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Murengers and Masons in the Sea of Stars (A to Z)

15 April, 2021

Be safe behind city wallsIt is said that good walls make good neighbors and many places rely on that adage, while castle and city walls are of limited use against dragons they are still popular and common across the Sea of Stars.  Making the people who build them, masons, and see that the walls are maintained, murengers, important.

While some walls are earthworks and the elves (and a few others) have defenses crafted from living trees and plants, most permanent walls are stone.  To built stone walls, one needs masons, while the dwarves are often cited as preeminent among masons, there are many others that are experts in working particular types of stone for particular purposes.  As it did in so many things, the Sundering changed even some sorts of stone and exposing new sources to quarry, giving builders new options.

The field of defensive architecture is constantly evolving to respond to local conditions, as available weapons and siege tactics change.  This also leads to radically different types of walls and defenses from place to place, meeting local challenges and aesthetics.  Of course, some places have not seen war in so long that the walls have become primarily decorative . . . until they are needed again.

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