Erath Places:Longbridge

Vue Fantasy posted on Mar 25, 2012
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About the same time that Highbridge was near being finished a spot along the Messinar River was being settled. The Messinar River's source was very near the source of the Green Water River that flowed south and passed under Highbridge. About halfway along the Messinar River's journey to Messinia it was broken by a waterfall. Before the falls was a wide, flat and shallow area that was easily forded when the river was low. This spot is where a settlement began and within fifty years it grew to a fair sized town. Ferrying people and trade across the river was soon becoming inefficient. River highs and lows made for seasonal and weather based travel. Goods and mined metals from the Barrier Mountains also faced the falls on their way to Messinia. A plan involving prominent Wizards, architects and builders was devised to fix this. Longbridge was born of this idea. First a long and winding river extension was dug that would lead from up river and weave a gradual course to rejoin the main river a mile below the falls. Meanwhile a bridge and dam were built along the falls to control the river flow and allow easy passage across the river. This paved bridge would allow for buildings to be built along it and would extend south and east as it eventually crossed the new river extension as well. In this image we see the first section that is a bridge and dam over the falls. Before the falls is now a port for river boats that travel between the mountains and Longbridge. Traffic to the ocean and Messinia uses the new extension that takes a leisurely five mile stroll to meet up with the main river. The dam helps maintain the river height during winter and summer seasons and enables safer passage along the new extension as well as making for a stable river port. Notes: I wanted to make an image of this area, but as yet had no part of the story that would include Longbridge very soon. The town will show up later in the story and so I will make an alternative POV at that time. For now here's something of the image that was playing out in my head. I had to shrink this and reduce it to medium quality to display here. If you want to see bigger and better check out the link. Longbridge Higher Rez Thanks for looking and comments.

Comments (26)


SidheRoseGraphics 7:32PM | Sun, 25 March 2012

This is outstanding, Art. A good design there with the central buttress considering their must be a lot of pressure on the backside of the bridge. Your town is lovely, too. Wonderful colors and atmosphere in this!


RodS 7:49PM | Sun, 25 March 2012

Dang - this is just magnificent, Art! Wow - that sunlight is so perfect - what a gorgeous scene! It makes me want to live there. I've finally saved up enough and will be getting Vue 10 Complete this week.


eekdog 8:13PM | Sun, 25 March 2012

amazing scene Artur, the details are just killer. lots of things to observe in this image. love your attention to perfection.


FaeMoon 8:26PM | Sun, 25 March 2012

Such a beautiful place.. I love the figures at the bottom, giving scale to the magnificence of this wonder! Beautiful clarity in the rendering too, and such wonderful details!


spdskool 8:54PM | Sun, 25 March 2012

Inspired. Awesome work!


Tracesl 10:05PM | Sun, 25 March 2012



odile 1:35AM | Mon, 26 March 2012

This is superbly done! I'm admiring ! :)


BlackAngel66 2:44AM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Fantastic work!


vitachick 3:47AM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Awesome render. One would think it was a photo with postwork..


twelvemark21 6:04AM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Whoa! Phenomenal detailed image and vivid storytelling. (Great touch with the rainbows refracting from the waterfall.) Terrific leisurely stroll along the bank of the river. Exceptional work!! (thanks for the link to the hi-res)


flavia49 8:43AM | Mon, 26 March 2012

fantastic scene and details!! wonderful lighting!


fallen21 9:42AM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Splendid scene, nicely done!


2121 12:08PM | Mon, 26 March 2012

An amazing scene..superb


colvin 12:42PM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Nice attention to detail in everything! I even like the faint stars in the sky. Bravo!!

KnightWolverine 1:24PM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Always a pleasure reading a well rounded story to match an equally fine scene to go with it...Grand Work Arthur!


drifterlee 2:43PM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Very, very beautiful!!!!!!


adrie 3:45PM | Mon, 26 March 2012

Fabulous work on this great scene and the story that go with it is always excellent done.


barryjeffer 4:41PM | Mon, 26 March 2012



pixeluna 10:22PM | Mon, 26 March 2012

I agree, the details are number 1 in this image and the lighting is amazing as well.


psyoshida 3:55PM | Tue, 27 March 2012

Wonderful scale and warm colors. Very dramatic composition and the warm lighting just draws you into the scene. Excellent work and as always a great story.


artistheat 8:15AM | Wed, 28 March 2012

Terrific Image,Outstanding Work


P-LACALMONTIE 6:47AM | Mon, 02 April 2012

Splendide scene plein de d├ętail et superbement faite. Bravo 5++++


Mad-Mike 11:54AM | Mon, 02 April 2012

good town above!


DangerousThing 2:49PM | Tue, 03 April 2012

I didn't think that it would show much more detail, but the higher res one did! Wow. It's a great town shot.


Rainastorm 8:22AM | Thu, 05 April 2012

I would love to be able to write like you do....always awesome and so interesting...well done my friend!


vapo 4:16PM | Wed, 13 June 2012

Fantastic details in this awesome scene! I can almost hear the water rumble... Vashek

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