Known formally as The Domestic Military. They are the police force within the Kingdom Ayas. As opposed to members of the regular Military, Watchmen wear cloth uniforms and are trained with a focus on diplomacy and investigation.
To become a member one needs to apply at a Watchhouse where a Lieutenant will process the application. It should come as no surprise that records are kept of most citizens and strangers have little chance to be accepted. Those who are gain the rank of Recruit.
Recruits handle most practical and administrative duties. They aren’t bound by vows yet nor wear they a uniform. They are considered the help of proper Watchmen.
After a year of good conduct a recruit automatically is ranked up to Private. From there on they are considered a fully fledged member of the Watch.
This is done through a ceremony where they gain The Iron Shield, which identifies them as Watchmen, as well as take their vows:
I take these vows to be the sword of justice, the shield that guards freedom. To bring justice to those who break our laws through life and the glory beyond.
Privates may rank up to Corporal. This title puts them in charge of several recruits and makes them respo nsible for communication between them and the officers.
To become an Officer (any rank above Corporal) one must take Officer’s training at one of three Military Academies. After their training they become Sergeant.
One Sergeant is hand-picked by his lieutenant to replace him when he retires, often they are nicknamed First Sergeant and act as the right hand to the lieutenant.
Captains choose a lieutenant to act like their right hand, usually the most senior. It is this lieutenant that takes over the position of Captain when there is a retirement.
Towns and villages have a lieutenant present who reports directly to the First Captain of a nearby city.
Every city has at least one Captain present, though some have up to four. With the rank First Captain referring to the most senior of the Captains. He reports directly to the Governor, who rules a province and holds the rank General.
The equipment of a Watchman is their standard marine cloth uniform, with variations possible for both personal preference, practicality and rank. A weapon, depending on the training a baton or rapier.
Their Iron Shield, a piece of metal denoting their name, their number and their rank. It has the words: The Shield of Freedom, The Sword of Justice, written above it. This is the Watch’s motto.
Officers also carry keys to many of the city’s most important buildings. Though this is only a courtesy given to the most senior, as losing these keys cost a city quite a lot.
A member of the Watch can be summoned by ringing bells on the streets. There are also booths across the city where an officer is often present. And the Watchman also regularly patrols an area.
They act as neutral party in disputes. Focused on making certain both parties are satisfied. If someone is caught in the process of a crime a Watchman will often employ The Silver Law.
This is a law that states that petty crime can be resolved with payment of a single silver coin. If the criminal has no silver on him, the law implies that they must work at a local business, which the officer chooses, for a single day.
In the Capital, Eleas, the Watch is the largest in the realm. It has around 400 members including 100 Officers: with 20 lieutenants and 3 Captains.
Upon the age of 65 member of the Watch is taken off active duty, though their vows remain a part of their life. Quite often an elderly Watchman will choose to spend the final ten years of their work teaching at one of the Academies.