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jtougas
05-08-2011, 08:56 PM
I decided to have a go at this challenge as well. As in so many of my other projects, The Celestial Empire of Leggarium has moved into my brain and has taken up residence. This idea came to me while I was working on my "big" challenge entry. Basically its a tower at the end of a wall around the capital city of Leggarium. It features ballista and archers in pits. It also features one rather unique security feature. The center of the tower is filled with gravel that will spill out and (hopefully) cover or crush anyone attempting to breach the tower. Now I know thats a bit far fetched but it sounded good in my head. The Latin is from Google and probably not right but again it sounds good. :)

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eViLe_eAgLe
05-09-2011, 12:03 AM
Good job Jtougas!

Steel General
05-09-2011, 07:10 AM
Nicely done!

arsheesh
05-09-2011, 07:12 AM
Very nice stuff JT!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Troedel
05-09-2011, 07:44 AM
Great idea! Itīs those thoughts that make fantasy storys interessting ( even if itīs far fetched ;) )

jtougas
05-09-2011, 01:44 PM
Thank you everyone . :) A little update. I realized that the "Star" portion of the fortress wasn't showing that it was a separate floor quite enough for me. As I looked at it I realized that it looked like it was part of the "gravel trap". It wouldn't do to have the tower commander and all the weapons (not to mention the ballista bolts) tumbling down the center of the tower in case of a breach. I also added a couple of roads leading to the tower. :)

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jtougas
05-09-2011, 02:56 PM
The Stella Arcis (Star Fortress) rises 70 feet above the city of Leggarium. As explained by the name these towers are built in the shape of a star. A symbol most important to the Empire. The fortress bristles with ballista emplacements as well as archers hidden in almost impregnable pits just below. Each Arcis (and there are 12) has it's own commander who issues orders and is responsible for the hundred plus troops under his command. Each Arcis is linked to the others with a 60 foot tall wall that surrounds the city of Leggarium. Each Arcis can also be reached from the ground by two shafts that run the height of the fortress. These shafts contain ladders made from stout wood. It is a good thing that the soldiers of the Celestial Empire are not weak of heart as this climb is arduous and nerve racking to say the least. Each Arcis also carries a secret. The inner core of the tower is filled with rock and gravel. This forms a trap for anyone attempting to breach the tower as well as making it nearly impossible to tunnel into the Arcis from below.

One more update. I realized that I added roads and had no way of reaching the top of the tower from ground level. So enter the "Shaft" 70 feet of black terror for anyone afraid of heights (or the dark). :)

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Ares96
05-10-2011, 11:52 AM
Unless I'm mistaken, Stella Arcis would mean something like the fort-like star in English. My Latin isn't good enough to tell you a suitable replacement, however, I do know that those words should be the other way around (not just that, though).

Otherwise, very good.

jtougas
05-10-2011, 02:06 PM
Unless I'm mistaken, Stella Arcis would mean something like the fort-like star in English. My Latin isn't good enough to tell you a suitable replacement, however, I do know that those words should be the other way around (not just that, though).

Otherwise, very good.

I knew my Google Latin wasn't going to cut it. :) Although if it does translate as "fort like star" thats actually pretty cool sounding as well. One drawback to going to a vocational technical high school; no time for elective stuff like Latin. :)

rdanhenry
05-10-2011, 11:51 PM
I looked up "star fort" on Wikipedia, then changed to the Latin edition. The article there was substantially shorter than the English version, but it existed. "Fortalitia stellaris" is probably what you want.

geamon
05-10-2011, 11:57 PM
Definitely some of your best work yet for close up or encounter styled maps JT. I don't give props to you often enough but I can definitely see lots of improvement with GIMP to bring your vision to life.

jtougas
05-11-2011, 01:49 PM
I looked up "star fort" on Wikipedia, then changed to the Latin edition. The article there was substantially shorter than the English version, but it existed. "Fortalitia stellaris" is probably what you want.

Thanks. :) That actually sounds very good and I think I might change it.



Definitely some of your best work yet for close up or encounter styled maps JT. I don't give props to you often enough but I can definitely see lots of improvement with GIMP to bring your vision to life.

Thanks Geamon. Coming from you that means a lot. :)