The Civil Service shall serve The Throne and the people, and be bound in oaths of loyalty to the Empire. They will be civil in their dealings and treat each citizen by their virtues, without prejudice or favour regardless of wealth, nationality or title. They will choose amongst them those who will serve as magistrates, to ensure the law is a friend to no-one but instead the servant and the master of all.

From the Imperial Constitution

The Imperial Civil Service was founded in its current form in the reign of Emperor Giovanni. Members of the Service are IC oath-bound, and the crew who play them are bound OOC, to the impartiality and neutrality that are the finest traditions of the Service.

As such, they do not vote in any elections, as that would undermine the reality that they are neutral supporters of the Empire.

The Civil Servants who attend Anvil are generally based at the Civil Service Hub, located roughly at the centre of Anvil. However, their work takes them across various parts of Anvil, as is outlined here.

Civil Servants are all NPCs played by crew. Their job is to allow the game to run effectively in character - preventing players from being bogged down in administration or bureaucracy. The roles are designed on in OC level to be incorruptible - PD will never run plot in Empire involving the corruption of Civil Servants, including Magistrates.

Institutional Civil Servants

These civil servants are linked to specific Imperial Institutions to ensure their smooth operation, and can be found at Anvil performing their respective roles over the course of each summit.

Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court is composed of a number of magistrates and Civil Servants whose job is to ensure that the motions passed by the Imperial Senate can be implemented in accordance with the Imperial Constitution. Members of the Court have a number of their own responsibilities, particularly the Auditor of the Imperial Treasury, who is responsible for ensuring the Master of the Imperial Mint receives a report on the accounts of the Imperial Treasury. These Civil Servants sometimes attend sessions of the Senate to provide important further context on the opportunities and powers available to it.

Name Title Nation Crew Name
Abraham Magistrate Highguard Matt Pennington
Gerard La Salle Auditor of the Imperial Treasury Dawn Graeme Jamieson
Leontes the Scribe Imperial Archivist Marches Andy Rafferty
Stanislav Karkovich Chief Magistrate Varushka Jon Creek

Speaker for the Senate

John of Meade, Speaker for the Senate.
John of Meade, Speaker for the Senate
Élodie Harper, Speaker for the Senate.
Élodie Harper, Speaker for the Senate

The Speaker for the Senate comprises those Civil Servants appointed to oversee the business of the Imperial Senate. Though the office is always referred to in the singular, in practice there are usually multiple Civil Servants filling this role. The Speaker chairs all sessions of the Senate to ensure they are orderly, timely and effective. They are responsible for accepting motions from Senators and creating the agenda for each session, including any addresses that are to be made.

The Speaker is the best in-character point of contact for queries about Senate motions, commissions, creation of new Imperial titles, and how the Senate is run.

Name Nation Crew Name
John of Meade Marches Harry Harold
Élodie Harper Marches Amy Woodhead

The Speaker is expected to maintain the following records:

  • A list of all motions brought before Senate, their proposers, seconders and wording by one hour before each session
  • Whether or not each motion passed after each session
  • If a motion had a financial element, at what level of expenditure it passed
  • A list of all Announcements made before Senate and their contents
  • The location of a suitable a suitable pro-forma for Senate motions.

Tribune of the Synod

Leonardo i DelToro i Riqueza, Tribune of the Synod.
Leonardo i DelToro i Riqueza, Tribune of the Synod

The Tribune of the Synod comprises those Civil Servants appointed to oversee the business of the Imperial Synod. Though the office is always referred to in the singular, in practice there are usually multiple Civil Servants filling this role. The Tribune is responsible for accepting and registering Judgements raised by priests, and recording and announcing the votes of members of the Synod.

As the Synod holds no formal sessions, the Tribune is based solely within the Hub.

Name Nation Crew Name
Adam Highguard John Kearney
Almodis Bolholt Marches Vikiy Myers
Kiersten Grimmrsdottir Wintermark Harriette Westmacott-Verran
Leonardo i DelToro i Riqueza Brass Coast Jonathan Kidger
Teagan Navarr Susan Whitaker

The Tribune is expected to maintain the following records:

  • Appointments by assemblies of the Synod.
  • Votes made by Synod priests on Judgements
  • Rewardings made from the Virtue fund to the priests who raised the corresponding Judgements
  • Names of those who receive visions of their past lives
  • The location of a suitable pro forma for Synod Judgements

Herald of the Council

The Herald of the Council comprises those Civil Servants appointed to oversee the business of the Military Council. Though the office is usually referred to in the singular, in practice there are usually multiple Civil Servants filling this role. The Herald chairs all official meetings of the Military Council to ensure they are orderly, timely and effective.

Name Nation Crew Name
Ekaterijna Nadyovna Gremani Varushka Sam Sulkin
Dart Imperial Orcs Ben Woodhead

The Herald is expected to maintain the following records:

  • The battle opportunities chosen by the military council
  • The combination of nations taking part in each opportunity
  • The field marshal commanding each battle opportunity
  • The orders given by generals to their armies
  • Any pardons issued by the Military Council
  • Any distribution of spoils of war made by the Military Council

Agents of the Bourse

Marta Vaskovich Kovar, Agent of the Bourse.
Marta Vaskovich Kovar, Agent of the Bourse

The Agents of the Bourse are Civil Servants appointed to oversee the business of the Imperial Bourse. They organise the auction of Imperial Bourse Titles, take lots for and run the Public auction, and organise the election of National Bourse Titles.

Name Nation Crew Name
Marta Vaskovich Kovar Varushka Elinor Kershaw
Nooranii i Hazana i Guerra Brass Coast Nora Black

The Agents are expected to maintain the following records:

  • Results of auctions of Bourse seats; the names of those successful and how much they paid
  • Resources disposed of in the private auction
  • Buyers and prices of lots in the private auction
  • Prices of lots in the public auction

Conclave Civil Servants

The Civil Servants who serve the Imperial Conclave oversee its sessions in the Hall of Worlds. They accept Declarations made in advance of each session, create the agenda, and ensure each session is run in a timely, efficient and orderly fashion. They are also responsible for taking the crystal mana required to speak in Conclave, which is then added to the Conclave vaults and disbursed to Grandmasters of each Order.

Name Nation Crew Name
Khaytanus Everwatch Urizen James Littlewood
Casiphea, daughter of Anne, of Basilisk's Rest Highguard Clare Selley
Merlot League Paul Wilder

The Conclave Civil Servants are expected to maintain the following records:

  • Appointments to Imperial Title
  • Addresses made on each day, and who made each one
  • Declarations made on each day, who made each one, and whether or not it passed
  • The Strengths of each order at each Conclave session
  • The contents of each Order's Vault at the beginning and end of the Summit

Non-Institutional Civil Servants

Though the roles of these Civil Servants is not necessarily tied to one of the official bodies of state, they attend Anvil to serve their respective functions.

General Secretary

The General Secretary of the Civil Service oversees the appointment and day-to-day operation of Civil Servants.

Name Nation Crew Name
Kaya Wintermark Clare Evans

Overseer of Imperial Elections

The Overseer of Imperial Elections is responsible for administering the appointment for all Imperial titles not managed by another office of the Civil Service, and ensuring all elections adhere to the strictures of Imperial Law. This includes, but is not limited to, elections for Senators and Generals each summit.

Name Nation Crew Name
Merlot League Paul Wilder

The Overseer is expected to keep the following records:

  • Results of elections to the Senate
  • Results of elections by the Senate
  • Results of appointments of generals and admirals of the Military Council
  • Other appointments made by the Bourse
  • The list of current Imperial title holders
  • The list of changes from the last summit's list of current Imperial title holders

Imperial Magistracy

These civil servants co-ordinate the militia and are responsible for administering trials and Imperial justice, including collecting fines where necessary. They are primarily based in the Hub, although trials are often conducted in other locations.

Magistrate Nation Crew Name Specialism
Stanislav Karkovich Varushka Jon Creek Chief Magistrate, Criminal & Religious law
Adile i Mata i Riqueza Brass Coast Shanine Gill General
Avedon de Remourics Dawn Oliver Facey Criminal & Religious Law
Grimmer Reinholz Wintermark Martin Verran General
John Cooper Marches Richard Squires General
Urlik The Lucky Wintermark Michael Pye General
Zofia Justynova Garnovska Varushka Christi Scarborough General

The Magistracy also publishes the Court Report following each summit that details all trials and their outcome.

Division for the Preparation of True Liao

These Civil Servants take instruction from those individuals awarded or in possession of True Liao. Where individuals seek to use the True Liao to have visions of their past lives, it is the responsibility of these Civil Servants to interview them to explain the process, and then to administer to the ceremony after the True Liao has been suitably prepared.

Name Nation Crew Name
Barak of Haros Highguard David Sheridan
Walt Scriber Dawn Ian Horne

These Civil Servants are also responsible for keeping records of which citizens are due to receive visions of their Past Lives, which are published in the Hub. The Civil Service does not record the details of previous Visions - the responsibility for this lies with the Seer of the Gateway.

War Scouts & Prognosticators

The Military Council employs a variety of individuals to discern the nature of the various opportunities available to the Empire, either in clash of armies or in battles through the Sentinel Gate. War Scouts have first-hand experience in fighting and gaining intelligence about barbarian units, whilst the Prognosticators employ powerful divination magic to assess the disposition of both barbarian and Imperial forces. Other bodies of the Civil Service also employ Prognosticators within their own areas.

At Anvil summits, the War Scouts maintain a post adjacent to the Sentinel Gate in order to advise on known Conjunctions where the heroes of the Empire might engage barbarian forces, and the strategies and tactics of the Empire's foes.

Name Role Nation Crew Name
Orn Eidrmutr War Scout Wintermark David Henderson
Will of Overton War Scout Marches Andy Connell
Atraxes Prognosticator Urizen Tom Hancocks

The Academy

The Imperial Academy at Anvil runs various activities for the younger heroes of the Empire. A list of dedicated Academy staff can be found here.