Culdesac World: Bugliators! (Minimus)
The Serpent is Wysmoth/Falmoth’s largest and most scenic bridge, connecting the North and South halves of Utri Island. It was built by the city’s original ancient elemental magicians, and its center arches can be disconnected from each other and rotated fully in 90 degree increments to allow larger ships to pass between them. There are homes and businesses up to 3 stories high, mostly of utrian build, in the centers of the areas above the rotating support pillars, which are considered the highest status commoner homes of the city—at least, according to the Serpentines themselves.
Additionally, there are hanging homes and businesses attached to the nigh-indestructible detail work beneath the near ends of the spans. For over a hundred generations, ownership and control of the spans and their locking and river-powered rotating mechanisms have been the property of several family-based clans who have been charging reasonable rates for their services. The controls for the rotation mechanisms and the devices themselves are considered clan secrets and carefully guarded; no tours are allowed. Some of the clans do however lease out empty residential and business spaces Above for further income, and many Utri Island families from the nearby bounds do the majority of their market shopping on the Serpent.
The Serpent is slightly wider than 150’ at its narrowest spans, with the central 50’ being taken up with buildings, plazas, parks, and similar features. There are two 20’ foot cartways on either side of this central zone, which were mainly used by vendor and commodity transport pushcarts until the arrival of the amphibious Equan cultural refugees 120 years ago. While the majority of the Equan moved out into the oceans to live in the primitive style of their ancestors, some Equan families have been adopted into Serpentine clans and now pull larger wagons transporting both cargo and people Atop as well as boats Below, making their homes in floating Equan-style residences built around the bases of the pillars. Finally, each side of the Serpent ends in a 10 foot pedestrian walkway, with various features such as extended semi-circular platforms. Due to aesthetic civic pride, winches, elevators, and other lifting devices are kept off Above completely and concealed within the hanging buildings Below except when in use.