The Emerald Spire Superdungeon
Paralictor Audara Drovust
Commander of Fort Inevitable.
The senior officer of the garrison rules as the lord or lady commander, directly overseeing civic administration as well as exercising military command. The current commander is a stern, middle-aged Chelish woman named Paralictor Audara Drovust. She is the commanding officer of the Order of the Pike’s chapter in the Crusader Road region, ruler of the Citadel, high magistrate, tax assessor, director of public works, keeper of the treasury, and chief regulator of business and commerce. No important aspect of the town’s life and activity is left outside the lady commander’s authority.
Law-abiding citizens find the lady commander’s rule to be firm but manageable. Those who don’t find a respectable profession or who fall into debt see a different side of Fort Inevitable, as both slavery and indentured servitude are legal here.
Lady Commander Drovust has proven herself to be meticulous and efficient. Since her accession in the aftermath of Lord Varden’s assassination, her rule has been relatively untroubled. She works steadily to counter the return of widespread banditry in the area and guide Fort Inevitable’s continued growth.
A tall, athletic woman of 45 years, Audara Drovust spent close to 30 years as an armiger, Hellknight, and field officer before ascending to command of the fort. She holds the rank of paralictor in the Order of the Pike, a Hellknight order dedicated to defeating monsters threatening human lands. The Order of the Pike makes up the majority of Fort Inevitable’s garrison, and its members patrol the western reaches of the Echo Wood and the outskirts of the ruins of Mosswater while sponsoring expeditions to join the Mendevian Crusade.
Lady Drovust rarely draws a sword herself these days, but is an experienced general with a gift for engineering and logistics. She personally designed the town’s defenses and oversaw their construction for her predecessor, Lord Commander Varden. Lady Drovust also heads up the bureaucracy of the Citadel. Tax assessments, public works, justice, licenses—everything eventually crosses her desk and receives her personal attention.
Lady Drovust doesn’t indulge in malice for its own sake, but she firmly believes it is the right and duty of the strong to govern the weak and order their lives efficiently. Having finally succeeded in getting Fort Inevitable running more or less as she thinks it should, she is actively planning her next move to bring more of the Crusader Road under her efficient administration, all in the interest of supporting the crusade in Mendev.