5 Votes


Hits: 5672
Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Rating: 3.6
Condition: Normal
ID: 1721


March 3, 2008, 5:38 pm

Vote Hall of Honour

You must be a member to use HoH votes.
Author Status


Bridge Shadow


The city has some great bridges, awsome works that span the large and gentle river that flows through the city. To prevent the river from overflowing, the river bed was dredged and the river sides were given steep deep banks.  Decades after the project began, the city was safe from flooding.

The city has some great bridges, awsome works that span the large and gentle river that flows through the city. To prevent the river from overflowing, the river bed was dredged and the river sides were given steep deep banks (50-60 degrees) of hard packed earth reinforced with stone.  Decades after the project began, the city was totally safe from flooding. 

In the shadow of the bridges, the poor and destitute - the "Sad Folks" - huddled. As the city thought itself properous, it took steps to keep the "sad folks" from public view.  With no where else to go, they climbed down the steep sides of the new riversides. They used the workman’s and dock stairs to reach the river side. At first they stayed in the old workman’s sheds and the few docks still left.

Time passed. They made "trails" and pathways along the banks at various places.  These connected their "villages" or clusters of folks. These tiny shanties slowly built up the side of the river. It was all very "polite", kept from the view of "good folk" by the steep walls. (You could only see them from the other side… but since rich people do not live near the river… due to the occasional smell… nobody of importance complains about it). 

As some of the bridge builders fell on hard times (no more city money for grand projects meant all those imported masons and builders were unemployed), the villages stopped being collections of tents and ramshackle buildings.  Over the years the shanties were reenforced with left over bridge materials and other scavanged materials. (They knew were everything was left by their now abandoned projects.) The squats became real buildings built into the side of the banks, with real roofs, floors, and foundations. 

Bridgeshadow filled a nitche in the city. It was where all the "things not discussed" were politely kept. This is not a crime laiden area, filled with shadowy figures and assassins on the lam as some would expect due to the shadowy nature implied by the district’s name.  It is a place filled with "questionable" businesses that the overly proper people of the city publically decry, yet secretly need.  Bridgeshadows has a few taverns, a couple of pawn shops and money lenders, rooms of ill-repute, places where questionable vices can be satisfied, and a theater or two.  In short, it is the place where all the "things polite people do not discuss" in the city can be found.

As wealth flowed into the district, the buildings along the river banks became more and more substantial. Money has purchased a bit of respectability and real "foundations".  In addition to the narrow steps leading up and down the district, there are cabled carts that lead from the top and barges on the river that travel the district carrying people to and fro. There is one "cabled gondola" that crosses the river from one tavern to its made on the other bank, but that is more of a novelty than a useful mode of transportation.  Now "polite" people do not live in this district, but real people, some of the quite well off, do.

It should be noted that there are few "sad people" here anymore.  The increase in relative properity of the district has driven the very poor out of the district that they made. A few hang on around the edges of things, but most try their luck in other areas of the city.

Additional Ideas (0)

Please register to add an idea. It only takes a moment.

Join Now!!

Gain the ability to:
Vote and add your ideas to submissions.
Upvote and give XP to useful comments.
Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities.
Join a Guild in the forums or complete a Quest and level-up your experience.
Comments ( 9 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

June 10, 2006, 12:56
"Shadowbridge" Just wanted to throw that name out. Really cool city.
September 7, 2006, 15:24
500 views later, 1300 posts gone by, and this is just ready for prime time. Things should not sit in your workspace this long.
September 7, 2006, 17:28
I usually work on it on my pc or my laptop then transfer it over when its near completion.
Voted Dozus
September 7, 2006, 17:44
A neat little slum.
Voted Cheka Man
September 7, 2006, 18:48
It's a little better then it's slum beginings.
Voted Scrasamax
September 8, 2006, 9:36
A good representation that not all slums remain slums forever, and even affluent regions were not always clean and respectable. The most elegant of boulevards all had their starts as mean streets and grew up from there.
Voted necromancer
September 22, 2006, 19:28
Only voted
Voted valadaar
May 5, 2017, 8:38
A great location - my only thought is a flood would be a serious problem here. Especially if all this construction could impinge the water flow, and cause a flood that normally would have been contained to slip its banks...

May 5, 2017, 9:51
To quote

To prevent the river from overflowing, the river bed was dredged and the river sides were given steep deep banks. Decades after the project began, the city was safe from flooding.

Like the Siene and Thames they have built up sides and have high bridges (hence the squatting people) . So like those places, a bit of flooding only happens every couple of centuries.

Link Backs

Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

       By: manfred

A small group of men stares intensely at something. Coming nearer, you see puppies, obviously still young, as they are small and only learn to walk. Cute as they are, the men look serious and exchange a comment here and there, making their mother nervous. But one man keeps her somewhat calm, while looking with others on the little ones.

The puppies are a completely new dog breed. The breeder hopes for better characteristics, the other men are mostly hunters and other dog-fanciers, that were called or came from own interest. If all looks well, they will have business. But now, they are just watching.

Encounter  ( City/ Ruin ) | October 6, 2004 | View | UpVote 1xp

Creative Commons License
Individual submissions, unless otherwise noted by the author, are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
and requires a link back to the original.

We would love it if you left a comment when you use an idea!
Powered by Lockmor 4.1 with Codeigniter | Copyright © 2013 Strolen's Citadel
A Role Player's Creative Workshop.
Read. Post. Play.
Optimized for anything except IE.