Protecting Old Pavis

Submitted by johntrasler on Mon, 27/05/2013 – 12:40

Hello,I apologize if this has been asked before, but I couldn’t seem to find an answer …One thing that has always puzzled me about Old Pavis is … how did the defenders protect the north and south river passages? All other entry points have gates (and of course guards), but there seems no suggestion of any form of physical barrier to prevent invaders sailing or swimming past the walls. Is there some kind of magical barrier? Or something else? Clearly, there had to be a way for the cradles to get through …

Thanks, John

Submitted by metcalph on Tue, 28/05/2013 – 00:34.

It depends when you are asking.  It’s a bit difficult for nomads to mount a riverine invasion force (especially when the Riverfolk hate them so much).  The Uz relied on magic to keep everybody out and that would have applied to the river entrances.  The lunars have patrol boats that stop people from sneaking into the Rubble and they don’t really need anything bigger as they can send troops to whoever is building big raiding boats at the source.

Submitted by johntrasler on Wed, 29/05/2013 – 23:15.

You’re right, I wasn’t very clear. I meant prior to the Dragonewt’s Dream. Re-reading “Pavis Gateway to Adventure”, I think you’re fundamentally correct in that all entrances to the city were magically protected by the remnants of the Jolanti and the skills of the Mostali after 875. Those same magics protected the city before and during the Troll occupation.Prior to 875, there doesn’t seem to be any particular way to secure the river approaches; but then as their only major threat, Thog, went through the walls anyway, it probably didn’t matter.