Cities are fixed locations in Erfworld. They can produce units and are the usual locations to find Casters.
Cities, like Units, have Levels; the lowest being level 1 and the highest being level 5. A city's level depends on its size and the strength of its defensive emplacement. However, this does not take into account natural terrain modifiers. For example, Gobwin Knob's terrain makes it a far tougher defensive position than other level 5 cities. In the same way, it is theoretically possible for a low-level city, due to its terrain, to be as tough as an unmodified Level 5.Shmuckers can be used to pay for the growth or change of a city. Damaged cities lose levels. Higher-level cities are better defended.Erf-b1-p133 A city's level does not necessarily take into account its true defensive strength.
Cities come replete with buildings, but no civilian inhabitants; no 'populace.' Units popped in the city or brought in from outside may live in the buildings, and they may also be used for storage, but they are not houses with families, or shops, etc. They are popped empty and remain so until filled by the city's garrison.
Capital 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, at the mercy of attackers.
(For example, Gobwin Knob cities can produce Warlords and Spidews at Level Two but can never produce gwiffons.) Bigger units take longer to produce.Erf-b1-p043a Cities ruled by a Royal can produce royals and nobles.
A Warlord can be assigned to manage a city as its Regent. This is a temporary position that can begin or end at any time. To have an effect, the Warlord must spend his entire turn walking around the city, observing. This prevents him from taking any other meaningful actions that turn, such as fighting, strategizing actively, training, etc. Effects of having a Warlord Regent are:
- Lowers costs for city improvement and production of equipment, provisions, etc.
- Increases Shmuckers produced by the city.
- Reduces the upkeep of units that spend the entire turn in the city.
Main Article:City Zones
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.
- 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:
- Some cities may have special zones. For example, Gobwin Knob is situated on a volcano and has a lava lake zone.
Other City Locations
A city may include some other important locations, such as: