The city is ostensibly ruled by a council, at whose head sits the Commissar, a representative of the Empire of Tarsis. The other main council members are Kirian Ylestos (the Prince of the Church) and the Mother Superior of the Sisterhood of Silence (see below). Other City Council members (with less influence) include guildmasters, the heads of the noble houses, and a few wealthy merchants. People of the town often refer to this body as the “Council of Coin,” because money is a powerful and influential force among its members.

Guildmaster Delver Sorum Dandubal, also a council member, is quickly becoming another force to reckon with—almost a fourth main member—but the three forces controlling the council dislike and oppose him.

Truth be told, the real ruler of the city is the Commissar, Igor Urnst. The City Watch operates under his direct command from Dalenguard, a historic fortress that still stands in Oldtown. Urnst’s group of advisors in charge of the city’s defense and protection is called the Twelve Commanders. These include Lord Dorant Khatru of House Khatru, Aoska of the Malkuth (a halfcelestial), and other local luminaries.

Portrait of The Commissar of Ptolus Igor Urnst

Commissar Igor Urnst

The Commissar of Ptolus, Igor Urnst, is a war veteran and a military man. Even though Ptolus has not been threatened with attack in centuries, he has a very defensive-minded approach to running the city. However, at the same time, he is wise enough to know that the residents of Ptolus are not soldiers, and sometimes you need to give them what they want to make them happy. This understanding makes him both efficient and fair, and he is extremely well liked.