Saturday, December 25, 2010

Lord Loundon's bridge

The story of Lord Loundon's bridge began several centuries ago . What started off as a large mistake turned into today's major route over the river. Though the project was began with much fanfare and material as it progressed it was thought of as.. Impossible to complete. So materials and size of the bridge changes has you move towards the center of the bridge. What begins with a 40 foot span of high quality granite turns to what he could scavenge and steel. At the center of the bridge it is span of slightly less than 10 feet. But this is where the royal family became involved seeing how much was done without paying any money. The royal family started to subsidize the bridge. So that when the project was finished it was back to granite and a 40 foot span at the end.

It was at this time that a loophole was found in the charter of the bridge. Anyone who lived on the bridge was not subject to any taxes. This led to a building boom of houses and shops attaching themselves to the sides of the bridge.The tax collectors soon closed this loophole by not allowing any construction material to be added to the bridge from any carts, wagons, or boats. But the local people would use what floated down the river. This is led to a ramshackle and unsafe sections of businesses and homes.

The situation is that a small village is attached to the sides of the bridge, being unable to grow out from the bridge they have constructed over the bridge with buildings leaning towards the center of the span. This leads to chances of building material and other objects following on those below just by simply walking across the bridge. Combat on the bridge with wild movements and jumping will lead to the combatants possibly falling through the bridge to the river below. It is also possible that persons who possess the knowledge can cross the bridge through the buildings using the businesses side doors and balconies.

Bridge day is an annual event celebrated by the city. During this celebration there is a joust using the bridge as the tilt. It has been known to happen that several buildings collapse into the river or fall towards the middle to lean against their opposing neighbor. It is thought that the Royals are using this has a way of removing people and buildings from the bridge. But the dispossessed always seem to find a new way of building onto the bridge.

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