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The Southgate Complex was designed to defend Thorbardin from invaders and was built shortly after the creation of Thorbardin. The gate was designed with a screw and plug gate and the complex contained three levels. The levels were only reachable through the use of transport shafts that were chain ladders that moved scaffolding up and down between the levels.
The upper level of the complex contained the controls to open the Southgate and contained the murder holes that were directly over the path that led across Anvil's Echo. There were also residential, commercial, and barracks found on the upper level. The upper level was connected to the lower level through the use of transport shafts that were located on the south side of the level.
The middle level of the complex contained the screw and plug gate mechanism that was called Southgate. In the middle part of the area was Anvil's Echo, a natural cavern that descended 100 feet and was crossable only by a bridge. There were also residential and commercial areas found throughout this area. The Seventeenth Road ran through this area and the transport shafts to the other levels were located on the south side of the level.
The lower level of the complex contained the floor of the Anvil Echo cavern. This level consisted primarily of residential, smithies and barracks. Heading south from the lower level was the Ninth Road that entered the South Hall of Justice. The transport shafts of this area were located on the south side of the level.
The Southgate Complex was one of the two main entrances into Thorbardin and a city called Gateway sprang up around it. Following the Cataclysm the Southgate was the only gate able to be opened and became the only useable entrance. The Southgate was opened during the day but was closed at night to prevent possible attacks. During the Chaos War the Southgate Complex was destroyed.
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