The Decay of Elmbridge
The State of Elmbridge
The governing body of Elmbridge is the official extension of the King’s government in the city. However, since many citizens of Elmbridge give more fealty to Mayor Hormtul than to the far-away king, and since the city of Elmbridge is such an essential center of military, political, and religious power, the King of Faerunia and the Mayor of Elmbridge are much nearer to equals than their titles imply. The city government protects its own power by maintaining a startlingly well trained and armed city guard. The power of the guard rivals that of the stationed garrison of The King’s Army. The King is very careful to maintain the favor of Hormtul and vice-versa, and the two political powers maintain an uneasy alliance – neither wanting to risk all-out confrontation.