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  • Founder of The Order of the Wyrm, the first official guild in Cities.
  • Original Stonecutter #0003
  • Owner and proprietor of The Fire Dragon's Hoard, the finest store in Fire City (located at 3E 97N). Purveyor of a wide selection of weapons and various miscellanea. Check it out! (Also, let me know if it runs out of money.)
  • I have killed 772 of my own species (mostly of the Small Earth variety). They were all bad, and deserved it. That doesn't mean we all do, though.
  • Current max HP: 1126
  • Current max AP: 626
  • Current base to-hit percentage: 160%
  • AP per Distance Traveled: 3.67
  • XP per AP: 4376.88 You know, just forget it.
  • Star sign: Angel
  • Pets:
  • Drake the Goldfish - deadly
  • K-9 Mark V the Dogbot - elite!
  • Corundum the Troll - elite!
  • Tarnation the Obsession with Asbos - deadly
  • Rare weapons broken:
  • Daemonic Chain Saw: 6
  • Daemonic Chainsaw Nunchucks: 1
  • Fire Sword (Jabberwock Bane): 2
  • Fire Catana (Jabberwock Bane): 1
  • Apprentices spun round (like a record): 7 (not including myself)
  • Number of Times Died: 1. Crap.


Dragon blood

Does drinking it make me a cannibal?


I recently had a Wizard's Hat for several days. It's very powerful. I'm not sure about others' experiences, but it completely changed how I play the game.

I enjoyed the AP and HP bonuses, mostly the AP bonus--it helped me kill a lot more Triffids. Still, because of the massive bonuses, it made me paranoid about people taking the hat. As a result, I avoided civilization for a while, when I might have otherwise gone to do some trading, picked up stuff (and dropped off some Stings) at the markets, etc. I had to plan out what I was going to do with my AP--instead of basically ignoring AP left when killing things (who cares if I end up just sitting on the trail for a while?), I would go out, kill things, and make sure I had enough AP left to reach someplace a little out-of-the-way to hide. It seemed to work OK, as I kept the hat for...4 or 5 days? which seems to me to be a reasonably long time.

Still, there were times when I was frustrated--"I wish I could go to the markets, but I don't want to lose the hat." I don't know if everyone is that paranoid about hats, or if it's just me. Regardless, the hat was nicked as I sat in my hiding place (as I knew eventually would happen). I'll miss the 122 (!) extra AP per day, but at least now I'll feel comfortable doing some of the stuff I put off.

Death and Dying

I made a goal since shortly after starting Cities. That goal was not to die, ever. After all, the monsters are fairly well catalogued, the dangers are known, and combat is set up in a way that you're pretty much in control over your own fate--death should be avoidable, right?

The one exception is the Duel, which I entered with some trepidation. There, it is entirely possible for someone to come along and kill you, without your active participation. To this day I don't know if deaths in the Duel show up in your info (I've heard conflicting reports), but I won my duel, and then I was set.

Then I died. In a noble cause (the WrigglingRoad), but it was due to a brief moment of forgetfulness. Like virtually all Cities deaths, it was, ultimately, my fault.

I had gotten this Large Mimic down to 140 HP, aligned it to Earth, and wasn't patient. I was doing pretty well myself--112 HP--but still wanted to kill the thing. So I figure I'll take one of my many Triffid Stings, which should take it out in one shot (15 base * 5 damage multiplier * 2 alignment = 150)--and if it doesn't, well, it'll only do 75 damage back, right?

You attack the Duke dragon MD.
You miss.
The Duke dragon MD deals 112 points of damage.


It took me a few minutes to remember that Large Mimics do 1.5 times as much damage as you do. 1.5 * 75 = 112.5. Oops.

So there went my dream of never dying. I'm rather sad at the moment. I suspect I'll get over it, but it was rather shocking at the time. My only consolation--which, admittedly, is substantial--is that, with a summon from the illustrious Sertularian, I was able to get right back into things, beat that #$%^&* Mimic down with my Flaming Punch, and get my stuff back. The stuff is quite nice (and I had a lot of it), although I also appreciate the revenge factor of killing it myself.

Stupid mimic. Pretending to be me. It didn't even count toward Dragons Killed.

Firefox Crash Bug Cost Me a Glass Sword

Firefox crashed. I restarted it and went back to Cities. I see that I'm still using my trusty Fire Knife. I click an arrow to move.

Now using Glass Sword.
You attack the Triffid.
You cause 50 points of damage, and receive 1000 experience.
You lose a Glass Sword.
Your glass sword shatters!
You slay the Triffid.

Sure, a Triffid had just spawned, but I managed to switch weapons AND attack, at once.

Of all my absurd number of weapons, why a Glass Sword, anyway? I'd rather have been poisoned.

Lord of the Blings

I re-watched the LOTR movies a few days ago. I couldn't stop laughing whenever Ringwraiths were pictured, or mentioned, because I always heard "Bling Wraith" in my head. And so the silliness of an online game has corrupted my appreciation of good fantasy literature....

Although now I think that if you use a Palantir while wearing The One Bling, you should immediately be surrounded by Bling Wraiths. Enh, that's probably far too abusable. Oh well.

The Game Likes to Insult Me, Personally

Other people could have easily gotten the following messages before I did, but I'm the first one to mention getting them on the wiki.

After going to the location specified by a Treasure Map:

The treasure is allegedly at 5E 114N. Pity you don't have a spade, innit?

In the Frozen North (chasing another Treasure Map):

You are an idiot. Find some cold weather gear.

Standing Stones

Worth it. Totally, totally worth it.

The 8-minute AP recharge time is nice. The 1AP stone-gating ability is also very nice, and not to be underestimated.

Best Treasure Chest Ever

You open the chest...
You lose a Treasure Chest.
You gain a Golden Gun.
You gain a Pair of Beer Goggles.
You gain a Gold Piece.
You gain a Mysterious Envelope.
You gain 20000 Gold Pieces.
You gain a Major Healing Bling.

The other stuff is a good haul in itself, but I'd just like to say that I'm a big fan of Treasure Chests containing Mysterious Envelopes.  :)


I'm currently an Earth Dragon. I'm not sure to what extent others identify with their alignment, but I grew fairly attached to being Fiery--a large extent, no doubt, due to my character name. I don't know to what extent others who change alignment view it as a simple tool to be used and nothing more, but Duke dragon MD is always a Fire character at heart.

Regardless, having different monsters friendly and hostile will take some getting used to. My current thinking (always subject to change, of course) is that I'll stay Earth for about a week or so and hunt Rocs, then take another trip down to Hard Knocks and return to my normal Fiery state. I may stop to grow a bit of actually useful produce first, though. Heck, I might decide to grow a bunch of useful produce, and go say hello to the Giant in the process. I'm not exactly sure of my plans...but I do intend for them to involve a lot of Roc Rocks.

One Million XP

Just attained this landmark (fighting a Roc). Sure, a bunch of people have hit this level before me, but I still like it. I do wonder, however, how many of the others have never killed the 300000-XP Giant...


I'd like to report a bug. My star sign isn't a Dragon.

You dig.
You find a magic apple!
You place it on the ground and wait.
After a while a Angel wonders into view. It ignores you totally and eats some of the apple. A noise 
startles you and you look behind you. When you look back both apple and creature have gone.
Thinking back, you remember your mother telling you that you were born under the sign of the Angel!
You lose a Magic Compass.

I'm Actually Fairly Religious in RL

...believe it or not.

You attack the Seraphim.
You cause 70 points of damage, and receive 8400 experience.
The sword slurps up the life blood...
You lose a Daemonic Sword.
You gain a Daemonic Great Sword.
You slay the Seraphim.

--Dragon 08:11, 25 August 2006 (BST)

Best Monster Drop Ever

OK, I'm not usually one to put monster drops up on the wiki...but this deserves mention. For being crazy-good.

You attack the 3 Skull Gulls.
You cause 2631 damage, and receive 13155 xp.
You lose a Cannon Ball.
You lose 10 Measures of Black Powder.
You slay the Skull Gull.
You gain 4 Mugs of Coffee.
You gain a Fire Cracker.
You gain a Copy of 'Go West'.
You gain a Copy of Sixth Column.
You gain 3 Sheets of Paper.
You gain 2584 Gold Pieces.
You gain a Magic Ball.
You gain a Barbelith Talisman.
You gain 2 Earth Talismans.
You gain 2 Vorpal Blades.
You gain 2 Fiddles.
You gain a Cool Disguise.
You gain a Magic Ruby.
You gain 6 Cannon Balls.
You gain 2 Air Talismans.
You gain a Brave Star.
You gain 2 Short Bows.
You gain 27 Skull Gull Skulls.
You gain 6 Spikey Ninja Throwing Stars.
You gain a D4.
You gain a Small Map.
You gain a Copy of 'I'm Coming Out'.
You gain a D12.
You gain a Fire Stone.
You gain 12 Palantirs-as-you-go.
You gain 2 Glass Swords.
You gain a Magic Opal.

(For the record, Skull Gulls always drop a lot of stuff, but it usually isn't very good--about the quality of the unbolded things above. Which, if you're at a level where you're taking on Skull Gulls, isn't much to get excited about. This drop was exceptional, though.) --Dragon 17:53, 13 December 2006 (GMT)

Angry Dragon

Shaman hbookbinder has thrown a snowball at you!
Shaman hbookbinder has thrown a snowball at you!
Shaman hbookbinder has thrown a snowball at you!
Shaman hbookbinder has thrown a snowball at you!
Shaman hbookbinder has poked you with a stick!
Shaman hbookbinder has poked you with a stick!
You gain an Acceptance of Angry Dragon.
Shaman hbookbinder gives you an Acceptance of Angry Dragon.
Shaman hbookbinder has poked you with a stick!

ROOOOAAAARRRR!!! which I mean, that's pretty funny. --Dragon 20:01, 17 March 2007 (GMT)

Take That, Mohs Scale!

Corundum eats the Diamond.
You lose a Diamond.

Darksatanic started a trend of giving pet rocks mineral names. Hence, Corundum, which is 1) well 'ard, as DS put it, 2) worthy of a place in a dragon's hoard, given its value, and 3) a reasonably cool name. --Dragon 05:57, 19 March 2007 (GMT)

Shameless Bragging


You are a tiny bit warm.
You attack the Pheonix (gen. 80).
You cause 800 points of damage, and receive 64000 experience.
You lose a Glass Sword.
Your glass sword shatters!
You slay the Pheonix (gen. 80).
You gain 237 Units of Charcoal.
You gain 323929 Gold Pieces.
You gain 3081 Phoenix Feathers.
You gain a Glowing Breakfast Bar.

--Dragon 08:30, 26 June 2006 (BST)

Over 1000 Max HP

You lose 15000 Gold Pieces.
You lose 30 Triffid Stings.
You lose 60 Crocodile Scales.
You lose 60 Phoenix Feathers.
You lose 30 Roc Rocks.
You get trained. It largely involves being hit repeatedly over the head with bits of wood. When you wake up you do feel a bit tougher.

--Dragon 05:52, 13 July 2006 (BST)

7-minute AP Delay

Your make the connection!
You lose a 3 Iron.
Ancient forces increase your strength. (+5 max AP)
You have connected all 24 totems! You've earned -1 apdelay. Go you!

--Dragon 07:03, 4 September 2006 (BST)

Congratulations! TerrorRemedy

100 Million XP

Crossed the threshhold by killing an Evil Self.

You attack the Evil Duke dragon MD.
You lose 3368 Gold Pieces.
You cause 5350 damage, and receive 133750 xp.

Certainly not the most XP I've gotten in a single hit, but a fitting monster to get it with nonetheless. --Dragon 07:05, 1 October 2006 (BST)


You slay the 172 headed Hydra.

--Dragon 08:36, 4 March 2007 (GMT)

Sand Castle

You use your bucket and spade to turn all your sand into a sand castle.
You lose 40287 Units of Sand.
You use a pointy stick and a piece of paper to make a flag on the top.
You lose a Sheet of Paper.
You lose a Pointy Stick.
A crazy-huge sand castle is here. A little flag in the top declares it the work of dragon.

Yes, you will get dissed if you kick it down.  :) --Dragon 00:51, 7 January 2007 (GMT)

Pageturner kicked it down. Pageturner got dissed for it. I hope he thinks that was a good use of 200AP...--Dragon 08:36, 4 March 2007 (GMT)


Six Dragons at a Dragon Spire


Who Said Knights Who Say Ni are Hard to Find?


You say 'it'
The Knights who say Ni scream.
You cause 50 points of damage, and receive 20 experience.
The Knights who say Ni scream.
You cause 50 points of damage, and receive 20 experience.
The Knights who say Ni scream.
You cause 50 points of damage, and receive 20 experience.
You say 'it'
The Knights who say Ni scream.
You cause 50 points of damage, and receive 20 experience.
You slay the Knights who say Ni.
You gain 84 Gold Pieces.
You gain an Earth Wand.
You gain a D10.
The Knights who say Ni scream.
You cause 50 points of damage, and receive 20 experience.
You slay the Knights who say Ni.
You gain an Empty Mug.
You gain 68 Gold Pieces.
You gain a Water Wand.
The Knights who say Ni scream.
You cause 50 points of damage, and receive 20 experience.
You slay the Knights who say Ni.
You gain 51 Gold Pieces.

Why Does One GNU Hate Me and the Other Not?


(no, I didn't use a Wand of Anger or anything)

Vashka, What Did You Put in the Ice Cream?


I ate the specialty from Vashka's Ice Cream Van, and it made me go blind, see groovy colors, and decide I was a Large Asteroid. Wow.

Call Me Ishmael

On second thought, don't, but I found (and slew) the White Whale:


The whale can be aligned--it's still white, but you get a hint of the aligned color in the border:


Sometimes, the 'King Gets Bored

elseware has nicked your Wizards Hat.
You lose a Wizards Hat.


(yes, he gave it back)

Sometimes, the 'King Gets Bored, Part II

An official from The Council of Great Lords appears and takes 1 Soul.

(This was after I asked on IRC if there were any eternal consequences of using daemonic weapons on Kerubim.)


An official from the Council of Great Lords appears, hands you a package, and then disappears again.
You gain a Soul.

(although I can't help wondering if this new one is mine, or just a random one elseware happened to have lying around....)

Biggest Monster in Cities?


Over 177 million HP--almost 18 times as large as the Balrog.

More Tripping

The following come from Pandora's Socks rather than the ice cream:

  • The Fire Fly lives! (if only in my hallucinations...)


  • Snark in a wizard's hat!


(it's actually GL Ruthven)

Dragon Form

Elseware was kind enough to polymorph me (back) into dragon form:

Admin set your active=Fists
Admin set your morph=50
Admin set your is=dragon


Unfortunately, the spell didn't last. Also, I couldn't move properly--everything cost 10 times as much effort. Probably a limitation of the spell, since dragons can normally fly easily despite our size.  ;)

Update: I've been informed that there's a special background for dragons. Unfortunately, the dead-o-matic script overwrote it. This is what it looks like, though.

That's why I've switched to the Cities Health Bar. It doesn't overwrite the backgrounds for toads, dragons, smiths, apprentices, etc. --BlaisedeC 21:03, 8 June 2007 (BST)

Duelists in Action

If you're a Duelist, the Shrine of Fire isn't really the best place to just hang out...


...some random Air Duke might come up and kill you.


--Dragon 09:12, 26 January 2007 (GMT)

In the Golden Condor

I piloted the Golden Condor.


--Dragon 09:12, 26 January 2007 (GMT)

In Broad Daylight

From the original Zork:

>what is a grue?
The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its
favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its
fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have
survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale.

(emphasis added)

I tell you now, I have seen the fearsome Grue in the light of day!


--Dragon 06:05, 23 August 2007 (BST)

Dragons Like High Mountaintops

And I am no exception.


--Dragon 07:25, 5 September 2007 (BST)

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