Guardian of Giselle's Tomb
The Guardian of Giselle's Tomb is an Imperial title created by the Imperial Senate in Autumn 380YE. Work on the tomb was completed shortly before the Spring Equinox 381YE. The position of guardian is a sinecure, requiring minimal responsibility but offering a regular income of liao, and additional votes in the Imperial Synod.
The Guardian oversees the shrine in Temeschwar that houses the sarcophagus of Empress Giselle. If the tomb were to be threatened, it would be the responsibility of the Guardian to face those threats; likewise should any opportunity related to the shrine arise the Guardian would decide how to respond.
Bounty of Liao
The sinecure provides five measures of liao to the Guardian each season, to be used as they see fit.
Voice in the Synod
The tomb of Empress Giselle stands in the city of Temeschwar.
For decades after her death, Empress Giselle was interred in her family estates in Sarvos. Following the Grendel assault and the sacking of the city, which included an attempt to steal her body, her sarcophagus was moved to a safer location. After much debate the Senate chose to re inter Giselle in Temeschwar. A new tomb was constructed for her, under the supervision of Gant Archama (the Senator for Temeschwar).
Constructed in the city itself, near one of the two river gates, it takes the form of an open-air amphitheatre, decorated with the motif of the unbroken chain of Loyalty. At the entrance to the seats a statue of the Senator's father, Demitri Archama (who looks so like Gant that several wits have pointed out it could just as easily be a statue of the younger Archama as the elder). He is shown seated, swathed in fur with a stern visage.
The sacrophagus itself rests on a plinth before the raised stage, and the theatrical back drop consists of four large white granite panels carved with scenes depicting the recent joint ventures of the League. They show the raising of Caricomare; the liberation of Holberg; and the rebuilding of Sarvos after the Grendel attack. The final panel depicting the escorting of the body of Giselle from Highguard to Temeschwar by a company of soldiers bearing the tattered gonfalon of the Brotherhood of Torn Banners, with the Brotherhood's Colonel Iacob Genoshu clearly identifiable as the figure leading the procession.
Already there has been some wry commentry of the tomb - dubbed "Virtue's Respite" by Gant Archama - that it appears to be less a memorial to the dead Throne, and more a testament to the recent successes of the League and the Brotherhood of Torn Banners in particular.