Oh, wow, I had no idea you could flip switches from a distance by firing a missile weapon! Thank you so much, I was able to move past the area!
To answer your questions, though, I didn't get the gate open the first time I came through the area because I didn't have a citizen's writ at the time, and I couldn't have killed the guards even if I had wanted to.
Your welcome. There are a few tricksey things like that in both books 1 & 2. More probably coming in book 3. Like my grandmother told me, "When the normal way of doing things doesn't work, try something absurd and it just might work!"
Pretty good thinking for a lady from England who moved here with 5 kids and had more here in the states in 1916, heh, one being my mother in 1921!