Project leader: wodleth
Reserve leader: will_em
Project Staff: ryanturambar
Capital city in the early days of Gondor. Osgiliath was located on the Great River Anduin, with buildings on both banks of the river. Minas Tirith was about 15 miles from Osgiliath on the western side of the Anduin. On the eastern side was the land of Ithilien between the river and the borders of Mordor.
Osgiliath was a large and beautiful city. One of its main buildings was the Dome of Stars, where the chief palantir was kept. The Kings of Gondor ruled from the Great Hall of Osgiliath and they dwelled in the King's House.
Between the two parts of the city was a great stone bridge with towers and houses upon it, and there were a number of lesser bridges as well. On the river banks were landings for the ships that carried people and trade goods up and down the Anduin from Wilderland in the north to the Bay of Belfalas in the south.
A road led through Osgiliath between Minas Ithil (later Minas Morgul) on the east side of the river and Minas Anor(later Minas Tirith) on the west side. The road then continued westward through the Gap of Rohan and turned north to Fornost in the North-kingdom of Arnor. In the early days of Gondor, this was called the Royal Road, later known as theGreat West Road and the North-South Road.
Osgiliath was founded by Isildur and Anarion, the sons of Elendil, when the realm of Gondor was established in 3320 of the Second Age. Elendil, the High King, dwelled in the North-kingdom of Arnor while his sons jointly ruled Gondor in the south. Their thrones were side by side in the Great Hall of Osgiliath.
Anarion defended Osgiliath when Sauron attacked Gondor in 3429 and drove him back to Mordor. Sauron was defeated in the War of the Last Alliance in 3441. In the Third Age, Anarion's descendants became the Kings of Gondor and for a time they continued to rule from Osgiliath.
During the civil war of the Kin-strife, King Eldacar was besieged in Osgiliath by rebels. Osgiliath was captured in 1437 and the rebels burned and pillaged the city and slaughtered many of its inhabitants including Eldacar's son Ornendil. The Dome of Stars was destroyed and the palantir was lost in the waters of the Anduin. The rebel leader Castamirusurped the throne of Gondor and moved his capital to Pelargir. He ruled for 10 years before Eldacar defeated him in 1447 and took up the kingship again in Osgiliath.
The Great Plague came out of the East in 1636 and devastated Gondor. Osgiliath was hit the hardest. Many of the city's inhabitants died includingKing Telemnar and all his children. Telemnar's nephew Tarondor became king and in 1640 he moved the capital of Gondor from Osgiliath to Minas Anor - later known as Minas Tirith.
Some people remained in Osgiliath, but the city was largely abandoned and it began to fall into ruin. In 2475, black Uruks from Mordor invaded Ithilien and captured Osgiliath. The Uruks were driven back by Boromir, son of the Denethor I (not to be confused with Boromir of the Fellowship), but the city of Osgiliath was ruined and the great bridge across the Anduin was broken. The remaining inhabitants fled and the city stood empty.
In TA 3019, Beregond recounted to Pippin how Gondor recaptured East Osgiliath a few decades before the War of the Ring, for use as a military outpost and to secure a crossing of the Anduin. In June 3018, however, a detachment of Sauron's forces, led by a Nazgûl, again took the east bank, and the defenders, led by Boromir and Faramir, were forced to retreat, destroying the bridge they had built.
Red: First District
Green: Second District
Pink: Third District
Blue: Fourth District
Yellow: Special area - Staff only
Light Green: Heavily ruined areas and more barricades
(Wait for a Foreman to start one. They will explain more)
Ruin design can be found at /warp Osgoruin
- First thing to do when ruining is to remove all trees and bushes.
- Secondly, replace all grass with dirt/gravel/clay
- Dig holes and impact crates in the ground, 1-3 deep with smooth edges
- Remove all interior from the houses, do not remove wooden floors and wooden supports, just furniture and the like
- Start ruining the houses, big holes and collapses. Remember, this isnt old and decayed, it's ruined by war, so roofs and other things would only have collapse if a boulder from a catapult/trebuchet would have impacted there
- Tidy up the ruined holes, add some stairs/slabs to make pillars and such nicer
- Add rubble, bricks, spruce wood planks and cobble inside/outside houses
- Add scaffolding/defensive barriers and barricades (Only in heavily ruined areas)
- Add tiny bushes here and there
Any questions? Feel free to ask!