The Cerulean Watch
Stalwart protectors of the Free State of Sutica, the members of the Watch serve as the law enforcers and soldiers of the realm. They are foremost loyal to the sitting Trade Monarch of Sutica. In the city and surrounding lands, the members of the Watch keep the peace, mediate disputes, fend off predators in the fields, and stop criminals in their tracks.
The laws which they are beholden to enforce are bound within the Codex of Sutica, the book of laws within the great realm of Sutica. Their roles and responsibilities are outlined both in this handbook and within the Writ of Governance. There are no exceptions, modifications or other interpretations of the responsibilities of the Sutican Watch other than the written will of the Trade Monarch found in those documents. During times of conflict, the Sutican Watch is called to serve as the military force of Sutica, defending the walls and citizens of our beloved city-state with their lives.
Table of Contents
1. Mission of the Watch
2. Chain of Command
3. Ranks of the Watch
4. Special Positions and Noncombatants
5. Honors & Medals
6. Administrative Policies
Local Security and Supplementary Forces
7. Uniform and Handbook
1. Mission of the Watch
“We stand watch and protect the Sacred Monarch of the realm, the rights of the people and its plentiful land”
Oath of the Watch
“I [Insert name] do solemnly swear
without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion,
To pledge my undying loyalty to the Service of Sutican Watch,
to the Trade Monarch of Sutica for which guides this land,
And to the citizens and subjects under the Monarch
I pledge my efforts to the defense of the institutions of the Free State
I pledge my body as a tool for the Free State,
a shield to the innocent, and a sword to the unjust
I shall uphold the principles of the creed, and maintain the dignity of the Watch
I shall obey the orders of those placed above me, and I shall never falter from this oath
On my soul, honor [and on… insert deity here if applicable] this I swear.
Code of the Watch
“To be poised and ready to serve with faith and in oath.
To guarantee the safety of those we are sworn to protect.
To maintain fortitude of the mind and the spirit.
To protect and uphold the Law against those who seek to assail it’s writ.
To defend against oppression and deception.
To guard the peaceful against disorder and chaos.”
2. Chain of Command
The Chain of Command begins with the Trade Monarch of Sutica down to Captains then to the Sergeants of the Watch where command stops. Constables and Gate Authority exert no command on those of any rank or stature.
3. Ranks of the Watch
Not officially a member of the Sutican Watch, the Gate Authority are certain citizens held in high regard by both the Trade Monarch of Sutica and the Captains of the Watch. These individuals have been granted special permission to access the Sutican Gatehouse. This is to ensure the daily flow of traffic is not interrupted through the gates. These members bear no further responsibilities besides maintaining the gates.
A minor rank prior to taking full power through swearing an oath to a Captain of the Watch. Here they will receive training through a Sergeant and be directed to a Captain upon proving themselves as worthy for the watch. During this period they will not be granted the same authority of a Watch member unless in the presence of a Constable or higher.
Constables are the largest body of the organization, handling the day-to-day grunt work and general patrolling of the city and its surrounding lands. When situations arise these men and women are expected to be the first to react, keeping a calm demeanor and establishing a sense of control over any erupting chaos.
The second rank of the Sutican Watch and the first level of what would be considered to be an officer. Sergeants are senior members of the Watch who have proven their worth and competence in leadership and decision making. During situations, the Sergeant has the authority to issue orders to the Constables present unless overruled by one of higher authority. Sergeants are provided with the task of providing training to Constables and recruiting members into the force.
The third and final rank of the Sutican Watch, these few individuals are the senior officers and overseers of the functions of the organization. Granted the expressed duty to promote Watch members. In the absence of the Trade Monarch or Minister of Justice, this position has final authority over all actions of the Watch.
Minister of Peace
Not a rank of the Sutican Watch, but an administrative position that oversees the entirety of the Sutican Watch. Provided with the role of continual communication with the Trade Monarch as well as providing policy changes and advice on legislation.
4. Special Positions and Noncombatants
Prison Guards are members of the Sutican Watch who handle those charged with crimes, maintaining that they are treated to a decent standard. Watch members of this position hold the sole duty of being selected for handling the treatment of detained criminals. Members of this position must be ready to use violence if necessary to protect against escape attempts or at least be willing to use self-defense.
The Quartermaster handles the logistics of the Sutican Watch. It is their duty to ensure each member receives their proper pay, and that each member is equipped to the highest standards. The member who holds this position will be granted an office within the barracks to work from. This member will be responsible for the inventory of the guard as well as granting and evicting barrack rooms. The Quartermaster may choose to be a noncombatant if they wish so.
Sutica is a secular nation, but that does not mean our nation does not understand our Watch member's spiritual needs. It is the primary duty of the Watch Chaplain to aid the members of the Watch in attaining that need. A Watch Chaplain must be well versed in multiple religious customs in order to provide for that large variety of religions within the guard itself. The Role of Chaplain is a Non-combatant Role and has no further duties associated with it.
5. Honors & Medals
Listed in order of precedence -- Additional Medals may be listed in the Handbook
Anchor of Valour The Anchor of Valour is the Free State's highest honor, awarded by the ruling Trade Monarch themselves. The Anchor of Valor is given to those that demonstrate acts of valor far beyond the call of duty. To receive the award is quite difficult and requires having your efforts recognized by the Trade Monarch themselves.
Archrims Legacy - A Royal Eternal Named after Captain Archrim this medal is a level above the medal of sacrifice in that it is only ever bestowed upon those that have given their all and placed everything on the line in the defense of Sutica. By risking it all, they have demonstrated their dedication to the Oath and will be forever remembered for their contributions to the Nation. Every member which has been bestowed this medal shall also be granted the rank of Royal Eternal as a lasting mark of their dedication.
Medal of Sacrifice This medal is given to those who have sacrificed permanent loss of ability in protecting and serving the Free State. It is given with the blessing of the Trade Monarch to show their unending support of those who have sacrificed to see the Free State continue to grow and prosper. This is given to those that were willing to sacrifice something, for the Free State to gain something else.
Medal of Civic Honor
This medal is granted to citizens of the nation who have shown tremendous effort towards the security of the Sutican way of life. It is the highest Non-Watch medal, being granted directly by the Trade Monarch themself. It is to serve as a reminder of the binding nature of Sutican citizenship and those who have risked it all for the greater good fo the community as a whole.
Ribbon of Heroism Given to an individual who has against all odds demonstrated boundless courage and has performed above and beyond in service to his fellow Watch members and in doing so saved the life or lives of his companions. As well as those that achieve results far beyond typical expectations in the service of the Free State.
Ribbon of Loyalty This military honor is given to those individuals that stood and continue to stand firm in their duty to the Trade Monarch. This is usually awarded by the Captains of the Watch. It is awarded to those that have devoted their lives to the watch and to the sacred Trade Monarch of the Free State.
Campaign Medals Campaign Medals are granted to members of the Sutican Watch who endured during major conflicts or during expeditions. These medals are to serve as a reminder of the actions they took part in and as an outward display to remember those who may not have returned. To receive this class of medal it is only necessary for the member to have taken part in a campaign deemed fit by a Captain of the Watch with permission of the Trade Monarch to receive a medal.
Medal of Eternal Memory This Medal is given to the families of those that lost their loved ones in their duty to the Trade Monarch and the Free State. At the end of every second year a remembrance ceremony is held to commemorate the ones who lost their lives during the years and to remember the ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the years long gone, the medal given to the families of the fallen at this time.
6. Administrative Policies
Law Enforcement -- The primary duty of the Watch is to maintain a strict following of the Sutican Codex of laws. The Watch has responsibility for charging crimes and handing out punishment. Every law must be obeyed by everyone no matter what, from the lowest pleb to the highest standing noble no one is above the law as set out by the Trade Monarch and their government. It is the first and foremost goal of The Sutican Watch is to maintain and understand the laws of Sutica. For no matter how much we train our physical bodies if we do not understand our laws it makes us no different from the wild bandit who roams the highways at night. Therefore it is not an excuse for a guard not to understand the laws of the nation.
Royal Protection -- Perhaps the most sacred duty of the Sutican watchman is the defense of the Trade Monarch of Sutica. All Watch members must swear an oath of fealty to the sovereign and be prepared to lay down one's life to protect them. For the Trade Monarch is the primary institution from which all others derive, and without it, Sutica would not exist as it does today.
Sutican Defence -- The diplomatic stance of the Free State is Neutrality. However, as all know even neutral nations may find themselves under attack. It is therefore imperative that Sutica, lacking a proper standing army, have a guard forced trained in the manner of defense and combat in general. All equipment for the Watch is provided by the nation ensuring the members are equipped with the best weapons. This alongside rigorous training ensure the battle-readiness of the Watch to bring sword and shield into the fray in defense of Sutica if the need ever arises. No one in Sutica wants to fight, but if a fight shall come, we will be a nation prepared.
City Watch -- City watch is one of the main duties of the Sutican Watch, watching to the city proper and seeking out and putting a stop to any criminal behavior. The simple presence of a member of the Watch walking the streets or standing in a tavern on watch has proven to lower the chance of criminal activity significantly. At times the simple presence and show of force the Watch exerts by being around is enough to quell much of the unrest known to infect the city. However, if deterrence alone is not enough, and creatures of the night take to flight through our city, it is the duty of the men and women of the Watch to pursue until the criminal is caught.
Gate Management -- The city gates are one of the first lines of defense, it allows the Watch to check the identities of any visitors. This short screening process is crucial to the protection of Sutica as it enables a method of weeding out the unwanted miscreants from entering the city. Such as those who have been banished from the Free State of Sutica. The Gatehouse should always be manned by at least one or ideally two Watch members at a time, one works the gates and takes down notes on those entering the city to be included in reports filed at the end of a Watch’s shift. The other conducts interviews and inspections searching for suspicious and shady persons.
Patrols -- Patrols are exterior excursions outside of the city walls by groups of Watch members to survey the full extent of Sutican land. A common misconception is that Sutica is the City itself, but Sutican law extends far beyond the walls, and this land must be protected and kept free from bandits. Watchmen must uphold and protect citizens along the road outside of Sutica. This will help ensure the safety felt by all the merchants that flock to Sutica and its policy of free trade.
Expeditions -- Expeditions are military and diplomatic excursions beyond the lands of Sutica. They are called up when a great emergency exists throughout the world in which it becomes necessary for Sutica to respond. The most commonly known examples of Sutican Expeditions are the War against the Dark Druid in Ceru, Missions against the September Prince, and in providing aid to other descendants during the trip through Serrimor.
Public Relations -- The Watch are the face of the Free State of Sutica. Watch members are the first impression that any visitor has of Sutica, and therefore it is the duty of the Watch to uphold an air of decorum and civility which reflects upon Sutica. Watch members are members of the community as much as any citizen, it is therefore recommended that Watch members take part in daily community life. However, watch members must also maintain a level of authority when it is necessary to be firm. Remember that Every individual Watch members represents the Free State of Sutica and we should carry ourselves as such and act accordingly.
Reports -- Reporting on major events and incidents is a crucial part of a Watch members’ job, this allows fellow Watch members to be aware of the happenings of Sutica during their own off-hours. Ideally, every Watch member should read the reports of their colleagues thus allowing each shift to be made aware of any major incidents involving suspicious people. This ensures that every Watch member is on the same page and allows us to be more vigilant in regards to repeat offenders, being able to catch them in the act or even before they have the chance to cause trouble. Reporting also allows Superiors and members of the government to keep a tracked record of the success and failures of both the Law and the Law enforcement allowing any changes or adjustments to be made to counter any critical issues. In this same regard Reports allow a way of the Watch expressing their own opinions and ideas for change to higher-ups via their reports, suggestions from the point of view of those of us that walk the streets upholding the law and protecting Sutica and all the struggles we encounter in doing so.
Training and Maintenance -- All members of the Watch are responsible for the maintenance and maintaining of all gear granted to them. A rusty and dull sword will not pierce and a rotted out shield will not stop an arrow from piercing it. Therefore making sure your equipment is always at a peak state is an important responsibility of the Watch. Much like your other equipment, your body is to be a sword and shield to the Free State, and as such must always be maintained just like your actual sword and shield. They must ensure that they do not suffer from any crippling injuries that may hinder their fighting capabilities if any arise the Watch member should seek immediate medical aid. Weapons training and sparring is a necessity to maintain oneself as an able-bodied fighter ready to draw steel in defense of the Free State. One cannot train alone, however, and therefore the Watch shall have joint training sessions to both practice our tactics and to earn trust and faith in our fellow Watch members.
Full Details on current Wages are found in the Sutican Watch Handbook
Base Pay -- Each member of the Sutican Watch will receive a flat rate of pay for merely serving in the ranks of the Watch subject to adjustment by the Trade Monarch of Sutica, Quartermaster, and Captains of the Guard.
Service Pay -- In addition to the Base Pay of the Sutican Watch, Members shall receive additional bonus pay for reported hours working. (Such as working the Gate or other additional tasks.)
Incident Pay -- For taking part in actively apprehending and charging suspects, additional stipends will be granted directly correlating to the extent of the crime.
Drilling and Combat Pay -- Additional lump-sum amounts may be paid based upon serving in Expeditions and for taking part in the training. These amounts are regulated by the officer directly in control of the operations.
Recruitment Recruit of the Watch falls to the duties of the Sergeants, overseen by the Captains and the Trade Monarch of Sutica. The recruitment process is rather simple as it is only once recruited that a Watch member is truly tested in their ability to serve as such the only requirements are an individual is of fit and fighting shape and can follow orders. From there most of the needed skills and knowledge required to dutifully carry out one's role as a Watch member can be taught through experience and instruction. There are three methods of recruitment currently, the first is by approaching a watch officer of which can be identified by their distinct uniform when compared to the regular rank and file. After a short interview process and perhaps a trial of combat to prove one's ability to fight the officer can decide to give the potential to recruit a position in the Watch. The second method of recruitment is done via a recruitment notices posted throughout the world of atlas, potential recruits can post an application via courier or bird to the Watch barracks in Sutica where their application will be reviewed by an officer, upon the completion of the review the applicant will either be invited to come to sutica for a in-person inspection and interview or they will be denied if deemed unfit and receive a letter informing them of such.
The final method of recruitment occurs when a Captain of the Watch or the Trade Monarch themselves note the aptitude and abilities of a citizen and personally invite them t0 the Watch force. This method of recruitment will usually provide the fastest entry into the force as it does not require an interview or a trial of combat.
Disciplinary Action In the unthinkable case that a member of the Sutican Watch exploits the trust which was placed in them. The leadership of the Watch is granted the ability to punish the individual as deemed fit. Disciplinary actions are necessary to ensure the rigid standards of the Watch. As a member of the Watch, you are held to higher standards than the Citizenry and therefore shall be punished to a higher level for similar crimes against the Free State. It is also the duty of all Watch members to report any such dishonors to their higher-ups, or they shall be punished for the same acts.
For minor offenses such as minor uniform violations and other minor conduct violations, the punishment might include the barring of pay, requiring the offender to do additional exercises, public humiliation, or other minor and temporary punishments.
For major offenses such as disobeying orders, undermining Sutican defenses, aiding criminals, and other major conduct violations more lasting disciplinary actions will be used. These include but are not limited to flogging, reduction in rank, discharge, branding, and execution. However, all major disciplinary measures must be signed off by a Captain of the Watch or the Trade Monarch. Any member found guilty of a major offense can request an audit by the Trade Monarch.
All disciplinary actions are subject to audit by the Trade Monarch. If the punishment is found to be grossly unfit, the original arbitrator of the punishment shall be forced to be dealt the same punishment three times over. Any officer found under audit for punishment can request to be tried in a public court.
Discharge Discharge from the Watch can occur in one of two ways, voluntary retirement or forceful ejection. When a Watch member retires from the force they give up all the responsibilities and privileges of that they once had however in some cases a reward or entitlement for long and dedicated service may or may not be bestowed upon a retiring veteran of the Watch this is rare and occurs only at the discretion of the Captains of the Watch and his/her superiors. A forceful Discharge is akin to a dishonorable one but not always the same, however in effect, both have the same outcome as the Watch member in question is ejected from the Watch, stripped of their uniform and all privileges that went along with the uniform. Forceful discharge can happen due to a range of reasons the most common of which is a failure to follow orders of superior officers. A more unique situation is that if it is decided that a Watch member is simply unfit for the rigors and responsibilities of serving and protecting the people and Free State of sutica it may be decided that they are to be ejected from the Watch for their own good or the betterment of the Watch itself.
Local Security and Supplementary Forces
In certain situations, the Trade Monarch of Sutica may authorize additional public security for certain aspects of Law Enforcement in the Free State of Sutica. These forces while in the Free State of Sutica these forces are under the service of the Sutican Watch. All members of forces must uphold the standard of the Watch in order to continue service inside of Sutica.
Local Security forces are internal public safety agencies tasked with law enforcement in certain sections of the Free State of Sutica. These forces are entirely internal and may not act outside of their local area unless levied by Watch officers for the defense of the Free State or for an expedition.
Supplementary forces are forces hired or given permission by the Trade Princess to exist within Sutica and have been given explicit authorization for handling law enforcement. While in Sutica all operations by Supplementary forces are overseen by the Sutican Watch. Supplementary forces do not represent Sutica in any official capacity, and the forces may not act outside of Sutican borders.
7. Uniform and Handbook
Standard of the Uniform
The uniform of the Watch is granted great protection and status among all walks of the world. It is a sign of self-sacrifice for the realm of Sutica; a symbol of strength and honor among a world full of bandits and degenerates; a shield to all innocence and to the freedom of liveliness to all. To wear it is a great honor, and to shame one’s self is to shame both the Uniform and the Free State. To disgrace the Uniform is not only an insult to your people; it is a violation of the trust and faith put into you as part of the Watch and a horrendous case of misconduct.
Modifications to the Uniform
But onto more practical matters: the uniform of the Sutican Watch will not be edited in any way that is disgraceful or of ill-taste, but personalization is otherwise welcomed. Adorning an armband, sporting basic decal painting on the shoulders, and one other single personalized touch to the uniform is encouraged. A gross infringement upon the uniformity of the Uniform shall lead to disciplinary measures to be taken against the offender.
In addition to the normal Guard Attire, several alternative uniforms have been created to allow for the fluidity of our members. As we understand a large section of our city is made of voidal mages we do offer robes to accommodate for being unable to wear heavy armor. Also understanding that our Watch members do not always wish to be in uniform we also offer Armbands which can be placed over their sleeves in order to uphold the authority if the situation arises while they are off duty.
Members of the Sutican Watch will also receive the handbook of the Watch which details the full code of conduct for members of the Watch. It contains sections for reporting as well. Other sections include guidelines for the operation of weaponry and other operations in the field. This book serves as a legal document for operation unless its conflicts with the Writ of Governance, The Codex of Sutica, or any other official act of the Trade Monarch or government.