Gate to the castle(u, w and e)

You are standing in a wide, high portal that runs through the castle wall. To the east is the sprawling city of Dol Amroth, though all you can see of it from here is a quiet commons. To the west the portal opens into the courtyard of the castle. The walls of the portal come together in an arch high overhead. Glancing up, you notice the tell-tale spikes of a portcullis sticking down through a rectangular slit in the arch. You then notice a matching rectangular channel grooved into the stone floor, and surmise that this is where the bottom of the portcullis comes to rest when lowered. A small archway in the north wall of the portal gives access to a winding spiral staircase leading up.
The only obvious exits are up, west and east.v A sergeant of the guard
A castle guard
A castle guard