Guidelines to City Walls

Note: The rules for freestanding walls in the guidebook are very fluffy and inaccurate! Don’t use them!

1 – Determine City Size

Each stronghold space supports roughly 2.5 individuals, their employment and living requirements.

Stronghold Space ~ Maximum Population
500 SS ~ 1,250 population
1,000 SS ~ 2,500 population
2,500 SS ~ 6,250 population
5,000 SS ~ 12,500 population
7,500 SS ~ 18,750 population
10,000 SS ~ 25,000 population

2 – Determine Wall Material

See Page 37 of the SBG and multiply the values by 2.

Material Width Base Cost per Section
Wood 1’ 200gp
Masonry 2’ 500gp
Superior Masonry 2’ 600gp
Reinforced Masonry 2’ 900gp
Hewn Stone 6’ 1,200gp

3 – Determine Wall Width

To make walls wider you simply multiply the Base Cost by the amount you want to make the walls wider.

Example: A 10’ wide masonry wall is 2’ wide. To make it 10’ wide – multiply the base cost by 5. Thus, 5 × 500gp = 2,500gp per section.

4 – Determine Wall Height

All free standing walls are assumed to be 10’ high. For every additional levels of height an additional level of width needs to be added to all supporting levels.

Example: A 30’ masonry wall would have a 0’ to 10’ layer of 3 sections. A 10’ to 20’ layer of 2 sections, and a 20’ to 30’ layer of 1 section. See page 36 of the SBG for an illustration.

Height Additional cost per section
10’ None
20’ +2x Width Cost
30’ +5x Width Cost

Example: A 10’ wide and 20’ fall masonry wall would have a cost per section of 2,500gp (width) + 5,000gp (height) = 7,500gp per section.

5 – Determine Gates, Towers & Wall Sections

You need 1 wall section per 500 SS.

On average you need roughly 1 tower per wall section plus an additional tower at the end of a wall, however, more or fewer may be needed depending on the terrain. You must have enough towers to connect all wall sections (you don’t have to have towers on a wall which abuts a natural feature).

You need a gatehouse for 10’ walls.
You need a gatehouse + towers for 20’ walls.
You need a gatehouse + 2 towers + barbican for 30’ walls.

6 – Calculate Workers

Each Wall Section is equivalent to 2 SS for construction purposes.

Total Workers = # of Wall Sections x 2 + SS of Gates & Towers.

7 – Calculate Costs

  • Gates (as needed – including gatehouses, gate towers and barbicans)
  • Towers (as necessary to join wall sections)
  • Wall Sections (Width/Height cost per section * City Size SS / 500 )
  • Workers

Examples

Zazesspur City Walls

City Size 20,000 SS
Wall Material Reinforced Masonry (2’, 900gp)
Wall Width 8’ (900gp x 4 = 3,600gp)
Wall Height 20’ (3,600gp + 7,200gp = 10,800gp)

Totals

Component Number Cost per Component Total
Wall Section 40 10,800gp 432,000gp
Gatehouses 6 500gp 3,000gp
Barbicans 6 500gp 3,000gp
Towers 34 1,300gp 44,200gp
Total 482,200gp
Workers 126

Port Kir City Walls

City Size 7,000 SS
Wall Material Hewn Stone (6’, 1,200gp)
Wall Width 12’ (1,200gp x 2 = 2,400gp)
Wall Height 20’ (2,400gp + 4,800gp = 7,200gp)

Totals

Component Number Cost per Component Total
Wall Section 14 7,200gp 100,800gp
Gatehouses 2 500gp 1,000gp
Barbicans 2 500gp 1,000gp
Towers 18 1,300gp 23,400gp
Total 126,200gp
Workers 50

Mosstone Palisade Walls

City Size 500 SS
Wall Material Wood (1’, 200gp)
Wall Width 1’ (200gp)
Wall Height 20’ (200gp + 400gp = 600gp)

Totals

Component Number Cost per Component Total
Wall Section 2 600gp 1,200gp
Gatehouse 1 500gp 500gp
Towers 3 1,300gp 3,900gp
Total 5,600gp
Workers 8

Guidelines to City Walls

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