Zanbar Bone
skill N/A
stamina N/A
Preferred Weapon Touch (see below) or Magic
Homeland Astral Planes
Race/Species Greater Undead

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Zanbar Bone, also known as the Night Prince, is the primary antagonist of the book City of Thieves.[1]


Zanbar Bone is described as a green-eyed Skeleton wearing a golden crown and a black robe. (The illustrations from City of Thieves shows him with horns, claws and Cat-like eyes, wearing a robe and a cloak, and a diadem instead of a crown.)

Zanbar Bone's true nature remains unknown, as he has commons characteristics with a Warlock , a Lich and a Demon. According to his title he is bound to be an highly powerful Evil force.


How Zanbar Bone came to his undead existence is not known. From his tower near the notorious city of Port Blacksand, he controls a number of Spirit Stalkers that he uses as messengers or lackeys, and the Moondogs as hunters and slayers. He has numerous others demonic creatures, such as a female Vampire, and minor sorcerers and witches under his command.

At one point before the beginning of City of Thieves, Bone sent his Spirit Stalkers to Silverton, wanting the townspeople to give him Mirelle Carralif, Mayor Owen Carralif's daughter for reasons unknown. Infuriated by Carralif's refusal, Bone sent his Moondogs to Silverton each night to kill as many people as possible. Because of this, Carralif hires the player to kill the Night Prince, in order to save Silverton.


Zanbar Bone has neither skill nor stamina; fighting him is a matter of tests and choices. First of all, his magical powers must be overcome, which presents its own challenge due to their potency. To utterly destroy him, his opponent must strike him to the heart with a silver arrow, thus paralyzing him for about a minute, and and apply a magic powder mixture on his eyes. A failed shot or a wrong choice lead to immediate defeat.

Additionally, the Night Prince has many magical powers at his disposal, particularly necromantic spells. He is able to see and speak at any location inside his tower, to curse or bewitch objects, to create Skeleton Warriors with his own teeth, and to cast illusions to cloak his presence. His most prominent powers are his hypnotic gaze and his ability to absorb people's lifeforce by a mere touch (turning his victims into undead under his command).

Further NotesEdit

  • The life absorbing touch and the need of an Anti-Illusions Ring before facing him are characteristics he shares with Razaak, who is likewise a Greater Undead and necromancer.
  • The fact that the player "meets" a black Cat at the very beginning of the adventure and that there is a black Cat among the illusions in Zanbar Bone's room may either be a coincidence or means that the Night Prince likes to transform into a black Cat.

See AlsoEdit


  1. City of Thieves - ???; Out of the Pit - p.??/??; Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - p.??/??; Blacksand! - p.???

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