A view of the mouth of the Canyon of the Three Gates as seen from the Wheel, showing the flanking colossi carved from the rock of the Sacred Wall itself. For scale, a mass of human figures is shown passing between the colossi. Having entered the Canyon, it is necessary to pass the Green, Blood and Black Gates before gaining entry into the crater of Osrakum itself.
The Canyon of the Three Gates is the only way in and out of the crater of Osrakum. It is a narrow defile running between sheer, cliff walls. Three fortresses have been built along its length, the three ‘gates’: the Green, the Red or Blood or Ichorian, and the Black or Death Gates. The Cloaca—a channel cut anciently in the floor of the Canyon—allows excess water to be carried out of the lake that fills […]
The City at the Gates is so named because it lies at the gates of Osrakum. Built on land reclaimed from the Gatemarsh, it has at its heart the great market of the Wheel. From here the five raised roads radiate out across the Guarded Land. The habitations, of its almost three million citizens, spread out along the causeways that carry the roads with their watchtowers. From the Wheel, the Canyon of the Three Gates […]
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. 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 leftway and the Lords’ Road to […]