After exploring Skeleton City in its entirety for the first time, I have come to the realization of some key points to this part of Ultimate Quest: Catacomb……
Whilst in the city, the object of this part of the game is to train your character to at least 6th level, as the 6th level is a minimum requirement to advance to the mountains beyond the city.
While doing so, you will want to accumulate as many spellpoints, useful weapons and armor, bandages, and food as possible. I had foolishly cast all of my spells early on with the thought of recovering spell points while resting, however this is not the case. There is a magic user shop called Grimlock’s Magical Guild, in which you can purchase spells (i.e. spell-points).
And an armour shop… A magic-user can only wear cloth armor which is already provided to magic-users at the start of the game. You just have to equip it by hitting (u) to use armour and select cloth.
and weapons shop… For weapons a magic user is given a dagger which can hit up to 6 points of damage. When I have enough gold I will purchase a Club which has up to 10 points of damage and is the best weapon that a magic-user can purchase via the weapon shop.
The mayor of Skeleton City has become corrupt and apparently is under the influence of the evil wizard Muhr, as the mayor is pushing the city towards totalitarianism. Perhaps Redhat will come back and slap some senses into this political scumbag, but right now, there are bigger fish to fry.
Within Skeleton City, there are many monsters and such to fight and to gain XP and gold from defeating.
A good strategy is to find the Inn towards the north-eastern section of the city and remain close to the Inn while fighting and accumulating XP and gold, then retreat back to the Inn to recover hit points. It only costs 5 gold pieces to rest at the Inn while purchasing bandages from the Big H (The temple/healers guild) will cost 25GP. You will want to stock up on bandages as well for your travels to the mountains in the eventual search for the stolen sceptre.