But yeah, I hadn't expected it to be this bad. The story didn't work for me, the characters didn't work for me, the friendship didn't for me they didn't seem real at all , the writing didn't work for me too much information , and I can go on and on, but I'm gonna stop here. The whole thing just didn't do it for me and I struggled finishing it. Though others seems to love this book. The leader. Thinks she's the best and all that. Never listens to anyone else and is quick to blame others. The somewhat prophet a diviner; can see the future.
I didn't really have any feelings towards her, she was just there. Cassa is his ex-girlfriend. The joker and easygoing. The pure and perpetually underestimated. Didn't really care for any of the girls in the story. Edric Sera, the father. His face was screwed up in confusion.
Cassa had heard of people being born with more than one skill, though it was rare. Diviners were descendants of seers—their ability to read small fortunes and near futures was a trickle-down effect through weakening bloodlines. Rooks were almost as rare as seers and could give and take memories with a touch. It was possible, if someone had rook and seer blood in them, for a person to manifest with more than one skill. Quick basic facts : Genre : - Young Adult Fantasy.
Series : - Standalone. Love triangle? Will I read this again in the future? Rating - 1. Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria is a YA, fantasy standalone that follows a group of friends as they uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, and fight to save the city of Eldra from it's supposed fate. First of all, going into this I had no idea there would be bisexual as well as asexual representation, and talk of panic attacks which is slowly making it's way into the fantasy genre, but we're not quite there yet.
I found it really easy to accept, and root for this particular cast of characters, and though I took my sweet time reading this one, when I WAS reading it I had difficulty putting it down! Everything was wrapped up in the end, but I couldn't help but wish there was going to be a sequel. I'm normally not the biggest fan of comparing books, and recommending books based on anything I've previously read, but I requested this because someone told me it reminded them of Six Of Crows, and I think if you're a fan of one-there's a chance you'll be a fan of the other.
View 2 comments. Oct 17, Ellie faerieontheshelf rated it really liked it Shelves: stand-alone-novels , fantasy , lgbtq. But once I saw it was a diverse and inclusive novel with queer rep, I was delighted. So whilst I'm still not too hot on this cover, the story inside is excellent.
The one thing that stood out to be about Beneath the Citadel - besides the rep, yes - was the absolutely stunning worldbuilding. There was so much history worked in, and there were so many kinds of magical roles in the society: seers and alchemists and rooks and many more. Then there was worldbuilding that hinted at fantastical worlds farther away which is always been something I've loved, the hint of more fantastical lands beyond the seams of the novel with lands of grass seas and northern cities.
It provided a wonderful background to a wonderful novel. The story is set around a group of friends, and what comes with this is really fun group dynamics that gave me Six of Crows-vibes, just more queer. There are five central characters, though one isn't as much a part of the group.
Cassa - leader and daughter of parents who led a rebellion that kinda failed? But now she's got a legacy of greatness on her shoulders. Evander - cutie pie bisexual.
Has a bit of talent for manipulation magic. PoC too! Alys - Evander's sister. On the asexual spectrum, plus-sized and struggles with anxiety. She is amazing. Her name is said like "Elise" apparently, but I kept reading it like "Alice" Newt - sneaky gay boy who's also adorable and a contortionist.
Vesper - an old friend of Cassa's with ties to the corrupt rulership of the city, but is really interesting and I adored her. Honestly, if you like group dynamic novels, this one is really good. Plus, they don't all pair up at the end, like they did in Six of Crows sorry I'm salty it was unrealistic no friendship group couple up romantically like that bai. Moving on, Beneath the Citadel also gave me Labyrinth vibes. As in the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, not the movie with the goblins.
As the title implies, beneath the citadel there is an arching network of caves and tunnels, and within it lies a dubious evil. And since we're on the mention of dubious evil, let me just praise the layers given to the antagonists of the novel - there was a point where readers are supposed to be unsure who the real villain is, and that's great. Complex antagonists are my bread and butter, k. Underneath Soria's lovely prose not too OTT but pretty enough to be notable , there is a network of themes running through the framework of the novel.
The idea of the past weighing heavily on the present, and the themes of choice, predetermined destiny and prophecies all abounded. Especially at the end, I thought it was a thoughtful consideration on legacies and whether to live up to what you're supposed to be, or whether you should make your own path. TL;DR: A spectacularly representative novel with diversity of all kinds, Beneath the Citadel is a dark fantasy with thoughtful roots that is sure to charm all kind of readers.
This review is also available on my blog, faerieontheshelf. This book has a really solid start. The reader gets to meet all the characters while they are kept prisoner and honestly I just loved the beginning, it was quite epic. However, very quickly, the book slowed down and seemed to drag forever. I had to switch to the audiobook because I refused to DNF it Sounds familiar? Yeah, I thought so too. The world in which the character evolve is not easy to live and honestly it was quite hard for me to picture it in my head. Moreover, I didn't understand why out of all the people in this city, this particular group of criminals was chosen to stop the evil being beneath the citadel.
I mean, are there no other people with more qualifications who could stop it as well? I'm confused. I was also confused greatly by the pacing in this book. I thought the back and forth between past and present was made well but the way the plot worked in itself was weird. It's probably because I wasn't interested at some points anymore The group of characters, despite being extremely similar to that of Six of Crows worked well.
I fell in love with Evander as soon as his first chapter came up, we stan a bi king. Cassa was I just didn't like her, don't ask me why because I don't think I would be able to explain it. I could totally relate with Alys when it came to her anxiety and panic attacks. She deserves all the hugs in the world, omg. Overall, this book was enjoyable but it felt like another one of your YA Fantasy books lately. There was nothing super new about it and I'm sad because this world has so much potential.
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I was happy to get a standalone, but some parts of the story felt under-developed and really could have been worked on more. The diversity and representation was greatly appreciated however.
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My Bookstagram Aug 31, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , review-copy , fantasy , own , heist. Beneath the Citadel follows a ragtag group of rebels as they attempt to infiltrate the citadel. They believe the government is hiding the reason that citizens of the city keep falling dead and they are determined to uncover the truth. This book is full of diverse characters fighting a corrupt government and has a plot that will keep you flipping the pages.
The cast of characters are all very three dimensional. There are flashback scenes that show memories of each character that have shaped them i Beneath the Citadel follows a ragtag group of rebels as they attempt to infiltrate the citadel. There are flashback scenes that show memories of each character that have shaped them into who they are, giving each character a complex back story. The characters are also incredibly diverse. Alys, who is a diviner, is asexual and struggles with crippling anxiety.
Newt, a contortionist, is gay and has suffered extreme trauma and probably has PTSD. Evander, who is blood bonded to silver, is bisexual. Then there is also Vesper, who can steal memories and Cassa, their leader. These types of characters represent the LGBTQ community and mental illnesses, but they are developed so well that their stories feel exceptionally genuine. Destiny Soria does a great job weaving this fantasy world and bringing it to life.
The different types of magic that exist in this world makes for a very interesting story. Rooks, or those that can steal memories, are probably my favorite because of how powerful they are. The way that these different abilities are described really helps bring this fantasy world to life.
The plot is incredibly captivating. The tension is built up well for the rising action and climax. There are also twists to this tale that you will never see coming. Beneath the Citadel is absolute fantasy gold. Destiny Soria gives you characters that you adore and places them in a fantasy world that is dark and magical and then creates a plot full of action and unexpected surprises.
This book is a hidden gem. The cover drew me in, but the writing made me a fan. Keep an eye on Destiny Soria, because she very well might become your next favorite young adult fantasy author. Jul 22, Katie. This was just crap overall - it was like it was trying to be the six of crows or what the gilded wolves intended to be but failed. It jumped too much for me and there were so so many characters I could not keep up. Neither could I keep up with the magical element of the story as nothing was really explained except the fact that there was only villainous but not really but really magical monster.
It attempted to create a morally grey story but it came out very heavy handed and not something I enjoye This was just crap overall - it was like it was trying to be the six of crows or what the gilded wolves intended to be but failed. It attempted to create a morally grey story but it came out very heavy handed and not something I enjoyed at all.
If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first received an eARC for this novel, I was really interested in the story and was excited to start. However, I did have to wait a bit to begin and dedicated the month of August to read the book.
I did not expect that it was going to be a battle. Life has got in the way and I have entered a reading slump. My interest level went from the top to right down below. I read at every chance I had, but it was few in between and minimal progress. My interest was lost completely. Nevertheless, I pushed back and was able to finally the story. I did not hate or dislike the story at all, but I never found the enjoyment I was hoping for either. I was interesting and I can see the goodness and potential of the story, but I just could not get into it as much as I would have liked to. The slump really defeated me for liking this story.
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Based on other reviews, this novel has a lot of rep and should definitely be worth reading, which is why I kept pushing to read this novel. I only wished that I did not have the slump and I probably would have enjoyed this story a whole lot more. View 1 comment. Jun 25, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: ty-fantasy , arc-1st-ng. Excellent YA high fantasy with alchemy, magic, and mystery.
Really enjoyed all the twists and turns in this YA fantasy novel. Narrated by 6 different characters, all keeping secrets, readers slowly learn of the history of the Citadel, its religious leadership, and the relationships between these characters. Though this allows the plot to unfold slowly, this is a very character-driven novel, and so understanding each of their histories and motivations is key to following the plot. As most of the n Excellent YA high fantasy with alchemy, magic, and mystery. These prophecies have kept the powerful council in their positions for centuries and led to rebellions for equality.
Gay, bi, and ace characters to be found here. This clean YA fantasy acknowledges character sexuality without making it a central focus point. I liked that the attributes were as mentioned just as casually as their height or hair color. Can't recommend this book enough! I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book.
Read more reviews! Feb 06, Iris rated it really liked it Shelves: impossible-to-put-down , what-on-earth-did-i-just-read , 4-stars , emotional-pain , fantasy , main-lgbtqiap , read-in , any-lgbtqiap-at-all. I'm sorry, who gave this book permission to mess with my emotions like that???
I thought this would be light and fun and heisty and a nice, not emotionally painful read to help my emotions recover from History Is All You Left Me. Instead I got a book that made me CRY. Jan 12, Samm Sassenach the Book Wizard rated it it was amazing Shelves: gay-rep , bisexual-rep , own , lgbtq-rep , , asexual-rep. The pacing is really strong and consistent.
I find a lot of fantasy standalone a fall flat but this one did not so I'll have to checkout the author's previous work. Dec 12, Eloise rated it liked it. I appreciate the attempt of bringing an interesting and diverse group of characters into a somewhat interest world. However it didn't actually work for me. I didn't feel any urgency to story, Maybe because I didn't really get why they had to do what they were doing..
Sadly this meant I wasn't sucked in like I would have liked. As for the characters, they ARE a great cast. But they just don't really get to show off how interesting. I didn't feel muc I appreciate the attempt of bringing an interesting and diverse group of characters into a somewhat interest world. I didn't feel much until the story was ending Jul 26, Ellie rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , to-review , pub-in , ya-fantasy-scifi-dystopian , challenge.
Read this damn book. Full review to come. Oct 02, The Nerd Daily rated it really liked it. Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Tasha Leigh In the city of Eldra, the people live under the constant and watchful eye of the Council, a group of elite citizens organised to maintain control of the city after a rebellion that lasted years. Guided by the infallible prophecies of powerful rooks of the bygone age, the council have been unstoppable and unrelenting in their quest for power. Now however, the events of the last prophecy have come to pass and their future is unknown Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Tasha Leigh In the city of Eldra, the people live under the constant and watchful eye of the Council, a group of elite citizens organised to maintain control of the city after a rebellion that lasted years.
Now however, the events of the last prophecy have come to pass and their future is unknown. Cut down while Cassa was just a child, she relies on her friends to help her through. Will her scheming pay off? Or will her efforts lead to her own demise? The story starts out with four teenagers—Cassa, Evander, Alys and Newt—going before the council to have their fate determined; they have been caught breaking into the Citadel the seat of power of the Council , an offense punishable by death.
Each of them had their own role to play and will be punished accordingly. There was however supposed to be a fifth conspirator, Vesper, a rather smart lass who was nowhere to be found when the plan went down—obviously she must have turned. After being sentenced to death, the quartet are escorted back to their individual cells to await their execution.
Being a resourceful bunch, each doomed teen utilises their skills to make a daring escape from the prison. Once they have gained their freedom, they must escape the city, however, fate has other plans for the group. Finding themselves lost in the endless tunnels under the Citadel, Alys makes a choice that changes the course of their young lives, thrusting them right into the path of their supposed executioner. At times, this novel was a struggle to finish as the narrative seemed to hit regular lulls—these were quickly forgotten once the story hit a point of action.
Also, the idea of having to undergo a transformation to be bloodbound to an element rather than being born with the ability was a refreshing change from the norm. The world building within was nothing less than amazing. Regardless of whether there was a map present or not, the ability to track characters movements was relatively simple, enabling the audience to get a fairly thorough idea of where and when events took place.
Taking place from varying characters point of views could have caused an audible groan from those who prefer single narrators. In Citadel, the transitions were logical and relatively smooth as events were told in chronological order. This enabled each character to firmly know their place and undergo their own journey of self discovery; their individual personalities allow different interpretations of the events, moulding the character path through the world of Eldra.
The villains of this novel have distinct purpose and while initially seeming to take on the traditional role, by the conclusion each has undergone their own transformation. Solan is especially of note with his first presentation being that of a helpless old man being held hostage by a society who wish to use him for their own personal gain. In the final chapters, however, it is quite obvious that he is a diabolical genius and deserves an Oscar for his previous performances. While initially single sided, by the end a relationship has formed. Traditionally these sorts of interactions are thrown in the face of the reader and can become quite obnoxious—within Citadel, it is oft alluded to however serves as more of an undertone rather than a primary plot point.
Overall, Beneath the Citadel is a well written entry into the world of YA fantasy. The character development, relationships, and fast pacing throughout the majority make it an enjoyable read with the worldbuilding greatly influencing potential enjoyment of the tale. While the sexual orientation of at least two major players may be seen as unacceptable within mainstream fiction by some, I would strongly recommend at least giving it a go. Finally, a standalone fantasy series with enough depth and plot packed into one book!
If you love heists , fantasy, and morally-gray characters, this is for you. I especially loved Cassa, daughter of rebels who led the rebellion. She was such an interesting character and, despite clear motivations, is faced with challeng Finally, a standalone fantasy series with enough depth and plot packed into one book! She was such an interesting character and, despite clear motivations, is faced with challenging decisions across the story. A massive component of the story is the idea of taking away memories, and this is used strategically to confuse and mislead their enemies.
I thought that this enriched the plot, kept you guessing, and there was also this added layer of how memories make a person who they are. She is a fantastic writer. This review can also be found on my blog! CW: torture, abuse, death and death of a loved one, and anxiety attacks I wanted to like this book more than I did. That cover is gorgeous and so is the title. It definitely drew me in and made me want to find out more because it looks hella creepy.
The plot is, to be honest, pretty much like any new YA fantasy that I see. However, I never got the sense that things were well-defined. Never did. While I read the book very fast and it was an easy read, nothing stuck. So, the plot. Basically, the characters were interesting, the plot held my attention while reading, the writing was very good, but I never enjoyed it enough to get invested and I could have just put it down without finding out the ending. Oct 10, BeeWitchedShelves rated it really liked it. Your lives in exchange for one task. There is a monster beneath the citadel. I need you to kill it.
Rebellion was foretold within it's city walls and the council quickly stamped out the fire it brought with it, but it never crushed it's spirit. To defend their lives, their friendships, and their honor they'll risk their lives again and again to face the darkness. Who do you turn to when the monster under your bed knows your darkest fears?
This in no way sways my opinions about it's contents. Destiny Soria, my first encounter with her was through Iron Cast which was one of the very first book reviews that I wrote. Soria is a very character driven writer so if you're more of a reader that focuses on the plot you may find yourself struggling to get through the story, not that this story doesn't have enough action. I couldn't put it down once I started it because I was so interested in what was happening in Eldra that I kept saying "okay just one more chapter" and then reading like 10 more.
The relationships between the characters definitely made the book more intense for me because these relationships were forged from loyalty and love and their bonds made me care more when they were in danger! The premise of the book is that Eldra, a city that has a council appointed is essentially run by prophecy and if you're found to be going against the council then it spells bad luck for you.
The people within it's walls have suddenly started collapsing with no warning and wake up as a shell of their former selves with their memories gone, it just so happens that the executioner deals in taking people's memories, and this same executioner is employed by the council. This fact doesn't sit well with the four rebels and they decide to infiltrate the Citadel to expose the truth and find themselves locked up.
When their plans are foiled The Chancellor approaches them with a deal. You can all go to your deaths- a wasteful end to your wasted lives- or you can listen to my proposition. Alys is an asexual who has had romantic queer relationships, Newt is gay, Evander is bisexual, and Cassa is heterosexual.
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There are strong female leads and it shows men having emotions. It brings light to anxiety disorders which is important because it affected the characters in different ways just like anxiety manifests differently for all of us! You can really feel the difference in characters from Newt's quiet demeanor, Alys's intelligence that is often overshadowed by her panic attacks that she refers to as maelstroms, Cassa's stubborn and determined personality, and Evander's over confident but caring attributes.
They always have but this time we can do something. For the first time, we can take something back. The plot wasn't confusing at all but you do have read through the book to have the plot revealed which seems to be the style that this particular author prefers. I will always be a fan of Destiny Soria and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to read her new book, it totally exceeded all of my expectations.
We could all learn something from these characters, and what. I did not see it coming. I rated it 4. I take comfort in this knowledge, and I hope you will too. Review up on my blog here! View all 3 comments. Aug 17, J. Ironside rated it really liked it Shelves: arcs , netgalley-edelweiss , fantasy , lgbtqai , coming , buddy-reads. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this fast paced adventure story about the importance of choice and the consequences of believing you have none. There are five viewpoint characters - wildfire Cassa, daughter of dead rebel parents trying desperately to live up to their legacy; Plump and clever Alys, supremely disdainful on the outside , a maelstrom within; Evander, her h ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Beneath the Citadel was a pleasant surprise.
There are five viewpoint characters - wildfire Cassa, daughter of dead rebel parents trying desperately to live up to their legacy; Plump and clever Alys, supremely disdainful on the outside , a maelstrom within; Evander, her happy-go-luck trickster brother, and Newt, outwardly calm and competent, a natural sneak for whom still waters run deep.
And then there's Vesper who is in a position more difficult than her friends can imagine, one that will test every fibre of her moral courage. The Citadel itself is almost a character in it'sown right. Basically there's the Citadel and the city - a very definite divide between the elite and the unprivileged. The Citadel is dedicated to the religion of the Slain God - in this respect it's a theocratic state - and the council run everything, using the infallible prophecies to foil revolts and uprisings. Basically, he Slain God left his mark on certain bloodlines and children of those bloodlines sometimes manifest one of his gifts - Sentience - the ability to read thoughts, truth or lies in someone's face, Divination - the ability to read the future in coins or bones or some other device and Rookery - the ability to take and store other people's memories with a touch.
A major part of Wedge's Gamble is the Rogues' effort to disable the shields long enough for the New Republic to invade. The Sword of Shannara had Tyrsis, the capital of Callahorn. The city had a heavy wall and thick gate plus was built into a mountain. On top of that you had the Border Legion of Callahorn guarding the city. Ultimately, the defenses are not breached through strength but by treachery. Spies within Tyrsis jam the locking mechanism to the city gates, allowing easy breaching by the vast army of the Warlock Lord.
Eddison's classic The Worm Ouroboros has Carce, the heavily fortified capital of Witchland, wich is described both as a citadel and a city. To ensure their safety, the Last Redoubt is surrounded by the "Air-Clog," an electric circle that creates an invisible barrier prohibiting any monsters from entering the Redoubt. This may be the first fully realized version of a force field in all of literature.
Ankh-Morpork of the Discworld was once a walled city, but much like such cities in real life it eventually overran its borders, and the walls were picked apart over the years by citizens in need of building materials. The remains of this earlier wall are to be found at intervals inside the City, rendered redundant when it began to overspill from its original boundaries and thus necessitating a second wall to be built.
The second set of walls and towers are more or less intact, although the castle and keep on the Tump which would have been the strategic lynchpin of the system have long since fallen into ruin. There appear to be no plans to build an even longer and far more expensive third wall.
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Lord Vetinari abhors un-necessary effort and expense. On top of that, Ankh-Morpork actually has a unique way to deal with invaders, one that does not need walls: If a barbarian horde were to besiege the city, the citizens would welcome them with open arms, and before the barbarians would realize, they had become part of the city life. Assaults are much likelier to come through magic than a physical invasion. Xenos : any city to some extent, depending on the paranoia level of the rulers.
Belgor, founded to house the Hunters and stand against the Blight. The harbor of Baros, justified as the single available landing point on the entire island. The island itself is described as a natural fortress, and the Properly Paranoid ruler Kriy has done everything to fortify that single weak point. The city of Vervunhive in Necropolis is a formidable example. The "curtain wall" surrounding it is nearly a hundred meters tall and boasts colossal siege cannon as well as anti-air missiles, gun emplacements, and large garrisons. There are only a handful of gated entry points, each with its own highly reinforced guard houses.
Topping it all off literally is a huge shield generator that can protect the entire interior space from artillery fire virtually indefinitely. Unfortunately , the city's substantial suburbs as much as half of its population either lives or works outside the walls are not protected at all aside from a handful of bunkers, its design serves to prevent the defenders from launching counter-attacks with any real effectiveness, and cooping a few tens of millions of humans up together leads to panic and near rioting. In the end, the final Chaos assault destroys almost all of the fortifications before being repelled by, ironically, a counter-attack that the defenders never would have countenanced were their walls still standing.
Their rival, Ferrozoica Hive, is implied to be equally impressively defended both sets of defensive works date to a "Trade War" the two hives fought around a century before — which is why, when they arrive, the Imperial fleet just lances it from orbit. The Air Clan's fortress is located atop a mountain peak called the Fang of the Four Winds and is surrounded by stone walls, the only city in this world with them. Averted with the Fire Clan's capital of Oros, which is located underground and has no defensive fortification.
Because any attacked would first have to go through the Fire Clan's battle mages, which are the best of all the Elemental Clans, especially on their home turf the air is so hot and dry that it robs the Air and Water Clan mages of much of their power. To a lesser degree, the "capital" of the Cat Clan is a castle in the woods surrounded by a living wall of thick trees. Fittingly for a planet named after the god of war, Martian cities in the Barsoom novels are all fortresses; the relationship between most Red Martian nations at the best of times can fairly be described as "armistice", and the Green Martians would love nothing better than to sack any of them.
William Brown's Daniel Black series, a protagonist from our world is transported to a magic-based world which is undergoing the " Fimbulwinter " of Norse mythology - basically, it's going to be winter for thirty years. To help ensure the survival of humanity, he creates an Arcology with hundred-foot-thick solid granite walls Not a hundred feet high, a hundred feet thick. Live Action TV. In Doctor Who , Gallifrey's two greatest cities: Capitol sometimes called Citadel and Arcadia were protected by hundreds of sky trenches. Prior to the end of the Last Great Time War, nothing has been able to breach even two sky trenches.
Then a large Dalek force manages to break through all sky trenches over Arcadia and ravages the city. On the other hand, despite having fewer sky trenches, the Capitol's defenses are never breached. Tabletop Games. In Magic: The Gathering , specifically the Shadowmoor block, the insanely paranoid Kithkin build all of their settlements this way. It's a common feature of Abzan settlements on Tarkir, too.
In the present, the walls are the main defences; in the distant past of Fate Reforged, they mount ballistae on top to deal with marauding dragons; and in the alternate present created by Sarkhan's meddling, they've been taken over by the Dromoka dragon brood and the ballista platforms have been turned into landing pads.
Nearly three quarters of the population serve in the military, Child Soldiers are taught to use a gun before they learn to read, and is protected by its own fleet of spaceships. This being 40K, it still wasn't enough to prevent the invading forces of Chaos from destroying it at the end of the "Fall of Cadia" campaign.
Each Space Marine chapter has a "fortress monastery" as its HQ. Each is basically a self-sufficient city complete with living quarters, workshops, temples, spaceport etc. Hell, every Imperial space ship in the universe basically fits this description, with a crew size of at the lowest end 20, men, they have the population of a small to large city, defenses capable of dealing with both the threats of warp travel and capable of defending against the ridiculous firepower of anything in the same category with it for at least a short amount of time.
Special mention should also go to the Eldar Craftworld Ulthwe, which is a massive world ship with a population in the billions trapped orbiting the Eye of Terror. CthulhuTech : Most major cities have been converted into hardened, self-contained Mega City structures, and living outside one is a very bad idea. In Rocket Age the Martian city of Kolpith was an unassailable city for many centuries. It fell the moment the French brought modern military technology to bare on its walls however. The Zone is a massive fortified cityscape 1, stories high and 22 miles long and the last major habitat for humanity in North America after a massive demonic invasion.
The Zone isn't just big, almost every metre of it is studded in artillery cannons that fire thermobaric shells and the Zone can unleash hordes of battle vehicles and bionic soldiers to counter-attack anything Hell can throw, including mountain-sized demons. Though less impressive, Po-Koro is also heavily defended, being built inside a massive hollowed out mesa with only one entrance. Video Games. All the remaining cities in Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault are basically these, as they'd be torn apart by the Protonovus otherwise.
Part of the challenge is putting together an effective Citadel City that can weather the various types of Protonovus that appear. Assuming the AI doesn't make a mistake while building the walls. Fort Tarsis in Anthem is this. Destiny : The city underneath the Traveler, which has walls and plenty of defenses against encroaching invaders who seek to break in. The Elder Scrolls : Oblivion 's cities are entirely surrounded by walls. There is a gameplay reason for this, however, as for the first time in the series, cities are separate cells from the surrounding game-world.
These cities must entered via a door or gate. This obviously means that the game-designers have to design those cities so that you can only enter and leave them via the door s , which is most easily done via this trope. Skyrim carries of the tradition of walled cities from Oblivion. Not all the walls are in top condition — Whiterun's outer defenses are crumbling and neglected — but if you get involved in the civil war that's gripped the province, you'll find yourself testing multiple cities' defenses.
Most cities in the Exile series had a similar design for similar reasons though there were plenty of exceptions. It has a wall, called The Wall powered by magic from the king. The building the king lives in is also called the Citadel. Many minor villages in the Fire Emblem games tend to be walled. If the player finds one in their map, they can send a member of the army to check on it and tell them to close their gates, receiving items as thanks and occasionally recruiting new cast members.
The capital of Nohr, Windmire, is a mix of this and Underground City. It's heavily guarded by a fleet of warships at any given time, twenty orbital defense platforms each capable of destroying a Covenant ship with one shot , a nuclear minefield, and enormous quantities of soldiers. Then the Covenant show up with an even larger invasion force. It's a essentially a self-sufficient fortress, surrounded by thick walls and an eco-powered energy shield that protects the city from the Metal Heads , in addition to constant patrols by the city's defense force, the Krimzon Guard.
It's essentially impenetrable, and because crops and livestock are produced inside the walls, it can withstand a siege of any duration and has, in fact, done so for centuries now. The only weak point is the fact that the city, and by extension the shield wall, is powered by eco, which is obtained from mines outside the city that the Metal Heads actually can attack. A looming eco shortage is a frequent concern raised during the game, as without the shield wall the city stands no chance against the Metal Heads. While not exactly surrounded by literal walls, this world is populated mainly by the Final Fantasy cast and few other refugees who are more than willing to fight any threat that endangers their home and the people living there, Cid and Merlin installing an Anti-Heartless security system as extra security.
Unfortunately, because this world contains knowledge collected by Ansem the Wise about the nature of the cosmos, possess enhanced Magitek , is ground-zero for the Heartless threat that kicked off the story and because many of the antagonists possess a personal affinity for the location most of Organization XIII are from here, Maleficent used it as her main base when she rose to power, etc , this world is constantly a target, most notably with the Battle of Heartless.
In addition to an ever-present defense fleet it can close its arms when attacked and render itself inaccessible. And now the subversion: because it's so defensible, the Citadel makes perfect bait for advanced civilizations and allows the Reapers to decapitate the galaxy's leadership in one fell swoop during their 50, year harvesting cycle. Every player-built settlement in Rimworld eventually turns into one of these to some extent to defend against the repeated invasions by bandits and Space Pirates. In earlier versions it was possible to exploit the enemy AI by leaving a single gap in the walls and luring them into a huge ambush, but more recent updates have made them aware of the ranges and firing arcs of fixed turrets and added sappers who can tunnel through walls.
Savannah Citadel in Sonic Unleashed. There is a huge, thick wall around the place, but the doors in are usually open as the inhabitants are peaceful and friendly to Sonic. Just not Dr. The houses the Sith Citadel, is surrounded by numerous fortified walls of its own, and has a highly militaristic "peacekeeping" force on the inside. Stellaris lets you go the "planetary citadel" route if you build a lot of Strongholds or Fortresses on your worlds.