City Survival Guide by Lasitus

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 07/14/07 | Printable Version

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Crappy ASCII by Lasitus

Surviving in the City
A FAQ/Guide by Andrew Lidwell
Version 1.0

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Survival Guide
   2a. The People
   2b. Cleaning Up After Yourself
   2c. Remaining Unseen
   2d. Remaining Unheard
   2e. Behaving Yourself
   2f. Making a Clean Getaway
   2g. Pavelock Prison
3. FAQ
4. Contact Info
5. Version History/Update Info
6. Legal Stuff

1. Introduction

The City is a new concept to Thief fans.  In the previous two games, completion
of a mission would bring you to a loadout screen, in which goods you'd... 
liberated would automatically be traded in for cash, which you could use to buy
equipment to liberate more goods and so on.  This is changed in Thief: Deadly 

Now, Garrett finds himself in the City's various districts after every mission.
He must seek out his fence(s) all by his lonesome, trade his goods in, and then
find a store that will sell him less-than-legal equipment - all the while 
avoiding the City Watch and whoever else might be out to ruin his night.

But fear not, fellow Thief.  After several difficult nights in the City, I've 
decided to take mercy on the lot of you and compile all my survival tricks into
this guide. After reading this guide, you'll be well on your way to pilfering 
your weasly little guts out without fear of the City Watch trying to hit you 
with pointy metal.

2. Survival Guide

You're finally free after that long, grueling night of pilfering, and what 
better way to celebrate but to pilfer some more?  Before you go charging 
through the streets looking for locks to pick and purses to cut, though, there
are things to keep in mind.

2a. The People

1. Peasants
These people are the working men and women of the City, and make up the group
of people you will encounter most.  They have no fighting ability whatsoever, 
and are often seen carrying valuables around.

How will they react to me?

It's complicated.  At first, they don't know you.  You can stand right in 
front of them, fully lit, and they won't react.  That changes in the face of
crime, though. If you threaten them in any way, attempt to harm them, commit 
an act of violence they can see, or carry a body in front of them - basically,
any illegal activity - they will either cower in fear or run to get the nearest
guard, who will proceed to arrest you by stabbing you in the face until you 
give yourself up.  The way theese people work, however, is silghtly broken.  
If they see ANY crime AT ALL, (even one you didn't commit) they assume you are 
the culprit.  This means that they will run for the guards every time they see 
you, even if you've been behaving yourself.  This becomes a major problem 
later, but we'll get into that in a bit.

How will they react to others?

They belong to no faction, and so have no natural enemies.  They will run from 
any conflict they see, and get the guards.

How can I spot them in the street (especially if they're not lit up)?

They're the only people not carrying some sort of weapon.

2. The City Watch

The bad guys.  They are fewer than the peasants, but still too many for my 
liking. They are the enforcers of law in The City, which means they absolutely
adore thieving law-breakers like you.  Even better, they all know your face at
a glance.  Seems Garrett's been busy lately.  There seems to be an unlimited 
supply of these guys, so just because you've knocked out every single one you 
saw doesn't mean it's all clear.

How will they react to me?

They will attack you on sight, with whatever pointy thing they are currently 
carrying. (For some reason, even if they bump into you in the darkness, they 
automatically know it's you.  So don't rub shoulders with anyone you don't 
have to.)  If you climb to an unreachable place (unless they have a bow) or 
get their health too low, they may run for backup.

How will they react to others?

They will break up any violence in the streets.  If it's you fighting they'll 
go straight for you, if you're not involved they usually end up killing 
everyone who is.

How can I spot them in the street (especially if they're not lit up)?

Look at the shoulders.  If there are points extending from the shoulders, that 
means shoulder pads, and shoulder pads mean armor - and armor means the City 
Watch.  Also, they're the only ones that carry bows, so if you see a bow it 
means an exceptionally lethal City Watchman.

3. Thugs

Thugs are usually found around illegal establishments.  They don't know 
Garrett Ė or if they do, they don't care, so long as he stays out of their way.

How will they react to me?

They'll ignore you until you harm them.  Once aggravated (by anyone, mind you),
they'll attack you on sight.  They will not run for backup if they can't reach 
you or if their health drops too low.  After all, who would they get - the City
Watch to arrest you both?

How will they react to others?

They become hostile if they see any violence.  If youíre not around, they will 
proceed to attack any City Watchman they see, or anyone else who pisses them 

How can I spot them in the street (especially if they're not lit up)?

They will look like peasants, but they're carrying swords (never bows).  If 
there's no armor, but you see a sword, chances are it's a Thug.

4. Hammerites

A religion obsessed with technology, mechanics, and progress.  They talk like 
someone right out of Shakespeare and are always on the lookout for sinners to 
smite.  This can be good for you or bad for you, depending on your actions 
throughout the game.

How will they react to me?

Depends.  Inside missions, they are always hostile.  However, on the streets 
that can change, depending on how much they like you.  When Hostile, they 
will attack you on sight.  When Neutral, they will not attack you unless you 
enter their territory (Fort Ironwood, Old Quarter).  When Allied, you can come 
and go as you please, and they will even attack anyone fighting you.

How will they react to others?

They will attack Pagans on sight.  Aside from that, they tend to leave well 
enough alone, unless attacked first.

How can I spot them in the street (especially if they're not lit up)?

They're decked out in red, and carry either a staff that glows red or a giant 
hammer on their back.  You literally cannot miss them.

5. Pagans

Slightly demented folk who worship the ancient Trickster god and speak a 
strange, English-like dialect based around the letter "s".  They live and 
breathe nature, and seek to bring nature back to dominance and live as one 
with it.  This makes them natural enemies of the progress-driven Hammerites.

How will they react to me?

Depends.  Inside missions, they are always hostile.  However, on the streets 
that can change, depending on how much they like you.  When Hostile, they will 
attack you on sight.  When Neutral, they will not attack you unless you enter 
their territory (An abandoned inn in The Docks and the park in Audale).  When 
Allied, you can come and go as you please, and they will even attack anyone 
fighting you.

How will they react to others?

They will attack Hammerites on sight.  Aside from that, they tend to leave well
enough alone, unless attacked first.

How can I spot them in the street (especially if they're not lit up)?

It's difficult, but they are usually wearing dress-like garments and have 
swords.  You'll almost never see them outside of pagan territory, though, so 
it's not too huge an issue.

6. Enforcers

Keeper assassins sent after Garrett.  Theese guys come in threes, and are tough
to kill.  Avoidance is the best policy here.  You won't run into them until 
you hit Old Quarter, but once they're set loose they cause absolute chaos in 
the streets.  They communicate telepathically, which they don't know you can 
hear.  It's pretty cool, aside from the fact that you can't judge where they 
are from the voice echoing in your head. Everyone and anyone who can fight will
attack Enforcers on sight.  One of them has to die (usually not the Enforcer), 
leaving a body in the streets for peasants to stumble upon and - you guessed 
it - assume YOU are the murderer, making it difficult to move through The City 
without the Watch being summoned at your every step.

How will they react to me?

They will actively hunt you at all times, and attack you on sight.  Don't let 
their apparent lack of ranged weapons fool you - they can throw blue homing 
glyphs at you if you try to climb to safety.

How will they react to others?

Anyone who can fight attacks them on sight, so it's hard to say.  They don't 
seem to harm peasants, though.  They will fight anyone who attacks them.

How can I spot them in the street (especially if they're not lit up)?

They're staking around hunched over at all times, so they're pretty easy to 
see.  If that's not enough, they're carrying crescent-shaped weapons in one 
hand and are wearing hoods.

2b. Cleaning Up After Yourself

What are you, the City maid?  No, you're a careful thief that never leaves 
behind evidence of his wrongdoings.  A few careless mistakes - a body left out 
in the open, a pool of blood left uncleaned - can spell the difference between 
a clueless City and every peasant you see running for the guards.

First, bodies.  Killed or simply knocked out, bodies serve as a warning sign to
anyone who stumbles across one.  That person will then either begin searching 
for you or run for help.  If you ever run into them again, they'll recognize 
you (somehow).  If you create a body, donít leave it lying around - find a 
shady nook that nobody walks in to dump it.  It'll save you a lot of headache 

Moving on to bloodstains.  These are the main reason I use my blackjack to... 
remove... my foes.  Not only does it make lass noise, but it doesn't leave 
behind any blood.  Sometimes, though, killing is unavoidable, and you end up 
with these.  Blood is spilled when you first strike someone with a pointy 
object, and again when you land the killing blow.  Anyone who sees a bloodstain
will become suspicious, but won't actively seek you out.  A single water arrow 
will clean up all bloodstains in a generous area around the point of impact.

The weapons enemies drop are annoying.  You'd think they'd tip off passerby, 
and there's no way to move them, so they bug the hell out of you.  Thankfully, 
they seem to be invisible to everyone but you, and nobody cares if they walk 
over a fallen sword.

  [S. Baker has this to add:]

    i just got something useful that i found out while running around randomly 
    pilfering from peoples houses, in the city, it may seem like a good idea to 
    hide bodies in places the guards don't use, well its really isn't, if you 
    can, store bodies in a certain house or other establishment, leave those 
    dark corners for yourself, otherwise when you hide there the guards will 
    find the body and just keep looking, and everytime they see it they prolong 
    the search.

2c. Remaining Unseen

Stealth is still your greatest weapon.  Just because you're out in the City 
doesn't mean you can act much differently than you would in a regular mission.  
Garrett has an amazing ability to blend in with shadows to become all but 
invisible - don't ignore it.  In every district there are plenty of doorways, 
nooks, alleys and corners shrouded in shadows that Garrett can easily hide in. 
Knowing how to move about stealthily can often spell the difference between 
that guard walking by without a clue or trying to kill you.

Learn to gravitate towards dark areas wherever you go.  Don't walk in areas of 
open light in you can help it, and try to walk close to unlit walls.  You can 
crouch if you want.  Pressing against a dark wall will drastically reduce your 
visibility (unless you're right in front of a light source).  All of these 
actions will reduce your visibility, meaning that that guard only *thought* he 
saw someone over there...

  [N. Sabruka has this to add:]

    If you are hiding in complete darkness but a guard or the like bumps into 
    you, they will spot you. Not, however, if you are hugging a wall. Wall 
    hugging, in perfect darkness, makes you perfectly undetectable. I like to 
    do this in tight spots instead of getting bumped into and having to run 
    like Hell. Remember though that you must be in perfect darkness for this 
    to work. The slightest light will cancel this effect.

Don't forget about your Water Arrows, either.  They're a valuable tool if you 
need a bit of shadow to duck into in a pinch.  Gas Arrows will put out open 
flames as well, but as they're rare and expensive you'd do well to only use 
them in desperate situations.

If you've got the Climbing Gloves, an entirely new mode of travel becomes 
available. A guard is patrolling that alleyway?  Climb up above the light and 
cross the alley, Spider-Man style.  The guard will be none the wiser.

2d. Remaining Unheard

Almost everything you do makes noise.  This matters less in The City, where 
most of the people don't care how loudly you charge through the streets.  
Noises will still tip off your enemies, however, (and running makes you easier 
to see) so it still pays to be careful.

Pay attention to what you're walking on if you're trying to move silently.  
Carpet and "natural" ground such as dirt or moss makes almost no noise, whereas
tile or metal will send your footsteps echoing for quite a while.  Trying to 
sneak up behind someone is no good if you're running across metal and they turn
to see what all the noise is.  A blackjack only serves to piss off someone
looking at you.

By default, the Shift key will make Garret walk, which is quieter than running 
but still makes noise.  The Ctrl key will make Garrett Sneak, making no sound 
at all, even if he were walking on bubble wrap with golf cleats.  Crouching 
will also make Garrett move slower, creating less noise. If you're crouching 
and sneaking, you're not only hard to see but impossible to hear.  You'll be 
moving slower than a sleepy turtle, but you'll be stealthy.

2e. Behaving Yourself

But I'm a thief, damnit!  You're saying I still have to act a certain way?  Yes
and no.  These aren't so much ways to behave as they are guidelines to avoid 
getting in trouble with everyone in The City.

First:  Please try not to kill any non-combatants.  Not only does it look bad 
on your record, but depending on who you kill your subsequent visits to The 
City can become that much harder.  Really.  Take, for example, South Quarter.  
Just outside of Black Alley, there's a man behind a booth selling bread.  On 
the booth are two loaves of bread, a candle you can pinch out... and 75 loot 
in copper coins, every night.  But!  If you get too excited and kill him, the 
booth disappears, depriving you not only of free money, but a great place to 
hide from the Watch or stash bodies.

Second:  Don't mug people.  Really.  It may seem like a great idea, but you'll 
never make more than 100 loot a person this way, and every person you mug runs 
off to get the City Watch every time they see you, making it more of a headache
then it's worth.  If you're that desperate for money, there are plenty of 
people to pickpocket Ė an action that nets you some cash and leaves the victim 
unaware of your actions.

Third:  Don't fight anyone that could damage your relationship with a guild.  
Attacking them makes your standing with them decrease, then killing them 
decreases it further.  So, if you get attacked by Hammerites or Pagans, and 
you want to preserve your relationship with them, RUN.

Last, try not to get caught trespassing.  There's some great loot to be found 
in homes, to be sure, but any peasant who sees you will summon the Watch and 
yaddah yaddah.  I'm not saying "don't trespass", I'm saying "don't get caught".
That, after all, is what being a Thief is all about.

2f. Making a Clean Getaway

Accidents happen.  Maybe you thought you were alone, then turned the corner and
ran headfirst into a Watchman.  Maybe that body you thought you hid got 
spotted, and the Watch has been summoned.  Maybe you're being chased, and need 
to get the hell out of there.  What do you then?

Simple.  First and foremost, you get the hell out of there.  Fighting is 
unadvisable, messy, and noisy.  Besides that, Garrett is not a tank, and can 
easily fall in combat. Your best option is to turn trail and beat a hasty 

You have a large advantage when it comes to running away - Garrett does not get
tired from running around, and guards do.  After running for a while, guards 
will have to stop to catch their breath - affording you the perfect opportunity
to duck around a corner into a dark doorway or alleyway.  Being unsure where 
you want, the guards will be forced to search for you and - if you hide well 
enough - give up.

Knowing when to hide is important.  If a guard has spotted you and starts 
running at you, it is no good hiding in the shadows right then and there, as 
the guard already has a bead on your location.  The guard must lose sight of 
you first, even if only for a second.  Otherwise they will home in on you like 
one of the Enforcer's glyphs. Usually this means putting some distance between 
you and your pursuers, then ducking around a corner and hiding.

Also, don't forget about the tools at your disposal.  A flashbomb will blind 
everyone (except you) in the area for a good while, giving you lots of time to 
run away.  A well-aimed Gas Bomb or Arrow, while expensive, could potentially 
take down several opponents at once.  Dropping an Oil Flask will create an oil 
slick that will make anyone who runs over it (besides you) fall over, buying 
you the precious seconds you need to escape.  A Fire Arrow fired at said oil 
slick will light it ablaze, damaging anyone caught in the flames and making 
foes reluctant to pursue you.

When being chased, learn to love the Climbing Gloves.  These little bundles of 
joy will allow you to climb any surface made of stone or brick, allowing you to
scale sheer walls and climb to normally unreachable areas.   Guards can't 
climb not even up ladders), and so can't pursue you that way.  Simply hanging 
off the wall may work as an escape tactic as well - provided the guard doesn't 
have a bow, and decides to run for help instead of stubbornly sitting down 
there.  This will let you hop down and find a better hiding spot before backup 

2g. Pavelock Prison

The first time you die in The City, you will be taken to Pavelock Prison and 
tossed in a cell to await a public execution.  Your equipment and items will 
be removed, and put in a lockup (conveniently near your cell).  A couple 
guards will arrive to taunt you, and one of them has a key ring.  Pick it off 
his belt and escape.  Be warned, however - the guards will not be so lenient 
next time, and will kill you on sight.  You only get one chance to cheat death,
so make it count.

Last but not Least

Never, ever stop learning!  This guide alone can't tell you everything there 
is to know about The City, and I guarantee that with a little experimentation 
and practice, you'll develop your own tricks for Survival in the City.

3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As much as I love getting e-mails from people who read my guide, I don't have 
the time to answer every single generic question/comment that comes my way.  
So, I've compiled some of the most common questions into this FAQ.  Note that 
I'm not saying "don't send e-mail", especially if you have something 
constructive to say - and ESPECIALLY if you want to tell me how great my guide
is.  I've got an ego to feed, you know. :)

Q: I love your FAQ!!!
A: Thanks!

Q: Your FAQ sucks!
A: *delete*

Q: Will you add my secret/tip/whatever to your guide?
A: Probably.  I'm thinking of adding a section for player-submitted tricks 
sometime soon, so if you have something by all means send it to me.  I'll 
either stick it where it'll be most useful or begin building a new section, 
if I get enough tips that don't really fit into a single category.

Q: Why did you add Pavelock Prison to your guide?
A: Although it's not technically part of the city, I feel it has enough 
significance to be mentioned.

Q: Well then, can you explain how to get out of Pavelock?
A: Does this look like a walkthrough to you?  If you really need help, CyricZ's
walkthrough explains it very well.

I'll add more as they come.  If they come.

4. Contact Info

You can e-mail me at  Note that I only want to talk 
about the guide or the game.  I donít want to strike up conversations with 
strangers or get spammed.  Also, if you're going to e-mail me, make sure your 
e-mail is legible.  If I can't read it, it gets deleted.

5. Version History/Update Info

7/25/06 - I finally christen the guide 1.0 and submit it.  Yay, me!
7/14/07 - It's been nearly a whole year, but now there are some 
          speling/syntax/grammar corrections and two player-submitted tips.  

6. Legal Stuff

I, Andrew Lidwell, and only I wrote this guide.  It is Copyright © 2006 Andrew 
"Lasitus" Lidwell.  In layman's terms, that means that this guide is mine and 
mine only. Copying and redistributing it - in part or in whole - without 
express permission from me is strictly forbidden.

Currently, the only websites with permission to post this guide are:

If you want to post my guide, e-mail me and I will probably 
give you permission.  If you want to link to my guide, you may link to the FAQ 
listing for the game on GameFAQs, NOT directly to my guide.

If you see this guide posted on any unlisted site, or anyone else using this 
guide without permission, e-mail me and they shall be dealt with accordingly.

If I find out that you are using my guide without permission, I will tell you 
as politely as possible to stop.  If you refuse, there will be lawyers, and 
nobody likes lawyers... taffer.