The Fog of Ious
The Corvallian Townsguard is popularly regarded as having two distinct eras, each correlating with the overall size of the settlement itself. And, as some note in frustrated tones, correlating with the overall quality of the Townsguard. The following is an overview of the key differences between the two.
The Divine Era
Since its founding, the Townsguard has commanded respect among Corvale’s citizens, and disgust from the criminals among them. During this era, members held a social status not unlike that of the Order of Ioun’s clergy. The Townsguard made prideful claims of carrying out the Goddess’ will, and Town Paladin was the organization’s introductory rank.
Each of the remaining eleven ranks carried similar names. They ranged from Town Paladin to High Capitan, each with distinct customary rights and duties. The High Captain of the Townsguard held his office after many years of service. For that reason, many High Captains in the history of the Townsguard would go on to become Elders.
The Modern Era
In modern times, the a position in the Townsguard has lost most of its former status — respect tends only to be given when earned by the individual. In addition, the Townsguard’s sense of pride has become much more secular. Capitan — an alteration of the High Capitan rank of the past, is the only remaining official rank in the organization. Seniority has taken precedence over rank, and whether a Townsguard has performed great deeds for the City or not, the more senior members are the ones to give orders.
During lulls in criminal activity, many of the more industrious Guards can be found around town assisting with odds and ends jobs ranging from simple errands to construction projects. Yet more can be found on patrol in the darker areas of town. And, as the claim goes, a smaller portion can be found actually doing their jobs in those same areas. When criminal activity is on the rise, the response from the Townsguard is more or less the same unless they are actively following orders from the Capitan.
Role in Corvale
Regardless of the era, the life of a Guard is filled with equal parts risk and reward, though, many claim the Townsguard of the Modern Era see a disproportionate amount of ‘reward,’ for relatively little effort. Given that virtually all Townsguard posts are within the safety of the City of Corvale, this may be the case.
The Townsguard has been and continues to be a secure way to earn a living in Corvale. Today, Its members join either by signing up at the Guard’s main Headquarters or as punishment for some malfeasance. The inclusion of the latter group was a controversial decision made by Zizo the Undaunted, who was concerned with the Townsguard’s thinning numbers.