The Court of Daggerdale is made up of 7 advisers and the Lord of Daggerdale. It is the primary deliberative body in the dale and while Lord Morn has absolute authority almost no major decision is made without the input of the Court. Each seat on the Court has responsibilities outside the advisory body itself dealing with the smooth running of the dale’s government. While few of these positions are salaried they are all still highly sought after; not only for the political power they represent, but also because those who hold seats on the Court are relieved from having to pay any taxes on their landholdings to the central government of the dale. All wear a small brooch of a Dagger inside of a ring that would be a common knowledge of their role. The seats on the Court are as follows:
The hereditary leader of the dale rules the Court and Daggerdale as an absolute monarch. He leads the Court in its deliberations and considers their advice but all final decisions lie with him. The current Lord is Randal Morn, the last male heir to the line. His next of kin is Silver Cormaeril who married into one of the noble houses of Cormyr. Concern that the dale could fall to the control of Cormyrians with the fall of Lord Morn has plagued the ruler for years now.
The marshal is the highest ranking military leader besides the lord in Daggerdale. He manages all the armed forces in the realm in the event of an attack including the watch/militia forces. Dregu “Dreg” Ughash, the half-orc leader of the Northspire Mercenary Company, is Lord Morns second in command when it comes to the military force of the dales. The Spire played a prominent role in liberating Dagger Falls and was elevated to watch and guard soon after the fall of the Zhentarim. Dregu was elevated to Marshal after the retirement of the Paladin of Torm, Ariton Delmis in 1372 DR.
This is the effective mayor of Dagger Falls. Lord Morn has returned the position to an elected one (although he can depose the constable at any time and call for a new election) now that the Zhent occupation has been routed. Every citizen of Dagger Falls has a vote in the election of the Constable and elections are held every five years or when a need arises. The current Constable is Kessla, the proprietor of the Red Rock.
The Comptroller is the primary auditor of the realm. He has authority to conduct audits of any tax payer or of the dale’s treasury. Generally the accounts of the dale are rather simplistic so this position actually functions secretly as a spy-master for the internal affairs. He works closely with the scouts, rangers, and tanners employed by the front organization, Old Dulwar’s Leatherworks. The current Comptroller is Dulwar the Leatherworker.
The High Arcanist is the primary adviser for the Lord of Daggerdale in all things arcane and magical, protector of the lord and his court, and chief arbiter of laws regarding magic use in the dale (of which there are few.) He will also organize the wizards of the dale in the common defense and support law enforcement if a magic-user is to be apprehended. The current High Arcanist is Shevaril Starcloak.
This man speaks for the lone shepherds, hunters, foresters, homesteaders and others that make their home in Daggerdale but not within the bounds of any of the recognized settlements. While such individuals are fewer in population than in the other dales due to Daggerdale’s history of conflict there are still some who feel the need to strike out on their own. The speaker is appointed by the Lord of Daggerdale but is almost always a ranger or huntsman of high regard both by those he speaks for and the more “civilized” citizens of the dale. The position is currently held by the ranger Mestin “Troll” Durmark who distinguished herself as a captain of the Freedom Riders. As her nickname suggests, Mestin is not a dainty female. She is above average height for a woman, and has a muscular build. Her hair is cut short to make it more manageable in the wild, and she wears mannish clothes.
Advocate Mayoral (Percy Hash):
The Advocate Mayoral represents all five of the settlements in Daggerdale besides Dagger Falls. While not all these leaders are called “mayors” the term Advocate Mayoral includes all of them. The position is rotated between the leaders of the settlements or their designee every year in the following order: Teshmere, White Chalk Hollow, Tethyamarside, Tachepp, Hadreth’s Glen. The current advocate is Percy Hash, Firstman of Teshmere, who is a cranky old tanner but is also deeply loyal to Daggerdale and its lord.
The Conciliator of the Faiths acts as the Lord of Daggerdale’s primary adviser on all things spiritual and divine. More challengingly, the conciliator is responsible for ensuring that the various faiths active in the dale remain peaceful with each other and the state; as well as fostering at least a modicum of cooperation between the various clergy. He is also in charge of organizing the use of public places by the churches, ensuring that the Chauntean harvest festival isn’t using the marketplace at the same time as the priests of Ilmater are there using it for a public display of self-flagellation for instance. Finally the conciliator is directed to work with the various law enforcement organizations in the dale to root out any illegal cults or worshipers of evil deities. The current Conciliator of the Faiths is Tunfer the Stout.