City Watch - Farm Ward Station
Despite always being the first to engage any threat that arises, the Watch of the Farm Ward is severely underequipped and understaffed. While many sing their praises for being the stalwart defenders that protect citizens from the dangers beyond the city's walls, just as many are skeptical about their ability to protect the citizens. This is due to towns and homesteads being so incredibly far apart that it sometimes takes days before the Watch even becomes aware of a threat.
LeadershipThe Farm Ward's Watch is a very diminutive force of untrained guardsmen that do what they can to protect the impossible. Under the leadership of Captain Jackson Chambers, an older human man that stands a little over six feet tall. He has a disfiguring scar that he earned in 695 during the gnoll attacks. Chambers is the type of person to fight first and ask questions later and he expects the same from his underlings. To most, he comes off as incredibly brash and cold. Very few have ever witnessed Chambers get emotional, since those who have died a long time ago.
He's seen far too much trouble in his day. Sometimes I wonder if he'll ever move on . . . but please, for the love of the Gods, don't tell him I said that.Chambers has a significant amount of military experience. He even served alongside Igor Urnst, the current Commander General of the Watch. Between the two of them and the rest of their squadron, they handled many border skirmishes in their day. When Urnst sustained a debilitating leg injury, Chambers decided that he should retire before he suffers the same fate, since he was not as young as he used to be and the pain of constantly marching and daily exercises was catching up with him. When Urnst became the Commander General, he offered Chambers a position within the city walls. Chambers politely declined and requested that he be able to stay out in the Farm Ward where he grew up. Urnst happily granted him the position of captain of the Farm Ward City Watch.- Vinia Shaw, Farm Ward Night Marshal
Uniform & ColorsWhile the guards in the city have nicer equipment, most of the Farm Ward guardsmen receive hand-me-downs from other stations or from the military. The secondhand equipment consists of padded gambesons, yellow tabards, and spears from a decade or so ago. It is common to see a guard in the Ward without armor.
Arms & ArmorThe Ward cannot afford the metal required to equip each and every guard with a sword. Chambers encourages farmers to lend old farm equipment like scythes to the station so that they may fashion it into weapons. Gambesons are provided by the military and veterans that donate their old equipment to this struggling station. Chambers still carries the same sword that he used in border conflicts decades ago.
Notable ConflictsSome time ago, the Farm Ward was well equipped. Sergeants and up each had a horse and proper weaponry as a way to reinforce the borders around the city. In the year 695, a gnollish threat started to become reality as the creatures began tearing their way through the borders and into the Ward. With great force, the gnolls destroyed much of the countryside. The guard was no match for the shamans who could strike them from hundreds of feet away. In a matter of days, well over half of the guard's forces were completely destroyed. If Eladreth Moonstalker or Cayde Lowther had not have intervened, the entirety of the Farm Ward would have been left in ruin. To the embarrassment of Chambers, Lowther pointedly scolded his horrible tactics against such a potent threat. Chambers had no retort.
Bloodiest damned thing I've ever seen. For what seemed like miles, there was nothing but black smoke and burned stone foundations.In the year 702, there was another smaller conflict. Gnolls began to make their return. Despite the previous excursion leaving the Watch without much in the means of equipment, Chambers learned from his past mistakes. Without the help of any "heroes", Chambers and his guard easily dispatched the threat with tactics more guerilla-like. In a matter of weeks, Chambers only lost two guardsmen in the process of destroying the small army of gnolls piece by piece.- Cayde Lowther, Proprieter of the Bloody Boots Inn