The aptly named Vigil is the seat of the Watcher-Lord. The high spires of Castle Overwatch afford a commanding view of the bloodsoaked westward plains on the Belkzen frontier, as well as the mist-shrouded highlands of Ustalav to the north. The horsemasters of Vigil breed and train the mighty destriers and swift coursers that bear Lastwall’s f inest into battle, and the pastures around Vigil are known for the quality of their bloodlines. Vigil also hosts the Crusader War College, where crusader tacticians have worked to best marshal magical and military resources to defeat their numerically superior enemies.
The Watcher-Lord is appointed by the Precentors Martial of the War College. Age and experience are less important in selection than proven skill at arms, purity of heart, clarity of mind, and the embodiment of the crusader ideal. The Watcher-Lord stands f irst among equals in command councils, taking advice but with f inal decision-making authority. Since nearly every aspect of life in Lastwall pertains to the prosecution and upkeep of the Crusade, the Watcher- Lord’s authority is theoretically absolute, but tyranny has never been an issue. Watcher-Lords are chosen carefully and are never so arrogant that they fail to understand the need to delegate and work together for the greater good.