Giants Dike in the Suielman Age
Full name: The official Suielman name is unknown but locals simply called it The Wall.
Location: Northern mouth of the Metamor valley
Present state: Destroyed in CR 75. Only ruins remain.
Construction started circa -560CR (exact date is unknown)
The real life inspiration for this was Hadrian's Wall
See also metamor-valley-suielman
The geographical feature known as Giants Dike has been described as it is in the present age (CR707) elsewhere. This page descibes it as it was at the height of the Suielman Empire down to the time of it's destruction in 75CR.
The expansion of the Suielman empire was already slowing by the time the legions reached Metamor Valley. They conquered the valley but stopped at the northern mouth of the valley. With resources already stetched thin the emporer declared the official northern boundary of the empire as the northern end of the valley. To protect the empire in -560CR he ordered the contruction of a wall to close off the valley from the lutin raiders in the Giantdowns.
The wall at first consisted of an earthen bank with a wooden wall but was soon rebuilt in stone. It's final version was of stone and was 9 feet wide and 20 feet tall. There was a total of 82 towers spaced about 220 yards apart on the wall. These usually contained some sort of artillery like a catapult of a ballista. In the center of the wall was a large gate fortess which had gates leading north, beyond the wall. There was also 4 small gate towers spaced 2 to the east and 2 to the west of the main gate.
In front of the wall on it's northern side was a deep ditch twenty feet wide with verticles sides. In front of the ditch was an open area some three hundred yards deep. This ground there was covered by camouflaged traps and obstacles of all sorts.
Right behind the wall itself (on the southern side) was a military road, paved and well maintained it paralleled the wall and was used to move troops along the wall to danger points.
On the southern side, 120 feet from the wall was one last line of defense. Called a vallum this dry, flat bottomed, ditch was 20 feet wide at the top and 10 feet at the bottom and thirty feet deep. Behind that was a low berm of earth. Causeways crossed the vallum and pierced the berm at regular intervals.
Placed less then a half mile behind the wall were two large legion fortresses. One on the east side and one on the west. Both were the headquarters of a full legion. On the west side some two miles behind the wall was another fortress just as large as the other two. Of all 3 fortesses only 1 survies to the present day (707 CR). That survivor is called Outpost and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. It now hosts a small castle and the town of hareford.
End Castles Where the wall met the mountainous valley walls there were additional fortifications. One on each end. Named: Occasus (west) and Orcasus (east). Their exact composition and history remains unknown at this time. Fragmentary surviving reports and some limited surveys seem to indicate they were relatively small. There are rumors and reports of Suielman buildings in the mountains above the valley but as of this date none have been located this far north.
Garrison strength: The numbers of troops used to defend and maintain the wall varied over the years. Later emporers had the bad habit of taking troops from the valley to deal with other troubles. Usually an uprising, to make a try for the throne or to stop someone elses attempt to become emporer.
A partial list of Legions known to have been at the wall or in the vicinity at the time of it's destruction are:
12th (Victrix) with 2900 troops, 23rd Alaundae with 3744 soldiers, 95th (Maractan) with 4760.
Afterwards: Much of the wall was destroyed during the attack that over-ran the valley. In the centuries that followed much of the stonework was removed and reused by both the humans in the valley and the lutins north of it.