What was a mass of trenches, forts and deep dugouts has become a city. The giant crossbows and other weapons of death have long since been removed except for one great sling that is used to fire humans that have been sentenced to capital punishment, a sentence which in practise is not often carried out.But the metal spikes and barbed wire remains except at the city gates, to keep out thieves and beggars. The city guards are the only ones allowed to carry weapons inside the city and newcomers must hand in their weapons at the gates, which will be returned to them when they leave.
The trenches that were once so muddy and damp have been given floors of wood or stone,and the walls have been covered with ornate blue tiles. The shallow dugouts have been occupied by either the homes of the inhabitants or by market stalls. In the deep cold dugouts, meat that would otherwise go rotten within hours can be kept fresh and free from pests for up to five days at a time. Others are used as prisons for those awaiting trial, although the crime rate is lower then in many other cities because of the efforts of the city guards.
As for the forts and the former military headquarters, they have become the “des res"housing for the richer inhabitants of the city, or they house the best and most expensive inns and shops.
Outside the crops grow well, ferterlized as they are from the bones in the soil of the tens of thousands who fell in
the war, so there is no danger of starvation even when trade is going badly. In the winter or when there are thunderstorms, awnings are pulled over the trenches to prevent flooding.
What was once a dreadful place of death has become a thriving city full of life.