The Flame of Time
Also referred to as the Bridge of Nightmares, is a combined bascule and suspension bridge that once was found in an ancient city that no longer exists, called Primuria. The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower.
A great flood destroyed the ancient kingdom of Primuria and almost took the bridge, but it stood after the storm. Many civilizations rose and fell centering on the bridge as time passed on. Countless times were these kingdoms destroyed by erratic storms that passed through the river Thymes, the river over which the bridge cast its shadow.
In time the bridge was left derelict for innumerable centuries, until it is said a group of mages lifted the bridge from its very roots in the waters of the Thymes and moved it. Some still say that it was the Time Fixers, either way the bridge’s new and current location was right in front of the Cosmic Clock. The bridge is found between the Outlands and The Far Realm.
Pons Observatorium translates to The Bridge of Observations, and rightly so. If one is ever so lucky or perhaps unfortunate enough to find their self upon the deck of this bridge will know exactly why the name is so fitting. Polymaths and philosophers claim that the Cosmic Clock and thus the Bridge, are in the center of the multiverse, lending the best view of all the realms.
Some find it too overwhelming to see all of the realms in their entirety all at once from below. As looking at the contents atop a glass tabletop viewed from below. The sensation of seeing and understanding all the forms of life and energy found in all the realms flooding one’s mind often resulting in hyperkulturemia. After seeing all the planes and everything that exists from the smallest mite or atom, to the largest dragon results in in the least through fainting and the most but only sometimes, death.
If there is a secondary function that the bridge accomplishes other than observation, it is lost to all written history and known knowledge and is buried under waves of history and age as the Land of Primuria was covered in that first deluge.