Bridge Four

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Bridge Four
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World Roshar
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

Bridge Four is the name of a bridge crew belonging to Highprince Sadeas's army, which is used to transport bridges so that soldiers could cross the chasms of the Shattered Plains.[1] Infamous for being the worst crew, it does not have a stable leader until Kaladin Stormblessed is transferred into the unit.

Under Kaladin's leadership, Bridge Four transfers to the control of Highprince Dalinar Kholin, where it becomes a military unit, but chooses to retain the name of Bridge Four as an homage to its past.[2] In this capacity, Bridge Four acts as the personal guard of Highprince Kholin, royal guard to King Elhokar Kholin, premier spearman platoon of the bridge crews, and headquarters platoon for the bridge crew battalion.[3]


Notorious for its bad luck, Bridge Four seldom kept a bridgeleader for more than a few days[1] and almost always took the highest casualties on bridge runs.[4]

A transfer to Bridge Four was often used as a punishment for bridgemen,[5] and the existence of a group worse off than themselves was a mental control used by Sadeas' men on the rest of the bridge crews.

Upon arrival at the bridge yard in Sadeas' war camp Kaladin managed to earn the immediate enmity of Gaz, the bridge sergeant in charge of the bridge crews, who then placed him in Bridge Four.

Changes under Kaladin[edit]

Kaladin spent several weeks in the bridge crew before deciding to give leading and protecting one more try.[5] Once the decision had been made he quickly turned Bridge Four around, and through his efforts it became the best of the bridge crews, taking the fewest casualties,[6] treating its wounded[7] and training for escape.[8]

The Battle of the Tower[edit]

Bridge Four Tattoos

During the Battle of the Tower Bridge Four rescued Highprince Dalinar[9][10] resulting in Dalinar buying the freedom of all the bridge crews,[11] placing Kaladin in command of all bridgemen that choose to become soldiers, and requesting Bridge Four as personal bodyguards.[3]


It appeared that he'd been wrong. There had been something more they could do to him. One final torment the world had reserved just for Kaladin. And it was called Bridge Four.
— Kaladin's thoughts after his first Bridge Run[1]
Kaladin had not been assigned to Bridge Four by chance. Out of all the bridge crews, Bridge Four had the highest casualty rate. That was particularly notable, considering that average bridge crews often lost one-third to one-half of their number on a single run.
As they hefted their bridge, a spontaneous round of cheering rose up from the other crews. "That's new," ... "Guess they finally realized what we are," Kaladin said. "And what's that?" ... "We're their champions. Bridge forward!"
— Kaladin to Teft on the marching off for the Battle of the Tower[12]

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  1. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 6
  2. Words of Radiance chapter 2
  3. a b The Way of Kings chapter 73
  4. a b The Way of Kings chapter 9
  5. a b The Way of Kings chapter 11
  6. The Way of Kings chapter 30
  7. The Way of Kings chapter 17
  8. The Way of Kings chapter 27
  9. The Way of Kings chapter 67
  10. The Way of Kings chapter 68
  11. The Way of Kings chapter 69
  12. The Way of Kings chapter 64
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