The Service: A Roseman Tale


In the “old days,” the Watch was known as the “Watch Brigade,” or more commonly as the “Crestmen,” owing to the prominent position of the king’s dragon and crown crest upon their black jerkins.  But with the “reorganisation” following the Dunes War, they were re-titled “The Watch Service,” or “King’s Constabulary.”  Almost everyone referred to them as “Rosemen,” or just “Rosies,” however.

The change of badge was not the only difference.  Before the restructuring, the Watch was a loose network of regional and municipal “Forces,” now they had a clear structure in which a central commissioner oversaw the nine constituent “precincts.”

Lord Oldbridge, a portly aristocrat with little interest in the day to day operation, was its titular head.  All the real work fell upon Sir Orlando Cortez de Montoya, a man who made a name for himself in Harbourhead, rising swiftly from inspector to superintendent.  His reputation as a competent leader led to King Hector personally calling for his appointment as Chief Superintendent.

The organisation and numbering of the Service’s precincts posed a few anomalies.  The First Precinct, known as the “Firsts” were responsible for the security of the district which contained the palace, the Parliament Building, and homes of most of the upper nobility.  The Second Precinct was centered around the New Guildhall and Great Market, they also patrolled the streets where the lesser nobility and wealthier merchants lived.

The Third and Fourth Precincts “served” the High Guilds and Low Guilds districts respectively.  They dealt with more domestic incidents and thefts and disputes within the workshops and shops of their more populated streets.

The Fifth and Sixth Precincts were actually in Harbourhead, with the city being divided North and South along the old Harbour Road.

The Seventh Precinct was technically the largest as it incorporated all of the lesser towns and villages of the realm.  They patrolled the highways and byways, and usually only one or two Watchmen would be stationed in any given locality.

The Eighth Precinct were known as the “Specials.” The “precinct” had smaller Watch Houses or single offices scattered through the kingdom.  Among their numbers were the Trading Standards Branch, The Maritime Branch (who wore a white jerkin with a rose and anchor motif) often called the “Clankers,” and the “Roadies” who collected tolls and enforced parking.

The Ninth Precinct was known as “The Lasts.”  They were the men who patrolled the Back Lane, Alleys, and Old Guildhall areas of the capital.  Theirs was a world of vice, and random violence.  What made their job the more difficult was the restriction they shared with the First through Sixth Precincts of only being armed with a truncheon, a quarter staff, and a pair of wrist shackles.  Even the Roadies had a short sword, many “Lasts” just didn’t see the sense in it.



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