Most Orlanthi would. However, this is a case of gates built by a member of the Sartar dynasty. Strangely the best evidence for their use of mechanics comes from the KoS section where Jurstan the Sainted Librarian rediscovers Saronil's heisting cranes. If they used cranes for lifting cyclopean stones for their city walls, I suggest they were able to balance their gates.
> Then again you don't want the gates of a fortress or city to be
> opened easily - a windlass or two means relatively few men can
> open it in a reasonable time. If there are counterweights on
> the gates at WW they will be able to be disconnected both in case
> of siege or more commonly (given WW's position on top of a hill)
> during storms.
This could be solved by making the counterweights detachable, or by locking them, providing extra stability. Getting a wind to do menial work has always been something of an issue of dispute. IMG it is accepted to invite a wind to push along, but it is frowned upon letting the wind do the work all by itself.
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