leveling. Leveling in Erfworld might not just be an automatic process of killing things and earning points, like in a normal game, but a way of permanently retaining and reflecting a unit's actual training. A unit that self reflects often may well level up faster than a unit that does not.

Golems and basic uncroaked infantry may not have Levels.

It's possible that leveling is based on groups of 8. As an example: Bob, a Level 2 stabber, would need to croak 8 Level 2 Gobwins to reach Level 3. Alternatively, if Bob were fighting weaker Level 1 Marbits, it would take 16 to level. Alternatively if, via Luckamancy perhaps, Bob managed to croak a level 5 Warlord, he would immediately level from that single opponent.

If this is true, Bogroll would've gone from level 4 to level 6 when he croaked Ansom, as each 3 levels of difference between opponents accounts for 1 full level in terms of experience gain.

Stanley states that Gobwin Knob is the toughest defensive position in the known worldErf-b1-p23Same-site.PNG, which would follow that no cities have a higher level or have defensive bonuses and levels equaling 8, presuming that Stanley was repeating established fact and not boasting.

References

1. ^ Word of the Titans, 6012585
2. ^ Ibid.
3. ^ Ibid.
4. ^ Ibid.
5. ^ Ibid.