The Wardens of the Eclipse
Mighty 80-foot-high curtain walls protectthe city on all landward fronts, and a broad street, the Promenade, links the two main gates in this rampart. The Promenade runs from Horngate to the west to Eastgate in an arc that separates the Court precinct from the rest of the city.
Few attackers care to assault such a secure fortress. A large resident army mans those walls, and private citizens can provide respectable support. Indeed, the wizard Maxer was once accorded the title Defender of Suzail for slaying four dragons that attacked the city! The garrison is based in the Citadel of the Purple Dragons at the southeast corner of Suzail. Three hundred of these soldiers are on civic street patrol duty at a time. Purple Dragons on this duty are housed in auxiliary barracks around the city walls.
The Purple Dragons share their fortress with the Navy: 23 major ships and their crews, totaling over 3,200 trained sea warriors known as the Blue Dragons. The largest vessel, the Crown of Cormyr, is a floating palace. It is often used by the royal family to relax away from the eyes of the Court or to entertain guests in secret. Both it and the Dragon, Cormyrs largest warship, are well equipped with ballistae and firepothurlers. The presence of such ships serve to persuade Westgate and other maritime powers that Suzail is too well defended to harass, but its the small, fast coastal runners of the fleet, like the Blade of Espar and the Lance of Wheloon, that see action most often. Almost once a tenday they’re active against piracy.