topic: gates

The Black Gate

The Black Gate stands at the narrowest point of the Canyon of the Three Gates where it enters the crater of Osrakum. Passing through it, one finds oneself in the Valley of the Gate with its myriad stacks and pavements of hexagonal basalt. Descending this one reaches the shore of the Skymere. The Great Causeway carries a road across to the Ydenrim giving access to the Plain of Thrones and the Labyrinth. Bells set into […]

The Black Gate

The Black Gate stands at the narrowest point of the Canyon of the Three Gates where it enters the crater of Osrakum. Passing through it, one finds oneself in the Valley of the Gate with its myriad stacks and pavements of hexagonal basalt. Descending this one reaches the shore of the Skymere. The Great Causeway carries a road across to the Ydenrim giving access to the Plain of Thrones and the Labyrinth. Bells set into […]

The Blood Gate

The Blood Gate is the primary defence structure of the Canyon of the Three Gates and, as such, the primary defence of Osrakum. It is called the Ichorian Gate in Quya, but the Blood Gate in Vulgate and is also called the Red Gate in both languages. Indeed, the fortifications themselves as well as the systems that extend out in front of them have all been rendered in the colour of blood. As a defensive […]

The Blood Gate

The Blood Gate is the primary defence structure of the Canyon of the Three Gates and, as such, the primary defence of Osrakum. It is called the Ichorian Gate in Quya, but the Blood Gate in Vulgate and is also called the Red Gate in both languages. Indeed, the fortifications themselves as well as the systems that extend out in front of them have all been rendered in the colour of blood. As a defensive […]

The Blood Gate – overall shape

These two images show how, by making the model, I refined my understanding of the structure of the Blood Gate. From above, it can be seen how its structures all sit upon its ‘island’ rock – a portion of the Canyon floor left isolated by having branches of the Cloaca chasm (1) pass it on either side. The Blood Gate proper (2) consists of two towers (one considerably larger than the other) linked together by […]

The Blood Gate – side view

There are aspects of the Blood Gate that are best appreciated from the side. These two images allow aspects of the model to be illuminated. Specifically, note the ‘moats’ that isolate the fortress structures from the Killing Field. The Prow tower is wholly isolated and can only be accessed through deep tunnels that connect it with the Blood Gate proper. The Blood Gate is connected to the Killing Field but only by a relatively narrow […]

The Blood Gate – towers

The Blood Gate defensive system consists of two sets of gates, a number of bridges to narrow and direct any attack and three towers. One of these, the Prow, is isolated on the other side of the Killing Field and thus behind any potential attacker. Like the other towers, it is provided with a great number of huge flame-pipes fed from vast naphtha tanks. The other two towers – one twice the volume of the […]

The Green Gate

The Green Gate is the first of the Three Gates and is a curtain wall running across the Canyon the surface of which is covered in bronze spikes so that the whole mass looks like an immense hedge or a row of trees. At the lower level, gates act as ‘airlocks’ where goods from the outer world are transferred to the other side by Red Ichorians. Gates higher up on either side allow the master […]

The Green Gate

The Green Gate is the first of the Three Gates and is a curtain wall running across the Canyon the surface of which is covered in bronze spikes so that the whole mass looks like an immense hedge or a row of trees. At the lower level, gates act as ‘airlocks’ where goods from the outer world are transferred to the other side by Red Ichorians. Gates higher up on either side allow the master […]