The Vigilant Shield is a manor house in in the region of Mareholm in Casinea, close to the Silent Sentinel and on the road to Anvil. It was built to support, train and inspire members of the Throne Guard, and funded by the House of Seven Mirrors - the guild of Empress Lisabetta. Construction and planting of the surrounding gardens was completed shortly after the 383YE Summer Solstice.
The Captain of the Throne Guard has the responsibility to protect the Throne in accordance with the Throne Guard oath: "in body, mind and soul" and to recruit and roster members of the Throne Guard during Anvil Summits. In addition, if the Vigilant Shield itself were to be threatened in any way, it would be the responsibility of the Captain to deal with those threats.
A Portion of Liao
The Captain of the Throne Guard is an Imperial title that has custodianship of this sinecure, which provides an income of six measures of liao each season, to be used as the holder sees fit.
Point of Pilgrimage
The Captain of the Throne Guard may sit in the Imperial Synod, and possesses 12 votes in Synod affairs (or an additional 12 votes if they already have a congregation). They may use these votes in any assembly for which they are eligible.
The title is appointed each Winter Solstice by the Throne.
The Vigilant Shield
This comfortable manor house is situated close enough to the Silent Sentinel to hear if its massive warning bell ever rings out to call Imperial citizens to vigilant defence. But unlike that fortification, the manor house has been designed with pleasing proportions, bearing a passing resemblance to the Rose Towers in Semmerholm.
In the heart of the main house lies the oak-panelled chapel, adorned with portraits of paragons and exemplars, primarily of Vigilance and Loyalty. In pride of place is a lectern upon which rests an illuminated scroll, setting out the names and affiliations of fallen Throne Guard.
The manor house is surrounded by flower gardens, ornamented with statuary commissioned from artists of all nations of the Empire, and threaded through with a pergola walkway reminiscent of cloisters. The plants have been chosen carefully such that the gardens are in bloom for most of the year, yet can withstand the extremes of weather often experienced this close to Anvil. It is a haven in colourful shades of gold, green, white and violet, and often sparkles with silver raindrops.
The Title in Play
The role does not provide additional information about events in the Empire, nor allow the player holding it to request special reports or downtime actions. These details are assumed to be below the abstraction layer. The title holder is encouraged to create their own stories about their activities within reasonable limits and to get involved in events appropriate to their title during the game, but they do not have any powers beyond those explicitly listed in the section on powers.
These details exist partly to provide context and character to the role - and partly to allow our writers to use the title as a plot hook. Plot that involves the position will be rare - but all the campaign positions in Empire have these details to create the potential for it to happen.
The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.