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What is your favorite fictional city (from novels, games, or anywhere), and why?


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Peter Robben
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Arkham!
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https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51pGU5XdJhL...

Architecture. This is the palace, but the whole city is in this style although more modest, and decorated with shells (could not find pic).

This city has no name because it is the single one on its island.
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I guess either Sigil (Planescape) or Ryoko Owari Toshi (Legends of the Five Rings) ..
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London Below from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere

I just loved use of real world places into a strange mirror of themselves!

Majestrix

The main city of our DnD campaign. Partially because I made it so I'm a bit proud of my creation and I love how my group interact with it and discover little bits and pieces hidden away, and oh my when they learn what's to come!!!
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Monkey Prime wrote:
London Below from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere


Yes!
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Maybe Hobbiton?

It's just so idyllic.

Maybe Camelot a close second?

I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of other cities.
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I seem to recall a similar QotD asked a while ago?

Anyways, I would've loved to visit (or even live in) Tirion upon Túna, city of the Noldor in Valinor.
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It might be cheating, but the world-cities of Cybertron and Coruscant are pretty dope.

In D&D, Waterdeep lives up to its hype imo.

While the movie was sh*t, the "City of a Thousand Planets" from Valerian (and its comics) is really fertile ground for interesting settings and stories. In the film, there were 1-2 scenes that approached the level of creativity I think the setting is capable of. It served to highlight how poor the overall product was, but those bright points at least displayed a ton of creativity.

Also, "The City" from the Thief games. Sadly, the most recent was the worst, but the fan community remains strong around the older games, and the mix of dystopian feel with fantasy, noir and steampunk elements is pretty darn cool.
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Gondor.
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I really love New Crobuzon from Perdido Street Station. Its weirdness, the way it is described in the book. When I read it, it was the first time I really "smelled/heard/sensed" a fictive city.
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In real life, cities depress me. So much so that it's hard for me to enjoy even fictional cities. But in an attempt to answer the question in good faith, I rummaged through my bookshelves of favorite fiction.

Lots of them have cities, of course, but it always seems as if I tolerate the cities, at best, for the sake of the story, rather than enjoy them.

I finally found one I actually enjoy spending reading time in, though even here, I prefer the adventures that take place in far-off exotic locations:

Scrooge McDuck‘s Duckburg.
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dysjunct wrote:
Gondor.


Try again

Unless you mean the cities of Gondor : Minas Tirith, Osgilliath, Belfalas and more? Then I agree.
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Oh, Rivendell, for sure. Living in Portland, I have a fondness for cities surrounded by temperate forests and nestled near a gorge and a river.
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Tanelorn - always been a big Elric fan.
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Karkared wrote:
dysjunct wrote:
Gondor.


Try again

Unless you mean the cities of Gondor : Minas Tirith, Osgilliath, Belfalas and more? Then I agree.


Haha. I meant Minas Tirith.
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sos1 wrote:
Scrooge McDuck‘s Duckburg.


Makes sense. After all, life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg. Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes; it's a duck blur. Might solve a mystery, or rewrite history...
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Lots of good choices...

On the one hand, I'd pick Michel Delving or any of the other shire settlements. Like Bruce said, they're so idyllic. It's almost like living in an idealized 19th century English hamlet.

On the other hand, there's Pearl from Kubin's The Other Side. What if Kafka built a city in central Asia? This would be it. A really intriguing little place.

And on my third hand, there's Xanadu from STC's poem and the Rush song of the same name. It's exceedingly exotic and only lightly painted, so there's a lot of room for one's imagination to run wild as to what it's really like.
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HP Lovecraft's Arkham
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Lankhmar.
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London
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I saw Arkham and co-signed it, conflating it with Batman's Gotham! In any case, I agree with both, and just had a brain fart earlier.
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Cities in flight, by James Blish.





Pure brilliance !


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The cities described in the Lone Sloane series, by Phlippe Druillet.




Totally amazing drawings !
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• Camorr, with its Elderglass towers
• Ankh-Morpork, particularly the Street of Alchemists
• Lankhmar, especially The Bazaar of the Bizarre (which isn't always there)
Mortal Engines version of London as a giant moving city that gobbles up other cities
• Viriconium
• Dinotopia's Waterfall City

I'm sure there are others. Lots of evocative places - not that I'd want to live in any of them, but they are wonderfully rich, filled with great locations to be used for gaming.
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