Cities, like Units, have Levels; the lowest being level 1 and the highest being level 5. However, these places do not gain experience, but increase level as they are built by their inhabitants at the cost of many Shmuckers. Cities lose Levels as they are destroyed. Higher level cities provide better defense.Erf-b1-p0133
Cities are usually ruled by the Ruler of a Side. When a Ruler dies without an heir, the cities of that Side become Neutral. Units inside these cities are not allowed to Move, attack, cast Spells: they are essentially frozen in time, waiting to be attacked.
The Ruler sets the Unit production for the city. Each city can produce limited types of Units, as well as Units of particular rank, like Warlords. (For example, Gobwin Knob can produce most types of dwagons, but not gwiffons.WoT-6051503 Bigger units take longer to produce.Erf-b1-p043a
Cities are divided into Zones. A city is treated as a single hex for the owning Side: no Move is expended for the owning Side's Units when transferring from Zone to Zone, allowing the defensive units to redeploy to protect the city at will (though it still takes time to actually move the distance). Enemy Sides must expend Move in order to enter a city Zone. There may be restrictions on where a Zone can be attacked from.
Known City Zones
- Outer Walls -- may only be passed if breached
- Tunnels -- may only be entered by light units, with some exceptions
- Airspace -- may only be entered by fliers
- Garrison -- may be attacked from any of the other zones above; however, if the attackers come from the Outer Walls they must breach an additional set of garrison walls. In Gobwin Knob, Garrison is further divided into three zones
- Special Zone:
- Lava Lake -- may only be crossed by fliers, may not be landed on.
It is known that in Gobwin Knob before the Volcano Uncroaking, for purposes of attacking, Outer Walls only connects to Courtyard, Airspace connects to Tower, and Tunnels connect to Dungeon, but once an attacker enters a Garrison Zone, it could enter any other Garrison Zone to attack.Erf-b1-p116a After the end of the Battle for Gobwin Knob, the new city had a different structure, which may include a Zone -re-mapping. Tunnels may be entirely inaccessible outside the city, and will take time rebuilding as the mountain is mined. A lava lake covers one approach, and can only be crossed by fliers.
Other City Locations
A city may include some other important locations, such as: