1354 DR Magistrates of Waterdeep
Colloquially referred to as "Black Robes," the magistrates are the judiciaries who try and judge criminal cases in violations of the Laws of Waterdeep. There are a little over thirty of the Magistrates at any given time, and most days they are arranged at the Common Courts at Castle Waterdeep as well as at the gates of the city (where they are each accompanied by a half-dozen City Guard for their protection).
Magistrates are empowered to pass immediate judgment on any criminals brought directly to them, and frequently do so when the Watch drags apprehended criminals and at least a trio of witnesses. If there is any hesitation at all, those apprehended are ordered into the Castle's gaol systems for an indepth inquiry in the Common Courts within a few days time.
Magistrates have a reputation as forthright and inquisitive, and for good reason: any one of the Masked Lords could be watching them work at any given moment. Those magistrates not up to the task of their duties soon find themselves relieved of them, and others are easily appointed by Lords' decree.
Magistrate (Rank 8) • 56 years
Rarg Menener has been a Black Robe for over a decade. He has a reputation as a hard-line magistrate, delivering harsh penalties for those brought before him. He does not, however, seem to like the use of the death penalty, save in very egregious instances, preferring banishment instead. Rarg has never been married, though he does employ a concubine.