Blacktower Castle


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Blacktower Castle is the Baronial residence and final refuge in the event of the capture of Proudglaive. Blacktower serves as a fortress, a residence, and a prison for noble captives and prisoners. It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armory, a treasury, the mint, a chancery archive, an observatory, and the home of the ceremonial regalia.
Blacktower castle is built on the ruins of earlier fortifications, for the high hill that gave its name to the province has been the location of several earlier castles. The current castle was commissioned in 490 MR by Daen Roesone and designed by Noelon the Hawk, his lead architect at the time and one of the best siege engineers of his age. Although his experience lay with capturing castles, not designing them, Noelon managed to create one of the strongest keeps on the Southern Coast of Anuire. Blacktower Castle is still the seat of Noelon's successors, a line of Castellans who administer the baronial province of Caercas for barons of Roesone.
The expansion of the castle was started during the reign of Morghan Roesone in 529 MR and completed in 537 MR during the reign of his son, Teried Roesone. This expansion added an outer gatehouse, a chapel and an additional tower to the castle. Having grown in size 3 times during this expansion, the castle now features multiple baileys where the enemy who has breached the outer gate can be trapped and hopefully slaughtered. The outer walls are about 30ft tall with crenelations on both sides so that they would offer protection to the defenders even when the outer gate is breached. The inner walls stand about 10ft taller because they were built on higher ground. The keep cannot be accessed from the ground floor, and the eventual attacking forces would have to climb a set of stairs to breach the keep gates. The keep is also connected to the towers on its sides, but those connections can be barred with strong reinforced doors.

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