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[[caption-width-right:200:Now who is that black hairy monster again?]]''The Citadel of Chaos'' is the second entry in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' line of ChooseYourOwnAdventure Gamebooks. Written by Steve Jackson, co-founder of Fighting Fantasy with Ian Livingstone.

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Citadel of Chaos'' is the second entry in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' line of ChooseYourOwnAdventure Gamebooks. {{Gamebooks}}. Written by Steve Jackson, co-founder of Fighting Fantasy ''Fighting Fantasy'' with Ian Livingstone.



Although this is the second adventure of the Fighting Fantasy series, it has the notable novelty of the playing protagonist being a wizard with a number of magical spells at his command, which do not impede his fighting prowess (unlike the later series by Steve Jackson, ''Literature/{{Sorcery}}'').

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Although this is the second adventure of the Fighting Fantasy ''Fighting Fantasy'' series, it has the notable novelty of the playing protagonist being a wizard with a number of magical spells at his command, which do not impede his fighting prowess (unlike the later series by Steve Jackson, ''Literature/{{Sorcery}}'').


Although this is the second adventure of the Fighting Fantasy series, it has the notable novelty of the playing protagonist being a wizard with a number of magical spells at his command, which do not impede his fighting prowess (unlike the later series by Steve Jackson, ''{{Literature/Sorcery}}'').


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Although this is the second adventure of the Fighting Fantasy series, it has the notable novelty of the playing protagonist being a wizard with a number of magical spells at his command, which do not impede his fighting prowess (unlike the later series by Steve Jackson, ''{{Literature/Sorcery}}'').

''Literature/{{Sorcery}}'').



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* ContemptibleCover / CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards, and it was one of the very few covers to be completely redone in the series' original Puffin Books run), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!). In the newest editions, it shows the Hydra or the Ganjees.

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* ContemptibleCover / CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards, and it was one of the very few covers to be completely redone in the series' original Puffin Books run), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!). In the newest editions, it shows the Hydra or the Ganjees.



* SpidersAreScary: The Man-Spider in a jar. It is a disgusting, human-headed spider that scares/disgusts anyone you show him to. [[spoiler: The Ganjees and Balthus will turn it against you if you try to use it against them. And its bite is deadly.]]

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* SpidersAreScary: The Man-Spider in a jar. It is a disgusting, human-headed spider that scares/disgusts anyone you show him to. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Ganjees and Balthus will turn it against you if you try to use it against them. And its bite is deadly.]]



* VainSorceress: Balthus' wife. [[spoiler: If you offer her a comb she'll be distracted, allowing you to make off with the Golden Fleece.]]

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* VainSorceress: Balthus' Balthus's wife. [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you offer her a comb she'll be distracted, allowing you to make off with the Golden Fleece.]]


* ContemptibleCover/CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards, and it was one of the very few covers to be completely redone in the series' original Puffin Books run), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!). In the newest editions, it shows the Hydra or the Ganjees.

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* ContemptibleCover/CoversAlwaysLie: ContemptibleCover / CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards, and it was one of the very few covers to be completely redone in the series' original Puffin Books run), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!). In the newest editions, it shows the Hydra or the Ganjees.


* CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards, and it was one of the very few covers to be completely redone in the series' original Puffin Books run), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!).

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* CoversAlwaysLie: ContemptibleCover/CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards, and it was one of the very few covers to be completely redone in the series' original Puffin Books run), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!). In the newest editions, it shows the Hydra or the Ganjees.


* TheDreaded: The Ganjees. Their page in the library's bestiary was tore off and the Rhino-Man guard will freak out and assault you if you say that name in his presence. All of this for a good reason...

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* TheDreaded: The Ganjees. Their page in the library's bestiary was tore torn off and the Rhino-Man guard will freak out and assault you if you say that name in his presence. All of this for a good reason...



* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Myriad. A small hand-held machine that can turn into anything. Into a grappling hook or a Sun Sword. And that's when it is broken.

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* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Myriad. A small hand-held machine that can turn into anything. Into Like a grappling hook or a Sun Sword. And that's when it is broken.''broken''.



* MacGuffinGuardian: The Gark's room contain a comb you need to proceed, a {{Golem}} in the dungeons watches over three treasure chests [[spoiler: which actually leads to nothing but trouble]] and the way to Balthus' quarters forces you to pass by a Hydra and the deadly Ganjees.

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* MacGuffinGuardian: The Gark's room contain contains a comb you need to proceed, a {{Golem}} in the dungeons watches over three treasure chests [[spoiler: which actually leads lead to nothing but trouble]] and the way to Balthus' quarters forces you to pass by a Hydra and the deadly Ganjees.



* SpidersAreScary: The Man-Spider in a jar. Is a disgusting, human-headed spider that scares/disgusts anyone you show him to. [[spoiler: The Ganjees and Balthus will turn it against you if you try to use it against them.]]

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* SpidersAreScary: The Man-Spider in a jar. Is It is a disgusting, human-headed spider that scares/disgusts anyone you show him to. [[spoiler: The Ganjees and Balthus will turn it against you if you try to use it against them. And its bite is deadly.]]

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* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: The barrow in the courtyard houses a gigantic tentacle that emerges from underground and attacks you. Even if you win the combat, you don't find out what's at the other end of the appendage.


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* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: A female air-elemental monster roams the courtyard and you have to trick your way past her (since you cannot fight a living tornado).
* TheDreaded: The Ganjees. Their page in the library's bestiary was tore off and the Rhino-Man guard will freak out and assault you if you say that name in his presence. All of this for a good reason...


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* MacGuffinGuardian: The Gark's room contain a comb you need to proceed, a {{Golem}} in the dungeons watches over three treasure chests [[spoiler: which actually leads to nothing but trouble]] and the way to Balthus' quarters forces you to pass by a Hydra and the deadly Ganjees.


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* NothingIsScarier: The Ganjees. You never directly see them, except for a sudden wisp-like face in the dark, but their presence alone will devastate your stats and, if you're not prepared, will kill you.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The Wheelies: a trio of humanoids with flat, circular bodies that move around by cartwheeling and can attack with throwing knives and blowguns.


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* SpidersAreScary: The Man-Spider in a jar. Is a disgusting, human-headed spider that scares/disgusts anyone you show him to. [[spoiler: The Ganjees and Balthus will turn it against you if you try to use it against them.]]


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* VainSorceress: Balthus' wife. [[spoiler: If you offer her a comb she'll be distracted, allowing you to make off with the Golden Fleece.]]


* ShoutOut: The Hydra and the Golden Fleece are both nods to the ''JasonAndTheArgonauts'' film, that Steve Jackson will also use as inspiration for ''{{Literature/Sorcery}}''.

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* ShoutOut: The Hydra and the Golden Fleece are both nods to the ''JasonAndTheArgonauts'' ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' film, that Steve Jackson will also use as inspiration for ''{{Literature/Sorcery}}''.


* WhatAnIdiot: Even Balthus will laugh at your attempt to give him [[spoiler:Slumber Berries. What do you expect him to do? Eat them politely?]]


* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!).

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards), afterwards, and it was one of the very few covers to be completely redone in the series' original Puffin Books run), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!).


''The Citadel of Chaos'' is the second entry in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' line of ChooseYourOwnAdventure Gamebooks. Written by Steve Jackson, co-founder of Fighting Fantasy with Ian Livingstone.

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[[caption-width-right:200:Now who is that black hairy monster again?]]''The
Citadel of Chaos'' is the second entry in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' line of ChooseYourOwnAdventure Gamebooks. Written by Steve Jackson, co-founder of Fighting Fantasy with Ian Livingstone.


* NonStandardGameOver: Most of the bad endings involve your hero dying but you can also end us as [[spoiler: TheDragon to Balthus Dire. During your combat with him at the climax of the book, Dire is impressed by your power and asks you [[FaceHeelTurn to join him]]. If you pretend to do so (intending to trick him into lowering his guard) he will use his magic to [[CharmPerson brainwash you]] into being ''genuinely'' loyal.]] If you get at this point, the game is {{Unwinnable}} anyway.

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* NonStandardGameOver: Most of the bad endings involve your hero dying but you can also end us as [[spoiler: TheDragon to Balthus Dire. During your combat with him at the climax of the book, Dire is impressed by your power and asks you [[FaceHeelTurn to join him]]. If you pretend to do so (intending to trick him into lowering his guard) guard), he will use his magic to [[CharmPerson brainwash you]] into being ''genuinely'' loyal.]] If you get at this point, the game is {{Unwinnable}} anyway.


* {{Gonk}}: The butler is drawn by Russ Nicholson to look really freaky and ugly.



* NonStandardGameOver: Most of the bad endings involve your hero dying but you can also end us as [[spoiler: TheDragon to Balthus Dire. During you combat with him at the climax of the book Dire is impressed by you power and asks you [[FaceHeelTurn join him]]. If you pretend to do so (intending to trick him into lowering his guard) he will use his magic to [[CharmPerson brainwash you]] into being ''genuinely'' loyal.]]

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* NonStandardGameOver: Most of the bad endings involve your hero dying but you can also end us as [[spoiler: TheDragon to Balthus Dire. During you your combat with him at the climax of the book book, Dire is impressed by you your power and asks you [[FaceHeelTurn to join him]]. If you pretend to do so (intending to trick him into lowering his guard) he will use his magic to [[CharmPerson brainwash you]] into being ''genuinely'' loyal.]] If you get at this point, the game is {{Unwinnable}} anyway.


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* WhatAnIdiot: Even Balthus will laugh at your attempt to give him [[spoiler:Slumber Berries. What do you expect him to do? Eat them politely?]]

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* NonStandardGameOver: Most of the bad endings involve your hero dying but you can also end us as [[spoiler: TheDragon to Balthus Dire. During you combat with him at the climax of the book Dire is impressed by you power and asks you [[FaceHeelTurn join him]]. If you pretend to do so (intending to trick him into lowering his guard) he will use his magic to [[CharmPerson brainwash you]] into being ''genuinely'' loyal.]]


* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame, however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover art is infamous in the gamebook community. Not only is it frequently derided as the worst/ugliest one in the ''Fighting Fantasy'' series (artist "Emmanuel" had a very short-lived career afterwards), but most of the cover is taken by a weird black-haired monster that is not easily identifiable. Many readers assume he is the Clawbeast that is summoned by Balthus in the endgame, endgame; however, Clawbeasts have been depicted a couple of times in the franchise and hardly look like this.this (one German edition even depicts the Clawbeast on the cover as a ''giant housecat''!).

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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: You need a secret code to enter Balthus's headquarters. Where do you find it? Why, in a [[spoiler:library book that tells the history of the fortress. It simply states the code as if it was no big deal at all.]]
* ProngsOfPoseidon: When you enter Balthus's headquarters, you are immediately attacked by a trident that is thrown towards your throat.

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