Tales of Ore – Part 2

The view was truly amazing. In the distance, the cliffs of Eneleïa cut across the ocean from one side to the other, disappearing far beyond the horizon. As the ships neared the city one could make them out more distinctly, it gave the impression they emerged from the depth of the water like an immense forest of rock. These gigantic walls of granite and limestone reached almost two hundred meter in height and had always been natural defenses for the port-city, allowing it to resist numerous enemy invasions. However, as the passengers slowly understood as they neared their destination, the cliffs weren’t the only reason for its reputation of being an impregnable fortress. The harbor’s giant gates also contributed to this greatly. Almost as high as the cliffs themselves, they had been built more than eight centuries before, barely a hundred years after the creation of the city itself. The one who had thought up and made build this titanic project had remained completely unknown, contrasting with the Gates of Eneleïa which, themselves, were known throughout the whole Alliance. On each of the three parts of the white-stone wall that served as access points to the interior harbor, one could notice a symbol that marked the location of the gate. They opened and closed depending on the needs but never remained in one state for long due to the intensity of the traffic that passed by the city of two worlds, name which had been given to it due to its status as bridge between the continent of Ore and the Central Seas.

Eneleïa had long ago risen to the status of greatest commercial city in the whole kingdom of Tebor, and was almost unrivaled in the whole of Ore. The Gates had greatly contributed to cement this reputation as a safe route along the coast of the continent and as an obligatory passage to and from the Karnines Archipelago or the other continents. The gigantic edifice allowed all types of ships and fleets to throw anchor safely in its harbor and thus insuring the development of trade and commerce. All this was thanks to the mechanism that allowed the gates to be raised and lowered at will; an ingenious combination of mechanical engineering and magic, built a long time ago by a brilliant mind whose identity seemed to have been forgotten over time. This prevented any assailant from even hoping to enter the harbor because once the Gates were sealed shut, it became impregnable by sea.

The Leikan had stopped before the central door while the two other ships from the Galaedan fleet halted in front of the other two, one on each side. This wide and space-consuming disposition was necessary due to the scale of the small fleet that arrived in the harbor, they had very little to envy to the Gates themselves. Any sailor having had the privilege to set foot and operate on one of the three ships had, at a moment or another, felt the incomparable feeling of power and invincibility. Each of the three ships had to go through a different gate and disembark the passengers and the goods they were transporting on different docks. This time the Trinity was especially laden with cargo as many passengers had come to Eneleïa in honor of the royal wedding that was going to take place a few days later. Countless merchants had also made the trip, preferring this more expensive but safer and more secure way to cross the seas compared to chartering a personal ship.

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