Forgotten Realms: Splendors & Shadow
The Guard is the city’s army. Guardsmen are well armed, depending on unit type, and generally wear chain mail with gold-trimmed black tabbards. They see to the gates and patrols the roads and surrounding countryside. (Yet another distinct organization, the City Navy, patrols the coast and nearby waterways for pirates.) Well over two-thirds of the soldiery have other livelihoods, rotating on and off seasonal or monthly duty cycles—like the city’s population, the Guard’s size increases dramatically during late spring, summer, and early autumn, when the city’s population often quintuples with travelers, traders, and merchants.