The Eight Crimes of The Iconodules
“Ask the Govak and we’re one of the Minor Clans, not barely worth mentioning in the same breath as the Cordys. Whatever. I never liked the clan structure, so they can call me whatever the hell they want. When we come knocking, however, I only answer to ‘Enforcer’.”
- Gorzak, Enforcer Prime
“I said no such thing concerning the Enforcers, mister D’vit. I am nothing but accepting of having someone enforcing order in the District, though it pains me to say my clan may be doing a better job of it. Far be it from me to throw doubt on the beneficence of Brise, but it seems strange the one power that Enforcers have over us other clans is sanction to kill.”
Vethan, Govak’Mal Senechal
“Put it down or get put down!”
Kelasho has not always had an Enforcer cadre (the term cadre is used in lieu of Periad’s “garrison”). Originally, one or the other of the clans was making the rules at any given time. Though there were law enforcers in the district, they were few and far between and mostly served as Brise’s eyes to determine when the Peace Bells needed to be rung, necessitated by one clan growing wildly out of control, usually. Eventually, someone at a senior level pointed out it would be much cheaper to not let things get to that point quite so frequently. Thus the Enforcers were created.
The first Cadre was comprised of nine natives of the district, one representative of each of the clans at that time (interestingly, the only clan that survives from that day is the Cordys, and they never did send a representative for the planned group of ten Enforcers). The theory was that if the Clans had equal representation, and the Enforcers had to police their own for breaches of commonly-agreed upon principles, then the district was, in the way other districts are, finally self governing. It is said that the urgency of attempting to make Kelasho govern itself stems mostly from Brise’s complete uncertainty about how to govern Kelasho sustainably.
The original Enforcers managed a score of sweeping victories, and from this period of their inception stems most of the strategies that they employ today. They quickly learned that being associated with everyone just meant you were not just untrustworthy, but often openly the enemies of everyone else. Quickly abandoning their original clan affiliations, the nine enforcers realized the entire district loathed their existence, both on principle and in practice, for one reason or another. Attempts at establishing a permanent Enforcer territory were only met with daily raids or just young clansmen that were willing to go throw rocks at the (heavily reinforced) doors of the Enforcer cadre, trying to pick a fight with the ‘weak clan’. After a few unfortunate deaths, the Enforcers decided on a complete strategic shift. The original plans for steady patrols and scheduled check-ins on each clan’s territory in turn were scrapped. The seven remaining Enforcers drafted a new strategy: “The Doctrine of Boots”.
This doctrine, affectionately known as boot-knocking, reorganized the Enforcers into highly mobile bands that were in constant motion. If they couldn’t survive sieges, they would just not stay still long enough to be besieged. If they couldn’t destroy an entire clan for a crime, they would only strike at the pieces of the clan that they had identified as problematic. Soon the Enforcers became terrors within the district, a homeless clan that showed up, incapacitated entire gangs of clansmen without warning, then disappeared again. When the Enforcers wanted to talk to a Clan, they sent one individual, who would stand, arms folded, surrounded by their enemies, and dictate terms based solely on the threat that should they not return, the Enforcers would begin to kill that Clan’s followers. Upon hearing of these new policies, rather than intervene to stop the ostensible revenge killings, Brise sent in an expert to refine their techniques. Soon, the entire district began to pay close attention to the publicly posted Rules that the Enforcers were constantly referencing. Things fell into a sort of order, or as close as Kelasho gets.