Rampart Way, or the Stairs,[1] was a steep set of wide stone steps in Malaz City leading from the base of Mock's Cliff to the fortress known as Mock's Hold. The stairs were cut from the granite cliff itself and switched back four times before reaching their end at a landing before the Hold's gatehouse, which was guarded by Lubben. The entire walk was within range of the fortress' springalds and catapults.[2][3][4]

At the bottom of the steps was a concourse across which stood three imperial buildings: a blockhouse and gaol, a customs and tithes building, and heavily fortified armoury for the City Watch.[5]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

Minala and Kalam Mekhar rode up the stairs together on horseback to confront Empress Laseen in the fortress.[6]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Adjunct Tavore Paran, T'amber, and Kalam Mekhar fled their ill-fated meeting with Empress Laseen at Mock's Hold and attempted to return to the 14th Army's fleet in the harbour. As they prepared to descend the stairs, Lubben warned them to mind the last step. Seven steps from the bottom, Kalam drew his Otataral sword revealing the Hand of Claws disguised by sorcery at the stairs' bottom.[7]

In Night of KnivesEdit

Temper and Kiska separately used Rampart Way to enter Mock's Hold during the events of the Shadow Moon of 1154 BS.[8]

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