A testament to change (a failure of fate)
Before around 300 years ago, there was no safe way to cross the Jesibil River into the Kingdom of Berth. At that time, the road led to a place where a small rock island split the river, it was the safest place to cross and the only one where any form of goods could be moved across the river. an entrepreneurial merchant hired a group of Dwarfs who were in the stone crafting profession to construct a solid bridge. A trade station was built here, a large inn and corral along with other amenities needed by travelers. On each side of the bridge a toll station was erected to charge merchants and travelers a modest fee of one silver per person and animal, and 2 silver per wheel. This village soon became a haven of bandits and thieves, charging additional fees for protection, not so much that a merchant could not make profit, but enough that the nobles in the Kingdom of Berth complained of the increase in cost of goods to the King. While near a century and three kings passed before anything was done, the constant increase in price of all goods became such a problem that an army was raised and sent to deal with the town. While it is not clear if the King himself ordered the area destroyed and salted, when the army fell upon the city, no man, women or child walked away. Every building was burned and item of value looted only leaving the bridge untouched, a now toll free way to safely transport goods into the Kingdom of Berth.