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Boareskyr Bridge (pronounced: /ˈbɔːrrɛskɪərBOAR-reh-skeer[3]) was the crossing over the Winding Water connecting Soubar, Triel, and Scornubel to Waterdeep and the Trade Way.[4][2][5]

Geography[]

Due north of the bridge was Heartwing Estate, the personal residence of Aluena Halacanter.[6][7]

History[]

The bridge was built by the adventurer Boareskyr. During the Time of Troubles in 1358 DR, the gods Cyric and Bhaal fought a battle on the bridge. The resulting destruction of Bhaal poisoned the water in the vicinity of the bridge and further downstream.[1] Because of this, an oft-heard curse was "Go drink from the west side of the bridge!"[8]

Circa 1450 DR, during a crisis of leadership in Elturgard over the position of High Observer, the likely successor, the Companion paladin Tamal Thent, and her whole retinue and caravan vanished at a caravanserai near Boareskyr Bridge. Despite an investigation, no trace of any of them could be found. Soon thereafter, the post of High Observer fell to a priest of Torm named Thavius Kreeg, incidentally a rival of Thent's. One of Kreeg's first decrees was to rebuild Bridgefort and name it Fort Tamal in Thent's honor. Unable to explain the disappearance, the paladins undertook frequent patrols of the area and constructed Fort Tamal.[9][2]

Circa 1479 DR, despite the fort's vigilance, oathbound human slaves of Najara traversed the bridge regularly, with Elturgard unsuspecting.[2]

By 1489 DR, business at the bridge was routine and relatively peaceful and a small village grew around the fort, with a caravan ground outside that for the caravans, travelers, and pilgrims.[9]

Structure[]

The bridge was made of black granite and had a statue of Cyric at one end and another of Bhaal at the other end.[2]

The Bridge and the statues.

A semi-permanent trading community sprang up around the bridge. By 1481 DR, it was composed of numerous white tents, corrals, blacksmiths, and a bustling marketplace. Because it was only a waystation, goods were not cheap there.[10]

Government[]

There was no formal government at the Boareskyr Bridge, but two adventurers named Barim Stagwinter and Theskul Mirroreye walled off a tent community in order to make a proper town in the 1360s DR.[1]

By 1371 DR[note 1], the Boareskyr Bridge was under control of the Boareskyr family, namely, dimwitted Becil and Bullard Boareskyr. They were leveraging trade caravans' access to the bridge with Piergeiron the Paladinson of Waterdeep.[11]

From around 1450 DR, the paladins of Elturgard had built a keep to defend the bridge from invaders.[2]

The semi-permanent residents of Boareskyr Bridge had their own informal system of justice, with some crimes punishable by hanging.[12]

Notable Locations[]

Bridgefort
A rough stone fort encircled by a poisonous moat in the mid–1300s DR. It was used by the inhabitants as place of safety against raiders.[1][13]
Fort Tamal
Rebuilt on the ruins of Bridgefort after 1450 DR, this small keep was occupied by paladins from Elturgard.[2][9]

Inhabitants[]

Elturgard's contingent of the Order of the Companion watched over crossings of Boareskyr Bridge and mounted patrols of the road and lands around, in worried remembrance of their predecessors' unexplained disappearance and to guard against the serpentfolk of Najara.[9][2]

Stuffantle "Stuffings" Tinderkeg was a greasy one-eyed dwarf who dwelt at the bridge. He was a character well known locally for his underhanded dealings. He was killed in 1481 DR when he attempted to ambush Regis.[14]

The southerner Adi Abba Adidas was a merchant based in Boareskyr Bridge who sold fine goods, including scrimshaw (which he marketed as ivory). He and Regis made an agreement for Regis to sell future carvings to Adidas at 65% profit.[15]

The Grinning Ponies occasionally stayed in the vicinity of the bridge.[16]

Appendix[]

Appearances[]

Novels
WaterdeepThe Companions
Referenced only
The AbductionPrince of Lies
Video Games
Baldur's Gate: Siege of DragonspearNeverwinter Nights: Darkness over Daggerford

Notes[]

  1. The Abduction, p.6 states that the wedding of Piergeiron the Paladinson and Eidola took place in the Year of the Haunting, 1377 DR. However, that date is implausible. Khelben Arunsun died in 1374 DR as depicted in Blackstaff (novel). Furthermore, Aleena Paladinstar was stated to be gone from Waterdeep by 1372 DR, planeswalking (City of Splendors: Waterdeep). On the other hand, the events of the Descent to Undermountain took place in 1370 DR, during which Aleena was actively banned from adventuring and any danger by her father. In the events of The Paladins, as well as the finale of the DDTS, Aleena took a central role, no longer bound by her father's rules. She later, with all the experience she received from battling the Unseen and hordes of Tanar'ri, felt confident enough to use her magic to traverse the planes. This places DDTS events likely in 1371 DR. This also does not conflict with appearances by Artemis Entreri, and the Neshers.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 89. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 158. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  3. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  4. Map included in Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  6. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 89. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  7. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 108. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  8. Warning: edition not specified for The Companions
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  10. Warning: edition not specified for The Companions
  11. J. Robert King (February 1998). The Abduction. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 35–40. ISBN 0-7869-0864-5.
  12. Warning: edition not specified for The Companions
  13. Tim Beach (October 1995). “The Serpent Hills”. In Julia Martin ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix II (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 0786901713.
  14. Warning: edition not specified for The Companions
  15. Warning: edition not specified for The Companions
  16. Warning: edition not specified for The Companions