Population: 3500 permanent residents, swelling to close to 5000 after harvests
Government: Aristocratic – Plutocracy
Military: ~150 police/watchmen with arranged in 4 house guards (aprox. 100 in total, largest of which is 35, smallest of 12) and 2 “free companies” (mercenaries), numbering ~50
Economy: based almost entirely on the mill houses dotting the Dessarrin and Surbin Rivers, the rapidly growing economy of Three Bridges is supported by the patronage of the various farming townships in the surrounding plains to the south and east that come to mill their grain as well as lumber yards to the north. Blast furnaces, recently constructed by the gnomish Buerrin Deeps Company, are developing a steel industry in the southern portion of the town.
As long as anyone can remember there have been mills at the crossing of the Dessarrin and Surbin rivers, as the currents there lend well to the practice. The name of the town refers to the three massive bridges built by the Founding Families in their attempts to outmaneuver each other in their quest to secure the patronage of the farming and lumberyards working in the area and up river. Over the years, the original seven families have dropped down to three though marriage, disaster, warfare. Thanks to a peaceful competition of three merchant families, Three Bridges has developed from a modest stopover for traveling merchants to a hub of commerce, serving as a breadbasket for Waterdeep and seems on the cusp of some great rise to the status of independent city-state.