Correcting Reconstruction of Diocletian’s Palace

There are several things wrong with the reconstruction seen above. First, the location. Palace could not have been that close to the sea – under such conditions, sea will have broken against the foundations of the seaside wall, causing the entire southern wall of the palace, and both towers, to eventually collapse. Romans will have... Continue Reading →

Fantasy fortifications part 3: Design

This article is part 3 of a series on Fantasy Fortifications by Toni Šušnjar. The design of a fortification depends on its purpose and on the threats it is expected to face. A fortification facing only infantry-held weapons, one facing mechanical artillery, and one facing gunpowder artillery will all significantly differ in design characteristics. Some... Continue Reading →

Fantasy Fortifications Part 2: Technology and Materials

This article is part 2 of a series on Fantasy Fortifications by Toni Šušnjar. This section, being technical, depends a lot on the nature of the fantasy in question. Is it low or high fantasy? How widespread is magic? Are there any fantastical/magical materials present? Can magic be used to reinforce buildings. Good examples of magical-yet-not-obviously-so fortifications... Continue Reading →

Fantasy Fortifications — Part 1: Strategy

Fantasy Fortifications — Part 1: StrategyThis article is part 1 of a series on Fantasy Fortifications by Toni Šušnjar Fortifications are one of major parts of fantasy fiction, especially high fantasy. But they are also oh-so-often wrong, even though many basic details are typically right due to prevalence of models to build on. A common mistake... Continue Reading →

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