Two hikers climbing a spiraling path around an unbelievable mountain of a tower being passed by a man in a jet-pack.
The Scottish Word:

Langsome

It’s a sair fecht, this trekin roond an roond an roond up this tower. It’s takin forever – the view frae the tap better be guid.

Are ye sure there’s nae better wye than takin this langsome roondaboot road?

Translated:

langsome: protracted, lengthy, tedious.

This is terribly hard work treking round and round and round up this tower. It is taking forever – the view from the top had better be good.

Are you sure there is not a better way than taking this interminable spiraling road?

ˈlɑŋsəm

The inspiration for gigantic castles towering up to impossible heights with humans inhabiting them like insects comes from the Iain M Banks novel Feersum Endjinn.

It tells of descendants who have lost most of the advanced science of their ancestors but not their hubris.

And now the engineers have revolted, and yet, all together, they must somehow escape the star dimming scourge known as the encroachment that is eating the galaxy and heading their way.

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