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The Fang is a ruined castle situated on the larger mountain slopes of Trepus, Solyiat. The name itself is a colloquial abbreviation of its original title given by Sephi settlers, the direct translation of which is One Fang of the World Consuming Serpent Which Will Herald The Universe's Oblivion. The shortened Basic translation has become more commonly accepted even among Trepus' residents. With stonework which dates back to the earliest days of the Galactic Republic, the castle predates the earliest colonies of the Vatali Empire. Its exact origins or even the names of its builders have been lost to history, with only a small handful of theories offering any answers as to who this might have been. Due to its heavily dilapidated state, groups of Varritul nesting in its ruins, and remote location far inland, the castle was largely ignored by the coastal towns. It was only in early 38 ABY that the Fang underwent any reconstruction efforts, but any work to restore the building will likely take years if not decades to complete.
The exact origins of the Fang are unknown. The names of its creators, their allegiances, and even their species have been lost to time. All that can be certain is that the fortification is thousands of years old, constructed from stonework generations prior to the settlers of Solyiat arriving on the planet. Built into one of the central mountain ranges of Trepus, the castle had suffered in the centuries of disuse, with many internal tunnels and walls having collapsed in the years since its apparent abandonment. While a number of colonists made several efforts to construct a small outpost among the ruins, mysterious accidents and the wealth of predators that were drawn to its lower levels led to its abandonment. Establishing a far more successful township at one of the continent's larger river mouths - the town of Steepmouth - several hundred kilometers from the Fang, the colonists were able to prosper over the following several generations. Due to its unknown origins and unique design, the Fang remained a subject of interest among both the townsfolk and tourists. Other efforts were made to claim the structure for various purposes, but these repeatedly failed for a myriad of unfortunate mistakes and apparent accidents. After packs of Varritul began nesting among the ruins, any effort to turn the location into a tourist spot were quickly ended.
Built into the very mountain that it is set against, the Fang benefits from a unique structure that few castles of its apparent age lack. Entire areas of the castle were carved from the mountain, and tunnels formed leading further into the solid stone, all seemingly without the benefit of more advanced machinery or complex labour. The few efforts made to examine the structures found them to be an eclectic mix of crude and unknown means of construction. Large areas were built from standard brick and mortar designs, notably surrounding what was once the main gate, while others were formed by reshaping the very rock itself. The few intact tunnels leading into the mountain were described as being impossibly smooth, with no sign of tool-work or even more advanced plasma drills being used in their creation.
Exterior of the Fang
Designed to guard against intruders and withstand sieges, the lowermost walls of the Fang are designed in a semi-circular manner which rings a substantial portion of the mountain's base. The walls themselves are estimated to be thirty feet high and thick enough that six men can walk abreast along its parapet. Much of the lowermost sections consist of solid Karnite layered over unknown substances. The exact means used to form the wall has remained a mystery for centuries, as it was seemingly carved from the very mountain itself despite karnite being foreign to Solyiat and rarely forming so close to the surface. Nevertheless, it has proven to be an effective substance in resisting the ravages of age and even advanced weaponry. The tip of these battlements raise upward by six foot to defend those standing on its walls, before curving outward into broad spikes in place of the more typical glacis. These additions seemingly exist to prevent siege ladders or platforms easily resting against its walls. Even without this benefit, the formations have proven to be adaptable to use as modern weapon pintles and mounts. A few partings between these seemingly exist as arrow-slits or a means for defenders to attack those at the base of its walls, with some areas broadening out into larger turreted platforms ringed with machicolations.