The Lands of Bearenor
This towering monument, a relic of the ancient empire of Thorisia, stands as Westgate’s most distinctive feature. Visible for miles out to sea, the ancient basalt bridge dominates the city’s skyline. The “Giant’s Bridge” as it is sometimes called soars more than 300 feet above the city’s worst slums below ( The Dockways), and is supported by immense stone pilings over 100 feet in diameter. It is believed by the city’s foremost scholars that in the days of ancient Thorisia the Mawspan served as an important travel route across the Shattered Sea to (TO BE WRITTEN).
With a newly planned city wall and several large public buildings, shortly after Westgate’s founding Grand Duke Jorsten Lemnos ordered that necessary stone for the projects be quarried directly from the Mawspan. Less than a week into the venture, workers discovered not only that the bridge was hollow, but that a vast darkened chamber lie within. Waves of terrible monsters now called the Thoryx emerged, destroying a large section of the fledgling city and killing hundreds. However, the creatures were quickly turned back thanks to the efforts of a duo of Wizards and their adventuring party, now celebrated within the city as the Keepers of the Gate. The bridge was sealed and, ever since, tampering with it in any way has been strictly forbidden by law.
However, from the stone that had been obtained it was quickly learned that the Mawspan’s stones are infused with a unique variant of Thorisian preservative magic. Scholars suspect that these features have grown in the stones of the bridge over the ages and were not originally intended or even anticipated by the structure’s architects. As such, bridge stones harvested from underwater rubble or mined from offshore pilings are not only of tremendous value to builders and sculptors, but also of particular interest to those seeking to create stone constructs.