Blogisode 5: The great white gate.

This is part of a series of stories.  You may want to start at the beginning.

Blistrar, as rare as it may appear, seems to have some relative abundance in the mountains around Orisgothia.  Enough that the king’s nights are equipped with swords and armor with blistrar mixed with enough to spare to decorate the many buildings of importance.  It also interlaced itself throughout the first wall.  The first wall was the pride of King Orisgoth.  It marks the beginning of the central castle.  This is where the King and his court live.  There are few words that can descripe the pure splendor of the castle beyond the first wall.  Each king gets their power not only in the size of their army but the splendor of their palaces.  Often they meet for great feasts to boast and belittle other kings.  Many wars are started during these feasts.  Kings and their egos are insulted and they respond with their army.  King Orisgoth is no stranger to this.  Knowing he has blistrar causes him to be even more extravagant with his adornment.  His splendor begins at the first wall.  The stones are cut and polished from the most select of marble.  The marble is chosen because it contains veins of pure blistrar.  Massive caverns of stone were mined for few precious of these stones.  This wall stands as tall and wide as the second, but its coloring and splendor far outshines it.  Such a splendorous wall isn’t skin deep, however.  Its marble blistrar stones are through to the core, unpolished.  This serves as a massive strength boost.  Not only is the first wall awe inspiring to look at, its nearly impenetrable to all but even the largest siege tools.

There are two gates through the last wall although many only know of one.  The north gate is small and heavily guarded.  Disguised as part of the many row houses it has a closed stable attached to it.  Not much is known about this gate but many rumour that its where those who the King no longer wishes to be in the inner court are escorted out; never to be seen again.  The south gate is quite opposite.  Large and elaborately constructed it stands as a building all itself.  Standing twice as tall as the buildings that surround it, it protrudes from the face of the wall nearly 8 feet.  Constructed of double thick polished blistrar marble with solid blistrar linings along the edge of the gateway.  Small windows, sashed in blistrar, are scattered in strategic locations along the walls of this gateway.  Each window is only just large enough for an archer to peer through at approaching enemy and fire an arrow or spear out.  There are large deep slats in the middle of the wall as you pass through the archway were the gate stands.  A marble track connects the two slats along the ground.  Because the roadway and archways are so ornately decorated with blistrar marble the track and its purpose are hardly noticed by passerby.

These two cavernous slats in the wall hide an astonishing feat of construction.  Massive blistrar marble slabs reside deep inside these slats.  Each slab is 4 feet thick constructed entirely of blistrar marble stone.  The core of the slabs were drilled long solid iron bars, infused with blistrar as many of the Orisgothian weapons are.  These bars are interconnected and welded together into grates inside the stone.  It creates such a strong surface that no army has breached them.  Just on the inside of the walls are large wooden grates laid in the ground, each on either side of the road.  It is beneath these where slaves turn massive wheels to drive a rope and wheel system that moves these giant slabs.  In a time of war dozens of slaves are driven into these underground rooms and heave with great effort on the wheel.  Enough men under whip can move these massive slabs together in no more than 5 minutes.  Once the slabs meet they interlock and the main gate of the third wall is closed.  This wall, with all its glory and splendor, protects the golden core of Ositia.  The core of Ositia is where King Orisgoth and his court live, eat and conduct business.  A rare few are entitled past these gates.  Each building has been constructed with care to be of the most elaborate construction.  A work of art.  Contrasting the row houses beyond the third wall there is much space to be had here.  Large gardens with marble walkways surround each building.  Sprawling parks complete with fountains, aqueducts and all sort of waterfowl adorn the four corners of the compass.  Large blistrar marble statues of varying size depicting King Orisgoth in many poses of grandeur.  Smaller statues line the pathways of knights and generals who served the king and died in battle.

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