This humble stone and brick fort is situated strategically along both a major land and waterway trade route giving occupying forces a formidable stronghold and economic lifeline.
About this creation
This is my first MOC bound build. It took close to a month and a half with all the final little tweaks to complete. I started out intending only to build a drawbridge crossing with one or two levels but eventually I came in to a lovely wealth of beautiful brown bricks so I went UP! The gates on either side and the bridge itself both function with simple string crank systems, the downside being the tightness of the fit means the drawbridge must be manually "reset"/put down again. That's probably the only chink in the armor as far as personal overall satisfaction with the piece goes. I gave it a plethora of lanterns with the thinking that it serves almost as a beacon or guide as well as being psychologically uplifting or symbolic of power for a medieval community. I welcome all critiques, criticisms or compliments! Thank you!
The Crossing Fort serves a high strategic role within the Kingdom as it is located along the intersection of two major trade routes, both the King's Royal Highway running East and West across the land and the Monarch Canal a partially man made water way diverting part of the nearby river towards the Capitol City, only a few kilometers away. Merchants from all corners of the realm and Craftsmen from all trades traverse the popular routes on their way to and from the urban swell. Historically the Crossing Fort has been used to enforce tolls on passing commercial traffic and inspect suspicious travelers for illegal cargoes.
As a term of the recent treaty to bring peace to the land between the King and the Order of the Dragon, a contingent of Dragon Order troops have been given possession of the Crossing Fort and Toll Rights. Hopefully, the tenuous peace holds and the people may thrive. . .
Some of the King's finest Stonemasons and Carpenters were set to task to build the structure. . .
A road side view.
The opposing road side, gate closed.
"Rear" of the structure. A happy little duck, liable to end up as dinner. A kinda neat rope ladder. The smoke stack/exhaust duct is running from a wood burning stove on the second level interior.
A small ships eye view when approaching the foreboding fort and planning on heading towards the Capitol.
A closer view of the castles top level.
Interior of the Commander's Quarters. Something tasty cooking on the fire!
Third Floor. Armory, Storage and "Gatehouse" Level. All the necessities for sustaining a campaign of occupation or conquest.
Third Floor Opposing View.
Second Floor. Barracks. A wood burning stove for warmth in the frigid winter months and for cooking meals. Table & Chairs, a spiral staircase, and those other things are meant to resemble hammocks, hopefully someone else thinks so without reading it first!
First Floor. "Guardhouse" level and Drawbridge control. Bridge down.