For the city mechanic, see Conquering.
All falls, regardless of height, produce damage. This damage is considered to be Natural Shockmancy. This damage may take the form of injury, incapacitation or croaking. The height of a fall has some effect, but all falls represent significant risk.LIAB 33b
A side falls when the Ruler of a side is croakedTBFGK 98b, capturedHvs.tCF 9, or turns to another sideIPTSF Text 60, and the side has no Heir. If a Ruler is captured with no Heir on their own turn, the side will fall at the end of turn if the Ruler is not repatriated.IPTSF Text 66 If a captured Ruler does escape, they can return to one of their cities and restore the side. If the side has an Heir during any of these circumstances, they become Ruler and the side survives.
A side can survive losing their capital or even all of their cities for as long as the Ruler can pay upkeep of any remaining units from their limited purse.IPTSF Text 57 However, if the Ruler assumed rule that same turn, the side will fall with the last city, and the Ruler will become a Barbarian.IPTSF Text 26
When a side falls, field units disband and any cities formerly controlled by the side become neutral. Neutral cities are frozen with no turn, and are only able to react to attacks.TBFGK 98b Casters that are in the Magic Kingdom when a side falls will become Barbarians instead of disbanding.TBFGK 102
Known Fallen Sides and Survivors
- Easteros: Fell with the croaking of Overlady Bell as an effect of the summoning of Judy Gale.
- Westeregg: Fell with the croaking of Overlady Blair by Judy Gale.
- El-Efbaum: Fell to conquest by Haffaton.
- Goodminton: Fell with the last city of Goodminton, following the croaking of Overlord Firebaugh.
- Haffaton: Fell with the croaking of Overlady Olive Branch.
- Faq: Fell with the croaking of King Loj Banhammer and the razing of its cities by Gobwin Knob.
- Princess Jillian Zamussels became a Barbarian in the field. She later restored the side and became Queen between 13 and 27 AW.
- Lady Wanda Firebaugh turned to Gobwin Knob in the attack on Faq.
- Jack Snipe was captured and turned to Gobwin Knob.
- Marie Lavraie survived as a Barbarian in the Magic Kingdom.
- Unaroyal: Fell when Queen Bea intentionally disbanded herself via Portal to the Magic Kingdom, on 40 AW.
- Homekey: Fell during a battle with Delkey; presumably King Posbrake was croaked.
The freezing of neutral cities presumably reduces all upkeep to 0. Production in the city could be indefinitely paused or lost entirely. Off-turn actions like Thinkagrams and city zone movements could still be allowed, or all actions could be prevented until attacked. Freezing could even mean a form of temporal stasis (Natural Turnamancy?) for the units in them.