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Aqueducts

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Aqueducts

 

The Aqueducts refer to the large, three-part system that channelled water from the heights of the Carpathian Mountains to the various cities and towns of Carpathia, which now lay in partial ruin. They were a costly investment begun around year 11 and completed in 21, both in lives and in gold, although official government records claim no lives were lost as a direct result of the building of the Aqueducts. Underground surveys of workers' families claim that up to 47 lives were lost due to the lack of adequate shelter and safeguards as engineers rushed to work through the winters. Although some suggested honoring those lost with the naming of the aqueducts, government sponsors feared legitimizing claims of martyrs. Rather, the Aqueducts were simply and uninspiringly named after the cardinal directions relative to the center of the Mountains: Northern, Eastern, and Western.

 

What would have been the Southern Aqueduct was never built because of political infighting and rising debt, with the opposing group arguing the proximity to natural waterways negated the need to build an aqueduct there. Eventually, national debt became so great that the Aqueduct Sponsors gave up and turned to other issues.

 

The Northern Aqueduct would have been nothing more than another piece of a government sponsored utility, but for the Carpathian Incident in 985, in which the Northern Aqueduct was suspected of being the source of distributing Absitolide, which in turn, was linked to the Arpecht Contagion. Despite claims of a thorough investigation sponsored by the Council of Arpecht, no proof was ever published to implicate the Northern Aqueduct or its mountainous sources.

 

Riots and fighting later destroyed a number of the smaller branches in an effort by some militia to cut off crucial water supplies, leaving a number of ghost towns formerly supported by the Western Aqueduct, including the notable Pannonia. The rest of the system merely fell out of disuse, although the Eastern Aqueduct still trickles a stream to a number of ancient wells in Eastern Carpathia.

 

Citations: Arpecht Contagion, Carpathian IncidentPannonia

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