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Marro's City Guard

The law enforcement of Marro consists of a trained force of guards. These guards are maintained by the two powers in the city: the city council and the merchant's council. Whilst their funding may come from these groups, the guards are expected to be impartial.  


They enjoy a great deal of operational freedom and autonomy, as long as the streets remain safe. Within their ranks, they are expected to act on the orders of their superiors, but also upon civilians requests and petitions. When not acting on a specific case, the guards are expected to patrol the streets of the city, intervening should they witness disputes or crimes during their patrols.  


Normally, at least three guards make up one patrol group, but sometimes, up to six may travel together.   In the normal three-person patrol, there is one common guard, one guard with specialised training, and one guard with knowledge of the city's regulations and brief knowledge of magic.

Who can become a guard?

The guard only accepts applications from citizens of Marro. Applicants cannot have been found guilty of committing a crime, nor their parents or grandparents.   This latter requirement was introduced after corruption became rampant in the guard, whereby whole families were "immune" to the law, despite blatant corruption or criminal activities.   Nowadays, having a member of your family in the guard is a source of pride, as it implies one's family is honest and trustworthy.

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All guards go through basic training involving their duties and basic fighting techniques. Those particularly adept at the more intellectual aspects of the training get recommended for further training at the scholar's academy; those particularly adept at combat undergo further training at the monk's monastery.   These advanced training programs often allow people from lower classes to obtain a proper education and a chance at improving their families' economic and social status.

Corruption in the organization

Nowadays, claims of corrupt guards are rare. They all know it is very risky and they are paid a good enough salary to allow them and their families to live a good (but not luxurious) life. However, no amount of training, prestige, and good salary will completely eradicate corruption.   Those found to be corrupt face one of two fates: they may be exiled outside of the city, or, if the crime they committed costed someone else's life: executed.

Cover image: by Stefan Keller


Author's Notes

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The original version of this article was created as an entry for World Anvil's flagship Summer Camp 2020 event, specifically for prompt #24:
"Describe a law enforcing organization within your world and how they operate."
  You can view my other entries from the competition here.   All images are sourced from pixabay, pexels, or unsplash unless credited otherwise.

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
3 Aug, 2020 13:08

I really like the requirement that your parents and grandparents must be crime free for you to be able to become a guard. I think that really adds something.

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