Question! Question! Oh, oh, me, me! Question!
Do we need to put walls around our cities? I've always preferred my cities wall-less, except maybe the inner courtyards or a keep. Or is it a 'building' like any other? The cities in my heartlands rarely have walls unless absolutely necessary.
And no, anyone that's thinking about ever meeting me in a multiplayer match didn't just hear that.
Maybe they're very small walls... If you think about it, historically many city walls were between 10-40' high (a few were higher). There's quite a few trees taller than that, especially in older forests. It's one reason people put cities and especially fortresses on high ground, and why you add towers: it lets you see threats further out.
You didn't "put" cities anywhere. You either built a wall around a city that already existed, in which case you won't be seeing it on any bloody hills - or you built a keep or castle, and then had a city grow up around it. Very rarely in history was a city constructed with any real idea about it, at large. The idea to plan out a city beforehand is a relatively new invention.
With the obvious exception of very specific temple cities and such. But those aren't 'real' cities.
And no matter what, wheter those walls came to be around a castle on a hilltop or a city that grew in the middle of a bloody forest, you cleared all trees around it. For obvious reasons. So the height of trees then or now is irrelevant.
I'd guess the walls were about 3-4 meters tallk, which I think is about 18'-20' tall (I can't judge imperial measurements). If you look at the doors to the buildings, and guess that is about 2 meters tall, and the wall is about twice that high, so 3-4 meters tall.
But yes, those pinelooking trees are bloody enormous.
I think this sounds absurd, but according to wikipedia, pines grow to between 3-80m. Yes. It actually says 80m. I first thought it was a typo for 8, but then it says that the average height of most species of pine is 15-45m. So yes.
Pines are huge.
Edit: They also live for a thousand years. Bastards.