The Protectorate is a politically unaffiliated group founded on the history of magic in Atheles. They believe that magic can be used for good or evil. They exist to protect those that would use it for good and to protect the innocent from those that would use it for evil. Its members are trained in combat using many different fighting styles, but more prominently in defense.
The Protectorate is led by a High Chancellor that is voted upon after the death of the previous High Chancellor. There are three Chancellors that serve as the High Chancellor’s advisors. From there the Protectorate consists of many lower ranks of knights and the lowest of which is a servant. Servants are mainly young children which the Protectorate takes off the streets. As the child gets older they squire for one of the knights in its chapter until they are of age to be trained for combat.
The Protectorate serves as hidden monitors of the mages in their communities. They know when mages arrive in their cities and they know when they leave. They assign knights to assess new arrivals and once assessed, assign further. Peaceful or “good” mages are assigned a knight to protect them from their surroundings as long as they maintain their alignment. Dangerous or “evil” mages are assigned watchers to keep an eye and monitor their actions further. The watchers are instructed to not make their presence known unless absolutely necessary.
When magic left Atheles, the senior leadership disbanded the order with their purpose no more. At least that is what everyone thought. The Chancellors spread out and hid copies of their manifests and orders. As time passed the leadership aged and new guardians were selected for their secrets. Once the signs of magic’s return showed, the guardians broke the seals on their charge and the Protectorate was given life again.
Every 10 years a new set of recruits are trained, selected in the same way as before. Their mission is much of the same. This time they actively seek out groups of magic wielders to “guide” them on the approved uses of magic.
In early 5705 the headquarters of the Protectorate, the Grand Hall was destroyed by a terrorist magical attack. Half of the building was destroyed and the ruling council were all killed. The ranking officer alive, Heilman Ricter, lead those surviving to battle and kill the terrorists they found. All signs pointed to the attack originating from Eredar, the Tower of Mages. Ricter was quickly elected to High Chancellor, and he set about planning for retribution against Eredar.
The Grand Hall once served as the main headquarters of the Protectorate until it was destroyed in 5705. It was located between Dorn and Kowal, a wild area which did not fall under rule of any kingdom or city state.
From Roe (Fiction):