Heroes of the Shadowfall
The Duskwardens are a group of urban rangers and warriors charged with keeping the city of Kaer Maga safe from the subterranean menaces beneath its surface. They also guide travelers along the Halflight Path, one of the few routes into the city.
Duskwardens are easily recognizable by their distinctive brown and gray uniforms, the right breast of which bears a badge with a golden arch (representing the Twisted Door) on a midnight blue background.
Because they are uniformly charged with defending the entire city, rather than one of the city’s de facto governing factions, the Duskwardens are one of a very few city functions that receive financial support from the city as a whole. Yet, Kaer Maga’s lack of central government — and the fierce independence of its residents — makes traditional taxation for the support of the Duskwardens impractical. Therefore, the custom has evolved in Kaer Maga that no reasonable request by a Duskwarden is ever refused. The Duskwardens are therefore treated as honored guests in virtually any business establishment in the city, and any tradesman, tavern, grocer, or escort risks ostracism and reputational harm should it become known they have turned away a Duskwarden for lack of payment. While this treatment in no way allows a Duskwarden to become wealthy, their basic needs are guaranteed; in return, every Duskwarden puts his duty to the guild and the city above any other interest, even to his own family.
The Duskwardens’ only real source of monetary income is the fees the guild collects for guiding travelers and traders up the Halflight Path.
The current leader of the Duskwardens is a grizzled old dwarf called Rogard Hammerfell, with a well-deserved reputation as a demanding but selfless leader, and who serves as a hands-on instructor for recruits, passing along his vast knowledge and experience despite his age.