- This article is about the ancient landmark; for the modern Hurmu Gates, see Gate.
The Hurmu Gate was a monument in Hurmu, that was removed and brought to Jingdao during the reign of Sisera right before the Hurmu Genocide. The monument was disassembled and turned into a statue to Sisera, before being refurbished as a new gate and means to reach the Jingdaoese protectorate Sweden. The present location of the Hurmu Gate is kept as a secret, to avoid garnering attention from the wrong people. In 1716 AN leaked secret files revealed that the Gate had been relocated to Daodao, a former top secret military underwater base of the Jingdaoese, where it is most likely kept till this present day under the watchful eyes of the Tegong and Unit 666.
The Hurmu Gate was a renowned portal between Giess and Micras allowing for instant travel between the two planets. Figuring in the mythos of many different countries on both Giess and Micras, some still living and some long gone, the Gate has taken on a mythical role and has been seen as almost messianic in its premises in uniting two diverse communities.
For Hurmudans, the Gate significantly added to placing Hurmu on the map. People, Hurmudans and foreigners, flocked to the Gate, and foreign nations as diverse as Zindaria (which Hurmu had never heard of) and Universalis recognized its merits. Sadly, the Gate was used in interplanetary warfare, leaving countless dead, injured or as refugees.
The technology of the Gate had its origins clouded in fog. Nobody really knew, but the most definite theories had it that it somewhat Jasonian or at least Apollonian in origin. In the mid 1500s, the technology for the Gate was lost or destroyed in an attack.
Because the original Gate was so thoroughly ransacked and systematically uprooted by Jing forces during the Hurmu Genocide, the task of exploring the legacy of this controversial site fell, upon the restoration of Hurmu's independence in 1690, to an Industrial Archaeology Programme - the Hurmu Gate Institute - funded by the Honourable Company which was tasked by the Cabinet of Daniyal al-Osman with completing a full survey.
Due to the nature of the Gate, no floor plans or detailed plans at all were kept, either original or current. However, the site of the Hurmu Gate lay on the road almost half-way between the village Quernass and Hurmu's capital, Huyenkula. It was located on the south shore of Lake Cashma (the largest in surface area of the Hurmu lakes) and was a tourist pilgrimage site. Due to the nature of the Gate, few visitors were allowed in on the site at the same time, restricting the number of visitors (including scientists, conservationalists, archeologists, etc) to be one hundred persons for every twenty-four hour period. The Gate was however a prominent building, reaching almost one hundred and fifty metres over ground level, allowing visitors and tourists to observe this beacon from afar, either from the Huyenkula/Quernass countryside or from the waters of Lake Cashma where boat trips indeed are frequent.