Trenches

These muddy trenches are typically 10 feet deep and anywhere from 5–20 feet wide. After all these years of erosion most are little more than vaguely defined ditches, but many still cut through the landscape in much their original condition. The occupants of old lined them in many places with palisade walls of hewn logs to ward off charging attackers and to separate the trenches into discreet defensible sections, though most are long since shattered or reduced to rotting heaps of mulch. The shattered bases of many of the wooden towers still sit above these digs.

Within the trenches themselves are the remains of many dugouts — often half collapsed— where the soldiers of long ago slept or sheltered against attack. Often the mud-encrusted bones of those who fought and died here are visible in the muck alongside rusted and useless equipment. Entry was usually gained by wooden ladders or steps cut into the embankments, but most of these have deteriorated to uselessness. Fortunately the sides of the trenches are fairly easy to climb, though slippery with mud, requiring only a DC 15 Climb check. The front of the trenches, facing the city of Tsar, were always set with fields of sharpened stakes to break up enemy charges, but these have mainly been reduced to no more than a few rotten stumps rising from the ground.

Trenches

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