2021-02-07, 01:19 AM (ISO 8601)
Re: Where should fantasy feudal lords put their castles?
Castles tend to be located along strategic waterways. Waterway position is not static. Consequently, abandoned castles are likely to be located in the high and dry after rivers have moved, harbors have silted up, lakes have gone dry, or the like. Many Central Asian fortifications were rendered uninhabitable after the Mongols destroyed the networks of irrigation canals that made the surrounding regions agriculturally viable.
Originally Posted by Yanagi
One useful option provided by fantasy in this vein is that you can have some alteration, climate change, brutal invasion, magical cataclysm, etc. that renders an area uninhabitable for one species, but perfectly acceptable to another. Hypothetical example, if elves are dependent upon forest agriculture, and the 'Rain of the Fiery Stars' turns all the region's forests into grassland, their might be tons of elven ruins, including viable fortifications, in a region well suited to colonization by humans.