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And, as was mentioned earlier, the authors of the Valerian series of books, Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, were major pioneers and highly influential, as far as Bande Dessinée Science Fiction is concerned.



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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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I didn't originally think much of it, but I now really like Sharn, in the Eberron setting. I don't think I like it as it's usually envisioned, though, as sort of a fantasy New York, bustling with activity.

After reading "Sharn is a virtual ghost town!" I decided to take the numbers and illustrations literally and give the city a very low average population density, with pockets of higher population, but with large volumes that could not be said to have many regular inhabitants. This allowed me to think of Sharn as its own "points of light" setting, thereby making it darker and more dangerous, and generally easier (for me) to imagine adventuring in.
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Locus Eyrie - from the fiction created by the band The Axis of Perdition. A mix of Silent Hill and H.P. Lovecraft. It's like the street where Erich Zann lived, but it's a whole city.
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Now I'm doing Google image searches of a bunch of these. It's great. Excellent QotD!

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Mega City One..Everywhere else is the wasteland.

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I'm not the first, but Lankhmar. Especially the Street of Gods (the Gods in Lankhmar and the Gods of Lankhmar), and the underground city, inhabited by rats. I like rats.
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I can't think of a lot of fictional cities that stand out to me, but Republic City from Avatar: Legend of Korra comes to mind. An interesting mix of technology and tradition.
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I'm surprised people are listing Tolkien cities. There are some from the Silmarillion, true, but there's really nothing in Lord of the Rings that is fleshed out enough to have a good sense of.

Minas Tirith? I couldn't name one shop there. There's a lot of walls, a gate, the steward's palace, and um, maybe a barracks and a stable? That's all I remember, and I've read LotR more than twenty times. It's not a very well detailed place. (Edit: oh, I forgot we also know the Houses of Healing there.)

I don't consider Rivendell a city - it's barely a town. And can you name one shop there? No, I'll bet you can't.

Laketown is a decent town, but not a city. Bree is a very nice town - but no city. And the Shire! It's a collection of delightful hamlets and villages and there may be a town somewhere in there, but definitely no cities. I live where I do because it's as close to the Shire as the USA has.

Tolkien was much better at giving life to his smaller communities. I suspect he didn't much care for cities either, given how little he actually describes them. There's not one that has as much life as Lankhmar, for example. I know more about Vogelsang (from the excellent book The Wicked Enchantment by Benary-Isbert) than I do about Minas Tirith. Heck, I know more about the 100 Aker Wood than I do about Minas Tirith!

Don't get me wrong - I love Tolkien. But giving life to cities is not his strong point. And, since I'm not a city person, I'm okay with that.
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Space: Babylon 5 or Deep Space 9. I know that B5 would qualify as a city, but I am not sure if DS9 would. On the other hand, living on DS9 would seem safer. I also think DS9 is more developed in terms of major players one would interact with. However, B5 was a better show.

Fantasy: Republic City from Legend of Korra.

Urban Fantasy: Sunnydale. Sure there are a lot of vampires, but it has a good club scene.

RPG: Night City because 80's Cyperpunk is awesome.
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I'm surprised people are listing Tolkien cities. There are some from the Silmarillion, true, but there's really nothing in Lord of the Rings that is fleshed out enough to have a good sense of.

Not everyone needs something fleshed out to the same degree or in the same way you seem to want. I don't want to live in Sharn and I absolutely don't want my players to shop there, but I'd love for them to have to deal with a gang of Daask skullthumpers who using the rat-infested vastness of a disused tower warehouse as a base for their raids on nearby luxury apartments.
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sos1 wrote:
I'm surprised people are listing Tolkien cities. There are some from the Silmarillion, true, but there's really nothing in Lord of the Rings that is fleshed out enough to have a good sense of.

Not everyone needs something fleshed out to the same degree or in the same way you seem to want. I don't want to live in Sharn and I absolutely don't want my players to shop there, but I'd love for them to have to deal with a gang of Daask skullthumpers who using the rat-infested vastness of a disused tower warehouse as a base for their raids on nearby luxury apartments.

Actually, this tends to prove my point. You've given more detail about Sharn than we know about Minas Tirith.
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Based upon use? The capital of the Republic of Darokin, in the D&D known world (Mystara).

Actually liked? Tie: Roke, in Earthsea; Siech Tabr, Dune.
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The floating anti-gray palace in Capital on Capital in The Third Imperium is pretty cool. Great articles on Capital in this magazine issue:



It's interesting that Traveller has lots of descriptions of worlds but cities, not so much.
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I'm surprised people are listing Tolkien cities. There are some from the Silmarillion, true, but there's really nothing in Lord of the Rings that is fleshed out enough to have a good sense of.

Minas Tirith? I couldn't name one shop there. There's a lot of walls, a gate, the steward's palace, and um, maybe a barracks and a stable? That's all I remember, and I've read LotR more than twenty times. It's not a very well detailed place. (Edit: oh, I forgot we also know the Houses of Healing there.)

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Don't get me wrong - I love Tolkien. But giving life to cities is not his strong point. And, since I'm not a city person, I'm okay with that


I am happy to admit that I like the Minis Tirith in my head more than the actual city as described in the books.
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Tanelorn - always been a big Elric fan.

I'm also a Michael Morecock fan and the things about Tanelorn I loved is that it exists in every reality of the Million Spheres and you can find peace there, at least for a little while until the Balance swings.
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I'm a big fan of San Angelo for Champions.

I think I like Sanctuary as a fantasy city.
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The City of Greyhawk! Because it's Greyhawk, that's why. Seriously, as a neophyte D&D player it was the setting I played in most often. I just can't ignore my feelings of nostalgia.
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Hrm. I love Waterdeep from D&D lore, because it's packed to the gills with history and intrigue, which is all boosted due to being a port town (I love the sea, pirate lore, etc). It's also loaded with some of D&D's most memorable characters, including one of my all time favorites, Mirt the Moneylender. Honorable mentions: Rapture from BioShock, Innsmouth from The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and Hobbiton from the Lord of the Rings.
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Who remembers this ?








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Who remembers this ?


That's actually a tech-generation or two later than what I remember (Sim City 2000). I'm not used to feeling TOO old on this site, but if this is your nostalgia, then I'm about to shake my cane at you to get you off my lawn.

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