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Captain Ellis Hewitt Sykes: Previously encountered at Brahm Clavel
Stroub's party, Ellis was the figure conversing with Gertrude, who
took Balphus into a side room, only to have Balphus come out some time
later shouting at Brahm. Ellis talks quickly, in a rapid cadence, &
is a squat, fireplug of a man. Possessing a keen mind, Ellis
initially worked as an architect in Blaine, but eventually joined the
military as an enginour. There, he developed several seige device
innovations & was eventually assigned to work as a tactician. His
work as a tactician was largely devouted to unit effeciency, & many
restructuring of internal military police beauracracies are credited
to him.

Major Dudley Broadbent Blaine: Also encountered at the ill-fated
Clavell Stroub soiree, Dudley is a crumbled old fellow with an eye
patch. The oldest of the candidates, Dudley had a tour of service
that posted him in Orus far to the south, on a small oasis at the edge
of the Hemaski desert (across which lies Sheham). While stationed
there he spotted a raiding party & raced to alert the main force of
the army, catching one of these ellusive skirmishers. He was then
instrumental in questioning these "bandits," learning things that
disrupted these "unofficial" attacks from The Psychopomp of Sheham.
He then later re-enlisted for a second tour, where he was stationed as
an aide de camp to the Vellic Churches Exarch in Balach. His duties
there involved the persuit of insurrectionists & sympathizers. Since
that time, he has been in partial retirement at a ranch outside of
Blaine, raising cattle. He is largely called in as an expert
consultant in interrogation.

Junior Captain Wendy Robbins Blaine: Projecting an austere spinster
image, Wendy relies on being underestimated in most situations- which
disadvantages her in the arena of politics. Her life has been host to
a number of odd events, which she has shrewdly turned to her benefit.
Moved from orphanage to orphanage with a surprising regularity growing
up, she lacked the social cadre of most foundlings. This forced
relocation led to a restlessness once she became an officer in the
military, as she continually requested (& was granted) transfers from
unit to unit, base to base. Eventually she parlayed this into a kind
of courier role, relating skills & tricks learned at one post to those
at her next. She became an instructer of adults, unpopular with her
students at first, but remembered well once her task-mistressness paid
off in succcess. As a result of her travels, Wendy has many insights
into situations, having "seen it all before" as it were.

Leftenent Jack Schwartzwasser Pepper: Unlike the other candidates, all
of whom begain their military carreers as officers, Jack was
originally just an enlisted grunt- albeit an extraordinarily able &
physically gifted one. Assigned to a Nonpareil unit, Jack displayed
an amazing prowess for leaping, which led to his competing in (&
winning) the yearly games. Not just a trophy candidate, Jack has
shown himself time & again as an effective leader, serving in
semi-combat roles against the Kingscalico pirates of Lalme, as well as
infiltrating & liberating a Ahoon star-fort from a robber-baron that
the dour folk of that state had been unable to uproot.

Junior Captain Marlowe Daeve Frye: Marlowe started out his career in
investigation in a most inauspicious way: insurance. Some of the
Malcy mercantile families had recently come up with the scheme to
recieve payments in return for promising a sum of money in case of
disaster. Marlowe, notable roustabout, was hired to investigate those
who tried to collect on their policy. Due to working along side
arbiters of the city investigating crimes, he soon came to respect
their work, & joined the military in the hopes of becoming one
himself- a goal he soon realized. Now he & his over-sized arbalest
are a noted fixture at bars & crime scenes both.

A successful profession soldier check will tell you that the
process whereby the Chief Arbiter is appointed is simple in theory.
Major General Sherman Bitumen Cooke will announce his choice, at which
point it will be reviewed by a commitee of senior officers (including

Failure at this point can result in gridlock for a short period of
time, as the panel of the commitee may put forward alternative
candidates, each of which must be compared against the appointee.
This step is largely theoretical- instead, a commitee who disagrees
with a candidate will require concessions in the form of lower ranked
arbiters being appointed of their choice. Which is to say, if the
commitee does not like the Major General's choice, they will require
that the officers under his command are ones hand-picked by the
commitee. This (theoretically) ensures an unbiased office of the

Pending their approval, the Chief Arbiter is in theory reviewed by the
Grand Marshalls, though this is effectively question of veto, & few
candidates fail to pass.

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