Official Title: Their official name is The Wardens but few people use that name. Most call them The Watch.
Emblem: Solid white Lantern inside the outline of a shield on a field of green.
Colors: Pale blue tabbard, cloak. Sergeants have a greatcoat rather than cloak with rank epaulets and one green braid on the left shoulder. Lieutenants wear greatcoat with addition of a green braid from each shoulder. Captains do not generally wear immediately identifying heraldry but in Ceremonial regalia have two braids per shoulder.
The Watch are the regular police force within the Keep, Keeptowne and Euper with their primary headquarters in Euper. These are the primary policing force similar to the garrisons of outlying manors and towns. Thus they are entirely independent of the regular military chain of command in times of peace. In times of crisis of martial law they are put under the command of the regular military or the Patrol, depending on the Duke's requirements. They are lightly armed, usually staves and cudgels, and lightly armored wearing a hard leather cuirass and softer leather secondary coverage. They mostly deal with the ordinary day to day problems any police force does, but if things get beyond their immediate control they can call for help and receive it with remarkable alacrity. They hold powers similar to that of constables in villages and unincorporated areas.
All citizens of Metamor are considered levy soldiers and typically have available to them some manner of weaponry and simple armor. When assistance is called for these are the typical first responders, with members of the Patrol or other military forces supplementing these forces.
The Wardens consist of a simplified ranking structure with only five degrees of ascension, the higher which are not attainable by the typical Warden.
- Duke Thomas Hassan III
- The Duke's appointed Seneschal (Also called a justicar) (unidentified at this time)
- Three Captains who answer to the seneschal. 1 each for the Keep, Keeptowne and Euper. Each captain has a reserve captain drawn from the ranks of the Lieutenants. The Captains are all Knights of the Throne but not Red Stallion members and are not Landed Nobility. They are able to mete out mean and Low justice but cannot administer High justice so must refer members of the Nobility to a higher court. Certain retired knights can also serve as reserve Captains if this capacity is petitioned by the Seneschal and approved by Duke Thomas. Eindah, first named in Apologies, captains the Keep watch itself and is the third Captain of Metamor's policing forces.
- Each Captain has two Lieutenants and two reserve lieutenants drawn from the sergeant ranks of the Wardens. Lieutenants can be of any birth station but are typically from the low nobility. This is the highest rank that can be attained by a commoner joining the ranks of the Wardens.
- Each Lieutenant has four sergeants and four reserve sergeants and is assigned to a precinct in their ward (Euper or Keeptowne). Sergeants serve as company or precinct coordinators and supervisors, each having four corporals who in turn have eight Wardens per squad. Wardens, corporals, and sergeants can dispense mean justice while Lieutenants can typically administer Low justice within reason on a per-case basis.
Judges and Magistrates: The courts of Euper are divided into parish courts and county courts. The parish courts are overseen by magistrates, or justices of the peace, and usually have jurisdiction over one or more neighborhoods within the city. High crimes, and usually those involving the nobility, are seen at the County Courts. As Euper is the county seat for all of Metamor Valley, this means little travel is involved. Nobility often have their cases taken straight to the County Courts to save time, though they could allow a case to be seen by a simple magistrate, and may if they feel it is in their interests.
Crime & Punishment:
At this time Metamor Keep does not have a policy of capital punishment save in the most extreme cases. Not even the Nobility can claim right of blood in cases where the lower classes perpetrate a crime against them, though they can petition for it (and have heretofore been denied by the Duke, who is the only one witht he authority to authorize such writ).
In the most extreme cases the lawbreakers are banished out of the Duke's demesne, be it to the north or south is of no concern for the court so long as they are removed and do not return (upon threat of death without good cause).
Non-cursed visitors to Metamor that break laws that cannot be dealt with by mean justice are usually restrained and taken beyond the bounds of the curse and told not to return for a year. Both Midtown and Giftum maintain watch posts at caravansarries beyond the known limits of the curse to receive lawbreakers and mete out the punitive measures determined by Metamor's courts.
Justice in the town of Euper can take several forms.
Mean Justice -
Street level justice or informal resolution of a conflict. This can be something as informal as telling the offending party to move on to a thorough drubbing of belligerent perpetrators. Mean justice is completely informal and many times the resolution can be agreed upon by all parties and carried out by the Wardens on site without the intercession of supervisor ranks (Corporal or Sergeant) or the courts.
Low Justice -
Justice meted out between common castes that do not involve the Aristocracy or Nobility. This can be overseen by members of the Wardens who have been Knighted or are of Noble birth (Sergeants or higher) without the involvement of the courts. Many such wardens are registered justices of the peace, as long as they meet the minimum requirements.
High Justice -
Justice that must be employed when members of the noble or aristocratic classes are involved, and generally involve the courts (either Low or High) and a good bit of formal social rigmarole. Only Captains of Noble Station can mete out High Justice when dealing with nobles of lesser station, but must otherwise refer such crimes to the Seneschal or High Court for dispensation.
Crimes committed by commoners that are extreme and egregious are also referred to the High Court.
Most cases that require High Justice are noteworthy and cause considerable stir among those in the know about it. The recent actions of Llyn Wanderer, a commoner, involved crimes of such nature as to require direct intersession of Duke Thomas in the High Court but were kept strictly under wraps to prevent unnecessary panic among the populace.