The Vaasan Gate is a planned fortification marking the north-western end of Bloodstone Pass where the shoulders of two mountains almost meet. The project is currently under construction, but the dwarven engineers supervising the work expect it to be completed within 2 years.
The final structure will consist of a half-mile long stone-faced earthen rampart, 40 feet high, standing behind a man-made moat. At intervals along the wall will be towers bearing ballistae and sheltering catapults. At the northern end of the wall, a tower standing atop the North Wall will watch the moorlands for signs of trouble. At the southern end, a formidable fortress (the Gate itself) of Tethyrian design will sit across the road into Vaasa, alongside a solid dam to regulate the River Beaumaris. At present, only the outer walls of the Gate and the dam are complete: the remainder of the defences consist of a security fence and a ditch. Captain von Hecht, commander of the garrison, is confident that his men can hold the fortress against any current threat.
The southern fortress also shelters the fledgling community also known as Vaasan Gate. At present, the village consists only of four timber buildings (Mother Adellard’s Boarding House, Gunnar Haldmarsson’s smithy, Rudolf Hoffman’s tavern and the Church of St Julius) and a large number of tents. The majority of inhabitants are transient: adventurers heading into Vaasa and the Galenas looking for adventure and plunder.