The Three Penny Bridges

Based: Barony of Chelmsford
(in the County of Warwick and the
of York)
Heraldry: Three pennies argent
over a bridge on a field azure
Leader: Holger Danske, Baron

In the autumn of 1102 the Captain of a small
band of half-elven mercenaries from Jotunheim
working in Teutonia agreed a contract that would
take his company across the sea to the land of

They wintered on the east coast of Teutonia
and sailed at the first opportunity the new spring
weather permitted.
This small band had agreed to work in the underdeeps
and sewer passages beneath the fair town of Brighthelm
Stane, an area not commonly seen by the decent
folk of the town. An area that due to the meanderings
of the river Wellesbourne was littered with caves,
caverns and passages that led both inland and
to the sea, an area populated by the underbelly
of society, thieves and vagabonds, smugglers and
wreckers, the lawless and fugitives from the law
and those that deal with them. Here the mercenaries
had agreed to work and take the toll for the bridges
that crossed the underground river, three bridges
in all, and each crossing cost just one penny.

They recruited new members and the group expanded,
but it was the locals that named them. For of
an evening when their work was done and they would
go to a tavern for a drink and some food, people
would refer to them as the men from the three
penny bridges and so in early summer of 1103 The
Three Penny Bridges, The Free Company of Brighthelm
Stane was founded.

In 1104 Captain Holger Danske became the Baron
of Chelmsford and was adopted into House
deGales. The TPB, as the company was now called,
moved north with their captain and formed the
backbone of his new household in Fryston.

Holger Danske, Baron

Captain, The Three Penny Bridges
Spring 1105